Whigham is managing director of Venn Digital, a full
service digital marketing agency founded 5 years ago. We caught up
with Brian back in 2013 when this digital agency was quickly
gaining market share and success from their offices in Manchester
and London. Since then they have continued to grow and develop to
keep ahead of the forever changing digital industry! At The
Candidate we were dying to know what has happened since we last
caught up and Brian was happy to tell us!
The Candidate - Digital Showcase
Update: Venn Digital's managing director, Brian
So tell us what's happened
since Venn Digital's last digital agency showcase?
A lot! Perhaps our most significant
milestone has been the celebration of our fifth birthday last
November. This was an exciting, not to mention important
landmark for us - it highlighted the fact that we're now a major
player in the digital agency arena. In terms of client
wins, we're working with some household name consumer and B2B
brands including tools manufacturer, Bahco ($2.9
billion),beer and larger brewer, JW
Lees (£63 million) and Manchester Airport
Group who are behind the Airport City
project - we recently launched their stunning new
How has Venn Digital
developed as an agency?
In physical terms we've grown a huge amount - both in people and
square footage. Our headcount has swelled to over 50 people who are
spread across our offices in Manchester and London. We also
relocated the London team to a stunning new office in Clerkenwell
which is located right in the heart of the Capital's digital
Has the industry changed and
what have you done to adapt?
The digital landscape changes on an hourly basis! As experts in
the field, it's imperative that we know about developments before
they happen so we can shape our clients' strategies accordingly.
For example, Penguin, Google's latest algorithmic update is due to
be rolled out at any moment so we conduct thorough tech and content
hygiene audits to ensure clients' websites are fully compliant
before the algorithms crawl.
"Being penalised by
Google is a brand's worst nightmare and we work tirelessly to make
sure this doesn't happen."
From a service offering point of view are proud to offer a
everything that a modern marketer needs to deliver outstanding
campaigns - from design, programming, website-build, PR, SEO, PPC,
content marketing, photography and video...we employ leading
industry experts, along with the brightest new talent, to keep our
in-house capabilities watertight.
What have the highlights
been and what recognition and awards have you
There have been so many that it's easier to list the biggest
- We won a Northern Digital
Award in the category of Best Digital Campaign (Travel
and Leisure) for our Great JW Lees Beer Hop.
- We have been shortlisted in the category of Large Agency of the
Year in the Prolific North
- We featured in the Drum
Digital Census for fastest growing digital agencies and
also in the Prolific North Top 50 league table of digital
- We gained
Registered Agency Register accreditation.
- We gained certification as an official top 20 SME
Google partner after just four years in business.
- We opened our new London office.
- We went to Ibiza on a team jolly!
What are the current and
Continued growth of course. And diversifying into more consumer
sectors such as food and drink, sport, travel, leisure, FMCG… and
automotive (just because I am a speed freak and love cars).
Thanks Brian for
answering our questions, it is impressive what you guys have done
in 5 years! We look forward to checking in with you again soon and
seeing where you guys are then!
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