We are pleased to announce the return of the benchmark compilation of the North’s largest digital agencies: the Prolific North Top 50 Digital Agencies 2016.

Due for publication in the first week of March, the 2016 ranking will again provide the definitive guide to the North’s leading digital agencies spanning SEO and PPC, web, content, mobile and e-commerce.

The Top 50 Digital Agencies initiative complements other market-defining Prolific North research features including the Top 50 PR Agencies and the Top 50 Integrated Agencies.

Not only are these rankings now firmly established across the North’s marketing services community as the yardstick for these sectors, but they also now typically rank first or second in Google for a host of relevant and sought-after search phrases such as “digital agencies”, “integrated agencies” and “PR agencies”, ahead of much longer-established publications. And not just in the North, but nationally too.

The 2015 ranking can be found here.

clickconsult new logoProlific North is delighted that search marketing agency Click Consult is to repeat its headline partnership of this initiative and we are also delighted that the hosting company Melbourne has chosen to come alongside Click this year as the joint headline partner. In addition to Click Consult and Melbourne’s association, the digital ranking will also once again be supported by Barclays Bank and Google.

And as with our other research-led rankings, Mustard Research is managing and leading the research underpinning the compilation and will ensure that the process is rigorous and the results entirely independent – unlike some rankings which are predicated on financial subscriptions and payments to be included.

melbourne logo Top 50 Digital AgenciesAs with our other Top 50 rankings, the Prolific North Top 50 Digital Agencies will be anchored on financials including balance sheet/shareholder funds, turnover, pre-tax profit, headcount and growth; with the information and data sourced from the agencies themselves and confirmed with the financial reporting company fame BVD and data at Companies House.

The deadline for submitting information to Mustard is Monday 8 February and agencies are requested to contact Jo Iaconiannini at Mustard on Jo.Iaconianni@mustard-research.com as soon as possible with their information.

Please note that as with all our rankings, we do not publish or reveal any financials: these are discussed privately between the companies and Mustard as we understand that the majority of companies in the ranking publish abbreviated accounts.

Over 150 digital agencies submitted information last year and if any agency who didn’t but feels they ought to, please contact Jo at Mustard. Please note that any agencies who feature in our Top 50 Integrated ranking cannot be included in the Digital ranking.

Matt Bullas, the CEO of Click Consult, said: “We’re proud to once again support Prolific North’s Top 50 Digital Agencies, which is now firmly established as the yardstick for the region’s digital sector, in an industry that continues to thrive year after year.”

And Natalie Fayle, Marketing Manager at Melbourne, added: “We’ve been working with the creative and digital sectors for 15 years so we’re well aware of the brilliant work produced by agencies in the North. That’s why we’re excited to be involved in this project to celebrate the talent of our region’s most successful digital agencies. A number of our customers made it onto the 2015 list and we’re hoping to see even more on the list this year.”

We look forward to defining the North’s digital landscape once again in the first week of March.