Experienced People Asking Smart Questions.
We love to do the thing our clients hate doing most and do it better than they ever imagined possible.
Our role as a new business agency is to unearth opportunities for our clients within the companies they want to work with and get them in front of the decision maker for their service .
The Manifest new business team are rightly recognised as the crème de la crème of agency new business lead generation and will tell your story with passion, eloquence and conviction
Our techniques are channel agnostic, disruptive and engaging. Our results astounding.
Our clients expect, and our team deliver, 100%. We are so confident in our abilities that we guarantee the results we tell you to expect.
The average tenure of an account director at Manifest is five years and several have been here more than ten. Our staff turnover rate is just 10%
A pre-requisite for a job at Manifest is a background in either an agency or marketing department. 90% of our staff have more than 10 years such experience.
The power of persuasion. The dark art of making another see things your way through the use of language. Our average conversion rate is 25%.
You are passionate about your agency; we get it and you can be sure we will be as passionate as you are. Your brand is 100% safe in our hands.
Delivering Targeted Opportunities.
We specialise in helping companies within the creative and marketing services industry win more clients by creating new business opportunities for them with the decision makers for their service within the companies they want to work with.
Only those companies and brands we have identified as being a good fit for your business and that you have agreed for us to target will be approached on your behalf. Why would you spend money with an agency if you don't know exactly who they are speaking to on your behalf?
The channels we use fall into three categories: Broadcast, Listening and Narrowcast.
Your PR, SEO, AdWords and social marketing, together with your reputation and networking, will drive prospects to your website. We would suggest using software to identify your anonymous website traffic. You may also want to undertake email campaigns to further drive inbound web traffic and we can help here with provision of data.
Our tech stack includes ALF Insight, Crunchbase as well as various LinkedIn plugins which when combined enable us to predict where there is likely to be a greater need for your service. Using this intelligence, we will tailor niche messages to each prospective new client to make every approach sound like the only one that matters to your agency.
What is the best and most appropriate channel to use to get your proposition and the niche message we have developed noticed by the prospect we are approaching? Some companies and marketing teams are best approached by email, others are more likely to warm to a personal telephone call and others a well written letter or social approach.
Dedicated To Fulfilling Our Promises
Adam has over 30 years agency new business experience and was new business director at Communicator and Bowes Darby.
One surprising thing about me is … I have played at Glastonbury.
Sam Reardon Smith
One surprising thing about me is … I was an extra in Barry Lyndon by Kubrick.
One surprising thing about me is … I’m not as cross as my name suggests.
One surprising thing about me is … I can be seen in the film In Bed With Madonna.
One surprising thing about me is … I was a jockey.
One surprising thing about me is … I was once driven round a grand prix track at 140mph in a Ferrari by James Hunt.
One surprising thing about me is … I can sing Johnny Cash songs in perfect pitch.
One surprising thing about me is … I have seen Coldplay seven times.
One surprising thing about me is … I have seen Motorhead three times.
One surprising thing about me is … I have had several dogs win Best of Breed at Crufts.
Here are a selection of recent new business wins our clients have had through Manifest
Won within one month of starting working with Manifest.
Their third win in twelve months, total value of fees a mid six figure sum.
The agency had only been with Manifest for four months when they landed this client.
This came from their first meeting set by Manifest, after two years and no wins with a competitor.
Zurich was their second win and they went on to win one more in their first year with us.
They went on to win another two within the first year of the programme.
#Platform88 was a huge success and generated enormous publicity off line as well as on.
The agency were delighted as this win took them into new territory which can be tricky.
A retained client with an annual budget of a the high five figure sum.
This win had them up against two ‘name’ London agencies.
The profit paid our fees for the next three years.
This win was their third in the first year of working with Manifest.
This win was one of half a dozen in year one alone.
We arranged for them to meet ten over a three week period and they duly converted one.
This win was valued in six figures and granted creative freedom to boot!
It took a year, but it worth the effort to get onto this PR roster.
This win was the first of three over a twelve month period.
Won within three weeks of first meeting, with no pitch.
This win was the second of three over a twelve month period.
One year later they came back to us after winning their biggest client via our work.
This win was after six months of working with Manifest.
An initial five figure project fee with more promised.
We have arranged for them to meet more than 100 brand managers and they have won more than £1m in new fees.
Who knew that a plane manufacturer might need one? Manifest, that’s who!
What Our Clients Say
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