2010 was a year of transition for Elvis, as it regrouped to progress from being a strong mid-weight agency to one capable of consistently battling with the big boys.
|Agency fact file: Elvis|
|Type of agency||Integrated|
|Company ownership||Esprit de Corps|
|Key personnel||Martin Semmens joint chief executive|
|David Bainbridge joint chief executive|
|Carl Ratcliff executive planning director|
|John Treacy creative director|
|Ben Clapp creative director|
|The Nielsen Company billings 2010||£17m|
|The Nielsen Company billings 2009||£15m|
|Total accounts at year end||15|
|Accounts won||3 (biggest: Honda)|
|Accounts lost||2 (biggest: Virgin Media)|
|Number of staff||101 (-8%)|
The most significant changes came towards the end of the year, when Elvis benefited from the merger between its sister Esprit de Corps agencies MCBD and Dare. MCBD's vice-chairman, David Bainbridge, and planning director, Carl Ratcliff, both moved across to the Elvis management team. Bainbridge took the role of joint chief executive, working alongside the agency's co-founder Martin Semmens, while Ratcliff became the executive planning director.
The restructure also saw the departures of the creative director, Carl Easton, and the managing partner, Craig Morgan, while Mark Leversedge, the other Elvis co-founder, moved on to a more general strategic role within EdC.
Progress was made on the new-business front too. The agency secured a coup when it won the pan-European digital and direct marketing account for Honda and, during the course of the year, Elvis also picked up digital advertising business from Red Bull and WKD.
However, it did suffer a blow when Virgin Media moved its digital work out of the agency as part of a consolidation of its integrated business into DDB.
The standard of Elvis' work has improved over the past few years and in 2010, the agency continued this progression, particularly in digital. It produced standout campaigns for Virgin Trains and Virgin Holidays, both of which won DMA gold, as well as an innovative augmented reality online game for Drench.
Elvis enters 2011 in a solid position. Its management line-up has been significantly boosted and, with some new business already through the door and plans for global expansion afoot, don't be surprised if the agency enjoys a very strong year.
Score last year: 7
How Elvis rates itself: 7
"A Rocky IV year. Starting with a win on Honda. Followed by our 'Apollo Creed' moment - the blow of Virgin Media consolidating into DDB (who we'd beaten in the original digital pitch). Our 'training montage' sequence included some intensive repositioning, double gold DMA, new offices with Dare and the arrival of new trainers in the form of David Bainbridge and Carl Ratcliff. All ending with a triumphant double knockout pitch victory - to be continued ... "
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