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Jack Shepherd Co-Founder & Marketing Director
Updated on 26 Aug 2021

Top 13 Social Media Agencies In The UK (2021)

Finding the right Social Media Agency in the UK is a tough task.

Searching for Social Media Agency

When searching for one, you get 6,630,000,000 results.

It's no wonder it's easy to get lost in the hunt for a reliable and trusted social media agency that actually gets results for the businesses.

And as we all know, agencies are often known for a LOT of false promises, but when the contract gets signed, you're left with an agency that's gone quiet and isn't providing the results they once claimed they'd get you.

So I want to save you from getting burnt with this list of the UK's top 13 social media agencies.

No matter what type of agency you're looking for, I've covered it.

Breaking down results-driven, creative, influencer, social media management, PR and B2B social media marketing agencies.

Ready to learn more?

Let's dive in.

What Makes A Top Social Media Agency?

So you may be thinking, why have we included these agencies inside our list?

We could have gone purely based on agency review sites or agencies that rank on the first page when you Google search, but these can often be manipulated.

That just wouldn't cut it, and we want to give you the best possible list we could create.

All of the Social Media Agencies we've put together are known to us through our personal network, or we've seen the high-quality work they do or the content they've produced for themselves.

So what should you be checking for when hiring a Social Media agency?

  • Case Studies. Have they done work in your industry with brands a similar size to yours?
  • Their Average Client Retention. The longer they work with their clients, the better! This means they provide quality work that their clients want to stick around for.
  • Communication. Does the agency respond to your emails quickly and have a structure in place throughout the proposal stage? This would give you a hint into their overall organisation if you were to work with them!
  • Time, Effort & Energy. Have they gone above and beyond to try and win your business? Is it clear that the proposal they've worked on for you is levels above everything else? Are they coming up with fresh, innovative ideas that no one else has?

But most importantly, trust your instinct when looking to bring an agency on-board.

Now you know what to look for, let's jump into the best social agencies you can choose from in the UK!

Top Results-Driven Social Media Agency

1. The Social Shepherd

The Social Shepherd - Top Social Media Agency

Yes, that's us, and we're proud to say we are recognised as one of the best social media agencies in the UK!

It may seem biased, but we're able to back it up with the work we've done for our clients and the awards we've won in our industry.

At The Social Shepherd, we help brands with the following:

Paid Social - helping you increase your return on ad spend while scaling rapidly across various social media platforms.

Video Production - helping you produce scroll stopping video creatives that acquire more customers and lower your cost per acquisition.

Social Media Management - helping you engage and build your social communities with a great content strategy.

Influencer Marketing - helping you connect with influencers and content creators to amplify your brand.

With everything we do, we're results-driven at heart.

Essentially - we deliver incredible ROI for brands, but at the same time keeping everything on-brand, so we don't sacrifice what your business represents.

Here are some of the results we've been able to achieve:

  • Acquired 146,000+ customers using Facebook Ads and increased ROAS by 87% for Beebombs.
  • 30% increase in ROAS for Nu-In, whilst drastically scaling budgets.
  • 8.2x ROAS for Love Leggings while more than doubling their budget.
  • Produced more than 300+ video creatives for our clients.
  • Won Biddable Media Awards - Best Paid Social Campaign of the Year.

Want to see all of our case studies? Check them out here.

So if you're interested in working with The Social Shepherd, then click here to book a free strategy call with us now.

Get in touch to see how we can help you!

Top Creative Social Media Agencies

2. Social Chain

Social Chain is one of the best creative social agencies producing social-first campaigns for many large consumer brands.

They're also one of the world's largest social-first publishers, with over 80m followers across Facebook and Instagram, allowing them to distribute their client's content on their owned organic channels.

They've worked with Superdry, T-Mobile, Sony, Puma, McDonald's, Mastercard, Coca-Cola, Braun, Apple, Adidas, and more!

They have offices in Manchester, London, New York & Berlin.

Social Chain - Creative Social Agency

3. We Are Social

Describing themselves as a 'socially-led creative agency,' We Are Social is now one of the world's biggest social media agencies, having over 1,000 staff members.

They believe in people before platforms and using the power of social media to drive business value for their clients.

To do this, they apply storytelling, creativity, craft, and innovation to all of their campaigns.

As well as collaborating with influencers, they use paid media to reach the right audiences and achieve measurable results.

We Are Social - Creatively Led Social Agency

4. Media Bounty

Media Bounty describes itself as a creative social media agency with a conscience.

They help brands in creative direction, art direction, creative copywriting, design, photography, and video production.

In essence, they believe in creating kickass creatives distributed across social media and programmatic/display.

Having great creatives is a must for all brands trying to win in the digital landscape, so we love what they're doing.

Media Bounty - Best London Creative Social Agency

Top Influencer Social Media Agencies

5. The GOAT Agency

We first discovered GOAT after seeing their agency daily vlog, which was super insightful for us to watch as a growing agency.

Unlike typical Influencer Marketing Agencies, they don't manage any talent.

This means they don't have any favouritism over a particular influencer, ensuring they pick the right person for the campaign they're working on - with no bias in mind.

GOAT has now worked on over 1,000+ influencer campaigns, with over 70,000+ influencers vetted and 7 years of performance data.

The GOAT Agency

6. Influencer

One of the major reasons we love about Influencer is that one of their Co-Founders is Casper Lee, is an influencer himself with over 6.9 million YouTube subscribers and 2.6 million Instagram followers. So he completely understands the space.

They work in 3 different ways.

Firstly, using Branded Content. This is where they use content creators to produce a library of content for your brand that you can use across all of your marketing channels.

We've found this to work exceptionally well from our own experience, mostly when integrated into your Paid Media campaigns.

Secondly, they work with larger influencers and partner with them to harness their influence.

Lastly, they have their tool called 'Advert Audit', which allows brands and creators to run partnerships in confidence by showing them if an ad is compliant with the ASA guidelines.

Influencer - Agency for influencers

7. IMA

IMA (Influencer Marketing Agency) is one of the longest standing influencer marketing agencies globally, launching in 2010.

They have an in-house team that includes strategists, producers, influencer project managers, designers, developers, digital marketing analysts, and social media experts.

With over 19 million influencers in their network, in 1000s of niches, across 100 markets worldwide - they are an excellent choice for any brand with a big budget looking to grow with influencer marketing.

IMA - The Leading Influencer Marketing Agency

Top Social & PR Marketing Agencies

8. Highlight PR

We know the Highlight PR team well, as they're also from Bath (where we are based), and have met their founders multiple times over the past two years!

The industries they focus on predominantly are:

  • Baby, Kids & Toys
  • Food and Drink
  • Leisure and Lifestyle
  • Creative Industries
  • Licensing

As well as being award-winning, we've seen first hand how their work produces impressive results for their clients.

Highlight PR - PR, Content & Social Agency

9. Prohibition PR

Based in Leeds, Prohibition PR works with brands, providing PR & Social Media services.

They describe themselves as an innovative, award-winning, social & PR agency that delivers insight-led creative campaigns that consistently convert.

In the past five years, they've won over 20 industry awards, which you can see some of the campaigns here.

So if you're looking for a mix between PR & Social Media, then Prohibition could be the right choice for you!

Prohibition - PR & Social Agency

Best Social Media Management Agencies

10. Populate Social

A Social Media agency free from fluff. Based in Cardiff, they help brands across a broad spectrum of social media services including, organic social management, paid social, content creation, messenger bots, and social strategy.

Having known the agency owner, Dan Simmons, for many years now (since my University days in Cardiff), I know and trust the quality of work the guys at Populate produce.

With clients across Sports, Events, and eCommerce, they have racked up some impressive results.

Populate Social - Best Cardiff Social Media Agency

11. Verb Brands

Verb Brands help luxury brands with social media management.

Having noticed their Co-Founder, Chris Donnelly, building his personal brand on LinkedIn, I thought it was only right to add them in.

They've recently worked with aspirational brands such as Bugatti, Gaucho, Jimmy Choo, Liz Earle, Maybourne Hotel Group.

So if you're a luxury brand, they could be the agency for you.

Verb Brands - Luxury Social Media Agency

Top B2B Social Media Agencies

12. Gripped

Gripped is a B2B digital marketing agency that helps SaaS, Technology & IT companies.

Not only do they help across lots of channels, but Paid Social is one of their specialities. Helping brands deliver business growth across Facebook and LinkedIn ads.

Gripped - Best B2B Social Agency for Tech & SaaS Businesses

13. The Crocodile

The Crocodile is a B2B customer experience agency, combining Marketing, Technology & Consulting to push their clients forward.

With Social Media at the core of this, they offer:

  • Social Strategy
  • Channel Management
  • Community Management
  • Lead Generation
  • Social Content
  • Influencer Engagement
  • Social ABM
  • Social Advertising
  • and more!
The Croc - One of the best B2B Social Agencies

Why Hire One Of The Best Social Media Agencies?

There are far too many agencies out there that talk a big game but leave a bitter taste in your mouth once you've signed with them, and the results they get you are poor.

Your business deserves better.

Hiring one of the best agencies isn't always the cheapest, but as you'd expect, going with the lowest price usually ends up producing the weakest result.

The agencies on our list have a wide price range. Some will start at £1,000/month, and others will be from £10,000/month and upwards!

At The Social Shepherd, our prices start from £1,000/month - so we are reasonably priced for the value & results we generated for our clients.

So if you're interested in working with us, and having a free strategy call with our team to see if we're a good fit, then click the arrow below to schedule a call with us!

Schedule a free strategy call with our team here.
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