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#ShareTheOrange and raise awareness for dementia

A new digital campaign for Alzheimer's Research UK.

Putting data and insight at the heart of new store launches

I wish my son was a dog

We've teamed up with Harrison’s Fund to demonstrate the stark difference in donations for animal chrities compared to Duchenne charities. 

We challenge you to take The Attention Test

We've launched The Attention Test to celebrate the release of the new ŠKODA Fabia. The social campaign promotes the car's attention stealing design and headturning technology. It definitely stole our attention! 

Who we work for

We've produced innovative work for a pretty impressive list of brands over the past 15 years. Big and small. So many, it's hard to name them all. But we like a challenge.

Inspiring advocacy

How to succeed in the most difficult phase of the customer buying journey. 


Account Manager

We’re looking for an enthusiastic Account Manager to work on one of our biggest clients; a global, iconic consumer brand, for whom we’re developing and rolling out a pan-European CRM programme. 

Building a contemporary CRM strategy from scratch

Like many automotive retailers, ŠKODA’s marketing revolved around product launches. But they recognised this ‘push’ strategy was no longer the most effective approach. Changes in the way people research and buy cars...

Our social status

Over the past few years, media has changed. Social media has become a huge focal point due to its sheer mass. And the vast amount of data available to create real engagement.

This shift in dynamics – from brands dictating their values and personality, and controlling media environments, to people defining and communicating what brands mean to them – is one of the most significant in advertising history.

Growing brand advocacy and creating a content community

You only need to glance at the cover of any glossy monthly to see how exposed women are to hyperbolic claims. With the launch of Triumph's new Magic Wire bra, we knew that we needed to create a conversation that would stand out from this noise and that women would actively engage with.

Using technology to help stand out in a commoditised market

A business efficiency tool which combines a CMS, workflow and a comms management system to enable companies to implement, manage, and report on cost reducing projects. 

Using technology to create loyalty in a commodity market

O2’s strategy has been focused on putting...

The direct (marketing) approach

Emails, letters, hijacks and revolutions. It's all in a day's (direct marketing) work for us.
We helped get a boy band to no1 in the States, gave England Rugby fans the chance to see a game they didn't have tickets to, hijacked the nation's boobs, and spearheaded a digital revolution in the next generation of handheld consoles.

Turning mistrust and cynicism into advocacy

The energy market has never been known for putting customers first. In fact, it's hard to imagine a sector in greater need of an overhaul when it comes to customer strategy. In the minds of the public, all energy companies are the same. Out to profit at their expense and slow to make changes...

Building a community and amplifying brand positivity

ŠKODA UK is only too aware of the changes digital and social media have made to the way people buy. Customers now use it as a tool to research and refine their decisions to buy as well as a way of sharing their own experiences of brands...

Getting technical. Without getting too technical

ais Technical has been the engine behind the digital work of ais London since its inception in 2005. It's not easy growing up in a creative agency – you never know what you're going to be asked for next.

The team

Creative Director

Kevin Bratley

Kevin joined ais London at the start of 2013 from Rapier, where he spent the previous 16 years...

Increasing sales conversion through useful innovation

Expedia were looking for a way to stand out in a price led...

How we helped EDF Energy build a direct marketing acquisition model

IPA Bellwether Report response

Liz Barnsdale's response to the release of this quarter's survey of marketing budgets. 

The Harrison's Fund Bah Humbug Box

We all complain at Christmas, taking for granted the things children with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy would love to do. So this year, Harrison’s Fund is calling on you to make a donation to the Bah Humbug box and turning grumbles into donations. 

The best ads from Christmas Past

Take a nostalgic trip as we look at our favourite festive ad from years gone by. 

What brands and consumers can do to combat fake reviews

We take a look at what you can do to battle the problem.

All power to your customers:

Harnessing customer data in the travel sector

Launching a niche product to a mainstream audience

The PS Vita was designed for those who want their gaming portable but don't want to compromise on graphics and connectivity. However, we live in a world where gaming on the move is dominated by mobile phones, not the giants of Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo.

Are SMEs are getting left behind when it comes to connecting data?

Business tech guide to connected data.

Can BHS re-claim its rightful place or is it too late?

BHS need a radical rethink. So, where do they start?

Supermarket tech

Do grocery apps complicate the customer shopping experience?

Alzheimer's Research UK launch Fightback campaign

Sir Terry Pratchett leaves lasting legacy in Alzheimer’s Research UK’s first television and cinema advert. The hard-hitting campaign features charity ambassadors, Seth Rogen and James Nesbitt. 

We got Wood

Our Harrison's Fund ad picked up a Wood Pencil at this year's D&AD Awards. 

We've been appointed creative and strategic agency

Thrilled to be working with this game-changing charity. 

Vodafone share the love this Valentine's

The perfect way to win hearts for Valentine’s Day.   

A new breed of challenger brand

Netflix, Facebook, Amazon and Ocado are all prime examples of a new wave of challenger brand – businesses that test themselves more than they do their rivals. 

Books that influenced me

Sarah Stratford shares the six books that have influenced her career.

Shortlist Sweep

Creative Circle shortlist is out and we've got our fingers crossed. 

Retail tech must enhance shopper experience

Supermarkets take note: Use technology to improve on your customer’s experience rather than just for the sake of innovation.

Big Data analysis and brand storytelling working together

A stepping stone to more engaging marketing. 

Marketing to millennials: the rise of content co-creation

Executive Creative Director, Geoff Gower thinks millennials can be a difficult yet rewarding demographic for marketers. Co-creation could be key to gaining their attention. 

Creative businesses can better sell the value of their ideas

Understanding your Creative business.

Tesco should refocus Clubcard to actually reward customers

Head of Data Planning, Jane Evans writes to Retail Week in response to the article 'Tesco should hold back from selling the Dunnhumby family silverer'

How data and storytelling work together

MD Liz Barnsdale talks to Decision Marketing about big data analysis. 

Should B2B marketers focus on e-commerce?

Head of Planning, Daryl Frost speaks to B2B Marketing. 

How will Amazon’s Christmas store enhance its retail offer?

Executive Creative Director, Geoff Gower speaks to Retail Week about Amazon's trail of a physical store this Christmas. 

Social Buzz Awards finalists

We're Buzz-ing to be shortlisted at this year's Social Buzz awards with our vRS Up campaign for SKODA and Pina Colada Day for Malibu. 

Tech viewpoint on programmatic

Executive Creative Director, Geoff Gower on programmatic content marketing. 

DMA Young Marketers Rising event

Planner, Katherine Barnett on how the DMA are getting young people on their agenda. 

E-consultancy announce top 100 Digital Agencies

The UK's too 100 digital marketing, design and build, technical and creative agencies. 

B2B vs B2C content marketing – what’s the difference?

MD, Liz looks at how to engage prospects through storytelling. 

Geoff's Good site Bad site

ECD, Geoff Gower shares his view on the design and usability of Lacoste and’s retail websites. 

Restoring customer belief to increase re-purchase

Dyson turned the world of vacuum cleaners upside...

Our year so far

Executive Strategy Director, Sarah Stratford shares her thoughts on the first half of 2014.

ŠKODA launch digital campaign 'Your Team'

ŠKODA brings fans closer to Le Tour de France with fantasy cycling game 'Your Team'. 

Creativity with no limits

Our Creative Team, Jay Packham and Ian Cochran steal the show picking up the winning chip. 

Being brave works

Our Harrison's Fund ad picks up a Silver Direct Lion and Bronze Press Lion at this year's Cannes Lions festival. 

Born of the real fears and feelings of a father faced with an impossible reality this is undoubtedly a difficult ad to read. But it is real and that's why it worked. 

Are agency timesheets now obsolete?

Are timesheets as outdated as punching the clock? 

ŠKODA Place the Space with the new Rapid Spaceback

Teaming up with web-based geographic game spotter, GeoGuessr, we launched ‘Place the Space’

Our Best win yet

We picked up awards for best writing, best photography, best creative advertising and best creative direct marketing at this year's MAA Best Awards.

And the winner is…Harrison’s Fund

Our small b/w press ad is still having a big impact on awards juries. This time, Creative Circle.

Are tech companies neglecting oldies?

Older people are an untapped market for tech developers. One they seem happy to ignore, according to Geoff Gower.

Do charities overuse shock tactics?

‘Charities have to shout to make themselves heard’. 

Only-chocolate-money-can-buy prizes

We launched a sweet new currency, giving friends of the agency the chance to buy (virtual) chocolate coins to get their hands on amazing prizes. Like Front row seats at London Fashion Weekend 2014 or a Christmas hamper from Waitrose. We even had a One Direction album, exclusive signed artwork and tour tickets to give away. 

For she’s a jolly good business woman

And so say Management Today. About our Sarah Stratford.

Putting big data at the heart of your business

How big data can change the way decisions are made in any business. 

Punters don’t want innovation for the sake of it


Geoff takes a look at the new iPhone 5s

How to avoid a Twitter backlash

Our executive strategy director, Sarah Stratford writes how brands need to keep up with their increasingly savvy customers who take to Twitter. 

The future of mobile payments

Creative Managing Partner, Geoff Gower on where mobile payments are headed.

A friendly new look for Liberis

Liberis are a breath of fresh air when it comes to getting business finance. And that’s exactly what we’ve been busy injecting into their brand over the last couple of months.

SKODA DM gets noticed

Online coverage in The Drum raises profile...

And the 'Direct Marketing' award goes to..

EDF Energy's Blue +Price Promise campaign. Their first ever marketing award.

We couldn't have put it better ourselves

Our new 'Positive review DM' gets a positive review.

Everyone's talking about Harrison's Fund

You may have seen, or at least heard about, our latest ad.