Digital agency income grew by 18% in 2008

The top 30 digital agencies saw their income grow by 18% lin 2008 according to the Kingston Smith W1 report.

The accountancy firm’s Financial Performance of Marketing Services Companies Annual Survey revealed that digital agencies grew more than any other marketing sector in 2008.

Independent agencies had a better result than group-owned digital agencies, according to the report, which collectively posted a 13% increase.

Steak Media, iCrossing and Pod1’s income grew by more than 50%, while the largest fall was for, whose profits dropped by 25.8% owing to a major cut in client spend.

Despite increasing their income, UK digital agencies’ operating profit dropped 30% over 2008, from £21.9m to £15.3m. The single highest operating profit was £1.7m for Glue London.

Esther Carder, partner at Kingston Smith W1, said, “This is particularly concerning given the increase in gross income across the sector. It’s clear that agencies need to control costs better if they are to achieve margins even close to the benchmark of at least 15% that we expect from a well-run agency.”

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