The Marketing Store launches innovation centre

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by Mark Johnson

The Marketing Store is launching The Marketing Store Est., an innovation hub that has been conceived to re-imagine the agency’s creative function.

Based in Shoreditch, away from the main agency, Est. will be loosely connected to the TMS network and work on briefs across The Marketing Store’s portfolio of global clients including McDonald’s, T-Mobile, adidas, Nissan, as well as exploring new business opportunities, the company said.

In recent years The Marketing Store has been transforming its creative offering to include concept, film and animation, social, creative technology, brand design and games design. 

Est. will bring these disciplines together in a smaller, agile environment without traditional agency layers and processes, delivering bigger, better ideas while instigating new creative philosophies and processes.

The new centre will also house Culture Labs, The Marketing Store’s proprietary co-creation and insights platform, which, over the past 18 months has been the driving force behind its award-winning work for adidas. 

Est. will have a core team of ten staff, made up of new and existing concept teams, the company said. This will be supplemented by a wider group who will be rotated in and out to fulfil briefs and answer challenges as and when needed. 

It also represents an exciting opportunity for ECDs and senior creatives looking to work in new ways, the firm said.

 “Consumers expect brands to innovate and rise to their demands in real time”, said Mark Watson, managing director of The Marketing Store. “As an engagement agency our role is to help our clients navigate this consumer-centric world, whether that translates into retail, digital, social, CRM or experiential.

New reality

 “As our clients adapt to this new reality, it’s clear that lengthy creative development times no longer work. The consumer-driven market simply moves on, and our clients are left behind.

“This also applies to us, the agency. If we are to deliver meaningful, game-changing ideas for our clients we need look hard at how we do things, disrupt our traditional ways of working and reconfigure so that we can approach the task better and faster. We have created Est. to do just that, in a world where disruption is the only constant.

“Est. allows us to literally and metaphorically move some of our creative firepower out of the day-to-day processes of agency life and focus purely on the most important thing – the idea.

In the past three years The Marketing Store has seen strong growth, winning clients such as BP and Vue and winning awards including a D&AD Pencil.

Its work for adidas has seen the agency implementing a co-creation strategy as well as putting CX at the forefront of its thinking for McDonald’s.

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