John Lewis has appointed digital marketing agency Steak Media to handle its paid search advertising, following a detailed and competitive pitch process.

John Lewis Direct (JLD) is the online and catalogue branch of John Lewis department stores, part of the John Lewis Partnership. Recently re-launched, the website (, stocks 26,000 lines focused on the best of home, giftware and flowers and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK.

With Steak Media on board, the retailer aims to further its growing online presence through a structured PPC campaign that will increase traffic to the John Lewis Direct site, increasing the brands sales revenue and expanding its existing customer base.

Ed Schofield, PPC Specialist at John Lewis said: "During a comprehensive pitch process we carefully considered the potential impact of both full media service, as well as niche digital agencies, on our business. Steak stood out from the start, presenting a bespoke solution that illustrated its consideration for our brand on an individual basis - not as simply another account. We look forward to taking our search marketing activities to the next level and beyond through the development of a strong working relationship with Steak Media.”

Julian Walker, Steak Media's Head of Sales and Co Founder said: “Steak Media is delighted to have won the John Lewis PPC account, and keenly anticipates building a strong and successful working relationship with the client. We are very proud to be working with the brand, for which we have huge respect and are eager to further the success it already enjoys. There is massive potential.”

Steak’s win highlights an increasing trend taking place as a result of growing online consumer confidence – for major brands to expand their web offerings and promote their sites more effectively, making use of the huge potential offered by digital channels.

About Steak Media

Steak Media is an expert digital media agency specialising in search engine marketing (SEM); digital planning and buying and other integrated online marketing strategies. Launched in February 2005, the company has been publicly recognized for the results it delivers for its clients. It ranked as the 2nd largest independent search agency in this year’s NMA Marketing Services Guide (2007). With over 50 years experience amongst them, the senior management team has a unique pedigree comprising expertise in both the digital media and SEM realms: The company founders were pioneers in paid search in Europe, having made their mark at Lycos Europe, one of the earliest search engines, and Espotting Media, one of the most successful dotcoms of recent years. Steak Media services a broad range of blue-chip clients, focussing on the highly competitive Internet finance, travel and retail sectors. Clients include: British Gas, Time Out, FCUK, JJB Sports and

Media Enquiries:

Steak Media
Nathalie Patel – Marketing Manager
0207 420 3531

John Lewis
Louise Thomson
Press & PR Manager, Corporate
John Lewis
020 7592 6223

Published on: 12:00AM on 21st September 2007