06 December 2007

Award-winning digital marketing agency, Steak Media announced today that it is opening up offices in New York and Melbourne.

The expansion into the US and Australia comes at the end of an exciting year for Steak Media. The agency has just picked up 3 prestigious industry awards – Media Agency of the Year at the Interactive Marketing and Advertising Awards, Best High Growth business at the Daily Mail Make Your Mark Awards and CEO, Oliver Bishop, was named as Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the Growing Business Awards. Steak Media has also added British Gas, John Lewis and Time Out to its already impressive client list and has strengthened its management team with the appointment of two senior adland figures, Robert Campbell and Matthew Clark, as non-executive board members.

In September, Steak secured its first round of funding from Beringea Ltd, Manager of the ProVen VCTs. The investment has allowed the company to expand internationally and accelerate its growth strategies.

The New York office will initially be led by Steak’s CEO, Oliver Bishop and will be fully operational by January 2008. The Melbourne office will be headed up by Kevin Durston as Managing Director and Martin Carlill as Head of Paid Search. Previously, Kevin worked as Head of Online at one of the UK’s leading consumer finance portals, Find.co.uk. Martin has been an employee at Steak since 2005 working on a variety of accounts including: JJB Sports, French Connection and Hero Insurance.

Oliver Bishop, CEO of Steak Media said, “We are delighted to announce the opening of 2 international offices. These will complement our London office and will enable us to respond to the increasing demand for integrated global campaigns more effectively. We are in a great position to expand on being a market leader and are excited about putting together a world class digital marketing team. As a company we have enormous potential, we are proud to have been recently named Media Agency of the Year at the Interactive Marketing and Advertising Awards and have great confidence in our brand.”

Oliver Bishop and Duncan Parry (co-founder and Director of Strategy) were also recently selected by the judges of COURVOISIER® The Future 500 as two of the top 50 brightest and best rising stars in three categories: business, media and science & innovation. The list showcases business talent and was published in a supplement by The Observer on 25th November 2007.

Steak Media was founded in February 2005 by Oliver Bishop, Julian Walker and Duncan Parry and now employs 50 people. The agency’s services include paid search, SEO, media planning & buying and affiliate marketing. With the expansion of its client base Steak’s predicted turnover for next year is £25m.
About Steak Media

Steak Media is one of the UK’s leading digital marketing communication agencies, specialising in search engine marketing (SEM); media planning and buying, creative/design 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, focusing on the highly competitive on-line services finance, travel and retail sectors. Clients include: British Gas, Time Out, French Connection, JJB Sports and Swiftcover.com

Media Enquiries:

Steak Media
Peter Suchet – Marketing Director
0207 420 3532

Published on: 12:00AM on 6th December 2007