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The Fifth wins Leading Influencer Marketing Agency of the Year at the Business Elite Awards 2021

January 2021

Here at The Fifth, we were delighted to be named Leading Influencer Marketing Agency of the Year at the SME News’ Business Elite Awards of 2021.

The awards, which were handpicked by SME News Magazine, celebrate enterprises who consistently provide the best services and products for their clients, allowing them to stand out within their representative fields. 

They award those that are succeeding in their endeavours, innovating, growing and improving.

As a part of our award, the following article and interview with The Fifth Group’s MD and Founder Oliver Lewis which was featured in the 2021 Q1 edition of SME News Magazine:

Founded in 2018, The Fifth is an influencer marketing agency on a mission to do things differently, putting storytellers at the heart of its brand client’s advertising. Following its well-deserved success in the Business Elite Awards 2021, we caught up with Oliver Lewis to find out more.

Based in London, The Fifth invest the time to truly understand its client’s challenges and objectives to build long-term strategic partnerships for the brands it works with. Through a personal and tailored service, the firm help brands navigate the complexity of influencer marketing. To begin, Oliver provides a brief overview of the firm and offers more insight into its clientele.

“Here at The Fifth our team of social media strategists, talent experts and creatives lead with storytelling to put influential talent at the heart of advertising for some of the world’s most recognised global brands. Since launching, we’ve had the pleasure of working alongside the likes of Disney, TAG Heuer, Boots, Kendo Brands, Sky Sports, Square and bareMinerals, delivering outstanding results along the way. Last year, under The Fifth Group, we launched The Fifth Talent, a talent management business now commercially representing a roster of the country’s most exciting creators, artists, journalists and mainstream talent who all stand for a purpose and positive action.”

Competing in the marketing world can often be a very challenging experience, however as Oliver goes on to explain, the firm’s client approach and ability to maintain high standards has allowed the firm to stand out from the closest competition.

“Currently, influencer marketing is pivoting away from media into a creative space and we consider ourselves as much the storytellers and creatives as the talent we work with. Together, we want to create award winning work that can transcend social platforms and in turn elevate influencer marketing into a respected and creative omnichannel solution. To succeed and stand out from others in the industry we are professional and transparent at all times, while meeting the standards expected.”

Since its establishment, employees have played a crucial role in the success of the firm.

“The passion, expertise and shared values of our brilliant team have proved to be hugely significant factors in our journey” Oliver highlights “As a small business, it’s so important that everyone feels empowered to break down silos and work outside of their core roles to help achieve client or business goals. In this regard, we give all our staff the opportunity to express themselves in our environment.”

Despite the outbreak of COVID-19, the pandemic has only accelerated innovation for the firm, as Oliver elaborates further.

“COVID-19 has in fact accelerated our space, shining a light on positive influencers and as a result influencer marketing has taken a series of leaps in its evolution over the last year. It has expedited the channel towards purpose-driven marketing and propelled digital creators and talent into the mainstream consciousness as much as it has into the creative void left by exposed production crews. As consumers in this time of crisis, we’re turning more than ever to our communities and to those voices who add value to our lives. To those creating compelling content which entertains, supports, drives conversations, and nurtures communities, think Joe Wicks, Dr Alex, or Marcus Rashford. All of these have used their influence for good, and in turn brands have been turning to influencers through this crisis to help them to humanise their brands and give them an authentic voice.”

Bringing the interview to a close, Oliver discusses the firm’s approach to recruitment before outlining some of the exciting plans the team at The Firth have in store for 2021 and beyond.

“When it comes to recruitment, we are always striving to create the most culturally diverse team to help us to understand all cultures within our society. By doing so, our staff feel like they can be themselves at work and help our clients to connect with and speak to broader audiences. Moving forward, we will continue to grow the business in line with the market and increasing client demands. Furthermore, it is our hope that 2021 will be a year of expanding our operations into new markets!”