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About

A brief history of Speak Media

The lowdown

 
 

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Speak Media was founded in 2011 by a journalist, an art director, and a magazine publisher with a determination to bring newsstand editorial values to the burgeoning content marketing industry.

Things got off to the perfect start with a commission to create a new magazine for Coutts, the private bank.

Since then, we’ve gone from strength-to-strength – winning industry awards, establishing our ‘Content Brand’ manifesto, setting up a content studio in Spitalfields, east London and – best of all – developing a lean, full-service creative content team that works with progressive marketers and comms leaders at some of the world’s best-known brands.

More recently, we’ve launched our dedicated Content Works service, an ‘always on’, multi-channel newsroom staffed by highly experienced brand journalists and creatives, with Barclays as a founding client.

 
 
 

our team

Our core team consists of writers, designers, UXers and content strategists, photographers and video producers.

We work collaboratively, recruiting handpicked talent from our creative network as needed for projects and campaigns, while building bespoke 'always on' newsrooms for Content Works clients.

Between us, we have decades of experience producing great content and engagement strategies for brands as diverse as: Orange, the Guardian, English Heritage, Volkswagen, Toyota, Audi, GlaxoSmithKline, P&G, Natwest, Hiscox, RBS, English Heritage, Wembley Stadium and the Department for Education.

 
 
 

the founders

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George Theohari, Editorial director
A journalist turned copywriter and content strategist, George brings a wealth of editorial experience to brand communications, helping marketers deliver content and copy that resonates with their audiences.

Paul Williams, Client services director
A creative-minded comms strategist who’s helped some of the world’s biggest brands, from Audi to Coca Cola, Paul looks after client relationships and heads up strategy and planning at Speak.

 
 
 

what we do

As well as offering full-service content and communications solutions, we also provide targeted support for brands with specific requirements. Our core services include:

    Content & copy

    • Copywriting
    • Editorial strategy
    • Social media management
    • Video production

    Digital design & development

    • Content strategy
    • UX/UI consultancy
    • Website design

    Brand development & marketing

    • Branding/visual identity
    • Product naming
    • Tone of voice
     
     

     

    how we work

    We firmly believe that content is a process, not a project. We work with clients – where relevant, embedding our expertise through custom training programmes – to help create an internal culture that empowers that thinking and removes the barriers to becoming a credible, engaging branded content publisher.

    We help brands and content stakeholders to create content that really connects with B2B, B2C and internal audiences across the entire content publishing ecosystem. 

    For that reason, since our inception we’ve developed and refined a unique (and uniquely simple) framework that underpins our approach to every brief – the 6 ‘A’s.

     
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    why work with us

    Working with Speak Media is different to working with traditional agencies. We are a specialist content team that seeks to become an extension of your own business and an integral part of your content culture. The founding partners lead all client relationships and business strategy, so you’ll always have the best people on the job – and access to a team of experts in individual areas, markets and channels.

    Working with us guarantees you:

    • editorial and commercial expertise in newsstand journalism and multimedia publishing
    • proven track record in building sustainable, measurable, revenue-generating content brands
    • tried and tested experience of delivering campaigns and content for global brands
    • array of channels, formats and tools to create, manage and deliver content
    • dedicated account managers
     
     

     

    our clients

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    awards

    BMA Patient Information Awards 2016 Highly Commended ‘Internet Resources’ 
    (Parkinson’s Life online magazine)

    Content Marketing Association 2015 Bronze ‘Best Specialist’
    (Royal Mail Special Stamps website)

    Content Marketing Association 2015 Shortlist ‘Launch of the Year’
    (Parkinson’s Life online magazine)

    Content Marketing Association 2013 shortlist ‘Best Use of Illustration’
    (EFDSS ‘Spotlight’ newspaper)

    IoIC Awards 2011 ‘Award of Excellence’
    (Coutts ‘Wealth Quarterly’ magazine)