Growth Marketing for startups and SMEs

We're not an agency

Having worked at a wide range of start-ups and small businesses, we know that working with agencies and consultants can be fraught with danger. Whether it's hiring someone who doesn't deliver or just feeling like you're not getting value for money, we thought that there was a better way. 

Rise is a collection of freelance marketing experts, headed by an experienced Head of Marketing / CMO, who can work full or part time to provide your business with the marketing function that it needs, when it needs it.  

We work with you to audit your business, put together a marketing plan and can then identify the most relevant experts at Rise needed to implement it. Perhaps you can do some or all of it yourself, or we manage it all for you.

Agile, cost-effective and trust-worthy. 

​Essentially Rise is your marketing team, either instead of hiring one in-house, or in addition to marketers that you already have on board. We'll work side by side with your team to grow your business.

 
$1,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
Freelancer
 Founded
2017
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Borehamwood, United Kingdom
headquarters
  • 72A Cardinal Avenue
    Borehamwood, HRT WD61ES
    United Kingdom

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Festicket, Yogaia, Midrive, Encore Musicians, Fixter, GoWashMyCar, Docsafe, BlinkPool, Curious World, Universal Music Group, Perform Group

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Yogaia - On Demand & Live Yoga Classes

Yogaia is an online & app based yoga & fitness subscription service, offering live and on-demand classes to free and paying users. Available in English, German and Finnish, on web and iOS, Android and Apple TV apps.

- C Suite responsibilities including reporting to the board and supporting CEO in raising investment.
- Budget management responsibility for €1.7M
- Management of 6 person team,

including country managers, performance marketing and content & social.
- Devised and implemented a Performance Marketing strategy, including bringing in-house, for key territories, UK, Germany and Finland
- Development of an Influencer Marketing programme, working with influencers across Europe
- Devising a content-led marketing strategy, built around Yogaia's core content-based product and creation of video, image and editorial content
- Establishing Partnerships and co-branded activity with brands such as Facebook, Zalando, Bauer Media, Wellicious, Gousto, Hello Fresh and Urban Massage.
- Owning of the marketing relationships with Google Play and Apple to ensure increased exposure for apps
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Driving Lessons made easier - 18% growth MoM

Originally founded in 2012 having been spun out of Holiday Extras, Midrive is a driving lesson marketplace and technology start-up with products now including an on demand learner insurance app and a hugely popular gamified driving theory app with over 300,000 learners across their products.

- Cross-channel User Acquisition across all Midrive products, working towards aggressive growth targets leading to the next

round of investment (Q4 2017 / Q1 2018)
- Midrive has achieved 10-18% growth in new users and revenue each month, reducing CPA and improving overall Unit Economics significantly.
- Go-to-market launch of Anytime, hourly learner insurance app for iOS and Android
- Brand re-launch of Midrive driving lesson marketplace
- Product Management of marketing led development projects across web and app
- Management of PPC, PR, Lead Generation and SEO agencies
- CRM and Lifecycle marketing management and oversight
- Lean Methodology growth hacking and experimentation across online and offline channels
Festicket - Launched and Scaled to €12M/year Revenue Image

Festicket - Launched and Scaled to €12M/year Revenue

Founded in 2012, Festicket has quickly become the world's largest music festival focused discovery platform and travel agency, selling tickets and travel packages to 1000+ festivals globally.

  • Devised and led Marketing Growth Strategy for one of Europe's fastest growing start-ups and travel companies, with a turnover of over €12M per annum, global traffic of 800k+ per month and 100k customers in 2015 from over 100
countries.
  • Built and managed a 7-person marketing team made up of Content, Social Media, Campaign Management, Performance Marketing, SEO and Data & Insights.
  • Implementation and development of eCRM systems, processes and growth. Database grown from 1,500 to 750,000 in 2 years.
  • Creation, development and management of global affiliate programme, working with 300+ websites
  • Responsible for the Performance Marketing function across SEM, Remarketing, Display, Email and Social Advertising.
  • Devised and led a Content Marketing-first approach to SEO and user engagement.
  • Responsible for managing client (festival promoter) relationships, ensuring cross promotion and collaborative marketing.
  • Campaign management for festivals and Festicket, digital and offline, including experiential brand activations at key festivals including Ultra Europe, Croatia and Electric Daisy Carnival, UK.
  • Reviews

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    Full-Service Digital Marketing for Car Care Marketplace

    "They’re the best team I’ve ever worked with."

    Quality: 
    5.0
    Schedule: 
    5.0
    Cost: 
    5.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    $10,000 to $49,999
     
    Jan. 2018 - Ongoing
    Project summary: 

    Rise took over a car service marketplace’s digital marketing. They connected its app to Firebase and Google Analytics, and they create and execute strategies for Google, Facebook, Instagram, and Bing.

    The Reviewer
     
    1-10 Employees
     
    London, United Kingdom
    CEO, GoWashMyCar
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    The client has seen 10% growth in user transactions every month since Rise starts working with them. The Rise team operates independently, producing high-quality marketing deliverables and compiling a report of results every month. Their communication and creativity stand out.

    A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

    I’m the CEO of GoWashMyCar, a marketplace for car care services in the UK.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with Rise - The Growth Marketing Collective?

    We needed help with setting up analytics on our new app. We also wanted help with devising a marketing strategy.

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    Rise connected our website and apps to Firebase and Google Analytics. We can now see our conversion rate much more accurately than we had before.

    Their team also created a marketing strategy for us on Google, Facebook, Instagram, and Bing. They handle every aspect, from ideas to content to graphics. They’re working on monthly budgets and strategy reviews going forward. 

    I didn’t have to review their strategy since they launched it. Rise is very independent; they always come up with new ideas and proactively plan what they have to do in the next month.

    What is the team composition?

    I work with one senior person who leads a team behind the scenes.

    How did you come to work with Rise - The Growth Marketing Collective?

    I found them on a Facebook group for London startups while I was looking for a marketing director. The fact that they had experience working with both corporations and startups impressed me. 

    Their performance in the interview stage stood out from the competition. Rise redefined the questions I asked, reframing what I was looking for and suggesting different angles. They clearly had experience across every marketing channel and wanted to use my budget effectively.

    How much have you invested with them?

    We’ve spent about $25,000 on their services.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    The collaboration started in January 2018 and is ongoing.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

    Rise’s target was to grow the volume of booking we received by 10% every month. So far, we’ve achieved that metric through the channels they manage. 

    How did Rise - The Growth Marketing Collective perform from a project management standpoint?

    Rise handles everything. Every month, they start by presenting me with a plan, execute it, and then end the month with a report. They can organize themselves, and they never miss a detail. They’re the best team I’ve ever worked with.

    We communicate with Rise daily over Slack through a special channel. They always return our calls within half a day, and we have a scheduled weekly call with them.

    What did you find most impressive about them?

    Their creativity in developing a strategy and then delivering it step by step impresses me. With other vendors, I feel like they lay out their steps and then get lost in the execution. Rise doesn’t.

    Are there any areas they could improve?

    In my personal experience in working with agencies, Rise is the best I’ve come across. I plan to work with them in the future.

    Any advice for potential customers?

    Communication is key. Be clear about the major assets you want, the guidelines they should follow, and the best ways Rise can communicate results to you. Every company has different goals and different ways to measure their goals. They will adjust to your model—they’re very flexible.

    5.0
    Overall Score They’ve been amazing.
    • 5.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
      They deliver every single time without exception.
    • 5.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
      Because I signed a longer-term commitment, Rise was flexible in reducing their daily rate.
    • 5.0 Quality
      Service & deliverables
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer

    Marketing Consultation for IT Firm

    "I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a great and communicative marketing company."

    Quality: 
    5.0
    Schedule: 
    5.0
    Cost: 
    5.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    Less than $10,000
     
    Dec. 2018 - Mar. 2019
    Project summary: 

    Rise was hired to generate leads using SEO and PPC. The team was also brought on to increase conversions and reduce bounce rates.

    The Reviewer
     
    1-10 Employees
     
    London, United Kingdom
    David Share
    Director, Amazing Support
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    Both customer engagement and client conversion increased. Rise maintained a professional yet friendly approach throughout the engagement.

    The client submitted this review online.

    BACKGROUND

    Please describe your company and your position there.

    Amazing Support, a Managed IT Support and Cyber Security Company based in London. I'm one of the company Directors.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    For what projects/services did your company hire Rise - The Growth Marketing Collective?

    Digital marketing consulting

    What were your goals for this project?

    Increase new leads from Google and conversions from our website

    SOLUTION

    How did you select this vendor?

    Recommended by a friend who are an existing happy client of Rise

    Describe the scope of their work in detail.

    Increase new leads from Google by 30% through utilising better SEO and PPC techniques, 60% conversion increase from our website and reduction of 15-20% bounce rate.

    What was the team composition?

    Barri and his team of SEO and PPC specialists

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

    Barri at Rise has continually assisted us with our commercial marketing strategy and helped us to increase customer engagement and new client conversion. I don't think we'd be where we are today without having used him and his agency. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a great and communicative marketing company.

    How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

    Excellent

    What did you find most impressive about this company?

    Just a lovely company to work with

    Are there any areas for improvement?

    None

    5.0
    Overall Score Fantastic service and great company
    • 5.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
      Excellent
    • 5.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
      Within expected project guidelines
    • 5.0 Quality
      Service & deliverables
      Excellent service and results. Very happy.
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer
      Absolute