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News September 24, 2019

Dept Named One of Adweek’s 100 Fastest Growing Agencies

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Dutch-based agency’s three-year run of striking growth recognised by leading publication.

Independent international digital agency Dept is proud to announce that it has been named in the inaugural Adweek 100: Fastest Growing Agencies list, 2019 for its 149% growth this past year. This honour is presented to a wide range of successful agencies that cover 21 different disciplines. From full-service to performance, creative consultancies to experiential, Adweek awards agencies based on their drive and dedication to the industry and recognises those that they see as having “a very bright future.” Along with the overall list Adweek gave Dept the #8 spot on the Top 10 Large Agencies and Top 10 Global Agencies lists.

Dept is a creativity, technology and data agency delivering end-to-end experiences for brands and businesses worldwide. Founded in Amsterdam in 2015, Dept has speedily grown across the globe. In the last three and a half years, the Dept team has grown from 150 people in The Netherlands to more than 1300 people in thirteen countries across Europe and the US. In this period, Dept’s revenue has grown by 500% thanks to its work with brands such as Samsung, Triumph Motorcycles, Tesla, Philips, Birkenstock, and Sony Playstation.

“When Dept was founded three and a half years ago, the agency’s goal was to grow from a local, specialised agency into an international agency of significant scale (1000 people or more),” explains Dept CEO Dimi Albers. “Dept has achieved this by building longstanding partnerships with clients and by looking for like-minded, specialist agencies that supplement our strategy, either from a capability or a geography perspective. As of today, 17 agencies have joined Dept on their journey to build one integrated agency and it is on its way to becoming a global top player.“

While uniting these widely skilled teams, Dept remains one agency, with one brand, one P&L, and one ownership structure. This model allows the agency to unite its skills within single, integrated teams for its clients; ensuring that all staff are running toward the same goal, to make the best work possible for their clients. Dept utilises technology and data as much as possible to make smarter, faster and more cost-effective work.

“We have been able to grow swiftly because we’ve grown smartly. We’ve figured out how to maximise local expertise while scaling via effective use of creativity, data, and technology,” says Albers. “We’ve harnessed the experience, flexibility, and the scale to help clients build their teams and provide them with the external accelerators they need.”

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