6 tips for a great agency website – and examples of some of the best

Tom Webster of The Future Factory looks at some of the best consultancy websites around and highlights what makes them successful.

Poke's website –
Poke’s website – “ticks every box”

For design businesses, having a carefully considered online presence is vital. While a consultancy’s work remains its strongest asset, presenting it succinctly on a website, alongside a clear proposition and culture, also plays heavily into the perception it will have within the industry.

Rightly or wrongly, prospective clients through to potential job applicants will form an opinion of a consultancy based on the look, feel, personality and content of a consultancy’s website. This could make the difference between winning work from your dream brand, hiring the perfect candidate, or missing the boat on both.

New business consultancy The Future Factory works with more than 100 creative businesses each year. Through our travels in 2015 we have collated a view of the best consultancy websites, particularly from the perspective of attracting new clients.

Hugo & Cat's website –
Hugo & Cat’s website – “a simple pleasure to navigate”

How to build a great website

There are 6 key tips The Future Factory recommend that consultancies consider when reviewing or redesigning their own website:

  • Cut the jargon

It’s fine to have some flowery language, but for a consultancy to stand out and not frustrate its visitors it must rapidly be clear what the service offering is.

  • Tone match

Look to align the culture and feel of the website with that of the consultancy’s ideal clients. This may mean a playful tone (Paddy Power), a cool look (Sonos) or a more serious design and copy (Barclays). The discipline of the consultancy can also influence this greatly.

  • Link channels

Make sure there are clear links to all the consultancy’s channels, social or otherwise. These channels can provide an increased sense of personality (Twitter, Instagram), help encourage agency networking (LinkedIn) or display an agency’s thought leadership (blog). Additionally, ensure the messaging is consistent across these channels.

The Brooklyn Brothers website – "steps away from the norm"
The Brooklyn Brothers website – “steps away from the norm”
  • Use and play to your strengths

Whether you like it not, a consultancy’s in-house skills need to be evident and replicated in its own website. A digital and UX consultancy, for example, can’t afford to have anything other than a well-designed site.

  • Don’t make it like a maze

If a visitor to your site can’t find your latest work, location and contact details without getting sidetracked (and possibly lost forever) by confusing and sticky navigation, then no matter how pretty and cool it is, it’s probably missed the mark. It’s worth noting here that if the page takes too long to load, you may have lost them already.

  • People buy people

If visitors can get a feel for what it might feel like to work with your consultancy teams, they’re already part of the way down the decision-making funnel. A photo of your office in full swing is the quickest way to convey the day-to-day life at your HQ.

DesignStudio's website – "the team looks lovely"
DesignStudio’s website – “the team looks lovely”

The Future Factory’s 12 top consultancy websites

1. Poke is a creative company driven by a passion for the endless possibilities of digital media, and we think its site ticks every box.

2. With video at the core of its website, video content consultancy Wing London really knows how to show off its work.

3. We love independent consultancy Code & Theory‘s website for the clever wordplay on its homepage.

Code & Theory's website – "clever wordplay"
Code & Theory’s website – “clever wordplay”

4. The App Business is a consultancy dedicated to engineering mobile strategies, products and change. The opening line on its website sets the tone for the scale and impact of its work.

5. The look and feel for digital consultancy AnalogFolk‘s website oozes cool to match with its innovative nature.

6. ODD is an independent consultancy which works with fashion & lifestyle brands. The style of its site is beautiful, clean and definitely appealing.

7. DesignStudio‘s website is beautifully clean and colourful, super-easy to navigate, and its team looks lovely!

8. Oliver creates dedicated, on-site agencies to deliver integrated brand and comms solutions. Its unique model is communicated well through client testimonial videos on its homepage.

9. FCB Inferno is a creative agency working across ATL, digital, CRM and retail. We found its cheeky copy a pleasure to read.

10. Monetise Create is a digital technology and mobile innovation business. Its website is nicely split between agency work and agency culture.

11. The Brooklyn Brothers blends PR, social, digital, experiential, brand advertising and strategic prowess with “the creativity of Hollywood”. Its website ties into this bold proposition, is fun to interact with and steps away from the norm.

12. Hugo & Cat is a digital consultancy based in London specialising in brand engagement, customer experience, content and technology. Its website is a simple pleasure to navigate.

ODD's website – "beautiful, clean and definitely appealing"
ODD’s website – “beautiful, clean and definitely appealing”


The influence of SEO

While these websites were judged on look, feel and experience, an additional factor that plays heavily into the success of a consultancy website is SEO.

Clearly if a consultancy can’t be found through searches based on location and discipline, it may fail to be discovered in the first place.

Sadly though, there still seems to be a gulf between consultancy websites which are a pleasure to navigate, and the websites which clearly have SEO as their number one priority above aesthetics and snappy copy.

What does that mean for the beautiful consultancy websites listed here? There’s still room for improvement in 2016!


Tom Webster is account director and marketing lead at The Future Factory.

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  • Martin Cartwright November 16, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    All in London! I must visit this place they call London, it seems the only agencies with decent websites are there.

  • Delete Account November 16, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    I only see two website, 1. with one large ff’ing image + friggin-huge-thumgnails. 2. Some outdated paralax bullcrap.

    Design Week, you consider these tips yourself. Your website has lost touch of reality and its users. What is up with that wonky header?

    • Angus Montgomery November 17, 2015 at 8:57 am

      Hi “Delete Account”, thanks for your feedback, we’ll take it on board as we look to develop the site further.

  • Monique December 1, 2020 at 11:14 am

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, love the article! I was looking for events for entrepreneurs and creative founders and stumbled upon this one, looked very interesting: https://bit.ly/3kZSL8C. It seems to be catered to agency founders and creative entrepreneurs, I thought you might like it as well.

  • Steve Fair August 17, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    I love the https://www.ogilvy.com/ site – it’s self-indulgent but 100% on brand for the agency. All agency and consultancy sites need to make sure that the info they convey is in the context of outcomes and results. Ogilvy’s doesn’t do this well enough, but it’s not terrible

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