Across the UK BIMA Thirstdays have been one of the most popular monthly get-togethers for those who work in the digital space. Informal and friendly, they're a great opportunity to network with peers and have a few creatively inspiring drinks!
2014 saw our first ‘Alliance’ of sponsors, pre-organised ahead of the year so that everyone had plenty of time to choose their own event but also had visibility across the others. Sponsors in 2014 were: Lynchpin, Ambergreen, DigitasLBi, Realise, Insight Arcade, Multiply, Nile, Yard Digital, Gecko New Media, Napier University’s School of Computing & Informatics and Whitespace. Each sponsor brought us a new venue and a lot of ‘love’ – thank you!
So, for 2015 – we’re doing the same – please allow me to introduce you to our new #ThirstdayEdin Alliance members
Feb 5th – Multiply
A multitude of award winning, integrated creative consultants based in the inspiring capitals of Edinburgh and London. A Times Top 100 ‘Best Company’ comprising planners, project managers, creatives, copywriters, digital developers and video & animation artists. We blend creative flair with academic insight to deliver communications campaigns that help brands perform.
March 5th – DigitasLBi
DigitasLBi is a global marketing and technology agency that transforms businesses for the digital age. We help companies of all shapes and sizes decide what’s next… and then we take them there. Our skills span insight, brand building, content creation and distribution, as well as the ability to help clients organise themselves for the consequences of the change.
There are many things that make DigitasLBi unique but if we had to choose one it would be our ability to connect data with storytelling to help make brands special, shareable and more ultimately valuable wherever, whenever and however people choose to engage with them.
April 2nd – Lynchpin
Understanding customer behaviour is crucial to growing your business. Lynchpin elegantly extract, integrate and interpret data, giving our clients clarity to make the best decisions for their business.
From statistical modelling to optimisation our independent team of analysts, consultants and engineers work in harmony to create and refine bespoke strategies to improve your bottom line.
We count Dyson, Standard Life, HSBC, MTV, Cartoon Network and The New Scientist amongst others in our current client portfolio
May 7th – Ambergreen
Founded in 2001 as an SEO and PPC specialist, Ambergreen today are a world-class, full-service digital marketing firm focused on the travel, finance, retail, and gaming sectors. With long-time clients like PwC, Hotel Chocolat and Titan Travel, Ambergreen’s service range includes research & analytics, strategic planning, channel optimisation, paid media, and content marketing. The company’s core objectives are to optimise the search process; craft compelling messages and broadcast them through the right channels; and
achieve our clients’ business goals.
June 4th – Kotikan
Kotikan is Scotland’s largest app development company and are a 50 strong team of mobile solution experts, creating meaningful products that add value to peoples’ lives.
Based in Edinburgh, Kotikan creates mobile apps for clients including Skyscanner, FanDuel, The Edinburgh Fringe and ScotRail. Their award winning mobile apps have been released in 146 countries, with over 30 million downloads and average user ratings of 4.5/5 stars.
July 2nd – Realise
Realise limited have come a long way since our early days as Edinburgh’s first ‘cyber café’. Now with 130 staff in London and Edinburgh, we work with Expedia, ITV, BBC, Standard Life Investments, Lloyds Bank and many more, changing customer behaviour through digital.
August 6th – Standard Life
Standard Life is a well-established but innovative savings and investment specialist. The company has embraced digital to make financial decisions easy by being helpful and engaging for its customers.
With a legacy of almost 200 years of providing financial expertise and with around 6 million customers worldwide, we work with the best agencies and partners around the world to lead in our industry.
Wherever Standard Life operates in the world, it is motivated by a sense of responsibility, which helps it to be a sustainable business, focused on building a more prosperous world for our customers and society as a whole.
Sept 3rd – Passion Digital
Passion Digital is an award-winning digital marketing agency with offices in London and Edinburgh. Our goal is to provide simple, affordable and effective digital marketing solutions for established brands and ambitious start-ups alike. Our team of marketing professionals all share the company ethos of maintaining transparency between client and consultant.
October 1st - xDesign
xDesign are a mobile development and digital solutions agency. We design, develop, and consult on mobile projects for the likes of Verisk, NHS Scotland, WHO and a variety of bright young startups. We have a new office, to support our new staff (on our way to 25) and are quite new to BIMA. We are not new to pubs.
November 5th – Tayburn
Tayburn help ambitious businesses create remarkable brand journeys. Founded in 1979 we are forty people combining strategy, identity, digital and service design to build brands that get noticed, remembered and talked about.
Clients include Heineken, Black Wolf Brewery, Toshiba, Historic Scotland, The Yard, Crosse & Blackwell, Standard Life Wealth and Sure Thing.
December 3rd – Nile
Nile is a multi award-winning Service Design company. We help organisations to think like their customers. Then we use our digital expertise to design seamless service experiences. We openly share our knowledge and work in partnership with businesses to build their internal capability. Our clients are successful and loyal because great business outcomes are our currency.