Vitamin is a great fit for us. Our technology already forms the marketing operational backbone of some of the world’s best-known retailers. Claire and Natalie know retail inside out – they have unrivalled knowledge and expertise in retail strategy
(PRWEB UK) 2 July 2015
ITG has taken a financial stake in the agency in a deal that gives Vitamin access to the group’s wide range of services, while boosting ITG’s expertise in retail strategy.
Vitamin was founded in January 2014 by Natalie Somerville and Claire Roshanzamir, who have worked in senior positions at some of the UK’s best-known retailers and brands, including Tesco, Camelot, M&S and Asda. ITG’s existing retail client base includes Halfords, M&S, Boots, Morrisons, KFC and Sainsbury’s.
Announcing the partnership, ITG’s CEO Simon Ward said, “Vitamin is a great fit for us. Our technology already forms the marketing operational backbone of some of the world’s best-known retailers and brands. Claire and Natalie know retail from the inside out – they have unrivalled knowledge and expertise in retail strategy. Their experience will be invaluable to our client base”
Vitamin currently provides marketing strategy for several large UK retailers. The team has helped redefine the B&Q in-store customer journey, with other recent projects including brand identity and activation for British Gas, café proposition development for Tesco and category activation plans for Unilever.
Natalie Somerville said ‘Our ambition was to build an agency that offered a boost of real ‘insider’ expertise. We’ve spent most of our careers working on the ‘inside’, so we like to think we get it. We work alongside our clients, becoming part of their team and often help define the brief as well as deliver it. Our experience has shown us how to build inspiring retail marketing strategies that engage everyone from the board to the checkout to the customer.”
Claire Roshanzamir adds, “this new partnership with ITG gives us the ability to offer our clients a complete end-to-end service – a round-the-clock asset production studio with over 100 artworkers and creatives; a cutting-edge in-house digital marketing agency; a brilliantly engineered print management service placing over £40 million of print a year, as well as its proprietary Media Centre technology.”
ITG’s head office and artwork studio is centrally located near Birmingham. Says Simon Ward, “not only will this synergy help both companies offer even better services to our clients, but the Vitamin agency’s London offices will form the hub of ITG’s presence in the capital.”
Claire ended by saying ‘Vitamin is the type of agency we would have wanted to work with as clients, and our new partnership with ITG means our future direction is even more exciting.’
Inspired Thinking Group is a specialist technology-led marketing services business. It helps major brands and retailers improve the efficiency, speed, cost and control of their marketing communications through its proprietary marketing resource management platform, Media Centre.
The company also manages a huge international print supply chain, employs over 300 people, including around 200 at its 24/7 artworking, creative and packaging studio, and supports its own in-house digital agency. Find out more at http://www.inspiredthinkinggroup.com
Vitamin’s founders have worked in senior positions at some of the UK’s top retailers. Natalie Somerville was head of marketing at Camelot and head of global sales and head of in-store marketing at Tesco. She has worked as a strategic consultant for retailers such as B&Q, Halfords and Wilkinson. Claire Roshanzamir was head of comms planning and head of marketing for health and beauty at Tesco’s. She has been a consultant for brands such as Coca cola and M&S. Both are available for comment on retailer and brand marketing issues. For more information, visit http://www.vitaminmarketing.co.uk