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Sunderland marketing agency celebrates its growth over the last ten years

A “dynamic” Sunderland marketing agency is set to celebrate its 10th year in business.

Founded by Chris Kean, dodio Sunderland’s ‘do’ studio, has been providing regional and national businesses with tailored marketing support for the last decade.

The agency specialises in building brands and connecting them to the people who matter the most through web design, intelligent marketing strategies, social media management, and a range of other services.

Over the last year, dodio has doubled in size and is on the lookout for new talent and clients. Later this year, they will be opening their doors for a special birthday event. Sunderland’s Chris founded the business in 2011 after receiving support from the North-East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC).

“Together, we had a vision of creating a full-service marketing agency that shared our values, where the right things were done for the right reasons,” said Chris.

“We’ve grown steadily and organically over time, a lot of it by word of mouth and recommendations from clients,” he acknowledged. “But we’re focused now on getting our story out there and communicating how dodio can support organisations to achieve and even surpass their marketing objectives.”

Dodio continues to serve regional and national clients with a variety of one-off commissions but it’s when working as a marketing partner - an extension of a client’s organisation and a part of their team – that they really shine.

Just like its clients, dodio is a fast-growing business itself, recently moving to its third office at the BIC, each one bigger than the last and has just taken on the company’s first apprentice.

Chris said, “when Covid hit, like many businesses, we were initially worried, but it gave us a chance to polish our products and processes and we came out of the other side stronger for it. We’ve now entered a real period of expansion - we’ve doubled in size in six months and are on the lookout for more talent.”

While they originally specialised in developing websites, they now offer full marketing strategies, design, branding, campaign management, and social media services, to help clients succeed.

Chris adds, “we feel we have everything at our disposal to deliver on any company or organisation’s marketing objectives and we’re looking forward to demonstrating that to our expanding customer base.”

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