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We're Evolved Search. Nice to meet you!

Evolved Search was founded in 2014 with the mission and drive to create an agency that delivers great work and achieves big things for clients. No lofty goals or fluff or jargon, just service excellence and great results. We’ve grown a bit since then and enjoyed some huge successes, so scroll on to discover a little more about our story so far…

An Evolved approach to Search. It's in the name.

Since our inception, we’ve worked with ambitious businesses who want to take their search campaigns, ROI and online visibility to new stratospheres.

Combining Technical SEO expertise and a creative approach to Content Marketing, along with a super-well-connected Digital PR offering and Paid Marketing prowess, we’ve devised and delivered campaigns that have not only achieved impressive performance figures in terms of revenue, traffic and engagement but have elevated and enriched our clients’ brand online in the long-term.

We’re quite simply all about Search. Every component of our service offering is designed to get our clients ahead of the game and performing to the highest possible level, in line with their unique objectives, targets, hopes and dreams.

A relatively young agency we may be, but our team’s experience within the digital industry spans decades. We boast a talented team of strategists, search marketers, content pros, outreach specialists and designers, each with experience across multiple sectors, who work directly with clients to build campaigns that convert.

Award-winning Search Marketing excellence. See?

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An agency culture built on trust and progression

We’re one of those lucky companies, with a team of people that genuinely get along as individuals, whilst also producing outstanding campaigns for our clients. It’s all in a day’s work.

As our name would suggest, development is important to us, so we actively promote a culture of trust and progression; allowing our people to thrive in their own unique ways, whilst adding flexibility to empower them. We trust our team to do good work – and they do.

We also offer a really nice place to work. With modern, spacious offices at Newcastle’s foremost creative hub, The Toffee Factory, and a host of employee perks that make the 9-5 that little bit easier, as well regular social events and the opportunity to head to some of the industry’s most exciting events.

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The Evolved story so far:

Sep 2014
Evolved is born!

Our co-founders Ian McIntosh & David Watts set up Evolved Search from a spare bedroom with just a couple of cats for company.

Oct 2014
Our first client!

After only a few weeks, Evolved Digital (as we were known back then) pick up their first client for both SEO and PPC.

May 2015
Our first employee!

At just over 6 months old as an agency, we hired our first employee. John Ridley joined the team over 5 years ago and is now our Head of Content & Digital PR.

Jun 2015
Goodbye spare room, hello Toffee Factory

After less than a year in business, we moved into our first proper office in the Toffee Factory, Ouseburn, a stone’s throw from Newcastle’s Quayside. The agency takes on another employee in the design team.

Nov 2016
And the winner is...

Us! We picked up the prestigious award for Best SEO Campaign at the UK Search Awards 2016 for our work with Select Car Leasing. Super proud moment.

Jun 2017
Tom Etherington joins Evolved

After working his way up the ladder in the Search industry, Tom Etherington was snapped up to head up and develop the agency’s Search team. He’s now our Operations Director and oversees all service delivery.

Jan 2018
Blackjack!

After several new client wins, the agency brings in some new talent, growing the team to 21 and building our SEO, Digital PR and Content teams further.

Aug 2018
New name, new brand

We decided to change from Evolved Digital to become Evolved Search, reflecting our specialist knowledge and focus on getting our clients results in competitive search markets. Also, the original name was weirdly really hard to say on the phone.

Nov 2018
Back on stage

Two years after winning the Best SEO campaign in the UK, Evolved Search wins the UK Search Award for the Best B2C Campaign for Mattress Online.

Dec 2018
An orange Christmas

Our first international Xmas celebration! The team explores Amsterdam with the help of trams, tour boats and beer bikes. Robbie Williams’ “Angels” becomes an unofficial company anthem.

Jan 2019
Growing team, growing client base

After picking up some great brands in the Automotive, Finance and Retail industries thanks to our growing reputation, the Evolved team continues to grow, topping 30 moving into 2019.

Mar 2019
eCommerce Search campaign success!

We were thrilled to win the Search Campaign of the Year award at the UK eCommerce Awards for our work with Mattress Online, cementing an already fantastic approach with a 2nd award!

Jun 2019
A win at the UK Content Awards

Our Dark Web campaign for Money Guru has started to make serious waves and picked up the Best Finance Campaign award at the UK Content Awards!

Sep 2019
26 coastal miles for causes

As part of our 2019 charity and community initiatives, some of the team took on a challenge to walk 26 miles down the coast to raise funds for Anxious Minds NE and Daft as a Brush cancer care.

Nov 2019
Another win for our Money Guru campaign

We picked up the Best Finance Campaign at the UK Search Awards 2019 for our Dark Web campaign, exposing the cost of personal data sold on the dark web.

Dec 2019
A Christmas in Dublin

In keeping with our penchant for taking the festive season international, we head to Dublin. The team sample the best Guinness in the world and bust some world class dance moves on a silent disco tour of the city.

Jan 2020
Planting 1000 trees in Kielder

Another charity and community initiative and the first of 2020, the team headed to nearby Kielder Forest on a wet and miserable day in January to plant 1000 trees!

Jan 2020
A win on home turf!

Lucky number 3 for our Dark Web campaign, as we won the Best Finance campaign at the Northern Digital Awards 2020! Great to celebrate amongst our Northern agency pals and peers at the celebration in Leeds.

Feb 2020
The office gets bigger - again!

Big plans call for bigger rooms. Evolved take on a third office in the Toffee Factory, taking out walls to create the largest office in the building.

Mar 2020
A European nod for Evolved

We headed to Krakow for the inaugural European Content Awards and were thrilled to pick up our first ever international award for, you guessed it, the Money Guru campaign.

May 2020
Our first ever Drum Search award

We picked up the Best Finance/Professional Services campaign at the first-ever digital (thanks to COVID) Drum Search Awards for our Dark Web campaign!

Our Leadership Team

Ian McIntosh
Ian McIntosh
Managing Director

Ian set up Evolved Search way back when, after 12 years in agency roles working in SEO. He’s a search marketing fanatic and wanted to create an offering that was more evolved than the rest.

So, alongside co-founder David Watts, he did.

Ian is now the agency MD and leads on our Commercial and People initiatives.

Tom Etherington
Tom Etherington
Operations Director

Tom leads on all things Operations and service delivery, after joining the agency in 2017 as Head of Search. Today, he oversees all elements of the Evolved Search service and our team of experts, and leads our strategic offering.

He’s an experienced, qualified and knowledgeable SEO pro and a previous recipient of the Rising Star award at The Drum Search Awards.

David Watts
David Watts
Strategic Projects Director

David is a co-founder and the Strategic Projects Director within Evolved. In his role, he leads on the creation and delivery of new initiatives and services within the business.

Bringing with him a wealth of experience in both organic & paid digital marketing, David is tasked with driving forward the agency to enhance our service to clients and ensure that we represent the cutting edge of performance-driven marketing.

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