Global Search Marketing Agency, Directive, Announces Complete Rebranding

Directive Consulting | December 05, 2018

Directive, the leading B2B and enterprise search marketing agency, announced today the launch of their new branding to reflect their evolution into a global search marketing agency. Directive’s unique approach to search marketing has positioned the company as the agency of choice for leading B2B and enterprise companies since 2014 with a portfolio comprised of 90% in the B2B space. With their extensive rebranding efforts, the company continues to offer premier SEO, PPC, CRO, content marketing and paid social services that B2B and enterprises need to scale their business. Additionally, Directive continues to invest further in employee well-being, marketing technologies and superior support for clients. “Our rebranding does not impact our services, operations or our market, as we have been working with leaders in the B2B space for some time; however, our identity now reflects and matches that,” stated Hannah Mans, Directive’s director of marketing. “This milestone is the first of many as we work towards our vision to be the largest global B2B search agency by the end of 2020.” The rebranding includes a top-to-bottom redesign of the company’s website and logo to better resonate with current and potential clients.

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Baldwin Risk Partners | January 11, 2022

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SAS | June 28, 2022

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Ivans | June 20, 2022

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Assurely | February 14, 2022

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