Murmur Group MD Dave Levett on operating profitable advertising methods

Dave Levett based unbiased advertising company Murmur Group in 2016 following his four-year stint in London at Sky UK.

Levett spoke to Mediaweek about his position as managing director, the company’s specialisation, his outlook for Murmur Group within the 12 months forward and his ideas about being a part of the IMAA.

Levett on organising Murmur Group and being MD

After operating advertising and promoting campaigns for Sky UK nationally, throughout Europe and on a worldwide scale, Levett returned to Australia with a wealth of data and perception into what makes an incredible company.

“I used to be working with plenty of nice businesses over in London, and no person right here was actually utilising perception in the way in which that I felt it might be correctly used,” he mentioned, revealing the rationale behind organising Murmur.

Since then, the agency has quickly grown and cemented lots of its relationships with purchasers in two key service areas – advertising technique and operating media campaigns.           

Because the managing director, he shared that he helps his key contacts at every of their manufacturers to ship on assembly their goals reasonably than rapid marketing campaign goals. Levett additionally famous that he offers with many elements of the enterprise, from fixing pages on their web site to HR {and professional} growth plans and evaluations along with his workforce.

“My workforce is aware of I really like sport and are sick and uninterested in utilizing sporting analogies. However I really feel that I’m the coach of the workforce, and so they’re those on the market within the park which are doing all of the work,” he added.

Advertising and marketing technique and marketing campaign planning

As Levett famous, Murmur Group specialises in advertising technique and operating media campaigns.

Advertising and marketing technique is run for a lot of purchasers on a undertaking foundation over three to 4 months. It includes six key phases – creating a advertising technique, creating qualitative analysis, qualitative analysis, technique and analyzing segmentation, adopted by concentrating on and positioning, and eventually, creating the model a method.

Levett acknowledged that the shift to multi-channel advertising has grown during the last three to 4 years. He famous that increasing the company’s channel breadth has helped them make smarter strategic choices about shoppers for manufacturers. This contains bus wrap promoting, cinema, radio, programmatic show, paid social, natural social, e mail campaigns, Reddit boards and Twitter posts.

“Any medium a model’s buyer could have with that model must be put into the combo. Then we need to consider it and see whether or not it’s worthwhile, what are the marketing campaign goals for it and is it going to assist meet these,” he mentioned.

Murmur’s key purchasers and up to date wins

Murmur has labored with greater than 100 purchasers during the last six years, beginning with small to medium dimension corporations which have spawned relationships with massive purchasers. The company has labored with a number of purchasers, together with O Cosmedics, Ginger&Me, Capital Brewing Co, Chambers Cellars and Uniti Group.

The company additionally boasts a powerful relationship with A-League soccer golf equipment Western Sydney Wanderers, Sydney FC, and Melbourne Metropolis FC over the previous few years. Levett mentioned: “It’s received us various awards, domestically and internationally, for the work that we’ve finished on these campaigns, and I’m fairly pleased with these.”

The affect of the pandemic on Murmur Group and outlook for the 12 months forward

Levett famous that the final couple of years have been powerful on companies and revealed that lots of their purchasers needed to pull again on advertising spending and budgets in the course of the pandemic.

Regardless of this, Murmur fared effectively as a enterprise – it didn’t let any employees go, nor did anybody take a pay reduce.

The managing director mentioned: “Because the proprietor of the enterprise, I felt that was the precise strategy. I knew there’d be mild on the finish of the tunnel, and I believed if I again my employees in right here, then they may do an incredible job. I didn’t need anybody to go with out, and that religion was rewarded.”

Levett known as the enterprise rising effectively from 2020 a proud second. “That’s most likely the proudest. Not solely did we get via it, however we obtained via it with out anyone having to take a pay reduce to take compelled go away. I didn’t need to let anyone go and I feel that was a tremendous enterprise consequence for us as an company,” he mentioned.

Trying to the 12 months forward, an optimistic Levett revealed a touch of the thrilling plans for Murmur Group, together with buyer relationship administration choices for purchasers. He mentioned: “I feel buyer relationship administration for lots of manufacturers and companies is important to the way in which that they develop and interact with their prospects.

Murmur can be establishing partnerships with PR and artistic businesses via their IMAA membership. Levett mentioned: “We’re in negotiations and talks in the intervening time round how can we work collectively as unbiased businesses to offer a broader service providing.”

On the IMAA

Murmur Group joined the IMAA final 12 months, and Levett had nothing however reward for CEO Sam Buchanan and enterprise supervisor Rebecca Culson and the affiliation’s work elevating unbiased businesses’ profiles.

The managing director shared that he additionally appreciated the coaching alternatives the IMAA have dropped at media businesses.

“[The IMAA] had their Operation Bounce occasion again only recently, and we have been offered to by Boomtown Media, Val Morgan Out of doors, an enormous quantity of provides, and as an company, you’ve at all times obtained younger employees coming into the enterprise.

“Now, I keep in mind I began at an company; it was my first gig out of college. The coaching and data that you just get is paramount to how profitable you might be. I feel the IMAA has finished a extremely good job in getting common coaching schedules. That’s the toughest factor as an company proprietor, understanding and organising coaching on your employees.

Levett added: “The IMAA have gotten some unbelievable suppliers and companions on board with actually informative folks coming and speaking to us. It’s been exhausting to fulfill nose to nose during the last couple of years, however what they’ve finished during the last 4 months has been nice.

“I feel there’s an enormous quantity of alternative for any company that wishes to get entangled and truly upskill themselves in a sure space or deepen any relationships that they’ve with companions or suppliers, and I feel the IMAA is a good useful resource for that,” Levett concluded.

High picture: Dave Levett



Murmur Group MD Dave Levett on running successful marketing strategies and campaigns