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Face the Future Nominated with Northern Duo Customer First Digital & Green Ginger Digital for Four Awards at this Years Northern Digital Awards

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Published Date 13.12.2023

The team at Health and Beauty retailer Face the Future and long-term digital partners Customer First Digital and Green Ginger Digital were delighted to hear the news that they had been nominated for four awards at the 2024 Northern Digital Awards.

All four nominations showcase the diversity of work and continuous innovation carried out across the three business’ in 2023, with improvements to customer experience and new marketing activations being at the centre of Face the Future’s performance growth.

🏆 Best Website – With Face the Future & Best eCommerce Website – With Face the Future

Both of these awards recognise the benefits of investing in a 12-month development roadmap, focussed on the need of the customers. These changes focussed on a mix of initiative from driving new customer acquisition to nurturing customers through retention techniques. All these changes have supported in a 45.8% growth in orders, 34% growth in revenue and 72% in new customers Year on Year.


🏆 Best PPC Campaign – With Green Ginger Digital & Face the Future

This nomination epitomises the need to continually test and innovate in a highly competitive market, where paid search costs continue to rise. The team developed a 6 month roadmap to growth the accounts, with amazing results achieved (a 43% growth in revenue and a -10.5% improvement in efficiency).


🏆 Best Digital Marketing Campaign – Health & beauty – With Face the Future

This unique debut campaign allowed digital to meet the physical, with more than 25k customers engaged with over a 5 day period, as the Face the Future team went On The Road to meet existing and new customers. The campaign demonstrated true diversity in the approach to marketing, with a full funnel mix of activities carried out from Social Lives to Programmatic Out of Home.

The Perfect Partnership

Following Paul Thompson and Julia Barcoe Thompson acquisition of Face the Future in February 2020, they quickly reached out to newly launched digital consultancy Customer First Digital, to support their eCommerce growth. Having focussed initially on improving the Customer Experience through a migration to Shopify, Customer First Digital’s focus turned to the marketing of the brand. This included Paid Search activity, with former colleagues Nick Cranwell and Emily Proctor’s newly founded agency (Green Ginger Digital) being introduced.

As they say, the rest is history, Face the Future has delivered significant double-digit growth in revenue, new customer acquisition and lifetime value, which has driven through the collaborative working with the internal team and partners.

What they say …

“We couldn’t be prouder to be shortlisted for the third year on the trot, and especially when we have secured a place on the shortlist in four award categories! We take these awards very seriously and always find it rewarding to be recognised independently for the hard work that we as a team, together with our partners put in day in day out. Whilst the wider market conditions have been challenging over the last twelve months, we have managed to deliver another record breaking year and we can never underestimate the contribution of our partners to our continued success. We’re looking forward to attending the Northern Digital Awards together with our Northern based partners and hopefully toasting a victory!”

Paul Thompson, Owner of Face the Future

“It’s amazing to be shortlisted for the Northern Digital Awards for the third year in a row. As a proud Yorkshireman and Northern company, we’re delighted to be shortlisted alongside the best campaigns and digital business’ in the North. Being recognised shows the power of teamwork, with Face the Future’s performance continuing to positively trend against the market, which is seeing negative growth. We’re looking forward to attending the Northern Digital Awards with the team from Face the Future and Green Ginger Digital. Good luck to everyone that has been shortlisted!”

Dave Trolle, Founder of Customer First Digital

“The Green Ginger team are thrilled to have been shortlisted for Best PPC Campaign at the Northern Digital Awards, standing side by side with our partners Face the Future and Customer First Digital.

In the past 12 months, our collaboration has been a driving force behind the remarkable performance leap for Face the Future. Together, we’ve crafted innovative performance marketing strategies, leveraging the brand and industry knowledge of the FTF team, combined with the expert touch of Customer First Digital.

We’re very grateful for the teamwork that makes such recognition possible. Here’s to pushing boundaries and setting benchmarks together!”

Nick Cranwell & Emily Proctor, Co-Founders of Green Ginger Digital

About the Entrants:

Face the Future are the go-to beauty retail destination if you’re looking for skin and self-care for every version of you. Through real experience and knowledge, they provide support and advice to hundreds and thousands of consumers, for their lifelong self-care journey.

Customer First Digital are an award-winning digital consultancy and partnership marketing agency, based in East Yorkshire. Their approach is to align with their partners short and long term objectives, operating as a trusted partner and an extension of their team, with a keen eye on driving performance and creating sustainable growth, to future proof their partners digital activity.

Green Ginger Digital are an innovative performance marketing agency, specialising in search and strategy. Established to connect customers to brands online, their customer-first approach drives significant performance growth and efficiencies, across Paid Search, Paid Social and SEO marketing.

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