With Pay it Forward, we are encouraging established agencies and suppliers to sponsor premium profiles for AND to build relationships with emerging agencies.

Benefits for sponsoring agencies

  • Do good through investing back into the industry and encouraging the brave young guns to do what you did when you bravely stepped out on your own!
  • Gain an electronic introduction to the agencies you sponsor. We hope you will use this opportunity as a starting point for collaborating with the sponsored agency, although you are under no obligation to do so. Let them offer you capacity, specialist skills and access to their senior team.

Benefits for sponsored agencies

Gain all the value-added functionality of a premium profile. This includes:

  • Boosted search visibility (think Google — RELEVANT paid-for profiles appear first in alphabetical order, followed by non-paid-for search results.
  • A company news room allows you to include current account wins, promotions, campaign launches and other company news in your profile.
  • The ability to add a showcase portfolio, saving clients time in finding and accessing your portfolio of work.
  • Exposure through the publication of company news room headlines on MarkLives.com
  • Direct messaging allows clients to email or call you directly from the site without having to jot down numbers or other contact details.

You will receive an electronic introduction to the sponsoring agency. Please use this to build a relationship your sponsor’s management team. We are encouraging sponsors to offer advice, and hopefully work, to sponsored agencies, although sponsors are under no legal obligation to do so.

How do I sign up to receive a sponsored profile?

Email us the relevant information [Pay It Forward Info required: Name Surname, Company Name, Email Address, Contact Number, Number of employees, Year established, BEE status, Revenue band, 200 word note to sponsor – information on agency] and we will add you to our list of agencies awaiting a sponsored profile. We cannot guarantee that we will find you a sponsor agency. We are unable to provide updates on progress unless it is to let you know that a sponsor has stepped forward.

To qualify for entry onto our waiting list, your agency must be headquartered in a South African city, and you must:

  1. Employ fewer than 10 people
  2. Have been in business for NO LONGER THAN two years

Or

  1. Employ fewer than 10 people
  2. Be certified as having BBBEE status 1 (supporting affidavit required).

Or

  1. Your annual revenue falls below R2.5m
  2. Have been in business for NO LONGER THAN two years

How do I sign up to become a Pay it Forward sponsor?

Email us for access to our list of agencies awaiting a sponsored profile.

Do you publicise the names of sponsored agencies?

We do not publicise the names of sponsored agencies on this site. However,we do have to make available to potential sponsors the details of agencies awaiting sponsored profiles.

Do you publicise the names of sponsoring agencies?

We encourage sponsoring agencies to publicise their contribution to the industry and on this site. However,if you prefer not to be identified, we will respect that decision as well.