August 2022

Top Advertising Agencies & Ad Firms

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What advertising is best for your business? There’s paid search advertising in search engines; social media advertising across Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter; display advertising; remarketing – the list goes on, and that’s just for online advertising. Traditional advertising such as print, radio, and TV ads, as well as out of home advertising on billboards, buses, and benches each come with unique benefits. So, if you believe advertising can help you meet key business metrics and boost your revenue, consider hiring an advertising agency to help you identify the best types of ads and ad mediums for your business. An advertising firm will ask about business goals, brand message, and the products and services you’re marketing. From there, the ad agency will put together a plan for you to review, approve, and test.

Browse our list of the top advertising agencies to find a partner for your next project. Use these case studies, ratings, and reviews to find an ad firm that matches your style and project needs. Learn what questions to ask when hiring an ad agency.

List of the Best Ad Agencies

  • 1
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    50 - 249
    LOCATION:
    Washington, DC

    Many enterprise clients count REQ as their dependable public relations experts, so it’s no wonder the company has achieved such widespread success. With years of experience in their industry, this D.C.-based agency is certainly here to make an impact.

    One REQ client is a globally recognized leader in their sector, and REQ has provided focused and wide-reaching services for the company for the entirety of their working relationship. This includes UX design, UI, overall brand presence and visuals, and more.

    SERVICES
    • 35% Advertising
    • 35% Public Relations
    • 15% Search Engine Optimization
    • 15% Other
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  • 2
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Lewiston, ME

    They have already landed major names like TaskRabbit as clients, and Anchour is still expanding on its list of success for brands in a wide range of industries. This Maine-based firm helps organizations around the world focus their branding strategy to increase both brand perception and measurable sales.

    If you want to see how Anchour helps brands communicate with their audiences in a unique and crowded space, look no further than their brand design work for Ubisoft. Anchour helped them define a strategy for their specific audience to improve their reach and meet key KPIs.

    SERVICES
    • 75% Branding
    • 15% Advertising
    • 10% Web Design
  • 3
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Del Mar, CA

    With over 20 years of experience and over 100 industry recognitions, Jacob Taylor brings a vast reservoir of experience and best practices to the table. They are a group of seasoned brand and digital marketing professionals, working with clients of all sizes and industries.

    As an example, they built an intuitive and engaging online experience and eCommerce presence for YMCA’s 17 San Diego locations. The device-agnostic design offers a seamless online experience for members. As a result, the club’s online sales doubled almost immediately.

    SERVICES
    • 40% Advertising
    • 30% Branding
    • 20% Web Design
    • 10% Other
  • 4
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $1,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    50 - 249
    LOCATION:
    San Diego, CA

    Evolve into your full potential with digital marketing growth solutions with Power Digital Marketing. They are a full-service agency that offers fourteen service offerings including SEO, content marketing, paid media, paid and organic social media marketing, PR, influencer relations, email, conversion rate optimization, partnerships and affiliate, Amazon marketing, and web development.

    Power Digital Marketing significantly expanded the brand awareness of Athletic Brewing, driving a significant revenue increase through leveraging Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and Pinterest.

    SERVICES
    • 30% Social Media Marketing
    • 30% Pay Per Click
    • 20% Search Engine Optimization
    • 20% Other
  • 5
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $100,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    50 - 249
    LOCATION:
    Rochester, MI

    Their clients include major enterprise clients like Consumers Energy, but Daniel Brian Advertising is a advertising agency that hasn’t lost its focus on innovation or creativity. This Michigan-based firm helps organizations around the world focus their strategy for greater success.

    If you want to see how Daniel Brian Advertising helps brands communicate with their audiences in a unique and crowded space, look no further than their work for Fathead. Daniel Brian Advertising helped them define a strategy for their audience to improve their reach.

    SERVICES
    • 30% Advertising
    • 20% Branding
    • 15% Media Planning & Buying
    • 35% Other
  • 6
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    New York, NY

    Renowned brands like Google, eBay, and Uber trust Moburst for cost-effective, creative, and innovative mobile marketing campaigns. They are a full-service mobile marketing agency working with clients of all sizes and industries.

    They partnered with Samsung to increase downloads, retention, and revenue from the Galaxy App Store. Using a variety of media channels, they identified segments which apply to different target audiences and initiated campaigns relevant for each segment. Micro segmenting personalized ads increased downloads by 79%, revenue by 36%, and Facebook followers by 1400%.

    SERVICES
    • 60% Mobile & App Marketing
    • 10% Web Design
    • 10% Advertising
    • 20% Other
  • 7
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $1,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Paramus, NJ

    What do Porsche and Harvard have in common? They’ve both turned to SmartSites for pay per click marketing expertise. This New Jersey-based agency has already made major waves with work for enterprise clients and startups alike.

    When Porsche launched a platform targeting their unique customers, SmartSites analyzed the entirety of their approach to create key features and design a strategy that would bring together all elements of the client’s brand. The result was a huge success, and continues to drive progress for the brand today.

    SERVICES
    • 40% Pay Per Click
    • 40% Search Engine Optimization
    • 10% Advertising
    • 10% Other
  • 8
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $75,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Portland, OR

    Manifesto Agency stands as a beacon for their partners such as Amazon Flex and Arby’s in achieving branding that reflects authenticity. The impact-driven agency works with small to enterprise businesses in delivering powerful storytelling.

    One of the notable projects that let Manifesto Agency’s capabilities shine was their partnership with Intel for global branding efforts. The team provided marketing materials and held memorable events to highlight Intel’s dedication to building innovative experiences.
     

     

     

     

    SERVICES
    • 60% Branding
    • 10% Marketing Strategy
    • 10% Video Production
    • 20% Other
  • 9
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Los Angeles, CA

    With an impressively robust client list that includes names like The Process, SeedX empowers brands with search engine optimization. Founded on design-first principles, this LA-based firm offers an emphasis on helping brands drive change.

    One example of SeedX’s experience is their work for Muses on Demand, one of the world’s respected brands. SeedX helped them target their audience of customers with a complete reevaluation of their strategy. This resulted in powerful engagement and an increase in perceived authority for them.

    SERVICES
    • 20% Search Engine Optimization
    • 20% Advertising
    • 20% Email Marketing
    • 40% Other
  • 10
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Pittsburgh, PA

    Ashford counts Direct Online Marketing as their dependable web design and custom software experts, so it’s no wonder the company has achieved such widespread success. With years of experience in their industry, this America-based agency is certainly here to make an impact.

    SCAD is a globally recognized leader in their sector, and Direct Online Marketing has provided focused and wide-reaching services for the company for the entirety of their working relationship. This includes UX design, UI, overall brand presence and visuals, and more.

    SERVICES
    • 30% Pay Per Click
    • 25% Search Engine Optimization
    • 10% Web Design
    • 35% Other
  • 11
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Coral Gables, FL

    InPulse Digital clients include Discovery, and they specialize in providing a design-centric approach to social media marketing for their clients. With a focus on emphasizing the most vital elements of brand messaging, InPulse Digital was founded on forward-thinking principles in Miami.

    When NBC Universal needed a complete overhaul of their brand approach, they turned to InPulse Digital. The agency provided them with an end-to-end analysis of how they could make their approach more targeted, impactful and successful.

    SERVICES
    • 30% Advertising
    • 25% Pay Per Click
    • 20% Social Media Marketing
    • 25% Other
  • 12
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $100,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    Why is Brawny experiencing record sales? They’ve turned to Cutwater for branding expertise. This US-based agency has already made major waves with work for enterprise clients and startups alike.

    When Twitter launched a platform targeting their unique users, Cutwater analyzed the entirety of their approach to create key features and design a strategy that would bring together all elements of the client’s brand. The result was a huge success, and continues to drive progress for the brand today.

    SERVICES
    • 25% Media Planning & Buying
    • 25% Advertising
    • 20% Branding
    • 30% Other
  • 13
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $50,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    New York, NY

    Starfish worked tirelessly for PwC, Weight Watches, Dunkin Donuts, and Guardian, among other companies, to synchronize each of their individual brands' expressions. With a non-traditional perspective, Starfish provides branding, marketing, and graphic design services. The team of strategists, project managers, designers, and copywriters work to improve their clients' overall brand strategies.

    Starfish provided branding services to a government agency to augment internal and external communications. After developing a strategic plan to improve internal sentiments, Starfish began creating videos for the client's website and social media platforms to drive awareness. Starfish delivered impactful content that generated a significant number of impressions and web traffic.

    SERVICES
    • 40% Branding
    • 25% Advertising
    • 25% Web Design
    • 10% Other
  • 14
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $1,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Sheffield, United Kingdom

    This established search engine optimization company counts major brands like RAB among their clients. Based in the UK, The SEO Works brings a bright and impactful approach to each unique enterprise project they take on.

    Faber creates products for clients around the world. They turned to The SEO Works for a focused strategy that would highlight their unique brand voice and audience. The SEO Works delivered with highly modern and striking approach focused on making an impact.

    SERVICES
    • 65% Search Engine Optimization
    • 15% Pay Per Click
    • 10% Web Design
    • 10% Other
  • 15
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    New York, NY

    Colormatics has provided video production solutions for brands in need of powerful marketing video, including companies like H&M. This U.S.-based agency delivers is known for dazzling clients with their ability to help them create world-class video at a manageable rate and within a quick timeframe.

    When Shiseido needed a powerful way to supercharge their marketing of a new cosmetic product with video, they turned to Colormatics. Colormatics created an upbeat and fun video that was also informative and true to the brand’s identity.

    SERVICES
    • 30% Advertising
    • 25% Video Production
    • 20% Media Planning & Buying
    • 25% Other

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Need Help Finding a Company?

Marketing and advertising experts share advice for clients looking for a partner for their next project.

 

What questions would you recommend clients ask the marketing or advertising agency they are considering hiring for their next project?

Experts recommend asking marketing and advertising agencies:

  1. Have you worked on a project like this before? What about in this industry?
  2. What strategies or processes do you use to execute on their client’s goals?
  3. How do you measure success?
  4. What am I paying for? What is the cost-breakdown by specific service?

Choosing the right partner for an advertising or marketing campaign can be tough. Here are some tips from a few experts to help guide you in making the right decision.

Understand Their History of Work

Erin Milnes, Creative Director at Catchword suggests starting by asking potential advertising partners if any of their experience aligns with your specific challenge.

”What experience do you have in my sector and with my challenge? What is your process and who will be working with me? What deliverable are they responsible for?” Milnes said. “Then after interviewing the agency, ask yourself: Were you comfortable asking questions, and were they comfortable answering? Did their answers make sense? Rapport is critical in creative services.”

Align on Approach to the Project

Joshua Coffman, Founder of 502ads recommends focusing on understanding how agile your partner is in their approach to marketing and advertising by asking these two questions:

  1. Does your company have more than one path or method to support the goals of my business?
  2. What would each of those paths look like in execution?

Ask About Your Specific Needs

Preston Powel, Chief Marketing Officer at Webserv cautions that clients should ask their potential partners different questions based on their specific needs.

“Appropriate questions vary from project to project. If I was looking for paid search, for example, I would ask about bidding strategies and account structure. For organic search, however, I would ask about their off-page strategy.”

Keep Success Top of Mind

Christopher Lara, Boston Branch Manager at TheeDigital Boston says the most important question to ask potential advertising partners is: How do you measure success?

“The way an agency measures success can be very telling. Success takes time and planning — and, it should be measurable.” Lara said. “At TheeDigital, when we lay out a one-year marketing plan, we set expected milestones along the way to help show we’re making progress toward our goals.”

Discuss Payment Upfront

Nasir Jamali, Operations Manager at BrandLume knows that money is an important factor in any partnership and recommends clients ask potential partners to outline what specific services they would be paying for.

“If you don’t understand where your money is going, it will only lead to disappointment and confusion for both you and the agency you are working with,” Jamali said. “Agencies will often suggest $2,000 worth of SEO without the client knowing how SEO works. It doesn’t come from a place of malice, but most of the time marketers and advertisers will forget that some clients don’t even know what SEO stands for.”