October 2021

Top Creative Agencies in Chicago

Creative agencies produce all the content and visual elements of a brand. Creative agencies provide companies the branding materials necessary to engage with potential and existing customers. Creative agencies help their clients because they handle challenging, time-consuming work. In particular, creative agencies can usually design logos, banners, and color schemes. Also, many creative agencies offer services such as copywriting, video production, and email newsletter creation. Recently, some creative agencies began to offer services typically associated with digital marketing, such as social media and web design.

Luckily, Chicago has some of the best creative company to hire. Use our list to find and connect with creative company in The Windy City. Evaluate their case studies, project types, and client reviews to determine which company is the best fit for you.

List of the Best Creative Companies in The Windy City

  • 1
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Geneva, IL

    Branding partners have become essential for brands in every industry, and Illinois-based Rule29 has become one of the most trusted sources for brand development and identity design for brands that include Fellowes and many others.

    Whether expanding on an existing strategy or serving brands that are starting from zero, Rule29 delivers real results. It’s what’s made them a go-to name in branding and continue to expand their client list to include companies like Cargill.

    SERVICES
    • 60% Branding
    • 20% Web Design
    • 10% Advertising
    • 10% Other
    Wheels4Water Branding & Event...

    Wheels4Water Branding & Event...

    Since 2014, Wheels4Water has fought against the global water crisis using only bicycles, a passionate community, storytelling, and heart for doing good. To date, we have raised more than $950,000—helping more than...
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    Wicked Root Branding & Packaging

    Wicked Root Branding & Packaging

    As the industry grows and cannabis sales become legal, there is a whole new space to explore creatively. As a branding agency, the opportunities excite us as we help guide brand growth. When Wicked Root reached out to...
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    O-Cedar Freudenberg Marketing...

    O-Cedar Freudenberg Marketing...

    Strategically created landing pages strengthen brands, increase SEO, and drive consumers to purchase. In O-Cedar’s case, Rule29 refreshed their ProMist MAX Microfiber Mop Amazon store page to highlight the benefits of...
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    McDonald's Brand Extension

    McDonald's Brand Extension

    Collaboration is a pillar of Rule29’s approach, and our work with McDonald's creative team is a perfect example. We help with or lead the development of a variety of projects for McDonald’s B2B and B2C communications...
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  • 2
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    With a passion for both strategy and design, C2 Creative has provided mobile app development work for clients around the globe. Based in Chicago, C2 Creative brings a long history of success to each project they complete.

    When their client was just a new brand looking to make an impact, C2 Creative crafted major elements of their user engagement strategy in an emerging market. The result was a splashy entrance into the market orchestrated by C2 Creative designers and strategists.

    SERVICES
    • 30% Branding
    • 30% Marketing Strategy
    • 30% Web Design
    • 10% Other
    TOPBLOC / Brand Campaign

    TOPBLOC / Brand Campaign

    Like many startups experiencing exponential growth, a brand strategy, narrative, and image can take a back seat to the immediate needs of a go, go, go business. As larger opportunities came into the sales funnel, and the...
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    POGUE / Brand Campaign

    POGUE / Brand Campaign

    We worked with Pogue to clarify their vision, define their brand archetype, and crystallize their positioning. Once the strategy was set, we developed a creative platform that supported the new direction to employees and...
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    CHOWLY / Brand Campaign

    CHOWLY / Brand Campaign

    As Chowly’s profile elevated they leadership team need to rethink their brand image. C2 Creative partnered with Chowly to strategically position their brand, develop a creative platform and ultimately revamp their website.
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    FOCUSPRESS / Brandy Identity

    FOCUSPRESS / Brandy Identity

    C2 Creative applied strategy and design to develop the core identity, sales tools, and lead generation advertising for the FocusPress launch.
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  • 3
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    When companies like Microsoft need an effective path to better brand iconography, they enlist the services of Mabbly. This Chicago-based brand design agency has provided their services for brands throughout the world, and has established itself as an agency that delivers consistent results.

    ShopRunner is a company that’s tapped into a large audience already but was looking to expand their reach. They turned to Mabbly for the opportunity to improve their brand platform, and Mabbly delivered a robust branding strategy that led to increased business and brand awareness.

    SERVICES
    • 30% Web Design
    • 25% Digital Strategy
    • 15% Branding
    • 30% Other
    AArete

    AArete

    Mabbly was enlisted by AArete to help them create a brand platform as well as their website and online marketing materials. Mabbly created a cohesive set of collaterals that are used across a range of successful marketing...
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    Zeno Group

    Zeno Group

    Zeno Group is a global communications agency, but there was one area where they were having trouble communicating—their own brand identitiy Zeno Group helped them pinpoint and showcase their most important and appealing...
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    SPR

    SPR

    Mabbly provided brand identity, website design, and digital strategy for SPR, a technology consulting company. Mabbly helped this established company find new and contemporary ways to show themselves as a leader in the...
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    SafeRate

    SafeRate

    https://www.mabbly.com/case/safe-rate/
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  • 4
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    50 - 249
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    This established branding and PR company counts major brands like Adobe among their clients. Based in Chicago, Motion Agency brings a bright and impactful approach to each unique enterprise project they take on.

    The Home Depot has home improvement retail locations for customers around the world. They turned to Motion Agency for a focused strategy that would highlight their unique brand voice and audience. Motion Agency delivered with highly modern and striking approach focused on making an impact.

    SERVICES
    • 20% Branding
    • 20% Public Relations
    • 10% Advertising
    • 50% Other
    The Art of Gift Card Giving for...

    The Art of Gift Card Giving for...

    The Home Depot, a long-standing client, reached out to Motion for solutions to refresh their holiday gift card campaign with the hope of driving greater engagement with their cards. Motion developed a social promotion...
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    Extending A Brand to New Heights...

    Extending A Brand to New Heights...

    Wanting to stay ahead of pet food trends for natural and flavorful ingredients, Tractor Supply Co. tasked The Motion Agency with helping to further develop a brand extension to its premium 4Health line of private label...
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    Putting “Awkward” to Bed for...

    Putting “Awkward” to Bed for...

    Mattress shopping can not only be daunting, but also very awkward. Serta asked Motion for ideas to improve the awkward 1-on-1 salesman dynamic, with the goal of transforming the shopping process to empower the customer...
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  • 5
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Grayslake, IL

    With an impressively robust client list that includes names like Abbott Labs, Mock Design Group empowers brands with branding services. Founded on design-first principles, this Illinois-based firm offers an emphasis on helping brands drive change.

    One example of Mock Design Group’s experience is their work for Novare, one of the world’s respected brands. Mock Design Group 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
    • 50% Branding
    • 20% Logo
    • 10% Advertising
    • 20% Other
    Daughters Post

    Daughters Post

    Fun social media post focused on the joys of daughters. Photographed in our 700 sq.ft. photo studio. © Mock Design Group, All rights reserved.
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    ACCO Brands ESG Report

    ACCO Brands ESG Report

    Online ESG report emphasizing the clients commitments and showcasing their past accomplishments. Created to reinforce their brand through color and grid system of layout. 20 pages. Interactive PDF.
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    Abbott Award Submission

    Abbott Award Submission

    Novare Branding

    Novare Branding

    Complete branding for National company. Included brand development, messaging, tagline, print design, presentations, digital and social media.
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  • 6
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    Bandwidth Marketing Group clients include Guaranteed Rate and Grubhub, and they specialize in providing design-centric branding expertise for their clients. With a focus on emphasizing the most vital elements of brand messaging, Bandwidth Marketing Group was founded on forward-thinking principles in Chicago in 2005.

    When Ticketsnow needed a complete overhaul of their brand messaging, voice and overall visual design, they turned to Bandwidth Marketing Group. The agency provided them with an end-to-end analysis of how they could make their branding more targeted, impactful and successful.

    SERVICES
    • 25% Branding
    • 20% Advertising
    • 15% Web Design
    • 40% Other
    Gore

    Gore

    BRAND CAMPAIGN INCLUDING TRADE SHOW DISPLAY, TRADE PRINT, DIRECT MAIL Built on awareness and innovation of GORE-TEX parent company to brand a new division in PharmBio manufacturing filters, membranes, and other plastic...
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    Ticketsnow

    Ticketsnow

    INTEREST BUILDING EVENT TO INCREASE BRAND AWARENESS AND BUILD CUSTOMER DATABASE We gained buzz and brand presence in a key market, by promotionally leveraging the US Open ticketing relationship.  By reaping the benfits...
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    ServSafe

    ServSafe

    BRAND CAMPAIGN INCLUDING TRADE PRINT & SLICKS, DIRECT MAIL, COLLATERAL Built a new look for the oldest restaurant server training programs in U.S. that helped to gain presence and generate pride, externally and...
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    GrubHub #GrubLove

    GrubHub #GrubLove

    TRADE & CONSUMER CAMPAIGN INCLUDING IN-STORE & ONLINE PROMOTION Delivered super-simple social media/in-store promotion to grow GrubHub business efforts by developing a restaurant network partner program....
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  • 7
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Lombard, IL

    This established branding company counts major brands like Lammi Sports and K. Hovnanian among their clients. Based in Illinois, Stevens & Tate brings a bright and impactful approach to each branding project they take on.

    Walgreens is one of the largest convenience store and pharmacy chains the world. They turned to Stevens & Tate for a focused packaging campaign that would highlight their unique brand voice and audience. Stevens & Tate delivered with highly modern and striking packaging designed to make an impact.

    SERVICES
    • 15% Branding
    • 14% Web Design
    • 13% Content Marketing
    • 58% Other
    Cinch

    Cinch

    As a leader in residential home warranties across the U.S., HMS had become a household name. So when the company decided to change to CINCH Home Services to better reflect its more diverse capabilities, it knew it had...
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    K. Hovanian® Developments of...

    K. Hovanian® Developments of...

    The Chicagoland division of K. Hovnanian® Homes® was looking for a new way to educate and spark interest with today’s homebuyers. The goal was to clearly showcase the benefits of choosing a new home over a used home...
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    The University of Chicago...

    The University of Chicago...

    Being diagnosed with diabetes can be overwhelming for someone. The mission of the University of Chicago Medicine Kovler Diabetes Center is to help alleviate fear and confusion through education, clinical care, community...
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    St. Catherine's Village: Senior...

    St. Catherine's Village: Senior...

    St. Catherine’s Village, Mississippi’s premier Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), was struggling with an image problem. First, it was perceived as being too expensive and exclusive. Second, potential...
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  • 8
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $1,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    SWIDIA caters to modern companies and helps them grow with their various strategies and analytic services. They specialize in marketing strategy, media planning and buying, and social media marketing for small and mid-market firms in the fields of consumer products, e-commerce, and arts.

    As an example of their work, SWIDIA was tasked by RadishFiction to help market their mobile app. The app, known as “Chat Stories”, is a fictional story app that uses the style of online messaging. SWIDIA produced videos to help with marketing campaigns.

    SERVICES
    • 25% Marketing Strategy
    • 25% Media Planning & Buying
    • 25% Social Media Marketing
    • 25% Other
    Radish Fiction - Chat Stories

    Radish Fiction - Chat Stories

    Our friends at RadishFiction ntroduced a whole new way of reading sexy romance fiction with Chat Stories! This intimate format allows readers to get immersed in the moment with their favorite characters and storylines....
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    IsoShaker Kickstarter Launch

    IsoShaker Kickstarter Launch

    IsoShaker was looking for full-service on their Kickstarter campaign from concept, design, to launch. We got the pleasure to work closely with their founder to develop a creative strategy, and marketing plan that drove...
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    OutstandingFoods PigOut Chips

    OutstandingFoods PigOut Chips

    "Plant-based chips that taste like bacon? No wayyyyy"⁠⁠This is the exact reaction we had when we first crunched into this tasty-as-hell snack from the geniuses over at OutstandingFoods. It's no surprise we carried...
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    Dude Products - On the go wipes

    Dude Products - On the go wipes

    DUDE Products was looking to create a set of marketing videos for their flagship product, DUDE Wipes, that could be used and chopped up across digital channels.We concepted, filmed, and produced 61 variatons of the video...
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  • 9
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    Hustlemore is a result-driven marketing agency that helps their clients identify their core problems, connect with consumers, and deliver strategies. Their service line includes branding, marketing, and digital strategy for small and mid-market businesses.

     

    Small urgent care provider Innovative Express Care hired Hustlemore when they needed help breaking into the space in a way that could get big results with little spend. They designed the creative to change the perception of patient visits from a transaction to a relationship and saw an over 400% increase in revenue over the first year of the campaign.

     

    SERVICES
    • 20% Branding
    • 20% Marketing Strategy
    • 15% Digital Strategy
    • 45% Other
    Innovative Express Care Outdoor...

    Innovative Express Care Outdoor...

    The Challenge Innovative Express Care was a smaller player in the urgent care space in Chicago. As a newer player, they needed a way to break into a crowded and competitive Urgent Care space in a meaningful (and...
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    INNOVATIVE EXPRESS CARE

    INNOVATIVE EXPRESS CARE

    We developed a digital and above-the-line campaign which included traditional channels such as print, mailers, OOH, and broadcast, as well as digital channels to reach different audience segments.
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  • 10
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    97 Switch apply their web design and digital marketing skills to develop a digital presence that fits the personality and purpose of their clients. They mainly work with small and mid-sized companies in the hospitality and leisure, financial services, and real estate industries.

    They built a launch branding strategy and digital presence for Hotel EMC2, Autograph Collection. The engagement turned into a long-lasting relationship with 97 Switch providing ongoing digital advertising support, content development, SEO, website maintenance, and social media services to the hotel.

    SERVICES
    • 25% Digital Strategy
    • 20% Advertising
    • 20% Web Design
    • 35% Other
    Downtown Chicago Hotel Rebrands...

    Downtown Chicago Hotel Rebrands...

    theWit, a 4-star hotel in downtown Chicago, an homage to creativity and expression needed more than ever to share their multi-sensory hotel experience online. https://97switch.com/portfolio-item/thewit-website/ theWit...
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    Digital Ads and Strategy for B2B...

    Digital Ads and Strategy for B2B...

    PPC digital ads including Google Ads, Facebook and LinkedIn. Digital marketing strategy, email marketing and landing page design using HubSpot for Mobile Doorman, a B2B Proptech Company. See Work: https://97switch...
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    Website and Digital Marketing for...

    Website and Digital Marketing for...

    Digital Strategy and Website for SMASHotels, hotel management company See Work: https://97switch.com/portfolio-item/smashotels/
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    Virtual reality business digital...

    Virtual reality business digital...

    MassVR, a new free-roam virtual reality gaming experience, allows groups to play and compete in a virtual reality world. The game uses groundbreaking technology, allowing people to walk around in a 16,000 square foot...
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  • 11
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    Sparkfactor has made a name for themselves by creating plans for their clients that optimize their marketing programs. Their service line includes digital and marketing strategy as well as creative services like video production and web development.

     

    A recent example of their work was helping a neighborhood in Chicago Devon Park promote their diverse area and local population. They created a campaign that highlighted their identity as a cultural melting pot rallying around the tagline “Down the street and around the world.”

    SERVICES
    • 20% Digital Strategy
    • 20% Marketing Strategy
    • 20% Web Development
    • 40% Other
    On Devon Neighborhood Branding...

    On Devon Neighborhood Branding...

    Devon Avenue, located in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, was looking to promote the diverse area and its local businesses. We started by interviewing business owners and collecting data via a survey to get to...
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    First Financial Credit Union...

    First Financial Credit Union...

    We partnered with First Financial Credit Union to update their brand by revising their logo and creating a brand guidelines document. We then redesigned their website. They were looking to drive new membership. We...
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    Bio-Tissue Digital Marketing,...

    Bio-Tissue Digital Marketing,...

    Sparkfactor and Bio-Tissue work together to manage their monthly digital marketing and yearly special projects. We would post approximately 3 blog articles per month with corresponding landing pages for lead generation...
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  • 12
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Valparaiso, IN

    Barbauld Agency strives to help out local businesses in Illinois reach out to their target market as effectively as they can with the help of their services. The agency offers marketing strategy, digital strategy, and graphic design services to small and mid-sized businesses alike.

     

    As an example of their work, Barbauld Agency worked with Tour of Terror, a haunted house entertainment group. Barbauld Agency used cheap and efficient marketing strategies to reach out to a relatively remote location, and ticket sales went up by 76.8% with the help of the campaign.

    SERVICES
    • 20% Digital Strategy
    • 20% Marketing Strategy
    • 15% Advertising
    • 45% Other
    Welcome To Digital Advertising....

    Welcome To Digital Advertising....

    The Challenge Creating brand awareness for a company that had never done digital advertising.The Solution A dynamic new website and high quality, consistent advertising across all platforms.The Result A 15% increase in...
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    Driving Results. How We Got...

    Driving Results. How We Got...

    The Challenge Boost driver recruiting in an industry facing a historic shortage of eligible drivers.The Solution A multi-faceted digital campaign focused on awareness and retargeting.The Result A 29% increase in hiring in...
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    Scary Good Results. A Marketing...

    Scary Good Results. A Marketing...

    The Challenge   Increase sales on a limited budget for a remote location.The Solution   Use low cost marketing vehicles to build awareness.The Result   A 76.8% increase in ticket sales.   2018 Summit Marketing...
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  • 13
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    Add Chapter clients include Boston Biopharma, and they specialize in providing a design-centric approach to branding and advertising for their clients. With a focus on emphasizing the most vital elements of brand messaging, Add Chapter was founded on forward-thinking principles in America.

    When Honey Flowers needed a complete overhaul of their brand approach, they turned to Add Chapter. The agency provided them with an end-to-end analysis of how they could make their approach more targeted, impactful and successful.

    SERVICES
    • 40% Branding
    • 20% Advertising
    • 15% Graphic Design
    • 25% Other
    Boston Biopharma

    Boston Biopharma

    Honey Flowers

    Honey Flowers

    Honey Flowers logo and label design.
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    CESD SERVICES BRANDING

    CESD SERVICES BRANDING

  • 14
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Wilmette, IL

    Coat of Arms has worked diligently to provide creative design and media solutions to clients since 2010. They are experts in video production, advertising, and branding services for clients that range from small firms to large businesses in the fields of arts, advertising, and IT solutions.

    One of Coat of Arms’ projects involved working with Lullaby Theories. Coat of Arms helped produce a series of videos that aim to inspire women to engage in the field of science and discovery.

    SERVICES
    • 40% Video Production
    • 15% Advertising
    • 10% Branding
    • 35% Other
    Coat of Arms Reel

    Coat of Arms Reel

    We're grateful to our clients and collaborators for all we've accomplished together in the last year. There's so much more we want to do. Here's to what's next! All creative by Coat of Arms
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    Lullaby Theories (Series: Season...

    Lullaby Theories (Series: Season...

    ///Lullaby Theories Season Logline:  On a mission to explore the world through science, four year old, identical, twin girls discuss complex theories with their mother. ///Lullaby Theories Season Synopsis: Coat of Arms...
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    Google for Education

    Google for Education

    Education is evolving at a faster pace than any other period in recent history. There’s a growing awareness among educators and families that today’s curriculum needs to evolve to meet tomorrow’s reality. Beyond...
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    An SPMS Story - in 360˚ (Vimeo...

    An SPMS Story - in 360˚ (Vimeo...

    Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis sucks! One mans journey with the disease echoes—"I'm still here."    This is a 360˚ film
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  • 15
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Elk Grove Village, IL

    Black Dog has provided full-service advertising solutions for iconic names like Old Town Trolley Boston as well as dozens of enterprise clients around the world. This USA based agency was founded on a will to be great and has already made major waves with work for enterprise clients and startups alike.

    When Fury Water Adventures needed a powerful way to supercharge their strategy, they turned to Black Dog. Black Dog completely revamped their approach to highlight some of their most appealing elements and drive higher engagement and sales.

    SERVICES
    • 20% Advertising
    • 20% Marketing Strategy
    • 20% Pay Per Click
    • 40% Other
    Ghosts & Gravestones Tour Savannah

    Ghosts & Gravestones Tour Savannah

    Widely considered by ghost hunters and paranormal investigators as being America’s Most Haunted City and seen on The Today Show and the Travel Channel, Savannah’s dark past is unveiled on this spooky tour! Learn about...
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    A Taste-ful Rebrand!

    A Taste-ful Rebrand!

    With the bold and vibrant new look created by BlackDog, Ana Quincoces was ready for The Profit to reintroduce her brand to the masses. The results were a smashing success. Shortly after airing, her brand-new website was...
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    "Turning Trash into Treasure" -...

    "Turning Trash into Treasure" -...

    The city of Boston draws more than 18 million visitors per year, and it’s often a challenge to grab their attention amid the hustle and bustle. It was BlackDog Advertising’s job to show visitors that there’s a...
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    "New Summer Commute" - Fury Water...

    "New Summer Commute" - Fury Water...

    A series of six snackable, 15-second videos were created as part of Fury's 360 Summer campaign and utilized across social media and digital platforms. The full campaign included broadcast and cable in key markets, a...
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