May 2022

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:
    1,000 - 9,999
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    SGK is a global packaging and brand experience company based in the UK and was founded in 1953. They have more than 1000 employees globally that specialize in branding, content marketing, and advertising to mid-market and enterprise clients mainly focusing on consumer products & services, e-commerce, and arts, entertainment & music industries.

    Sartorius Stedim Biotech hired SGK to rebrand their biotech company's existing product marketing assets involving their application notes, datasheets, guides, brochures, and other collateral. SGK rebranded 4,500 of the client's marketing materials within one year. Their commitment to adjust and react immediately to our demands was impressive.

    SERVICES
    • 20% Branding
    • 20% Content Marketing
    • 10% Advertising
    • 50% Other
    FMCG/CPG

    FMCG/CPG

    World renowed FMCG/CPG businesses have been partnering with SGK for over 75 years.  From idea to implementation, SGK delivers award winning packaging solutions and brand experiences that give brands the freedom to speak...
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    Retail

    Retail

    Such is our experience and reputation that the world’s leading retailers to look at SGK to invigorate and innovate around the consumer experience in physical or digital form. Our experience in the retail sector is truly...
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    Travel & Hospitality

    Travel & Hospitality

    SGK has unapparelled experience in the travel and hospitality industry having worked with industry leaders for decades. Through our human-centred approach we have built a deep understanding of the travelling consumer's...
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    Fintech & Finance

    Fintech & Finance

    SGK understands the finance customer and how to communicate with them. Delivering stories and experiences that engage beyond simple numbers and products. Excelling at this concept is something that many in the fintech and...
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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
    • 25% Digital Strategy
    • 20% Branding
    • 20% Web Design
    • 35% Other
    Zeno Group

    Zeno Group

    Edelman Zeno Group is a global communications agency powerhouse, representing some of the largest and most visible consumer brands. Using a single global website as the faclilitator of growth for 9 business units that had...
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    SPR

    SPR

    SPR is a leading digital transformation agency that specializes in enterprise technology, user experience design, and using data insights to drive decision making. Recognizing that digital transformation category is...
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    SafeRate

    SafeRate

    The Safe Rate Mortgage is a revolutionary product in the home mortgage market that reduces monthly rates when neighborhood home values go down. An alternative to private mortgage insurance, the Safe Rate Mortgage protects...
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    Terova

    Terova

      https://www.mabbly.com/our-work/
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  • 4
    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
    Digital Strategy for B2B Software...

    Digital Strategy for B2B Software...

    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 for Hotel Management...

    Website for Hotel Management...

    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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    the Albert

    the Albert

    Launched the Albert's digital presence with their website and digital marketing efforts. The Albert is a restaurant in downtown Chicago - https://97switch.com/portfolio-item/the-albert/
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  • 5
    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. #grublove...
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  • 6
    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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  • 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:
    $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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  • 9
    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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  • 10
    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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  • 11
    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

  • 12
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $50,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Morton Grove, IL

    When companies in every industry from pet care to food, agriculture, and manufacturing need an effective path to B2B marketing, they enlist the services of Celtic. The U.S.-based marketing agency has provided services for brands throughout the world and has established itself as an agency that delivers consistent results.

    When a company in agriculture, chemistry, food, insurance, manufacturing, or pet products wants to engage a larger audience, they turn to Celtic to leverage digital channels to bring in more business.

    SERVICES
    • 15% Branding
    • 15% Graphic Design
    • 15% Social Media Marketing
    • 55% Other
    AGRICULTURE WORK

    AGRICULTURE WORK

    Celtic’s Ag Team knows that reaching farmers requires the latest on-trend marketing tactics with messaging built around a clear and compelling value proposition. www.celticchicago.com/agriculture
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    PET WORK

    PET WORK

    Celtic’s Pet Team works to deliver brand stories that gain market share by meeting the desires for healthier pets. www.celticchicago.com/pet
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    CHEMISTRY WORK

    CHEMISTRY WORK

    Brimming with years of industry experience, Celtic’s Chemistry Team  understands every point along the path to bring products to market, including manufacturing, distribution and end-user awareness. www.celticchicago...
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    FOOD PRODUCTION WORK

    FOOD PRODUCTION WORK

    With expertise spanning the full product cycle from the initial harvest to the processing plant, Celtic’s Food Team is equipped to serve up the communications clients need. www.celticchicago.com/food-production
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  • 13
    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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  • 14
    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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    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
    Blackberry Market Website Design...

    Blackberry Market Website Design...

    The beautiful thing about influencing a brand from the ground up is that we have the opportunity to help craft the brand experience. Blackberry Market has given us this opportunity to not only create the basic elements...
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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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    Team Red, White & Blue Brand...

    Team Red, White & Blue Brand...

    Team RWB wanted to offer veterans a new kind of experience upon returning home – one filled with physical fitness, community, and a sense of purpose.  Team RWB wants to see every veteran connected to their greater...
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