October 2021

Top Creative Agencies in San Francisco

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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, San Francisco has some of the best creative company to hire. Use our list to find and connect with creative company in The Bay Area. 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 Bay Area

  • 1
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $75,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    50 - 249
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    With an impressive roster of clients like Apple, Adobe, Walmart, and more, Traction’s talent, expertise, and processes are proven. They are an award-winning creative agency, working mainly with large enterprises and mid-sized clients.

    They partnered with Lenovo to create a marketing campaign for ThinkPad™ Yoga 12 all-in-one laptop and tablet. In a series of videos and a collection of four tongue-in-cheek illustrated “Survival Guides”, they appealed to a marketing-averse IT audience, making it the most viewed and downloaded asset ever produced. The result —a 400% lift in engagement.

    SERVICES
    • 30% Advertising
    • 30% Web Design
    • 20% UX/UI Design
    • 20% Other
    250% Increase in Leads

    250% Increase in Leads

    Lenovo is the biggest laptop vendor in the world. Many of those laptops are sold to businesses, and with the launch of their ThinkPad™ Yoga 12 all-in-one laptop and tablet, Lenovo hoped to broaden their exposure to a...
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    Doubling CPG Retail Velocity

    Doubling CPG Retail Velocity

    Healthy Pet came to us with the best challenge ever: Launch a new consumer packaged goods product in a crowded, stale, and unimaginative category. How stale and unimaginative? Try cat litter. Starting with the universal...
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  • 2
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $75,000+
    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% Advertising
    • 25% Media Planning & Buying
    • 20% Branding
    • 30% Other
    Russell Stover "Hugs"

    Russell Stover "Hugs"

    Russell Stover® Chocolates have been an American classic since 1923, but they needed our help to make the brand more culturally relevant to contemporary consumers. The solution? Position Russell Stover as a gifting...
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    Axos "Bank Robbers"

    Axos "Bank Robbers"

    As a new challenger brand, Axos Bank welcomed the idea of bold, memorable campaign that would help them stand out from the competition. By tapping into the increased distrust of financial institutions and the idea that...
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    Unison "Doors"

    Unison "Doors"

    Over the last decade, the cost of buying a home in the Bay Area, and in much of the rest of the country, has skyrocketed to unprecedented levels, locking many people out of the possibility of ever buying a home. We worked...
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    Peet's Coffee & Tea "Coffee First"

    Peet's Coffee & Tea "Coffee First"

    Alfred Peet started a coffee revolution by introducing a style of coffee that Americans had never tasted before -- fresh beans, small batches and a dark roast that produced rich and complex flavors. His influence in the...
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  • 3
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    For 15 years, Sköna has created major growth for their clients by creating brands that their customers love. They’re a full-service agency specializing in creative services like web design and video production as well as media buying and digital strategy. 

     

    One of their recent projects was creating a new corporate identity for AI company Figure Eight. Sköna created a system as sleek and powerful as the technology itself that gave new life to the brand’s web and mobile experiences. 

    SERVICES
    • 20% Advertising
    • 20% Branding
    • 20% Media Planning & Buying
    • 40% Other
    Snowflake - The Data Cloud

    Snowflake - The Data Cloud

    Snowflake needed to stand out from the sea of traditional data warehouses. This meant clearly communicating differentiators like being built for the cloud and creating a demand gen machine to leverage the brand to drive...
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    A high-tech rebrand for iMerit

    A high-tech rebrand for iMerit

    In need of a rebrand that showcased their high-quality and specialties, we worked to shed misconceptions with a utilitarian rebrand and brand new website for iMerit. The rebrand reflects quality, high-tech specialization...
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    Telavox gets a whole new look

    Telavox gets a whole new look

    elavox needed to streamline and redirect its communication and collaboration platform, Telavox Flow, into one main Telavox brand. After years of bouncing between the two names, they needed to build a new but familiar...
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    Rebrand & New Website Assets...

    Rebrand & New Website Assets...

    We partnered with Mercuri International to rebrand their identity in order to better position them in their growing, global landscape. The brand urgently needed to reposition itself as a modern, attractive, and...
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  • 4
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    Their clients include major enterprise clients like NetGear, but Theory SF is a branding agency that hasn’t lost its focus on innovation or creativity. This San Francisco-based firm helps organizations around the world focus their strategy for greater success.

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

    SERVICES
    • 60% Branding
    • 20% Advertising
    • 10% Digital Strategy
    • 10% Other
    New brand in the extended auto...

    New brand in the extended auto...

    We named and developed the brand and creative for this beautiful new brand in the extended auto warranty category. Keep your eyes peeled for the launch.
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    New brand for tech startup

    New brand for tech startup

    We developed a new brand for a revolutionary internet platform built for content creators. The USP? By using Holonis, your content will be found.
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    Outdoor Billboards

    Outdoor Billboards

    Our outdoor boards build awareness of the activities and unmatched beauty of the area
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    How to Mendo Videos

    How to Mendo Videos

    We developed an integrated set of 10 videos that teach our guests How to Mendocino. Our on camera talent is an up and coming stand up comic mom that really struck a chord with our audiences. 
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  • 5
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Sausalito, CA

    Division of Labor is a California-based agency focused on helping brands highlight their distinctive qualities with branding services. With clients that include SFMOMA and a long list of successful work in a range of industries, Division of Labor has already made a name for itself as a go-to source for expert branding.

    When Kelly Services was searching for a way to improve their brand identity, Division of Labor leveraged their industry expertise to deliver a targeted brand development strategy that would meet their clients KPIs and boost their bottom line along the way. The result was stellar client feedback and a successful engagement that led to future work.

    SERVICES
    • 35% Advertising
    • 35% Social Media Marketing
    • 20% Branding
    • 10% Other
    Keen Quarantine

    Keen Quarantine

    When the pandemic hit, we shelved the brand launch we had been planning for KEEN and took to Zoom. Like everyone else, video conferencing became our lifeline. Unlike everyone else, it became our production studio, as well...
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    SF MOMA- See Them Both Campaign

    SF MOMA- See Them Both Campaign

    Francisco teams up with the largest modern and contemporary art museum in the country? Our new campaign for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art pairs iconic destinations around the city with iconic works from the...
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    Lively HSA

    Lively HSA

    The majority of people don’t know what health savings accounts are. So it stands to reason that the majority of people don’t know who Lively is, even though they’re a leader in health savings accounts. This campaign...
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    PagerDuty - Solutions before...

    PagerDuty - Solutions before...

    The Solutions Before Problems campaign launched in September to increase brand awareness and drive trial amongst developers and c-suite executives. PagerDuty is used by half of the Fortune 500 companies. It’s time more...
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  • 6
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Emeryville, CA

    With a passion for both strategy and design, FARINELLA has provided branding work for clients like Libratone. Based in California, FARINELLA brings a long history of success to each project they complete.

    When Akamai was just a new brand looking to make an impact, FARINELLA crafted the entirety of their experience in this distinct area. The result was a splashy entrance into the market orchestrated by FARINELLA designers and strategists.

    SERVICES
    • 30% Branding
    • 20% Marketing Strategy
    • 20% Web Design
    • 30% Other
    Everi ~ Identity Suite

    Everi ~ Identity Suite

    Everi ~ Business Cards

    Everi ~ Business Cards

    Everi ~ Website

    Everi ~ Website

    Farinella worked with Everi to launch an end-to-end branding campaign. Everi needed a solid brand identity and a new streamlined look. Through extensive market research and interviews, Farinella helped Everi define an...
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    Libratone ~ Rise & Shine Video Ad

    Libratone ~ Rise & Shine Video Ad

    Here is one of the ads in an ongoing Facebook awareness campaign for Libratone, highlighting the company's "turn any space into a SoundSpace" promise.
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  • 7
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    Heraldist & Wondermarks San Francisco is a marketing strategy agency that helps a wide range of organizations as they seek to engineer brand perception. Since their launch in the U.S., Heraldist & Wondermarks San Francisco has helped everything from enterprise clients to brand-new startups as they strive to improve their marketing capabilities.

    When Alphablock was looking for an agency that would support their need to create a brand identity from scratch, they turned to Heraldist & Wondermarks San Francisco, who helped develop and execute a marketing strategy and brand identity that led to measurable results and excellent performance across a variety of metrics.

    SERVICES
    • 30% Marketing Strategy
    • 25% Advertising
    • 25% Branding
    • 20% Other
    Appnomic | Brand Identity

    Appnomic | Brand Identity

    NEW BRAND NAME, NEW LOGO, NEW WEBSITE, NEW CORPORATE ID   Once we finalized the re-thinking of the Product Value proposition, the whole visual identity had to be redesigned to fit the new strategic approach.   We...
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    Plum Lending San Francisco |...

    Plum Lending San Francisco |...

    Plum Lending helps owners buy, refinance and make better investment decisions
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    Endava | Social Media Campaign

    Endava | Social Media Campaign

    A SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN THAT HELPS A TECH COMPANY SHOW THEY UNDERSTAND BUSINESS Endava is a London-based tech company with more than 5000 employees around the world. They were facing strong competition from global giants...
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    Cognizant | Brand Campaign

    Cognizant | Brand Campaign

    HOW DO YOU FIND & HIRE THE DEVELOPERS WHO REALLY WANT TO BUILD AMAZING STUFF? Tech company Cognizant was the organizer of Programmers Week, an event meant to bring in one place the most ambitious and talented...
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  • 8
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    Wind River and SunPower count JUMBOshrimp as their dependable branding experts, so it’s no wonder the company has achieved such widespread success. With over 17 years of branding experience, this San Francisco-based agency is certainly here to stay.

    Ericcson is a globally recognized leader in telecommunications, and JUMBOshrimp has provided focused and wide-reaching branding services for the company for the entirety of their working relationship. This includes logo design, iconography, overall brand voice and visuals, and more.

    SERVICES
    • 20% Advertising
    • 20% Branding
    • 20% Content Marketing
    • 40% Other
    Dexcom - Live Uninterrupted

    Dexcom - Live Uninterrupted

    Ericsson - Are you my...

    Ericsson - Are you my...

    Wind River - The Intelligence in...

    Wind River - The Intelligence in...

    Wind River - Agents of Change...

    Wind River - Agents of Change...

  • 9
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Oakland, CA

    What do Red Bull and Montage Health have in common? They’ve both turned to School of Thought for video production expertise. This San Francisco-based agency has already made major waves with work for enterprise clients and startups alike.

    When Cisco launched a platform targeting their unique users, School of Thought 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
    • 20% Advertising
    • 20% Marketing Strategy
    • 20% Social Media Marketing
    • 40% Other
    Milliman

    Milliman

    Milliman was the billion-dollar consulting company you had never heard of. Their exceptional consultants have been transforming business with math and statistics for decades. Nine years ago, we began telling their story...
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    Red Bull

    Red Bull

    We raised the Red Bulletin to its rightful place in the Red Bull universe. On par with GQ and Wallpaper, the Red Bulletin magazine was struggling. Sure, they had amazing content and a powerhouse parent brand, but...
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    Blend

    Blend

    In many ways, the home loan process is broken. Getting a loan is nothing short of complex and time-consuming. Blend’s mission is to build an online system that makes the lending application process seamless and...
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    Cisco

    Cisco

    Our guerilla effort generated over 100k engagements, 3 million impressions, and thousands of smiles (and installs) in record time. Mobile World Congress and CeBit are two of the world’s largest tradeshows. The Cisco...
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  • 10
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Santa Rosa, CA

    Companies like Microsoft and Mechanics Bank have turned to Circa for creative solutions that have a high impact. Their portfolio of work includes projects with graphic design, branding, and advertising deliverables for enterprise and mid-market clients.

     

    In a partnership with the Oakland International Airport, Circa collaborated to promote their new nonstop destinations. Knowing their main competition at SFO was known for terrible traffic, their creative positioned them as a way to get to destinations like Paris and Rome without having to deal with the problems that come with bigger airports.

     

    SERVICES
    • 30% Advertising
    • 20% Graphic Design
    • 10% Branding
    • 40% Other
    Farinella rebranding

    Farinella rebranding

    One of the things that came clear during our internal process was that Farinella Agency's most successful engagements came when it felt like the client and the agency were on the same team. The idea of _______ (client)...
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    MESA M+E Journal Branding and...

    MESA M+E Journal Branding and...

    The Mission: The Media & Entertainment Media Alliance, an organization for film and entertainment technology people, wanted to update their semi-annual magazine; including logo and layout. The Method: We started by...
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    ShastaConnect On-demand bus service

    ShastaConnect On-demand bus service

    The Mission:Shasta Regional Transportation Agency was looking to introduce a new on-demand transit service. The assignment was to create the branding, vehicle wraps, marketing plan, social strategy and ad campaign. The...
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    PARK OAK website

    PARK OAK website

    The Mission:Create awareness for LAZ Parking’s convenient options for travelers using Oakland International Airport. The Method:We were asked to help re-brand the parking lots at Oakland Airport starting with the name...
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  • 11
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $1,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Oakland, CA

    Rainfactory is a marketing agency based in the U.S. whose past clients include Pakt and many more significant brands across multiple markets. What sets them apart is their ability to deliver strategy, design, and advertising for mobile applications and e-commerce companies that gets results. In fact, Rainfactory has run 5 of the 15 most-funded crowdfunding campaigns in the history of Indiegogo

    One of Rainfactory’s most recent successes comes from their work for Flic, who sought them out in need of a fundraising campaign that would help them enable the future of their company. Rainfactory gave them the resources and expertise to confidently improve their brand presentation, resulting in over $350,000 in just two months.

    SERVICES
    • 27% Social Media Marketing
    • 13% Pay Per Click
    • 10% Advertising
    • 50% Other
    OneWheel E-Commerce Marketing

    OneWheel E-Commerce Marketing

    Long term advertising optimization & expansion since 2016 Top-line and bottom-line success Massive sales promotions successes (Black Friday, etc.)  Successful 2nd product launch in 2018
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    CLIQ Chair Product Launch Campaign

    CLIQ Chair Product Launch Campaign

    STRATEGY Content / Messaging / Targeting Development Crowdfunding campaign launch Continue pre-order sales momentum on thegochair.com RESULTS $1.7M raised on Indiegogo Continued sales momentum on Shopify website Strong...
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    Reviving Atari VCS for the 21st...

    Reviving Atari VCS for the 21st...

    STRATEGY Nostalgic Positioning High Volume Execution Lead Driven Launch RESULTS $3+ Million Launch Campaign #1 Biggest Launch Day on Indiegogo $1 Million within 24 hours
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    Multi-Channel Online Advertising...

    Multi-Channel Online Advertising...

    STRATEGY Client website launch Brick & mortar sales support Amazon strategy development RESULTS Developed mobile-responsive website Conversion rate improvement Balanced advertising approach (to Target.com, Walmart...
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  • 12
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $0+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    With a passion for both strategy and design, Across the Pond has provided video prodoction work for clients like Google. Based in UK, Across the Pond brings a long history of success to each project they complete.

    When Rosewood was just a new brand looking to make an impact, Across the Pond created not only their recognizable video strategy but the entirety of their experience in this distinct area. The result was a splashy entrance into the market orchestrated by Across the Pond designers and strategists.

    SERVICES
    • 25% Advertising
    • 25% Branding
    • 25% Video Production
    • 25% Other
    Vicky & Martin - Alzheimer's...

    Vicky & Martin - Alzheimer's...

    Contrary to common thought, Alzheimer’s isn’t an incurable disease. But a cure will only be found if there’s more funding. To tackle misconceptions and to enable people to empathise with those living with the...
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    The Invitation

    The Invitation

    The Invitation YouTube Social Impact came to us with a special ask — to tell an engaging and empowering story about Indian women in STEM for International Women’s Day. We saw it as an opportunity to help change the...
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    Driving change with Rolling Study...

    Driving change with Rolling Study...

    Rolling Study Halls is a Google for Education initiative to provide wifi devices and onboard educators on school bus routes across rural America. This allows children to maximise their school day and get their homework...
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    Box Fort - Google DataStudio

    Box Fort - Google DataStudio

    Google Data Studio helps marketers create rich, interactive data reports by pulling from live data sources. So reports that would typically take days to create can now be designed and published in a fraction of the time...
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  • 13
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Palo Alto, CA

    Another Circus aims to build bold brands through meaningful campaigns that inspire and transform their clients in the modern era. They specialize in advertising, branding, and UX/UI design for small and medium-sized businesses in the fields of gambling, financial services, and gaming.

    As an example of their work, Another Circus partnered with Waiz. Waiz is an account aggregator app that helps users manage their financial data from various bank accounts in one place.

    SERVICES
    • 30% Advertising
    • 30% UX/UI Design
    • 30% Branding
    • 10% Other
    =Waiz - More for You

    =Waiz - More for You

    Waiz app is an account aggregator, gathering data from all of your bank accounts into one screen. That way you can have a better view on your finances and have full control of your money. For this project we had the task...
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    Betano - The Sports Brand

    Betano - The Sports Brand

    Betano is Stoiximan’s expansion in Europe. As Stoiximan does not mean anything in English, a new name was needed along with a new brand, with cultural relevance for different markets. First stop for Betano was Romania...
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    Betano - Night Run

    Betano - Night Run

    Betano is Stoiximan’s expansion in Europe. As Stoiximan does not mean anything in English, a new name was needed along with a new brand, with cultural relevance for different markets. First stop for Betano was Romania...
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    WeWork - Sales Tool UX / UI

    WeWork - Sales Tool UX / UI

    Producing cutting edge UX/UI for the leading real estate company worldwide.  We had a long term collaboration with wework, designing their internal tools (Brand Identity/UX/UI). Collaborating directly with NY product...
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  • 14
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    Creative:MINT clients include Axiom Hotel, and they specialize in providing a design-centric approach to advertising and marketing strategy for their clients. With a focus on emphasizing the most vital elements of brand messaging, Creative:MINT was founded on forward-thinking principles in America.

    When Fidelity Investments needed a complete overhaul of their brand approach, they turned to Creative:MINT. The agency provided them with an end-to-end analysis of how they could make their approach more targeted, impactful and successful.

    SERVICES
    • 25% Branding
    • 20% Web Design
    • 15% Media Planning & Buying
    • 40% Other
    Axiom Hotel

    Axiom Hotel

    The Axiom Hotel is where history meets the digital revolution. Located at the nexus of San Francisco’s historic Union Square and innovative Mid-Market Technology hub, this boutique hotel welcomes those who desire a...
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    Fidelity Investments

    Fidelity Investments

    Fidelity Investments is the largest private custodian in the world, with $3 Trillion of assets under management throughout the greater Fidelity organization. Relationships with a vast array of independent investment firms...
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    Nuix

    Nuix

    Nuix is a leading technology for solving complex real-world data challenges including investigation, cybersecurity, insider threats, intelligence, litigation, regulation, privacy and risk management. Through the patented...
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  • 15
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    Photon Creative counts impressive brands around the planet among their key clients. So it’s no wonder that this America-based firm has achieved widespread success in a wide range of industries for their targeted video production work.

    One example of their web development success comes from their largest enterprise client, a globally recognized brand. Photon Creative helped them revitalize their materials to stand out in a crowded market and leave a powerful impression on more customers than ever before.

    SERVICES
    • 40% Video Production
    • 20% Advertising
    • 20% Graphic Design
    • 20% Other
    Demo Reel

    Demo Reel

    http://vimeo.com/190180457
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