May 2022

Top Ad Agencies in San Francisco

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While advertising strategies change continuously, a good ad agency stays on top of trends and brings new ideas for promoting your business. The main change in advertising over the years is personalization. We spend more (if not most) of our time online, and the webpages we visit, our searches, and our purchases are often tracked. Businesses use this data to create and serve hyper-personalized advertisements to audience. Whether you want to serve personalized ads on social media, launch a search advertising campaign on AdWords, or create out of home ads for billboards near you, an ad agency helps you achieve your goals. Some benefits of working with an advertising agency include advertising channel expertise, cost and resources, and brand development.

Luckily, San Francisco has some of the best ad agency to hire. Use our list to find and connect with ad agency 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 Advertising Agencies in The Bay Area

  • 1
    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% 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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    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    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
    • 25% Advertising
    • 25% Social Media Marketing
    • 20% Branding
    • 30% Other
    Stytch — Go Passwordless

    Stytch — Go Passwordless

    The universal hatred of passwords is the campaign theme for Stytch’s inaugural advertising campaign. The San Francisco startup came to Division of Labor for help telling the world what we all already know; passwords...
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    The Hiring App for Startups

    The Hiring App for Startups

    We helped Hirect launch one of the largest outdoor campaigns ever in San Francisco. And we did it all in just a few weeks, over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays while most of the workforce was winding down for the...
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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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    A Plea for More Foster Parents

    A Plea for More Foster Parents

    How do you get someone to consider becoming a foster parent? It’s not like getting them to buy your socks or try your bleach. It’s a major commitment. And the truth is all of us want to believe we’re good people....
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  • 3
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    Their clients include major enterprise clients like Celigo, but Secret Sushi Inc. is a content marketing 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 Secret Sushi Inc. helps brands communicate with their audiences in a unique and crowded space, look no further than their work for Guckenheimer. Secret Sushi Inc. helped them define a strategy for their audience to improve their reach.

    SERVICES
    • 15% Content Marketing
    • 10% Advertising
    • 10% Conversion Optimization
    • 65% Other
    22% Sales Growth Q over Q for...

    22% Sales Growth Q over Q for...

    Previously the VP of Marketing at iCharts and now leading marketing at Celigo, Rico Andrade has continued to rely on Secret Sushi to drive his company's digital marketing efforts at both companies. Some of the services...
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    Content Marketing for Growing IT...

    Content Marketing for Growing IT...

    Secret Sushi worked with IT business analytics leader Numerify to develop and promote content for demand generation. We worked directly with their product marketing team to develop trustworthy gated and ungated content to...
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    Feeding Guckenheimer's Inbound...

    Feeding Guckenheimer's Inbound...

    Guckenheimer, a multimillion-dollar corporate dining and food services company that's been around for decades, lacked a formal lead-generation process. "We needed to understand the strategy and build a true inbound...
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    Content Rules Has a Trusted...

    Content Rules Has a Trusted...

    Val Swisher and the team at Content Rules rely on Secret Sushi to support their marketing needs, attract new customers, and evolve the company's brand.  Some of the services we've provided: Marketing planning and...
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  • 4
    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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  • 5
    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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    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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    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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  • 8
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    What do Goji and Nav have in common? They’ve both turned to CSTMR Fintech Marketing & Design for content marketing expertise. This Austin-based agency has already made major waves with work for enterprise clients and startups alike.

    When Bank of Marin launched a platform targeting their unique users, CSTMR Fintech Marketing & Design 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% Search Engine Optimization
    • 20% Pay Per Click
    • 30% Other
    Connect2Capital lending...

    Connect2Capital lending...

    Connect2Capital a small business lending marketplace engaged CSTMR for a full brand refresh that included designing and developing a new website, visual identity, and ongoing digital marketing services.
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    How Credit Karma boosted...

    How Credit Karma boosted...

    Credit Karma’s editorial team needed to develop a conversion rate optimization strategy to drive sign-ups. After vetting several marketing firms, they partnered with CSTMR. As a well-established brand with extensive...
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    A new website and digital strategy

    A new website and digital strategy

    Helping banks launch and manage SBA loan programs, this SBA lender service provider needed our help to redesign and rebuild their existing website and breathe new life into their brand.
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    New SEO and acquisition strategy

    New SEO and acquisition strategy

    A new acquisition & SEO-based marketing strategy was created to reach Blueleaf’s target audience. We audited existing processes, build the new strategy, and provided full implementation and support.
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    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Sausalito, CA

    What do The New York Yankees and KingPins Bowling have in common? They’ve both turned to Watson Creative for branding expertise. This Portland-based agency has already made major waves with work for enterprise clients and startups alike.

    When Kaiser Permanente launched a platform targeting their unique users, Watson Creative 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% Branding
    • 15% Web Design
    • 10% Advertising
    • 55% Other
    Chown Hardware

    Chown Hardware

    How do you rebrand a 140 year old family business?  Carefully. We approached this project with a clear vision and one priority: don’t mess it up. The Chown family has been around since Portland was an upstart new city...
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    Washington County Sheriff's Office

    Washington County Sheriff's Office

    WCSO came to Watson at a critical junction in time when over half of its force was at or near the age of retirement. This meant that recruitment was crucial to the continued expansion of the force serving Washington...
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    Kaiser Permanente

    Kaiser Permanente

    As Kaiser Permanente expands its dental division into the largest dental service in the nation, they’ve partnered up with Watson Creative to solidify their brand strategy and content creation. Together we’ve created...
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    KingPins

    KingPins

    In preparation for the grand opening of KingPins’ Beaverton location, Watson was tasked to design and build a new website to elevate the brand. Watson’s goal was to raise awareness of KingPins’ new state-of-the-art...
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  • 10
    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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  • 11
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Larkspur, CA

    With a passion for both strategy and design, E29 Marketing has provided advertising work for clients like Evivo. Based in California, E29 Marketing brings a long history of success to each project they complete.

    When Genova was just a new brand looking to make an impact, E29 Marketing crafted the entirety of their experience in this distinct area. The result was a splashy entrance into the market orchestrated by E29 Marketing designers and strategists.

    SERVICES
    • 25% Marketing Strategy
    • 20% Advertising
    • 20% Digital Strategy
    • 35% Other
    A New Innovation in Pizza

    A New Innovation in Pizza

    CHALLENGE In July 2020, Foster Farms launched Smart Crust Pizza, a low carb, high protein, keto certified, frozen pizza line. The primary challenge was to develop a creative platform to support the product launch;...
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    Working in a New Category

    Working in a New Category

    CHALLENGE Setting a startup brand up for success in Year 2. With a year’s worth of learning, the revolutionary infant probiotic, Evivo needed refinements and a defined roadmap for success. Evolve Biosystems, makers of...
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    The Power of Influencers for a...

    The Power of Influencers for a...

    CHALLENGE Genova premium tuna was a hidden jewel in the Chicken of the Sea portfolio and had a small, but passionate following.  With a new brand architecture in place, and success of third party endorsements as part of...
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    The Craze of CBD

    The Craze of CBD

    CHALLENGE Daytrip is a new CBD- Infused Sparkling Water Brand that launched in Summer 2019. E29 was hired by Daytrip to launch the brand and ensure Daytrip gained broad scale awareness quickly, as this was paramount to...
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    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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    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...

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    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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    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Redwood City, CA

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

    One SaasMQL client is a globally recognized leader in their sector, and SaasMQL 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
    • 60% Marketing Strategy
    • 20% Conversion Optimization
    • 10% Advertising
    • 10% Other
    B2B Direct Mail

    B2B Direct Mail

    Direct mail campaign with coordinated banner ad and landing page. Generates $1.3M/month in new pipeline.
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