September 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:
    $1,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    50 - 249
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

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

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

    SERVICES
    • 30% Pay Per Click
    • 30% Social Media Marketing
    • 20% Search Engine Optimization
    • 20% Other
    Aviator Nation | 10x Facebook Ads...

    Aviator Nation | 10x Facebook Ads...

    By coupling a flexible approach with continuous audience testing and launching new ads that compliment Aviator Nation’s branding standards, Power has been able to create effective social campaigns through Facebook and...
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    Berkshire Hathaway Home Services...

    Berkshire Hathaway Home Services...

    Transformative Facebook Advertising Power Digital introduced DARE ads—these are dynamic ads driven by BHHS California’s own data to show the right homes to the right people at the right time. During ‘open house’...
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    Fluffnest | TikTok Revenue Unlock

    Fluffnest | TikTok Revenue Unlock

    Leveraging the agency’s team of digital marketing experts, an extensive evaluation of current initiatives, target audiences and demographics, and creative was conducted to understand every opportunity angle and set the...
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    Victrola | 115% Increase in...

    Victrola | 115% Increase in...

    Victrola had enjoyed huge success selling vintage audio products, Victrola’s retail tactics were in danger of getting stuck in the past. Despite e-commerce exploding all around them, they’d remained focused on...
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    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $100,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

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

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

    SERVICES
    • 25% Media Planning & Buying
    • 25% Advertising
    • 20% Branding
    • 30% Other
  • 3
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $1,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Jives Media is a marketing and advertising agency consisting of award-winning web designers, growth hackers, and MBA brand strategists. Launched in 2012, their team provides website design, Google Ads management, social media, SEO, and more.

    Axelerist is an asset management company serving the Life Sciences, from Pre-Clinical research and development through all phases of clinical trials. Jives Media created an SEO-optimized website for Axelerist and provided digital marketing services landing pages, and video marketing. In addition, the website was designed to ease updates to content, blogs, media, and form submissions for new clients' financial and equipment rental inquiries.
     

    SERVICES
    • 15% Advertising
    • 15% Branding
    • 15% Pay Per Click
    • 55% Other
  • 4
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    With a passion for both strategy and design, MOST LIKELY TO has provided branding work for clients like HBO. Based in San Francisco, MOST LIKELY TO brings a long history of success to each project they complete.

    When FX was just a growing network looking to make an impact, MOST LIKELY TO crafted the entirety of their experience in this distinct area. The result was a splashy entrance into the market orchestrated by MOST LIKELY TO designers and strategists.

    SERVICES
    • 30% Advertising
    • 20% Branding
    • 15% Social Media Marketing
    • 35% Other
    Milliman Brand Campaign

    Milliman Brand Campaign

    Milliman is a $1B global consulting firm with a long track record of impressive innovation. Yet the firm was perceived among their c-suite target audience as reliable and trustworthy, not innovative. To resolve this, we...
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    Milliman Hippo Case Study

    Milliman Hippo Case Study

    To demonstrate Milliman thought leadership, reach an elusive c-suite audience, and reposition the brand as innovative, we produced an ongoing series of short films that hilghight Milliman's visionary work. These films run...
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    Goldminer Sourdough Brand Campaign

    Goldminer Sourdough Brand Campaign

    The ask: introduce an unknown sourdough brand to grocery store shoppers in a state hardly known for sourdough. To gain the interest of shoppers—and stretch every dollar of a snug media budget—we developed a unique...
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    Real Foodies Compost

    Real Foodies Compost

    The challenge was to convince Millennials to compost. Research told us the overlap between Millennials and foodies was more than 80%. Our strategy was to capitalize on this by asking foodies to obsess about not just where...
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  • 5
    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% Social Media Marketing
    • 25% Advertising
    • 20% Digital Strategy
    • 30% Other
    Live Nation

    Live Nation

    Rodents on Turntables for Live Nation was a Vimeo Staff Pick with millions of views around the world.
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    Project with Groupon

    Project with Groupon

    For Groupon, we wanted to talk to merchants and let them know that Groupon not only works, but that “80 percent of the people that do a Groupon want to do another.” So, we told the story of a tire shop that embraced...
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  • 6
    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
    Outdoor Billboards

    Outdoor Billboards

    Our outdoor boards build awareness of the activities and unmatched beauty of the area
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    website

    website

    We developed a beautiful site that helps visitors dream and visit!
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  • 7
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $0+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    50 - 249
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    Established in 2005, Media Matters Worldwide is a media planning and buying company that specializes in both B2C and B2B solutions. With notable clients such as Glassdoor and Avast, the team works across different channels including television, radio, and social media. 

    Among Media Matters Worldwide’s biggest projects was with Visit Mendocino County, a tourist company from Ukiah, California. The Media Matters Worldwide team provided social media and programmatic advertising services. They delivered a media plan within Visit Mendocino County’s budget and goals.

    SERVICES
    • 80% Media Planning & Buying
    • 10% Advertising
    • 10% Digital Strategy
  • 8
    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% Conversion Optimization
    • 10% Search Engine Optimization
    • 65% Other
    41% Revenue Growth in Less Than a...

    41% Revenue Growth in Less Than a...

    For over 20 years Under the Nile has been designing premium organic Egyptian cotton clothes and accessories for babies. They came to Secret Sushi searching to understand how digital marketing could help their business...
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    Extension of Monex Marketing...

    Extension of Monex Marketing...

    Before transitioning to Monex USA, TempusFX engaged us to help them expand their digital marketing and generate more customers for their financial services platform. In Q4 of 2021, we collaboratively planned and executed...
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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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    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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  • 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% Social Media Marketing
    • 20% Video Production
    • 20% Advertising
    • 40% Other
  • 10
    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% Search Engine Optimization
    • 50% Other
  • 11
    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
    • 20% Advertising
    • 20% Mobile & App Marketing
    • 20% Pay Per Click
    • 40% Other
    Bay Area Bank Reinvigorates Brand

    Bay Area Bank Reinvigorates Brand

    Bank of Marin is a San Francisco area bank with 20+ branches. They primarily serve the unique needs of business owners. Everyone from sole-proprietors who are starting their first business to CEOs who are leading...
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  • 12
    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
  • 13
    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% Digital Strategy
    • 15% Web Design
    • 50% 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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    SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

    SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

    https://vimeo.com/96239285
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    Oregon State University

    Oregon State University

    https://vimeo.com/137252705
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    Upright brewing

    Upright brewing

    https://watsoncreative.com/portfolio-items/upright-brewing/ https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/395839480  
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  • 14
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    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
    • 30% Web Design
    • 30% Advertising
    • 25% Branding
    • 15% Other
    Radical simplicity for LiveRamp

    Radical simplicity for LiveRamp

    LiveRamp built a data enablement platform that allows companies and their partners to better connect, control, and activate data, so they can transform customer experiences and generate more valuable business outcomes....
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    Out-of-Home Billboard - TechB2B...

    Out-of-Home Billboard - TechB2B...

    Winner of Forbes Highway 101 Billboard Award! Our goal was to build momentum leading up to Snowflake's Data Sharing announcement by pulling off a memorable Out of Home launch. Our unique creative copy plays on the current...
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    Rebranding & Web identity (AI...

    Rebranding & Web identity (AI...

    Figure Eight, formerly Crowd Flower, a fledging AI brand, was looking to rebrand their corporate identity, and partnered with Skona to bring their new brand to life online. The result: a slick new website and mobile web...
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    Rebrand, Redesign, Campaigns &...

    Rebrand, Redesign, Campaigns &...

    We live in one of the richest cities in the world. Yet one out of four of our residents suffer from food insecurity. Say what?! Yes, that means they actually do not know where their next meal will be coming from. Three...
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  • 15
    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

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