January 2020

Top Creative Agencies in Chicago

A business will profit by working with a team of creative strategists and visual tacticians. A good creative agency will provide advice, coaching, and strategy along the way. Luckily, Chicago has a plethora of creative agencies to choose from.

Discover and connect with creative agencies in Chicago to learn more about their case studies, success stories, and client reviews. Take a look at their customer feedback, notable projects, and previous clients of these companies to determine which company is the best fit for you.

List of the Best Creative Agencies in Chicago

  • 1

    Mabbly

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

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

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

    SERVICES
    • 30% Web Design
    • 25% Branding
    • 25% Digital Strategy
    • 20% Other
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    AArete

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

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

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

    https://www.mabbly.com/case/safe-rate/
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    Viewstream

    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    Viewstream counts impressive brands with recognizable names 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 and digital strategy work.

    One example of their web development success comes from their work for a corporate account with a globally recognized brand. Viewstream helped them revitalize their materials to stand out in a crowded market and leave a powerful impression on more customers than ever before.

    SERVICES
    • 30% Advertising
    • 20% Video Production
    • 10% Branding
    • 40% Other
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    UPS - Where Business Takes Shape

    Motion Graphics, Green Screen, On-Site production to capture executive testimonial in front of a green scree, warehouse operations and stand up employee meeting.
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    AT&T - “Welcome to IoT”

    AT&T - “Welcome to IoT”
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    Coca-Cola Freestyle

    Coca-Cola Freestyle
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    Microsoft - IoT Solutions

    Microsoft - IoT Solutions
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    C2 Creative

    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
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    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

    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

    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

    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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    Red Square Agency

    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $0+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    50 - 249
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    RSQ leverages brand strategy and whip-smart execution to help clients like Southern Comfort and Hard Rock create strong, conceptual digital work. They specialize in web design and branding that helps companies move markets, compel audiences, and sell product.

    Commercial development company Hix Snedeker hired the RSQ team to design a brand and digital presence that communicated the lengths their company would go for their clients. The website captured this idea by showcasing the firm's geographical footprint and detailing its entrepreneurial approach to projects. 

    SERVICES
    • 22% Branding
    • 20% Web Design
    • 15% Graphic Design
    • 43% Other
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    Bienville Capital Management Branding and Website

    New York-based investment firm, Bienville Capital Management, was looking for a website to convey their creative approach and unique perspective. RSQ partnered with We Can't Stop Thinking and Miller Mobley to deliver...
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    Hix Snedeker Branding and Website

    Hix Snedeker is in the commercial development business. Our task was to design a brand and digital presence to communicate a bigger idea: this is a nimble team that goes to great lengths to deliver for its clients. So we...
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    Analytics Lab at Culverhouse

    The Culverhouse College of Commerce approached RSQ for a campaign to highlight its focus on business analytics. Instead of coming back with ads about "big data," we delivered a big idea: an analytics laboratory on campus...
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    HANGAR12

    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    This established advertising and marketing company counts major brands like RedHot among their clients. Based in USA, Hangar12 brings a bright and impactful approach to each unique enterprise project they take on.

    Perdue Farms creates products for clients around the world. They turned to Hangar1B2 for a focused strategy that would highlight their unique brand voice and audience. Hangar12 delivered with highly modern and striking approach focused on making an impact.

    SERVICES
    • 20% Advertising
    • 20% Digital Strategy
    • 20% Marketing Strategy
    • 40% Other
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    Cheese Case Study - Incredible Snacking

    We partnered our national cheese brand with Disney-Pixar's Incredibles 2 movie to build brand awareness around our fun to eat snack cheese for everyone in the family, even hero families.
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    Branding Partnership Case Study

    We partnered our national snack cheese brand with the top bagel brand in America to create a social media campaign celebrating National Pizza Month to drive brand awareness and inspire new ways of pizza snacking.
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    "Red Hot & Blue" Promotion

    Integrated marketing case study of Treasure Cave Cheese's summer partnership with Frank's RedHot featuring the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich with Blue Cheese.
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    Motion Agency

    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
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    The Art of Gift Card Giving for The Home Depot®

    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 for Tractor Supply Co.

    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 Serta/Simmons Mattress Company®

    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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    Bandwidth Marketing Group

    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
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    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

    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

    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

    TRADE & CONSUMER CAMPAIGN INCLUDING IN-STORE & ONLINE PROMOTION Delivered super-simple social media/in-store promotion to grow GrubHub business efforts by developing a restaurant network partner program....
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    Stevens & Tate Marketing

    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
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    K. Hovanian® Developments of Illinois, Inc.

    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 Medicine Kovler Diabetes Center

    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 Living Community Website

    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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    Carstens Medical Office Products: Branding and Advertising

    The most trusted name in traditional patient charting systems for over 125 years, Carstens® was evolving to meet the changing needs of today’s healthcare environments. The company was developing new innovations to...
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    CSTMR

    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    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
    • 10% Branding
    • 10% Content Marketing
    • 60% Other
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    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

    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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    Re-envisioning LendingTree's product strategy

    Re-envisioning product strategy and ux design is helping the LendingTree business loans team optimize their acquisition experience.
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    Transforming a community bank

    Transforming Clarkston State Bank from a small, local bank to a legit regional and national player required a makeover to their positioning, messaging, design, email and SEO.
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    Hustlemore

    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
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    Innovative Express Care Outdoor Signage

    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

    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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    Kahoots Creative Group

    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    Rooted in the principals of design thinking, Kahoots Creative Team evolves their clients’ digital presence to create more value for their customers. Their client portfolio consists mainly of mid-market and enterprise clients like PepsiCo and TransUnion.

     

    One of their recent projects was redesigning the website for Arcadia Data. Their team began by rethinking the user experience and creating a new information architecture that made navigating the website easy, then updated the copy to engage users fast and keep them moving deeper into the site.

     

    SERVICES
    • 25% Email Marketing
    • 20% UX/UI Design
    • 20% Web Development
    • 35% Other
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    HealthMyne - Website Redesign

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    Arcadia Data - Website Redesign

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    Q-Centrix - New Meaning Campaign

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    Q-Centrix - Recruitment Campaign

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    Sparkfactor

    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
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    On Devon Neighborhood Branding and Ad Campaign

    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 Branding and Ad Campaign

    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, Email Marketing, Monthly Campaigns and Infographics

    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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    BlackDog Advertising

    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, 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% Branding
    • 20% Digital Strategy
    • 20% Marketing Strategy
    • 40% Other
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    "Turning Trash into Treasure" - Old Town Trolley Boston

    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 Adventures

    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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    "Discover the Nature of Things" - Suwannee County Tourism Development Council

    With an established track record of marketing within the Travel & Tourism industry for over 28 years, BlackDog Advertising was selected to rebrand and deliver a marketing campaign that would best express the essence...
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    Add Chapter

    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
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    Boston Biopharma

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    Honey Flowers

    Honey Flowers logo and label design.
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    CESD SERVICES BRANDING

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    Celtic

    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
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    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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    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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    MANUFACTURING WORK

    In a global economy, brands need to tell stories built on generations of hard work to new audiences. Celtic's manufacturing team helps extend the reach of this messaging through integrated marketing efforts. www...
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    FOOD CONSUMPTION CLIENTS

    When it comes to the food industry, Celtic's experts focus on engaging along every point of the consumption path, from distribution to the consumer’s table. www.celticchicago.com/food-consumption
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    Barbauld Agency

    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Valparaiso, IN

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

     

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

    SERVICES
    • 20% Digital Strategy
    • 20% Graphic Design
    • 20% Marketing Strategy
    • 40% Other
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    Driving Results. How We Got Impressive Results In A Struggling Industry.

    The Challenge Boost driver recruiting in an industry facing a historic shortage of eligible drivers.The Solution A multi-faceted digital campaign focused on awareness and retargeting.The Result A 29% increase in hiring in...
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    Welcome To Digital Advertising. Helping A Client Catch Up With The Times.

    The Challenge Creating brand awareness for a company that had never done digital advertising.The Solution A dynamic new website and high quality, consistent advertising across all platforms.The Result A 15% increase in...
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    Scary Good Results. A Marketing Effectiveness Case Study

    The Challenge   Increase sales on a limited budget for a remote location.The Solution   Use low cost marketing vehicles to build awareness.The Result   A 76.8% increase in ticket sales.   2018 Summit Marketing...
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