July 2022

Best Content Marketing Services in Chicago

Content marketing is highly beneficial for businesses. The most significant benefits of content marketing include receiving more website traffic, establishing trust with an audience, developing subject matter expertise, generating sales leads, improving conversion rates, boosting SEO and search engine results pages, and building brand identity and loyalty.

A strong content marketing process provides businesses with high-quality content and increased traffic to their website. Content marketing freelancers charge a range of rates – anywhere between $50 and $3,000 per hour. Hiring an in-house content marketing team adds the costs of full-time salaries and benefits. In general, content marketing is considered less expensive than other forms of outbound marketing.

We compiled and vetted a list of content marketing service in Chicago to help you find a content marketing agencies. Each company has a portfolio of work and is ranked based on client reviews, market leadership, and work experience. Hire the content marketing agencies that aligns with your business goals, project management style, budget, and timeline.

List of the Top Content Marketing Agencies in The Windy City

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    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    50 - 249
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    Brafton helps brands adapt to a change market with expert content marketing, having done so for companies in a range of industries. Focused on helping expand brands’ ability to attract their target audience, this U.S.-based firm offers an emphasis on content that’s both informative and SEO optimized.

    One example of Brafton’s experience is their work for Jackson Therapy Partners, a client who needed to attract two distinct audiences within a tight budget and turnaround. Brafton helps them target the weak points in their content marketing strategy and create a blog that led to real engagement from across the community.

    SERVICES
    • 90% Content Marketing
    • 10% Search Engine Optimization
    KPI Cheat Sheet for Inbound...

    KPI Cheat Sheet for Inbound...

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    Types of Fonts

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    History of email marketing

    History of email marketing

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    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    50 - 249
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    This established video production company counts major brands like Adobe among their clients. Based in London, Casual Films brings a bright and impactful approach to each unique enterprise project they take on.

    Allianz creates products for customers around the world. They turned to Casual Films for a focused strategy that would highlight their unique brand voice and audience. Casual Films delivered with highly modern and striking approach focused on making an impact.

    SERVICES
    • 90% Content Marketing
    • 90% Video Production
    Godaddy: YouTube Channel Branded...

    Godaddy: YouTube Channel Branded...

    GoDaddy needed to promote its cutting-edge web services. Casual Films created a series of profiles of the kaleidoscope of entrepreneurs who use those services, resulting in a deeply human and memorable campaign that led...
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    What do we mean by Happy Clients?

    What do we mean by Happy Clients?

    What can Casual Films do for you?
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    Verve: StreetTeam - Brand Promo

    Verve: StreetTeam - Brand Promo

    Want to explain and promote your innovative tech brand? How about an animation?
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    Fortune/Paypal: Racial Wealth Gap...

    Fortune/Paypal: Racial Wealth Gap...

    Paypal wanted to produce a series on the Racial Wealth Gap along with our client Fortune Brand Studio. This was mainly a post-production support job but reflects our ability to produce all or just an element of the...
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  • 3
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    1,000 - 9,999
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

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

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

    SERVICES
    • 90% Content Marketing
    • 20% Branding
    • 10% Email Marketing
    • 50% Other
    FMCG/CPG

    FMCG/CPG

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

    Retail

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

    Travel & Hospitality

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

    Fintech & Finance

    SGK understands the finance customer and how to communicate with them. Delivering stories and experiences that engage beyond simple numbers and products. Excelling at this concept is something that many in the fintech and...
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  • 4
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

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

    One Yakkety Yak Marketing client is a globally recognized leader in their sector, and Yakkety Yak Marketing 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
    • 90% Content Marketing
    • 90% Video Production
    • 20% Branding
    • 45% Other
    Picture Your Life Without Migraine

    Picture Your Life Without Migraine

    The American Migraine Foundation reached out to Yakkety Yak to help them develop a digital marketing campaign, conduct a website redesign, and establish a branding strategy. The goal was to use this new multimedia...
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  • 5
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $50,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    This established web development company counts major brands like ACOEP among their clients. Based in Chicago, Simple Machines Marketing brings a bright and impactful approach to each unique enterprise project they take on.

    Loan Ecosystem Online creates products for clients around the world. They turned to Simple Machines Marketing for a focused strategy that would highlight their unique brand voice and audience. Simple Machines Marketing delivered with highly modern and striking approach focused on making an impact.

    SERVICES
    • 90% Content Marketing
    • 10% Search Engine Optimization
    • 10% Web Design
    • 25% Other
    Content Marketing for Abrasives...

    Content Marketing for Abrasives...

    United Abrasives, an American abrasives manufacturer headquartered in North Windham, Connecticut, had built a reputation as the standard for excellence among a strong network of distributors and reps. As times changed and...
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    Branding for Healthcare...

    Branding for Healthcare...

    The American College of Osteopathic Physicians (ACOEP) is an organization that offers various events for its members throughout the year. From educational seminars to professional trainings, the events range in size from...
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    Print and Digital Advertising for...

    Print and Digital Advertising for...

    Loan Ecosystem Online (LEO) is a financial tech platform developed to modernize loan syndication with an end-to-end exchange for middle market originators, institutional lenders and agents. While its competition includes...
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    Updated Website Strategy and...

    Updated Website Strategy and...

    Website Strategy Wireframes Site Structure & Architecture Recommendations Design Palette & Custom Website Design Website Traffic Analysis Logo Update SEO Management
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  • 6
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    Combing sales and marketing the Symbiont Group specializes in helping companies target consumers, generate leads, and close deals. Their team develops 360 content marketing strategies to increase efficiency and create more revenue for their clients. 

    Their team worked with Reologie to align their brand across marketing collateral. The Symbiont Group’s talented team of designers and strategists evolved the logo, visual identity, and tone of voice into a new flexible system that stretched across their online and offline touchpoints. 

    SERVICES
    • 90% Content Marketing
    • 10% Email Marketing
    • 10% Marketing Strategy
    • 43% Other
    NovoScale Website Redesign

    NovoScale Website Redesign

    We redesigned NovoScale's websiteon Hubspot (COS) and refined go-to-market messaging and solution offerings.
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    S.W. Anderson website redesign

    S.W. Anderson website redesign

    We modernized S.W. Anderson's brand and refined go-to-market messaging by highlighting service and product offering differentiators
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    Czarnowski website redesign

    Czarnowski website redesign

    We worked with Czarnowski’s internal marketing team to establish their marketing objectives: increase awareness of Czarnowski’s fullservice capabilities and expansive industry knowledge. With the objectives defined...
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    reologie website redesign

    reologie website redesign

    With the foundational elements in place, we developed a site structure that balanced the users’ desires with Reologie’s needs. Each page was carefully designed to support the website’s overall goal: validate...
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    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
    • 90% Content Marketing
    • 90% Video Production
    • 20% Web Development
    • 30% Other
    On Devon Neighborhood Branding...

    On Devon Neighborhood Branding...

    Devon Avenue, located in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, was looking to promote the diverse area and its local businesses. We started by interviewing business owners and collecting data via a survey to get to...
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    First Financial Credit Union...

    First Financial Credit Union...

    We partnered with First Financial Credit Union to update their brand by revising their logo and creating a brand guidelines document. We then redesigned their website. They were looking to drive new membership. We...
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    Bio-Tissue Digital Marketing,...

    Bio-Tissue Digital Marketing,...

    Sparkfactor and Bio-Tissue work together to manage their monthly digital marketing and yearly special projects. We would post approximately 3 blog articles per month with corresponding landing pages for lead generation...
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  • 8
    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
    • 90% Content Marketing
    • 20% Branding
    • 10% Web Design
    • 40% Other
    Gore

    Gore

    BRAND CAMPAIGN INCLUDING TRADE SHOW DISPLAY, TRADE PRINT, DIRECT MAIL Built on awareness and innovation of GORE-TEX parent company to brand a new division in PharmBio manufacturing filters, membranes, and other plastic...
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    Ticketsnow

    Ticketsnow

    INTEREST BUILDING EVENT TO INCREASE BRAND AWARENESS AND BUILD CUSTOMER DATABASE We gained buzz and brand presence in a key market, by promotionally leveraging the US Open ticketing relationship.  By reaping the benfits...
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    ServSafe

    ServSafe

    BRAND CAMPAIGN INCLUDING TRADE PRINT & SLICKS, DIRECT MAIL, COLLATERAL Built a new look for the oldest restaurant server training programs in U.S. that helped to gain presence and generate pride, externally and...
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    GrubHub #GrubLove

    GrubHub #GrubLove

    TRADE & CONSUMER CAMPAIGN INCLUDING IN-STORE & ONLINE PROMOTION Delivered super-simple social media/in-store promotion to grow GrubHub business efforts by developing a restaurant network partner program. #grublove...
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  • 9
    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
    • 90% Content Marketing
    • 20% Branding
    • 10% Search Engine Optimization
    • 65% Other
    Cinch

    Cinch

    As a leader in residential home warranties across the U.S., HMS had become a household name. So when the company decided to change to CINCH Home Services to better reflect its more diverse capabilities, it knew it had...
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    K. Hovanian® Developments of...

    K. Hovanian® Developments of...

    The Chicagoland division of K. Hovnanian® Homes® was looking for a new way to educate and spark interest with today’s homebuyers. The goal was to clearly showcase the benefits of choosing a new home over a used home...
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    The University of Chicago...

    The University of Chicago...

    Being diagnosed with diabetes can be overwhelming for someone. The mission of the University of Chicago Medicine Kovler Diabetes Center is to help alleviate fear and confusion through education, clinical care, community...
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    St. Catherine's Village: Senior...

    St. Catherine's Village: Senior...

    St. Catherine’s Village, Mississippi’s premier Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), was struggling with an image problem. First, it was perceived as being too expensive and exclusive. Second, potential...
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  • 10
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $1,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    ONEIMS.COM clients include G2 Crowd, and they specialize in providing a design-centric approach to SEO for their clients. With a focus on emphasizing the most vital elements of brand messaging, ONEIMS.COM was founded on forward-thinking principles in Chicago.

    When Florock needed a complete overhaul of their brand approach, they turned to ONEIMS.COM. The agency provided them with an end-to-end analysis of how they could make their approach more targeted, impactful and successful.

    SERVICES
    • 90% Content Marketing
    • 10% Conversion Optimization
    • 10% Digital Strategy
    • 15% Other
    G2 Crowd, Business Software...

    G2 Crowd, Business Software...

    G2 Crowd is a leading online platform for reviewing business software and services. OneIMS created a content marketing campaign to expand G2 Crowd's reach.  "Really helpful people who are willing to change strategy to...
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    EPAY Systems, HR and Payroll...

    EPAY Systems, HR and Payroll...

    EPAY Systems Develops HR and Payroll Software for Distributed Workforces "What OneIMS has done is, is has delivered solutions has worked with our team side by side to truly change where we are ranked in Google. To truly...
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    Florock, Polymer Flooring & Epoxy...

    Florock, Polymer Flooring & Epoxy...

    Florock provides Polymer Flooring Systems and Industrial Epoxy Coatings for Concrete Floors "Our inbound marketing efforts and the resulting traffic and leads have been on a steep incline since we started working with...
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    Focus Group, Chicago Real Estate...

    Focus Group, Chicago Real Estate...

    Focus Real Estate is a multi-unit and commercial general contractor in Chicago. The firm approached OneIMS to help improve their digital ad campaigns after struggling to generate lead quality and volume.  The team at...
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    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $50,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    Symmetri Marketing clients include National Geographic, and they specialize in providing a design-centric approach to branding for their clients. With a focus on emphasizing the most vital elements of brand messaging, Symmetri Marketing was founded on forward-thinking principles in Chicago.

    When the Detroit Zoo needed a complete overhaul of their brand approach, they turned to Symmetri Marketing. The agency provided them with an end-to-end analysis of how they could make their approach more targeted, impactful and successful.

    SERVICES
    • 90% Content Marketing
    • 20% Branding
    • 20% Web Development
    • 40% Other
    University of Michigan Mcubed...

    University of Michigan Mcubed...

    CHALLENGE The Mcubed program, housed in the University of Michigan’s Office for Research, distributes real-time seed funding to multidisciplinary, faculty-led teams—stimulating research that might otherwise be...
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    CNX Corp Branding / Drupal 8...

    CNX Corp Branding / Drupal 8...

    CHALLENGE As a specialist in development services, software products, front-end interfaces, and back-end RPG applications, CNX’s latest innovation, Valance, lets users create modern IBM i web apps on all desktop...
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    Hosco Drupal 8 Redesign

    Hosco Drupal 8 Redesign

    CHALLENGE Hosco is a finishing system components manufacturer with an extensive network of regional authorized distributors and agents. Their previous vendor had built a website using WordPress, which was failing as a...
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    Aspira Drupal 8 Redesign

    Aspira Drupal 8 Redesign

    CHALLENGE Aspira (formerly RA Outdoors) provides support software and services for state parks, private and local campgrounds, wildlife and fishing agencies, and more. Through their newly created positioning, Aspira is...
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    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    Westerlund clients include major worldwide brands, and they specialize in providing a design-centric approach to content marketing for their clients. With a focus on emphasizing the most vital elements of brand messaging, Westerlund was founded on forward-thinking principles in Kansas City.

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

    SERVICES
    • 90% Content Marketing
    • 10% Email Marketing
    • 10% Social Media Marketing
    • 20% Other
    Mood board

    Mood board

    A mood board mockup for social media look & feel
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    eBook Lead magnet

    eBook Lead magnet

    Part of the lead magnet designed for an inbound marketing campaign for a B2B professional coach
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    Growth Sample

    Growth Sample

    Client growth within a month
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    Graphic Design - Flyer

    Graphic Design - Flyer

    This is a physical collateral design sample
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    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $1,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    Digital Marketing Agency helps their clients save money and time by taking their projects from start to finish. With a wide range of capabilities that includes search engine optimization, public relations, and content marketing, there is no challenge their team isn’t ready to tackle. 

     

    A recent example of their work was helping a medical e-commerce site generate an increase in their traffic. Digital Marketing Agency created a strategy that changed up their approach to longtail keywords to bring the business a steady increase in visits that has only increased over time. 

    SERVICES
    • 90% Content Marketing
    • 20% Public Relations
    • 10% Affiliate Marketing
    • 25% Other
    Reputation Management Services

    Reputation Management Services

    DMA works hard to protect what people are saying about your business. Your company's reputation is the first thing a potential client sees before making a decision. DMA works to ensure your positive testimonials are front...
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    Supercharged SEO Services

    Supercharged SEO Services

    DMA ensures your site is optimized with specific keywords and content to give your site the traction it needs to be ranked on all search engines.    
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    Testimonial - Digital Marketing

    Testimonial - Digital Marketing

    Problem: A medical e-commerce site based in Asheville, NC needed help with generating traffic. In the past two years, their traffic had become stagnant. Because 87% of their current traffic was coming from paid...
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    Award Winning Service

    Award Winning Service

    DMA is recognized for its outstanding client service and its creative approach to digital marketing ensuring your site and brand has the reach and impact to attract more business.
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    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    Big Teeth Productions counts impressive brands like Sesame Street 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 AXA Insurance, a globally recognized brand. Big Teeth Productions helped them revitalize their materials to stand out in a crowded market and leave a powerful impression on more customers than ever before.

    SERVICES
    • 90% Video Production
    • 90% Content Marketing
    • 10% Advertising
    Scrub30 “Don’t Scrub Dirty” -...

    Scrub30 “Don’t Scrub Dirty” -...

    We created this spot as the start of a campaign to launch Scrub30, a bath product subscription start-up. The premise of the campaign was to take viewers through a look at bathing throughout history and ultimately show...
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    RoomIt Brand Highlight Film

    RoomIt Brand Highlight Film

    We partnered with RoomIt, a corporate travel package company, to highlight the company's overall messaging and services. This video was 1 of 3 edits we created to serve as an eye catching highlight piece for sales...
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    AOA "HEART"

    AOA "HEART"

    A 2D animation piece Big Teeth created for the American Osteopathic Association & AL Media. The character movement and bold coloring allowed us to deliver all the information of the HEART program while keeping the...
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    Seattle’s Best - We’ve Got You...

    Seattle’s Best - We’ve Got You...

    We've got your cool covered with this animated piece created for Seattle's Best coffee. This is one in a series of animated videos meant to provide a recipe and instructions for several drinks and desserts that can be...
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    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    250 - 999
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    SocialCode has worked with startups and Fortune 500 companies alike such as Chipotle, Gap, and LVMH. They specialize in marketing strategy, digital strategy, and social media marketing solutions for clients from various industries, including retail, consumer products, and hospitality.

    One of SocialCode’s many projects involved working with Michael Kors, a designer brand. The brand needed assistance with their Facebook ads, and saw an increase in offline sales by 31% with the help of SocialCode.

    SERVICES
    • 90% Content Marketing
    • 10% Digital Strategy
    • 10% Social Media Marketing
    • 10% Other
    31% Increase in Offline Sales for...

    31% Increase in Offline Sales for...

    The luxury fashion retailer wanted to measure the impact of its Facebook ads on in-store sales. Michael Kors tapped SocialCode to launch a Facebook ads campaign driving people to its brick-and-mortar locations. We...
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    Bringing Six Figure eComm Revenue...

    Bringing Six Figure eComm Revenue...

    HICKIES wanted to expand their reach and sales online to complement offline efforts, as well as explore a channel with higher margins and more control over speed of growth. SocialCode launched the brand’s first...
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    Spicing Up Chipotle's IG Stories...

    Spicing Up Chipotle's IG Stories...

    How do you get users to take a pause from the tap and engage with your ad? You surprise them. Traditional IG Stories sponsored ads had been top performing units for Chipotle. SocialCode wanted to capitalize on that...
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    Brewing Super Bowl Excitement...

    Brewing Super Bowl Excitement...

    The Super Bowl is Budweiser’s most important campaign each year, and the popular brand wanted a unique way to build early buzz on social for their traditional TV spot. Budweiser was the first in the Anheuser-Busch...
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