May 2021

Top Media Buyer Agencies in Chicago

Finding a partner to help with media planning and buying comes with many benefits, including: 1.) More buying power: Media buying agencies have a large combined media spend that allows them to make big media buys. 2.) Experience: Media buyers are professionals who know what to look for and how to perform media buying procedures. 3.) Access to data and tools: Media buying agencies have access to audience management platforms that provide data and analytics to make a decision about what media blocks to purchase.

The cost of working with a media buying company depends on the amount of media time you're purchasing. In general, small businesses should plan to spend around $10,000 on a modestly-sized media buy.

Luckily, Chicago has some of the best media buying company to hire. Use our list to find and connect with media buying company in The Windy City. Evaluate their case studies, project types, and client reviews to determine which company is the best fit for you.

List of the Best Media Buying Companies in The Windy City

  • 1
    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
    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...

    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...

    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, 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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  • 2
    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

    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...
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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...
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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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  • 3
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $1,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    SWIDIA caters to modern companies and helps them grow with their various strategies and analytic services. They specialize in marketing strategy, media planning and buying, and social media marketing for small and mid-market firms in the fields of consumer products, e-commerce, and arts.

    As an example of their work, SWIDIA was tasked by RadishFiction to help market their mobile app. The app, known as “Chat Stories”, is a fictional story app that uses the style of online messaging. SWIDIA produced videos to help with marketing campaigns.

    SERVICES
    • 25% Marketing Strategy
    • 25% Media Planning & Buying
    • 25% Social Media Marketing
    • 25% Other

    Radish Fiction - Chat Stories

    Our friends at RadishFiction ntroduced a whole new way of reading sexy romance fiction with Chat Stories! This intimate format allows readers to get immersed in the moment with their favorite characters and storylines....
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    IsoShaker Kickstarter Launch

    IsoShaker was looking for full-service on their Kickstarter campaign from concept, design, to launch. We got the pleasure to work closely with their founder to develop a creative strategy, and marketing plan that drove...
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    OutstandingFoods PigOut Chips

    "Plant-based chips that taste like bacon? No wayyyyy"⁠⁠This is the exact reaction we had when we first crunched into this tasty-as-hell snack from the geniuses over at OutstandingFoods. It's no surprise we carried...
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    Dude Products - On the go wipes

    DUDE Products was looking to create a set of marketing videos for their flagship product, DUDE Wipes, that could be used and chopped up across digital channels.We concepted, filmed, and produced 61 variatons of the video...
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  • 4
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    With an impressively robust client list that includes major enterprise brands, TEC Direct Media empowers brands with media planning. Founded on design-first principles, this Chicago-based firm offers an emphasis on helping brands drive change.

    One example of TEC Direct Media’s experience is their work for one of the world’s respected global brands. TEC Direct Media helped them target their audience of customers with a complete reevaluation of their strategy. This resulted in powerful engagement and an increase in perceived authority for them. 

    SERVICES
    • 30% Media Planning & Buying
    • 25% Digital Strategy
    • 20% Social Media Marketing
    • 25% Other

    Increasing Awareness Using...

    Our mission was to activate, engage and educate national & international markets through high impact placements for Be Fair Be Vegan’s purpose – animal equality and the end of all animal use.
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    TEC Drives Streams with Global...

    TEC Direct Media planned and executed several strategic outdoor locations for Universal Music Latin Entertainment to deliver maximum reach and drive streams of J. Balvin and Bad Bunny’s collaborative album, Oasis...
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    Digital Strategy Drives Streams...

    Our label client, Universal Music Enterprises, wanted to increase awareness and drive streams and sales of the Original Broadway Cast Recording, Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of The Temptations.   The...
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    Driving University Enrollment

    TEC Direct Media designed, tested, and rolled out a programmatic advertising campaign that drove online applications. Our results helped the University learn more about their core audience and acquisition costs.  They...
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  • 5
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    50 - 249
    LOCATION:
    Holborn, United Kingdom

    Bookmark Content and Communications has provided content and communications solutions for huge names like Aberdeen Standard Capital as well as dozens of enterprise clients around the world. This UK-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 Cadillac needed a powerful way to supercharge their strategy, they turned to Bookmark Content and Communications. Bookmark Content and Communications completely revamped their approach to highlight some of their most appealing elements and drive higher engagement and sales.

    SERVICES
    • 20% Content Marketing
    • 20% CRM Consulting and SI
    • 20% Media Planning & Buying
    • 40% Other

    Social-First Content Strategy for...

    We created a fully integrated paid and owned content strategy to engage and connect with Silhouette consumers globally. See the full case study here: https://bookmarkcontent...
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    Redesigning enRoute and the Brand...

    A new multichannel strategy to reach people who may be considering the brand and building out their experience in new ways. New conduits create touchpoints before a journey, during a journey and after a journey. Read...
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    Capital Thinking Rebrand

    When the Client Rebrands, What Happens to their Content? From client to creative direction to commissioning illustrators and finally, print, see how we rebranded the magazine of a UK discretionary fund manager mailed to...
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    Experiential Pop-up for Nobis

    Combining fashion, function and philanthropy to create an immersive brand experience for luxury outerwear shoppers. We created an immersive laundromat-themed experiential pop-up event hosted by Nobis, where guests were...
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  • 6
    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

    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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    PET WORK

    Celtic’s Pet Team works to deliver brand stories that gain market share by meeting the desires for healthier pets. www.celticchicago.com/pet
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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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    FOOD PRODUCTION WORK

    With expertise spanning the full product cycle from the initial harvest to the processing plant, Celtic’s Food Team is equipped to serve up the communications clients need. www.celticchicago.com/food-production
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