May 2021

Top Media Buyer Agencies in San Francisco

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, San Francisco has some of the best media buying company to hire. Use our list to find and connect with media buying company 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 Media Buying Companies in The Bay Area

  • 1
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    50 - 249
    LOCATION:
    Novato, CA

    Kiosk counts impressive brands among their key clients. So it’s no wonder that this California-based firm has achieved widespread success in a wide range of industries for their targeted pay per click marketing work.

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

    SERVICES
    • 25% Pay Per Click
    • 20% Media Planning & Buying
    • 10% Advertising
    • 44% Other
    Creating A Fresh New Online Home...

    Creating A Fresh New Online Home...

    Kiosk designed, developed and launched a comprehensive new web presence for Cypress Grove. We collaborated on content strategy that resulted in new and enhanced site features, like a new pairing tool to help customers...
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    Online MBA from the University of...

    Kiosk produced a fresh creative platform for St. Thomas Your Journey Online to differentiate the Online MBA from the existing St. Thomas on-campus program.We tested messaging within a cross-platform media campaign...
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    A Sonic Boom in the Heart of the...

    Sonic is an Internet Service Provider based in San Francisco’s North Bay. In an industry known for low consumer satisfaction, Sonic is committed to customer service, net neutrality and fast, affordable access to the...
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    Helping littleBits Connect With...

    littleBits is the New York-based education startup that invented the electronic building block, turning ideas into invention and transforming the way kids learn so they can grow up to be tomorrow’s changemakers.Kiosk...
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  • 2
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    New York, NY

    Renowned brands like Google, eBay, and Uber trust Moburst for cost-effective, creative, and innovative mobile marketing campaigns. They are a full-service mobile marketing agency working with clients of all sizes and industries.

    They partnered with Samsung to increase downloads, retention, and revenue from the Galaxy App Store. Using a variety of media channels, they identified segments which apply to different target audiences and initiated campaigns relevant for each segment. Micro segmenting personalized ads increased downloads by 79%, revenue by 36%, and Facebook followers by 1400%.

    SERVICES
    • 80% Mobile & App Marketing
    • 10% Advertising
    • 10% Media Planning & Buying

    Highlight reel for Moburst

    A short 80 second highlight reel showing Moburst's previous clients and how we can help future clients.
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    Award winning campaign for App...

    Our agency has been named the winner of the “Most Effective Performance Marketing Campaign” award at the 2019 Effective Mobile Marketing ceremony in London by the Mobile Marketing Magazine.  Moburst received the...
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    Winning Bronze Award for Samsung

    We won with Samsung the prestigious Mobile Marketing Association’s 2018 Global and North America Regional Smarties™ Awards in New York City. The campaign was also shortlisted in 2 categories for the 2018 Effective...
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    Optimizing Google's products

    We have worked with Google to optimize their App Store presence and help boost their conversion rate in the App Store.  We've crafted the screenshots, tested them and optimized most of the app store assets for the...
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  • 3
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $75,000+
    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® 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"

    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"

    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"

    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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  • 4
    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 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

    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

    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...

    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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  • 5
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Austin, TX

    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

    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

    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...

    Re-envisioning product strategy and ux design is helping the LendingTree business loans team optimize their acquisition experience.
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  • 6
    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 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

    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

    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

    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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  • 7
    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

    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

    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...

    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

    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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  • 8
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $1,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    250 - 999
    LOCATION:
    Sacramento, CA

    Adplify Media is a results-based firm that offers various services meant to boost the identity and presence of their clients. They offer everything from advertising and market research to branding and media planning & buying for small and medium-sized businesses in the fields of business services, hospitality & leisure, and more.

    One of Adplify Media’s projects involved logo design for Kura Cana. Kura Cana is one of San Jose, California’s newer CBD companies, and Adplify Media designed a logo that helped the company fit right in.

    SERVICES
    • 10% Advertising
    • 10% Branding
    • 10% Conversion Optimization
    • 70% Other

    Adplify Media, Imagination at work!

    Adplify Media, a Silicon Valley based Digital Marketing agency that specializes in the Staffing Industry. We are here to help Temp agencies find their voice and create a brand with Impact.  
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    McAlpine Lake & Park

    Created a simple branding video for McAlpine Lake with arial shots of the location. Overall successful campaign.
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    Adplify Media "Your World, Wide...

    Adplify Media showcases the importance of finding your true north. Not listening the the noise around you guiding you in the wrong direction. Be true to who you are. What values you hold yourself high too. A challenge to...
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    Elevate your Career Campaign

    Adplify Media created a campaign used throughout many social media channels. We thought hard to create a video that can empathize with our targeted audience. Combining our media creation with our defined targeting, we...
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  • 9
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    San Francisco, CA

    Creative:MINT clients include Axiom Hotel, and they specialize in providing a design-centric approach to advertising and marketing strategy for their clients. With a focus on emphasizing the most vital elements of brand messaging, Creative:MINT was founded on forward-thinking principles in America.

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

    SERVICES
    • 25% Branding
    • 20% Web Design
    • 15% Media Planning & Buying
    • 40% Other

    Axiom Hotel

    The Axiom Hotel is where history meets the digital revolution. Located at the nexus of San Francisco’s historic Union Square and innovative Mid-Market Technology hub, this boutique hotel welcomes those who desire a...
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    Fidelity Investments

    Fidelity Investments is the largest private custodian in the world, with $3 Trillion of assets under management throughout the greater Fidelity organization. Relationships with a vast array of independent investment firms...
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    Nuix

    Nuix is a leading technology for solving complex real-world data challenges including investigation, cybersecurity, insider threats, intelligence, litigation, regulation, privacy and risk management. Through the patented...
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