Top 25 Advertising Agencies in San Francisco in 2021

Top 25 Advertising Agencies in San Francisco in 2021

San Francisco is home to some of the most innovative and successful companies in history. Whether Apple, Facebook, or Google, all of these companies had their humble beginnings in Silicon...
Marketing Agencies San Francisco

San Francisco is home to some of the most innovative and successful companies in history. Whether Apple, Facebook, or Google, all of these companies had their humble beginnings in Silicon Valley. At this point, San Francisco has practically become hallowed ground. If you are trying to change the world with a fresh, transcending business, it only makes sense to come to this place to start your business. Every day, more and more companies are coming to San Francisco to pursue their ambitious dreams and launch the next big business. Since innovation and startup culture are prevalent in San Francisco, it is also the perfect opportunity for advertising agencies.

New companies are popping up every day, aiming for rapid growth. They rely on advertising and marketing agencies to help them understand branding, messaging, positioning, and more. All with the goal of getting in front of as many new customers and users as possible.

As you can imagine, this opportunity for advertising agencies has never been a secret, and at this point in time, there are thousands of marketing agencies in San Francisco. But much like the tech companies that are popping up in the Bay Area, there are only a few advertising agencies that stand out from the rest.

Here is our list of the top 25 ad agencies in San Francisco:

  1. NoGood
  2. Argonaut
  3. Edelman
  4. Mekanism
  5. Cutwater
  6. Duncan Channon
  7. PR Hacker
  8. BarretSF
  9. Goodby Silverstein & Partners
  10. Baker Street Advertising
  11. Venables Bell & Partners
  12. Pereira & O’Dell
  13. Gumas
  14. Cibo
  15. Colibri Digital Marketing
  16. MUH-TAY-ZIK HOF-FER
  17. Camp + King
  18. HUb
  19. MBE Group
  20. Media Cause
  21. Flickerbox
  22. Propane
  23. Michael Patrick Partners
  24. Jives Media
  25. BSTRO

1.NoGood

NoGood Marketing Agency

Description: NoGood is a group of highly skilled data analysts, performance marketers, and creative strategists. Their diverse team comes together from a variety of backgrounds and industries, which helps them provide unique insights to their clients. NoGood’s mantra as an advertising agency is to deliver marketing and business growth with no frills. They love to work with forward-thinking businesses and create customized solutions to provide the most value to their clients.

Year Founded: 2017

Team Size: 11-50 employees

Services: Performance Marketing, Growth Hacking, Marketing Analytics

Clients: Amazon, P&G, Nike

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2.Argonaut

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Description: Argonaut is a full-service advertising agency that works with brands looking to revamp, revitalize and reimagine to create brand comebacks and succeed. Driven by curiosity, hope, and ambition, their agency values, they are committed to being the change. Their client portfolio includes some very successful brands such as Honey Bunches by Oats, Fitbit, and Volkswagen.

Year Founded: 2013

Team Size: 51-200 employees

Services: Advertising, Branding, Social Media, Design

Clients: Dodge, Sephora, Nerdwallet

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3.Edelman

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Description: Based in the heart of San Francisco, Edelman is home to more than 200 experts. To produce powerful, integrated campaigns that deliver real business results for iconic and emerging brands, they combine the best talent and techniques from public relations, marketing, advertising, digital, creative, and research. This advertising agency knows how to move consumers from indifference to action. Working from tech startups to Fortune 500 companies, it helps transform brand perceptions through earned-centric, social-by-design initiatives.

Year Founded: 1952

Team Size: 200+ employees

Services: Public Relations, Digital Communications, Social Media

Clients: Samsung, Unilever, Novartis

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4.Mekanism

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Description: Mekanism is a full-service advertising agency that specializes in the art of storytelling. They work with brands to help them build strong loyalty and messaging. Although storytelling is at the core of their expertise, Mekanism incorporates a strategic mix into their work to help companies solve real business problems.

Year Founded: 2001

Team Size: 51-200 employees

Services: Social Media Marketing, Viral Marketing, Creative & Brand Strategy

Clients: Uber, Peloton, Coca-Cola

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5.Cutwater

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Description: Cutwater is an independent creative and media agency with offices in San Francisco and New York City. They are an experienced team and the creators of famous campaigns that move the needle. They believe in great storytelling, clients with something to prove, the power of creativity, and always have a client-centric mindset. Their success is the result of integrated marketing plans that focus on strategy, creative breakthroughs, and in-house media, allowing them to evaluate the right combination of brand and performance work based on client goals and KPIs.

Year Founded: 2007

Team Size: 11-50 employees

Services: Brand Strategy, Search & Performance Marketing, Media Planning & Buying

Clients: Peet’s Coffee, Axos Bank, Unison

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6.Duncan Channon

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Description: Duncan Channon is a top advertising agency with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, using digital and traditional methods to build a distinctive brand for its clients. As a four-time Ad Agency of the Year, they work with companies to discover their unique positioning and unlock their full potential. They help brands achieve their goals with the right strategy, brand identity, design, and more.

Year Founded: 1990

Team Size: 11-50 employees

Services: Strategy, Media, Creative

Clients: Udemy, Rakuten, Grubhub

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7.PR Hacker

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Description: PR Hacker is a startup agency specializing in marketing, experiential events, and brand strategy for public relations, video production, influencer marketing, and social media. It is located in the heart of the tech scene, in SoMa. They can deliver holistic marketing services for all types of businesses by working with a diverse network of professionals. Their growth-oriented and data-driven mindset will uncover marketing opportunities, design an effective marketing plan, and optimize your campaigns to reach your brand’s full potential.

Year Founded: 2013

Team Size: 11-50 employees

Services: PR & Media Relations, Social Media, Influencer Marketing

Clients: Natural Balance Pet Foods, Ambronite, CrowdMed

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8.BarretSF

Description: Founded in 2012, BarretSF is a San Francisco-based advertising agency that combines strategic thinking with creative design to deliver visual advertising to clients. They have been awarded “West Coast Small Agency of the Year” by Ad Age. They believe that thoughtful strategy and strong creative thinking wins every time, and they offer a range of creative productions for their clients that always have a tough shell to deal with the relentless adversity and competition of today’s marketing environment.

Year Founded: 2012

Team Size: 11-50 employees

Services: Digital & Creative Services, Social Media, Graphic Design

Clients: Walmart, Chime, XFL

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9.Goodby Silverstein & Partners

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Description: Goodby Silverstein & Partners is a full-service advertising agency with a broad range of expertise, including creative, design, brand strategy, research and analytics, communications/media strategy, and production. They are an innovative agency that takes a people-centric approach to everything they do. Their mission is to create experiences through “mass intimacy” that reach billions but only seem to appeal to one.

Year Founded: 1983

Services: Brand Strategy, Creative Development/Execution, Production

Clients: Cheetos, Adobe, BMW

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10.Baker Street Advertising

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Description: Baker Street is a full-service integrated advertising, branding, and marketing agency in San Francisco. It is the merger of an award-winning advertising agency and an innovative consumer research, data analytics, and brand management company. Named after the office address of Sherlock Holmes, they look rejoice in producing dramatic content focused on uncovering hidden truths that can unlock the potential of any brand.

Year Founded: 1982

Team Size: 11-50 employees

Services: Advertising & Digital Content, Digital Media Strategy & Buying, Branding, Public Relations

Clients: Sun-Maid, Northern California Honda Dealers, San Francisco Giants

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11.Venables Bell & Partners

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Description: Venables Bell & Partners is a world-renowned independent San Francisco advertising agency that taps into the social energy of its culture, people, and brands to create social native ideas at the speed of the newsfeed. With profitable growth every year, their challenger approach has drawn blue-chip brands like PlayStation, Blue Moon, Intel, and others to their roster. In addition to their full-service offering, they are home to VBP Orange, a customer experience consulting firm, and Lumberyard, a content production facility.

Year Founded: 2001

Team Size: 51-200 employees

Services: Brand Strategy, Performance Marketing, Media Planning/Buying

Clients: Chipotle, REI, Sheraton

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12.Pereira O’Dell

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Description: Pereira O’Dell is an agency that represents strong values. The agency thinks digitally and technologically forward, yet honors and celebrates old traditions of advertising. Their capabilities span a variety of services. What’s interesting about this agency is that they understand the balance needed between what the audience wants and business results.

Year Founded: 2008

Team Size: 51-200 employees

Services: Marketing, Branding, Advertising

Clients: MINI, Adobe, Stella Artois

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13.Gumas

gumas

Description: Gumas is a full-service marketing agency specializing in integrated branding, advertising, and digital marketing. They have created many award-winning campaigns for brands and their unique Challenger Brand process helps businesses discover their true brand identity and positioning. All of their work is created to help clients grow their business.

Year Founded: 1984

Team Size: 11-50 employees

Services: Challenger Brand Marketing, Integrated Media Strategies, Branding & Messaging Strategies

Clients: Varian Medical, Monaghan Medical, KeyPoint Credit Union

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14.Cibo

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Description: At Cibo, they are pioneers in brand and customer experience. Since its inception, Cibo has developed innovative solutions for early-stage companies and startups. Their team of data analysts, developers, strategists, and designers believe in delivering the absolute best customer experience on the web. They want to execute work that makes customers happy.

Year Founded: 2010 

Team Size: 51-200 employees

Services: Digital Marketing, Branding, Web Platform Development

Clients: Salesforce, Subaru, Lenovo

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15.Colibri Digital Marketing

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Description: Colibri Digital Marketing represents companies of all sizes. Designed to meet the digital marketing needs of visionary organizations, they are the first and only full-service digital marketing agency certified by B Corp. San Francisco. They are leaders in forward-thinking digital marketing, reflecting the ever-increasing need for business leadership that promotes and defends individuals, the planet, and profit. Through their emphasis on triple-bottom-line results, their forward-thinking and quality-driven use of digital marketing best practices, their goal is to meet the digital marketing needs of innovative brands and nonprofit organizations.

Year Founded: 2012

Team Size: 11-50 employees

Services: Advertising, Analytics, Content Marketing

Clients: Ν/Α

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16.MUH-TAY-ZIK HOF-FER

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Description: MUH-TAY-ZIK / HOF-FER is a San Francisco advertising agency. The uniqueness of the agency is not only in its name. The agency is driven by creativity, innovation, and inspiration. They aim to create exceptional work on behalf of their clients. Services include brand positioning, customer journey mapping, and much more.

Year Founded: 2010

Team Size: 51-200 employees

Services: Viral Marketing, Digital Advertising, Social Media

Clients: Staples, AAA, Intel

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17.Camp + King

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Description: This agency makes companies and brands they work with conversation-worthy. Their process starts with researching insights that inspire conversation-worthy ideas. Then they put together a strategy to help those ideas spread. Camp and King combine brand storytelling with expertise in digital, social, and content development. Their skills span advertising, branding, social, and content.

Year Founded: 2011

Team Size: 11-50 employees

Services: Social Marketing, Creative, Strategic Messaging

Clients: Del Taco, UGG, Insurgent Brands

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18.HUb

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Description: HUb currently has a team of over 20 people. The team is a vast network of senior creative specialists in all disciplines. The agency has strong strategic practices and wins many creative awards for its video content. The agency has worked for some notable clients including Oculus, Blue Cross, LinkedIn, and many more.

Year Founded: 2002

Team Size: 11-50 employees

Services: Advertising, Media Buying, Branding 

Clients: Oculus, Sephora, LinkedIn

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19.MBE Group

Description: Marx Buscemi Eisbrenner Group is a full-service marketing agency focused on the automotive, mobility, trucking, technology, and consumer products industries. MBE Group provides strategic marketing communications programs that help B2B and B2C clients increase sales, gain market share and grow their business. The experienced team works with clients to help them stay ahead of the competition and achieve their business goals.

Year Founded: 2019

Team Size: 11-50 employees

Services: Crisis Communications, Digital Advertising, Web & Creative Design

Clients: Philips, Armorlite, Motors Liquidation Company

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20.Media Cause

mediacause

Description: Media Cause is a mission-driven marketing agency that helps nonprofits. Their belief in helping nonprofits, philanthropists, advocates, and educators means their approach to marketing is a little different than other agencies. Media Cause measures success for their nonprofit clients based on specific milestones and outcomes, such as supporter engagement, actions taken, lives changed, etc.

Year Founded: 2010

Team Size: 11-50 employees

Services: Social Media Strategy, Fundraising, SEM

Clients: Bay Area Discovery Museum, Children’s Discovery Museum, Futures Without Violence

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21.Flickerbox

flickerbox

Description: Flickerbox works with businesses to help them grow for the long term. Clients appreciate their work because the agency creates a fresh, engaging, and professional digital presence. Their team helps businesses create a strong connection between their brand and their customer base. They do this through good planning, thoughtful content, engaging visuals, smart development, and regular testing and iteration.

Year Founded: 1999

Team Size: 11-50 employees

Services: Interactive Marketing, Design, Website Development

Clients: Okta, Nylas, Yahoo

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22.Propane

Description: Propane is a digital experience and platform agency. For each client, it can create a digital roadmap called “Digital Business Engine Platform” that includes the following 5 key solutions: Generate Interest, Create Distinction, Drive Conversion, Build Loyalty and Increase Efficiency. A fun fact about them is that they also worked on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) for Kaiser Permanente!

Year Founded: 2003

Team Size: 11-50 employees

Services: Digital Strategy, Market Research, Brand Strategy

Clients: Clarisonic, San Francisco Symphony, McKesson

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23.Michael Patrick Partners

Michael Patrick Partners

Description:

Michael Patrick Partners is a creative agency best known for developing the identity of E*TRADE. Their expertise includes brand development, brand strategy, design, and marketing campaigns used to differentiate at every stage of a company’s lifecycle. Their experience speaks from the over 500 creative industry awards they have received over the years.

Year Founded: 1980

Team Size: 11-50 employees

Services: Brand Development, Digital Marketing, Website Design

Clients: Standford University, Apple, Visa

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24.Jives Media

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Description: Jives Media is an award-winning agency consisting of acclaimed web designers, growth hackers, and brand strategists. They help organizations from startups to Fortune 500 companies achieve their business goals and serve a wide range of industries including tech, medical practices, law firms, government-related organizations, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, retailers, restaurants, and hair salons. They offer complete digital marketing services including web design, hosting, SEO, SEM, and social media management.

Year Founded: 2012

Team Size: 11-50 employees

Services: Digital Marketing, Marketing Consulting, Website Design

Clients: Thumbtack, Gulf Living Group, AMHI

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25.BSTRO

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Description: BSTRO is a leader in digital marketing, helping brands inspire action through powerful storytelling and innovative technology. From design and storytelling to technology and development, they help companies engage their customers in exciting ways. They have helped businesses in B2B, B2C, and non-profits exceed their goals. They can also help any national or international company, as the agency represents 12 different countries and speaks 18 languages.

Year Founded: 2004

Team Size: 11-50 employees

Services: Marketing Audit, Content Marketing, Analytics & Reporting

Clients: Band-Aid, Splenda, Rogaine

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San Francisco is certainly an important hub for all kinds of marketing agencies working with a number of different clients. Deciding to hire a marketing agency is easy, while the hard part is deciding which agency to hire. After reading this blog, we hope that we have given you an impetus to start looking for the perfect agency that will meet all of your company’s needs and goals.


Theano Dimitrakis
Theano is a growth marketing analyst with 3 years of experience in digital marketing, marketing analytics, client management, and brand strategy for various startup companies.


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