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Brainblaze
  • $100 - $149/hour
  • 2 - 9 employees
Brainblaze is a North Bay/San Francisco advertising agency and design studio that specializes in digital marketing, video/photo ? commercials, motion graphics, and more ? social media, print, and brand and identity.

Brainblaze is transparent with the terms of its business. Every project is billed on a 25% stepped payment system based upon an initial estimate of time, consumables, and rights. All work is billed on an hourly basis.

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Brainblaze
  • Address
    412 Red Hill Avenue Suite 2 San Anselmo, CA 94960
  • Phone Number
    415-250-3020
  • Service Lines
    Advertising, Web Design, Print Design
  • Industry Focus
    Arts, entertainment & music, Financial services, Health Care & Medical
  • Clients
    Not Provided
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  • $100 - $149/hour
  • 2 - 9 employees
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Colibri Digital Marketing
  • $150 - $199/hour
  • 2 - 9 employees
Colibri Digital Marketing is a San Francisco full-service, B corporation (B-corp)-certified digital marketing agency. They work with B-corps, nonprofit organizations, and mission-aligned businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

Colibri’s services include digital marketing, branding, web consultation and development, SEO and copywriting, blogging, social media, workshops and training, and individual coaching. Its focus is on marketing for business that’s “good for our green planet.”

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Colibri Digital Marketing
  • Address
    1931 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA, 94115
  • Phone Number
    415-900-4788
  • Service Lines
    Digital Strategy, Content Marketing, Web Design
  • Industry Focus
    Other Industries
  • Clients
    Fitch Criminal Defense P.C., San Francisco Green Film Festival, Food Sovereignty Tours, Corodata, Danielle Lazier:: SFhotlist Team and Compass Realty, City College of San Francisco, Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Company Info
  • $150 - $199/hour
  • 2 - 9 employees
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CSTMR
  • $150 - $199/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees
CSTMR is a Fintech marketing and design agency headquartered in Austin and San Francisco and serves clients across tNorth America,and the rest of the world.

Its exclusive Growth Engine Program and web and mobile design and user experience (UX) team have helped build brands and drive growth for all types of finance and finance technology (fintech) companies from early-stage to mature, consumer to business-to-business (B2B).

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  • Address
    535 Mission St., 14th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105
  • Phone Number
    415-968-1805
  • Service Lines
    Advertising, Branding, Marketing Strategy
  • Industry Focus
    Financial services, Other
  • Clients
    CreditKarma, LendingTree, Goji, Connect2Capital.com, SELFi.com, Nav.com, CreditKarma.com, DepositAccounts.com, Bank of Marin, Clarkston State Bank, NYBDC.com, LendingTree.com, GetQuilt.com, Cardpool.com, Blueleaf.com, Southwest Bank, Insuritas, PrePaid Technologies, Altway.com, First Rate
Company Info
  • $150 - $199/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees
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Duncan Channon
  • Custom Quote
  • 50 - 249 employees
Duncan Channon is an advertising agency that helps new brands launch but, more often, it helps established brands relaunch. Across its two offices, it offers advertising creative, brand strategy, identification, digital, design and UX, media strategy, planning and buying, social influencer, and experiential.

Led by Amy Cotteleer, it builds uniquely experiential influencer campaigns and has created work for Levi’s, Citibank, Nintendo, and Netflix.

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Duncan Channon
  • Address
    114 Sansome St Floor 14 San Francisco, CA 94104
  • Phone Number
    415-306-9203
  • Service Lines
    Advertising, Branding, Marketing Strategy
  • Industry Focus
    Arts, entertainment & music, Consumer products & services, Financial services
  • Clients
    Upwork, Sephora, DanoneWave, Craft Brew Alliance, California Department of Public Health, John Muir Health, DriveTime, Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, Entertainment Industry Foundation, Brown-Forman
Company Info
  • Custom Quote
  • 50 - 249 employees
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Espresso B2B Marketing
  • $100 - $149/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees
Espresso B2B is a marketing and advertising agency that works with organizations ranging from global corporations to small businesses. It helps its clients to develop a complete go-to-market plan that includes designing and launching inbound and outbound marketing activities and establishing lead nurturing and lead progression programs.

It also offers virtual marketing teams with monthly marketing packages that provide access to all of the marketing services it offers.

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Espresso B2B Marketing
  • Address
    535 Mission Street, 14th Floor, San Francisco, CA, 94105
  • Phone Number
    650-855-4042
  • Service Lines
    Digital Strategy, Content Marketing, Marketing Strategy
  • Industry Focus
    Information technology, Business services, Manufacturing
  • Clients
    Demand Management, DirecTech Labs, Gridline, IBM, Lapin, Orderful, ServiceNow
Company Info
  • $100 - $149/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees
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Gumas
  • $100 - $149/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees
Founded in 1984, Gumas is an advertising agency that offers strategic branding, advertising, and digital marketing services. It has created hundreds of campaigns, ranging from strategy and branding to messaging and creative.

Specifically, Gumas claims to help challenger brands, which are organizations that find themselves up against better-resourced competitors and can’t compete head-to-head with their “industry gorillas.”

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  • Address
    99 Shotwell Street San Francisco, CA 94103
  • Phone Number
    415-621-7575
  • Service Lines
    Marketing Strategy, Advertising, Graphic Design
  • Industry Focus
    Health Care & Medical, Financial services, Manufacturing
  • Clients
    Lira Clinical, Monaghan Medical, San Francisco 49ers, Varian Medical, KeyPoint Credit Union, Mi Rancho, T5 Data Centers, Rainbeau Curves, Sandisk, Mattel, Yonex, Wells Fargo, Pet Camp, Eriks Delicafe, San Francisco Junior Giants., 49ers Foundation Tagline
Company Info
  • $100 - $149/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees
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HUb
  • $150 - $199/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees
HUb is a strategy and communication agency that employs a full-time staff of account managers, strategists, creative directors, and a handful of creatives. But, according to HUb, it's the agency's creative network of about 100 freelancers that makes it different. It forms what it calls a "creative collective,"? and it works with them daily. This allows the agency to match the right creative person with any given job.

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  • Address
    39 Mesa St., Ste. 212, The Presidio, San Francisco, CA 9412
  • Phone Number
    No phone number
  • Service Lines
    Advertising, Marketing Strategy, Media Planning & Buying
  • Industry Focus
    Not Provided
  • Clients
    San Francisco 49ers, Oakland A's, University of San Francisco, Blue Shield of California, One Medical, LinkedIn, Google, Nike, Slingbox, Microsoft, Sephora, dropbox, Jawbone, Chevy's Fresh Mex, Nimble Storage
Company Info
  • $150 - $199/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees
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Media Matters Worldwide
  • Custom Quote
  • 10 - 49 employees
Established in 2005, Media Matters Worldwide (MMWW) is a women-owned media planning, buying, and analytics company that works with both business-to-consumer (B2C) and B2B businesses. Its strategy includes audience development, programmatic strategy and buying, analytics and data visualization, and media planning and buying.

MMWW works with clients across a wide spectrum of industries, including breweries like Sierra Nevada, software companies like SAP, and industry giant Google.

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Media Matters Worldwide
  • Address
    75 Broadway Street Suite 202 San Francisco, CA 94111
  • Phone Number
    415-524-2207
  • Service Lines
    Media Planning & Buying, Advertising, Digital Strategy
  • Industry Focus
    Not Provided
  • Clients
    Everlane, STARTER, Buffalo David Bitton, Poly (Plantronics and Polycom), Quay Sunglasses, Tricentis, The Commerce Casino, Viator, Avast, Mountain Hardwear, Mendocino County of Tourism, Genesys, Wonder Workshop, Lyve, Circulon, SF Ballet, Candies, Okta, Patelco Credit Union, Umbro, Livescribe, Material Girl, Mudd
Company Info
  • Custom Quote
  • 10 - 49 employees
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Mekanism
  • $100 - $149/hour
  • 50 - 249 employees
Mekanism is an independent, full-service advertising agency. With offices in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Seattle, it serves as collaborative business partners with some of the world’s biggest brands, including Ben & Jerry’s, Jose Cuervo, Molson Coors, Alaska Airlines, Charles Schwab, OkCupid, and many more. According to Mekanism, it makes unconventional campaigns for brands in conventional categories.

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Mekanism
  • Address
    570 Pacific Ave, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, California 9413
  • Phone Number
    No phone number
  • Service Lines
    Advertising, Video Production, Branding
  • Industry Focus
    Arts, entertainment & music, Consumer products & services, Government
  • Clients
    HBO, Ben & Jerry's, Alaska Airlines, MillerCoors, Muscle Milk, Facebook, Eastman, and Peloton
Company Info
  • $100 - $149/hour
  • 50 - 249 employees
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Metric Theory
  • Custom Quote
  • 50 - 249 employees
Metric Theory is a performance digital marketing agency with offices in San Francisco, New York City, Denver, Orange County, California, and Salt Lake City.

It works with companies of all shapes and sizes and specializes in B2B technology companies, direct-to-consumer brands, consumer app companies, large e-commerce sites, and fast-growing startups.

Metric’s clients include GoFundMe, Carvana, Too Faced, Personal Capital, and more than 400 others.

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Metric Theory
  • Address
    311 California St. 2nd Floor San Francisco, CA 94104
  • Phone Number
    415-659-8600
  • Service Lines
    Digital Strategy, Social Media Marketing, Pay Per Click
  • Industry Focus
    Business services, eCommerce, Retail
  • Clients
    GoFundMe, Zenefits, Optimizely, Tradesy, Getaround, Generation Tux, Too Faced, The Walking Company, Personal Capital, Carvana
Company Info
  • Custom Quote
  • 50 - 249 employees
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SocialPulsar Inc
  • $25 - $49/hour
  • 50 - 249 employees
SocialPulsar is an artificial intelligence (AI)-driven digital marketing agency in San Francisco. It offers full-service marketing packages, marketing automation, decision science, mobile marketing, and business intelligence.

SocialPulsar claims that its advanced data-driven insights and business intelligence (BI) are the foundation of their strategies and methods, and that its marketing campaigns are powered by an arsenal of tools that leverage automation and artificial intelligence.

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SocialPulsar Inc
  • Address
    388 Market St Suite 1300, San Francisco, CA, 9411
  • Phone Number
    844-544 2727
  • Service Lines
    Search Engine Optimization, Advertising, Digital Strategy
  • Industry Focus
    Real estate
  • Clients
    Oppo, Way, Yamamay, Meridio, ObsObjects, Up4X, VitalityBowls, 360 Fitness Superstore, Nest, VPS
Company Info
  • $25 - $49/hour
  • 50 - 249 employees
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Spokes Digital
  • $25 - $49/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees
Spokes Digital is a data-driven full-service cannabis digital marketing agency. It utilizes data to understand where consumers are making purchase decisions across all paid, owned, and earned media touchpoints.

Spokes’ team provides custom SEO and PPC services for brands like MedMen, FORIA Wellness, Columbia Care, Get Sava, Fleur Marché, Origin House, Terrasana Cannabis Co., Sunday Goods, and many more.

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Spokes Digital
  • Address
    927, Santa Lucia Dr, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
  • Phone Number
    415-841-2685
  • Service Lines
    Advertising, Digital Strategy, Conversion Optimization
  • Industry Focus
    eCommerce, Health Care & Medical, Advertising & marketing
  • Clients
    Not Provided
Company Info
  • $25 - $49/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees
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The Engine is Red
  • $100 - $149/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees
The Engine is Red is a privately owned, integrated creative agency founded in 2008 and headquartered in Santa Rosa, California. It offers long-term engagements, project work, creative exercises, and workshops.

The Engine claims to have streamlined the typical agency processes with no timesheets and no change orders. It offers no fixed contracts or rigid scopes of work and doesn’t mark up media or production.

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The Engine is Red
  • Address
    401 Mendocino Ave Suite 100 Santa Rosa, CA 95401
  • Phone Number
    707-546-5448
  • Service Lines
    Branding, Marketing Strategy, Advertising
  • Industry Focus
    Health Care & Medical, Non-profit, Retail
  • Clients
    Rombauer Vineyards, Medtronic, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Swinerton Builders, Fetzer Vineyards, United Way, PG&E, Chevron CU
Company Info
  • $100 - $149/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees
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Traction
  • $150 - $199/hour
  • 50 - 249 employees
Founded in 2001, Traction is a privately held, interactive agency that specializes in video production, content development, media, analytics, web and app development, UX/user interface (UI)/AI, design and production, and more.

Traction’s industry expertise includes consumer tech, packaged goods, B2B, retail, finance and banking, and internet and software. It has worked with industry giants like Apple, Adobe, Dolby, Walmart, and many more iconic brands.

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Traction
  • Address
    1349 Larkin Street San Francisco, CA 94109
  • Phone Number
    415-962-5800
  • Service Lines
    Advertising, Web Design, Branding
  • Industry Focus
    Consumer products & services, Financial services, Retail
  • Clients
    Adobe, Apple, Dolby, Intermedia, Lenovo, LinkedIn
Company Info
  • $150 - $199/hour
  • 50 - 249 employees
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Viewstream
  • $150 - $199/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees
Viewstream is a creative digital agency with offices in San Francisco and Chicago that focuses on advertising, video production, and branding. It partners with innovative companies like Amazon, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, HP, PayPal, and many more to build brands, launch digital marketing, and acquire customers. Viewstream’s industry experience is mostly in insurance, high-tech, and publishing.

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Viewstream
  • Address
    Suite 1400 4 Embarcadero Center San Francisco, CA
  • Phone Number
    415-975-8686
  • Service Lines
    Advertising, Video Production, Branding
  • Industry Focus
    Information technology, Financial services, Health Care & Medical
  • Clients
    UPS, Coca-Cola and Honeywell, Adobe, Autodesk, and Microsoft
Company Info
  • $150 - $199/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees

How We Chose the Best Advertising & Marketing Agencies in San Francisco

Advertising and marketing is a key investment that a small business can make to identify customer needs and determine how best to meet those needs. However, with so many different advertising and marketing agencies in the Bay Area to choose from, it can be hard to know which one is the right fit for your business. To help you narrow down your options, we’ve put together our list of the best advertising and marketing agencies in San Francisco based on three criteria — their service lines, size, and industry focus.

Multiple Service Lines

Every client’s needs are different, so the best advertising and marketing agencies offer a range of services, such as digital strategy, branding, and social media marketing. We’ve focused on agencies that provide multiple service lines, allowing you to adapt your advertising and marketing strategy over time and stick with the same agency as your needs change.

Size of Agency

It’s important to choose an agency that’s the right size for your business. Some agencies work closely with small businesses to offer more personalized services while larger agencies may offer more competitive rates but a less customized experience. We’ve included agencies of all sizes on our list so you can find one that matches your preferences.

Industry Focus

Finally, we’ve included advertising and marketing agencies with a wide range of industry specialties, including healthcare, education, and business. While many advertising and marketing agencies can accommodate clients regardless of their industry, finding one that specializes in your market may be a good idea since you can count on them to know the best practices for your industry.

Questions to Ask Marketing and Advertising Agencies

With so many advertising & marketing agencies in San Francisco each offering similar features, it’s important to ask the right questions during your initial discovery call or demo. To help you make the right inquiries, we put together a downloadable list of questions to ask your prospective advertising & marketing agency.

Download the questions to ask Advertising & Marketing Agencies