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3Q Digital
  • Less than $25/hour
  • 250 - 999 employees
3Q Digital creates engaging web pages and paid media ads that increase brand awareness, reach target audiences, and drive sales. Website architecture, metadata, keywords, and relevant content are optimized to boost site rankings and improve performance across multiple platforms, helping clients attract site visitors and encourage action. The company's proprietary 3QoS and Accelerate software incorporate strategy and science to provide analytics and performance metrics.  

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3Q Digital
  • Address
    25 E Washington Street, Suite 420
    Chicago, IL 60602
  • Phone Number
    650-539-4124
  • Service Lines
    UX/UI Design
    BI & Big Data Consulting & SI
    Branding
  • Industry Focus
    Internet
    Retail
    Arts, Entertainment and Music
  • Clients
    Eventbrite, SurveyMonkey, ModCloth, Square, KeyBank, Walmart, TheRealReal, Blurb
Company Info
  • Less than $25/hour
  • 250 - 999 employees
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97 Switch
  • $100 - $149/hour
  • 2 - 9 employees
Search engine optimization (SEO), paid social media, email campaigns, and creative website design services from 97 Switch help businesses increase brand awareness and generate site traffic. The company's team uses tracking analytics to measure website and campaign results and develop strategies for using pay-per-click (PPC) ad placement. Catchy slogans and subject lines are employed to improve ad and email responses and generate more highly qualified leads. 

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97 Switch
  • Address
    1 E Wacker Dr #2550
    Chicago, IL 60601
  • Phone Number
    312-212-0968
  • Service Lines
    Web Design
    Search Engine Optimization
    Digital Strategy
  • Industry Focus
    Hospitality & leisure
    Financial services
    Real estate
  • Clients
    The Wit Hotel in Chicago, Mobile Doorman, SMASHotels, MassVR, the Albert, Hotel EMC2, State and Lake Chicago Tavern, ROOF, Joliet Tent
Company Info
  • $100 - $149/hour
  • 2 - 9 employees
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Arcalea
  • $150 - $199/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees
Arcalea is a marketing and consulting company that helps businesses implement strategies to excel in highly competitive markets. Arcalea's approach begins with understanding each brand's unique position and goals. PPC, organic SEO, and inbound marketing tactics deliver promotional materials to reach clients' target audiences. Customer relationship management (CRM) integration with HubSpot and Salesforce, machine learning, and analytics are used to monitor campaigns for effectiveness and efficiency.

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  • Address
    73 West Monroe Street
    Chicago, Illinois 60603
  • Phone Number
    312-248-4272
  • Service Lines
    Content Marketing, Email Marketing, Search Engine Optimization
  • Industry Focus
    Advertising & marketing
  • Clients
    The University of Chicago, DELL, ConceiveAbilities, Discover Financial Services, Level Office
Company Info
  • $150 - $199/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees
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Be Found Online (BFO)
  • $150 - $199/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees
BFO balances organic and paid media solutions to help businesses improve the efficiency of marketing campaigns, acquire new customers, and grow online. Target audience mining, analytics, SEO, content marketing, PPC, and social media advertising services reach intended groups and encourage site visitors to act. BFO also integrates with HubSpot, CRM packages, and LinkedIn 360 to further manage campaigns and customer interactions.

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Be Found Online (BFO)
  • Address
    3304 N Lincoln Ave,
    Chicago, IL
    60657
  • Phone Number
    773-904-1342
  • Service Lines
    Search Engine Optimization, Pay Per Click, Social Media Marketing
  • Industry Focus
    Health Care & Medical, Business services, Consumer products & services
  • Clients
    Not Provided
Company Info
  • $150 - $199/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees
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Charu Interactive, Inc.
  • $100 - $149/hour
  • 2 - 9 employees
Video marketing, PPC, SEO, social media management, and web design services from Charu Interactive help businesses get noticed online. The company's team of marketers creates compelling stories and unique content to increase brand awareness and develops advertising strategies to reach ideal customers. Its team of developers builds and enhances websites that improve the visitor experience and turn site visitors into returning customers.

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Charu Interactive, Inc.
  • Address
    1765 N Elston Ave, Suite 211-2,
    Chicago, IL,
    60642
  • Phone Number
    773-715-1483
  • Service Lines
    Search Engine Optimization
    Content Marketing
    Digital Strategy
  • Industry Focus
    Business services
    Health Care & Medical
    Legal
  • Clients
    Chang Legal
Company Info
  • $100 - $149/hour
  • 2 - 9 employees
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Comrade Web Agency
  • $100 - $149/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees
PPC, SEO, paid social media, retargeting, and optimized landing page development services from Comrade Web Agency help businesses reach target audiences and maximize customer conversions. The company develops custom campaigns, fine-tunes existing campaigns, and performs comprehensive testing to determine which tactics are most successful. Robust call tracking keeps track of the keywords, ads, and links that result in qualified leads.

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Comrade Web Agency
  • Address
    770 N Halsted Street, Suite 106
    Chicago, IL 60642
  • Phone Number
    312-265-0580
  • Service Lines
    Search Engine Optimization
    Web Design
    E-Commerce Development
  • Industry Focus
    eCommerce
    Legal
    Business services
  • Clients
    Maxim Partners, Illprepvb.com Inc, Illinois Nurses Association, Blackhawk Supply, American Tent, Gillespie Productions, LLC, Schaumburg Specialties LLC, The International Kitchen
Company Info
  • $100 - $149/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees
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Digital Destination
  • $100 - $149/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees
Digital Destination is a lead generation and digital marketing agency that helps businesses reach their target audiences to enhance growth. Its services include PPC, SEO, social media management, display advertising, live chat, and email marketing. Google Analytics and reporting are used to monitor campaigns and provide a digital footprint assessment to help business owners understand what methods are performing the best.

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Digital Destination
  • Address
    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1212
    Chicago, IL 60654
  • Phone Number
    312-933-6806
  • Service Lines
    Advertising, Social Media Marketing, Search Engine Optimization
  • Industry Focus
    Advertising & marketing, Business services, Media
  • Clients
    Not Provided
Company Info
  • $100 - $149/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees
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Digital Third Coast
  • $150 - $199/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees
Digital Third Coast helps businesses increase sales, conversions, and conversion value. Link building, PPC, SEO, and paid media help businesses earn attention and rank higher in search engine results. Digital Third Coast also optimizes websites and content to enhance user experience, clearly identify the brand message, and meet the standards set by Google and other search engine algorithms.

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Digital Third Coast
  • Address
    2540 W North Ave,
    Chicago, IL
    60647
  • Phone Number
    773-904-2700
  • Service Lines
    Search Engine Optimization
    Pay Per Click
    Web Design
    Social Media Marketing
  • Industry Focus
    Education
    Business services
    Advertising & marketing
    eCommerce
  • Clients
    MidAmerica Nazarene University, Shorr, C+R Research, Waterstone Management Group LLC, Fertility Centers of Illinois
Company Info
  • $150 - $199/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees
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Lever Interactive
  • Custom Quote
  • 10 - 49 employees
Lever Interactive is a full-service digital marketing agency with over 20 years of experience helping businesses move forward in the online marketplace. The agency's seasoned industry experts employ the latest technologies to increase brand awareness and influence target audiences. SEO, PPC, and content creation are used to create ads for social media, connected TV, Amazon, and other shopping channels.

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Lever Interactive
  • Address
    701 Warrenville Rd, Suite 200
    Lisle, IL 60532
  • Phone Number
    630-435-6400
  • Service Lines
    Search Engine Optimization, Pay Per Click, Digital Strategy
  • Industry Focus
    Retail, Education, Consumer products & services
  • Clients
    Abt, Home Depot, FTD, Philips, Threadless, Chevrolet, Thomasville, Experian, RadioFlyer, Northwestern College, Restaurant.com, InterPark, Valspar, Laureate Education, Toro
Company Info
  • Custom Quote
  • 10 - 49 employees
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Logical Media Group
  • $100 - $149/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees
Logical Media Group's PPC consultants create efficient campaigns to increase leads and sales conversions. Keyword research is used to develop SEO and link-building strategies that reach target audiences and help businesses rank higher on Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other search engines. Campaigns are monitored for effectiveness and adjustments made to optimize performance. Other services include website design and Amazon storefront enhancement and product management.

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Logical Media Group
  • Address
    445 W Erie Street Suite 208
    Chicago, IL 60654
  • Phone Number
    312-465-2911
  • Service Lines
    Pay Per Click
    Search Engine Optimization
    Social Media Marketing
  • Industry Focus
    eCommerce
    Business services
    Consumer products & services
  • Clients
    Glover Coaching, Aligned Modern Health, Angelic Bakehouse, Figo Pet Insurance, National Foundation for Credit Counseling, Precious Moments, SK Tools, Adsensa, CMK Companies
Company Info
  • $100 - $149/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees
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Marcel Digital
  • $150 - $199/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees
Paid social media marketing, SEO, content development, and web development services from Marcel Digital help businesses rank higher in search engines, generate more organic traffic, and increase conversions from target audiences. Google Analytics and conversion rate optimization monitoring identify website bottlenecks and campaigns that need to be adjusted for better performance. Marcel Digital also offers Amazon marketing and YouTube advertising services.

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Marcel Digital
  • Address
    445 W Erie St, Suite 200
    Chicago, IL 60654
  • Phone Number
    312-255-8044
  • Service Lines
    Search Engine Optimization
    Web Development
    Pay Per Click
  • Industry Focus
    Health Care & Medical
    Other industries
    Financial services
  • Clients
    John Hopkins Medicine
    Lennox
    Rush University Medical Center
    Herbalife
    University of Maryland Medical System
    University of Texas Medical Branch
    HUB International
    Wide Open West (WOW!)
    Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating
    RJO Futures
    Broadway in Chicago
    StreetWise
    Ziegler
Company Info
  • $150 - $199/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees
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March Media Chicago
  • $100 - $149/hour
  • 2 - 9 employees
March Media Chicago provides local listing, landing page, SEO, social media strategy, and PPC services to get businesses noticed online. Its team of developers and marketers creates engaging digital designs and well-placed banner advertisements to help clients make a statement online. The company has extensive experience with consumer marketing, food and beverage, nail salon, plumbing, and nonprofit clients. 

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March Media Chicago
  • Address
    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza,
    Chicago, IL
    60654
  • Phone Number
    708-669-9369
  • Service Lines
    Branding
    Search Engine Optimization
    Pay Per Click
  • Industry Focus
    Advertising & marketing
    Arts, entertainment & music
    Business services
  • Clients
    Sumi Robata Bar, Personalized Communications, Buddy's Parking, Slim's Chicago , Four Seasons Japanese Restaurant, Smiley Nails & Spa , Mongol Group Construction, A to Z Statewide Plumbing
Company Info
  • $100 - $149/hour
  • 2 - 9 employees
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OneIMS.com
  • $100 - $149/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees
Paid media services from OneIMS generate qualified leads and build sales pipelines for businesses of all sizes. The company's team of PPC experts creates a digital strategy for each business that includes Google Search, LinkedIn, Facebook, Reddit, and Quora ads. HubSpot inbound marketing tools, such as content development, SEO, reputation management, and website design services, boost site rankings and increase brand awareness.

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OneIMS.com
  • Address
    30 S Wacker Drive, Suite 2200
    Chicago IL 60606
  • Phone Number
    888-663-4671
  • Service Lines
    Search Engine Optimization
    Pay Per Click
    Digital Strategy
  • Industry Focus
    Business Services
    Manufacturing
    Real estate
    Advertising & Marketing
    Transportation
  • Clients
    Photosbyjosef, CLBN Inc., Rhodes Corporation,
    Financial Services, Axis
Company Info
  • $100 - $149/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees
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Perfect Search Media
  • $150 - $199/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees
Perfect Search Media creates digital advertising campaigns to increase high-quality leads, retarget prior customers, and enhance clients' brand presence on social media, mobile apps, and games. Its team of designers creates banner ads and landing pages that are aesthetically pleasing, project a clear message, and encourage visitors to act. PPC and SEO help businesses increase site rankings on Google and other search engines.

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Perfect Search Media
  • Address
    1658 Milwaukee Ave #100 Suite 7522
    Chicago, IL 60647
  • Phone Number
    877-655-8227
  • Service Lines
    Pay Per Click, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Marketing
  • Industry Focus
    eCommerce, Business services, Education
  • Clients
    New York Film Academy, Columbia University, Charming Charlie, American Academy of Dermatology, American Massage Therapy Association, Rubicon, ConnectWise
Company Info
  • $150 - $199/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees
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Rise Interactive
  • $150 - $199/hour
  • 250 - 999 employees
Rise Interactive helps businesses interact with potential customers across a variety of platforms, including websites, mobile, Amazon, Instagram, and programmatic displays. Organic SEO, user experience (UX) design, reputation management, and social media marketing services help businesses reach target audiences, grow brand awareness, and stay ahead of the competition. Rise Interactive also offers influencer marketing, website design and development, and marketing analytics services.

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Rise Interactive
  • Address
    One South Wacker Drive,
    Suite 300, Chicago, IL
    60606
  • Phone Number
    Not Provided
  • Service Lines
    Pay Per ClckSearch Engine Optimization
    Digital Strategy
  • Industry Focus
    Retail
    eCommerce
    Consumer products & services
  • Clients
    Pandora, S.O.S., Northshore University Health System, Incredible Egg
Company Info
  • $150 - $199/hour
  • 250 - 999 employees
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Simple Machines Marketing
  • $100 - $149/hour
  • 2 - 9 employees
Simple Machines Marketing offers resources and tools to help small businesses grow. Clients reach intended audiences, generate leads, and efficiently follow up with potential customers using HubSpot automation tools to create personalized campaigns and simplify marketing emails. SEO, PPC, content development, and social media advertising rank businesses higher in search engines and increase brand awareness with ads across a variety of channels.

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Simple Machines Marketing
  • Address
    330 N Wabash Ave, 23rd Floor
    Chicago, IL 60611
  • Phone Number
    773-219-1090
  • Service Lines
    Marketing Strategy, Digital Strategy, Content Marketing
  • Industry Focus
    Marketing & Advertising
  • Clients
    Not Provided
Company Info
  • $100 - $149/hour
  • 2 - 9 employees
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SoMe Connect
  • $150 - $199/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees
SoMe Connect is a digital marketing agency that focuses on lead generation and market intelligence. Its team of professionals uses analytics to make data-driven decisions and build strategic advertising campaigns that attract attention to a client's brand and reach the target audience. PPC and social media management engage users and establish avenues for communication with new and returning customers. SoMe Connect also offers website design and development services.

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SoMe Connect
  • Address
    845 W. Washington Blvd, Floor 2
    Chicago, IL 60607
  • Phone Number
    773-482-3705
  • Service Lines
    Social Media Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, Pay Per Click
  • Industry Focus
    Marketing & Advertising
  • Clients
    TransUnion, Potbelly, Rocketmiles, Famous Dave's, The John Buck Company, Belgravia Group.
Company Info
  • $150 - $199/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees
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Straight North
  • $100 - $149/hour
  • 50 - 249 employees
PPC management services from Straight North help clients extend brand awareness, increase qualified leads, improve sales performance, and generate maximum advertising return on investment (ROI). SEO and web design services increase website and e-commerce traffic and rank businesses higher in search engine results. The company's display advertising services solidify brand messaging, retarget and contextually target ideal customers, and increase conversion rates.

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Straight North
  • Address
    211 W Upper Wacker Dr,
    Suite 1800, Chicago, IL
    60606
  • Phone Number
    855-883-0011
  • Service Lines
    Search Engine Optimization, Pay Per Click
  • Industry Focus
    Financial services, Health Care & Medical, Hospitality & leisure
  • Clients
    Chicago Bears, Fiserv, Nicor Gas, Hub Group, UPS, HomeAdvisor, Harvard, Trustwave, New City Moving, Advanced Technology Services
Company Info
  • $100 - $149/hour
  • 50 - 249 employees
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Walker Sands
  • $300+/hour
  • 50 - 249 employees
Walker Sands is a digital marketing agency for B2B brands. Its team of professional strategists and marketing experts understands the complexities of selling products and services between business organizations and helps clients develop campaigns that express the brand position, reach target audiences, and fill sales pipelines. Keyword optimization, paid social media advertising, public relations, and website redesign and development are used to drive online marketing success. 

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Walker Sands
  • Address
    55 W. Monroe Street,
    Suite 3925 Chicago, IL
    60603
  • Phone Number
    312-267-0066
  • Service Lines
    Search Engine OptimizationDigital StrategyContent Marketing
  • Industry Focus
    Public Relations and Communications
  • Clients
    Victoria's Secret, Zip Locksmith, White Sands Treatment, Gold Elements, Palo Media Group, Cohen IP Law Group
Company Info
  • $300+/hour
  • 50 - 249 employees
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Youtech
  • $200 - $300/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees
Paid search, remarketing, SEO, display advertising, and video services from Youtech help businesses of all sizes increase brand awareness, reach target audiences, and generate sales revenue. Landing pages, social media, and creative ads improve user experience and increase customer conversions. Youtech uses campaign performance monitors, market research, and analytics to create personalized strategies to meet each client's business goals. 

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  • Address
    387 Shuman Blvd,
    Suite 310W Naperville, IL
    60563
  • Phone Number
    630-348-9337
  • Service Lines
    Pay Per Click
    Custom Software Development
    Web Design
  • Industry Focus
    Not Provided
  • Clients
    Simplicity Marketing Northwestern Medicine Awesome hand Gaming UrbanMatter Best Value Vacs Miller Coors Beyond Measure Training American Vending Sales Next Door & Window Pool in Floor Square one Concepts Prime Steaks Zano Salons Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers Willie Washer Pivot Point TapHouse Kitchen Ocean 44 Steak 44 Steak 48 Dominick's Steak House
Company Info
  • $200 - $300/hour
  • 10 - 49 employees

How We Chose the Best SEM Agencies in Chicago

It’s increasingly important to appear as high on search engine results pages as possible so that your company stands out from the rest. We’ve compiled a list of the 20 best SEM agencies in Chicago that can help you do this based on their industry focus, organic and paid SEM, and their marketing process.

Industry Focus

We’ve included SEM agencies that cover a wide range of industries so our readers can compare companies to make an informed and objective partnership decision.

Marketing Services

The companies on our list provide a wide range of marketing services throughout the marketing funnel. These services include content strategy, SEO, paid advertising, and overall digital strategy.

Marketing Process

These companies can handle your entire digital marketing plan or certain aspects. They can work with you as a consultant or as your entire marketing division, taking care of the day to day tasks and keeping you updated at regular intervals.

Questions to Ask SEM Agencies

With so many SEM Agencies in Chicago 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 SEM Agencies.

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