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December 2022

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  • 3
    • $25,000+
    • 2 - 9 employees
    • Sausalito, CA

    Division of Labor is a advertising agency based in Sausalito, Calif. and founded in 2010. Their team of 11 employees specializes in advertising, social media marketing, and video production for clients of all sizes in the marketing, entertainment, and business services industries.

    Clients

    • San Jose Sharks
    • SFMOMA
    • Kelly Services
    • Opendoor

    Industries

    Notable Project

    Division of Labor provided marketing and branding services, working on multi-channel content for television, video, online, print, and apparel.

    "I love working with them and would hire them again the first chance I get."

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  • 4
    • $10,000+
    • 2 - 9 employees
    • San Francisco, CA

    Most Likely To is an advertising agency from San Francisco. It was founded in 2017 and now has a team of 6 that works on advertising, branding, digital strategy, media planning & buying, content marketing, and video production for companies of varying sizes.

    Clients

    • Click Therapeutics
    • Milliman
    • Ariel Investments
    • End Ageism

    Industries

    Notable Project

    Most Likely To provided media strategy and campaign execution services for a government agency’s battery recycling campaign. The team worked on SEM, pre and post-campaign insights, as well as outreach.

     

    “Their creativity, media planning, and ability to reach a target audience are all areas where they shine.”
     

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  • 5
    • $5,000+
    • 50 - 249 employees
    • San Francisco, CA

    Metric Theory is a San Francisco-based digital marketing agency. Since founding in 2012, they've grown to over 60 employees with experience working with over 230 clients. They have experience with every type of marketing issue for clients that range from small business to large e-commerce firms. They specialize in PPC, digital strategy, social media marketing, conversion optimization, and mobile marketing.  

    Clients

    • GoFundMe
    • Zenefits
    • Optimizely
    • Tradesy

    Industries

    Notable Project

    Metric Theory managed digital marketing efforts for an e-commerce shop, which involved performing a paid search account review, restructuring the account, testing creative assets, and providing weekly reports.

    "The entire team had very strong strategic and tactical knowledge of the google channels."

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  • 6
    • Undisclosed
    • 50 - 249 employees
    • San Francisco, CA

    Duncan Channon is an advertising and media company with creative expertise in branding, design, print, video, and digital marketing. They also provide business strategy and media planning and buying. Founded in 1990, the San Francisco-based team is made up of nearly 100 employees.

    Clients

    • Upwork
    • Sephora
    • DanoneWave
    • Craft Brew Alliance

    Industries

    Notable Project

    Duncan Channon led a brand strategy update for a consumer brand and is executing a subsequent refresh of creative platforms including a website, packaging, and point of sale materials.

    “They bring expertise, intellect, curiosity, and ideas to the table.”

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  • 7
    • Scheduling

      4.7
    • Quality

      5.0
    • Cost

      4.4
    • NPS

      5.0
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    • $100,000+
    • 10 - 49 employees
    • San Francisco, CA

    Based in San Francisco, Cutwater is a full-service advertising agency whose name derives from their vision – they help clients find their cutwater, or the clearest manifestation of their company's vision. Founded in 2007, its team of nearly 50 specializes in advertising, SEO, and social media marketing services among other marketing efforts.  

    Clients

    • Hartz
    • Harvest Snaps
    • Discover Boating / National Marine Manufacturers Association
    • DermapenWorld

    Industries

    Notable Project

    Cutwater helped a search engine craft a B2B marketing strategy about the shift to mobile advertising. They had a discovery phase, helped the client get ethnographic-type research, and created a concept.

    "Cutwater jumped right in to help us."

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  • 8
    • $50,000+
    • 10 - 49 employees
    • Larkspur, CA

    E29 Marketing is a marketing strategy company founded in 2017. Their small team is headquartered in Larkspur, California and Larkspur, California. The firm offers marketing strategy, advertising, digital strategy, social media marketing, and more.

    Industries

    Notable Project

    E29 Marketing is creating a media plan for a consumer goods company that is launching a new pizza product. They are providing digital assets, including video ads, photo shoots, website content, and banners.

    "E29 Marketing is very knowledgeable on paid search, keyword research, and different tactics."

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  • 9
    • Scheduling

      4.6
    • Quality

      4.7
    • Cost

      4.5
    • NPS

      4.8
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    • $10,000+
    • 10 - 49 employees
    • San Francisco, CA

    BayCreative is a full-service marketing agency that excels in various services including content marketing, branding, design, direct marketing, video production, PPC, and email marketing. Founded in 1997, their San Francisco-based team of 16 serves as a "virtual marketing department" for their clients in industries like IT, financial services, and healthcare. 

    Clients

    • Cisco
    • Salesforce
    • ServiceNow
    • Docker

    Industries

    Notable Project

    BayCreative serves as a creative partner for a range of branding and web design projects. The team has updated graphic designs and created print collateral.

    "We wholeheartedly recommend working with BayCreative."

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  • 10
    • Scheduling

      4.9
    • Quality

      5.0
    • Cost

      4.9
    • NPS

      4.9
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    • $25,000+
    • 2 - 9 employees
    • San Rafael, CA

    Illuminator, a other digital marketing company, was launched in 2021. Their small team is in SF, California. The agency specializes in other digital marketing, advertising, social media marketing, and branding.

    Notable Project

    Illuminator proves ongoing web development, brand development, and social community growth. They're working with a cryptocurrency gaming platform to build their network organically and launch NFTs. 

    "They’ve done things that no one has done before because crypto is such a new space." 

     

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  • 11
    • Scheduling

      4.7
    • Quality

      4.7
    • Cost

      4.5
    • NPS

      5.0
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    • $25,000+
    • 10 - 49 employees
    • San Francisco, CA

    Hub Strategy and Communication is a creative agency based in San Francisco. Founded in 2002, their team of about 30 employees provides advertising, marketing strategy, and media planning and buying services.

    Clients

    • San Francisco 49ers
    • Oakland A's
    • University of San Francisco
    • Blue Shield of California

    Notable Project

    Hub Strategy and Communication provided print and digital marketing to raise awareness for a new iOT device. Their work alsdo included TV and radio ad production, media buying, and creative development.

    "They have an incredibly good understanding of who your customer is, how to reach them, and how to talk to them."

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  • 12
    • Scheduling

      5.0
    • Quality

      4.8
    • Cost

      4.5
    • NPS

      5.0
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    • $1,000+
    • 10 - 49 employees
    • Oakland, CA

    Rainfactory is a full-service digital marketing agency based in Oakland, Calif., with a secondary location in Seattle. Founded in 2014, this company has 22 employees. Services offered by Rainfactory include social media marketing, PPC, and advertising for small to mid-sized businesses.

    Clients

    • OneWheel
    • CLIQ Chair
    • Segway Robotics
    • Atari VCS Reboot

    Industries

    Notable Project

    Rainfactory assisted with an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for a smartphone accessory, providing project management support and setting up a pre-launch email list.

    "They were able to scale our crowdfunding campaign while keeping an eye on sustainability."

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  • 13
    • Scheduling

      4.8
    • Quality

      4.9
    • Cost

      4.7
    • NPS

      4.9
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    • $25,000+
    • 2 - 9 employees
    • San Francisco, CA

    Theory SF is a San Francisco-based creative agency. The agency was founded in 2015 and has a team of 2 that provides a variety of services including branding, marketing strategy, web design, advertising, digital strategy, and more.

    Clients

    • NetGear
    • Riverbed Technology
    • Sage Software
    • Holonis

    Industries

    Notable Project

    Theory SF has been developing a nutrition company's brand identity. Their service includes their name, packaging, e-commerce, and communication assets in the digital space. 

    "They are not afraid to challenge us to think differently. We are able to have honest and candid discussions with them."

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  • 14
    • Scheduling

      4.9
    • Quality

      5.0
    • Cost

      5.0
    • NPS

      5.0
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    • $5,000+
    • 10 - 49 employees
    • San Francisco, CA

    Gumas is a full-service marketing agency based in San Francisco. The agency, founded in 1984, is a team of less than 20 who provide, among others, marketing strategy, advertising, and graphic design services to a variety of companies.

    Clients

    • Lira Clinical
    • Monaghan Medical
    • San Francisco 49ers
    • Varian Medical

    Industries

    Notable Project

    Gumas branded and provided digital marketing for a tortilla production company. The team took the time to understand the company's history and products before defining and deploying a marketing strategy.

    "Their people are first class."

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  • 15
    • $25,000+
    • 10 - 49 employees
    • Sausalito, CA

    Watson Creative is a research-based creative studio located in Portland and founded in 2008. They comprise 27 employees specializing in digital strategy and design and brand storytelling for various companies, from startups to venture capitalists, in a number of industries, including IT, lifestyle, finance, the arts, legal, dental, and consumer products. Services include brand strategy and DNA, website design, UX/UI, graphic design, content marketing, photography, video, and e-commerce.

    Clients

    • Nike
    • KingPins
    • Umpqua Bank
    • New York Yankees

    Industries

    Notable Project

    Watson Creative developed a website for a business consulting firm, including design and implementation. They were hired through referrals.

    "Their knowledge, relationship-building, listening skills, and creative design work were phenomenal."

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  • 16
    • Scheduling

      4.9
    • Quality

      4.9
    • Cost

      4.5
    • NPS

      4.8
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    • $75,000+
    • 50 - 249 employees
    • San Francisco, CA

    Traction is a full-service marketing agency located in San Francisco. With a team of nearly 250 employees, Traction provides web design, advertising, UI/UX design, and branding services to enterprise and midmarket clients.

    Clients

    • Adobe
    • Apple
    • California Bank & Trust
    • Charles Schwab

    Industries

    Notable Project

    Traction conceptualized a branding strategy and is now implementing the campaign. The team uses research data to select designs and tactics. Services include copywriting and analytics.

    "They’re committed to the project and hold us accountable to our deadline.  "

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  • 17
    • $10,000+
    • 2 - 9 employees
    • Emeryville, CA

    Farinella LLC is a branding and marketing agency that also provides web design and advertising services. Founded in 1990, they have a team of about 10 employees based in Emeryville, Calif. who service midmarket firms and small businesses. They focus on clients in manufacturing, business services, arts, entertainment, and music industries.

    Clients

    • Libratone The North Face Everi Williams-Sonoma
    • Inc. Mechanics Bank Devereaux
    • Kuhner & Co. Lucasfilm
    • Microsoft

    Industries

    Notable Project

    Farinella LLC oversees a film festival’s social, highlighting articles related to the festival’s values on documentaries and social justice. They’ve also brought the festival online during COVID-19.

    “The team is supportive of our endeavors, which makes a world of difference.”

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  • 18
    • $25,000+
    • 10 - 49 employees
    • Oakland, CA

    School of Thought is an advertising firm based in San Francisco. Founded in 2008, their team of 25 serves clients in the nonprofit sector. Services include marketing strategy and SMM.

    Industries

    Notable Project

    School of Thought provided branding and advertising services for a B2B SaaS firm. They handled the discovery, creative rounds, and concepting stages to deliver several advertising lines for campaigns.

    “I can’t imagine going through this with another agency, they were perfect for what we needed.”

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  • 19
    • Scheduling

      5.0
    • Quality

      5.0
    • Cost

      4.0
    • NPS

      5.0
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    • $10,000+
    • 250 - 999 employees
    • San Francisco, CA

    ICR is a midsize advertising company launched in 1998. Their team offers advertising, marketing strategy, market research, and public relations. The company is based in New York, New York; San Francisco, California; Boston, Massachusetts and Los Angeles, California.

    Industries

    Notable Project

    ICR is ensuring that their client’s website is compliant with rules and regulations for publicly held companies. They’re updating the platform, building a page for investors, and creating an ESG component.

    “We heard they were good, but we had no idea how good. They consistently set us up for success.”

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  • 20
    • Scheduling

      4.8
    • Quality

      4.8
    • Cost

      4.5
    • NPS

      5.0
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    • $25,000+
    • 10 - 49 employees
    • San Francisco, CA

    CSTMR is a digital marketing firm that is located in Austin, Texas. The team of about 6 employees has been specializing in web design and development since the firm was founded in 2014. CSTMR also offers UI/UX design services to its clients.  

    Clients

    • CreditKarma
    • LendingTree
    • Goji
    • Connect2Capital.com

    Industries

    Notable Project

    CSTMR piloted marketing campaigns, providing a comprehensive range of services such as strategy, web development, SEO, email blasts, social media, and general marketing/communication assets.

    “We’ve been really happy with their work because it helps distinguish us from our competitors.”

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  • 21
    • $10,000+
    • 2 - 9 employees
    • Mill Valley, CA

    Branding firm Vespertine Agency was launched in 2021. They are in San Francisco, California and have a small team. Their services include branding.

    Industries

    Notable Project

    An advertising agency hired Vespertine Agency for branding services. The team created the client's business product name in order to introduce it internationally.

    "They put the client at ease, over-delivered, spoke eloquently, and articulated their work."

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  • 22
    • $10,000+
    • 2 - 9 employees
    • San Francisco, CA

    UNIT Partners is a branding and graphic design agency based in San Francisco and founded in 1996. UNIT Partners' team of more than 200 employees has more than two decades of experience in web design, branding, and marketing strategy. The firm mainly works with small- and mid-sized businesses but has experience working with large enterprises as well. 

    Clients

    • Michael Mina / Mina Group
    • Hi Neighbor Hospitality Group
    • San Francisco Soup Company
    • Che Fico

    Industries

    Notable Project

    UNIT partners LLC led a branding exercise for a new digital marketing startup, producing visual assets such as a logo and brand colors.

    "We've already started using the visual assets on PowerPoint decks and our website."

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  • 23
    • $25,000+
    • 10 - 49 employees
    • San Francisco, CA

    Sköna is a San Francisco based B2B creative agency. They were founded in 2003 and have a team of 17 employees who specialize in advertising, branding, and media planning for clients of all sizes in the entertainment, healthcare, and IT industries. 

    Clients

    • Affirm
    • Apigee
    • Beringer
    • Birst

    Industries

    Notable Project

    Sköna developed a new brand and positioning, including a new logo, colors, and brand design. They also supported the implementation of the branding into the website. They currently help with a company video.

    “We were delighted with what they delivered from the start.”

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  • 24
    • $100,000+
    • 10 - 49 employees
    • San Francisco, CA

    Gershoni is a creative agency that builds brands for century-old institutions, Fortune top-10 companies, startups, and nonprofits. They are located in San Francisco, CA and have a team of 15 employees that provides branding, content marketing, and advertising to clients across business, consumer, financial, and food and beverage industries.

    Clients

    • Google
    • Deloitte
    • San Francisco Art Institute
    • Laura Chenel

    Industries

    Notable Project

    Gershoni Creative Agency is shifting a property development company’s brand image to better represent their current services and spaces. So far, the team has developed a strategic platform and a pitch deck.

    “We took them for their word, and they’ve delivered on every single one.”

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  • 25
    • $25,000+
    • 10 - 49 employees
    • Berkeley, CA

    True to its name, Citizen Group is an advertising agency with a pro-social, citizen-based approach. Founded in 2006, Citizen Group is headquartered in San Francisco, CA and its small team of 15 employees offers social media marketing, design, and branding.

    Clients

    • Amnesty International
    • AT&T
    • Bloomberg Philanthropies
    • Cisco WebEx

    Industries

    Notable Project

    Citizen Group devised a brand and advertising program for a waste reduction program. The team created a tagline, logo, and marketing collateral. Traditional advertising services included print and radio. 

    "They went beyond what we of asked them as part of their program."

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  • 26
    • $1,000+
    • 10 - 49 employees
    • San Francisco, CA

    Search Nurture is a full-stack digital marketing agency headquartered in Oakland, California. Founded in 2017, their team of approximately 17 employees serves clients of all sizes, primarily in the business services and retail sectors. Their specialties are SEO, PPC, and digital advertising.

    Clients

    • Jergens
    • Bio-Oil
    • RedLock
    • Biore

    Industries

    Notable Project

    Search Nurture provides PPC services for a home health agency. They're mainly responsible for helping the client with Google Ads and Google My Business.

    "They send us outlines before meetings so we know what we will be discussing."

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  • 27
    • $10,000+
    • 10 - 49 employees
    • San Francisco, CA

    Pivot Design is a marketing agency with offices in Chicago, San Francisco, and Boston. Founded in 1992, the 40+ team works with a variety of clients on their branding, logos, graphic design, and advertising.

    Clients

    • Abbott
    • AbbVie
    • Accenture
    • American Library Association

    Notable Project

    Pivot Design led a comprehensive branding initiative that included multiple projects. They continue to handle website development, video production, events management, and traditional marketing campaigns.

    "Pivot is a rare breed — a turnkey business that can do anything."

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  • 28
    • Scheduling

      4.7
    • Quality

      4.8
    • Cost

      4.3
    • NPS

      5.0
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    • $100,000+
    • 10 - 49 employees
    • San Francisco, CA

    barrettSF is an advertising agency based in San Francisco. Founded in 2012, their team of about 30 employees provides advertising, video production, branding, and broadcast video services. 

    Clients

    • Rubio's Coastal Grill
    • 2K Games
    • Cost Plus World Market
    • Exchange Bank

    Notable Project

    barrettSF designed an initial TV campaign to boost demand for Redwood lumber. They’ve since expanded the focus across print, radio, and social content.

    "I think their creativity has upped the game for us."

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  • 29
    • $1,000+
    • 10 - 49 employees
    • San Francisco, CA

    Espresso B2B Marketing is a full-service digital marketing agency based in San Jose, Calif. It was founded in 2010 and now has a team of 7 that does marketing strategy, digital strategy, content marketing, advertising, and web design with a focus on mid-size clients. 

    Clients

    • Demand Management
    • DirecTech Labs
    • Gridline
    • IBM

    Industries

    Notable Project

    Espresso provides all digital marketing services for an international company, including SEO, copywriting, and meta tagging.

    “Our lead generation has increased by over 400% since Espresso started working with us consistently.”

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  • 30
    • $5,000+
    • 10 - 49 employees
    • San Francisco, CA

    San Francisco-based Palmer Ad Agency brings more than 30 years of digital and traditional marketing experience to the frontiers of modern advertising. With a core team of 12 employees, Palmer has served clients of varying sizes and aims by developing a collaborative approach to marketing strategy and development. The agency's ability to deliver complex solutions in graphic design, social media, branding, and corporate identity with a relatively small, skilled team is what sets them apart.

    Clients

    • Bank of Stockton, CALCPA, Comcast, Financial Center Credit Union, Health Plan of San Joaquin, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Leap / Carpenter / Kemps Insurance Agency, Port of Stockton, Rare Parts.
    • Solar: Aegis Solar Energy, Baker Electric Solar, Boviet Solar USA, Blue Raven Solar, New England Clean Energy, SolaTrim, SunGreen Systems.

    Industries

    Notable Project

    Palmer Ad Agency provides branding and digital marketing services. They use a variety of techniques including outbound marketing and sales enablement through the HubSpot platform.

    "The advertising we’ve done has created some name recognition."

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