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Print advertisements appear in a printed or hard copy format. For example, you may come across print ads in newspapers, magazines, or brochures. The best print advertising has a clear message, is visual, and keeps everything simple. Some benefits of print advertising include cost effectiveness compared to large-scale out of home (OOH) advertisements; flexibility when it comes to having multiple print ad campaigns throughout the year; and reputation-building since these ads appear in the newspapers and magazines people browse regularly.

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List of the Best San Francisco Print Advertising Companies

  • 1
    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

    A public service corporation hired Duncan Channon to help with a branding project. Duncan Channon revamped the client’s website and point of sales materials and focused their social media strategy.

    “The team has a genuine passion for our brand. The level of engagement has been outstanding. ...They’ve helped shape how we will build our business. It is a true partnership.” – VP of Marketing, Hydration Company

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  • 2
    $10,000+
    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 ran a brand awareness campaign for a streaming device. They ran a campaign of outdoor, radio, and digital advertisements for two years. They also created the overall marketing strategy and taglines for the campaign. The client was very happy with the results of the campaign and said that their sales and brand awareness increased as a result.  

    “I loved their passion for creativity. They cared about my personal success and the success of my company.” – Former Director of Marketing, Streaming Device Company
     

  • 3
    $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

    A real estate firm hired Pivot Design for marketing and branding help. The agency created a branding plan, which included refreshing their website, holding different events, and creating videos and other traditional marketing campaigns. The client prides Pivot Design on how they internalize customer feedback. 

    "Pivot is a rare breed — a turnkey business that can do anything. They offer a nice combination of being very creative, while running a successful business."- CEO, Real Estate Development Firm

  • 4
    $10,000+
    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
    Agriculture Capital
    Amnesty International
    AT&T
    Bloomberg Philanthropies
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Citizen Group played a significant role in figuring out how to use the sports industry to support sustainability. They worked with a startup sustainability organization to conceptualize the connection between sports and the environment and produced strategic plans and advertising materials, such as videos and slide decks, to push the initiative forward.

    “They’re extremely responsible and very timely. You can always count on them to follow through in a reliable way. They imbue every project with stature, confidence, and intelligence. They’re a top-shelf organization.” – Former Senior Scientist, Sustainability Organization

  • 5
    $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 streamlined the use of a Google Analytics account, which improved tracking and increased online visibility for a lumber company. They revamped the website and created brand guidelines to better articulate the client’s brand identity. They delivered products that improved digital engagement.

    “The level of attention that they are able to deliver to each client is really unique.” – Marketing Director, Lumber company

  • 6
    $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 was hired by a Marketing Firm to generate brand awareness for the brands of the Firm's clients. Gumas was able to deliver on their targets such that one of the Firm's clients had an increase of over 37% in sales, while another increased its membership by over 50.

    "What I liked the best about working with Gumas was their ability to find ways to increase market share through digital marketing." - Consulting & Services, Marketing Firm   

  • 7
    $75,000+
    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
    Google
    Brawny
    Twitter
    Axos Bank
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Cutwater was hired by a healthcare services marketplace for product awareness. Cutwater created a brand platform and a corresponding manifesto which entailed a joint digital and traditional advertising campaign. Cutwater now manages all of the marketplace's TV, radio, digital, and social campaigns across 26 states.

    "Their work was transformational for us in terms of helping to communicate our core value proposition and strategic positioning for the brand...Several providers responded to us and really wanted to know more about what we were doing and how we could work with them. That was a huge success." – CMO, Healthcare Company

  • 8
    $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

    A professional coach wanted to pivot to a larger audience and had to adjust their brand accordingly. BayCreative redesigned their website and branding efforts, including materials like digital business cards and Google Forms. BayCreative now helps produce promotional content for social campaigns. 

    "My main objective was to gain some traction doing the same thing, but for a different audience. I’ve successfully broken into that audience and booked numerous speaking engagements and gained various clients. Not only that, but it has also gone global which is something that I didn’t really expect. I’m extremely happy with their work." – CEO, Professional Coach Company

  • 9
    $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

    A radio station was undergoing a rebranding of their entire network and needed to overhaul various parts of their online presence. Theory SF conducted market research in order to redesign their website as a fitting part of their overall rebranding.

    "They’re highly professional, but also down-to-earth people that feel like part of our team. The team’s industry knowledge is incredible and they’re not afraid to think outside the box." — Program Director, Radio Station

  • 10
    $10,000+
    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 marketing strategy for a food bank. They provided brand counseling, including developing and maintaining the client’s website, producing their annual reports, and running various advertising campaigns. The client reported that their traffic had been increasing by 60% each year since partnering with the team.

    “We've seen a huge jump in our web traffic after Sköna redesigned our website and helped us create an ad campaign that extended across all of our channels.” – Marketing Lead, Food Bank
     

  • 11
    $10,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    Novato CA

    Headquartered in the Bay Area of CA with second and third offices in Liverpool, UK, and Ontario, Canada, Kiosk is a full-service marketing agency. Founded in 2004, they offer data and analytics and performance marketing services, as well as creative work such as design, branding, and video production.

    Clients
    PayPal
    City National Bank
    Arizona State University
    University Of Texas
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Kiosk provided a full slate of services for a city government that wanted to increase its business and community outreach. They not only performed social media marketing and strategy but also designed and developed the client’s website.

    “Kiosk is community-oriented, making us feel as if we're their only client, even though they're an international group. It feels as if Kiosk is a part of our staff. The personal attention we've received is bar none.” – Communications Manager, City Government

  • 12
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Walnut Creek CA

    JStokes Agency is a creative marketing agency located in Walnut Creek, California. Founded in 1978 with about 50 employees, the agency works with clients across industries such as retail, real estate, business services, consumer products and services, legal, and financial services. They specialize in digital strategy, advertising, media planning and buying, and branding.

    Clients
    Subway Restaurants
    SpeeDee Oil Change & Auto Service
    Bay Alarm
    Bryan CaveLeighton Paisner LLP
    Industries
    Notable Project

    JStokes Agency oversaw advertising campaigns and rebranding strategies for a law firm. They designed a new website, met with focus groups of lawyers and ran a discovery program. As a result of the partnership, the firm won the advertising campaign of the year award from the Legal Marketing Association and users' time spent on its website has increased. 

    "JStokes Agency has really gotten to know the nuances of our organization and it's able to work very well within that structure." – Director of Business Development, Law Firm

  • 13
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Santa Rosa CA

    Circa is a marketing solutions company from Santa Rosa, Calif. It was founded in 2009 and has a small team of 7 that handles an array of projects in advertising, graphic design, print design, branding, social media marketing, video production and more.

    Clients
    Ashby Lumber
    Autodesk
    Cokas Diko Home
    Digital Media Vending
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A cosmetics company was launching a new product and wanted a marketing strategy from the beginning. Circa developed a marketing plan for the product that had to be carefully advertised to a new demographic. This included social media and video content as well as print ads. 

    "They're extremely strategic and creative, putting a lot of work into their approach. They always go above and beyond and are some of the hardest workers I know. They’re passionate about their work and want to do it well." — Former VP of Marketing, Cosmetics Company

  • 14
    $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

    In November 2014, Traction designed an ad campaign for a staffing firm that was looking to revamp its digital content to reach younger audiences. Traction used A/B testing to design a new website, print and radio ads, and youth-oriented video ads. The client appreciated Traction's suggestions and willingness to do more than asked when given projects.  

    "One of the things that I like about Traction is that when they do work for a company, they will always come back with something extra. You can hire them to do concepting, but they’re always going to come back with some unique digital experience that you haven’t actually asked for but is above and beyond what you were expecting." – Senior Director of Brand Marketing, Global Staffing Firm 

  • 15
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Based in San Francisco, Demonstrate PR is a marketing and communications agency largely geared toward consumer products like technology and food & beverage. With a team of ten employees, their impressive track record boasts both high-profile clients and highly successful strategies. Among their services include conventional PR, influencer marketing, social media campaigns, and live branding events. 

    Clients
    BELLA Housewares
    BRIM
    Cool Effect
    Chameleon Cold-Brew
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A small kitchen appliance company partnered with Demonstrate to manage their release of a new line of products. Demonstrate created a campaign that relied on signature events such as product launches, graphic materials in print and online, and finding brand ambassadors to partner with. The firm has repeatedly partnered with Demonstrate since their establishment and worked with members of the team previously.

    " We feel wonderfully taken care of and their attention to detail makes me confident about the results. I can just show up at an event knowing they’ve executed everything." - Senior Marketing Director, Kitchen Appliance Firm

  • 16
    $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

    While their clients come from many industries, Palmer has a history of working with clean energy firms. A solar energy firm went to Palmer to revamp their digital marketing strategy, which had fallen short on social media metrics. Palmer helped them with brand development, moved their website to HubSpot, and organized campaigns on social media and elsewhere that proved successful for the company.

    " They have a very insightful and intelligent team that came up with a lot of excellent ideas and strategies. Also, they listened to us and got everything right the first time, which saved us a lot of time." - Director of Marketing, Solar Energy Firm

  • 17
    $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 executed a multi-channel campaign for an anti-pollution nonprofit. The team delivered high-quality work. Their research skills were a highlight of the engagement.

    “Their creativity and stakeholder management stands out.” – Director, Anti-Pollution Nonprofit

  • 18
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Heraldist & Wondermarks is a marketing firm founded in San Francisco in 2014 with over 10 members. They specialize in marketing strategy, advertising, and branding services for clients ranging from startups to large businesses in the fields of business services and consumer products.

    Clients
    Uber
    Bitdefender
    PlumLending
    Appnomic
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Heraldist & Wondermarks provided branding and marketing services for an AI company. The company was expanding their businesses and needed assistance with entering a new market. Heraldist & Wondermarks helped the company achieve their goal better.

    “H&W thrives on creativity, knows how to flex the creative muscle, genetically thinks out of the box, and dares to build on new-age strategic thinking.” - Founder, AI Company

  • 19
    $10,000+
    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."

  • 20
    $1,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Jives Media is a marketing agency based in San Francisco. Since 2012, they have offered their services in advertising, email marketing, and SEO solutions for small and medium-sized businesses alike. The team of 10 includes web designers, growth hackers, and brand strategists.

    Clients
    Oracle
    Poshmark
    Thumbtack
    Axelerist Financial
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Jives Media initially redesigned a website and then implemented an omnichannel digital marketing strategy for a law firm. They optimized a Google My Business profile, executed PPC campaigns, and managed SEO initiatives to secure more clients. Jives Media's digital marketing campaigns increased qualified leads by 250% and grew website traffic by 84% to generate more than 2,000 monthly views. 

    "This growth has allowed our law firm to scale and further invest in marketing ads." – Head Paralegal, Law Firm

  • 21
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    JUMBOshrimp is a San Francisco-based marketing agency. Founded in 2001, the agency employs a team of 11 specialists. JUMBOshrimp provides advertising, branding, content marketing, video production, and web design services. Their clients include companies of all sizes.

    Clients
    Wind River
    Ericcson
    SunPower
    Applied Materials
    Notable Project

    An electric company was undergoing a major transition and needed to adjust their digital image. JUMBOshrimp audited and overhauled the brand. They redesigned the website and produced a new tagline, manifesto, and guidelines. After launching these new branded assets, they later created brochures, packaging, and produced a commercial.

    "When we started working with JUMBOshrimp, some of our products were not up to par. However, after JUMBOshrimp did their research, they helped bring consistency and gave us an identity." – Director of Media and Technology, Electric Company

  • 22
    $10,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    San Francisco CA
    Factory 360 is a marketing strategy company founded in 2007. The midsize team offers marketing strategy, advertising, social media marketing, and direct marketing. The firm is headquartered in San Francisco, California; Los Angeles, California; New York, New York and Miami, .
    Industries
  • 23
    $10,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Based in San Francisco, Eleven Inc. is an integrated communications agency that was founded in 1999. Their team of around 175 specializes in advertising, branding, and media planning & buying for mainly enterprise-level clients in the consumer products, financial services, and hospitality industries.  

    Clients
    AAA
    Apple
    Dignity Health
    Aria Resort & Casino
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A rideshare startup wanted to reach a younger demographic and contracted Eleven Inc. to help them connect with their intended audience. Eleven built a platform that displayed the brand's focus on people and interpersonal connections and advertised it in high traffic areas including commuter routes, mass transit centers, and restaurants and bars. 

     

  • 24
    $10,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    San Francisco CA
    Heat is a midsize advertising company launched in 2004. Their team specializes in advertising, media planning & buying, out of home design, social media marketing, and more. The agency is located in San Francisco, California and New York, New York.
    Industries
  • 25
    Undisclosed
    10 - 49 Employees
    San Francisco CA
    Advertising company Across the Pond was founded in 2008. Their small team is located in London, United Kingdom; San Francisco, California and Singapore, Singapore. Their services include advertising, branding, video production, content marketing, and more.
    Industries
  • 26
    $10,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Creative company Chapter SF is a San Francisco-based creative company. Founded in 2015, they have about 7 employees that do advertising, branding, marketing strategy. Most clients are enterprise firms in IT, financial services, and nonprofit sectors.  

    Clients
    Airbnb
    DropBox
    Converse
    Facebook
    Industries
  • 27
    $10,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    San Francisco CA
    Argonaut is an advertising company. Located in San Francisco, California, their midsize team provides advertising, marketing strategy, branding, and media planning & buying. The company was launched in 2013.
    Industries
  • 28
    $10,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    San Jose CA
    Liquid Agency is a branding agency. The midsize San Jose, California-based agency was launched in 2000. Their team offers branding, advertising, digital strategy, logo, and more.
  • 29
    Undisclosed
    2 - 9 Employees
    Walnut Creek CA
    Brandish Studio is a branding company. They provide branding, web design, advertising, email marketing, and more and were established in 2012. The company is headquartered in Walnut Creek, California.
  • 30
    Undisclosed
    10 - 49 Employees
    Pleasanton CA
    The Stone Group, Inc, an advertising company, is in Pleasanton, California. The small team offers advertising, logo, print design, and public relations. The agency was established in 1988.
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