Top 10 Branding Agencies in Chicago | 2018

Which Branding Companies Are the Best in Chicago?

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Here's a List of the Top Branding Companies in Chicago

  • ABE Studios

    ABE Studios is a strategic marketing firm based in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 2015 and its team of fewer than 10 employees offers email marketing, marketing strategy, direct marketing, and branding services.

    Notable Project

     ABE Studios redesigned the website, integrated SEO best practices, create social media content, slideshow presentations, manage PPC campaigns, analytics, and produce their catalog for a construction company.

    "They’ve helped us win several big national accounts with their captivating slideshows. The presentations always leave a lasting impression on our clients." — Vice President, Construction Company

    Former Clients: Trim-Tex Drywall Products, Hospitality Technology Next Generation

    $ $ $ $ $
    2 - 10 Employees
    Minneapolis , MN
    5.0
    5.0
    1 REVIEWS
  • ArtVersion

    Founded in 1999, ArtVersion is a web design industry veteran. Headquartered in Chicago with other locations in Portland, OR and San Francisco, CA, ArtVersion's team of 14 provides web design, UI/UX design, graphic design, and branding.

    Notable Project

    A visual media consultant hired ArtVersion to create a new logo and ended up producing an entire branding campaign, website, and blog. The client has seen positive results from the work, even after the partnership ended.

    "I feel like they’re almost a member of our family. They’ve been great over the years, and I was actually able to work with ArtVersion remotely for the first several years. To me, being able to communicate clearly with a client and understand their style and goals, even when we haven’t sat together face-to-face says a lot." – Founder, Visual Media Consultant

    Former Clients: Toyota, Johnson & Johnson, Shell, Qualcomm, Northwestern University, Sears, Morgan Stanley

    Awards: 2017 Vega Digital Awards, 2015-2017 Awwwards: Honorable Mention, 2016 Vega Digital Awards, 2016 CIO Reviews: 20 Most Promising Web Development and Design Solution Providers, 2013 American Design Award, American Pixel Academy: 2012 Mazie Award

    $ $ $ $ $
    $10,000+
    11 - 50 Employees
    Lake Bluff , IL
    5.0
    5.0
    5 REVIEWS
  • BatesMeron Sweet Design

    Full-service creative agency BatesMeron Sweet Design offers an array of digital marketing services but specializes in branding, direct marketing, and web design. Headquartered in Chicago, IL, BatesMeron has been around since 2005.

    Notable Project

    BatesMeron Sweet Design worked on a branding campaign for a career coaching company. The company was about to launch and needed BatesMeron to take their concept and position it through a brand story and branding materials such as a logo and website.

    The Co-Founder of the career coaching company was impressed by BatesMeron’s ideation process.

    “BatesMeron has a pretty neat process that they follow. They make it super easy as a client to take the anxiety out of the overwhelming task of figuring out who you are and how you want to represent yourself.” – Co-Founder, Career Coaching Company

    Former Clients: RCN Chicago, Chicago Flower & Garden Show, and Kitchfix

    Awards: Certified by Women’s Business Enterprise

    $ $ $ $ $
    11 - 50 Employees
    Chicago , IL
    4.9
    4.9
    11 REVIEWS
  • ColorJar

    ColorJar is a brand and design agency founded in 2008 and based in Chicago. ColorJar's team of 10 employees specializes in branding and logo and graphic design. The firm mainly works with small and mid-market sized clients but also has some experience working with larger enterprises. 

    Notable Project 

    ColorJar partnered with a marketplace company to modernize its web design. ColorJar redid the organization's digital market homeplace in order to be more customer-friendly. The team at ColorJar also redesigned the organization's website and created customer-friendly content. 

    "ColorJar, their founder, and the rest of the team there, are truly very unique, creative people who do an incredibly good job at not only ideating, but also helping guide the development of content, style, and product development. "-Marketing Director, Digital Marketplace Company 

    Former Clients: Discovery Channel, Funny or Die, Sandbox Industries, WCIU

    $ $ $ $ $
    $25,000+
    11 - 50 Employees
    Chicago , IL
    4.7
    4.7
    8 REVIEWS
  • Coming of Age

    Marketing agency Coming of Age is based in Lisle, Ill. Since 1991, their team of 13 has been specializing in branding, digital strategy, advertising, and more for clients in different industries such as advertising and business services.

    Notable Project

    Coming of Age developed a digital strategy for a medical alert business. They provided creative messaging, strategy, and media planning. The client has experienced an increase in ROI as a result of Coming of Age's work.

    "We saw big impacts and changes, and they were very influential in getting us to expand our thinking and approach."–Director of Marketing, Medical Alert Business

    Former Clients: AARP, Philips Lifeline, AT&T, Humana

    $ $ $ $ $
    $25,000+
    11 - 50 Employees
    Lisle , IL
    4.6
    4.6
    5 REVIEWS
  • JB Chicago

    Based in Chicago, JB Chicago is a digital marketing agency that was founded in 2000. The team of more than 40 members has expertise in branding, advertising, content marketing, and web design.

    Notable Project 

    JB Chicago helped a senior living development with marketing services. The rebranding campaign included a website redesign and strategic branding management. Their work, along with the quality of the work, has been extremely successful. JB Chicago is now marketing partners with the senior living community.

    "Now there’s a single brand, everybody can identify with each other, and it’s consistent from property to property and market to market." - Principle, Senior Living Community

    Former Clients: DISH Network, GoodBelly, Hooray Puree, Monk Fruit

     

    $ $ $ $ $
    $10,000+
    11 - 50 Employees
    Chicago , IL
    5.0
    5.0
    1 REVIEWS
  • Killian Branding

    Founded in Chicago in 1987, Killian Branding is an advertising industry veteran. Their expert team offers a multitude of services, including advertising, branding, mobile and app marketing, email marketing, and marketing strategy.

    Notable Project

    A fast casual restaurant enlisted Killian Branding to develop a corporate identity for them. Killian Branding helped the client pinpoint its consumer base, created marketing materials, and determined relevant touchpoints.

    “They’re excellent. Overall, they have a very good approach and bring together all the pieces and present them in an organized manner, even though they’re 10,000 miles away.” - Owner, Fast Food Restaurant

    Former Clients: AT&T, McDonalds, Dell, Creighton University, Aldi Foods, Jim Beam Brands

    $ $ $ $ $
    $10,000+
    11 - 50 Employees
    Chicago , IL
    4.9
    4.9
    7 REVIEWS
  • Nelson Cash

    Nelson Cash is a digital agency with offices in Chicago and Portland, Ore. Since the agency's founding in 2011, their 20-person team has worked with a variety of clients in different industries, including entertainment, IT, and financial services. The agency specializes in web design and development, digital strategy, and branding.

    Notable Project

    Nelson Cash provided various web development and design services for an author to drive his brand awareness. They also ran social media accounts and provided some graphic design work. The client believes that Nelson Cash's social media efforts will help him stand out from the competition.

    "When you do a deal with Nelson Cash, you’re dealing directly with the principals, and they are never more than an arm’s length away from you and your work."- Author 

    Former Clients: Quora, Google, Kitchen Aid, Trunk Club

    Awards: Awwwards: Honorable Mention (2017, 2018)

    $ $ $ $ $
    $25,000+
    11 - 50 Employees
    Portland , OR
    5.0
    5.0
    4 REVIEWS
  • Paragraphs, LLC

    Paragraphs, LLC is a graphic design firm headquartered in Chicago. The team of about 23 employees has worked with clients ranging from small startups to large enterprises. Paragraphs, LLC has specialized in branding and graphic and web design for over three decades since it was founded in 1984.

    Notable Project 

    Paragraphs LLC partnered with a printing manufacturer to work on a branding campaign for the organization. The team at Paragraphs LLC worked to launch an international branding campaign. They created video material and marketing supplements that were transcribed into 13 different languages. The client has seen an increase in sales and partnerships since the branding campaign. The client was impressed with how responsive and organized the team at Paragraphs LLC was. 

    "They’re incredibly dependable in terms of correspondence and delivering results." –Global Director of Environmental and Health Safety, Printing Manufacturer

    Former Clients: Coca Cola, Hyatt, IBM, Exelon Corporation

    $ $ $ $ $
    11 - 50 Employees
    Chicago , IL
    5.0
    5.0
    3 REVIEWS
  • Pivot Design

    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.

    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

    Former Clients: Microsoft, Northwestern University, Google, American Library Association

    Awards: CSS Design Awards

    $ $ $ $ $
    $10,000+
    11 - 50 Employees
    Chicago , IL
    5.0
    5.0
    2 REVIEWS
  • Rule29 Creative

    Rule29 is a Chicago-area creative strategy and design firm. Their 20-person team provides a wide range of creative services all aimed at combining strong brands with design that is both forward-thinking and internally consistent. Their approach takes questions of design in a big-picture, long-term manner to help build creative strategies for their clients.

    Notable Project

    A multinational publishing firm hired Rule29 for comprehensive brand management - advertising, outreach, market research, and other aspects of developing and maintaining a brand. Rule29 helped them expand into digital content from print-only publications, and circumvent wholesalers and retailers for a more direct publisher-based marketing approach. The new strategy expanded market share with every product launch.

    "They're a very talented agency. Their creative work is top-notch. Our relationship with their entire team was really solid. They were adaptive to different sorts of projects, and the project actually gained scope as a result of our ability to work together." - Chief Marketing Officer, Multinational Publisher

    Former Clients: Fellowes, McDonald's, American Red Cross, The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Allstate

    Awards: Graphic Design USA American Packaging Awards 2018, Telly Award for Non-Broadcast Productions Film/Video - Charitable/Not-for-profit, 2011

    $ $ $ $ $
    $10,000+
    11 - 50 Employees
    Geneva , IL
    5.0
    5.0
    6 REVIEWS
  • Simple Truth

    Simple Truth is a creative brand agency founded in 1996 and located in Chicago with a team of more than 40 employees. Simple Truth has over two decades of experience in branding and content marketing. The firm also offers graphic design services.

    Notable Project 

    Simple Truth was tasked with heading a branding campaign for a real estate company. The team at Simple Truth organized an entire rebrand campaign and provided print, digital, and video content to emphasize the campaign. The brand has received tremendous feedback from employees and customers alike. Simple Truth continues to produce video content for the client.

    "They've delivered on every single aspect of the project, always putting their top people on our account. "-SVP Marketing and Communications, Real Estate Company 

    Former Clients: Allstate, Hollister, Chicago History Museum, AvalonBay 

    $ $ $ $ $
    $25,000+
    11 - 50 Employees
    Chicago , IL
    5.0
    5.0
    3 REVIEWS
  • Streng Agency

    Established in 1985, Streng Agency has more than 30-years experience helping companies position their brands. They use SEO, social media, advertising, public relations, and logo design to help their clients accomplish this goal. The team of eight employees works from an office in St. Charles, Ill. – just outside Chicago.

    Notable Project

    When a laundry products manufacturer needed design and layout experience, they hired Streng Agency. At the time, the manufacturer did not have these marketing and design skills in-house. The partnership began with Streng Agency designing a corporate brochure and went on to include logo creation and a website redesign for a new product.

    "They offer fresh designs and they’re good about letting us know deadlines and encouraging us to stay on track throughout a project." – Vice President of Customer and Distributor Success, Laundry Products Manufacturing Company

    Former Clients: Fisher Nuts, Big Apple Bagels, Flinn Scientific, IDEAL Industries, Smart Health 50, Chef Martin, Northern Illinois University

    Awards: MarCom Gold and Platinum Award for design, W3 Silver (2017) for digital design, The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA): Communicator Award and Silver Award of Distinction (2015) for designing and developing the Big App Bagels website

    $ $ $ $ $
    $1,000+
    11 - 50 Employees
    St. Charles , IL
    4.7
    4.7
    3 REVIEWS