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Business image and identity matter – especially when consumers discover most information about companies online. A key difference between corporate brand and your brand overall is a corporate brand defines your business, not just products and services. It's your corporate identity. For example, Apple's corporate brand is emotional. Users connect Apple to imagination and innovation.

If you're struggling to get your products and services in the hands of the right people, consider investing in a business branding service. Solidifying your corporate brand helps set you apart from competitors and increases your user base.

To assist you in your search for a partner, we’ve compiled this list of the top corporate branding agencies in Chicago. Browse descriptions, feedback, and awards to find which can best suit your company’s needs. If you need more support, tell us about your project, and we'll match you with recommended companies.

List of the Best Chicago Corporate Branding Companies

  • 1
    $25,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Geneva IL

    Rule29 is a creative strategy and design firm based in Geneva, Ill. Their 20-person team provides a wide range of creative services including branding, web design, and print design. Founded in 2000, they specialize in mid-market clients. 

    Clients
    Fellowes
    Make-A-Wish
    Cargill
    American Red Cross
    Industries
    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. They helped the client expand into digital content from print-only publications, and helped implement a 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

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  • 2
    $50,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    The Monogram Group is a branding agency based in Chicago. Founded in 1990, the team of 17 specializes in branding, market research, and advertising. They work with clients primarily in the financial services and manufacturing industries.

    Clients
    Chicago Symphony
    Eli Lilly
    Goldwind America
    Lebua Hotels & Resorts
    Industries
    Notable Project

    MonogramGroup worked on a branding identity project that combined 15 brands into ten. In addition to logos, they were able to deliver a website with cohesive branding identifiers. All assets were delivered on an accelerated timeline and effective communication allowed for adjustments to the scope while prioritizing the original timeline and budget.

    “They did a great job keeping the project on track, completing all of their work in just a few months. Their team stayed on time and on budget, despite changes in scope.” -  Partner & CMO, Chief Outsiders

  • 3
    $25,000+
    1,000 - 9,999 Employees
    Chicago IL

    SGK is a global packaging and brand experience company based in London with offices in Amsterdam, Paris, Munich, and Chennai, India. The company, founded in 1953, has more than 5,800 employees and provides content marketing, branding, email marketing, event marketing & planning, packaging design, social media marketing, and video production services. SGK serves midmarket and other-sized companies in the consumer products & services, retail, financial services, and medical industries.

    Clients
    Amazon
    Air France
    American Express
    AstraZeneca
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A food & beverage company hired SGK to do packaging architecture and design work. SGK did prototyping, provided strategies and insights, and designed concepts. They also worked with the company's internal teams to explore different packaging ideas that would excite consumers and enhance consumer experience. SGK has been meeting the company's expectations in this ongoing engagement.

    "They’re very transparent regarding delivery time and have never gone past a deadline." - Innovation Manager, Food & Beverage Company

  • 4
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    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.

    Clients
    Volvo
    Mack Trucks
    Caterpillar
    TransUnion
    Industries
    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

  • 5
    Undisclosed
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    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.

    Industries
    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

  • 6
    $25,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Cultivate is a brand agency based in Chicago that was founded in 2005. Their team of 92 employees offers a range of services including branding, mobile app development, UX/UI design, digital strategy, web development, and video production.

    Clients
    Ozinga
    The Chicago International Film Festival
    SAIC (School of the Art Institue of Chicago)
    Diadem
    Notable Project

    A youth non-profit that had been around for 50 years found that their messaging, image, and brand needed to be modernized. Cultivate developed their new messaging for newsletters, fundraising pitches, marketing, and social media. Additonal services they provided included designing a new website and logo.

    "We've heard positive feedback from people who saw our website and our newsletters. Cultivate made a big difference for our organization, helping us transition to modern times." — CEO, Youth Non-Profit

  • 7
    Undisclosed
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    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.

    Clients
    Baxter Healthcare
    Exelon Corporation
    IBM Watson
    Hyatt
    Industries
    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

  • 8
    $50,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    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. 

    Clients
    1871
    Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill
    Air Bud
    Aiwa
    Industries
    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 

  • 9
    Undisclosed
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Founded in 1996, Conjure is a full-service design agency based in Chicago. Their team of approximately 15 employees mostly services midmarket and enterprise-level clients in a variety of industries. While branding is their main offering, they also provide graphic and collateral design.

    Clients
    Verso
    Blackwood BBQ
    Optimo
    Protein Bar & Kitchen
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Conjure branded a newly-established brewing company. After narrowing down a brand identity, they materialized the brand through designs for merchandise and packaging. Their work resulted in the accrual of a social media following very early on in the engagement.

    "We’ve gained quite a few followers on Facebook and Instagram." — President, Brewery Startup

  • 10
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    a5 is a branding and digital consultancy with a team of 15 employees. Founded in 2001, their office is located in Chicago. Their services are focused on branding and web design.

    Clients
    Johns Hopkins
    Chicago Park District
    Northbrook Park District
    Illinois Park & Recreation Association
    Industries
    Notable Project

    a5 provided branding and design for a civil engineering company. They developed the client’s website, custom newsletter, and advertisement templates. As a result, the client’s social media and website presence increased. The client praised a5’s organizational skills.

    “a5 will put in the necessary work to understand your company and provide you with a range of options. Their strategic and creative approach to different branding elements is unmatched.” – Marketing Manager, Civil Engineering Company

  • 11
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    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

  • 12
    $25,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Mabbly is a full-service integrated marketing and advertising agency headquartered in Chicago. Founded in 2013, the agency is comprised of fewer than 50 employees and specializes in web design, web development, branding, SEO, digital strategy, and content marketing.

    Clients
    Tolmar
    Lil' Drug Store Products
    Edelman
    Limitless Coffee & Tea
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Mabbly developed a modern, user-friendly website for a non-profit organization that captured the essence of its brand. They produced a video for the new site and archived thousands of pages they didn't compromise the client's SEO presence. The organization received significant positive feedback on its new website from users. 

    "Mabbly has a very consultative and entrepreneurial approach. It is looking to truly grow with companies and grow the brand or project it is working on." – Co-Founder, Nonprofit 

  • 13
    $1,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Concentric Design is a graphic design firm headquartered in Chicago. Founded in 2006, the firm is comprised of fewer than 10 employees that specialize in web design, branding, logo creation, and graphic design.

    Clients
    Hertz
    United Airlines
    Paylocity
    Teach For America
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Concentric Design created a logo and full branding for a luxury event planner. They provided print collateral, designed a WordPress website, and contributed to SEO and marketing campaigns. The firm experienced a 35% increase in clients and a 50% increase in social media engagement. 

    "Concentric Design offered alternatives which were extraordinarily brilliant and better than our original ideas." – CXO, Event Planner

  • 14
    $1,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Palos Heights IL

    Branding company Pen and Lens Design was founded in 2011. Their small team is headquartered in Caldwell, Idaho and Palos Heights, Illinois and specializes in branding, web design, graphic design, and logo.

    Industries
    Notable Project

    Pens and Lens Design has created logos and branding materials for an optometrist clinic. Their work revolves around designing assets and helping the firm visualize how those will appear on their materials. 

    “Pens and Lens puts a lot of thought into their work”

  • 15
    $10,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    Chicago IL

    The Motion Agency is a Chicago-based marketing firm specializing in branding, public relations, advertising, digital strategy, and graphic design enterprise, mid-market and small businesses in the retail, education, and manufacturing sectors. Founded in 2007, they employ around 50 people. 

    Clients
    Adobe
    American Marketing Association
    The Home Depot
    Becker Professional Education
    Industries
    Notable Project

    The Motion Agency was hired by a large labor union to develop its website and handle its advertising and PR. They wrote editorials and ads in local media and planned and promoted an event, all of which improved engagement. 

    “The advertisement that the Motion Agency created for Labor Day became the theme for our advertising for the next calendar year. It is visually stunning and a great representation of the brand. The posts on social media throughout the weekend resonated with out followers and received some of the highest engagement numbers for posts on our page.” – Chief of Staff, Labor Union. 
     

  • 16
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Digital AMMO is a digital product agency headquartered in Chicago. Since 2008, the 4-person team has supplied branding, web design, and UX/UI designs to small and midmarket businesses. 

    Notable Project

    Digital AMMO rebuilt a website to provide resources for seniors and disabled people on behalf of a smart home automation research organization. They designed the navigation, implemented SEO, abided by accessibility guidelines, and translated technical research into easy-to-read content. The website exceeded the client's expectations in its design and ability to serve the intended community.

    "Digital AMMO listened intently to our ideas and vision to create content that clearly reflected what we were trying to communicate." – Executive Director, Smart Home Automation Research Collective

  • 17
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    PixelPeople is a branding firm based in Naperville, Ill. Founded in 2016, their team of 8 serves clients in the advertising and e-commerce sectors. Services include web design and development.

    Industries
    Notable Project

    PixelPeople created a web design for an SEO training company. They successfully created a powerful online presence. Their cost was very competitive.

    “Now I have a great online presence for my company and could not be happier with the results.” – Founder & CEO, SEO Training Company

  • 18
    $1,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Westmont IL

    Artisan Launchpad is a web and graphic design firm based in Westmont, Ill. The company, founded in 2016, has a team of less than ten that provides, among others, web design, graphic design, and social media marketing to small companies. 

    Notable Project

    A college consultancy business hired Artisan Launchpad to develop a user-friendly and attractive website to generate leads for the business. They also provided some SEO consultancy services. The engagement not only resulted in a website that met all eexpectations, but also more traffic to the website.

    "She was great at telling us what content we should be providing and how often to make sure we continued to get traffic to our site." - Founder, College Consultancy Business  

  • 19
    $1,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Villa Park IL

    The Olive Street Agency is a Chicago-based company that provides design and marketing solutions to companies in a variety of industries – arts and entertainment, retail, advertising and marketing, and government. Founded in 2005, The Olive Street Agency has a small team of about 16 employees with capabilities in web design, SEO, digital strategy, branding, photography, content development, and social media.

    Clients
    The Seattle Times
    Sweet Baby Ray's Catering
    Chicago Public Schools
    University of Florida
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A local interior design firm felt they were getting lost in the crowd and wanted to stand out. The Olive Street Agency redesigned the client's and continue to provide branding, marketing, and SEO analytics. The client noticed an increase in website traffic and plans to keep working with The Olive Street Agency in the future.

    "They do what I ask them to do, and they offer their input as well as suggestions. They are great and always efficient; they get things done. They are very agreeable to make changes. I throw a lot at them last minute, and they always respond quickly." – Marketing Director, Interior Design Company

  • 20
    $25,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    This Chicago-based agency focuses on mobile app and web development, UX/UI design, digital strategy, and branding. They have created 300+ apps and online products since their team of 10+ came together in 2009. They work with enterprise companies all the way down to startups, and focus on business services.

    Clients
    Allstate
    Subway
    Southeastern Grocers
    Mitchell's Salon
    Industries
    Notable Project

    ORA helped develop an app for a mailroom staffing company. The app was written from scratch based on web software the company already had. It replaced an old system that helped with mailroom functions. They determined the project’s scope best practices for the app.

    “They kept us up to date on timelines and budgets, and we talked on a regular basis. We had a project management system, and they were very responsive. I usually heard back from them within the same day.” – Technology Director, Mailroom Staffing Company

  • 21
    $50,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Symmetri Technology is a web developer based in Northville, Mich. and founded in 2008. Their team of 6 employees who specialize in web development, web design, and UX/UI design for midmarket and enterprise clients in the education, manufacturing, and advertising industries. 

    Clients
    National Geographic Channels
    ZF
    TRW Automotive
    The University of Michigan
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Symmetri Technology updated the website of a global automotive supplier. They modified the existing Drupal site to include a content management system, which the client wanted in order to make the site easier to navigate and use. The client was impressed with the new site and said that it was bringing in more traffic. 

    “They were always extremely flexible throughout the implementation process. They were absolutely invaluable.” – Manager of Identity & Design, Global Automotive Supplier
     

  • 22
    $1,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Twelve and Twenty Eight is a Chicago-based branding and design firm founded in 2017 with no more than 10 employees. They specialize in branding, graphic design, and web design solutions for small businesses in the field of business services.

    Industries
    Notable Project

    Twelve and Twenty Eight provided branding and logo services for a crochet accessories boutique. Twelve and Twenty Eight took the general brand idea of the boutique and fleshed it out to become a professional brand identity. The boutique is satisfied with the new logo.

    “I appreciate their honestly and recommendations throughout this entire process.” - CEO, Crochet Accessories Boutique

  • 23
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Founded in 2016, Chicago-based VisualFizz is a small team of 9. The full-service digital marketing agency helps clients with content marketing, SEO, web design and development, PPC, social media marketing, digital and marketing strategy, and branding.

    Industries
    Notable Project

    The founder of a social networking service for executives wanted the company to have a compelling brand along with its compelling product. VisualFizz created a brand structure and helped guide the company through the process. 

    "Their responsiveness, attentiveness, and great sense of creativity are very impressive...Regarding the experience I had with them, there’s nothing to improve." - Founder, Social Network for Executives

  • 24
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Oak Brook IL

    Verve Marketing Group is a Chicago-based web design agency, providing creative solutions that make a positive impact on clients in the education, publishing, software, and manufacturing industries since 2008. Although they specialize in web design, the team of 14 is excellent in several other areas, including branding, SEO, digital strategy, print design, and content marketing. 

    Clients
    New International Version
    Wheaton College
    HarperCollins Publishers
    National Garden Bureau
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A liberal arts college wanted to reach more donors through its website. Verve Marketing Group redesigned the college's WordPress website, creating promotional and marketing materials. The client appreciated how Verve Marketing Group picked up on their vision and gave it structure.

    "They listen well and always try to provide us with what their team thinks we need. Verve Marketing is always cognizant of what is ultimately our end-goal and tried to deliver that to us." – Marketing Strategist, Liberal Arts College

  • 25
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Lombard IL

    Founded in 1992, Stevens & Tate is an integrated marketing and advertising agency located just outside Chicago in Lombard, Ill. Its full-service team of 14 offers branding, web design, content marketing, SEO, social media marketing, advertising, PPC, and media planning for mostly mid-market and small businesses.

    Clients
    Aldi
    NeoGrid
    Taco Bell
    Habitat for Humanity
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A baking company originally hired Stevens & Tate for packaging design work, but the partnership expanded to billboard and display design and PR management in addition to packaging design.

    "They understand our company and they understand our brand. They’re very responsive. If I give them a task, they hit the mark and don’t misunderstand. We just understand each other and there’s no confusion." – VP of Marketing, Baking Company

  • 26
    $25,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    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.

    Clients
    Adtalem
    Allstate
    AvalonBay Communities
    Baird & Warner
    Industries
    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 

  • 27
    $25,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Bandwidth Marketing Group is a creative consultancy based in Chicago. Since 2005, their small team of about 5 people has been specializing in branding, advertising, and web design, mainly small and mid-sized business in the healthcare and nonprofit arenas.  

    Clients
    VillageMD,
    Guaranteed Rate,
    Abbvie,
    WRS,
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A nonprofit hired Bandwidth Marketing Group for their branding services. The agency assisted in designing a logo and implementing a new brand strategy, both of which have received positive feedback from stakeholders.

    "They certainly brought thoughts to the table, but they didn't just come in and say we think you also need to do X, Y, and Z. It was more a process of us working together, seeing what was possible, and deciding to expand our original scope. " —Vice President of Partnerships, Nonprofit 

  • 28
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    March Media Chicago is a digital marketing agency headquartered in Chicago. Founded in 2014, they have about 10 employees that work with small businesses across industries such as advertising and marketing, arts, entertainment, and music. They specialize in branding, SEO, PPC, digital strategy, and social media marketing.

    Clients
    Sumi Robata Bar
    Personalized Communications
    Buddy's Parking
    Slim's Chicago
    Industries
    Notable Project

    March Media Chicago redesigned the website for a maintenance company and handled its SEO and SEM. They monitored their clients' direct competitors and created reports on a weekly basis. As of June 2016, the maintenance company's ROI has more than doubled and the amount of calls it receives has increased.

    "March Media Chicago has done anything and everything possible in order to help us succeed." – Operations Coordinator, Plumbing Business 

  • 29
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    River Forest IL

    Small branding company Famous Victory Branding & Design, is based in River Forest, Illinois. Launched in 2015, the team focuses on branding, graphic design, logo, other marketing, and more.

    Industries
    Notable Project

    Famous Victory Branding & Design handles a singer-songwriter’s design and branding needs. They work on everything from the musician’s website to their marketing and promotional assets and photography.

    "They’re always on top of everything, and they’re highly realistic about what can and can’t be done."

  • 30
    $75,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Oak Park IL

    Rebranding Experts is a branding company headquartered in Oak Park, Illinois. The small team offers branding. The agency was launched in 2017.

    Industries
    Notable Project

    Rebranding Experts provided full rebranding and PR services for a B2B business merger. They also facilitated an interview with a key publication and provided customer communique for pre- and post-rebranding. 

     

    They understood our business needs and challenges — they really listened to the goals of our leadership.”

     

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