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List of the Best San Francisco Creative Design Firms

  • 1
    $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 worked with this cloud-based camera manufacturer to supply print and digital marketing capabilities, including TV and radio ad production, media buying, and creative development. They encouraged the client to use geographic marketing, which led to a substantial lift in sales.

    "They understood our customer, understood our business, used our product, and built great creative to address that." – VP of Marketing, Cloud-based Camera Manufacturer

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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
    $50,000+
    250 - 999 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    3Q Digital is a digital marketing and strategic consulting agency headquartered in San Mateo, Calif. with additional offices in San Diego, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Burlington, Vt., Austin, Texas, and Raleigh, N.C. Their staff consists of over 250 experts in SEO, social media marketing, and analytics.

    Clients
    Eventbrite
    SurveyMonkey
    ModCloth
    Square
    Notable Project

    A retail chain hired 3Q Digital to help with its paid search and social media marketing. From this partnership, the chain's conversion rates improved over 30%, and the ROI for search campaigns improved by 40%.

    “I’m most impressed with 3Q Digital's knowledge of all the advanced and best tactics, features, and betas. They’re always much farther ahead, and they’ve actually got experience doing them. A lot of agencies don’t have the experience.” – Digital Marketing Manager, Retail Chain

  • 4
    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

  • 5
    $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

  • 6
    $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 was tasked with helping a restaurant group redo its branding. UNIT Partners designed new menus, a new logo, and websites in order to meet the client's needs and emphasize the rebrand. The team at UNIT Partners also initiated marketing messages that reflected the rebrand. The client was very impressed with the team at UNIT Partners professionalism and devotion to the project. 

    "I felt like they were always looking out for what was best for me as the client. UNIT's number one priority is not to get it done, but to get it done right, no matter if it takes twenty tries or if it takes two tries. "-CEO, Restaurant Group 

  • 7
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Berkeley CA

    Studio B Films Inc. is a creative and video production agency based in Berkeley, Calif. With a team of 20 employees, they have provided video production, broadcast video, and advertising for midmarket and enterprise businesses since 1992. They work with clients in the IT, consumer products, and advertising industries.
     

    Clients
    Adobe
    Salesforce
    Publicis Group
    Grammarly
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Studio B Films Inc. created a video series for a public science center. They created drafts of the project during pre-production, filmed the video, and finished all of the editing and graphics work. Internal stakeholders were pleased with the final project, and the video series has already been used by over a million children across the United States.

    “We got a lot of positive feedback internally from the publisher; they were so happy with the work. We also got a lot of positive feedback from review panels and school districts on the quality of the videos and what they brought to the curriculum. The level of polish and engagement in the videos helped the curriculum stand out and sell as well as it has.” – Senior Producer, Science Center
     

  • 8
    $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

  • 9
    $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

    When a local educational institution needed to rebrand, Gershoni Creative Agency took the lead, creating a rebranding campaign that included a toolkit and guidelines to document brand identity. Gershoni Creative Agency posted on social media, helped with fundraisers, and updated the organization’s website.

    “Gershoni's project management is one of their greatest strengths. … The relationship was very collaborative. Gershoni was able to respect the opinions of the many strong-willed, creative people who had input in the project.” – Content Lead and Product Manager, Educational Institute

  • 10
    $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

  • 11
    $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

  • 12
    $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

    A law firm needed help filling open positions and Most Likely To worked on the brand and online image in order to attract the right candidates. After that project, Most Likely To now conducts out of home advertising campaigns as well as managing their social media presence.

    "They keep us well-informed of all the metrics involved—from click rates to the number of impressions our outdoor advertising has seen. We have been very pleased with their results." — HR Generalist, Law Firm

  • 13
    $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

  • 14
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Santa Rosa CA

    The Engine is Red is a full-service digital agency with locations in Santa Rosa, Calif., and Minneapolis. The agency was founded in 2008 and has around 20 employees who specialize in marketing strategy, branding, web design and development, and mobile app development, among other services. It serves clients in the health care, nonprofit, retail, education, energy, and financial industries.

    Clients
    Rombauer Vineyards
    Medtronic
    Guide Dogs for the Blind
    Swinerton Builders
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A midsized California vineyard hired The Engine is Red to help with its digital strategy when it participated in a Google pilot advertising platform. The Engine is Red helped the client learn how to use the platform successfully and also developed its digital assets and monitored its website performance and metrics.

    "The whole process has been so collaborative and open that their team feels like an extension of our own. With the bigger picture in mind, I appreciate their attention to future opportunities for our business to succeed." - Digital Marketing Manager, California Vineyard

  • 15
    $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
     

  • 16
    $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

  • 17
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Timelapse is a digital marketing and design studio located in San Francisco. It was founded in 2014 and now has a team of 9 that provides web design, marketing strategy, advertising, branding, digital strategy and other services. 

    Clients
    Stanford Research Park
    Sequoia Capital
    Protera
    LinkedIn
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A software startup had no marketing team and needed to outsource their marketing efforts. They hired Timelapse who created a WordPress website, advertisement, web content, videos, and now manage the client's content marketing pipeline.

    "Definitely, we have very valuable content, which has driven traffic and interest to our company...they [clients] thought the videos were really professional and viewers really understood what they wanted to say." — Director, Software Startup

  • 18
    $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 built and oversaw the client's TV, social media, PR, and digital marketing campaigns. They also worked on a yearlong campaign on a mobile game to optimize its mobile opportunities. The client's commercial was the most-remembered commercial in October according to Nielsen. 

    "We’re just truly a team back and forth, so we just cut through all the things that can trip up a client/agency relationship." – VP of Marketing, Cloud-based Camera Manufacturer

  • 19
    $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 

  • 20
    $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

  • 21
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Novato CA

    Alaniz is a marketing company based just outside San Francisco in Novato, CA. They were founded in 2008 with the goal of helping businesses navigate the choppy waters of the digital ocean, and today fulfill this ideal with transparency, sound strategy, and marketing expertise. Their team of 11 provide services like advertising, web design, SEO, social media, PR, branding, and content marketing.

    Clients
    Topcon Positioning Systems,
    Coldwell Solar,
    Onica,
    Bella Notte Linens,
    Industries
    Notable Project

    An IT services provider originally hired Alaniz to build their website, but they ended up overhauling their entire brand strategy. They created a new logo and built up an inbound marketing campaign for them.

    "They understand my business process and my strengths, and build tools that really highlight us in the marketplace. They don’t take a lot of liberty and are a real partner to our creative team." - CEO, IT Services Provider

  • 22
    $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

  • 23
    $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

  • 24
    $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

  • 25
    $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

  • 27
    $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

  • 28
    $1,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    San Jose CA

    NUEX Creative is a design and advertising agency in San Jose, Calif. Founded in 2018, they have fewer than 5 employees that serve mostly midmarket and small businesses in a wide range of sectors. Services include branding, advertising, and web design.

    Clients
    Monroe Wealth Management
    Autocene
    Notable Project

    NUEX Creative provided branding services in order to help an automation platform rebrand their company. Their team managed lead generation, developed a website, and handled ad strategy. The website and new brand increased sales and lead generation.

    “They’re a detailed-oriented, organized, and talented team. They understand where we want to go.” – Co-Founder & Exec VP of Business Dev & Operations, Automation Company

  • 30
    $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 was responsible for social media marketing for a product startup. They worked to raise awareness of the client's company and draw attention to the client's crowdfunding campaign. They handled social media management, content creation, and web development. The client reported that their crowdfunding and sales goals were surpassed as a result of working with Rainfactory. 

    "Our results were astonishing—we far surpassed our crowdfunding and sales goals. While we were initially shooting for $50,000, we raised $1.5 million dollars. Our original goal was to produce 1000 chairs, but we ended up selling 23,000." - VP Marketing, Product Startup

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