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Here's a List of the Best Internet Marketing Agencies in Chicago

Which Internet Marketing Companies are the Best in Chicago?

Digital marketing is key to growing your business. But, in a world seemingly full of startups, visionaries, and technology geniuses, how do you know which digital marketing company can get results for your company?

We sorted through the digital marketing agencies in Chicago and found 15 of the best, brightest, and most effective internet marketers.

Look through this list to get to know each company, read reviews from their past clients, and know you’re making the right hiring decision for your business.

  • 1

    Digital Third Coast Internet Marketing

    Since its founding in 2007, Digital Third Coast Internet Marketing has established itself as a leading digital marketing agency in Chicago. The team of 16 specializes in SEO, PPC to enhance the inbound marketing of working with its small, mid-market, and enterprise clients.

    Notable Project

    A local Chicago pizza chain needed SEO for their new website. Digital Third Coast Marketing helped them with their SEO, link-building, and digital advertising to attract more visitors to the new website. Because of the new and optimized target key phrases, the client reported incredible results.

    “Our online traffic and interactions have increased, and online ordering rates are the highest we’ve ever seen.” – Digital Manager, Pizza Chain

    Former Clients
    AccuRadio
    Kendall College
    Chicago Line Cruises
    Envista Forensics
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer

    Undisclosed

    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
  • 2

    97 Switch

    Founded in 2013, 97 Switch is a Chicago-based digital marketing agency that helps clients adapt to the constantly changing digital marketplace. Despite having a small team of fewer than 10 employees, 97 Switch provides a variety of services such as web design, SEO, PPC, social media, and content marketing.

    Notable Project

    A gaming company was growing and wanted to increase its online presence – starting with its website. 97 Switch built a sleek, modern website that included live social media feeds, a blog, and a news section.

    "[Our website] is the most visible marker of what our company does and what we stand for and is actually more valuable than some of the web and mobile apps we developed. ... Our website serves as a strong message and a beacon of hope for the people who come to our page. The website is a great success." – CEO, Game Developer

    Former Clients
    State and Lake Chicago Tavern
    Windstar Media
    Runn Chicago
    Accident Treatment Centers
    Smash Residential
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
  • 3

    Stevens & Tate Marketing

    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.

    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

    Former Clients
    Aldi
    NeoGrid
    Taco Bell
    Habitat for Humanity
    Walgreens
    Cosí
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Lombard , IL
    Awards

    Graphic Design USA: American Package Design Awards, Graphic Design USA: Health and Wellness Design Awards, International Davey Award

  • 4

    OneIMS

    Founded in 2006, OneIMS is a results-driven digital marketing firm in Chicago. Its team of more than 30 manages the inbound marketing process for its clients, with special emphasis on SEO, PPC, digital strategy, conversion optimization, and content marketing. 

    Notable Project

    A small flooring company tried SEO before with discouraging results, but OneIMS completely changed the company's strategy, increasing results with PPC campaigns, social media marketing, copywriting, and blog posts. 

    "They have brought us from zero inbound marketing through our website to beating all of our competition in terms of keyword searches and website traffic and just about every metric you can imagine." - Marketing Associate, Flooring Company

    Former Clients
    Samsung
    Costco
    Sears
    Kmart
    Salesforce
    Heinz
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer

    Undisclosed

    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Skokie , IL
  • 5

    KeywordFirst

    A Chicago-based digital marketing agency, KeywordFirst's team of 17 includes experienced veterans in the paid search field. Founded in 2005, they specialize in PPC, digital strategy, and social media.

    Notable Project

    A cable operations company sought to strengthen their customer relationships. The company brought on KeywordFirst keyword-based search engine marketing through their Google AdWords, which ultimately resulted in tremendous value. The company retains KeywordFirst to this day. 

    "I am very satisfied with their work. I find that the personal attention, as well as the attention to detail that KF provides, is second to none. The primary reason for using KeywordFirst is the value they provide." – Marketing and Sales Director, Cable Operations Company

    Former Clients
    United Airlines
    Blackhawk Network
    Lens.com
    Land's End Business Outfitters
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer

    Undisclosed

    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Schaumburg , IL
  • 6

    The Ocean Agency

    Founded in 2003, The Ocean Agency is a boutique web agency with the goal of facilitating its clients' communications to their target audience. The Chicago-based team of 21 helps mostly small businesses improve their online presence through web design, SEO, PPC, video production, email marketing, and conversion optimization.

    Notable Project

    A coaching company for executives and executive teams had an outdated website and knew it needed to be updated. The Ocean Agency showed the company the drawbacks of its current website and helped improve it and provided other SEO services. 

    "They were extremely good at making sure I understand the process and what the results would be. They show a level of professionalism that I appreciate. They have a sense of humor about the process and kept it comfortable." - Owner, Professional Coaching Company

    Former Clients
    CMK Companies
    University of Chicago
    Hampton Inn
    RAM Racing
    Vienna Beef
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
    Awards

    2016 Inc. 5000 list

  • 7

    Perfect Search Media

    Perfect Search Media is a full-service digital marketing agency located in Chicago, IL. Their clients include startup, mid-market, and enterprise companies across industries such as education, retail, and consumer products. The team of 25+ offers social media advertising, SEO, design, and content creation and marketing.

    Notable Project

    Perfect Search Media expanded a higher learning institution’s reach and audience. They led a paid search marketing strategy from execution to implementation to maintenance.

    “They are flexible, and they act as an extension of the team. Their commitment to proving success via analytics and the bottom line was important to us.” – Co-Founder, Higher Learning Institution

    Former Clients
    Stage Stores
    New York Film Academy
    CenturyLink
    Columbia School of Social Work
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
    Awards

    Bing Ads Accredited Professional, Inc. Best Workplaces (2018), Inc. 5000 (2017)

  • 8

    Be Found Online (BFO)

    Founded in 2009 as a search agency, Be Found Online has since developed into a full-service digital marketing agency. Based in Chicago, the company also has locations in London and Singapore, with a total team of more than 70 people. BFO's main focus is on SEO and PPC, but it also does social media marketing, conversion optimization, and content marketing.

    Notable Project

    A large technology company wanted to improve its organic search results and hired BFO to help. BFO mainly worked on the company's SEO, including keywords and analytics, and helped out which web pages provided the highest value to the company.

    "The results speak for themselves. Our total traffic for all regions increased by 33% month over month with the help of BFO. We've gone up by 44% on a yearly basis, according to our June 2016 data." - Digital Manager, Technology Company

    Former Clients
    Nissan
    StubHub
    White Castle
    Bai
    Motorola
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
  • 9

    Comrade Web Agency

    Comrade Web is a Chicago-based full service digital marketing agency with a staff of 20. Since 2007, Comrade Web Agency has assisted clients with SEO, web design, and e-commerce development.

    Notable Project

    A translation company hired Comrade Web Agency to develop a new website and provide SEO and content marketing support. The translation company's goal was to win new business by refreshing their website and improving their search result ranking. The client appreciated that Comrade Web Agency was both affordable and proactive throughout the project.

    "They’re also friendly and have good project management skills, and after working with them on this project. I worked with them on a few other projects. I referred [Comrade Web Agency] to other people because they’re reliable." – Co-Founder, Translation Company 

    Former Clients
    AARP
    Levinson Law Group
    Blackhawk Supply
    Zen Supplies
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
    Awards

    10 Best Design: Leading SEO Web Design Companies

  • 10

    VisualFizz

    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.

    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

    Former Clients
    ExecTable
    Chicago Food Festival
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    group2 - 10 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
  • 11

    Wpromote

    This California-based company specializes in customer acquisition and digital marketing. The 250+ team is ever-growing and passionate about delivering digital campaigns that their clients can be proud of.

    Notable Project

    Wpromote worked with a healthcare company to increase patient appointments at clinics. Using Google AdWords, Wpromote boosted the healthcare company’s presence in search results. They also made the website more user-friendly.

    "Wpromote has been phenomenal, and I'm really glad that I went through that whole process. You can just let them do their work and not worry about it because they have very good capabilities. " – Director of Paid Search, Healthcare System

    Former Clients
    Verizon
    Marriot
    Toyota
    Shutterstock
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group251 - 1,000 Employees
    place El Segundo , CA
    Awards

    Landy Awards’ Agency of the Year (2017), AdAge’s Best Place to Work in Advertising & Media

  • 12

    Rise Interactive

    Digital marketing agency Rise Interactive is headquartered in Chicago. The team of nearly 275 employees specializes in SEO, PPC, social media, email, and content marketing. They were founded in 2004 and mostly work with businesses in the consumer products, healthcare, financial services, and retail industries.

    Notable Project

    An insurance and financial services company hired Rise Interactive to help attract new customers. The insurance company worked with a traditional marketing agency previously but was unhappy with the results. Rise Interactive created a paid search campaign and tracked progress for the insurance company. These efforts improved the insurance company's bidding process for paid search campaigns to ensure that results were getting better commensurate with budget increases.

    "Communication is very open, which benefits all sides. There’s a lot of trust in the relationship. They have a strong acumen and skill set for search, analytics, and measurement." – Integrated Media Manager, Insurance and Financial Services Company

    Former Clients
    Atkins
    Pandora
    TransUnion
    Ulta Beauty
    American Egg Board
    Reynolds
    NorthShore
    SOS
    BrightStart
    Nicklaus Children's Hospital
    Country Financial
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group251 - 1,000 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
    Awards

    Crain's Best Places to Work: 2018 Best Places to Work in Chicago, Kentico Site of the Year: Special Jury Awards, Hospital Marketing National Award Winner Horizon Interactive Award Winner, WOMMY Awards 2017, WebAwards 2016, and more on their website.

  • 13

    Brafton

    Brafton is a Boston-based digital marketing agency founded in 2008. They have 2 additional offices across in Chicago and San Francisco. Its team of almost 200 is proficient in a variety of content marketing services including blogs, newsletters, emails, infographics, and video production. They also specialize in SEO and social media marketing.

    Notable Project

    An educational company that manages university websites was trying to increase the quality of their site content. Brafton provided blog content for the company's site, including articles and infographic design. They also manage the company's social media accounts and calendar.

    "Our engagement online has been very good...It’s a combination of excellent communication, excellent customer service, and quality of work." – SEO Manager, Education Company

    Former Clients
    Jagged Peak
    Tab Bank
    Escoffier School of Culinary Arts
    General Financial
    Sunrise Senior Living
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group251 - 1,000 Employees
    place Boston , MA
  • 14

    Walker Sands Digital

    Founded in 2001, Walker Sands Digital is a digital marketing agency dedicated to each client's unique goals. From their offices in Chicago, San Francisco, or Seattle, Walker Sands Digital's team numbers of over 65 possess various areas of expertise, including SEO, web design, PPC, content marketing, strategy, and content marketing. 

    Notable Project

    A non-profit research foundation wanted to increase their web traffic and number of donations. Walker Sands Digital managed their Google AdWords campaign utilizing their Google Grants program and ultimately increased their traffic, subscriber list, and number of donations.

    "...they have a great deal of intimate knowledge of SEO [search engine optimization] and AdWords and how all that works. We have worked with several other marketing firms, and I don’t think anyone is as much into the details of this as they are. They seem extremely knowledgeable." – Deputy Director, Non-Profit Research Foundation

    Former Clients
    GrubHub
    CloudCraze
    CurrencyCloud
    CompTIA
    Vibes
    Magnetic
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer

    Undisclosed

    group51 - 250 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
    Awards

    PR News: Platinum PR Award, Publicity Club of Chicago: Silver Trumpet Award, Business Marketing Association: Tower Award for PR Campaign, Business Marketing Association, BtoB Magazine: Top B2B Agency

  • 15

    SoMe Connect

    This Chicago-based digital marketing agency was founded in 2012. This 40-person team specializes in web design, social media marketing, and SEO, with additional capabilities in graphic design, content marketing, and digital strategy.

    Notable Project

    A dining & entertainment venue needed an agency to guide it through the marketing process. SoMe Connect helped with the company's SEO strategy, reworking content on its website and creating PPC campaigns, which resulted in a 200% increase in leads and 20% increase in bookings. 

    "SoMe went far and above any agency I have worked with. They were ready to stop by whenever our owner needed clarification or wanted to meet face to face with them ...They were always willing to do what it took to make our team feel at ease and help us understand that if you did need to do something last minute, they were always very responsive and on the ball with that." - Marketing Director, Dining & Entertainment Venue

    Former Clients
    Yum! Brands
    Potbelly
    Famous Dave's
    Apollo Education Group
    TransUnion
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
    Awards

     Omma Awards: 2016 Online Marketing Finalist in Restaurants

  • 16

    NOTICE

    Founded in 2006, NOTICE is a digital agency with locations in Chicago and New York. Its team of 40 helps clients with their social media marketing, video production, content marketing, event production, digital strategy, PPC, advertising, and branding.

    Notable Project

    A museum was looking for an agency to help create an experiential marketing campaign. NOTICE developed a strategy and created a social media campaign using video and hashtags to draw attention. The client noticed that people came into the museum excited about what they saw in the campaign.

    "They were so attentive, and every person from NOTICE was involved. The personal touch was great. As a non-profit, we often don’t get the top people from a team to work with. This wasn't the case with NOTICE." - Marketing and Advertising Manager, Museum

    Former Clients
    Macy's
    The Obama Foundation
    Four Loko
    The Field Museum
    Restoration Hardware
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
  • 17

    Symbiont Group

    Founded in 2014, Symbiont Group is a digital marketing and sales agency. Symbiont's Chicago-based team of 15 offers mostly mid-size clients a combination of services in the areas of SEO, web design, email and content marketing, and marketing strategy.

    Notable Project

    Symbiont Group specializes in combining the sales and marketing process, so when a holdings firm needed to integrate these areas, it reached out to Symbiont. Symbiont developed an entire inside sales team for the company to make the marketing and outside sales units more effective, boosting the company's revenue.

    "They are experienced professionals. I can’t say enough about the types of relationships they’ve built within our organization - leveraging that experience to make impactful change. They’re fantastic." - Director of Marketing, Holdings Firm

    Former Clients
    Reologie
    S.W. Anderson
    Vokal
    Fruition Partners
    Kensium
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
    Awards

    Owler: HOT in 2016 Chicago Winner

  • 18

    Arcalea

    Digital agency Arcalea was founded in 2015 and has offices in Chicago, Charlotte, N.C., Denver, and Indianapolis. Its team of 12 helps clients with web development, SEO, email marketing, content marketing, web design, and PPC.

    Notable Project

    A jewelry company hired Arcalea to help with its rebranding efforts. Arcalea helped the company find its target audience by helping with A/B testing, digital marketing, and PPC management. The company's total user count has gone up by more than 200%.

    "I found their depth of knowledge about how customers approach products to be enlightening. I was impressed with the overall professionalism and responsiveness of the team. If they didn’t have an answer immediately, they made sure to deliver one later on." - President, Jewelry Company

    Former Clients
    Dell
    Discover Financial Services
    The University of Chicago
    Level Office
    ConceiveAbilities
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
    Awards

    MarCom Awards: 2017 Gold Winner, AVA: 2017 Search Marketing Platinum Award, AVA: 2017 Design & Digital Gold Award

  • 19

    Over The Top SEO

    Digital marketing agency Over The Top SEO is headquartered in Seattle, WA and has offices all over the United States, Canada, and Australia. With around 50 employees, Over the Top works on SEO, web development, digital strategy, content marketing, and PPC for various companies all over the globe.

    Notable Project

    Over The Top SEO provided the complete marketing package for an express clinic, which included SEO work and social media marketing. They also created a newsletter and updated their website's content. The newsletter has reached about 5,000 subscribers. 

    "Over The Top SEO is the first agency I've used, but, in my opinion, there isn't anything to improve." – CEO, Express Clinic

    Former Clients
    Victoria's Secret
    Gold Elements
    Bruster's
    Palo Media Group
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Seattle , WA
  • 20

    Chicago Style SEO

    Founded in 2009, Chicago Style SEO is a full-service internet marketing firm with offices in both Chicago and Cincinnati. The company, which has 15 employees, specializes in SEO, PPC, and social media marketing.

    Notable Project

    A large healthcare provider works with Chicago Style SEO to boost its online activity. Chicago Style SEO helps the company with SEO, search engine marketing, Google AdWords campaigns, and social media.

    "They are very knowledgeable about the subject, and every time I talk to them, I learn something new or they bring something new to the table. They have such good ideas. Everything that they’ve done for us, we’ve seen a direct impact in terms of increasing our conversions on our website." - Digital Marketing Manager, Healthcare Company

    Former Clients
    Chicago Flyhouse
    Bike Shop Hub
    PointMask.com
    1-800-Junk-Relief.com
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer

    Undisclosed

    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
  • 21

    DigitalMarketing360

    DigitalMarketing360 is a full-service digital agency based in Chicago. They were established in 2012, and have just 1 full-time employee. Their full range of services is fairly diverse, thanks to a flexible team of freelancers. DigitalMarketing360 offers SEO, PPC campaigns, web design & development, mobile apps for Android and iOS, content marketing, and more.

    Notable Project

    DigitalMarketing360 provided content strategy and SEO for a professional video production firm in Chicago. They migrated the client's site to WordPress for more straightforward content management, added a blog feature, and updated the site's copy for keywords. The client's site is now ranked first on several relevant searches.

    "They’ve followed our timeline with no delays. They’ve also taught me how to look at Google Analytics." — CEO, Video Production Firm

    Former Clients
    Palos Internists
    FORUREVENTS
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    group51 - 250 Employees
    place Roselle , IL
  • 22

    LyteYear Group

    Chicago digital marketing agency LyteYear Group was founded in 2017. LyteYear Group's team of 3 specializes in SEO, PPC, social media marketing, digital strategy, and mobile and app marketing.

    Notable Project

    A health tech startup needed help executing its digital strategy. LyteYear managed and redesigned the company's AdWords campaigns and helped with its content, meta tags, and physical layout for SEO. With LyteYear's work, the company's SEO performance improved by 15%.

    "We were impressed by their depth and breadth of knowledge and expertise, together with their willingness to be nimble and move quickly, and their business acumen to create and envision experiments that are tied to strategy...We’re in the business of smart experiments, and we’re getting that for sure. We’re in a good spot." - CEO, Healthtech Startup

    Former Clients
    Analyte Health
    NextME
    Outcome Health
    Remote Year
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer

    Undisclosed

    group2 - 10 Employees
    place Chicago , IL