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Implementing a marketing strategy that earns tangible benefits requires patience, skill, and experience. Expert partners to carry this out are hard to find.

To assist you in your search for a partner, we’ve compiled this list of the top marketing strategy firms in San Francisco. 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 San Francisco Marketing Strategy Companies

  • 1
    $25,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Oakland CA

    Emotive Brand specializes in B2B strategy, working with high growth tech companies and professional services firms to deliver marketing and brand strategy, brand messaging, visual identity, and logo design.Founded in 2009 and based in Oakland, CA, Emotive Brand has a team of 15+ employees. A few of their specialized services include aligning leadership teams, designing brand experiences, and enabling sales teams with the tools they need.

    Clients
    Slack
    Citrix Systems
    Facebook
    Poynt
    Notable Project

    A marketing automation platform hired Emotive Brand to refresh its brand image and marketing materials such as the company logo. The project not only included external branding but also internal branding to improve employee morale.

    “The biggest thing they helped us to do was talk in human terms. In ad tech and marketing tech, we tend to talk to ourselves instead of talking to the customer. Emotive’s work helped people truly understand our value proposition, how it was going to impact them, and why they should consider talking about it.” – VP of Corporate Communications, Marketing Automation Platform

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  • 2
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Gumas is a full-service marketing agency based in San Francisco. The agency, founded in 1984, is a team of less than 20 who provide, among others, marketing strategy, advertising, and graphic design services to a variety of companies.

    Clients
    Lira Clinical
    Monaghan Medical
    San Francisco 49ers
    Varian Medical
    Industries
    Notable Project

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

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

  • 3
    $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

  • 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
    $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

  • 6
    $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

  • 7
    $100,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Gold Front is a brand studio based in San Francisco. Founded in 2013, their team of fewer than 10 employees provides web design, marketing strategy, advertising, branding, and video production services to small, midmarket, and enterprise businesses.

    Clients
    Uber
    Slack
    Google
    Nike
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Gold Front sharpened the client's brand and positioning. They worked on creating a new landing page, exploring brand position statements, designing a new logo, fonts, sales pitch decks, and other website elements. The client's brand video received more shares than anything else it had ever posted.

    "They are more than designers; they guide you through how you should think about a brand or positioning problem, and then deliver above expectations." – Marketing Department, Instructional Content Platform

  • 8
    $50,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    With offices in New York and San Francisco, Salt Branding is a digital agency that has been helping a variety of clients since 2001. The agency and its team of 15+ are experts in branding, web design, and marketing strategy.

    Clients
    Ascendify
    Delta
    Disney
    Docker
    Notable Project

    Salt Branding was hired by a venture capital firm to help them stand out from the competition. Their work included branding and web design, along with naming assistance. The client prides Salt Branding on the great attention they give their clients. They also liked that each team member had a role.

    "We spoke to a few agencies, but Salt really stood out. Their process is incredibly thoughtful and comprehensive."- Vice President, Venture Capital Firm

  • 9
    $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

  • 10
    $25,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    San Jose CA

    Major Tom is a full-service digital agency based in New York, with offices in Toronto and Vancouver. Founded in 2000, their team of about 70 employees serves a variety of industries. They specialize in providing web design, digital strategy, and social media marketing capabilities.

    Clients
    L'Oreal
    Denny's
    Sleeman Breweries
    Orkin
    Notable Project

    Major Tom bolstered the digital marketing resources for a marketing. They operated as a third party vendor to deliver a stronger strategic plan to reach the client's objectives. They supplied digital advertising and email marketing assistance, along with SEO campaign strategy implementations, which included content management recommendations.

    "Our organic search results doubled in 2017, thanks to blend of their optimization advice and our own content processes." — Owner & Digital Strategist, Marketing Consultancy

  • 11
    $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

  • 12
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Berkeley CA

    Beyond the Arc is a data analytics company based in Berkeley, Calif. Founded in 2001 and currently employing about nine people, Beyond the Arc provides a mix of data analytics, IT consulting, and digital marketing services. In particular, they specialize in Business Intelligence (BI), system integration (SI), big data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and marketing strategy. Their primary clients are enterprises in the financial services industry.

    Clients
    IBM
    Imation
    The New York Times
    Wells Fargo
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Beyond the Arc analyzes customer feedback data for a financial institution. They model the data and identify trends for the financial institution's team to act on to meet its customer satisfaction goals. The financial institution emphasized Beyond the Arc's data analysis skills and appreciated the team's ability to share its approach for analyzing data. The relationship is ongoing.

    "They are experienced and can explain the steps of a new process to improve. ... [W]e are very satisfied with their modeling because it is accurate, and we enjoy their work attitude." – Strategic Planning Manager, Financial Institution

  • 13
    $10,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    Novato CA

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

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

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

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

  • 14
    $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 

  • 15
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Bartlett Brands is a boutique branding agency based in San Francisco. Founded in 2011, Bartlett Brands' team of fewer than 10 employees provides branding, marketing strategy, web design, logo, and packaging design services.

    Clients
    Williams-Sonoma
    Kendo
    Crabtree + Evelyn
    Michael Mina Group
    Notable Project

    Bartlett Brands supplied the client with a fully fleshed-out company identity in terms of branding, logo, website design, and paper packaging, among other elements. The client has been nominated for design awards, and constantly receives praise for its branding.

    "Not only did Bartlett Brands meet all of our branding requirements, but they also put something special out there, which we almost didn’t expect." – Partner, Cuban Social Outpost

  • 16
    $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

  • 17
    $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

  • 18
    $50,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Marketri is a B2B strategic marketing consulting and Fractional CMO firm based in Philadelphia with offices in San Francisco, Dallas, and Chicago. The firm, founded in 2004, has a team of around ten that provides a wide range of services that include marketing strategy, digital strategy, and branding. The firm serves midmarket and small companies in the business services, IT, financial services, manufacturing, and other industries.

    Clients
    Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Delaware Valley Trusts
    FourQ
    Accel Management Group
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A finance and accounting professional services consulting firm hired Marketri to provide comprehensive marketing services. These services include redeveloping their website and making it SEO-friendly, setting up the firm in HubSpot and launched marketing campaigns there, spearheading the firm's list acquisition efforts, crafting email newsletters, designing service sheets, and identifying PR opportunities. Through this engagement, the firm achieved first-page positions in many of their important keywords, resulting in a significant increase in site traffic. Also, the firm's ROI on their email marketing campaigns are in the hundreds (percentage).

    "They excelled at measuring and reporting on metrics around all of our activities. Their work felt very data-driven and scientific." - CEO, Finance and Accounting Professional Services Consulting Firm

  • 19
    $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

  • 20
    $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

  • 21
    Undisclosed
    50 - 249 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    BBDO San Francisco is a midsize San Francisco, California-based advertising company. They provide advertising, branding, market research, and marketing strategy and were established in 1891.

    Notable Project

    BBDO San Francisco leads the branding pipeline of a fintech healthcare company. They've designed logos and created taglines and are now tasked with generating campaign-related and long-term brand strategies.

    "BBDO San Francisco might just be the best agency we’ve ever worked with."

  • 22
    $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

  • 23
    $50,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Oakland CA

    Funworks is a creative agency based in Oakland, Calif. They were founded in 2014 and have a team of 45 employees. The company specializes in advertising, branding, marketing strategy, and social media marketing for larger businesses.

    Clients
    Hint Water
    Ubisoft
    ESPN
    Google
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Funworks developed a creative campaign for a sports media company. They conducted several advertising workshops, which included input from stakeholders, the internal team, and professional comedians. With those ideas in mind, Funworks implemented a unique campaign.

    "They were committed to solving creative alignment challenges. They weren’t set in their ways and understood that each challenge is different from the next, so they’re constantly evolving their processes as a result." —Vice President of Marketing Solutions, Sports Media Company

  • 24
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Mill Valley CA

    Reputation X is an online reputation management firm located in Sausalito, California. Founded in 2005, the firm is comprised of fewer than 50 employees that specialize in marketing strategy, PR, and content marketing.

    Clients
    Confidential clients include Heads of State
    Politicians
    SMBs
    Celebrities
    Notable Project

    Reputation X performed digital implementation tasks for a consulting firm. They provided support on assignments that were outside the scope of each endeavor and was involved with everything from the strategic framework of a project to the execution and psychological management of the client. Their PR expertise has allowed it to offer valuable insights that optimize the strategy and planning of the firm's business.

    "I think Reputation X embodies everything that reputation management should be." – Founder, Consulting Firm  

  • 25
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    From San Francisco, Landis Communications is a full-service digital PR and marketing agency. Founded in 1990, they have the experience and the skill to help out your company in any situation. Their team of 15+ specializes in public relations in addition to digital strategy, branding, social media, email, and content marketing.

    Clients
    Velodyne LiDAR
    UCSF
    Centre for Neuro Skills
    Save the Redwoods League
    Industries
    Notable Project

    This freelance publicist relies on the help of Landis Communications to help with her clients' projects. Recently, she hired Landis Communications to promote a Halloween event. Landis Communications developed a strategy and media lists, event preparation, press activities, and trained the client in social media event promotion. 

    "I have never had an experience with Landis Communications where I’ve been disappointed. They’re very reliable and a great group of people to work with." –Freelance Publicist and Former PR Executive

  • 26
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Santa Clara CA

    Founded in 2005, Exposyour is a design and branding agency based in Santa Clara, Calif. They primarily work with small businesses in the financial services, IT, manufacturing, and medical fields. 

    Clients
    HiQ Solar
    Saykara
    Kangarootime
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Exposyour provided graphic design and UX design services to a fitness tracking software company. Their work was high quality, and it helped save time. 

    "They’re a team of trusted professionals." – Founder, Software Company

  • 27
    $100,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Hunter & Bard is a marketing agency located in San Francisco. Founded in 2011, the agency is comprised of fewer than 10 employees that specialize in PR, web design, and UX/UI design.

    Industries
    Notable Project

    Hunter & Bard designed and edited a 25-page ebook for a software startup. They produced mockups within 3 days for the overall design of the e-book for a client of the software startup. As a result of the partnership, the software company received significantly positive internal feedback about the e-book from its marketing and sales teams. 

    "We were impressed by Hunter & Bard's design. It went beyond anything that we could have conceived ourselves." – Marketing Manager, Software Startup

  • 28
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Larkspur CA
    E29 Marketing is a marketing strategy company founded in 2017. Their small team is headquartered in Larkspur, California and Larkspur, California. The firm offers marketing strategy, advertising, digital strategy, social media marketing, and more.
    Industries
    Notable Project

    E29 Marketing is creating a media plan for a consumer goods company that is launching a new pizza product. They are providing digital assets, including video ads, photo shoots, website content, and banners.

    "E29 Marketing is very knowledgeable on paid search, keyword research, and different tactics."

  • 29
    $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

  • 30
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Secret Sushi, Inc is a digital marketing agency, founded in 2006 and located in San Francisco. They comprise four employees specializing in customized digital marketing for small, mid-size, and global companies, primarily in IT, business services, consumer products, and education. Services include SMM, content marketing, lead generation, digital infrastructure, and MarTech consulting.

    Clients
    Celigo
    Guckenheimer
    ISS
    EFI
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Secret Sushi, Inc provided digital and content marketing services to a computer software company. They created e-books, blogs, and briefs, and also managed the client's social media presence. Their work increased the client’s brand awareness and blog traffic.

    “Our digital presence and brand awareness have increased significantly since we started working with Secret Sushi. Not only has our blog traffic more than doubled, but their efforts are significantly contributing to helping us build pipeline.” – VP Marketing, Computer Software Company

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