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Your company can earn considerable benefits from partnering with a media buying company to improve your marketing and advertising efforts.

To assist you in your search for a partner, we’ve compiled this list of the top media buying companies 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 Media Buying Companies

  • 1
    $50,000+
    250 - 999 Employees
    Chicago IL

    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

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  • 2
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Heron Agency is a lifestyle communications agency based in Chicago and founded in 2000. They now have 20 employees experienced in developing strategic integrated marketing campaigns for companies in hospitality and leisure, business services, and arts, entertainment and music. They specialize in PR, SMM, and media planning.

    Clients
    Paper Source
    Chicago Boat
    RV
    & Sail Show
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Heron Agency managed a theater's media presence to spread awareness, successfully scheduling live appearances on radio and television, performance reviews, and feature articles. Thanks to Heron Agency, production attendance was higher than ever for the client. Industry peers also recognized stakeholders' widespread media presence.

    “Attendance at our current season is at an all-time high. I am also constantly being asked by other theater companies how we obtain the consistently excellent media presence our theater has, something that all but the largest theaters struggle to maintain.” – Executive Director, Theater Company

  • 3
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    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.

    Clients
    OWC
    SkyRoad
    Kroeschell
    The John Buck Company
    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

  • 4
    $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

  • 5
    $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 

  • 6
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Founded in 2016, Cooperate Marketing is an advertising and marketing agency that offers advertising, marketing strategy, media planning, and media buying services to their enterprise, md-market, and small business clients in the manufacturing, retail, and consumer products and services industries. Their 10 employees are based out of Chicago. 

    Clients
    Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA
    Chamberlain
    KJM Construction
    J. Michael Builders
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Cooperate Marketing recently worked on a co-op platform for a motorcycle manufacturer. They migrated legacy data to implement a new platform for that client.

    “Our system launched seamlessly, so much so that no one even noticed we’d switched to a whole new system.” —  Manager, Motorcycle Manufacturer

     

  • 7
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Effective Marketing is a Chicago-based marketing agency founded in 2009 with more than two members. They specialize in market research, social media marketing, and media planning and buying for clients in the fields of arts, business services, and consumer products.

    Clients
    AMA
    Amlactin
    Banfield Pet Hospital
    Bob Evans
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Effective Marketing provided digital strategy solutions for a global design firm. Effective Marketing works with the firm as their digital media partner for almost all media placements. One of their projects resulted in a 16x ROAS with Effective Marketing’s help.

    “Effective Marketing produced all of the initial analysis and media buy recommendations for our client to consider.” - Account Director, Global Design Firm

  • 8
    $1,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    SWIDIA is a Chicago-based marketing agency founded in 2017. Their team of fewer than 50 provides marketing strategy, media buying and planning, and social media marketing services for small and mid-market firms in industries such as arts, consumer products, and e-commerce.

    Clients
    Cameo
    DUDE Wipes
    Outstanding Foods
    Radish Fiction
    Industries
    Notable Project

    SWIDIA runs social media ad campaigns for a mobile fiction platform. The goal was to achieve profitability and scaling in a few months. The platform has expanded their budget tenfold since their first campaign with SWIDIA.

    “That team is very impressive in terms of both their ability to collaborate with the client and their overall expertise, so we were able to develop some really great creative resources that helped us a lot at the beginning of the relationship.” - Director of Marketing, Mobile Fiction Platform

  • 9
    $1,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Evanston IL

    Origin, LLC is a full-service marketing communications agency headquartered in Evanston, Illinois. Established in 2005, they have around 10 employees that specialize in web design, branding, graphic design, SEO, PPC, media planning and buying, and logo creation.

    Clients
    Graphic Solutions Group
    Anderson Pest Solutions
    Mather LifeWays
    Lakland Guitars
    Notable Project

    Origin, LLC oversaw a rebranding and marketing strategy for a pest control firm that targeted new demographics. They updated the client's visuals, redesigned their logo, and changed the colors to increase brand recognition. The firm doubled in size, provided services to five Midwestern states, and became the 32nd largest pest control company in the nation. 

    "Origin, LLC's integrity and willingness to think critically about a project separates it from other agencies." – President, Pest Control Firm 

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

    The Harbinger Group is a communications and PR consultant group. Founded in 1990, the consultancy is comprised of fewer than 50 employees. They specialize in PR, advertising, and media planning and buying.

    Clients
    The Federal Savings Bank
    Golden Apple
    Home Partners of America
    Notable Project

    The Harbinger Group provided web service management for a nonprofit. They oversaw the nonprofit's tactical and strategic outreach and managed its communication through advertising and geotargeted marketing services. As a result of the partnership, the nonprofit saw an increase in site visits, candidate flow, and funder support. 

    "If I need something drafted, written, reviewed, or posted, The Harbinger Group is flexible and available to do it." – Officer, Nonprofit 

  • 11
    Undisclosed
    50 - 249 Employees
    Chicago IL
    Branding company Rokkan was founded in 2000. Their midsize team is headquartered in New York, New York; Santa Monica, California and Chicago, Illinois. Their services include branding, digital strategy, e-commerce development, media planning & buying, and more.
  • 12
    $5,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Adcetera is a creative firm based in Houston, Tex. Founded in 1982, their team of around 98 employees provides advertising, branding, and media planning services.

    Clients
    HP
    Hewlett Packard Enterprise
    KBR
    Kuraray
    Industries
    Notable Project

    The team conceptualized and executed the story for a three-day in-person event for an oil and gas company. While there were challenges with communication, their copywriting skills impressed and their creative work was solid.

    "Their copywriter really understood our mission and had an eloquent way of positioning us." Head of Global Marketing, Oil & Gas Company

  • 13
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Lipman Hearne is a marketing and communications firm that was founded in 1988. Located in Chicago, their team of 70 specializes in advertising, branding, media planning & buying, and more for small and mid-sized clients alike. 

    Clients
    University of Iowa
    Chicago Community Trust
    Smithsonian
    University of Wisconsin
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Lipman Hearne created a responsive website for a university, as well as ads and an enrollment video. The work generated results that the university was satisfied with. 

     

  • 14
    Undisclosed
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Clutch Studios is a branding and marketing company located in Chicago. With a team of about 35 employees, they provide advertising, media planning and buying, graphic design, and video production services.

    Clients
    Klipsch
    belkin
    Wilson
    MOEN
    Notable Project

    Clutch Studios built a new internal system and did a software integration. The team was knowledgeable and allowed the business to increase its capacity.

    “Our workflow was excellent.” – Head of IT Development, Web Designer

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    $10,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    Chicago IL
    Public Communications Inc. Is a digital strategy company in Chicago, Illinois. The company provides digital strategy, marketing strategy, media planning & buying, public relations, and more and has a midsize team.The company was launched in 1962.
    Industries
  • 16
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    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL
    Based in Chicago, Illinois, L.C. Williams & Associates is a branding company. The small team focuses on branding, social media marketing, web design, media planning & buying, and more and was founded in 1985.
    Industries
  • 17
    Undisclosed
    50 - 249 Employees
    Vernon Hills IL
    Pixability is a media planning and buying company based in Boston, Massachusetts; Carlsbad, California; New York, New York and London, United Kingdom. Established in 2008, the midsize team offers media planning & buying.
  • 18
    $250,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    Chicago IL
    Empower, a media planning and buying company, was founded in 1985. Their midsize team is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois and offers media planning & buying, marketing strategy, graphic design, and social media marketing.
    Industries
  • 19
    Undisclosed
    50 - 249 Employees
    Chicago IL
    Midsize media planning & buying company Kelly Scott Madison, is located in Chicago, Illinois. They focus on media planning & buying, advertising, and marketing strategy and were established in 1966.
  • 21
    Undisclosed
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL
    Tower Media, a media planning & buying agency, is located in Chicago, Illinois. They provide media planning & buying and advertising and were established in 1991.
  • 22
    Undisclosed
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL
    RLM Media is a Chicago, Illinois-based media planning and buying agency. The company offers media planning & buying and is small.The company was established in 2008.
  • 23
    Undisclosed
    50 - 249 Employees
    Chicago IL
    Located in Portland, Oregon; Chicago, Illinois and New York, New York, Yes Marketing is a media planning & buying agency. The firm offers media planning & buying, event marketing & planning, market research, digital strategy, and more and is midsize.The firm was launched in 1995.
  • 24
    Undisclosed
    50 - 249 Employees
    Chicago IL
    GRP Media is a media planning & buying agency. The midsize team is based in Chicago, Illinois. Their services include media planning & buying and public relations.
  • 26
    Undisclosed
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL
    Aequalitas Media is a small media planning and buying agency. The Chicago, Illinois-based agency was launched in 2020. Their team provides media planning & buying.
  • 27
    $10,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    Chicago IL
    Digilant is a midsize media planning & buying company. The Boston, Massachusetts-based firm was founded in 2009. Their services include media planning & buying, digital strategy, pay per click, and social media marketing.
    Industries
  • 28
    Undisclosed
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL
    Established in 2010, MBuy is a media planning & buying company. The firm focuses on media planning & buying, advertising, and marketing strategy and has a small team.
    Industries
  • 29
    Undisclosed
    10 - 49 Employees
    Woodridge IL
    Established in 2003, Sunny Direct is a small media planning and buying agency and direct marketing company. Their services include media planning & buying and direct marketing. The company is based in Woodridge, Illinois.
  • 30
    Undisclosed
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL
    Located in Chicago, Illinois, Sandbox is a small marketing strategy and media planning & buying company. They specialize in marketing strategy and media planning & buying and were established in 2008.
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