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List of the Best San Francisco Media Buying Companies

  • 1
    Undisclosed
    10 - 49 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Founded in 2005, Media Matters Worldwide is a media planning & analytics agency. Headquartered in San Francisco, they have 25 employees that specialize in media planning & buying, advertising, and digital strategy. 

    Clients
    Mudd
    AAA
    Mountain Hardwear
    Quay Sunglasses
    Notable Project

    A communications company hired Media Matters Worldwide to craft a brand activation campaign for their revamped business. The plan included out-of-home advertising and paid social. Their high-quality exceeded expectations and results.

    "We surpassed our website traffic goals tenfold." – Senior Digital Marketing & Media Manager, Communications Company

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

    EXL Media has experience in planning, negotiating, tracking, analyzing, and adjusting campaigns through media channels, including digital, broadcast, out-of-home, and print. Their team helps create campaigns by leveraging industry data and tools and providing timely performance measurements. They were founded in 1994 in Incline Village, Nev.

    Industries
    Notable Project

    A branding design firm outsourced to EXL Media the media planning and buying services that its ongoing client needs. These services include strategic media planning and placement; development, implementation, and managment of media-related promotions; budget forecasting and allocation; and others. EXL Media continues to meet all expectations and present new ideas.

    "They have been a trusted partner to our agency and to the client and we trust them year after year with their talent and experience." - Owner, Branding Design 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 Athletics
    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
    Sephora
    Diamond of California
    Kettle Brand Chips
    Stubhub
    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
    $5,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Metric Theory is a San Francisco-based digital marketing agency. Since founding in 2012, they've grown to over 60 employees with experience working with over 230 clients. They have experience with every type of marketing issue for clients that range from small business to large e-commerce firms. They specialize in PPC, digital strategy, social media marketing, conversion optimization, and mobile marketing.  

    Clients
    Marley
    Dean & Deluca
    Astera
    TradeKing
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A software company hired Metric Theory to build out long-tail keyword campaigns. Metric Theory expanded their campaigns on a global scale by creating keyword lists in Spanish, German, Italian, and French. They've also adjusted their landing pages, copy, and keyword negatives to drive higher-quality leads. 

    "They're constantly coming up with ideas for new keywords and new campaigns as if they were looking at our website every day and trying to figure out what we could be ranking for but aren't. I haven't seen this constant focus and analysis from other agencies." – Senior Director of Digital Marketing and Operations, Software Company

  • 6
    $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
    Walmart
    ModCloth
    SurveyMonkey
    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

  • 7
    $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
    L’Oreal
    Sonic
    City National Bank
    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

  • 8
    $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
    Peets Coffee and Tea
    Jeep
    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

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

    Colormatics is a studio founded in 2014 in Jersey City, N.J. with no more than 10 employees. They specialize in video production, advertising, and content marketing services for clients in the fields of consumer products and business services.

    Clients
    H&M
    The Macallan
    Fiverr
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Colormatics produced TV ads for a freelancer marketplace platform. The platform needed direct response TV ads for their product. So far the metrics are incomplete but the platform is satisfied with Colormatics’ work.

    “I didn’t need to tell Colormatics exactly what we needed; they already had a basic understanding of our product and our objectives.” - Director of Brand, Freelancer Marketplace Platform

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

    Moburst is a marketing agency headquartered in New York, with offices in Tel-Aviv and New York. Founded in 2013, the team of 20+ specializes in mobile and app marketing, advertising, and branding. They specialize in enterprises in the retail and telecommunications sectors, though they work with businesses of all sizes and across various industries. 
     

    Clients
    Google
    Uber
    Samsung
    Pfizer
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Moburst performed a wide variety of digital creative including site optimization, messaging, social and media campaigns for a large mobile technology provider. They provided all concepts and design that managed to improve the products' ROI. The client was very pleased both from the process of working with the team and the results. 

    “They're very creative in coming up with ideas that are clever and fun. They don’t just do the bare minimum of what we ask them to do, but rather they always come back with more than we asked of them.” – Content & Strategy Manager, Large Mobile Technology Provider   

  • 11
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Walnut Creek CA

    JStokes Agency is a creative marketing agency located in Walnut Creek, California. Founded in 1978 with about 50 employees, the agency works with clients across industries such as retail, real estate, business services, consumer products and services, legal, and financial services. They specialize in digital strategy, advertising, media planning and buying, and branding.

    Clients
    Bay Alarm
    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
    Subway
    Lennar Multifamily
    Industries
    Notable Project

    JStokes Agency oversaw advertising campaigns and rebranding strategies for a law firm. They designed a new website, met with focus groups of lawyers and ran a discovery program. As a result of the partnership, the firm won the advertising campaign of the year award from the Legal Marketing Association and users' time spent on its website has increased. 

    "JStokes Agency has really gotten to know the nuances of our organization and it's able to work very well within that structure." – Director of Business Development, Law Firm

  • 12
    $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
    Hydro66
    Greenbriar
    Figure Eight
    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
     

  • 13
    $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
    City of San Francisco
    HBO
    airbnb
    Domino's
    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

  • 14
    $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
    Box
    Cisco
    Intel
    Motorola
    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

  • 15
    $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
    Coldwell Solar
    Onica
    Bella Notte Linens
    Central Garden and Pet
    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

  • 16
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    CSTMR is a digital marketing firm that is located in Austin, Texas. The team of about 6 employees has been specializing in web design and development since the firm was founded in 2014. CSTMR also offers UI/UX design services to its clients.  

    Clients
    Nav.com
    TerraPoint.com
    TradeStops.com
    Clarkston State Bank
    Industries
    Notable Project

    CSTMR partnered with a bank to provide web design and marketing services. They built the client's new website, migrated and revamped an entire platform, and created new content based on branding and messaging guidelines.CSTMR organized email campaigns via Constant Contact and Buffer, created print design assets, and managed social media accounts for marketing purposes.  A marketing promotions calendar for the bank to follow increased their brand awareness.

    "CSTMR is very organized and updates us about 3–4 times a week. Anytime I need marketing materials, they generate designs based on specs I post to Basecamp and always keep the look and feel consistent with our brand." – EVP, Financial Institution

  • 17
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Based in San Francisco, Demonstrate PR is a marketing and communications agency largely geared toward consumer products like technology and food & beverage. With a team of ten employees, their impressive track record boasts both high-profile clients and highly successful strategies. Among their services include conventional PR, influencer marketing, social media campaigns, and live branding events. 

    Clients
    Exit Reality
    Swisse Wellness
    The Walt Disney Family Museum
    Sensio
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A small kitchen appliance company partnered with Demonstrate to manage their release of a new line of products. Demonstrate created a campaign that relied on signature events such as product launches, graphic materials in print and online, and finding brand ambassadors to partner with. The firm has repeatedly partnered with Demonstrate since their establishment and worked with members of the team previously.

    " We feel wonderfully taken care of and their attention to detail makes me confident about the results. I can just show up at an event knowing they’ve executed everything." - Senior Marketing Director, Kitchen Appliance Firm

  • 18
    $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

  • 19
    $10,000+
    250 - 999 Employees
    San Francisco CA
    Organic is a media planning and buying agency established in 1993. Their midsize team is headquartered in San Francisco, California; Detroit, and New York, . Their services include media planning & buying, web development, advertising, and mobile & app marketing.
    Industries
  • 20
    $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."

  • 21
    $10,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    San Francisco CA
    Heat is a midsize advertising company launched in 2004. Their team specializes in advertising, media planning & buying, out of home design, social media marketing, and more. The agency is located in San Francisco, California and New York, New York.
    Industries
  • 22
    Undisclosed
    50 - 249 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    IW Group is a marketing firm based in West Hollywood, Calif. with a team of about 90 employees. Founded in 1990, their team provides advertising, branding, market research, media buying, and print design services. 

  • 23
    $10,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Based in San Francisco, Eleven Inc. is an integrated communications agency that was founded in 1999. Their team of around 175 specializes in advertising, branding, and media planning & buying for mainly enterprise-level clients in the consumer products, financial services, and hospitality industries.  

    Clients
    AAA
    Virgin America
    Oakley
    Aria Resort & Casino
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A rideshare startup wanted to reach a younger demographic and contracted Eleven Inc. to help them connect with their intended audience. Eleven built a platform that displayed the brand's focus on people and interpersonal connections and advertised it in high traffic areas including commuter routes, mass transit centers, and restaurants and bars. 

     

  • 24
    $10,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    San Francisco CA
    Argonaut is an advertising company. Located in San Francisco, California, their midsize team provides advertising, marketing strategy, branding, and media planning & buying. The company was launched in 2013.
    Industries
  • 25
    $1,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    San Francisco CA
    Media planning & buying agency Choozle was established in 2012. Their midsize team is in Denver, Colorado; New York, New York and San Francisco, California. Choozle provides media planning & buying.
  • 26
    Undisclosed
    50 - 249 Employees
    Emeryville CA
    Just Global is a media planning and buying company founded in 1996. They are in Emeryville, California; Austin, Texas; Maidenhead, United Kingdom and Pyrmont, Australia and have a midsize team. Their services include media planning & buying, search engine optimization, social media marketing, video production, and more.
    Industries
  • 28
    Undisclosed
    10 - 49 Employees
    Livermore CA
    Mighty Media Partners, a small media planning & buying company, is headquartered in Livermore, California. Established in 2007, the team specializes in media planning & buying.
  • 29
    Undisclosed
    50 - 249 Employees
    San Francisco CA
    Media planning & buying company DWA Media is located in San Francisco, California. The midsize team offers media planning & buying, advertising, and content marketing and was established in 1996.
  • 30
    Undisclosed
    2 - 9 Employees
    Lafayette CA
    Based in Lafayette, California, Advoke Media is a media planning and buying company. The small team provides media planning & buying and advertising. The agency was founded in 2009.
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