The Best Public Relations Agencies in DC

List of the Best Washington DC Public Relations Agencies

Looking for top public relations firms in Washington DC?

A strong PR firm will help you build relationships with the public that advance and promote your company. If you’re looking to improve the overall image of your business and cultivate a professional and beneficial relationship with the media, hiring a PR firm is essential.

To assist you in your search for a partner, we’ve compiled this list of the top PR agencies in Washington DC. Browse descriptions, feedback, and awards to find which can best suit your company’s needs.

  • 1

    Pinkston

    Pinkston Group is a media strategies and PR company based in Alexandria, Va. The company was founded in 2001 and now has a team of 39 that specializes in PR but also offers broadcast video and digital strategy services.

    Notable Project

    A trade association wanted to create a high profile, visible media presence for its executives. Pinkston Group helped create media placements, speaking engagements, op-ed drafting and helping the CEO publish a book.

    "Pinkston placed for the CEO more than 130 op-eds in 2012, and more than 160 in 2013 – stunning results by any measure. For speaking engagements, Pinkston Group pitched and placed the CEO at about one conference per week, around the world for the years from 2012-14. Outstanding results." — Senior Director, Trade Association

    Former clients
    AIG
    Americans for Prosperity Foundation
    Coalition for Public Safety
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Falls Church, VA
    5.0
    5.0
    2 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    2 Platinum, 2 Gold - 2015 Hermes Creative Awards

  • 2

    Merritt Group

    Merritt Group is a marketing agency founded in 1996, now with 236 employees. They are headquartered in McLean, Va., with a second location in San Francisco. They offer services in SEO, public relations, branding, and social media marketing to clients in the IT, healthcare, and business industries.

    Notable Project

    Merritt Group developed a public relations strategy for a software company. This includes creating pitches, managing an influencer program on Twitter, and securing bylines for GoodData. The client praised how prompt, responsible, and helpful the company was throughout the project.

    “They’re extraordinarily easy to work with. They're willing to do research before making final strategic decisions.” – Director of Corporate Communications, Software Company 
     

    Former clients
    The Aslan Project
    PAS
    Heritage Provider Network
    Venafi
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer

    Undisclosed

    group10 - 49 Employees
    place McLean, VA
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
    Awards

    Gold ADDY Award (2018)

  • 3

    REQ

    A leading digital marketing and brand management company, REQ outpaces changes in today’s rapidly evolving media landscape by bringing reputation, advocacy, brand, and business results to new heights. Offering a comprehensive suite of solutions and technologies that define, connect, and protect brands, REQ serves global brands and leaders in technology, real estate, entertainment, government, hospitality, retail, and finance. The company has been named to both the Inc. 500 and Deloitte Fast 500 lists as one of the fastest growing companies in America, as well as Inc.’s Best Workplaces. Founded in Washington, DC in 2008, REQ has offices and employees in New York, Boston, and San Francisco. 

    Notable Project

    A broadcasting trade association hired REQ to drive awareness and engagement for a grassroots campaign meant to enact policy changes for one of its 2 major groups of users. REQ designed a digital strategy that included building and designing a website in addition to promoting the campaign across social and community channels. 

    “They've transformed our website, making it much more modern, user-friendly, and appealing overall. Encouraging us to think more creatively, they've also helped us reach new audiences.”  – VP of Marketing, Broadcasting Trade Association

    Former clients
    StubHub
    Amazon
    eBay
    Cava
    UNICEF
    Empire State Building
    The Jefferson Washington DC
    PayPal
    National Association of Broadcasters
    American Chemistry Society
    SourceAmerica
    PhRMA
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $100,000+
    group50 - 249 Employees
    place Washington, DC
    4.9
    4.9
    22 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    Inc 500 , The Sabre Awards , American Advertising Awards , The Communicator Awards , The Telly Awards , Great Places to Work - Washingtonian

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  • 4

    Scott Circle Communications

    Scott Circle Communications is a PR firm based in Washington D.C. It was founded in 2006 and has a 13-person team. They provide PR services to clients in the nonprofit, education, and arts, music, & entertainment industries.

    Notable Project

    Scott Circle Communications developed a communication strategy that would resonate with a nonprofit's activist base and the public in general. The team provided monthly reports and would follow up to ensure needs were being met. The client has received positive feedback about their mission as a result of the strategy.

    “They're an essential part of our communications team. We constantly get feedback not just from our members, but from the public and congressional representatives about how powerful our statements are. We've been able to get our message into high-profile print, TV and digital media channels, so we're happy with the outcome.” –Chief of Staff, Nonprofit Organization

    Former clients
    National Council of Nonprofits
    World Food Program USA
    I Support The Girls
    National League of Cities
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Washington, DC
    5.0
    5.0
    3 Clutch reviews
  • 5

    Bluetext

    Bluetext is a digital marketing agency located in Washington, DC. Founded in 2011, Bluetext has around 30 employees who specialize in branding, web design, and SEO. The client appreciated Bluetext's approach to project management while completing the two microsites simultaneously.

    Notable Project

    Bluetext was hired by a software company in need of a new website. Bluetext designed two interactive microsites for the client and provided front-end development services.

    "Bluetext was very accommodating with our tight schedule and constant demands. They made sure we were delivering everything on time and they were very receptive to our back and forth as we got feedback from stakeholders." – Associate Creative Director, Software Company

    Former clients
    Google
    Lexis Nexis
    Royal Caribbean International
    Adobe
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $25,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Washington, DC
    4.8
    4.8
    5 Clutch reviews
  • 6

    SENSIS

    Sensis is an integrated cross-cultural marketing agency with offices in Los Angeles Washington, D.C., Austin, and Atlanta. Founded in 1998, the team of 90+ offers advertising, research, digital experience, PR, social media, and branding. They develop research-based campaigns that drive measurable ROI their clients.

    Notable Project

    One of Sensis’ clients is an energy company that wanted to connect with its community with a bilingual PR campaign. Sensis organized community events, worked with local media, and designed and produced all the advertising material.

    “In many ways, I feel that we're their only client. I know that's kind of a cliché – the way that they have been able to sometimes just drop everything else, get what we needed done, and bring in any additional partners, if necessary. They've really done an outstanding job.” – Communications Manager, Energy Company

    Former clients
    City of Los Angeles
    Boston College
    US Department of Commerce
    Auto Club Speedway
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $250,000+
    group50 - 249 Employees
    place Washington, DC
    4.9
    4.9
    5 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    2017 Gold Award: Healthcare Marketing Impact

  • 7

    Williams Whittle Associates Inc

    Williams Whittle is an advertising agency that practices a wide variety of services including media planning & buying, branding, and marketing strategy. They are based in Alexandria, Virginia and currently have fewer than 20 employees. The company was founded in 1967.

    Notable Project

    Williams Whittle helped a nonprofit rebrand its online presence. After conducting research, they designed a new logo, enhanced website aesthetics, and produced a video. The vendor's contributions created a solid foundation for the brand relaunch. 

    "Williams Whittle not only helped create attractive campaign materials but also provided additional design work outside of the scope of work." – Executive Director, Nonprofit

    Former clients
    American Institute for Cancer Research
    National Park Trust
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer

    Undisclosed

    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Alexandria, VA
    5.0
    5.0
    3 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    MarCom Award (2019)

  • 8

    Media Theory

    Media Theory is a public relations firm based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 2008, the team of 3 specializes in public relations, social media marketing, and web design.

    Notable Project

    Media Theory worked on media engagement for a non-partisan think tank. They provided 360-degree media engagement services, which included writing op-eds and pitching journalists. They also lead social media engagement and outreach. The client was impressed with the increase in engagement that resulted from the project.

    “The number of Twitter and Facebook followers have increased since we started working with Media Theory. We’ve also seen an increase in the number of retweets and other engagement.” – Director, Non-Partisan Think Tank

    Former clients
    Amsterdam & Partners LLP
    The Atlantic Council
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Washington, DC
    5.0
    5.0
    2 Clutch reviews
  • 9

    Strategies 360

    Strategies 360 is a public relations and strategic positioning firm headquartered in Seattle, Wash. The firm has 12 satellite offices scattered along the West Coast, as well as one in Washington, D.C. Strategies 360 was founded in 2004 and has around 100 employees. In addition to PR, Strategies 360 offers many other services, including web design, UX/UI design, search engine optimization, and more. The majority of its clients are in government and business services.

    Notable Project

    A software development firm hired Strategies 360 to provide high-quality development resources. Strategies 360 worked quickly to supply backend development, touchscreen capabilities, WordPress support, and other web development help. 

    “They’re excellent, well-organized, and very responsive to changes and incoming requests. They hit all their deadlines and we have no complaints about the work they produced. ” - CEO, Software Development Firm

    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group50 - 249 Employees
    place Washington, DC
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
  • 10

    Shrewd Marketing, LLC

    Shrewd Marketing is a digital marketing consultancy and web development shop located in Rochester, N.Y. It was founded in 2015 and now has a team of 4 that provides a range of services including advertising, SEO, PR, web design and development, and more 

    Notable Project

    A telecommunications company that manages an online directory needed to refresh the website. Shrewd Marketing rebuilt the site with a focus on improving functionality and search results. Shrewd Marketing now provides site maintenance and monitors sales performance.

    "We have increased our advertisers’ visibility exponentially on the new platform as a result of the ad-serving technology that is built into Shrewd’s technology. The platform presents more relevant ads within the internal search results of the directory, increasing the value we offer our business customers." — SVP of Enterprise Sales, Telecom Company

    Former clients
    Make it Local Marketing
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Ashburn, VA
    4.0
    4.0
    1 Clutch review
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