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List of the Best Chicago Search Engine Marketing Consultants

  • 1
    $1,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Formed in 1997, Straight North is a full-service internet marketing company specializing in SEO, PPC, website design and development, email marketing, and graphic design. With 100+ full-time, in-house employees, they help B2B and B2C companies of all sizes generate sales leads and e-commerce revenue in the lucrative but highly competitive online marketing space. They offer a collaborative business style, technical expertise, deep experience in multiple verticals, team-based campaign execution, transparent reporting, and an unwavering focus on maximizing their clients' ROI.

    Clients
    XO Communications
    MLS (Major League Soccer)
    Chicago Bears
    Daily Herald
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Straight North worked with a high-profile, professional sports franchise to set up a remarketing campaign to increase brand awareness and drive revenue. The client found Straight North accessible and transparent and is looking forward to continuing the four-year relationship.

    “Straight North provides suggestions and is very engaged in our work." – E-Commerce Manager, Professional Sports Franchise

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  • 2
    Undisclosed
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    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.

    Clients
    AccuRadio
    Kendall College
    Chicago Line Cruises
    Envista Forensics
    Industries
    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

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

    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.

    Clients
    Nissan
    StubHub
    White Castle
    Bai
    Industries
    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

  • 4
    Undisclosed
    250 - 999 Employees
    Chicago IL

    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.

    Clients
    Atkins
    Pandora
    TransUnion
    Ulta Beauty
    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

  • 5
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Vernon Hills IL

    Perfect Search Media is a Chicago-based digital marketing agency. They specialize in paid search and social media advertising, SEO, remarketing, display, UX, design, and content. Perfect Search is a results-driven, remote company with teammates on every coast. They build custom strategies for clients across multiple industries, including education, software, associations, retail, and more.
     

    Clients
    Stage Stores
    New York Film Academy
    CenturyLink
    Columbia University
    Industries
    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

  • 6
    $1,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Thrive Internet Marketing Agency is a results-driven digital marketing agency based in Dallas. Since 2005, we have been providing digital marketing consulting and management services that include web site design and development, search engine optimization (SEO), PPC management, social media marketing, conversion rate optimization (CRO), Amazon marketing services, video production, and more. 

    Clients
    Restoration 1
    Daryl Food Relocation and Logistics
    D&D Beyond
    Hurom
    Notable Project

    Thrive Internet Marketing Agency worked with an online travel company to increase website traffic and engagement. They built a dynamic website from scratch. The client notes that Thrive Internet Marketing was a cost effective partner and over delivered on the project.

    “When our company started, we had 6 visitors in 3 months. Since we started the marketing efforts, we’ve had 8,000 hits.” – Owner, Online Travel Company

  • 7
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    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.

    Clients
    AARP
    Levinson Law Group
    Blackhawk Supply
    Zen Supplies
    Industries
    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 

  • 8
    Undisclosed
    50 - 249 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Founded in 2001, Walker Sands is a full-service B2B marketing agency dedicated to each client's unique goals. From their offices in Chicago, San Francisco, or Seattle, Walker Sands' team of 135 has various areas of expertise, including SEO, web design, PPC, content marketing, and strategy. They also help clients with public relations, demand generation, branding, creative, marketing strategy, and web.

    Clients
    GrubHub
    CloudCraze
    CurrencyCloud
    CompTIA
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A SaaS company wanted to differentiate itself as a modern technology brand, improve web performance, and support demand generation efforts. Walker Sands executed a brand refresh, website redesign, and other digital marketing initiatives, ultimately increasing web traffic and conversions.

    "Their ability to understand and adapt to their client is outstanding...they are the whole package—smart, creative, hard-working, technical, strategic, and genuinely nice." – Senior Director of Digital Marketing, SaaS company

  • 9
    $1,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    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. 

    Clients
    Samsung
    Costco
    Sears
    Kmart
    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

  • 10
    Undisclosed
    250 - 999 Employees
    Carol Stream IL

    RevLocal, a digital strategy company, is headquartered in Granville, Ohio; Moorpark, California; Simpsonville, South Carolina and Austin, Texas. The midsize firm was established in 2010. Their team specializes in digital strategy, pay per click, search engine optimization, social media marketing, and more.

    Industries
    Notable Project

    RevLocal provided web optimization services for a custom PC company. The team continues to monitor the client's website and its growing local search marketing, brand awareness, and client base.

    "Honestly, we appreciate how open and professional they are."

  • 11
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    KAT is a Chicago-based marketing agency founded in 2020. With a team of more than 10 experts, they deliver SEO solutions, PPC ads, and social media marketing solutions for small businesses in the industries of legal services, e-commerce, and health care.
     

    Clients
    Abramovitch Blalock & McKinnon LLC
    Industries
    Notable Project

    KAT provided web dev and marketing services for a law firm. The firm needed a website and accompanying online marketing for it to increase their presence. KAT helped the firm gain many more inquiries than they’ve gotten before in years.

    “They are easy to work with and we’ve been very pleased. They send us monthly reports and are very detailed in their work. “ - Partner, Law Firm
     

  • 12
    $1,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Located in Chicago, Ill., Marcel Digital is a digital marketing and web development agency that has been assisting clients since 2003. Their team of 30 specialize in SEO, web development, and PPC.Marcel Digital's efforts resulted in measurable growth, including increased online orders, contact form submissions, and newsletter signups. 

    Clients
    Herbalife
    Johns Hopkins Medical Center
    Lennox
    HUB International
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A clothing manufacturer hired Marcel Digital with the goal of increasing organic traffic to their website. improved the SEO for a clothing manufacturer based in Milwaukee. The agency audited their website to help them find ways to increase their traffic.

    "They [Marcel Digital] are well versed in weekly changes with Google, which I think provides a great advantage." - Director of Digital and Web, Clothing Manufacturer and Marketer

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

    Founded in 2006, Logical Media Group is a full-service digital marketing agency crafting digital experiences for people and companies to transact, connect, and explore. The Chicago-based team, whose original core competency was in generating qualified website traffic through search engine marketing, with a specialization in PPC and SEO, now has specific teams tailored towards other online channels such as Amazon Advertising, social media marketing, email marketing, display advertising, and conversion rate optimization.

    Clients
    Fresh Wave
    Gobi Heat
    Protein2o
    Zadro
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A privately-held group of consumer, commercial, and industrial brands needed comprehensive digital marketing services, including paid search, paid social, SEO, Amazon Advertising, email production, and some design services for their four very different brands. Logical Media Group significantly grew the client's performance in each channel, especially through their SEO and Amazon Advertising initiatives. 

    "We've had remarkable success growing our performance on each channel, but especially through SEO and Amazon ads. Amazon has become a whole new business unit for our company, with paid advertising managed by Logical a big contributor to that growth." – Marketing Manager, Privately Held Brands Group

  • 14
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Naperville IL

    Youtech & Associates is an Illinois-based digital marketing and development agency founded in 2002. The approximately 40-member team specializes in web design, digital strategy, software development, and advertising. 

    Clients
    Village of Lyons
    Hundman Wealth
    Phantom Weights
    Dressander
    Notable Project

    A health insurance company hired Youtech & Associates to build and host their websites and to facilitate the creation of its new website after it renamed the company. Youtech & Associates also helped the company with SEO. The client has experienced increases in their site traffic and its domain authority since Youtech & Associates worked with the website's layout and design.

    "They are excellent. Youtech has been good at communicating with us consistently each week. This keeps us on track as far as a schedule goes. They make sure we’re getting things done when they need to be finished." – Manager, Health Insurance Company

  • 15
    $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
    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

  • 16
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Digital marketing agency Lever Interactive is based in Lisle, Ill. Since 2006, their team of 29 specializes in SEO, PPC, social media marketing, digital strategy, and mobile app marketing. Lever Interactive works with different clients in various industries such as retail, education, and consumer products. 

    Clients
    Home Depot
    Toro
    Chevrolet
    Northwestern College
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Lever Interactive handles all the marketing for an airport parking service. Their work includes SEO, PPC, updating their website's user experience and running social media. As a result of their work, online bookings have increased. The client prides Lever Interactive on their professionalism and responsiveness. 

    "We’ve seen an increase in online bookings. Our overall experience has been positive and we’re going to continue using their services."- Marketing Officer, Airport Parking Service

  • 17
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Accelerated Digital Media is a Chicago-based marketing firm founded in 2017 with fewer than 10 experts. They specialize in digital strategy, social media marketing, and SEO solutions for small and mid-market firms in the fields of e-commerce, consumer products, and more.

    Clients
    Nurx
    AutoAnything
    CarCoverUSA
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Accelerated Digital Media ran Google Ad campaigns for a global wireless company. The company needed a partner that could market their business in an effort to scale it. Accelerated Digital Media helped increase the company’s conversion rate by 15%.

    “I never felt like I was one of 100 clients, the emails and meetings were all on time.” - Director of Global Marketing & E-Commerce, Global Wireless Company

  • 18
    $1,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Zen Anchor Digital is an SEO, SMM, and PPC agency based in Chicago. Founded in 2013, their team of around three employees specializes in serving health, education, and insurance companies.

    Clients
    Aligned Modern Health
    Metis
    Integrative Nutrition
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Since 2013, the team has been handling Google Ads, Facebook advertising, and lead nurturing campaigns fora marketing agency. Their effective project management and expertise have yielded impressive cost-per-lead and quality lead volume throughout.

  • 19
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    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.

    Clients
    ExecTable
    Chicago Food Festival
    Industries
    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

  • 20
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    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.

    Clients
    Dell
    Discover Financial Services
    The University of Chicago
    Level Office
    Industries
    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

  • 21
    $50,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Simple Machines Marketing is a Chicago-based marketing company founded in 2012. Their 9-person team offers services in digital strategy, marketing strategy, content marketing, and more.
     

    Clients
    ACOEP
    BFC
    United Methodist Healthcare Recruitment
    AAA Pool Service
    Notable Project

    Simple Machines developed a marketing strategy for a printing company. They researched suitable keywords, improved the effectiveness of email blasts and Google, and redesigned the client’s website. The client appreciates the increased website traffic and positive feedback as a result of the company’s work.

    “I thought they did a great job. I worked with 4 to 5 different people from their team who were extremely responsive.” – Business Manager, Printing Company 
     

  • 22
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    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.

    Clients
    State and Lake Chicago Tavern
    Windstar Media
    Runn Chicago
    Accident Treatment Centers
    Industries
    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

  • 23
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Ice Nine Online is a Chicago-based digital marketing agency that specializes in web design, PPC and SEO. Founded in 2014, Ice Nine Online offers a suite of research, marketing, and branding services as well as digital marketing training.  A team of fewer than 9 employees, Ice Nine Online works primarily with small and mid-size companies.

    Clients
    The Great Escape
    Bang & Olufsen
    Morgan Birge & Associates
    Gibraltar Business Capital
    Notable Project

    Ice Nine Online helped a small business finance company engage more customers and improve brand awareness by setting up direct digital marketing strategies that included paid Google search campaigns, PPC and SEO. As a result of its partnership with Ice Nine Online, the finance company's new customer acquisition increased by 50% within the first 6 months. 

    "The work is excellent and has already helped our company grow." - VP, Small Business Finance Company 

  • 24
    $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
    Yum! Brands
    Potbelly
    Famous Dave's
    Apollo Education Group
    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

  • 25
    $25,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Ethervision is a Chicago-based mobile app boutique. A handful of their projects were App Store originals back in 2008, and they have developed 180+ apps since. The company has 4 employees, and they focus on mobile app development, UX/UI design, and wearable app development.

    Clients
    AON
    Pacific Life
    Chicago Tribune
    Whirlpool
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Ethervision created an app for a safety consulting company that tests products for safety standards. They created apps for both iOS and Android. They also created the illustrations that demonstrated the safety requirements and standards.

    “Ethervision was quick to respond. They had specific personnel for specific jobs. It made it easy to know who things should go to.” – Project Manager, Safety Consulting Company

  • 26
    $1,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL
    Pay per click company Digital Marketing Folks LLC was founded in 2017. They are headquartered in Reston, Virginia and have a small team. Digital Marketing Folks LLC specializes in pay per click, search engine optimization, social media marketing, web design, and more.
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Digital Marketing Folks LLC is providing digital marketing services for a chiropractor clinic. The team conducts SEO optimization and web design to increase leads and ultimately to increase revenue. 

    "We have doubled our collections in the past 4 months we’ve worked with the team."

  • 27
    $25,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Chicago based advertising agency, Yakkety Yak has a team of 14 that produces content marketing, web design, digital strategy, SEO, PPC, and social media marketing strategies for mid market and enterprise clients. They typically partner with businesses in the health care, business services, and non-profit industries. 

    Clients
    American Migraine Foundation
    World Federation of Neurology
    Global Patient Advocacy Coalition
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Yakkety Yak partnered with a non-profit organization to run a national campaign and manage the client’s digital presence. They provided content for all marketing initiatives, preformed A/B testing on advertisements, and executed the campaign. The project was successful and the client is now receiving over 600,000 hits monthly. 

    “I thoroughly enjoyed working with the entire Yakkety Yak team. They deliver on time, under budget and as promised. Their level of professionalism made the entire project a very pleasant experience.” –– CEO, Public Relations Firm

  • 28
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Fresh Design Studio is based in Chicago and was founded in 2009. The digital agency and its team of 14 are experts in web design and development, SEO, e-commerce development, and PPC. Fresh Design Studio works in various industries such as real estate, financial services, and consumer products. 

    Clients
    Hyatt Place Hotel
    The University of Illinois
    Floating World Gallery
    Nerd Coach
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Fresh Design Studio redesigned a website and helped create a brand identity for a men's lifestyle brand. The digital branding was done through social media. The work has received positive feedback and the client prides Fresh Design Studio on their open communication.

    "We had a different design direction in the beginning but switched halfway through. Even with such an abrupt change, Fresh Design was still able to deliver within the timeline. I don’t know if anyone else could’ve done it that quickly."- Creative Director, Men's Lifestyle Brand

  • 29
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    1o8 is a digital agency founded in Chicago in 2018. The team of 8 focuses on social media, SEO, and digital strategy for their midmarket consumer products clients. 

    Clients
    Sweet Leaf Tea
    Vetnique Labs
    NewGround
    Ohi Food Co
    Industries
    Notable Project

    1o8 designed a search engine marketing program for a public record software company. They helped the client transition from relying on leads from paid leads to organic content. They also optimized the client's content strategy for SEO. The client experienced growth in keyword rankings and domain authority as a result of the campaign. 

    "It was highly detailed, very well-thought-out, and both teams were highly engaged throughout." – Senior Marketing Manager, Public Record Software Company

  • 30
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Digital Destination is a full-service internet market agency based in Chicago. The agency, founded in 2015, is a team of less than ten that provides advertising, social media marketing, SEO, PPC, and web design services to various companies.

    Industries
    Notable Project

    Digital Destination was hired by a Services Company to grow the Company's customer base by providing PPC on Google, Yahoo, and Bing. Digital Destination was able to grow the customer base through its effective workflow. 

    "Very effective." - Marketing, Services Company

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