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Top 100 Search Marketing Agencies in Chicago

October 2022

Looking for a top search engine marketing consultant in Chicago?

SEM is a valuable way to promote your service and grow your business.

To assist you in your search for a partner, we’ve compiled this list of the top search marketing agencies in Chicago. 

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List of the Best Chicago Search Engine Marketing Consultants

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

    Digital Authority is a digital marketing agency. Established in 2016, the company is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Their services include SEO, PPC, Web Design, and Digital Marketing.

    Clients

    • Omron Healthcare
    • Dickson Data
    • Sanctuary Clothing
    • Geode Health

    Industries

    Notable Project

    Digital Authority Partners provided SEO services for a venture-backed technology startup. The team mapped a strategy and briefed the client about content and off-site SEO to increase traffic and inquiries. 

    "Their CEO was incredibly knowledgeable and had great ideas."

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  • 2
    • Scheduling

      4.9
    • Quality

      4.9
    • Cost

      4.7
    • NPS

      5.0
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    • $1,000+
    • 10 - 49 employees
    • Chicago, IL

    NextLeft, founded in 2016, is a digital content marketing and SEO agency. The company’s mission is to rid the world of digital clutter by creating the helpful, relevant content people are searching for online. Headquartered in sunny San Diego, NextLeft's team of 14 full-time SEO & Content Strategists amplify the world’s most loved brands.

    Clients

    • Hallmark Inc.
    • Fiskars Inc.
    • United Van Lines
    • Mayflower

    Industries

    Notable Project

    Looking to raise their Google search rankings, a senior living management company has hired NextLeft for their SEO services. The team conducts website enhancements and creates blog posts.

    "They work well with us and guide us throughout the process."

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  • 3
    • $10,000+
    • 10 - 49 employees
    • Chicago, IL

    Comrade Digital Marketing is a Chicago-based full service digital marketing agency with a staff of 20. Since 2008, Comrade Digital Marketing Agency has assisted clients with SEO, web design, and e-commerce development.

    Clients

    • eCommerce
    • law firms
    • local service providers
    • manufacturing companies

    Industries

    Notable Project

    Comrade Digital Marketing Agency has developed a website for a law firm. They write content and help with keyword research and PPC efforts for Google Ads. They also host and maintain the site.

    “They go above and beyond. I’ve been very impressed by their willingness to do whatever it takes to get things done."

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  • 4
    • Scheduling

      5.0
    • Quality

      4.9
    • Cost

      4.8
    • NPS

      4.9
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    • $5,000+
    • 50 - 249 employees
    • Chicago, IL

    JumpFly is a PPC management agency headquartered outside of Chicago in Elgin, IL. JumpFly designs, implements, and manages Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, and LinkedIn Advertising accounts for small and mid-market businesses. Founded in 1998, JumpFly now has a team of about 40 employees and over two decades of experience in the paid search industry.

    Clients

    • 1-800-Got-Junk?
    • Jura
    • NuWave
    • TY

    Industries

    Notable Project

    JumpFly managed PPC and social (Facebook and Instagram) campaigns for a leather product manufacturer. In addition to meeting KPIs, they helped achieve the desired ROAS target. 

    "They're very knowledgeable and committed to helping me succeed."

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  • 5
    • 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

    Digital Third Coast is a machinery brokerage’s digital marketing partner. They are managing the client’s SEO and PPC campaigns. They're doing keyword research, link building, and ads on Google and Bing.

    "We’re a small company that’s fighting a much bigger fish — thanks to DTC, we’re winning."

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  • 6
    • Scheduling

      4.7
    • Quality

      4.7
    • Cost

      4.6
    • NPS

      4.8
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    • $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

    • Keyence
    • Dickey's Barbeque
    • Conduent
    • Donnelly Financial Solutions

    Industries

    Notable Project

    Straight North provides SEO services to an electrical products supplier. They've analyzed competitors, identified content gaps, and done keyword research. They've revised and added site content and backlinks.

    “I went back through the original scope, and they exceeded expectations for what they promised”

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  • 7
    • 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

    • ULTA Beauty
    • Navistar
    • Stanley Steemer

    Industries

    Notable Project

    Rise Interactive manages a digital strategy that includes SEO and PPC. The team’s approach is analytics-based and aims to reduce costs for conversions. They also advise on budgets and new marketing tactics.

    "They're well-organized, responsive, and service-oriented. The team is fun to work with and communicates clearly."

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  • 8
    • Scheduling

      4.9
    • Quality

      4.9
    • Cost

      4.9
    • NPS

      5.0
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    • $1,000+
    • 2 - 9 employees
    • Chicago, IL

    120/80 is a PPC company based in Evanston, Ill. Founded in 2019, this company has two employees. Services offered by 120/80 include PPC, email marketing, and SEO for small to mid-sized companies, specifically focusing on sectors like healthcare, business services, manufacturing, and in-home services.

    Clients

    • Crescent Electric Supply Co.
    • USA Vein Clinics
    • Dental Lab Direct
    • Northwestern University

    Industries

    Notable Project

    120/80 managed an electric bike company’s Google and Facebook PPC efforts. They implemented improvements to make the campaigns more efficient. 

    "They were very knowledgeable and helpful."

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  • 9
    • $25,000+
    • 10 - 49 employees
    • Chicago, IL

    Solid Digital is a web design, development, and marketing company with offices in Portland, Ore. and Chicago. With about 30 team members, the agency has expertise in web design, branding, and custom development.

    Clients

    • Intelligent Medical Objects
    • BrandTrust
    • Therapeutic Associates
    • St Charles Trading

    Industries

    Notable Project

    Solid Digital restructured an HR SaaS company’s WordPress website to better unify their brand and reflect their new market positioning. The team redid the site’s architecture while keeping its SEO intact.

    "Everyone on their team was so sweet and nice, just willing to help us wherever they could."

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  • 10
    • Scheduling

      4.9
    • Quality

      4.6
    • Cost

      4.8
    • NPS

      5.0
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    • $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

    Industries

    Notable Project

    After a previous vendor failed to deliver, OneIMS.com redesigned a website and implemented SEO tactics. Currently, they continue to manage online marketing campaigns to improve search rankings.

    "Everyone on their team has been very professional, and I love the fact that they were straightforward with me."

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  • 11
    • Scheduling

      5.0
    • Quality

      5.0
    • Cost

      4.8
    • NPS

      5.0
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    • $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.

    Industries

    Notable Project

    After letting go of a vendor that no longer supports WordPress, a real estate firm hired VisualFizz to develop their website. The client wanted to revamp the Member Search feature on their platform.

    "We had a very small budget but they have been willing to work within the parameters we have requested."

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  • 12
    • 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

    • Entrust
    • Paylocity
    • Hub Group
    • Ensono

    Industries

    Notable Project

    Walker Sands overhauled an existing website, updating the content and moving it to a WordPress platform. They also provide ongoing SEO support and strategy. 

    "The ultimate value of working with them is that they are a trusted advisor for me."

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  • 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

    • Vienna Beef
    • Fresh Wave
    • Learning Resources
    • Protein2o

    Industries

    Notable Project

    Logical Media Group provided SEO and digital marketing campaigns. This included paid search ads with Google, Bing, Facebook, and Instagram. They also worked with performance reporting. 

    "They should be proud in how hard they work to meet our demands."

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  • 14
    • $5,000+
    • 10 - 49 employees
    • Chicago, IL

    Content marketing company Pilot Digital Marketing was established in 2009. The small Chicago, Illinois-based team specializes in content marketing, conversion optimization, pay per click, search engine optimization, and more.

    Industries

    Notable Project

    Pilot Digital Marketing has redesigned a website to boost overall functionality and design, with the primary new feature being online quizzes about safety and security. 

    "They are trustworthy, work hard, know their stuff, and are good people.

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  • 15
    • Scheduling

      4.9
    • Quality

      4.9
    • Cost

      5.0
    • NPS

      5.0
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    • $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

    • O-Cedar
    • Sweet Leaf Tea
    • Undone Beauty
    • Daily Crunch Snacks

    Industries

    Notable Project

    A packaged goods company hired 1o8 to develop their brand identity and positioning. They're tasked with creating tag lines, performing data and market research, and designing the client's packaging.

    "I really appreciate how hands-on and creative they are."

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  • 16
    • Scheduling

      4.9
    • Quality

      4.9
    • Cost

      4.7
    • NPS

      5.0
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    • $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.

    Industries

    Notable Project

    Arcalea provides marketing services. They first analyzed the company's performance in comparison to its competitors. They now do keyword research and help the client with their PPC campaigns on Google Ads.

    "Arcalea is very good at what they do."

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  • 17
    • $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.

    Industries

    Notable Project

    BFO provided SEO management and digital marketing. Their team also worked on PPC, organic marketing, and paid advertising. The work was done for an online education company. 

    "The subject matter expertise was impressive."

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  • 18
    • Scheduling

      4.8
    • Quality

      4.8
    • Cost

      4.8
    • NPS

      5.0
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    • $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

    3Q provided paid search marketing for a large department store chain selling home goods and apparel. They also developed a social strategy for the brand.

    "I’m most impressed with 3Q Digital's knowledge of all the advanced and best tactics, features, and betas."

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  • 19
    • Scheduling

      5.0
    • Quality

      5.0
    • Cost

      5.0
    • NPS

      5.0
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    • $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 developed a new website for a law firm. They also run digital marketing efforts including SEO and PPC campaigns focused on keyword research and paid advertising. 

    "Their passion for their work and determination to see results means they give their all to each client."

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  • 20
    • Scheduling

      4.9
    • Quality

      4.9
    • Cost

      4.9
    • NPS

      4.9
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    • $1,000+
    • 2 - 9 employees
    • Elmhurst, IL

    CyberOptik, a web design agency, was established in 2002. Their small team is based in Elmhurst, Illinois. The company specializes in web design, web development, and ux/ui design.

    Industries

    Notable Project

    CyberOptik created a new WordPress website for a renewable energy consulting firm.After building the website, the team facilitated training sessions to help the client make website modifications independently. 

    "They provide professional services and a great product at lower-than-expected prices."

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  • 21
    • $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

    • CVS
    • 2XL Corporation
    • Cars.com
    • Jackson Dearborn Partners

    Notable Project

    Ice Nine Online revamped organic and paid search strategies. They integrated the site with WooCommerce. The team solves issues with Google Analytics and Ads accounts. They direct SEO, SMM, and PPC efforts.

    "Their Google Ads, SEO, and SEM efforts have done exceptionally well."

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  • 22
    • $10,000+
    • 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.
     

    Industries

    Notable Project

    Simple Machines Marketing helps a nonprofit with its rebranding and marketing efforts. The team has also provided web development by integrating Google Analytics and eTapestry into the client's website.

    "Simple Machines Marketing has just been a great partner overall."

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  • 23
    • Scheduling

      4.6
    • Quality

      4.8
    • Cost

      4.4
    • NPS

      5.0
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    • $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 turned a paper-based process for filing claims into an efficient mobile app. They’ve provided backend dev, training, launch assistance, and designs, and have an ongoing monthly maintenance contract.

    "They were helpful when there were glitches in registering the app and in dealing with legal and trademark issues."

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  • 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

    • OWC
    • SkyRoad
    • Kroeschell
    • The John Buck Company

    Notable Project

    SoMe Connect assisted a digital agency in providing PPC advertising services. They focused on ad copy and improving conversion by increasing leads and decreasing cost-per-acquisition.

    "They’re actually nice, fun people to work with, which can be pretty hard to find."

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  • 25
    • $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 at Urbana-Champaign
    • Floating World Gallery
    • WSKG Radio

    Industries

    Notable Project

    Fresh Design Studio overhauled a previous website, creating a new, engaging site with a professional flair.

    “I appreciated that they moved fast and had a great attention for design.”

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  • 26
    • Scheduling

      5.0
    • Quality

      4.7
    • Cost

      4.8
    • NPS

      5.0
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    • $5,000+
    • 2 - 9 employees
    • Chicago, IL

    Matchnode is a Chicago-based digital marketing firm of 3 employees. Since 2013, they have specialized in advertising, digital strategy, and conversion optimization. They serve small and midmarket businesses in the education, financial, retail, and consumer products industries.

    Clients

    • - New Balance Chicago
    • - Indiana University
    • - Byline Bank
    • - RAB

    Industries

    Notable Project

    As part of a bigger project to develop a sustainable market plan, Matchnode worked specifically on digital media marketing, mainly Facebook. Their work resulted in a decreased cost per lead.

    They hit every deadline I gave them and never had any issues.”

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  • 27
    • $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
    • Bulletproof Training Institute

    Industries

    Notable Project

    Zen Anchor Digital spearheaded a paid advertising campaign over Google and Facebook for a marketing agency. They also fronted a lead nurturing campaign for customers not currently ready to invest.

    "At all times, I'm confident that they're making the best decisions for the company."

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  • 28
    • $5,000+
    • 10 - 49 employees
    • Oak Brook, IL

    Verve Marketing Group is a Chicago-based web design agency, providing creative solutions that make a positive impact on clients in the education, publishing, software, and manufacturing industries since 2008. Although they specialize in web design, the team of 14 is excellent in several other areas, including branding, SEO, digital strategy, print design, and content marketing. 

    Clients

    • HarperCollins
    • Particle Technology Labs
    • New International Version
    • Cornerstone Children's Learning Center

    Industries

    Notable Project

    Verve Marketing Group delivered a new website and logo to enhance a research firm’s brand. They also performed promotional services including business card production and email marketing.

    "They gave me a sense that they were listening to me, and that’s really important." 

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  • 29
    • $1,000+
    • 10 - 49 employees
    • Chicago, IL

    Chicago Tech SOlution is a small Chicago, Illinois-based digital strategy company. Their services include digital strategy, social media marketing, content marketing, email marketing, and more.

    Notable Project

    Chicago Tech Solution provides marketing and branding services for a title and registration company. They run ads on Facebook and Instagram. The team has also helped with Google keywords and content creation.

    “The team always discusses things with me and has brilliant ideas.”

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  • 30
    • $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

    • John Hopkins Medicine
    • Lennox
    • Rush University Medical Center
    • Herbalife

    Industries

    Notable Project

    Marcel Digital provides SEO for a brokerage firm to increase Internet presence and raise Google ranking by both paid and organic optimization. The team also works on remarketing and social media marketing.

    "They’re easy to work with because you have that rapport where you feel like you can call them if there’s an issue. "

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