Laurels
Best Advertising
Agencies in San
Francisco
2017

Why These Advertising Agencies?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored advertising agencies on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best advertising agencies in San Francisco, CA.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Agency PJA

Agency PJA, which has an office in Boston as well as one in San Francisco, is an advertising agency that has worked with companies from all over the U.S. These include Total Wireless, neat, Brother, RedHat, StraightTalk Wireless, Total Wireless, Genzyme, and Honeywell. Staff members focus on marketing to people who carefully research brands before choosing them. Therefore their services are especially suitable for clients working in "high consideration" industries, including technology and healthcare.

San Francisco, CA(415) 200-0800

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Alma Ad

Alma Ad, in San Francisco, is an ad agency that opened in 1994 under the name "Del Rivero Messianu." It specializes in Spanish-language advertising. In 2007, Luis Miguel Messianu, the firm's founder, relaunched the company under its current name. Ad Alma has worked with such clients as Sprint, McDonald's, Clorox, Hidden Valley, Tobacco Free Florida, Glad, and Optimum.

San Francisco, CA(415) 732-1800

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Argonaut Inc.

Argonaut Inc. is a San Francisco Metro firm led by Chief Creative Officers Rick Condos and Hunter Hindman. Mr. Condos and Mr. Hindman formerly worked at the prominent local ad agencies Goodby, Silverstein & Partners and Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam, where they collaborated to produce marketing campaigns for Hewlett-Packard, Frito-Lay, Coca-Cola, and Nike.

San Francisco, CA(415) 633-8200

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Baker Street Advertising

Baker Street Advertising is a San Francisco ad agency that uses consumer research to produce integrated advertising. Services include media strategy, campaign testing, product development, insight development, and metric analysis. Baker Street Advertising has created well-received ad campaigns for the University of San Francisco, Sun-Maid, the San Francisco Giants, Kraft Foods, Bronco Wine Company, and local Acura and Honda car dealerships.

San Francisco, CA(415) 659-3900

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Brainblaze

Brainblaze, headquartered in San Anselmo, creates marketing campaigns for a variety of media. The team can produce work in broadcast media as well as online and in print. Their portfolio includes social media campaigns, large format advertising, USPS EDDM mailers, as well as naming start-up companies and products.

San Anselmo, CA(415) 250-3020

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Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners

Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners, sometimes nicknamed "BSSP," is an SF Bay Area advertising firm based in Sausalito. Notable clients have included NatureMade, Logan's Roadhouse, T-Mobile, Sunrun, Raise the River, Google, El Pollo Loco, HTC, Draft Kings, and Columbia. The staff is capable of producing websites, consumer experiences, TV spots, and photos.

Sausalito, CA(415) 331-6049

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Cibo

Cibo is a San Francisco advertising agency that has worked with myriad clients in the SF Bay Area and throughout the U.S., including Subaru, Commonwealth Bank, Room & Board Home Furnishings, Dolby, Google, Anki, the Shade Store, Seagate, Volcom, and Disney. The firm is focused on storytelling, creating narratives and experiences to increase brands' visibility and prestige.

San Francisco, CA(415) 233-8357

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Duncan/Channon

Duncan/Channon, headquartered in San Francisco, is the brainchild of Robert Duncan. Mr. Duncan began his career as a writer, with articles about rock and pop culture that were published in publications such as Rolling Stone, Life, and Creem. He was managing editor of the latter magazine, alongside Lester Bangs. Mr. Duncan and his team have created and implemented brand stories for StubHub, the California Tobacco Control Program, DriveTime, Kona Brewing, and John Muir Health.

San Francisco, CA(415) 306-9200

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Gauger + Associates

Gauger + Associates is a San Francisco Metro marketing and communications firm that has worked with food and beverage companies as well as solar energy providers, nonprofit organizations, fashion companies, and pharmaceutical corporations, among others. They can handle television and radio advertising as well as guerilla marketing.

San Francisco, CA(415) 434-0303

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Giant Creative Strategy

Giant Creative Strategy, in San Francisco, is an advertising and marketing firm that works with healthcare companies, producing pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotech marketing campaigns. Since its inception, Giant Creative Strategy has worked with notable clients such as Abbott, Amgen, Baxalta, Boston Scientific, Genentech, Neutrogena, St. Jude Medical, and Juno Therapeutics.

San Francisco, CA(415) 655-5200

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Gumas

Gumas, based in San Francisco, is a marketing agency that creates integrated branding, advertising, and digital marketing campaigns. The team specializes in helping clients take on more prominent competitors with more resources. Gumas was named as one of the Bay Area's Top Advertising Agency and won the Ebbies Best Small Business Award. It is accredited by the Agency Management Institute.

San Francisco, CA(415) 621-7575

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Heat

Heat is an advertising and marketing firm in San Francisco that has partnered with Electronic Arts, Hotwire, Arlo, Dolby, La Crema, and Jackson Family Wines. The staff uses a proprietary modeling technique called the "Heat Index," as well as qualitative insights from consumer feedback, to guide its marketing campaigns. Their past work has included television and online advertising, social media campaigns, and interactive online experiences designed to generate enthusiasm among potential consumers.

San Francisco, CA(415) 477-1999

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Hub Strategy & Communication, Inc.

Hub Strategy & Communication, Inc. is a firm in San Francisco that performs marketing and advertising on behalf of U.S. companies. It has won awards from Clio Awards, Addy, GD USA, Communication Arts, the Webby Awards, the Telly Awards, and Cannes Lions, among others. Leading the staff is CEO and Creative Director D.J. O'Neil, who founded Hub Strategy & Communication, Inc. in 2002. Mr. O'Neil formerly worked as an adjunct professor of integrated marketing at the University of San Francisco.

San Francisco, CA(415) 561-4345

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JStokes

JStokes is a Walnut Creek-based marketing firm, delivering advertising and marketing solutions to companies in the Frisco Metro and beyond. Past clients include Subway, Black Bear Diner, Pizza Factory, Lilka, and Miller Starr Regalia. The agency, which was founded more than three decades ago, has extensive experience marketing consumer products, retail franchises, and real estate developments.

Walnut Creek, CA(925) 933-1624

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Manifold

San Francisco ad agency Manifold has partnered with such brands as Trulia, Polyvore, Whistle, Zynga, Target, Levi's, Nest, Microsoft, General Electric, and LinkedIn. The firm, which Ad Agency has recognized as the "Small Agency of the Year," has additional offices in Los Angeles and Portland. It was founded in 2010 by marketing professionals Sean Florio, Kelly Long, Brian Mullin, and Mike Weaver.

San Francisco, CA(415) 978-9500

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Mortar Advertising Inc.

Mortar Advertising Inc., centered in San Francisco, handles various aspects of marketing and companies in the Frisco Metro area and throughout the country. Services include audience research, brand development, direct marketing, digital marketing, and developing apps and websites. In each case, Mortar Advertising Inc. takes a "post-advertising" approach, attempting to reach out to potential customers in a meaningful, tailored way.

San Francisco, CA(415) 772-9907

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Muhtayzik Hoffer

Muhtayzik Hoffer, headquartered in San Francisco's Financial District, is an advertising agency that has worked with such prominent clients as NetFlix, SoFI, Audi, Safeway, Method, the Golden State Warriors, and Constellation Brands. The firm works in a variety of media, both traditional and digital, and has been named as an "Agency to Watch" by Advertising Age. The same publication recently named Muhtayzik Hoffer as its "Agency of the Year" among ad agencies with less than 150 people on its site.

San Francisco, CA(415) 255-6363

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Nice and Company

From its headquarters in San Francisco, Nice and Company has produced successful marketing campaigns for Allegiant, Crystal Geyser, Freebirds, Jelly Belly, Pop Secret, and the San Francisco Parks Alliance. Leading the team are brothers Tim Nice and Kelly Nice. Having founded Nice and Company in 1998, they continue to guide the team's efforts in social media, brand management, analytics, and ad production for digital and broadcast media.

San Francisco, CA(415) 344-4100

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Odysseus Arms

Odysseus Arms is a San Francisco marketing firm that has worked on behalf of Facebook, Foster Farms, YouTube, Amnesty International, Microsoft, Ouya, and Carlo Rossi, among other brands. Founders and seasoned creative professionals Libby Brockhoff and Franklin Tipton lead the agency in its narrative-focused marketing efforts. Odysseus Arms won the "Small Agency of the Year" designation from the industry publication Advertising Age.

San Francisco, CA(415) 466-8990

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The M-Line

The M-Line is a Frisco advertising, marketing, and web design firm that is perhaps best-known for designing San Francisco International Airport's website. Additional projects over the agency's 25-year history have included campaigns for Apple Computer, Pebble Beach Company, Cisco, Ford Motor Company, Robert Mondavi, the San Francisco Examiner, and the San Francisco Arts Commission.

San Francisco, CA(415) 777-4433

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