Top 40 San Francisco Ad Agencies

April 27, 2021

California’s booming Silicon Valley is home to some of the leading technology startups in the world. These rising companies are raising funds and collecting investments back to back, too. With millions of dollars to spend in their pockets, they only have one thing on their minds… growth. Luckily, there are dozens of successful San Francisco agencies nearby.

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With any business hub, especially rapidly emerging industries, comes marketing and advertising, as well. Today, startups are infamous for their “move fast and break things” mindset. With that hyper-focus on growth, there’s little time or energy left for promotion.

Engineers and salespeople are important, but if you can’t craft the right message and get in front of the right people, your business is going nowhere. That’s where the agencies come in.

Luckily, you don’t have to be a founder with a capsule wardrobe to appreciate the creativity at your disposal in the city by the bay. Whether you are a Silicon start-up or a local entrepreneur, selecting a California-based advertising agency that’s a great fit for your business can be challenging.

To find the perfect fit, we’ve uncovered 40 of San Francisco’s top marketing and advertising agencies. Utilizing our very own database to deliver you the best of the best, our list is compiled of agencies who have a client media spend of at least $1 million and have a minimum of 50 employees.

Check out the Winmo team’s picks for the top 40 San Francisco agencies below

Holding Co:Agency:Description:Client Industries:Founded:
Interpublic Group215 McCannProductionClothing and accessories, Entertainment, Packaged foods2006
Access Brand CommunicationsPRVehicles, Restaurants, Computers, Sales Automation1991
WPPAKQAInteractiveClothing and accessories, Beverages, Gambling, Fine arts1994
Argonaut, Inc.AdvertisingAutomotive, Consumer electronics, Insurance, Digital2013
Astound CommerceDigital Technology ConsultancyPharmaceuticals & OTC drugs, Cosmetics, Specialty retailers1999
WPPBlanc & OtusPR, Media RelationsSales automation, CMS, Talent management, Social media1985
Butler, Shine, Stern & PartnersAdvertisingClothing and accessories, Automotive, Beverages, Health care1993
Duncan ChannonFull-serviceGambling. Fine arts, Restaurants, Real Estate, Internet1990
DentsuDWA MediaMedia Buying & PlanningConsumer electronics, IT consulting, Retail, Collaboration1996
EdelmanPR, Full-serviceHealth care, Publishing and printed media, Ecommerce1952
Eleven, Inc.Full-serviceConsumer electronics, Tourism, Health care, Sporting goods1999
PublicisEpsilonDirect MarketingSpecialty retailers, Computers, Cloud/data integration1969
WPPEssenceDigitalMobile marketing, Optimization, Marketing analytics2005
Interpublic GroupFCB WestFull-serviceHobbies, Packaged foods, Software, Airlines, Tourism1873
PROI USFinn PartnersPRComputers, Games, Hobbies, Medical devices and equipment2011
OmnicomFleishmanHillardPR, Full-serviceNon-profits, Consumer electronics, Health care, Wireless services1946
Godfrey DadichFull-serviceInsurance, IT consulting, Customer experience, Services
OmnicomGoodby, Silverstein & PartnersFull-serviceAutomotive, Beverages, Programming, Entertainment, Publishing
WPPGrey WestFull-servicePersonal appliances, Packaged foods, Health care, Software1917
Hero DigitalDigitalBanking, IT consulting, Email marketing, Social media2014
JellyfishIntegratedShoe manufacturers2005
OmnicomKetchum WestPRPackaged foods, Pharmaceuticals, Communications1923
LiveWorldSocial Media MarketingHealth care, Hospitals, Pharmaceuticals & OTC drugs, Biotech1998
DentsumcgarrybowenGuerilla Marketing, Social MediaMusic, Restaurants, Cosmetics, Grocery stores, IT consulting1997
MekanismCreativeEntertainment, Music, Pharmaceuticals & OTC drugs, Forestry2003
MUH-TAY-ZIK / HOF-FERFull-service, IntegratedNon-profits, Automotive, Entertainment, Fine arts, Finance2010
On Board Experiential MarketingExperientialGaming systems, Hobbies, Arts & craft supplies, Software1995
OmnicomOrganic, Inc.InteractiveApparel & Accessories, Cosmetics, Real estate, Computers1993
Pereira O'DellInteractiveColleges, Hobbies, Restaurants, Internet, Travel and hospitality2008
OmnicomPHDMedia Buying & PlanningClothing and accessories, Investment services, Computers1990
PublicisPublicis.SapientInteractiveRetailers, Banking, Credit cards, Nutritional supplements1995
Interpublic GroupR/GAInteractiveCredit cards, Restaurants, Social media, Ecommerce, SEO1977
The Hoffman AgencyPR, Technology SpecialtyComputers, Health and fitness, Sports equipment, Electronics1987
The Outcast AgencyPREntertainment, Finance, Retailers, Software, Streaming media1997
PublicisTurner DuckworthFull-serviceBeverages, Non-alcoholic, Packaged foods, Food service1992
Interpublic GroupUniversal McCannFull-serviceElectronics, Investment services, Health care, Vacation planning
Venables Bell & PartnersFull-serviceProgramming, Tourism boards, Pharmaceuticals, Retail2001
OmnicomVoce CommunicationsPRComputers, IT consulting, Native and ontent advertising1999
WPPWavemakerMedia SpecialtyEnergy, Oil and gas exploration, Entertainment, Streaming2002

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