Washington DC is obviously known for its politics, with about 35% of residents working for the federal government. When they’re not keeping our nation running or vying for statehood, they’re still advertisers looking for agencies to help market and sell their services. While Washington DC ad agencies are often pigeonholed as political marketers, advertising doesn’t stop in years without national elections.
Only making up 61 sq. miles, about 20% the size of NYC, DC is still the 20th largest US city by population. Yet, we often overlook our nation’s capital as one of the nation’s largest business hubs. However, it should come as no surprise that the city boasts a large community of tech companies and startups. DC’s assortment of headquarters primarily focuses on growing sectors like fintech, edtech, and healthtech.
In fact, the city hosts satellite offices of tech giants Snapchat, Google, and Twitter, solidifying its status as a crossroad of global commerce. DC is more than just politics and its largest companies include:
- Danaher Corporation
- Fannie Mae
- FTI Consulting
- Lockheed Martin
- Capital One
- Hogan Lovells
- Marriott International
With heavy-hitters across finance, hospitality, and transportation, it’s no wonder there are also hundreds of advertising agencies within the city limits. Whether you require help with web design, advertising, branding, or public relations, search no further than Washington DC.
This list details 15 Washington DC ad agencies with a client media spend of at least $100K.
|Holding Company||Agency||Description||Client Industries||Year Founded|
|APCO Worldwide||PR; Full service||Auto manufacturers||1984|
|Culture ONE World||Multicultural||Travel||2011|
|Design Army LLC||Full service||Non-profits, education||2003|
|Edelman||PR; Full service||Non-profits, food and beverage, software||1968|
|Elevation, Ltd||Full service||Auto manufacturers, movies, consulting||2003|
|Exactly Agency||Full service; Digital||Cultural institutions, technology, social media||2018|
|kglobal||Full service; Communications||Non-profits||2010|
|Interpublic Group||Powell Tate||PR; Public affairs||Non-profits, packaged foods, restaurants||1998|
|Pulsar Advertising||Integrated||Mass transit authorities||1992|
|Qorvis Communications, LLC||PR||Non-profits, auto care, state lotteries||2000|
|Strauss Media Strategies, Inc.||Media||Non-profits||1996|
|Witeck Communications||PR; Full service||Mass retailers, airlines||1993|
|WPP||Wunderman Thompson||Full service; Integrated||Brokerage, investment services, pharmaceuticals||1958|