We know by now that a strong social media presence is paramount to a brand’s success. In fact, 2017 was the first year that digital media spending was greater than the amount spent on traditional, in-print advertising. In other words, this trend is only projected to continue. It’s never been more crucial to have an authentic, informative social media presence. This will build relationships with your customers and showcase your brand’s values and goals.
But is hiring a social media agency worth your money? It may be one of the most valuable investments you can make for your brand. Whether you operate a food & beverage brand, or a fashion, lifestyle or a small photography or modeling business, having a strong social media presence is purely beneficial.
A social media agency will not just take pretty pictures and write witty captions for you. They help you optimize SEO and SEM. They know the best practices for mitigating any conflict with unsatisfied customers who have taken to social media. Additionally, they will create engaging content unique to your brand’s story. Above all, they will track and document all analytics so you can rest assured that you are getting a favorable ROI. In other words, a social media agency will be well-connected with influencers and will use its connections to help your brand organically grow.
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite social media agencies in LA, San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, Portland, Seattle, and Austin. Read on the find the right social media agency for you and your brand.
The Rosewood Creative team of strategists, content managers, copywriters, and consumer responders produce relevant, emotionally-engaging content that connects directly with your target audiences. This LA-based social media agency handles social media management, content production, and influencer marketing. So, you can spend more time growing your business and focusing directly on your clients.
Rosewood Social Media Agency has worked with an impressive, eclectic group of clients. These clients include Lady Gaga, Lululemon, Maroon 5, Gap, and Toyota. Rosewood has a thorough understanding of how to cultivate a brand’s unique voice. They engage with customers through compelling storytelling and striking visuals.
Address: 515 S. Flower Street, 18th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Social Control is counted among Los Angeles’ premier boutique social media agencies. Social Control has a nuanced understanding of all social media platforms and creates content that will be engaging and high-performing on each specific platform. Put simply; they develop social media campaigns which “connect brands with consumers.” Social Content handles all aspect of social media, including social media promotions which “incentivize consumers to become loyal advocates of your brand,” social media advertising, and analytics, which accurately measure the success of your social media campaigns and give you insight into areas where you can improve.
Social Control’s expansive client list includes Google, Conde Nast, The Washington Post, Honda, and Target.
5405 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 324
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Dapper Goat is a successful social media agency with offices in Los Angeles and Austin. Their 4-part strategy consists of first acquiring a deep understanding of their clients’ aspiration, goals, and any struggles or points of conflict you may be experiencing. Dapper Goat then spends time brainstorming ideas for the “core messaging” on which the social media campaign will hinge. Additionally, they work to create unique and engaging content that will resonate on each platform with your target audience. Finally, they closely monitor all social activity which is crucial in highlighting successes and mediating conflict.
Dapper Goat has serviced Tiffany & Co, Victoria’s Secret, Under Armour, Bonobos, Six Flags, and countless other successful, high-profile brands.
With specialists in all areas of social media including brand development, mobile, and post-production, this social media agency helps companies “efficiently and profitably navigate through the progressively complex digital world.” Their clientele is diverse and includes fortune 500 companies, fashion moguls, athletes, and non-profits. As of October 2018, this social media agency had completed 832 projects for 459 happy clients.
The Pixel team has been a phenomenal match for the Sharpe team. They understand what it takes to help a growing company succeed in digital marketing strategy. Our account manager is very communicative and always does an outstanding job ensuring we feel connected and great at understanding our concerns. The account manager is responsive and quick to turn-around issues on a weekly basis.
Our front-end developer, very intelligent, a quick problem solver and able to make artistic and technical development changes efficiently. The Pixel team as a whole is extremely creative and do stellar and professional work in producing visualizations that match the heart of our mission. Not only do they have expert knowledge in web development, social media, infographic creation, and digital analytics, but they also provide valuable brand marketing advice. These days, it’s essential to have a digital marketing partner who we feel covers all the bases, so we can focus on running the core fashion and tech business. Pixel does exactly that for us!
Address: 8605 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90069
HelpGood is a Los Angeles-based social media agency which primarily focuses on professional organizations promoting social good. They work with nonprofits, NGOs, universities, and social enterprises. They help develop digital-first marketing campaigns which help companies reach their financial and engagement goals.
Before beginning a new strategy for a brand, HelpGood conducts a full “content audit.” This means that they comb through all existing website and social content to determine what type of content is already working to connect with the target audience, and what needs to be improved or removed. Using this information, they can develop in-depth strategies for the brand content, marketing & communications, and media.
Their creative team handles all content and video productions including graphics, memes, illustrations, all accompanying copywriting, and animated videos or live streams. The work they produce is engaging, emotionally-stimulating, and has an articulated perspective aligned with the values of each brand.
Address: 901 Mission Street, Suite 105, San Francisco, CA, 94013
Wheel Media, a digital marketing and social media agency with offices in San Francisco, Charlotte, Detroit, and Sacramento. They work to help their clients gain visibility by attracting organic website traffic. To turn website visitors into customers, they use an integrated strategy which focuses on web design, logo and identity design, marketing, and social media. Wheel Media clients span many industries including (but not limited to) IT, Law, Public Sector, Financial Services, Education, and Retail.
At Wheel Media, the SEO team and the Social Media Experts work together to craft a brand narrative that feels cohesive and authentic while bringing added visibility to the brand. You can check out some great examples of their social media campaigns here.
Address: 388 Market St Suite 1300, San Francisco, CA 94111
Social Pulsar, a San Francisco-based digital marketing consulting firm, and social media agency helps businesses reach their target audiences and foster organic growth. With an office in San Francisco, India, and the United Arab Emirates, they offer a truly global perspective.
Social Pulsar understands that for a brand to be successful in 2018; they must not only stay versed in the ever-changing digital landscape. But to also stay ahead of the curve when it comes to social messaging. As quoted on their website, “our ability to help businesses re-imagine and reinvent their digital world has paved the way for us to work with some of the leading brands in the US, Europe, Middle East, and India.”
Social Pulsar works with clients in a wide array of fields, and in one case study, their client gained over 30,000 fans on Facebook and increased Instagram engagement by 189% during the span of their campaign.
Address: 456 Montgomery Street, 15th Fl San Francisco, CA 94104
Utilizing data-driven PR, influencer programs, content marketing, and their highly-skilled creative team. Shift Communications has offices in San Francisco, Austin, New York, and Boston. They have proven that they are a premier social media agency. Also, they work with startups, major events, nonprofits, and widely established brands. Lastly, they have helped Overstock, McDonald’s, Whole Foods, and Toyota (among other high-profile brands) to implement a results-driven, creative approach to social media.
Shift knows that each social platform has its own tone and target audience; what works well on Instagram, for example, may seem far too casual or even tone-deaf on LinkedIn. Above all, Shift works to answer the questions “how visual should we be?” “What’s the right mix of promotional vs. educational messages?” “What’s working on each channel?”
121 West 27th Street, Suite 1004 New York, NY 10001
Boucher and Co is a New York City digital marketing agency specializing in social media marketing, SEO, and SEM (search engine marketing). The small, experienced team at Boucher & Co prides itself on giving clients individual, personalized attention, quick implementation of strategies, and constant availability. Their team is made up of “strategic thinkers, social media masters, and skilled designers. Driven by a burning desire to deliver incredible results on every engagement. The B+C team members are trained in the principles of creativity, entrepreneurship, analytics, and strategy.”
Named in 2017 as one of the Top Digital Agencies in the United States by UpCity, B+C believes that every moment on social media is an opportunity to shape the perception of a brand. Their diverse client roster consistently enjoys a large ROI (return on investment) after partnering with Boucher and Co.
Address: 55 Water St, 5th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Laundry Service, with offices in Brooklyn, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, London, and Los Angeles goes beyond the typical digital marketing agency, and even handles talent management. They have worked with some of the most prominent brands across industries including Amazon, Nike, Beats by Dre, Adobe, and Hennessy.
Laundry Service’s recent campaign for the latest Amazon Kindle was truly a thing of beauty, showcasing the Kindle as a travel companion all over the globe. This content was featured on prominent influencer’s social accounts, on Amazon’s homepage, on billboards in Tokyo and London, and in print publications including Vanity Fair, People, and Entertainment Weekly. Laundry Service has the experience and creativity to create relevant content that reaches its target audiences.
Address: 41 East 11th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10003
New York City-based social media agency, Lounge Lizard, uses website design, brand strategy, and digital marketing to produce new leads and gain customers for their clients. Their “creative mixologists” and “brand tenders” as they’re called at Lounge Lizard. They work to create innovative, highly-functional, and aesthetically-pleasing website designs, mobile apps, and digital marketing programs. In business since 1998, Lounge Lizard has designed over “5000 award-winning web design and website development projects on budget and on time for over 1000 startups to fortune 100 companies in almost every industry you can think of.” Their clients include Motorola, Dylan’s Candy Bar, Canon, NYU, and ESPN. Perhaps most impressively, they boast a 99% client retention rate.
Address: 1108-33 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016
With nearly 20 years of experience and offices in New York, Vancouver, and Toronto, social media agency Major Tom knows that modern marketing must be humanized to connect with its target audience. Major Tom strategizes by focusing on a brand’s goals and whole-picture perspective before honing in on marketing strategies that will resonate with customers and bring the brand to life. They, “deploy the right tactics on the right channels to provide your audience with the right information at the right time.”
Their skilled creative services team comes from diverse design and art backgrounds. Each person uses their unique skills to focus on user-centric design that gets to the heart of the ways your brand is different and authentic.
“Brand Strategy at the highest level” is what sets Bright Bright Great apart from other social media agencies and digital marketing firms. Bright Bright Great, located in Chicago, follows Dieter Rams’ “10 Principles of Good Design” which is a classic design philosophy. You can read more in-depth about their philosophy, but some of its key components include the ideas that good design is innovative, makes a product useful and understandable and remains aesthetic but unobtrusive.
These guiding principles inform each step of the work done by BBG from marketing campaigns to front-end development, art direction, videography, UX design, and social media. They have worked with Cards Against Humanity, Nike, Crayola, and more, and you can check out inspiring examples of their work here.
Gossip Genie has been “granting wishes since 2010” as a premier Chicago-based social media, digital marketing, and PR firm. Before founding Gossip Genie, Jacqui Liberman was working as a Strategic Relations Manager at a digital agency when she suggested to her boss that they offer social media as a service to their clients. His quick response (which he must now be kicking himself over) was that “social media was just a fad.”
Thus Gossip Genie was born offering community management services, social media management, monitoring, creative services, blogger influencer, and outreach, PR, and live event coverage.
Gossip Genie is the agency to know about if you are a creative in Chicago looking to increase your social media footprint, gain followers and engagement, and ultimately boost sales. Their site is full of glowing testimonials. One of our faves from Ashley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council said:
Gossip Genie is a true partner that delivers both strategic guidance and thoughtful execution. The team is savvy, creative, and extremely talented. They use excellent judgment and are careful to understand our industry, the key players, and the various sensitivities and nuances. I often go online and marvel at how far we’ve come since we first retained them. We now look, communicate and engage completely differently, and much more effectively.
Address: 2423 SW 147th Ave, Miami, FL 33185
As their name may suggest, Rev Local, a social media agency with offices all over the United States. For example, their Miami office works almost exclusively with Miami clients. Also, working locally gives Rev an intimate, insider knowledge into the digital marketing strategies that work for their audiences. Above all, their social media team works to create a personalized plan that will reach more followers and generate awareness of your brand. They do the work of boosting your posts and publishing three unique posts each week with custom text and graphics that set you apart.
Address: 321 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
A top social media agency since 2012, Milli creates content, creative material, and social media strategies for top brands. Also, Milli believes that paramount to good work is curiosity, ingenuity, and inclusivity. In addition, they handle as much or as little of the social media strategy that you need including analytics, design, photography, video production and more. Additionally, they won Best Digital Marketing Agencies in Seattle by Expertise in 2017. Clients including Brew Dr. Kombucha, Amazon, and Red Bull flock to Milli for it’s fun, humorous approach to social media. Furthermore, they a Los Angeles office coming soon, expect to hear a lot more about Milli in the future.
Portland, Oregon based social media and digital marketing agency, Bonfire, helps you to build a loyal community of enthusiastic supporters. “With timely, effective content creation, distribution, and management that resonates with your core audience” Bonfire helps grow all aspects of your brand through Content Marketing, SEO/SEM, Social Media Marketing, Marketing Automation, and Data Analysis and Reporting. Their core tenets include embracing playfulness, living purposefully, taking the initiative, and doing the right thing. Additionally, they work primarily with high-profile local clients, and if you’re in Portland and hoping to grow your visibility, look no further than Bonfire Marketing. Lastly, their testimonials speak to satisfied clients and a team that truly cares. Nate Schwalbach of Northwest Self Storage wrote,
We continue to see substantial progress and excellent support from the Bonfire team. Our team couldn’t be more excited about our latest results.
Address: 696 Somerset Terrace Ne, Unit A, Atlanta, Ga, 30306
Imagine Media Consulting, an Atlanta-based full-service social media agency, knows that your digital presence is a reflection of your business values. Also, if you use custom, authentic content to connect with our customers, you will see an increase in traffic, brand recognition, and eventually, sales. Additionally, Imagine Media works primarily with the food and beverage, lifestyle, and professional service industries. Above all, not only do they offer full creative services if you are just dipping your toes in the social media agency pond. They will also come to your offices for corporate training which includes a social media and audit and tools for you to build your online presence personally.
Address: 421 E Sixth Street, Suite A, Austin, TX, 78701
Social Distillery, an Austin, Texas social media agency is driven by the “passion for helping businesses find success by distilling their online messaging into the purest and most relevant form of marketing.” The focus on each unique businesses why-why are you in business, why should consumers want to connect with you, specifically. As Austin’s premier “social first” agency, they believe that social media should be intentional, bold, and innovative. They aim to provide solutions to any challenge facing a business by implementing their “unique, data-driven process” that get people talking. They handle all facets of social media marketing including, B2B and B2C on a local and national scale.