New this January: Top 20 Advertising Agencies Report

Agency Spotter has just released our January 2018 Top Advertising Agencies Report. The report features 20 exceptional ad agencies out of a pool of more than 2,300, and is ranked based on credentials, focus and expertise in advertising, verified client feedback, and project work.

Cleveland-based agency Brokaw occupies the number one spot this January. Their exceptional work for brands like Sbarro, vitaminwater, GE, and Hilton, which are – along with others – showcased on their Agency Spotter portfolio, helped them achieve their high rank.

Brokaw’s win is evidence of a growing trend: marketing in the Midwest. Co-owner Tim Brokaw lightheartedly states Cleveland is at “the center of the [advertising] universe,” and references AdAge in saying, “move over 72andSunny… here comes 26andOvercast.”

Here’s the top ten:

Top Advertising Agencies For January 2018

Rank / Agency Name
1. Brokaw
2. Preston Kelly
3. Traction
4. Mitchell Palmer
5. Smith Brothers Agency
8. Smarthinking
9. Ruckus
10. Sagon Phior

To see the rest of the Top 20 Advertising Agencies, check out the full report.

Some Insight

  • 70% of the 20 agencies listed have fewer than 50 employees
  • 25% of the agencies are women-owned
  • They come from 15 cities
  • 15% are located in the Midwest
  • Only 2 are headquartered in New York
  • The average number of projects listed on their portfolios is 6


Congratulations to our top 20!

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Paul Weston