The Best Marketing Agencies for Startups

The Best Marketing Agencies for Startups
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The Best Marketing Agencies for Startups

If you’re reading this post, it is likely because you need customers for your startup and you’re looking for the best marketing agency to help out.

It can be hard to choose the right marketing agency for your startup. Trust me, I know because I’ve been in your shoes as a startup founder.

Your startup marketing budget is limited.

This is true for both startups that are bootstrapped and startups that have venture funding.

How can you make sure you are spending your marketing dollars with an agency that will get you RESULTS?

How to choose the best marketing agency for your startup

  1. Know exactly what you’re looking for. Most agencies have a handful of marketing tactics that they specialize in, like Facebook ads or SEO. Take the time to figure out exactly which tactics are the “lowest hanging fruit” for your business and will be most likely to get you customers. You can do this with a formula called Weighted Growth Hacking — I’ll show you exactly how to do it in my free Growth Webinar. Check it out here.
  2. Don’t get lost in a sea of options on the internet. The truth is, there are only handful of marketing agencies that do an outstanding job for startups.
  3. Find an agency with previous clients in your space. When it comes to startup agencies it can be hard to get an idea of their previous success and whether or not you will see a return on your investment. If they have experience within your industry, this increases the odds that they have already acquired some learnings that will make them more successful.
  4. Work with an agency who comes recommended. I get dozens of emails every day from founders, marketers and entrepreneurs looking for the perfect agency to hire for their business. Usually I send them recommendations from my personal rolodex, but I’ve decided, for the first time, to make these recommendations public. Email me if you want a personalized recommendation based on your needs: [email protected]

I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside some of the best startup marketers on the planet, and so I put together this list of the best marketing agencies for startups.

How I selected the best marketing agencies for startups

The Best Marketing Agencies for Startups
  • Each of the following agencies is run by an actual marketing rock star. The best of the best in the industry.
  • I know each of the founders personally and have worked with many of them first-hand.
  • They are people who I’ve learned a great deal from, gone to for advice and I trust are the best in their field.

Below I outline each startup marketing agency in no particular order, who runs it, and outline a bit of their expertise.

 

The Best Marketing Agencies For Startups

 

Demand Curve

Demand Curve

Location: San Francisco

Who runs the show: Asher King Abramson

How we met: I hosted Asher for a fireside chat where he shared his data-driven marketing tactics with over 120 marketers here in San Francisco.

The Best Marketing Agencies for Startups

What I learned from him: How to leverage data-driven marketing and how to make viral Facebook ads

Related blog post: How to Create The Perfect Marketing Dashboard

Their expertise: B2C eCommerce, especially within the food industry, childrens products and iOS mobile apps.

Link to site: https://www.demandcurve.com/

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Effin Amazing

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Location: Florida

Who runs the show: Dan McGaw

How we met: We were both speakers and moderators at Growth Marketing Conference in San Francisco in 2017.

The Best Marketing Agencies for Startups

What I learned from him: Customer Journey Automation

Related blog post: How to Become a Data Driven Marketing Master

Their expertise: Setting up marketing technology and working with brands within the travel/leisure/hospitality space, online education and ecommerce.

Minimum requirement: $2,500+ in monthly marketing technology spend

Link to site: effinamazing.com

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BAMF

Location: Los Angeles

Who runs the show: Houston Golden

How we met: I used to attend Houston’s BAMF events here in San Francisco. When he moved down to LA to start his agency, he crowned me as the San Francisco President of the 20,000+ member organization. He took me behind the scenes of what it takes to build a community and host events. I even interviewed him for a fireside chat as you can see below…

The Best Marketing Agencies for Startups

What I learned from them: How to growth hack Quora and How to Host Events

Related blog posts:

  1. BAMF published two books featuring my Secret Growth Hack to Affiliate Marketing
  2. My 36 Step Event Planning Guide
  3. How to Get Customers When You Have No Money

Their expertise: B2B Growth Hacking, Linkedin, Personal branding

Link to site:

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I’m happy to make a personal recommendation for you, based on your business goals. Please fill out this form here and I will reply within 48 hours with my thoughts and recommendation.


 

WebProfits

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Location: Austin

Who runs the show: Sujan Patel

What I learned from him: Content, SEO, Product.

Related blog post:

How we met: Sujan and I were seated next to each other at the Speaker Dinner for Growth Marketing Conference in 2017 and I was blown away by his experience with building agencies and products. He also loves to skydive, so there’s that…

The Best Marketing Agencies for Startups

Link to site: https://www.webprofits.agency/

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Mixergy

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Location: San Francisco

Who runs the show: Andrew Warner

What I learned from them: How to build chatbots

Related blog post: How to Build a Chatbot

How we met: I hosted Andrew for a fireside chat where he shared his chatbot marketing expertise with a group of nearly 100 marketers here in San Francisco.

The Best Marketing Agencies for Startups

Link to site: https://mixergy.com/

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Neil Patel

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Location: Los Angeles

Who runs the show: Neil Patel

What I learned from him: How to use webinars to drive leads

Related blog post: How to sell stuff with webinars

His expertise: SEO, Paid ads and building products.

How we met: I haven’t met Neil first hand, but he has been a role model to me in the marketing space and I have had the pleasure of meeting his brother, Sujan Patel who I mentioned above.

The Best Marketing Agencies for Startups

Link to site: https://neilpatel.com/

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Single Grain

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Location: Los Angeles

Who runs the show: Eric Siu

What I’ve seen from him: Impressive paid ad campaigns for reputable brands

Related blog post: Will Facebook or Google Remarketing Work for My Business?

How we met: I was introduced to Eric Siu by Sujan Patel at Growth Marketing Conference. I’ve listened to Eric and Neil Patel’s growth podcast which I would recommend as well!

The Best Marketing Agencies for Startups

Link to site: https://www.singlegrain.com/

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Sure Oak

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Location: New York

Who runs the show: Tom Casano

What I learned from him: SEO best practices

Related blog post: 10 SEO Growth Hacks and Strategies to Grow Your Business

How we met: Tom interviewed me for his podcast and we had a blast discussing our favorite marketing tactics

The Best Marketing Agencies for Startups

Link to site: https://www.sureoak.com/

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En Creative Media

Location: San Francisco

Who runs the show: Nupur Singh

What I learned from her: Influencer Marketing

Her expertise: Social Media + Brand Positioning, Content strategy, Influencer marketing

How we met: I first met Nupur when she reached out to interview me for a fireside chat she was hosting for her Meetup group, Young Founders Connect. I’ve since watched her help hundreds with social media marketing and sat alongside her on various marketing panels.

The Best Marketing Agencies for Startups
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Link to site: https://www.nupursingh.com/

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