Last updated: May 2023
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Founded in 1986, Elevato is an industry leader in digital-first solutions. What started as a web development company, evolved into a team of digital marketing and engineering experts on a mission to create premium solutions for the client’s digital presence. Through the combination of talented individuals, abundant resources, and in-depth knowledge, we are able to handle any web-based project. From backend development to paid media ads, design, multimedia, and everything in between, Elevato excels at ALL THINGS WEB. At Elevato,…
Canal Digital Studio is a boutique Digital Marketing agency based in New York City. We alleviate the anxiety of digital growth by delivering more traffic, more conversions, better rankings and faster results. We work primarily with DTC, SaaS, Consumer Product and eCommerce brands. Our small team has previously worked at large and small agencies, corporate strategy consultancies and in-house marketing teams … we’ve worn all the hats and can attack your project from any angle. We are marketing insiders who are…
We partner with marketers to create a website and brand that will empower them to do their best work and make a big impact in their organization. Motion Tactic is a custom website design & development agency in Tempe, AZ We believe that no marketer should be held back from achieving their goals because of their website and brand so we’ve helped companies big and small transform their brand and website so that they are equipped and empowered to create…
We are a full-service ROI-led digital marketing agency with over 13 years of experience. With a strong team of over 90 people, we provide an array of digital marketing services such as Digital Marketing Strategy, B2B Lead Gen, Search Engine Optimization, UI and Design, Web and App Development, Paid Marketing, Social Media Management, Content Strategy, and Content Development. We are a strong team of digital marketers, strategists, designers and technologists with a passion to build digital experiences spanning through the…
Creative designers, seasoned developers, marketing professionals and business consultants with a mutual passion to elevate businesses in order to ultimately increase revenues.
Why Choose Today’s Local Media? We started small with a simple idea. Put customer service first and always treat local business owners with honesty. Since 2011, our team has helped hundreds of clients across America grow their business. Today’s Local Media is a digital marketing agency serving customers nationwide. Our mission is to drive new leads to small & medium sized businesses, but over time we have grown to serve larger companies too. If you own or work for a small…
Search Nurture is a full-stack digital marketing agency offering expertise across all digital channels, including organic search, content development, paid search, and social ads, as well as retail marketing with various prominent retailers, including Amazon, Walmart, and Instacart. We specialize in driving growth for B2B SaaS and eCommerce companies. This sub-specialization allows us to offer marketing services hand-tailored to meet the specific needs of these industries rather than a more generic paint-by-numbers approach. This means your marketing dollars go further,…
We’re an SEO agency for SaaS (software as a service) companies with over 12 years of experience helping companies and tech startups succeed with Search Engine Optimization. Our ethos is based around being simple and effective. We take the 80/20 approach to everything we do, focusing our efforts first on the 20% of optimization that will yield 80% of your results. We live by our integrity, which is regrettably hard to come by in this industry. We provide SEO for…
Organic Media Group is a content focused SEO and link building agency based out of San Diego, California. Our goal is to generate organic traffic growth that results in an ROI as quickly as possible. We achieve this through a combination of technical on-site SEO fixes, link building, and new content for your site. We have experience across all niches and have worked with large brands like State Farm Insurance and Reuters, as well as small local businesses. We are…
At Weeping Willow Creations we believe in the fundamental art of storytelling and how stories connect us as humans. Every brand, every company and every business has a story to tell. We work with you to capture that story and connect with your customers and clients. We believe that your branding does not only have to be beautiful but that through connecting to the heart of your company and brand, we can open up a world of possibilities. Upon starting…
SEOteric is a search-first digital marketing agency that evolved from our roots as an SEO firm. Founded in 2009, we specialize in creating marketing strategies for businesses to engage with customers by leveraging SEO, PPC advertising, social media, email, and websites. Our team has two main divisions of Marketing Operations and Website Operations. Our Marketing Operations team manages the digital marketing strategies for our clients and the Website Operations team handles website design, development, hosting, and technical support. Each client…
Zyne Ventures is a full suite technology and digital service provider. We work with companies to solve their unique challenges. Our customized solutions help our clients to lead their industry in innovation, increased operational efficiency, reduced cost and surpass the competitions. From platform development to digital concept creation and from security to cloud operations, we specialize in whatever our clients’ demands. Our team has ample background and expertise in technology, digital marketing, website and application development, UI/UX and graphic designing…
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All Startup Digital Marketing Companies on Credo have passed our initial three step and 28-point vetting process before joining, and are continuously vetted via client feedback. When you speak with the Startup Digital Marketing Companies in our network, you can trust they're the best we can find.
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Prioritize agencies who have experience with the channel or channels you need help with. If you have multiple needs, we recommend prioritizing a full service firm who can do all channels as opposed to hiring individual agencies or contractors for each channel. This will reduce the number of providers you have to contact as well as the management overhead once they are hired.
Note - at Credo we match you with providers from our network who both fit your marketing channel needs and have experience with your type of business (SaaS, Ecommerce, etc). Where possible, we also match you with providers who have experience in your industry.
We recommend speaking with multiple agencies to verify that they have the experience you require and that you like speaking with them. Culture fit between you and your agency is the unspoken factor we find that determines if an engagement will be successful. We then recommend that you conduct longer strategy sessions (about an hour) with 2-4 agencies to dive deeper on your needs with their team.
Note - Credo schedules the initial discovery calls for you with agencies from our network.
Once you’ve gone deeper with 2-4 agencies, ask for proposals that you can review that include scope, timeline, cost, and terms. We recommend that you use our Agency Reviewer resource to make it easier. Some agencies may have a separate contract with terms and conditions, which is fine.
Once you receive proposals, you can negotiate back with agencies. The most common things to negotiate back on are scope and timeline. If ideal budget is above your ability to pay, see if you can reduce the scope to get the project within budget while understanding the tradeoffs.
Finally, make a decision about who to work with and commit for a period of time that is long enough to know if you’re able to get results but not so long that it traps you into something that isn’t working. We recommend that you agree to at minimum a 3 month contract, and ideally a 6 month contract with a three month out.
Make sure healthy expectations are set and your agency fully understands your objectives. The best results are created when you have alignment with your agency around your business goals.
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A startup is designed to grow fast. You need to grow fast in order to get more funding, become profitable, hire a team, and more. All of these startup marketing companies, both agencies and consultants, work with startups to grow through digital marketing.
Startups are also very hard because you have to grow within constraints. You might not have a huge marketing budget, and you’re trying to make do with what you have and to grow from there.
To do this, you must be very strategic with your marketing and your budget. Start with an audit and strategy so that you know which direction to run in, then decide how to best get that done.
Many people think that consultants or freelancers are cheaper than an agency. According to our research, this is usually not the case.
You should hire, or consider hiring, a consultant if you need strategy done on one specific area of your marketing. Most consultants are not experts across all of the channels and often do not have the bandwidth or expertise to operate many of your channels for you, if any at all.
You should hire an agency if you need more hands on deck. They can work with you on your strategy and then also execute on it for you. Execution carries its own costs above the strategy, but you are getting the work done as opposed to simply the strategy and then being relied on to do it yourself.