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97DW included in Agency Spotter Top Branding Agencies Report

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The Top 20 Branding Agencies Report evaluates more than 2,000 branding agencies and design firms based on their credentials, focus and expertise in branding, client feedback, and project work. This report takes a broad look at branding agencies who specialize in branding, brand identity, naming, and brand standards.


Agency Spotter publishes the Top Branding Agencies Quarterly Report that ranks more than 2,000 branding agencies based on their competitive portfolio, agency work and client reviews.

In the new edition of the Top Branding Agencies Report, 11 agencies made the report for the first time with six new agencies cracking the top 10 spots.

BASIC, the branding agency from San Diego, continued to hold down the number one spot along with Creative Tonic, RNO1 and ArtVerison Interactive making the top 10 again from the March 2017 report.


Top Branding Agencies Report: August 2017
Rank Agency Name
2 RNO1
3 Creative Tonic
4 Artverison Interactive Agency
5 Sunbird Creative
6 PigWorks
7 SmashBrand
8 Struck
9 thinklab
10 Maycreate
11 Band Kitchen
12 Vehicle Media
13 Bruxton Group
14 The Engine Is Red
15 Primary Design
16 Brandekko
17 Trajectory
18 97 Degrees West
19 MRC
20 LaineGabriel

Facts about this quarter's top branding agencies:

  • 95% have less than 50 employees
  • 25% are women owned
  • 100% are independent businesses
  • Small but mighty, they work with top brands like: Absolute, adidas, Airbnb, Apple, Blue Shield of California, Body Glove, Chevron, Duracell, Ericsson, Federal Reserve Bank, Fetzer Wines, Fruit of the Loom, Georgia Pacific, Hitachi, HTC, Indeed, L'Oreal, Medtronic, Microsoft, Minwax, Mohawk Flooring, MTV, Nixon, Njoy, Pearson, Perdue, Post Properties, Qualcomm, Scott, ShopRite, Sonic, Sundance, United Way, Victorinox
  • Work with local small and medium brands too
  • Come from 17 metro areas, including San Diego, Austin, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Amsterdam, Boise, Portland, Harborough, Chattanooga, Morristown, Atlanta, Santa Monica, Boston, Washington, Raleigh, and Columbus.

The agencies were selected based on Agency Spotter's proprietary research methodology, which uses their websites extensive data along with qualitative and quantitative insights to evaluate many factors including each company's qualifications, experience level, positioning, and client feedback.

Agency Spotter's top agency research reports are issued on a regular basis and are continuing to roll out across more than a dozen service areas. Interested companies are encouraged to claim their agency or apply to get listed and review the report methodology to be evaluated for future coverage.


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About Agency Spotter

A B2B marketplace and SaaS provider, Agency Spotter connects marketing decision makers with top branding agencies and more including advertising, design, digital, and 38 marketing services. Attracting small, medium, and global enterprises, Agency Spotter is the world's top independent choice for agency search, selection, and agency management.

Agency Spotter's website and iPhone app map the marketing services industry landscape, making it easy to use more information, like verified client reviews, to build a shortlist and select the right agency partner. For more information or to search for your next digital agency partner, visit agencyspotter.com.


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Vera Fischer

By Vera Fischer

The visionary of 97 Degrees West for more than thirteen years, Vera has served as the CEO and President since 2004. During Vera’s tenure, the agency has achieved steady growth while surviving both economic recessions in Austin, Texas. Vera began her advertising career at GSD&M where she worked on accounts: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Houston Rockets, Dollar Rent-A-Car, Pearl Vision, SeaWorld and DoubleTree Hotels. Her next stop was the nationally recognized T3 known as “The Think Tank.” While at T3, Vera spearheaded the Dell Computers launch of the Preferred Accounts Division and lead national projects for the ESL and Enterprise Divisions. Other notable accounts included Quintiles Oncology, Austin Lyric Opera and St. David’s Hospital. In 2001, Vera left the agency world to embark on the client side as Director of Marketing for Forgent Networks, the software spin-off of VTEL video conferencing. Vera managed an annual multi-million dollar marketing budget, developed online lead generation programs, managed the inside sales team and consistently delivered high-quality MQLs to the sales team. In 2004, after a company wide re-org, Vera was laid off while on maternity leave. Within the day, she founded her agency, 97 Degrees West. Vera’s weekly podcast entitled, “System Execution”, launched in mid-2016 with notable guests like Ari Weinzweig, Jeff Smith, Gary Bizzo, Dr. Alan Pitt, and other business and thought leaders. Vera is the first woman to host a podcast devoted to systems and processes of successful companies. She is quickly becoming one of the country’s leading authorities on the topic of execution Vera is a member of the Austin University Area Rotary Club, an advisory board member for the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Texas State University and a Mentor at Capital Factory in Austin, Texas. Vera is completing her Master’s in Strategic Communications at Texas State University in May 2018.