* This list has been updated. View the current directory here.

With an increasing social emphasis on the importance of buying locally-produced goods, it’s easy to get caught up in the locavore hype. But in Columbus, Ohio, it’s no longer just an emerging wave of thought to think local first when making buying decisions. Sound customer decision-making has been influenced by the practices of companies like Jeni’s Ice Cream and Chipotle, who proudly tout their reliance on local farmers and small businesses.

However, within the corporate spectrum of the advertising, marketing and media world, Fortune 500 companies and marketers headquartered in Columbus haven’t quite caught the local bug on a larger scale. Sure, there is plenty of work dispersed to Columbus agencies from deep-pocketed companies with huge ad budgets, but for the most part a lot of desirable assignments go to agencies and shops outside of the Buckeye state.

Granted, these nationally recognized, award-winning agencies do outstanding work for their clients, but there is the same amount of talent, savvy, creativity and experience right here within the 270 outerbelt. The same job an account coordinator in Atlanta is doing for a Columbus-based marketer, a person in Gahanna could be doing just as well.

So all you big-time Columbus marketers, you know, the square hamburger maker with the famous New York agency, the insurance company on my side with an agency that cheers for Duke and UNC hoops instead of Ohio State football, the regional healthcare system with an agency from (gasp!) that State Up North — we’ve made it easy for you to find a Columbus shop for your next big ad campaign, promotion, event, media buy, etc.

“A rising tide lifts all boats” — John F. Kennedy

Here is a resource directory of all the agencies and shops in Columbus (that we know of). If we’ve missed anyone, please let us know and we will add it to the list.

(Let the bookmarking of this page commence)

The List

Accelerator Advertising, a 360-degree marketing and promotions agency

Baker Creative, specialists in providing visual concepts and design

Ballengee, brand strategy and creative firm

Big Red Rooster, a multidimensional brand strategy and experience design firm

Blind Acre, an interactive digital strategy, design, development and marketing solutions agency

Blue Avenue Media, a web and video production house

Blue Diesel, an Inventiv Health company specializing in strategy, brand development and planning

Bold Hive, a technology and design solutions firm

Bouncefire, a web development and internet marketing firm

Brainstorm Media, a video, audio, multimedia and creative production house

Burkholder Flint, a full-service marketing, advertising and PR agency

Burris Creative, a marketing, branding and advertising agency

Cement Marketing, a web, search, social and mobile agency

Chandler Interative, a digital marketing agency

Chop Block Collective, a branding and design firm

Chute Gerdeman, a strategic brand and design firm

Circone + Associates, a branding firm

Clutch Interactive, an interactive marketing agency

CivitasNow, a media development agency specializing in eco-friendly and alternative advertising

Conrad, Philips, Vutech, a full-service agency focusing on branding, advertising, marketing, interactive and design

DigiDog Studios, a website design and development firm

DOMedia, an out-of-home advertising online marketplace

Dynamit, integrated web, mobile and social media solutions agency

Element, a brand messaging firm

ELEVATEthinking, a thought agency utilizing brand design and marketing

Emerging Marketing, a business-to-business marketing and consulting agency

Engauge Communications, a full-service marketing agency for the digital and social age

Fahlgren Mortine, an advertising, digital and public relations agency

Fechtor Advertising, a full-service advertising agency

Fekete+Co., an advertising, public relations and design firm

Fitch, a design and branding agency

Fulcrum Creatives, a branding and communications firm

Frazier-Heiby, a full-service communications firm

Gatehouse Media, a boutique, full-service media agency

GSW Worldwide, a full-service healthcare advertising agency

HGA Inc., a full-service marketing and advertising agency

Hutchison Media Consultants, a media buying firm

Ibel Agency, a full-service advertising and design agency

Marcy Design, a website design, social media, marketing and advertising agency

Marketing Works, a business-to-business strategic marketing communications firm

Matrix Media Services, an out-of-home media buying service

McGann Media, a media buying and creative project management agency

Mills James, a creative media and video production house

Minds On, a full-service interactive agency

Murphy Epson, an advertising and public relations agency

Northlich, a brand engagement agency

O Media, an out-of-home media buying service

Ologie, a branding, marketing and digital agency

Orange Barrel Media, a landmark outdoor advertising company

Origo Branding Co.,  a strategic creative services firm specializing in visual communications

Oxiem, an interactive, integrated marketing agency and brand builder

Paul Werth & Associates, an integrated communications consulting firm

PB&Ja multi-disciplinary advertising, design, & PR agency

Peebles Creative Group, a strategic marketing and brand advising firm for B2B and B2C organizations

People To My Site, an internet marketing solutions agency

Pierce Communications, a public affairs communications firm

Rattleback, a marketing agency for professional service firms

Resource Interactive, a digital, branding and consumer experiences agency

RMD Advertising, a brand strategy, advertising, social media and public relations agency

Robert Fleege & Partners, a boutique advertising and marketing firm

Ron Foth Advertising, a creative marketing, branding and digital agency

Ryan Partnership, a full-service research and consumer insights agency

Salvato Coe + Gabor, a strategic design and branding firm

SBC Advertising, a full-service integrated advertising and marketing agency

SeenScreen, a digital out-of-home advertising company

Sevell + Sevell, a web design and email marketing agency

Shift Global, a digital strategy and design consultancy agency

SMK Advertising, marketing monsters

Spacejunk Media, a video production, 3D animation and motion design firm

Summerfield Advertising, a full-service advertising and design agency

The Creative Spot, a full-service marketing, advertising and design agency

The Devine Universe, a visual communications shop

Think Brand Studioa branding and design agency

Tree Tree Agency, a special project, branding and advertising agency

Weber Associates, specialists in B2B Digital Marketing

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