The Top 5 Advertising Agencies in Winnipeg
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The Top 6 Advertising Agencies in Winnipeg

You have a product or service, and it’s brilliant. You’re ready to showcase to the world your innovative venture… but need some marketing help to do it.

If the specific type of marketing you’re interested in is advertising, you’re in luck: we listed the best advertising agencies in Winnipeg. Here you’ll discover what we think of each one and which option may be best for your particular needs.

How much does advertising cost in Winnipeg?

Price varies depending on the advertising medium and its duration. Advertisements in video or audio form cost depending on runtime.

The table shows the starting cost of various forms of promotion in Winnipeg.

PPC/Display Advertising/Google Ads$6000
TV Commercials$1000
Social Media Advertising$2000
Billboards$1000

The Best Advertising Agencies in Winnipeg

We looked for agencies with the attributes listed below. 

Staff with specialised skills. Their knowledge is essential. They need to help you choose the right way to advertise your business.
Each member of the staff should have a lot of experience in their field. An advertising agency with less experienced employees incurs higher risks for you and your ad dollars, obviously.
Good communication. We searched for advertising agencies that organise meetings and consultations constantly.  
This is to help you understand how they will do your ads, and what to expect, so you will not simply let them do the job and hope for the best.
Transparent billing. The billing process should be straightforward to know what you are getting and how much it costs.

1. Starling Social Inc.

Starling Social Inc
SERVICESDigital marketing strategy, social media marketing, copywriting, social media ads, pay-per-click (PPC) ads, website development
WEBSITEhttps://starling.social/
ADDRESSContact for more information
CONTACT DETAILSPhone: 204-918-0670
OPERATING HOURSContact for more information

Starling Social Inc. is an award-winning Winnipeg digital marketing agency with an astounding 100+ years of combined experience in digital marketing and advertising and 22 years of experience with publishing content online.

They’re a process-driven agency that brings strategy and clarity to each of their client’s digital marketing, and we think your business will appreciate that.

They have a range of services which include digital marketing strategy, social media marketing, copywriting, social media ads, pay-per-click (PPC) ads, and website development. All of which we think they’re experts at!

We think it’s great that they use all their expertise to help businesses as well as nonprofits growth through avenues like social media, content marketing, paid social and Google ads, and website design.

What we like about them is their amazing insights and feedback have emboldened their clients to take more steps when it comes to their digital marketing strategies.

Their team delivers amazing results through their strategic and creative ideas and we can’t recommend them enough!

Pros

  • 100+ years of combined experience in digital marketing and advertising
  • Award-winning agency
  • Wide range of services

Cons

  • Operating hours unavailable

Customer Reviews

“We reached out to Starling Social to help us with setting up and running social media accounts and other marketing activities. They took their time to understand what our business is, what wanted to achieve, and came up with a proposal. Their approach is methodical and tailored to our business model, as opposed to a cookie cutter approach. We are happy with what they have been able to do for us so far and we hope for a long lasting business relationship with them. I highly recommend Starling Social.”

“We’ve been working with Starling Social for a number of years and they have been an important part of our team. We’ve built a number of new strategic relationships and clients through their support and direction with our online activity. I’d recommend them to any business looking to formulate a plan and/or elevate their marketing and online presence.”

“Starling Social has led our company Ei Advantage through the process and given us the confidence to share our business products and services widely. It’s engaging customers and bringing our business great results.”

2. The Marketing Department

The Marketing Department
SERVICESDigital marketing strategy, social media marketing, copywriting, social media ads, pay-per-click (PPC) ads, website development
WEBSITEhttps://starling.social/
ADDRESSContact for more information
CONTACT DETAILSPhone: 204-918-0670
OPERATING HOURSContact for more information

TMD focuses on startups. They’ve actually become the go-to advertisers for many new business owners in the area.

They offer many marketing strategies, advertising included, and one of the things we like about them is that they’re not shy about correcting clients’ requests in projects. 

For example, initially, their clients will have a specific platform in mind where they want the ads to run. TMD’s team won’t hesitate to tell clients if that platform isn’t the right place to run ads based on the business and the target audience.

As you might expect of an ad agency on this list, they pretty much provide all the ad services a business may need: they assist in public relations, advertising, and conceptualising new ideas. They’re also known for delivering results within the agreed timetable.

They let clients keep track of the progress of every agenda with them too so they know if the team is achieving the goal that they set at a specific time. With this, clients can make sure that ads run as scheduled.

They also don’t outsource any of their services, which we like. Their in-house team does all the work right from the planning to the production stage.

Pros

  • Extensive experience working with startups
  • Focuses on clients’ long-term objectives

Cons

  • Offers limited marketing services compared to some others on this list

Customer Reviews

Can’t recommend high enough

“He goes above and beyond for all his clients, making sure all their expectations and visions are met. He designed and maintains my website and I couldn’t be happier. He is always throwing new ideas at me. Anyway to grow and improve my business and attract more clients. If you team up with him you will NOT be disappointed!” —Corrie Wilson, Google Reviews

Good communicators

“Would recommend TMD without hesitation. Listened to what our needs for a new website were and integrated that with our goal of increasing digital presence. Fast reaction time and great follow-up. Looking forward to our continuing partnership” —Dave Amey, Google Reviews

3. Managed Marketer Inc.

Managed Marketer Inc
SERVICESPay-Per-Click Campaigns
WEBSITEhttps://www.managedmarketer.com/
ADDRESS215-309 McDermot Avenue Winnipeg, MB R3A 1T3
CONTACT DETAILSPhone: (204) 880-3813
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday: 9am-5pm

Saturday to Sunday: Closed

Managed Marketer is an agency that specialises in running PPC campaigns on Google Ads. It’s even a Google Partner, which is always good.

It’s only fitting that they specialise in Google Ads because at least half of their teams have earned Google Ads certification, by the way. Aside from that, they’ve already spent $10,000 on advertising in the last three months as of the time of writing, which indicates their financial stability to handle large PPC campaigns.

They do PPC campaigns using a pretty streamlined process. The process includes Initial Setup and Configuration, Ongoing Management and Monitoring, Monthly KPI Reporting, Landing Page Consulting, Google Retargeting Design and Management and Advanced Conversion and Call Tracking.

They use all of the above steps to ensure that the ads are successful. This is why their PPC campaigns are up to par with other Google Partners agencies.

Among the agencies on the list, this is the only one that discussed how it adheres to industry exclusivity, which most clients admitted they were unaware of at first. It is standard practice for advertising agencies not to work for their clients’ competitors.

Finally, Managed Marketing is the only agency we reviewed that has pricing packages listed on their website, which start at $247 per month. Thanks to this handy piece of information, clients can quickly determine if the service is within their budget.

Pros

  • Official Google Partner
  • Specialisation in Google Ads
  • Helpful information available on their website

Cons

  • Expertise is limited to PPC campaigns on Google Ads 

Customer Reviews

Understands the platform better than anyone

“I’ve been in the Digital Marketing profession for 16 years, and I have met very few people that actually know what they are doing when it comes to Google Ads.  Sure, anyone can setup a campaign and report on cost per click, but to truly understand the platform and track and optimize for the right metrics to make a business $$$ is a rare skill to find. Ryan not only understands the platform better than anyone I’ve met, but he’s in accounts everyday reviewing data and optimizing to improve performance.  If you’re looking for someone to manage your Google Ads look no further.” — Jacob Kettner, Google Reviews

Guaranteed qualified leads

“Managed Marketer’s full service Google Ads Managment service has generated us so many amazing leads since they started managing our campaigns.  We appreciate their great service since we’re not marketing people and after working with Ryan and his team we have decided to partner with Managed Marketer with our clients and have achieve impressive results.  I would highly recommend them to any company looking to generate more qualified leads.” —Robb Palmer, Google Reviews

4. Fresh Traffic Group

Fresh Traffic Group
SERVICESPay-per-click, Social Media Advertising
WEBSITEhttps://freshseo.agency/
ADDRESS201 Portage Avenue, Suite 930, Winnipeg, MB R3B 3K6
CONTACT DETAILSPhone: (204) 942-4200
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday: 8am-5pm

Saturday to Sunday: Closed

Fresh Traffic Group is an advertising agency that has been around for more than 20 years already. They cater to startup owners to help them squeeze their way into the market.

Their target is small businesses because they only serve one client per niche industry. This way, they can give close attention to every project and provide enough resources and staff for each.

It’s also worth noting that Fresh has been working with startups for a while now. So, they know how to guide clients all the way until they see results.

Fresh is also known for conducting comprehensive onboarding meetings. Onboarding meetings are their way to educate their clients regarding advertising—this includes the best and worst results that could happen during and after running the ads.

Their team comprises not just excellent programmers but writers too. Most good ads come from creative talent and Fresh has a lot of those, which is a plus in its favour.

On the other hand, they have barely any experience dealing with large businesses, which means those with medium-to-large enterprises should probably look elsewhere for advertising assistance.

Pros

  • Extensive experience with startups and small businesses
  • Micromanages advertising projects
  • Comprehensive onboarding meetings

Cons

  • Little experience with big businesses

Customer Reviews

Their chief concern is their clients’ needs

“We started working with Fresh just over a year ago, professional and hardworking who only want the best for their clients. 1 year on, my whole business model has changed, 90% of my new clients are now from the web. We have numerous leading positions online for all our brands, we could not be happier with our choice of SEO company, I would recommend to any other company wanting lead positions to try these guys, Excellent.” —Harlings BC, Google Review

Possess core values

“I asked Fresh Traffic about a website and internet marketing for my new business. I found them professional and personable. They were very honest and transparent on the methods of getting me ranked, and the SEO services provided now have me ranked high along with a revenue stream I could only have dreamed of months ago. Thank You.” —Valentus Health Group

5. Gustin Quon

Gustin Quon
SERVICESSocial Media Advertising, Display Advertising
WEBSITEhttps://gustinquon.com/
ADDRESS1460 Chevrier Boulevard, Suite 208, Winnipeg, MB R3T 1Y7
CONTACT DETAILSPhone: (204) 808- 9726
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday: 8am-5pm

Saturday to Sunday: Closed

If you feel like we’ve only covered agencies suited for smaller businesses thus far, here’s where that changes. Gustin Quon is known to work with small and large businesses worldwide.

As you can see from their readily available portfolio (we linked to their website above), their clients are big brands, publicly traded companies and some small North American and European businesses. 

That experience is a big part of why we chose them for this list. They have experience in extensive research and working with various people too, making them among the most capable local advertising agencies in Winnipeg.

Polled clients also claim that their team is friendly and easy to get along with. Clients also note their team’s prompt resolutions when misunderstandings arise.

They also have a reputation for meticulous ad planning, which is likely part of what has made them so popular. Their attention to detail is such that they study the tiniest aspects, such as font size and colour and ad timing. 

Their reports also detail how they make every step so that clients understand how they arrived at certain decisions, or why some goals can’t be accomplished in certain cases.

Besides in-person meetings, they hold monthly online meetings to report progress and results. We like these clear efforts at maintaining regular contact, as it allows clients to raise concerns if anything happens.

The only downside to working with them, as far as we can see, is that the cost of their services may not be within a fair number of small businesses’ reach. Indeed, we think a decent number of startup owners may find their services expensive.

Nonetheless, even in the most competitive markets, they do seem to be able to achieve results. As such, those who do choose to go with them will at least know that they’re getting quality for their ad dollars.

Pros

  • Official Google Partner
  • Has worked with a lot of big brands
  • Regular points of contact and communication

Cons

  • May be pricy for small business and startup owners

Customer Reviews

Commendable results

“Have been working with them for some time now. Very helpful, always available for consultation. Good people! Our results with marketing have been improving at a steady rate. Recommend Gustin Quon to anyone looking to improve their business!” —Doug Yarnell, Google Reviews

Professional working experience

“I’ve been a client for over 2 years. Other than this company, I’ve used other SEO providers previously. GQ has been good to work with, responsive and fair. Occasionally, we needed to push them to prioritize our firm and GQ handled this professionally and responsively. We ultimately decided to leave GQ but might regret the decision. My overall experience with GQ has been good and I would recommend them to other firms.” —Randy Klezmer, Google Reviews

6. Sherpa Marketing

Sherpa Marketing
SERVICESSocial Media Advertising, Print Ads, Per-pay-click
WEBSITEhttps://www.sherpamarketing.ca/
ADDRESS1479 Buffalo Place, Suite 108, Winnipeg, MB R3T 1L7
CONTACT DETAILSPhone: (204) 219-8838
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday: 9am-5pm

Saturday to Sunday: Closed

One of the things that caught our eye with Sherpa Marketing is that it invests in expertise. Their regular monthly training hones their staff’s advertising and public relations skills, indicating a serious desire to continue refining their competencies.

Anyway, when it comes to ads, this agency is probably best known for its lead-generating ads. They don’t have the highest lead generation figures on this list – at least, not as far as we can check – but they have one of the lowest gaps of clicked and closed ads.

Their primary goal is achieving the highest lead generation possible for a project. Sometimes, this means applying optimisation such as extending your ads for a week or two.

However, they don’t surprise their clients with increased costs despite tactics like these. Clients will know about the optimisation and how much it would cost during the consultation stage.

That’s partly because Sherpa uses a proprietary math model to estimate campaign results. This is to avoid making clients expect exaggerated results but reasonable estimations.

This transparency and level-headedness in projections is definitely a point for them. It’s part of why Sherpa Marketing is one of the best advertising agencies in Winnipeg, as it helps you plan both your ad spend and business moves better.

Pros

  • Regular staff training and development
  • A lot of experience in lead generation
  • Uses proprietary math model for close result estimations

Cons

  • Their team is too small for large campaigns

Customer Reviews

For long-term commitments

“Sherpa Marketing is a world-class team to work with and absolute experts in their field. We’ve worked with them on numerous projects now and the quality of work, ethical standards and client care practices are something to be admired. It’s rare to find such a great mix of talent and character. I look forward to doing business with them for years to come.” —Kyle Gustin, Google Reviews

Worth the money

“Sherpa Marketing is an impressive group of marketers that go above and beyond in every project. Sherpa is not the cheapest firm in the city, but they deliver excellent value for what you pay. You can tell that they want to make your company succeed. Having a team of creatives, programmers and account managers that are thinking of ideas to improve your business in their free time and sending you unsolicited ideas shows you that they really care and that makes all the difference.” —Michael Mccaffrey

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