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Don’t Hire That Big Agency: A Small Branding, Content Creation & Market Research Firm Can Offer More

Updated: Mar 3


There’s a trend gaining traction in which bigger B2B and B2C companies are turning to smaller marketing agencies, whether specialized market research firms, branding agencies or content creation companies, for support and help with achieving their goals. What this underscores is that quality and expertise are what really matter. In a recent Forbes.com article, it was suggested, “Clients are missing out on some world-class talent because the smaller advertising agencies are not all on the radar of the major pitch consultants.”

“Clients are missing out on some world-class talent because the smaller advertising agencies are not all on the radar of the major pitch consultants.” - W. Burns, Forbes.com

Experience matters. While our award-winning talented market research experts and communication pros hail from the world’s top shops, we believe in the power of small – and we aren't the only ones. In the ‘20s, one of America’s largest advertising agencies presented its firm’s credentials to a potential client by stating, “If you give us your account, we will dedicate more than 50 copywriters to it.” The client’s response to that agency: “How about just one good one?”

Why You Want to Tap into the Power of a Small Marketing Agency or Market Research Firm

Reason #1: Most small agencies are independent and don’t report to a holding company. When a small brand strategy agency doesn’t report to a holding company, the agency has the flexibility to truly put its clients’ needs first – over quotas, margins and rigid hourly rates. It allows a partnership to develop based on trust, flexibility and doing what is right – over what is driven by a P&L or expected by the holding or parent company. Note: The latter often leads to selling solutions that might not be necessary.

Reason #2: Small brand strategy agencies are gutsy. Small agencies are willing to do what’s right and willing to make it happen – for your B2B brand. After all, they started their own branding company or market research firm and do not work for a big agency, seek awards or watch the clock. They are willing to be resourceful and stretch your dollar to make an initiative successful.

Reason #3: Small marketing agencies employ world-class, award-winning talent. Not all world-class talent stays at large agencies. Furthermore, their level of skill and expertise means they do not need to hold traditional office jobs. A small market research firm or content creation agency can tap into talent that has worked on world-class brands and at the leading agencies and brand consultancies – talent who now seek flexibility with where and how they work.

Reason #4: Small and large agencies assign the same size core teams. No matter how many offices or employees a digital market agency, market research firm, or content creation agency may have – generating successful results for a B2C or B2B brand is dependent on the team managing it, not the agency handling it.


Whether an agency has 30 or 3,000 employees, the reality is the same number of people are assigned to the project. You can expect a core team of 5-7 people across brand strategy, market research, design, content creation, and project management, with other experts coming in and out during the process. Do you really want to pay for a video producer or interactive designer to sit on the bench for months when a smaller, more nimble agency with the right collection of talent can pull them in only when needed – meaning lower overhead and costs?

Reason #5: Small agencies offer diversity of thinking and customize teams just for you. When a B2B brand strategy agency or market research firm doesn’t have the overhead of 300 or 3,000 employees, it can be thoughtful about who should really be supporting your brand – whether for specific initiatives or for distinct aspects of the initiative.

Small marketing agencies are problem solvers. In seeking solutions they know they can pull from their collective of experts – meaning they aren’t recommending solutions based on what they are capable of handling with the staff they have on the bench. While tried-and-true frameworks and approaches are leveraged, there isn’t one formula that always works because it’s driven by a financial model.

Reason #6: Small agencies focus on relationships – the right fit is important. Smaller market research firms or content creation agencies, like Atlanta-based C.E.K. & Partners, want to establish a relationship with their clients – they are looking for solid partnerships that are mutually beneficial for both parties. While your brand is seeking the right partner, the right fit is important to small agencies – at least to us.

Reason #7: Small agencies tend to be more cost effective. Without the heavy overhead and quotas weighing on a small brand strategy agency, it’s often possible to achieve a higher quality of work at a more cost-effective price.

What are you waiting for? Ready to leverage the power of small in a big way?

While these are some of the simple truths we know to be embraced by our clients, it’s important to remember that you too can expect big B2C or B2B brand strategy agency thinking from a small marketing agency team with senior talent dedicated to your business.


We’re selective about the companies we do business with and we only work with a few at any one time. Ready for a different type of partnership?

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