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August 23, 2017

The 18 Best Marketing Agencies in San Diego for Entry-Level Jobs

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You want to work in San Diego, majored in marketing, but honestly have no clue where to start?

I was in your shoes once. It's tough.

 

Trying to get an "entry level" marketing job after graduation, employers typically want 1-2 years experience, which make you feel like they don't know what "entry level" even means.

 

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Good entry-level marketing jobs are hard to find. But they're not impossible. I'd suggest following this process:

  1. Learn marketing fundamentals (Tweet me @sjtousley for questions on specific skills to learn)
  2. Meet the right people, at the right companies (hint: take people out to lunch -- and pay for them)
  3. Discover entry-level positions at top companies

We're going to cover steps 2 and 3, where you'll discover the top companies in San Diego.

 

Note: If you're completely new to marketing, but determined to get hired in San Diego, just Tweet me @sjtousley. I'm happy to help however I can.

 

Discover ePortfolios from students like you.

Siege Media

Siege Media is one of the fastest-growing agencies in San Diego. It was actually my first job out of college before I started working at HubSpot. They're located in the heart of Gaslamp Quarter and specialize in SEO and content marketing. They have high-profile clients such as TripAdvisor, Shutterly, AirBnBn, etc. Their founder, Ross Hudgens, is an SEO/content marketing genius who has one of the best marketing Twitter accounts to follow. If content marketing interests you, don't look past this fast-growing agency.

Neighborhood: Downtown
Number of employees: 35
Current Career Openings: See Siege Media Job Openings here

Digital Telepathy

Digital Telepathy is a design-centric marketing agency that works closely with designed-focused and mission-driven companies. According to their career page and a Glassdoor review, they believe in the notion of teamwork and strive to encourage a family-like atmosphere at work. They've worked closely with startups and authors to design beautiful experiences. If you're interested in UX or design, this is an excellent place to work. Here are some of their clients:

digital telepathy agency san diego

Neighborhood: Downtown
Number of employees: 37
Current Career Openings: See Digital Telepathy job openings here

Internet Marketing Inc.

The fastest growing digital marketing agency in the country, Internet Marketing Inc. is a full-service digital marketing agency (which means they do SEO, content marketing, social media, PPC, email, display, design, development, data science and CRO). Their CMO, Brent Gleeson, is a Navy SEAL combat veteran who frequently contributes to top publications, such as Forbes and Inc., where he dives into the heart of successful leadership practices. They work with a wide array of clients ranging from entertainment companies, to hotel chains, to finance and more. Here are some of the clients they work with:

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Neighborhood: Scripps Ranch
Number of employees: 224
Website: See Internet Marketing Inc job openings here

Mindgruve

Mindgruve has a fun, vibrant culture who declares that, "Aliens think we're out of this world." They're a full-service digital marketing agency that seems to instill quirkiness into their culture. Although full-service, they specialize in strategy, UX, and development for technologically-advanced platforms. Here are some of their clients:

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Neighborhood: Downtown
Number of employees: 46
Current Career Openings: See Mindgruve Job Openings here

Digitaria

Digitaria is one of the larger agencies in San Diego, with over 200 employees. Although recently acquired by JWT, they've been around since 1997 and rooted in the disciplines design, data, marketing and technology. They don't have a clear client roster image, so here are some of their clients they've worked with in the past:

  • Qualcomm
  • Lincoln
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Petco
  • Rolex
  • Under Armor
  • NFL

Neighborhood: Downtown
Number of employees: 207
Current Career Openings: See Digitaria Job Openings here

BusinessOnline

BusinessOnline is a full-service digital marketing agency that specializes in business-to-business marketing. They were voted in 2013 as both one of San Diego's healthiest companies and best places to work. Their company is ranked a 4.1/5 on Glassdoor, as the majority of reviewers suggest it as a great place to work. Here are some of their clients:

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Neighborhood: Downtown
Number of employees: 55
Current Career Openings: See BusinessOnline Job Openings here

Cuker Interactive

Cuker Interactive is a marketing agency that has a knack for working with action sports brands. With a rich history in design-focused digital marketing, their expertise is creating integrated marketing campaigns and custom digital platforms. They're located in Solana Beach, about 30 minutes north of downtown San Diego. Here are some of their clients:

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Neighborhood: Solana Beach
Number of employees: 19
Current Career Openings: See Cuker Interactive Job Openings here

MJD Interactive

MJD Interactive, located just 3 blocks away from the ocean in Pacific Beach, lies at the intersection of Southern California creativity and innovative technology. Creating campaigns such as a Godzilla beacon for Comic-Con, wearable technology for Oakley snowboarding goggles, or re-launching Epic Life (the magazine for Vail Resorts), they're consistently producing top-notch material. Here's a list of their clients:

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Neighborhood: Pacific Beach
Number of employees: 23
Current Career Openings: See MJD Interactive Job Openings here

i.d.e.a.

i.d.e.a. is a marketing agency that creates a balance between what's good for business and good for the world. As a recently certified B-Corp (a community that encourages socially and environmentally-responsible business), i.d.e.a. works to align powerful marketing and responsible business. They don't have a clear list of clients, but here are a few people they've worked with:

  • Progressive
  • Puma
  • BillMyParents
  • Caesars Entertainment
  • Qualcomm

Neighborhood: Little Italy
Number of employees: 66
Current Career Openings: See i.d.e.a. openings here

Covario

Covario is a marketing agency specializing in search engine marketing - SEO, PPC and content marketing. If you're looking to get a foothold on search-engine marketing, this is one of the better companies in the region. They won OMMA "Search Agency of the Year" the past 3 years and have leading SEM experts on their team. Here are some of the latest clients and projects they've worked on:

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Neighborhood: La Jolla
Number of employees: 200
Current Career Openings: See Covario Job Openings here

SEER Interactive

SEER Interactive started off as a one-man agency in 2002, founded by Wil Reynolds. Since then, they've blossomed to 104 employees split between Philadelphia and San Diego. They work with Fortune 500 clients, specializing in SEO, PPC and analytics consulting. Frequently volunteering and giving back to the community, the SEER Interactive team doesn't merely care about accountability for clients, but also to their local communities in San Diego and Philly. Here are some of their clients:

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Neighborhood: Little Italy
Number of employees: 104
Current Career Openings: See SEER Interactive Job Openings here

Red Door Interactive

Red Door Interactive is a full-service marketing agency that lives by a fun, vibrant culture located right next to the San Diego Padres Stadium. From social media campaigns, to content marketing, to paid media, to email marketing, to branding; Red Door Interactive has a diversified set of services. Their clients' industries include restaurants, retail, e-commerce and action sports. Here are some of their clients:

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Neighborhood: Downtown
Number of employees: 69
Current Career Openings: See Red Door Interactive Job Openings here

BASIC

BASIC is an agency also located in downtown, right next to the San Diego Padres Stadium. They specialize in strategy, branding and design, working with a variety of clients. Moreso than other San Diego agencies, they appear to have a good amount of experience working with video games if that industry interests you. Here are a few people they've worked with:

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Neighborhood: Downtown
Number of employees: 21
Current Career Openings: View the BASIC job openings here (email them for career inquiries at careers@thinkbasic.com if no postings are available)

ViTRO

ViTRO is one of the few marketing agencies in San Diego that doesn't specialize in some facet of internet marketing, as their primary service is creating TV ads for major brands. If you're interested in gaining experience in more traditional advertising, such as television, ViTRO is one of the best agencies to consider in San Diego. They boast a pretty impressive agency reel video that may be worth taking a peek at. Here are some of their clients:

Vitro agency

Neighborhood: Point Loma
Number of employees: 141
Current Career Openings: See Vitro Job Openings here

Audacity

Audacity is the agency on this list located furthest from downtown San Diego, about 45 minutes north in Carlsbad. However, we couldn't leave them off this list, as they specialize in a unique industry not covered elsewhere - healthcare and science. From CTOs to PhDs, they have an diverse portfolio of leadership. If you're interested in the healthcare industry, this is one of the best to work for in the San Diego area. Here are some of their clients:

Audacity Health

Neighborhood: Carlsbad
Number of employees: 15
Current Career Openings: Contact Audacity for career inquiries here

Bulldog Drummond

Bulldog Drummond is an innovation and design agency that builds new brands, products, experiences and stories for Fortune 500 clients and early-stage startups. They have a core focus on branding, backed by leaders who have some legitimate branding experience - such as the former CMO of the Virgin Group's Entertainment division. If you want to gain a foothold in strategy and branding, this fast-growing agency is a great place to start. Some of their clients include:

  • Clif Bar
  • Adidas
  • Disney
  • ESPN Zone
  • Jack in the Box
  • Mattel
  • MTV Networks
  • Pepsi
  • Starbucks
  • Virgin

Neighborhood: Downtown
Number of employees: 15
Current Career Openings: Contact Bulldog Drummond for career inquiries here

Digital Operative

Digital Operative is a digital marketing agency that specializes in e-commerce strategy, interactive marketing, social media apps and more. They were also recently listed on San Diego Business Journal's 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies. Here are a few clients they've worked with:

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Neighborhood: Old Town
Number of employees: 30
Current Career Openings: Contact Digital Operative for career inquiries here

Piston

Piston is a full-service agency located in San Diego and New York. They offer a variety of different services, ranging from video production to app development. If you're looking for diversified marketing experiences, it appears there are plenty of options here to jump around. Here are some of their clients:

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Neighborhood: Downtown
Number of employees: 49
Current Career Openings: Discover career openings at Piston here

Like what you've seen?

Follow all of these companies on this easily digestible Twitter list to stay atop of the action for the top marketing agencies in San Diego.

Did we miss anyone? Let us know in the comments (or on Twitter) and we'll consider making an editors note to include suggested companies.

 

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