The Top Ten Social Media Agencies In The World

Behind every great campaign is a great agency that has worked tirelessly to make it a reality and thanks to social media, the efforts of an agency in one country can be seen and appreciated by others in many different countries. Social media has been the driving force behind this, meaning many others can be inspired by an agency's work and realise what's possible.

However, that said, there are many agencies dotted across the globe all offering great services, but which ones are at the top of their game, offering creative and useful solutions for brands? Here are the ten global agencies we think are at the peak of their powers. We should note that this list is in no particular order as narrowing the list down to ten was hard enough,

We Are Social

Founded: June 2008

Based: London, UK (Offices in New York, Paris, Milan, Munich, Singapore, Sydney & São Paulo)

No of Staff: 270

About The Company: We Are Social is an UK based agency that specialises in digital PR and social media marketing. Focusing on creating innovative, creative and effective social media marketing

Major Clients: Sky, ESPN, The Guardian, Intel, Adidas

What Makes It Unique: With a regularly updated blog that's become a valuable resource for social media marketers, We Are Social is good at spotting trends and approaching familiar topics in a new light.

Achievements:

Digital & Social Media Agency of the Year – The Grocer Marketing, Advertising & PR Awards 2012 

Digital Agency of the Year – EMEA SABRE Awards 2012 

Social Media Agency of the Year – The Drum New Year's Honours 2012

Agency Work

Social Media Profiles

Blog: http://wearesocial.net/

Facebook: Link

Twitter: Link

YouTube: Link

LinkedIn: Link

Google+: Link

e-Dologic

Founded: 1999

Based: Ramat Gan, Israel

No. of Staff: 30+

About The Company: Based in Israel, e-Dologic specialises in creating digital campaigns. The agency has launched thousands of online campaigns and uses a combination of big ideas and modern technology to make each campaign a success.

Major Clients: Coca-Cola Zero, Orange, Actimel

What Makes It Unique: e-Dologic has been responsible for a wide range of innovative campaigns over the last few years. The Coca-Cola Zero puzzle (found below) is one example, but it was also the brains behind the real-life like machine, creating its logo by using Facebook places and allowing Facebook users to create their own personalised stand-up comedy videos.

Agency Work

Social Media Profiles

Website: http://ssl.e-dologic.co.il/

Facebook: Link

Twitter: Link

YouTube: Link

Altimeter Group

Founded: June 2008

Based: San Mateo, California, U.S.

No. of Staff: 23

About The Company: Altimeter Group provides research and advice for companies, allowing them to explore new business models and practices. The company also produces numerous reports looking into the different areas of social media advertising and online business to help brands understand the platform better.

Major Clients: Ford Motor, eBay, Toyota, Royal Dutch Shell

What Makes It Unique: Having a small but focused group hasn't hurt Altimeter Group whose expertise and knowledge has won it a lot of admirers. You know when you read its blog, download a report or watch one of its webinars, it will be of high-quality and will contain information that will benefit you in the long-run.

Agency Work

Social Media Profiles:

Website: http://www.altimetergroup.com/blog/analyst-blogs

Facebook: Link

Twitter: Link

LinkedIn: Link

LiveWorld

Founded: 1984

Based: San Jose, California

No. of Staff: 50+

About The Company: LiveWorld focuses on developing positive sentiment and engagement with a brand's target markets. Having 70 different language country combinations and 28 years of experience means that LiveWorld has a wealth of experience and expertise in dealing with old and new media platforms.

Major Clients: Dove, Flipboard, MSN, AT&T, Disney, HBO

What Makes It Unique A veteran in many ways, LiveWorld long life means it has a vast range of experience in many different sectors. With more than 200+ brands in areas such as retail, healthcare, technology, travel, automobiles, and entertainment, LiveWorld has the knowhow and experience to improve any brand.

Agency Work

Social Media Profiles:

Website: http://www.liveworld.com/category/the-blog/

Facebook: Link

Twitter: Link

YouTube: Link

LinkedIn: Link

Salesforce (Radian6 & Buddy Media)

Founded: 1999

Based: California, U.S. (Toronto, Switzerland, Mexico, London, Paris, Dublin, Italy, Munich, Finland, Sweden, Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, Sydney, Singapore, Beijing, South Korea, Hong Kong, Toyko, Shanghai and India)

No. of Staff: 8,500

About The Company: With its most recognisable service being a social media monitoring tool Radian6, Salesforce also offers an agency services under the guise of Buddy Media, which offers a wide range of tools and services to help brands get the most out of social media.

Major Clients: L'oreal, HP, UNFPA, Virgin Mobile, Playboy

What Makes It Unique The brains behind the social media analytics platform Radian6, Salesforce has a deep understand of the many different social media and online platforms available. The data it has gathered from its service allows it to recognise and identify trends before anyone else

Achievements:

Forbes World's Most Innovative Company - 2011, 2012

Fortune: 100 best companies to work for - 2012

Stevie Awards - Data.com Best New Marketing Solution - 2012

Agency Work

Social Media Profiles:

Website: http://blogs.salesforce.com/

Facebook: Link

Twitter: Link

YouTube: Link

LinkedIn: Link

Google+: Link

Izea

Founded: 2008

Based: Orlando, Florida, U.S.

No. of Staff: 46

About The Company: Concentrating on social media sponsorship, Izea has become the global leader in this sector with over 850,000 registered influencers in 147 countries and 50,000 registered advertisers. It successfully completed more than three million social media sponsorships across five major platforms.

Major Clients: Saatchi & Saatchi, GM, Mastercard, American Express, Google

What Makes It Unique: Izea's experience in e-commerce and online sponsorship automatically makes it an attractive proposition for any brand. With a vast number of influential clients, its latest project, the Izea store, allows brands and businesses to purchase sponsorship opportunities on sites, looks to be another success as it makes the sponsorship process simpler and easier to understand.

Agency Work

Social Media Profiles

Website: http://izea.com/blog/

Facebook: Link

Twitter: Link

YouTube: Link

LinkedIn: Link

Google+: Link

Headshift

Founded: 2002

Based: London, UK (Austin, Texas. & Sydney)

No. of Staff: 40+

About The Company: Headshift help brands make the most of social technologies to get work done faster, cheaper and more effectively. Specialising in consultancy, developing and communications, the company takes these qualities to develop your company's workforce and customer engagement as well as collecting and providing social intelligence data.

Major Clients: Sky Arts, British Airwaves, Compass

What Makes It Unique: Proving a range of consultancy and development services, Headshift (now part of DachisGroup) has quietly expanded its services and now has offices in three different continents. Its range of services and knowledge about the different social media and online platforms gives it a flexibility to approach brands from any angle.

Agency Work: Sky Arts (Click On Image For Full Case Study)

Social Media Profiles:

Website: http://www.headshift.com/

Twitter: Link

LinkedIn: Link

Mullen

Founded: 1970

Based: Boston, U.S. (Offices in Detroit, North Carolina and Pittsburgh)

No. of Staff: 500+

About The Company: Harnassing the power of social technologies, Mullen helps its clients achieve their aims by building brand relevance, uncovering media insights and social media habits and use this data to interact with users.

Major Clients: Zappos, Barnes & Noble, National Geographic, Google

What Makes It Unique: Another experienced player in the advertising agency field, Mullen's campaigns tend to be a mixture of the sentimental and zany, both of which makes its content engaging to watch. Also, while not strictly related to their marketing abilities, its home page is nicely animated (it even having an election special made out of the Democratic and Republican parties' logos).

Achievements:

AdAge Stand-Out Agency 2012

Fast Company Most Innovative Company 2011

OMMA Agency Of The Year 2011

Agency Work

Social Media Profiles

Blog: http://www.mullen.com/blog/

Facebook: Link

Twitter: Link

YouTube: Link

LinkedIn: Link

Flickr: Link

1000 Heads

Founded: 2000

Based: London, UK, (Sydney, Berlin and New York)

No. of Staff: 90+

About The Company: Helping brands to be more social, 1000 Heads focuses on conversation, getting brands to talk and people talking about brands. The agency helps brands tell their story and build relationships, creating brand advocates along the way.

Major Clients: Nokia, P&G, Setanta Sports, Royal Mail, BBC, Universal

What Makes It Unique: Specialising in mobile campaigns, 1000 Heads is responsible for a number of unique mobile campaigns, making full use of social media tools such as Twitter and Foursquare. It's also responsible for a number of Nokia promotions over the years, regularly running campaigns based around its products.

Achievements: 

Social Media Communications Awards Winner - 2012

New Media Age Awards: Retail Winner - 2012

Agency Work

Social Media Profiles

Blog: http://1000heads.com/

Twitter: Link

Vimeo: Link

LinkedIn: Link

Google+: Link

Flickr: Link

Foursquare: Link

Ignite Social Media

Founded: July 2007

Based: Raleigh, North Carolina (Birmingham, Michigan)

No. of Staff: 88

About The Company: Describing itself as "the original social media agency," Ignite Social Media specialises in social media and SEO development as well as the management of social identity and sentiment monitoring and analysis. The company also provides a number of in-house plugins, widgets and products to help brands improve their online presence

Major Clients: Microsoft, Windows, Jeep, Fiat

What Makes It Unique: Like Salesforce, Ignite Social Media is responsible for a number of tools and services that any brand will find useful. Its understanding of personal branding and reputation management is the reason why it records better than expected results, as seen in its case studies.

Agency Work

Social Media Profiles

Blog: http://www.ignitesocialmedia.com/blog/

Facebook: Link

Twitter: Link

YouTube: Link

LinkedIn: Link

Bonus Agency: Simply Zesty

Founded: 2009

Based: Dublin, Ireland (Belfast & London)

No. of Staff: 28

About The Company: With social as its foundation, the agency allows brands to punch above their weight by taking advantage of the different social tools available to them.

Major Clients: Sony, Samsung, Talksport, Vodafone, Teradata

What Makes It Unique: Ok, so we're blowing our own trumpet a little, but on the off-chance that you're not familiar with us, we provide social media solutions for brands and consultancy to help promote and develop relationships between businesses and their customers. We also have a marketing and social media blog, which is read by professionals, marketing experts and social media enthusiasts from around the world.

Agency Work

Social Media Profiles

Blog: http://www.simplyzesty.com

Facebook: Link

Twitter: Link

YouTube: Link

LinkedIn: Link

Google+: Link

What other agencies do you think should be on the list? Let us know in the comments.