An Advertising Agency, not a Government Agency.

Division of Labor is a more nimble version of an advertising agency. But it's hard to know what to call ourselves these days. An advertising agency, a digital marketing agency, a creative branding agency? Heck, what we do is pretty simple: create integrated advertising campaigns that sell your product and get awareness for your brand. That’s why you hire an ad agency or marketing agency, right?

You want people talking about you, clicking on your digital accoutrements and passing your content around on social media. To make that all happen, we work in close collaboration with our clients to determine goals before we start, so we’re sure to achieve those goals when we’re finished. We’ve had the pleasure of working with some pretty amazing brands like Roku, Dropbox, Nike, Ford, San Jose Sharks, SFMOMA, Opendoor and Kelly Services. We closely track results for all our campaigns so if you'd like to see some detailed case studies, please reach out. We also offer brand consulting services for startups and smaller companies not quite ready for a full-on campaign. We can help with brand strategy, brand voice and all the basic brand assets and content to lay a solid foundation. To see more of what we do, visit DivisionofLabor.com or contact us for a free phone consultation. 

 
$10,000+
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
2 - 9
 Founded
2010
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Sausalito, CA
headquarters
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    Sausalito, CA 94965
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 
San Jose Sharks, SFMOMA, Kelly Services, Opendoor, Raley's Grocery Store, Veloz - California Electric Car Coalition, Roku, Dropbox, Nike, Ford
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Keen Quarantine

When the pandemic hit, we shelved the brand launch we had been planning for KEEN and took to Zoom. Like everyone else, video conferencing became our lifeline. Unlike everyone else, it became our production studio, as well.

KEEN and Division of Labor employees are the actors, artists, illustrators, and photographers. We write, draw, motion capture, and mix it all together into gifs and video that

captures what we’re living through right now and puts on display where we hope to be living soon. For more campaign details, click on the link: https://www.divisionoflabor.com/#/keen-advertising-campaign-footwear/

 

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SF MOMA- See Them Both Campaign

Francisco teams up with the largest modern and contemporary art museum in the country? Our new campaign for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art pairs iconic destinations around the city with iconic works from the SFMOMA collection and encourages visitors to "See them both." For more campaign details click on the link:

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Lively HSA

The majority of people don’t know what health savings accounts are. So it stands to reason that the majority of people don’t know who Lively is, even though they’re a leader in health savings accounts. This campaign is designed to change both those things. If you have a high deductible insurance policy, you should have a health savings account. You put away pre-tax dollars into a health savings account and pay for all your

medical stuff with it. For more campaign details, click on the link: https://www.divisionoflabor.com/#/lively/
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PagerDuty - Solutions before Problems

The Solutions Before Problems campaign launched in September to increase brand awareness and drive trial amongst developers and c-suite executives. PagerDuty is used by half of the Fortune 500 companies. It’s time more people were aware of the amazing work this company is doing. For additional campaign details click the link.

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A Plea for More Foster Parents

How do you get someone to consider becoming a foster parent? It’s not like getting them to buy your socks or try your bleach. It’s a major commitment. And the truth is all of us want to believe we’re good people. Even though all of us, sometimes, do things that are not so good. That’s where the human insight for this advertising campaign comes from. Becoming a foster parent makes up for any cruddy thing you do. If someone pulls

their huge SUV into a compact spot, they’re a jerk. But if you find out they’re a foster parent? Well you park anywhere you want, you foster parent you. Fostering. It makes up for a lot.

Drive Clean Bay Area

This campaign directly sold more than two electric cars per day during the five-week period it ran. 84 total vehicles with a media spend of just 14k. That's just $166 per car sold. Incredible numbers for any campaign, let alone one so small.

The biggest thing a person can do for the environment is to switch to an electric car. But how do you convince people in the Bay Area, who are already pretty

environmentally conscious, to make this change?

Give them credit for all the small things they do and then encourage them to step it up.

 

Bay Area News Group - Housing Crisis

The San Jose Mercury News is the flagship paper of the Bay Area News Group. And housing stories are the most read among Bay Area residents. Our challenge: create a digital campaign linking the importance of housing to other aspects of life in the Bay Area.

How come gas is the only product in the world that never goes on sale? That was the question we asked Ford. Then we build a campaign around a simple notion: The only way to pay less for gas, is to pay for gas, less. 

Kelly Services Times Square

Kelly's video billboard ran on the seven story Nasdaq tower billboard in Times Square.

Rodents on Turntables for Live Nation was a Vimeo Staff Pick with millions of views around the world.

Launch spot for Opendoor.

Raley's Supermarket

One of the six online videos created for the Raley's Holiday campaign. To see more go to:

https://www.divisionoflabor.com/?=hidden#/raleys-holiday/

Just one of 10 or so TV Commercials and digital videos created for the San Jose Sharks. To see more go to: 

https://www.divisionoflabor.com/#/sj-sharks-2018/

 

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Advertising & Marketing for Music Services & Resources Firm

"They were a smart, engaging, and caring team."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. - Mar. 2020
Project summary: 

Division of Labor provided marketing services. After interviewing the internal team and getting to know the business, the team provided an extensive document that detailed marketing guidelines for campaigns.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Peter Jacobsen
General Manager, Music City SF
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Division of Labor delivered a satisfactory document that received extremely positive internal feedback and represented the business’ endeavors well. The team kept everyone on track and created unique strategies. They were a proactive partner who was interested in and prioritized the project needs.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the general manager of Music City San Francisco, an all-in-one entertainment company for musicians.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Division of Labor?

We’re such a unique business, so our challenge was how to best market. We’re a single company with multiple products that are all geared towards the same people but have different messages.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Division of Labor did a number of interviews with us, took a look at our existing media, and did a deep dive into our business. They then created a 25-page document that was intended to be the roadmap for our marketing campaigns moving forward. 

They listed out types of customers from each of our business, the different messages, and the language to be used in certain situations. Our goal was to get a full marketing and execution campaign going, but that didn’t end up happening due to the pandemic. 

What is the team composition?

Josh (Founder & Creative Director) and Rebecca (Account Director) were our main points of contact. 

How did you come to work with Division of Labor?

We looked into a dozen marketing firms and did a deep dive with each of them before landing on Division of Labor, who we found online. Their work was unique, engaging, creative, and artistic, in a way that the other firm’s work wasn’t.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent about $25,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them from January–March 2020.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement? 

We were very happy with the document they created. When we showed Division of Labor’s strategy to the mangers of the different wings of our business, all of them were excited about how the businesses they work with were being represented.

How did Division of Labor perform from a project management standpoint?

Josh and Rebecca were great, and I loved talking to them. They were a smart, engaging, and caring team, and I always felt that they had the interests of our business at heart. They were legitimately engaged in what we were doing. 

In terms of deadlines, they had me working to make sure that I was ready to give them what they needed. There were never times when I had to wait for them for too long. Division of Labor drove us forward.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their strength is that they execute marketing strategies in a fun and fresh way that meets their client’s needs. I was disappointed that we wouldn’t be able to see that in their strategy due to the pandemic because I know they do excellent work. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I have no suggestions. They did a fantastic job.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Trust them and give them everything when it comes to the introduction. Give them all of the materials you can because that will equip Division of Labor to do better work.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They pushed us.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They gave us a discount because they wanted to work with us.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They did outstanding work.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would recommend them to anyone looking at marketing companies because they are different.

Digital Marketing for NGO

"The team's talent impressed 13 execs in as many countries. We're already looking to the future of our partnership."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
June 2020 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Division of Labor provided digital marketing services for an NGO. The team worked to expand awareness, create a cohesive message, promote a live stream, and raise funds.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Washington, District of Columbia
Elana Yonah
Co-founder, CommunityImmunity.org
 
Not verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Since partnering with Division of Labor, the NGO saw increased effectiveness in both internal and external communications. The team accommodated the company's file-sharing methodology, contributing to the ease of the workflow. The project has gained more likes, followers, and funds.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Co-founder of a multi-stakeholder global NGO developing awareness and funding for the most vulnerable populations as it related to COVID-19 on continent of Africa. My role is to ensure the best talent to be both sensitive to the cultural competencies of different countries, and bold enough to understand what will work, vs. what might not. Divison of Labor has provided both.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Division of Labor?

We engaged Division of Labor in a complex & urgent call to distill three NGOs messages under the umbrella of one collective initiative. With historically academic and policy orientations, wrangling pithy, effective digital marketing concepts, strategies and communications collateral would be tricky.

Phase 1 of creating the digital marketing materials for a global Livestream4Africa has been successfully delivered and is currently in implementation with all parties pleased with progress.

What were your goals for this project?

Community Immunity's goals included:

  1. Expanding awareness of our initiative
  2. Creating one cohesive message
  3. Promoting our first Livestream4Africa (DofL came up with name!)
  4. Raising funds for the global NGO
SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

My team and I did a global search for an agency that had the creative talent and capacity to distill extremely intellectual policymaking and institutional language describing past work into the pressing needs of the most marginalized communities in Africa. And to do so across language barriers.

The example that ensured Division of Labor won our loyalty was for the Mercury News campaign in which they used hundreds of still images that zoomed out to one clear visual message with aligning text. We knew they could handle our unique needs with creativity and 'get the job done-ness'.

Describe the scope of their work in detail.

Founder Josh Denberg was available to work directly with me and our team. He quickly grasped the challenge of crystallizing our messaging and know strong visuals we're more vital than ever to ensure success.

The scope of work included:

  1. Strategy to Expand awareness of our initiative
  2. Creation of one cohesive message to develop awareness
  3. Strategy and Creative for our first Livestream4Africa (DofL came up with name!)
  4. Effective messaging, marketing and implementation to convert awareness to raising funds for our global NGO.

What was the team composition?

Founder Josh Denberg welcomed joint ideation to expand our concepts into bit-sized and accessible communications and customized mock-ups for a team of executives and comms team on our side for feedback.

In response to our teams' sensitivities around the creative, Division of Labor team quickly shared V.2 incorporating our executive feedback creating a fully aligned and more powerful (and more comprehensive) digital marketing with exact mock-ups for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Josh and his team were able to quickly respond to all needs, no matter how minute, and has done so in speedy fashion.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

Since working with Divison of Labor our internal and external communications and effectiveness have increased tremendously. With Division of Labor's' clear digital communications and marketing plans implemented our teams' talents can be used for executive decision making and refining.

The outcome is more followers, likes and now funds raised via our new initiative. Standby for updates once our first Livestream4Africa launches!

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Workflow has been impeccable. Josh and Division of Labor have accommodated our sharing habits (Google Drive, Docs, Sheet, etc), and always responded quickly to our every request. We say "can you jump?" Josh says, "how high?" It's been an extraordinary relationship and we're already making plans for 2021.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

What is most impressive about Josh and Division of Labor is their instinctual and intuitive capacity to understand how to listen, create and deliver upon a complex digital media campaign. Their complete competency to take on what they do best (including referrals out e.g., publicity) if something is not in their skill set.

Josh and the team's talent impressed 13 execs in almost as many countries, and enlivened revisions aligned with our goals when ever needed. As shared, we're already looking to the future of our partnership. Gratefully, ~Elana

Are there any areas for improvement?

None.

5.0
Overall Score Overdelivered on all expecations.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Easy as Sunday morning.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Fair and generous.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Stellar quality of creative and strategic work.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    900%

Branding Support & Marketing Campaigns for Footwear Company

"It's their clarity of analysis. They have the ability to navigate complexity and distill a brand to its core essence."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Jan. - June 2020
Project summary: 

Division of Labor helped the internal team to distill their brand to a set of core tenants. Providing two impressive concepts, they continued to stay on as an agency of record to handle marketing campaigns.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Portland, Oregon
Niclas Bornling
VP of Marketing, Footwear Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

From their branding efforts to their creative assets on product launches, Division of Labor proved that they had a strong understanding of the brand. Their work helped the company stand out from the industry and appealed to legacy and future customers alike.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I was the VP of Marketing at an outdoor footwear brand from Portland, Oregon.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Division of Labor?

We hired Division of Labor to help articulate and express our brand concept as well as develop key seasonal marketing campaigns.

What were your goals for this project?

To come out with a brand concept that peeled back layers of complexity added of years of constant course changes and distill the remaining core tenants into and elegant and scalable concept that appealed to both the legacy consumer as well as a new and more progressive outdoor user. to simplicity of core tenants of why Keen is in business

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We went through an in-depth pitch process with six agencies sourced from the team's professional network and experience. Two agencies were elected as finalists and after another round of questions and meetings we finally selected Division of Labor.

Describe the scope of their work in detail.

Agency of record covering all marketing initiatives and spanning over all media throughout the year.

What was the team composition?

I worked mostly with Josh Denberg (owner, founder and CD), Rebecca Reid (Account Director) and Faruk Sagcan (Art Director) but many more people from the agency collaborated with us.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

Division of Labor presented early on some very insightful thinking of our brand. Two very sharp and valid concepts were presented and we continued working on both for quite a while before we were able to select a future path.

In hindsight I'm still not sure which one was the best, both were very relevant. Alongside the brand concept development the agency also produced some very creative work on future product launches that was very aligned with each key concept and stood out from the industry standard.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Incredible quick and nimble. I have never experienced such speed and depth of work but maybe most importantly the willingness to adapt and change course we needed to.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Three things:

  1. It's their clarity of analysis. They have the ability to navigate complexity and distill a brand to its core essence.
  2. Very high level of creativity in general.
  3. The pleasure of working with Josh, Rebecca, Faruk and the rest of the amazing team.

Are there any areas for improvement?

I can't point at anything in particular.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Smart, creative, nimble and very nice to be around.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Strategy & Creative Support for HSA Firm

"Division of Labor helped us strike a balance between being a bold company while making our users feel secure."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
July 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Division of Labor assisted with an out-of-home advertising campaign to increase brand awareness. Their work involved developing a strategy and creating all of the creative assets and marketing collateral.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Patrick Connelly
Senior Director of Brand & Strategy, Lively, Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Division of Labor was able to work with very little guidance to produce very impactful creative assets. Their efforts helped the business stand out and generate leads while remaining aligned with the FinTech health care brand. They are a proactive team that is sure to deliver great results.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the senior director of brand and strategy at Lively, a modern HSA firm.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Divison of Labor?

We launched in 2017, so we’re a newer company. It’s important for us to get our brand awareness up and out into the market. We partnered with Division of Labor to target our consumers and expose them to Lively and to what an HSA is. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Division of Labor’s work mostly involved out-of-home advertising on billboards and in train stations. In addition to providing strategic support, they created all of the creative assets and designs that we used for our media placements. 

They also built landing pages for the collateral and created visual ads to go along with them. All we did was resize the assets to make sure that they fit the required dimensions of the different placements. 

What is the team composition?

We mostly work with three teammates: Josh (Founder & Creative Director), Rebecca (Account Director), and another creative director. 

How did you come to work with Divison of Labor?

I was looking for agencies in the market, mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area. I looked at sites like AdWeek and the awards that these agencies had. Division of Labor popped up very quickly. 

After interviewing four finalists in the review process to understand their services and if they’d be a good fit, we wended up going with Division of Labor. We chose them because they were a small team so we knew we’d be working with the experts. 

Additionally, their prices were quite competitive, and they offered us a good rate because we were a new startup while allowing us to grow with them as our ad spending needs increased.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve invested between $50,000–$100,000 on agency fees. 

What is the status of this engagement?

Our engagement began in July 2019, and it’s ongoing. We’re about to finish up our contract, but that’s based on the economic climate, not on their services.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement? 

We’re one of the few HSA providers that’s D2C. There wasn’t a roadmap or competitive example for Division of Labor to follow or imitate, so they had to do a lot of research to see what was used in similar spaces, whether it was health insurance or FinTech companies. They then had to pull from that and apply it to the HSA. It was a pretty big ask from a strategy standpoint to help us go to market in a way we had never done before.

As a newer brand, we needed to make an impact in the market. Their creative was big and bold but didn’t go too far because we are a FinTech and health care service company. Users keep their money with us. We needed to be thoughtful about that.

Division of Labor helped us strike a balance between being a bold company while making our users feel secure. From a deliverables standpoint, the team really helped us enter the major markets. We had media buys in some of the largest media markets including Chicago, Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, and Houston.

The year-over-year (YoY) lift for these interval markets was phenomenal. While we were focused on this unusual market, it also made a good impact on our employer market. We’re seeing these ads driving business to us in those areas, which was completely unexpected but speaks to Division of Labor's ability to connect to our audience.

How did Divison of Labor perform from a project management standpoint?

Working with three teammates makes the project very intimate, which is exactly what we were looking for. We communicate over email, and Rebecca sets the cadence and follows it very precisely. For one of our campaigns, we started later than we should’ve. 

To be able to move at the speed that a startup requires is quite phenomenal for an agency. Rebecca was very proactive in terms of giving us all of the information and explicit feedback on the next steps. They hit every milestone. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

They were tasked with building a first-in-market experience for us, which is always a challenge. As a company, we didn’t know exactly what that looked like so our strategy notes weren’t as precise as those of a larger corporation. But the team did a really good job of dealing with less information, becoming experts in our field, and delivering a creative campaign that stood out.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I have no suggestions. Everything has gone really well so far.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Putting together a comprehensive creative brief is an important first step when dealing with an agency because it helps them understand your thought process. It should include style guides, brand assets, and the tone of voice you want to use. From there, Division of Labor can work from that.

That was one of the learnings from our process and the team helped coach us on that. We’ve now incorporated it into our process so that if this comes up again, we’re more prepared. It also helps the team move at the speed at which you want to move because they’re not stuck researching your business; they can spend more time developing beautiful creative.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Campaign Creation for Environmental Nonprofit

“Their creativity and preparation were absolutely key to our project’s success.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Aug. - Oct. 2019
Project summary: 

Division of Labor created a campaign, outlining three options for a nonprofit to choose from. After budget constraints forced the project to redirect, they worked with their partners to create another option.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Greenbrae, California
Carleen Cullen
Founder & Executive Director, Cool the Earth
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The Division of Labor created an emotional, funny, and attention-grabbing campaign. Though it hasn’t been launched yet, feedback has been positive. The team’s flexibility and responsiveness helped them conquer challenges and deliver a solid product. Overall, they’re highly recommended.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the founder and executive director of a nonprofit called Cool the Earth. We have a mission to engage individuals in reducing their carbon footprint as a way to slow global warming.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Division of Labor?

We’re launching a new campaign called Drive Clean to motivate and inspire individuals to switch from driving a gas car to driving an electric car. We hired Division of Labor to help us reach the broader consumer market in the Bay Area.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

First, we needed to identify a target audience and wanted to reach people who were ready to make the switch to electric vehicles. Division of Labor helped us become more focused, define our goals, and determine what is achievable within our budget. Collaborating with our team, they helped us create a strategy.

They proposed three different concepts, and we selected our favorite. However, we had a setback and weren’t able to secure the funds for that campaign. They worked with us to determine another option that would fit our needs and our budget. We didn’t have funding for market research, but they

What is the team composition?

We had a team of about four people involved.

How did you come to work with Division of Labor?

There was another nonprofit who was running an electric vehicle ad that we really loved. We did a bit of research and found out that Division of Labor was behind that campaign. We reached out to them and they were flexible with our changing circumstances.  

How much have you invested with them?

We spent between $25,000–$50,000.  

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in August 2019 and the project is ongoing. Although we’ve already received all of their deliverables, the campaign is set to launch soon.  

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement? 

In focus groups, the impact of their work was obvious. A few of their concepts would make people burst out laughing. I was astounded that they were able to make something as serious as climate change, humorous. They have an amazing ability to grab people’s attention and evoke emotion simply with pictures and words.

How did Division of Labor perform from a project management standpoint?

They were responsive and jumped on any issues immediately. Their creativity and preparation were absolutely key to our project’s success. I really appreciated that they were able to come up with another concept that would fit within our budget.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They intuitively knew what our target audience should be and were able to create an authentic and catchy campaign.

Are there any areas they could improve?

This was entirely new to us, and I think the sometimes assumed we would understand some of the technical aspects. Though we didn’t know what they meant and needed to ask questions, they were still responsive and willing to help.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be open to new ideas and testing new concepts. We went into the project thinking we knew our audience and how to appeal to them, but there’s a reason you hire a creative team. Sometimes your own ideas just don’t work, but they’re able to create a better and more effective concept.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Radio and Social Media Campaigns for Tattoo Removal Business

"Their creative was smart, funny, and on point."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. - Apr. 2014
Project summary: 

Division of Labor developed marketing strategies and creative materials, including a radio campaign, a website, and social media campaigns.

The Reviewer
 
1,001-5,000 Employees
 
Farmington Hills, Michigan
Chief Medical Director, Multi-Specialty Medical Group
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their principals recommended taking risks to execute attention-catching campaigns, and those campaigns proved highly effective. Division of Labor is a transparent team and they deliver within their estimates.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the medical director of a non-hospital multi-specialty medical group.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Division of Labor?

Back in 2014, we launched a tattoo ablation business to augment additional revenue streams. This was our first experience with non-B2B advertising and so we tapped Division of Labor to provide market strategy, and creative that would appeal to a consumer market.

What were your goals for this project?

Bring in a steady revenue stream for the company that did not rely on insurance reimbursement.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I got a recommendation from a marketing consultant for three different agencies. Of my options, Division of Labor had the best creative ideas at a reasonable price point for a start up.

Describe the scope of their work in detail.

They developed a radio campaign with multiple executions as well as a website and all the components necessary for a social media campaign

What was the team composition?

I worked closely with Josh, the creative director and an account executive whose name I do not recall.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

The campaign was a major success. Josh presented me with three different creative options, one conservative, one middle of the road, and the third super edgy. He recommended we run the super edgy one because it would appeal to our target market. But he also warned me that I would likely offend some people, but I shouldn't worry because they weren't our target market anyway. I decided to go for it. He was right, we did get a few complaints, but I can say with certainty that no one that called us was in the market to get a tattoo removed. 

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Entire process was seamless.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

I really appreciated their transparency throughout the process. I got a ballpark of what I could expect to spend. And, in the end, it was all dead accurate.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Easy. Never had any trouble connecting.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Project came in exactly on budget.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Great work. Their creative was smart, funny, and on point.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Ad Campaign for Real Estate Startup

"I appreciated how collaborative Josh was as the creative director of the company."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Dec. 2017 - June 2018
Project summary: 

Division of Labor helped a real estate startup assess its brand positioning and organize a multi-channel ad campaign. They wrote scripts, decided on messaging, and produced creative assets for each medium.

The Reviewer
 
501-1000 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Alison Price
Head of Brand Marketing, Opendoor
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Featuring a committed team with a proactive and straightforward approach toward project management, Division of Labor delivered a memorable advertising initiative. Future collaboration is possible as a result of the successful engagement and promising results.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the head of branding at Opendoor, a real estate startup. We buy homes directly from homeowners and resell them on the market. This process helps homeowners have a hassle-free sale so that they don't have to deal with listing the property and waiting for someone to buy it.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Division of Labor?

We engaged Division of Labor for marketing work that we hoped would generate brand awareness for this new and revolutionary service.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We agreed to a six-month project that started with assessing our brand positioning. They conducted research to help us craft a more explicit framework, which we then used to drive the development of an extensive multi-channeled advertising campaign. Division of Labor presented us with three different concepts for the initiative. Once we selected our preference, their team devised plans for television, digital, radio, and out-of-home advertisements. After they wrote the relevant scripts and planned all of the messaging, Division of Labor also served as the production company to create all of the assets.

What is the team composition?

Part of what made our engagement a success was that we dealt with a small team. It was very cut and dry in that we had a point person for everything. In addition to Josh (Partner/Creative Director, Division of Labor), we worked with an account manager, a designer, a production person, and a project manager.

How did you come to work with Division of Labor?

Both my boss, the VP of marketing, and I have worked with Division of Labor at our previous companies. We conducted an RFP process with them and a few other agencies, but ultimately we were the most comfortable with Division of Labor given our experience with them.

How much have you invested with them?

The total project cost was approximately $350,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our engagement spanned December 2017–June 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We tested our campaign for three months in only one city—Raleigh, North Carolina—and in that market, we grew our brand awareness by about 40%, which we considered almost unheard of. Division of Labor delivered incredible results, and we’re already exploring the possibility of working together on another project in the future.

How did Division of Labor perform from a project management standpoint?

Their project management methods were fantastic. If our project manager was ever unavailable, Division of Labor always made a consultant available to fill that role. They were proactive in their communication by offering regular updates, check-in meetings, and Asana notes. Division of Labor always made an effort to help us understand where we were in the process.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Josh was hands-on in all components of the project. He brainstormed concepts, wrote scripts, and helped to direct the production itself. I appreciated how collaborative Josh was as the creative director of the company.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, we worked very well together.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I’d advise future clients to have a strong sense of the tone or identity they’re trying to present as a brand. Division of Labor can work around ambiguity to a certain extent, but having an initial direction will help the creative process go as smoothly as possible.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They always met our deadlines.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They are among the most cost-effective agencies that we have worked with.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We've been quite pleased with the results.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I always end up coming back to Division of Labor.

Times Square Digital Marketing for Office Staffing Company

"Division of Labor provided speed, creativity, and collaboration."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Feb. 2019 - Mar. 2019
Project summary: 

Division of Labor led strategy and creative concepts for a digital advertisement in Times Square. They executed the final concept on a seven-story digital tower.

The Reviewer
 
5,001-10,000 Employees
 
Troy, Michigan
Jason S. Morga
VP & Head of Brand Development, Kelly Services
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Response to the ad has been overwhelmingly positive, leading to more work for Division of Labor. Their consistent communication, responsiveness, and ability to turn constructive feedback into implementable, on-time deliverables were hallmarks of their work.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

As the VP of Brand Development and Innovation at Kelly Services, I'm responsible for revitalizing our brand. Kelly is an iconic company, a trailblazer in the workforce solutions space. We seek to advise our job seeker and client audience on what's next for the modern workforce/workplace.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Division of Labor?

Division of Labor has been instrumental in helping bring our brand strategy to life across digital media. Most recently we contracted with them to help us articulate and activate a strong message in Times Square on a seven-story digital tower.

What were your goals for this project?

Our goals were to showcase an energetic career arc across the large tower graphic. The primary campaign driver has increased brand awareness.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Division of Labor has been part of our brand development journey since mid-2017. As one of our short-listed agency partners, they help us with creative activations on a project basis.

Describe the scope of their work in detail.

The Division of Labor team listened carefully to understand the precise challenge we were trying to solve for. Once strategy and goals were set, they came up with a project plan and timing elements. They developed the creative assets, giving us many checkpoints along the way. The idea was to show all the different career opportunities that we can provide to job seekers, such as connecting them with flexible employment opportunities across a variety of work styles. 

What was the team composition?

We worked with a lead strategist, a lead project manager, and a host of creative and digital experts.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

As a result of the Times Square tower graphic, we developed a series of micro ad blocks to drive further awareness of our leadership position. Final metrics will be available from those campaigns in another 45-60 days.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

The workflow was seamless. Julie (project manager, Division of Labor) went above and beyond to ensure that the end deliverable was aligned to our brand. Their whole team was excellent at communicating, and produced all assets in a timely fashion.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Division of Labor provided speed, creativity, and collaboration. Their team is a natural extension of our brand team at Kelly Services.

Are there any areas for improvement?

None that I can think of. As we continue to work together, they will only become more adept at understanding the cultural preferences and nuances of our brand.

5.0
Overall Score A true partner and extension of our team.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They're always willing to jump in and help.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They strive to maximize our budget resources.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They provide top-notch creative and project management.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I highly recommended them.

Marketing Campaign for Electric Car Awareness Nonprofit

"Their creative ideas were exceptional. Their willingness to do what it took to get the job done was excellent."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Dec. 2017 - Mar. 2019
Project summary: 

Division of Labor produced a marketing campaign to raise awareness of electric cars. They developed a logo, tagline, and paid media campaign on Facebook and Instagram.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Sacramento, California
Manager of Technology & Programs, Electric Car Nonprofit
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The campaign that Division of Labor created was well-received, with thousands of users taking further action. Their responsiveness and ability to turn constructive feedback into implementable, on-time deliverables were hallmarks of their work. Creativity and flexibility made them a valuable partner.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there. 

I’m the manager of technology and programs for a nonprofit. We’re a public-private partnership with the mission of raising awareness of electric cars in California. My role in the last year has been to lead a large scale outreach campaign.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Division of Labor?

California has ambitious goals for air quality, climate change, and energy security. The state set targets for electric car sales with a goal of having five million electric cars on the road by 2030. Our nonprofit formed to raise awareness because many consumers aren’t aware of electric vehicles as an option or have misperceptions about the cars. We needed an external agency to help us with a campaign to raise awareness. Once people get interested and excited about electric cars, then hopefully they will explore them for their own driving needs.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We hired Division of Labor to identify target audiences as well as develop creative ideas on how to reach those audiences. They did the planning work to come up with a paid and earned media plan, and then we continued to work with them to implement that plan. They ended up implementing a scaled-down version of the plan because our budget wasn't as robust as we hoped. 

Division of Labor developed the logo and tagline for the campaign named Electric For All. They also came up with the overarching creative used throughout the campaign. They implemented a social digital campaign that included ads on Facebook and Instagram. They put together a plan for us to do various posts to drive earned media and organic search. 

What is the team composition?

Our day-to-day project leads were the two principals of the agency. They would tap into their other experts as needed throughout the engagement. 

How did you come to work with Division of Labor? 

In 2017, our staff went to our board of directors with a budget request to hire a creative agency to help us plan the campaign. We put out an RFP and tried to reach as many agencies as possible. Someone who knew Division of Labor recommended that we make sure they got the RFP. Their proposal stood out as the top response.

How much have you invested with them?

In total, we probably spent $400,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We executed the first agreement in December 2017 and ended our formal relationship in March 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement? 

Division of Labor was creative, and the campaign was well received. One metric we cared about is how many people saw the campaign between October–December 2018 and took further action. There were about 21,000 hits to the automaker website to learn more about specific vehicles. They definitely beat all benchmarks with the social digital campaign as far as the number of views and hits to our videos and ads. We were happy with those results. 

How did Division of Labor perform from a project management standpoint? 

We were quite pleased with Division of Labor. They were responsive and willing to adjust based on our input and feedback. They were always on time, on task, and within budget. They worked well with us to meet our needs and were flexible in dealing with our different personalities. We communicated through phone calls and email. 

What did you find most impressive about them? 

Their creative ideas were exceptional. Their willingness to do what it took to get the job done was excellent. We appreciated working with them, and we highly recommend them to others. 

Are there any areas they could improve? 

No, not that I can think of. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers? 

Although they were flexible, it's always good to be clear on expectations upfront. Having the number of meetings and travel plans established will help get the budget nailed down without any surprises.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Branding & WordPress Dev for Legal Industry Platform

“I think they’re one of the most creative agencies in the US and one of the top creative agencies in San Francisco.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Sept. 2016 - Feb. 2017
Project summary: 

Division of Labor provided branding services and developed a WordPress website. They organized the website and added usability functions. They also worked on the brand logo.  

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
California
COO, Legal Industry Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Division of Labor’s work helped double business growth and boost renewal rates. Their user-friendly, accessible design increased website traffic. The team’s creative excellence and unique approach allowed them to deliver high-quality results. Customers can expect a dedicated, communicative partner.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the COO of an online platform for legal content distribution. Our target audience is general counsels at major Fortune 500 companies and attorney generals within state and federal governments.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Division of Labor?

We needed to raise our company profile and position our platform both within and outside the legal industry. My team wanted to complete a brand analysis to see where our brand might be underdeveloped within the legal industry and professional services.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Division of Labor analyzed our business and the legal industry. They added usability functionalities to our WordPress website and updated how the site was categorized and cataloged. The team also worked on our logo.

What is the team composition?

We worked with Josh (Co-Founder & Creative Director, Division of Labor) and Paul (Former Co-Founder & Creative Director, Division of Labor). My team also engaged with some strategists, a website developer, and an art director.

How did you come to work with Division of Labor?

Josh and Paul had previously done award-winning work for me when I was in the banking industry, and they were at another design agency.

How much have you invested with them?

Our costs were in the low $100,000 range.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our engagement began in September 2016–February 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Although we don’t have specific branding metrics, Division of Labor’s branding work attracted more users and increased inquiries. Their website work has streamlined how users navigate the site and how quickly they find information. Our business grew 22% in 2017, whereas we had grown 10 or 11% the year prior. Our subscription renewal rate also went up.  

How did Division of Labor perform from a project management standpoint?

They were excellent. The team was communicative and responsive; we knew where we stood every day. We communicated via Slack.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Branding our niche platform posed many complex challenges, but Division of Labor met our requirements. They even went beyond the scope of the project to deliver the best possible results. They provided many different options for solving our problems.

We were amazed by their different thought process. I think they’re one of the most creative agencies in the US and one of the top creative agencies in San Francisco.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, they blew us away with their creative thinking and designs. There was nothing more they could’ve done.

Any advice for potential customers?

Be open-minded and ask them to provide as many alternative designs and approaches as possible. If you push them, they will come up with extraordinary ideas.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer