Advertising as culture. And vice versa.

If we haven’t met, we are Most Likely To. We’re an ad-agency-ish band of optimists who use creative for good.

Our work includes branding, media, outdoor, digital, events, video production, B2C, B2B, CPG, finance, tech, tourism and you guessed it, SEO.

Not unlike Katy Perry, our industry is undergoing a frenzied yet often misguided struggle to reinvent itself. Consultancies are buying agencies. Algorithms are taking the place of media planners. It’s all becoming less personal and more mechanical—and geared to shareholders above all else.

Problem is, “corporate” and “creative” are antithetical. You simply can’t do meaningful creative problem-solving at scale.

Let’s get back to the purity of a small group of humans who consume data, insights and research, then set it all aside and listen to their hearts.

We do everything you’d expect from a creative agency; we’ve just erased the lines between the strategy, media and creative departments. Everyone on our team has fully functioning left and right brains, so we all wear multiple hats. No tight-fitting knit beanies, however. Those are stupid.

We learned our lesson at larger agencies and are determined to keep our team diverse, collaborative and kind. We’re not big on big egos.

If what you've read interests you, we'd be happy to meet over a glass of beer, or kombucha, or natural spring water, really whatever gets your creative juices going.

 
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Undisclosed
 
10 - 49
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2017
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Branding and Strategy for a Consulting Firm

“Their ability to embed themselves within our team set them apart.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
 
2009 - Mar. 2019
Project summary: 

Most Likely To provided branding services, including product naming, marketing strategy, content development, and web design. 

The Reviewer
 
1,001-5,000 Employees
 
United States
Director, Consulting Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Most Likely To provided a decade's worth of high-quality, timely branding services that have been well received across the board. Although their project management wasn't perfect, they became part of the team and were genuinely invested in the company's success.

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 a director at a consulting firm.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Most Likely To?

We engaged Most Likely To for branding and strategy services. Our company was growing and moving into new areas of expertise, so we needed to rebrand ourselves to provide clarification to our clients. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Most Likely To collaborated with us on branding and marketing strategies for some of our new products, including naming services. They also worked with our internal IT team to design and develop a website, including written and video content that fit within our broader infrastructure.

What is the team composition? 

We probably worked with about five people, including Joseph (Founder & Chief Strategist, Most Likely To). 

How did you come to work with Most Likely To?

We'd been working with Joseph for many years before he started his company, so we naturally continued the relationship after Most Likely To was officially formed. 

How much have you invested with them?

We probably invested an average of around $250,000 per year.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them for about ten years from 2009–March 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Most Likely To provided great branding services and deliverables over the many years we worked together.

How did Most Likely To perform from a project management standpoint?

We developed a strong level of trust with their team over the years. There were some hiccups when Joseph initially set up the company, but they were generally great to work with overall. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their ability to embed themselves within our team set them apart. They were genuinely invested in the company's success, taking pride and ownership in their work. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

While Joseph is very creative and good at brainstorming new ideas, he could use additional project management support.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Allow their team to embed themselves so they can deliver the best possible end products. They do their best work by immersing themselves within a team.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They never had any issues meeting deadlines.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Creative Campaign Development for Nonprofit

"The quality work they produce is impressive—they put in the effort to understand our organization’s voice."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Mar. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Most Likely To helps drive brand awareness, web traffic, and appointment bookings. They produce various creative work, including graphics, and manage online advertising efforts across social media channels.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Krista Maloney
Communications & Community Engagement Manager, SFSPCA
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The efforts have resulted in overall traffic increases and a spike in customer’s booking appointments with the organization. Most Likely To has shown dedication to achieving success, fully investing themselves in the engagement and continually providing useful, relevant insight.

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 communications and community engagement manager for the San Francisco SPCA.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Most Likely To?

We hired Most Likely To because we needed support with our 150th-anniversary campaign, specifically our new "Companion Chronicles" initiative that focuses on collecting adoption stories. We currently use them for a different initiative. Our goal was to build brand awareness within our community, drive traffic to the Companion Chronicles site, and increase spay and neuter appointments.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Most Likely To produces creative digital materials for our campaigns. For our Companion Chronicles campaign, they developed graphics, artwork, etc. and helped with the placement. Their team ran several ads on Facebook and other channels. They provide similar services for our current initiative.

What is the team composition?

We work with several people on their team and have one main point of contact.

How did you come to work with Most Likely To?

Our former marketing director hired Most Likely To for the anniversary campaign, so we kept their services for our current engagement.

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve been working together since March 2018, and the engagement is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

For both campaigns, we’ve experienced great success from working with Most Likely To. For our current initiative, the traffic and number of appointments from customers have significantly spiked. The click-through rate on our ads is impressive, and we’ve seen success across the board. We’ve received positive feedback on all of the creative Most Likely To has produced, and we’re pleased with their work.

How did Most Likely To perform from a project management standpoint?

Most Likely To has been great to work with. Along with keeping us informed on their progress, their team keeps the communication channel open for suggestions and feedback. They're easy to interact with, and we’re happy with how they manage the work.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The quality work they produce is impressive—they put in the effort to understand our organization’s voice. They develop work that speaks to who we are as a company. The strong reporting they provide is also valuable.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There’s nothing I can think of for them to improve—we’ve been pleased.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

We strongly recommend Most Likely To.

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

Campaign Development for a City Agency

"We had the best experience with them."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
June - Sept. 2018
Project summary: 

Most Likely To executed a digital campaign to raise awareness for an event. The team promoted the occasion via social media, local news outlets, and print collateral.

The Reviewer
 
1,001-5,000 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Jackie
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The campaign generated significant attention and obtained high attendance figures. Most Likely To’s passion and strong communication skills benefitted the collaboration between teams. They were a highly creative partner that provided personable service across the agency.

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 work for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Most Likely To?

Our department wanted to highlight the fact that the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has been generating clean power for businesses and city residents for 100 years. Our team hired Most Likely To to develop a campaign around the anniversary and raise awareness for the services we provide to the public.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Most Likely To was involved in the campaign from start to finish. We presented our challenge to them, and the team generated multiple ideas for the campaign. Most Likely To developed the main concept for our pop-up events, digital content, printed materials, signage and more to accompany the campaign. They also worked well with third-party vendors on the production side of the pop-up events to fully execute the campaign and bring it to life.

What is the team composition?

We worked with about five people, including a project manager.

 

How did you come to work with Most Likely To?

Our existing contractor subcontracted Most Likely To based on positive feedback from other city departments.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent $160,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them from June–September 2018. However, the collaboration is ongoing. We are meeting with them this month to discuss future work.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Most Likely To actively promoted the 100th anniversary on social media and local news outlets. For the former, the strategy generated impressions, comments, and new followers. We also received coverage from outlets we hadn’t previously achieved. Our 10 pop-up events had high attendance rates. Overall, we were very pleased with these key performance indicators (KPI) and results.

How did Most Likely To perform from a project management standpoint?

The project manager was responsive, organized, and available. She set up meetings and made the entire team accessible for direct interaction. Likewise, Most Likely To’s smaller size was advantageous for meetings. We were able to hear from their digital and creative sides simultaneously.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The team’s creativity and original ideas set them apart from other agencies in San Francisco. Most Likely To is not just unique but provides a boutique experience for customers that want to know the people they’re working with.

Are there any areas they could improve?

The team’s smaller size has advantages, but can present constraints for certain clients. For example, they don’t necessarily have the same connections and capacity as larger firms. But on the other hand, Most Likely To was consistent and timely. We had the best experience with them.  

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Most Likely To is passionate about their work. The team is warm and open to talk with prospective clients. Companies should feel enabled to reach out and schedule a meeting.

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

Advertising and Media Buying for Law Firm

"From developing creative to executing it in the marketplace, everything's been very professional."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
2014 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Most Likely To coordinates the buying and development of out-of-home advertisements to strengthen an employer brand. They created a new website landing page and continue to manage online professional profiles.

The Reviewer
 
1,001 - 10,000 Employees
 
Minneapolis, Minnesota
HR Generalist, Law Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Most Likely To promoted the creation of new ideas, resulting in valuable and successful advertising campaigns. Their involvement has brought forth a more refined brand identity and strategy. They are accommodating to all scheduling parameters and design ideas.

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 a human resources generalist at an international law firm. In my role, I work on staffing and ensuring that our employer brand is strong.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Most Likely To?

We started working with them a few years ago, and our initial objective was to fill about 80 open positions on our administrative staff in our Minneapolis office. Part of that effort was building our employer brand and online presence for candidates to learn more about our company and make it easier for them to apply. We have since filled those positions, but we continue to work with Most Likely To for out-of-home advertisements in the Minneapolis area, as well as managing our online presence, which includes our LinkedIn and other professional profiles.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They conduct market research to determine a suitable advertising strategy. They then connect with advertising companies to secure contracts and ensure that the physical ads are printed at a high quality.

They renew our contracts to keep our online employer profiles active and updated with our latest job postings. They developed a new landing page for our website, which they built in such a way that we can manage it ourselves. They set up a training session and recorded a video about how to update our posts without contacting them. They continue to host that site, as well.

What is the team composition?

We work closely with a project manager. They have about three or four other people behind the scenes on their team.

How did you come to work with Most Likely To?

We researched several other firms, including some local to our area, but Most Likely To was recommended to us by a vendor we work with that had worked with them in the past.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our collaboration began in 2014 and is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They keep us well-informed of all the metrics involved—from click rates to the number of impressions our outdoor advertising has seen. We have been very pleased with their results.

How did Most Likely To perform from a project management standpoint?

We generally have unique requests and timelines, but they are flexible enough to meet all of our needs.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Generally, if we want to continue with the same campaign design for an extended period of time, they’ll agree to that, but their greatest strength is encouraging us to think outside of the box and challenging us to get outside our comfort zone.

Any advice for potential customers?

No idea is unimportant. We found it valuable to share as much as we could about our company and our background and then letting them build out the campaign. The more they have to work with, the more successful they will be.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They always made themselves available despite the time zone differences.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We are satisfied with the value.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    From developing creative to executing it in the marketplace, everything's been very professional.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    They are great to work with.

Campaign Management for Government Department

“All of their work has been high-caliber and accomplishes exactly what we want.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Most Likely To designs full-service advertising campaigns across a broad range of topics. They conduct research, run media buying and planning, and write copy, among other responsibilities.

The Reviewer
 
501-1000 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Sr. Marketing Strategist, City of San Francisco
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

They’re a dedicated and knowledgeable team, executing creative and effective solutions. Their work has resulted in increased metrics and campaign awareness. They’re fun to work with and bring a fresh, new perspective to advertising.

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 a senior market strategist in the Department of the Environment for the city of San Francisco. I run communication campaigns and initiatives targeted towards residents, businesses, and organizations across the city.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Most Likely To?

We needed a consultant to work on a variety of different campaigns and projects for the city.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Most Likely To has worked on about a dozen campaigns, providing services such as advertising support, copy development, and designing incredible creative. For example, they ran an experiential event for coffee pop-ups around the city. They design full-service advertising campaigns and also do media buying and planning.

They also conduct research to better identify our target audiences and use that information to develop incredibly robust campaigns. We were recently tasked with creating a campaign for Spanish speakers to encourage them to recycle their used motor oil. Most Likely to ran a focus group of Spanish speakers who change their own motor oil and used those findings to create an effective campaign. They leveraged those insights to create a 15 second YouTube video that received about 250,000 hits in three weeks.

What is the team composition?

We usually work with a team of four, which includes a project manager, creative, media buyer, and general support.

How did you come to work with Most Likely To?

We ran an RFP to find someone to support our advertising campaigns in San Francisco. We saw that they were talented and passionate about their work, so we hired them.

How much have you invested with them?

Including fees and media buys, we’ve spent over $1 million.

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve been partners since 2015.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’ve seen improvements across program enrollment, participation, and activations. Most Likely To also accomplishes our more nebulous goals, such as raising awareness. For example, we wanted to raise awareness of our zero-waste policy by bringing it up at the U.S. Conference of Mayors. They met with the hotel, identified the rooms where the guests would stay, and replaced the traditional recycling bags with campaign-branded ones. They even put up a billboard right across from the hotel and advertising on every piece of street furniture nearby. As a result, the mayor talked about the zero-waste initiative at the conference, which was a huge success.

How did Most Likely To perform from a project management standpoint?

Beyond being on time and on budget, they’re incredibly effective at managing the project. They’re a great team to work with that has great ideas.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They find creative solutions to complex problems and have elegant execution. All of their work has been high-caliber and accomplishes exactly what we want. They’re incredibly clever and fun to work with.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Make sure to clearly state your goals and what you want to accomplish. Bring them in early to help refine things and make the process much smoother.

5.0
Overall Score I've never met a team quite as passionate about keeping their client happy.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Things can move slowly in local government, but they always make sure we meet deadlines.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their creative is always impressive and has a great ROI.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They’re incredibly good at what they do, and the end results are always stellar.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve already referred them.