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School of Thought is an independent creative + media agency located in San Francisco’s historic Barbary Coast. Since 2008, our in-house production team has been delivering groundbreaking work for challengers across nearly every industry.


We're an agency where quality and people come first, and bureaucracy and layers don’t come at all.


Our job is simple: help businesses we believe in succeed.

This explains why we're full-service. There is no B-team and we'll tell you what you need to hear –– not just what you want to hear.


It's been the secret to our success since the day we were founded.

$150 - $199 / hr
10 - 49
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San Francisco, CA
  • 544 Pacific Ave, Third Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94133
    United States


Key clients: 

Red Bull North Lake Tahoe Montage Health Blend Cisco Milliman Bridge Bank

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Milliman was the billion-dollar consulting company you had never heard of.

Their exceptional consultants have been transforming business with math and statistics for decades.

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Red Bull

On par with GQ and Wallpaper, the Red Bulletin magazine was struggling.

Sure, they had amazing content and a powerhouse parent brand, but awareness of this digital publication was anemic.

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Blend’s mission is to build an online system that makes the lending application process seamless and intuitive. Blend also helps companies to grow, streamline workflows, and close loans faster.

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Our guerilla effort generated over 100k engagements, 3 million impressions, and thousands of smiles (and installs) in record time.

Mobile World Congress and CeBit are two of the world’s largest tradeshows. The Cisco WebEx team wanted us to help them to steal the show—without a booth, across the globe, in four

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North Lake Tahoe

Our campaigns brought new life to North Lake Tahoe, increasing hotel room sales by 30%.

Lake Tahoe gets taken for granted. We set out to change that, with arresting, distinctive campaigns for every season.

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Montage Health

Our TV and print ads blanketed Monterey County. In two months, our campaign’s awareness nearly matched Kaiser’s famed Thrive campaign.

Healthcare advertising can be difficult. The typical approach is an endless stream of smiling patients and doctors, all shaking hands and high-fiving.


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SF Environment

In a campaign spanning outdoor, social, display and web, we increased awareness of recycling and composting by 24% in San Francisco—capturing the attention of residents as well as local and national press.

San Francisco—the most environmentally conscious city in the country, right? Turns out, when it comes to recycling

and composting, there’s room for improvement. Especially among transplants—25% of all residents.

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Intrepid Travel

We positioned Intrepid as a brand on a mission: give Americans more time off.

How does an Australian company known for adventure travel get Americans to vacation more—and differently?

Our integrated campaign showed how Intrepid’s small group travel makes

it possible to fully experience all that a country has to offer, and at an affordable price.

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Bridge Bank

In just weeks we crafted a campaign that positioned the brand as “The Entrepreneur’s Bank”—and had VCs jumping from rival banks.

Bridge Bank was in a bind: In two weeks, they were about to open their first branch in Atlanta. Oh, and the brand’s look and feel needed a refresh.


A tight deadline, but these bankers are terrific partners, and we rallied the troops to make it happen.

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