When we started looking for the top 10 creative agencies in India, the first thing that I realized was that there is no clear definition of who or what is a creative agency. There was no clear definition of what constitutes a creative agency. Agencies were doing production, strategic consulting, creative design and in many cases media buying. For the purpose of this article about the top 10 creative agencies in India, we are only considering agencies whose more than 50% of the business comes through Communication Consulting and Ad Design. They specialize in setting up the communication route for the product, design the ads but not necessarily produce or place those ads themselves. These are also agencies that have clients from multiple cities in India and not a single city.
The list below of the top 10 creative agencies in India is alphabetically arranged and not listed in the terms of the number of clients or total billing.
With offices in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai Contract advertising deals in Account Planning, Creative Design and Production. Top past and current clients for Contract Advertising include AMD Fareast, Asia Cryocell, Asian Paints, Cadbury, Dabur, Gini & Jony, HSBC, Honda Motorcycles, JK Industries, Level Up, NIIT, Onida, Shoppers Stop, Wipro, Madura Garments and Tata Group. Contract Advertising is a part of the WPP group.
Contract Advertising is headquartered at Contract Advertising, 1501, 15th Floor, Tower 3, India Bulls, Finance Centre Senapati Bapat Marg, Elphinstone Mill Compound, Elphinstone Road (W), Mumbai 400 013
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With offices in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkatta, and Kochi FCB Ulka deals in Account Planning, Creative Design, Media Planning, and Production. Top past and current clients for FCB Ulka include Abbott, Amul, Hero Honda, ICICI Bank, ICICILloyds Bank, ITC Foods, Johns Hopkins, Johnson & Johnson, Kalyan Silk, KFC, Motorola, SC Johnson, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Teleservices, Whirlpool, Wipro, Zee Telefilms, Bank of Baroda and Tata Motors. FCB Ulka is a part of FCB Worldwide.
FCB Ulka is headquartered at B-219, 6th Floor, Chibber House, Andheri – Kurla Road, Safed Pul, Sakinaka, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400072
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Grey Worldwide was started in 1917 by Lawrence Valenstein with the USA as its world headquarters. In India with offices in Mumbai, Delhi, and Bangalore Grey Worldwide deals in Account Planning, Creative Design, Production and content creation. Top past and current clients for Grey Worldwide include Ministry of Tourism, ONGC, Gujarat Ambuja, Chhattisgarh Tourism, Haier Appliance, Wrigleys, Parle, Deutsche Bank, Medimix, ITC Foods, Gecis, Parle Agro, Deutsche Bank, Pantech, Sidbi, Chhattisgarh Tourism, Aircell, Joyco and Novartis. Grey Worldwide is a part of the Grey Global Group.
Grey Worldwide is headquartered at Grey India, Bay99 2nd Floor, The ORB – Wing A, Next to J W Marriott Hotel, Village Marol, Andheri [East], Mumbai – 400099
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JWT was started in 1896 in New York. With offices in more than 90 countries, JWT took over Hindustan Thompson in the year 2002. In India, JWT has offices in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkatta, and Hyderabad. JWT rose to popularity with its award-winning work for Lux and Pepsi’s bleed blue campaign. Top past and current clients for JWT include Pepsico, DYC, Hero Honda Motors, Glaxo Smithkline, Frito Lays India, HPCL, Unilever Home & Personal Care and Ford.
JWT India is headquartered at Wunderman Thompson Mumbai, Bay99 – A WPP Campus, The ORB, 6th Floor, A Wing, JW Marriott Sahar, Village Marol, Andheri, Mumbai 400099.
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Leo Burnett was started in 1992 in Chicago. With offices in more than 100 countries, Leo Burnett is rated as one of the top creative agencies in India. In India, Leo Burnett has offices in Mumbai, Delhi, and Bangalore. Top past and current clients for Leo Burnett include P&G, Coca-Cola, Heinz India, McDonald’s, Bajaj Auto, Godfrey Phillips, Tata Salt, Mumbai Mirror, Times Now, Dishnet Wireless, Gail India, Makemytrip, HDFC Standard Life, Perfetti Van Melle India and Ministry of Tourism.
Leo Burnett India is headquartered at 36-A, Big Apple Building, Dr.Shirodkar Road, Parel, Mumbai Maharashtra 400012 India
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Lowe Lintas is the creative agency of MullenLowe Lintas Group, India. One of the largest in India, Lowe Lintas has to its credit handling a maximum number of brands among the list of top 10 brands in India.
Headquartered in Mumbai, Lowe Lintas has a strong presence throughout India with offices in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, New Delhi (NCR) and Pune. It is one of the few creative agencies with a physical office in Ahmedabad. Lowe Lintas handles more than 23 brands on HUL, the largest FMCG company in India.
Top past and current clients for Lowe Lintas include Bajaj Auto, Bajaj Avenger, Bajaj Discover, Britannia, Flipkart, FreeCharge, Google, Hamam, HLL – Lakme Hair Next, Idea Cellular, ITC, J&J, Jindal Steel, LG – Home Electronics, LIC Housing Finance, Maruti Udyog, MRF, New Era Entertainment (Dish TV), Tanishq, Tata Card, The Hindu, Bajaj CT 100, Axis Bank and Unilever.
Lowe Lintas India is headquartered at 36-A, Big Apple Building, Dr.Shirodkar Road, Parel, Mumbai Maharashtra 400012 India
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McCann Erickson India was started in the year 1902. McCann has offices in 120 countries with its India headquarters in Delhi. McCann Erickson India is lead by the famous copywriter and adman Prasoon Joshi.
Headquartered in Mumbai, McCann Erickson India has a strong presence throughout India with offices in Mumbai, Delhi, and Bangalore.
Top past and current clients for McCann Erickson India include Allegran India, Balsara, Chevrolet, Coca-Cola,Dabur,General Motors, Hindustan Lever, Intel Processor, Johnson & Johnson, LOreal, Marico, Mastercard, Microsoft, Nerolac, Perfetti, Reebok, Tata Indicom, TVS Motors, TVS Motors – Starcity/ Apache and UTI Bank Credit Card.
McCann Erickson India India is headquartered at 34, Sudarshan Munjal Marg, Balaji Estate, Kalkaji, New Delhi, Delhi 110019.
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- Mudra Communication
Mudra Communication was started in the year 1902. McCann has offices in 120 countries with its India headquarter in Delhi. Mudra Communication is lead by the famous copywriter and adman Prasoon Joshi.
Headquartered in Mumbai, Mudra Communication has a strong presence throughout India with offices in Mumbai, Delhi, and Bangalore.
Top past and current clients for Mudra Communication include Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Dabur, Godrej Agrovet, Henkel, HPCL, IBS, Johnson & Johnson, Jyothy Labs, LIC, Madura Garments, McDowells No. 1, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, MTDC, Orissa Tourism, Pantaloon, Paras Pharma, Philips, Reliance ADAG, SBI, TTK, Zenith Computers, Godrej Consumer Products, and Philips.
Mudra Communication India is headquartered at Mudra House”, Opp. Grand Hyatt, Santacruz (E), Mumbai 400055.
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Arguably the best creative in India as well as across the globe, Ogilvy & Mather India is headed by the most popular adman of India Piyush Pandey. O&M, as it is popularly known as Ogilvy, was founded in the year 1948 by David Oligavy and has its offices in more than 150 countries worldwide. It operates in 6 cities throughout India and is the top of the list in any awards of the ranking of best creative agencies in the country.
Headquartered in Mumbai, Ogilvy & Mather has a strong presence throughout India with offices in Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkatta, and Bangalore.
Top past and current clients for Ogilvy & Mather include BP/Castrol, Cadbury, Diligent Media, Direct TV, GAIL, Gillette India, GM, HLL, Hutchison Essar, IBM, ITC Infotech, Nasscom, Raja Fun Foods, SBI, Seagrams , Tata Motors, Walt Disney Company, Worldspace India, Asian Paints and Hindustan Times
Ogilvy & Mather India is headquartered at 11-14 Floor, Commerz, International Business Park, Oberoi Garden City, Off Western Express Highway, Goregaon (East), Mumbai 400063.
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Rediffusion qualifies in the top 10 creative agencies in India list purely on the basis of its legacy. It still continues to be the largest independent ad agency in India. Started in 1973, Rediffusion has to its credit a few of the iconic brand campaigns created in India. Few of the popular brand campaigns of Rediffusion include “Gold Spot the zing thing”, “Jenson & Nicholson- When you think of color, think of us”, Maruti Gypsy, Eveready, Parle pack, Colgate, “ Red & White Bravery Award”, Airtel, Tata Tea, SBI and many others.
Headquartered in Mumbai, Rediffusion has offices in Kolkatta, Delhi, and Bangalore.
Top past and current clients for Rediffusion include Bharti, ACC, Anmol Biscuits, Ascendas, BD Bangur, Bengal Shrachi, Bharti Infotel, British Council, Citibank, Coke, Colgate, Diwgent Media, ETA, Franklin Templeton, Franklin Templeton, Fresh & Honest, Gail, GM, Grouer Sons, Indian Army, ING Life Insurance, Ioch, Lawrence & Mayo, Lotto, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Nutrine Confectionery, Onida, Pioneer, Sicpa, Singapore Tourism, Taj Group, Tata Motors, The Statesman, Vijay Shanthi Builders, Xerox, Diwgent Media Computers, Godrej Consumer Products, and Philips.
Rediffusion India is headquartered at Redifussion Brand Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Unit No 1801/1802, A Wing, 18th Floor, Lotus Corporate Park, Off. Western Express Highway, Goregaon East, Mumbai – 400063.
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