Colombo is the commercial capital and largest city of Sri Lanka. According to the Brookings Institution, Colombo has a population of 5.6 million within the metropolitan area. For any marketer looking to enter Sri Lanka, Colombo is the best place to start. In the past, we have looked at top advertising agencies around Asia and now we will take a look at the top 15 advertising agencies in Colombo. This is a starting point for any marketers looking for advertising agencies in Colombo. This list of 15 advertising agencies in Colombo will help you find an agency.
Most of the descriptions are taking from LinkedIn profiles or from the agency’s website.
Top 15 List of Advertising Agencies in Colombo
Triad is Sri Lanka’s leading idea-based advertising agency, consistently creating benchmark communication solutions based on homegrown insights and deliberate strategies. As the largest locally owned agency in Sri Lanka, Triad has successfully challenged multinational competition with its well-crafted communications which are focused on building strong local brands and delivering tangible results.
The agency is an inspired and passionate team of young trendsetters who share a single-minded ambition to produce only extraordinary work. Their efforts over the years netted Triad the status of ‘most awarded agency’ in Sri Lanka. Triad is proud to be the “Global Local” as a member of The Network One, the world’s largest network of independent agencies.
BBDO Lanka, the 288th office in the BBDO network, commenced operations in August 2011. Though a relatively new player in the Sri Lankan ad scene with a dedicated staff of almost 30 professionals, BBDO Lanka already holds Anchor, a household name and the largest dairy brand in the country, among its clients. The agency also handles accounts beyond Sri Lankan shores, delivering the work for the largest dairy brand in Mauritius.
Soon after only its first year of operations it was awarded Campaign Asia-Pacific magazine’s ‘Rest of South Asia Creative Agency of the Year 2012’ – Silver and this year took home the ‘Agency of the Year’ award at its Effie Awards Sri Lanka debut.
BBDO Lanka launched its Force for Good initiative in early 2012 by becoming South Asia’s first ad agency to be certified carbon neutral, which in turn led to the ground-breaking development of Asia’s first mechanical air-filtering billboard.
Is a boutique interactive agency focusing on multi-channel innovation for web, mobile and public display systems. They have 100+ clients in 4 continents as well as marketing offices in Colombo and Melbourne. They believe in a future made digital and they strive to help their clients compete better.
[email protected] Sri Lanka is a full service marketing communications agency at the forefront of the digital revolution. They provide their clients with competent and comprehensive marketing services for the digital age. [email protected] was launched in Sri Lanka in 2011, as a fully integrated SBU of Phoenix O&M (PVT) Ltd. They are the first globally connected, full service digital agency in Sri Lanka.
Within the first year of operations, [email protected] Sri Lanka has delivered sophisticated digital media and social media marketing solutions to a number of leading Sri Lankan brands ranging from FMCG to Telco industries. During 2011, they served 10 different clients with display advertising solutions, social listening services, social media marketing solutions, and website design solutions.
Inmarc Advertising is a fully fledged design, development and marketing communication firm that specializes in providing Above the line & Below the line Advertising, Marketing, Communication (MARCOM) & Brand Consulting, Interactive Web Design & Development and Printing & Outdoor Advertising services aimed at integrating marketing, communication and branding efforts into one cohesive platform that will yield profitable results and brand value.
Initiative is a global communications network within IPG Mediabrands. Initiative believes in four basic principles when solving their clients’ business challenges: fast, brave, decisive and simple. Fast and responsive to the changing world of business. Brave in tackling serious issues. Decisive with their insights, opinions and recommendations and committed to making marketing complexity simple. This approach is conveyed by their talented team, industry leading tools, processes and behaviors.
Initiative employs more than 2500 creative and dynamic colleagues in 94 offices in 73 countries managing approximately $14 billion in billings annually. Initiative’s comprehensive range of communications services include: insight and strategy, analytics, media planning and buying, digital communications, branded content creation, evaluation and accountability services and social media strategy and community management.
Shift Solutions is a digital services and Content creation company that delivers the best possible experience for the consumer through the integrated and disciplined use of the best possible practices, good ideas, people and technology. Among their weaponry are such diverse elements as risk, fear, surprise, design, technology, content creation, strategy, gaming, viral marketing, an almost radical devotion to digital online culture.
With operations in over 120 countries and some nine decades of multinational experience, McCann Erickson has been recognized as the creator of the modern global advertising agency model and has created some of the best-known and most iconic advertising campaigns of the last century.
Mobile Media is here to provide the Marketer with a dynamic new medium to advertise their product in the overcrowded outdoor advertising market in Sri Lanka. “Taxi Advertising” has been successful in many large cities around the world. Mobile Media understands that markets are very competitive and the need to position your “Brand” when advertising is vital to your continued success. Mobile Media’s introduction of Bus Wrappers, Taxi Wrappers, Taxi Toppers, in “Taxi LCD Commercials Direct” and “Flyers Direct” as new mediums can help your brand meet or exceed future marketing goals at a much lower CPT (Cost Per Thousand).
Mobile Media has been involved in the design of a custom roof top Illuminated sign, Custom Automobile Wraps, LCD Screens and Flyer Disbursement Holders which will be used for Taxi advertising in the Sri Lankan markets. Their mission is to help your company exceed their marketing goals with higher impact and exposure, at much better value than the “Typical Lazy Sign.”
J Walter Thompson Sri Lanka is packed with people of many flavors. From authentic devil dancers, photographers, drummers, actors, musicians, the odd balls and a few crazy ones. This is an office that truly believes that creativity cannot be found in a straight-laced box. That’s why the passion in their diverse set of people add to their creativity and makes this a place everyone wants to be a part of.
It’s not about advertising, brand propositions or marketing ROI. It’s about people! reaching their inner most being and delivering to their true emotional needs. That’s why everything they create for their clients is with the person in mind. They don’t create propositions that are sold to customers. They paint the picture that the end customer has been yearning for already. They are a young energetic team of outliers deeply rooted in evolving media.
Maxus is a global media planning and buying agency and they have been named the fastest-growing media agency network for the last three years (Recma). They deliver a planning philosophy called ‘Relationship Media’ which is focused on building more profitable relationships between consumers and brands. It combines the disciplines of communications planning and customer relationship marketing with real-time data analytics.
Their services include communications strategy, media planning and buying, digital marketing, social media strategy, direct response, SEM, SEO, PPC and marketing ROI evaluation.
3JVS is one of the most diversified and growing online marketing companies in Sri Lanka. They offer their services through Web Designing and Development, Business Marketing, Marketing Analysis and Consulting, Software and Application Development and Branding.
3JVS is committed to helping you find the best and right solution for your business marketing. They set a realistic time frame for every project and work hard to deliver timely and high quality work. They will look closely at how best to convey the essence of your business, the most appropriate services, believe in creating a lasting experience to you and your clients which will bring you and them a step closer to your brand.
MEC is one of the world’s leading media agency networks. With over 5,000 highly talented and thriving people working across 90 countries. According to wiki, “Its core business is media buying and media planning but as the media landscape has become more complex it has diversified its capabilities.” They have offices in Colombo.
Creative Mania is a young and a dynamic team in the city of Colombo, providing co-operate and demanding solutions to meet the stringent requirements of their customer. They aim for client satisfaction and they have successfully provided solutions to some of Sri Lanka’s highly recognized brand names.
Creative mania operates as a ‘one stop’ solution center for all co-operate and business needs. They provide our services in Advertising, Graphic designing, Art work and Illustrations, Web Designing, Video Production, Event Management, and Creative Writing.
Final Thought on Advertising Agencies in Colombo
This is just a small list of advertising agencies in Colombo and I’m sure there are more. I would love to hear about any advertising agencies in Colombo that you have worked with and what experiences you had working with them. Please leave a comment and let me know.
If this list was not what you were looking for than maybe you should check out the top advertising agencies around Asia, List of Social Media Marketing Companies in China, Top 13 Advertising Agencies in Shanghai, or Top 10 list of Advertising Agencies in Beijing.
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Note: I have not hired any of these agencies and I do not have firsthand experience with their work.