Sri Lanka is the 57th most populated nation in the world with over 20 million people. Anyone looking to reach this large consumer group will need help from one of the many advertising agencies in Sri Lanka. Today, I have created a list of 15 advertising agencies in Sri Lanka to help you find one. This list is just a starting point and should not be viewed has an official list of top advertising agencies in Sri Lanka.
There are many agencies available and I selected a group of agencies both well-known and boutique. Below is the list of advertising agencies in Sri Lanka, feel free to leave a comment below and let us know about other advertising agencies in Sri Lanka. Are you looking for Advertising Agencies in Colombo?
Top 15 List of Advertising Agencies in Sri Lanka
Neo@Ogilvy 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. Neo@Ogilvy 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, Neo@Ogilvy 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.
They are a young, dynamic digital creative agency that was born just 5 years ago. Their team is full of youthful energy – from their dynamic founders, to their bunch of creative designers, to their nerdy developers and wacky marketers – you will find youthful exuberance throughout their digital agency. Their very first project (Asian Adventures) made waves and they’ve gone from strength to strength ever since.
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.
SixthNode is a boutique marketing communications agency. They work with brands all over the world to help them understand how to humanize their brands, both online and offline. SixthNode helps companies to design and deliver innovative and interactive digital marketing and social media communication strategies, to cut through the clutter of conventional marketing communications.
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.
Reap Digital is a full service digital agency with a passion for performance marketing. They help global businesses reach and reap digitally.
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.
They are passionate in making their clients more money by understanding their business and providing marketing consultancy to help satisfy their customers’ needs better & faster than their competitors with not only ideas on marketing communication and product enhancement, but ideas on how to use software, the web, community management & mobile technology to its full potential in achieving the above goal. They also provide them the services of a fully fledged marketing & software development team for executing these ideas thus providing them the services of the entire marketing & software industry by working along with just one entity.
TBWA Worldwide is a top-ten ranked global advertising network that holds Disruption® at its core to develop business-changing ideas for the brands it works with. TBWA has 11,100 employees across 323 offices in 97 countries and also includes brands such as AUDITOIRE, BEING, Digital Arts Network (DAN), eg+ worldwide, The Integer Group®, TBWA\Media Arts Lab and TBWA\WorldHealth.
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.
Grey is one of the ten largest advertising agencies in the world, with offices in over 83 countries. It has one overriding focus: to produce truly great creative work, to produce work that soars, makes us proud and fosters the brand relationship with consumers—work that helps our clients prosper. Grey Worldwide provides highly creative services including brand ideas and strategies, brand planning, creative development and production. Our agency is organized into four geographical units: North America; Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), Asia-Pacific and Latin America.
They constantly work towards building online and offline platforms on which they enable their clients to build engagement with their relevant target groups. Their main business revolves around location based digital display marketing, where they provide digital advertising solutions with a large network of location based touch-points.
On the ground level upwards they partner with their clients in carrying out various marketing promotional activities in order to connect their clients and their customers and support them in building the heart in their marketing strategies. They are pioneers in building new angles to developing marketing communications on emerging platforms and are focused on developing the Sri Lankan market to evolve from traditional media marketing techniques and help their clients streamline their marketing efforts to reach a segment of one.
Y&R is one of the world’s leading full-service advertising agencies, distinguished by their proprietary knowledge, analytic and creative solutions. Y&R ignites brand energy through big ideas – before and beyond advertising. Y&R pioneered integrated marketing more than 30 years ago. Through their collaborative efforts with their Young & Rubicam Brands partners, they are uniquely positioned to help their clients with best-in-class solutions.
They are an integrated marketing & advertising agency, driven by the singular goal to make their clients brands succeed.
Founded in 2006, Three Sixty is a collective of passionate & dedicated account managers, designers, social media marketers, innovators, writers and story tellers working in a collaborative environment to deliver effective & meaningful solutions wrapped in the creative flair that has always defined who they are.
Their corporate culture is defined by a clear focus on customer service and satisfaction. They take pride in building strong relationships and providing completely customized solutions to meet each clients specific needs. They have blazed a trail in the Marketing Industry by bringing the concept of outsourced marketing to Sri Lanka and they continue to make their mark with high quality service delivery.
They are a bunch of creative people that specialize in creating customer experiences across every digital touch-point. They love cording and they always try to see things in new way, a better way!
Final Thought on Advertising Agencies in Sri Lanka
In the past, I wrote about agencies in Colombo, but I wanted to write about advertising agencies in Sri Lanka because I saw many agencies that were not based in Colombo. I hope this list will help you find an agency and I believe both list will allow you to start you marketing campaign in Sri Lanka. If you have worked with any advertising agencies in Sri Lanka and you think they should be on the list, please leave a comment and I will look into adding them.
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Note: I have not hired any of these agencies and I do not have firsthand experience with their work. Also, most of the descriptions are taking from LinkedIn profiles or from the agency’s website.