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Top 20 Advertising Agencies in India

Every company needs service from an advertising agency. It becomes very difficult for a company to promote their brand and sell the products without the help of advertising agencies.

Sales of a product depend upon the marketing. All the ads that you see on television, newspaper and other medium are created by advertising company.

Creative people working for these agencies create ads that are compelling and forces customers to buy a particular product.

If you are looking for a career in advertising industry then you must read this article.

We have jot down a list of top 20 advertising agencies in India. We have ranked these companies on the basis of their popularity and number of clients.

Advertising Agencies

So here is the list of these 20 ad agencies-

1. Ogilvy & Mather

  • Core Business and Services: Advertising, Brand Identity, Customer Analytics, Crisis Management, Creative Design
  • Key People: Piysuh Pandey is Executive Chairman and National Creative Director, John Goodman is CEO
  • Number of Employees: Creative – 330, Production – 63, Servicing – 350, Account Planning – 20
  • Operations: In India, USA and around the world
  • Major Clients: IDBI Mutual Fund (Mutual fund); SBI Mutual Fund(Mutual Fund); TTK Textiles (Tantex/Textile); J K Tyres(Tyres); Pantaloon Fashion India Ltd(Garments); Levers, Cadbury, Louis Philippe (corporate); UTI (MIP’97/Financial); TVS Suzuki (corporate)
  • Major Awards: Cannes, D & AD Global Awards, Door Art Centre etc
  • Head Office: Mumbai
  • Website and Contact Details: www.ogilvy.com, Tel: (0091 22) 491 3877 Fax: (0091 22) 491 3838

2. Crayons Advertising and Marketing Pvt Ltd

  • Core Business and Services: Advertising and Brand Management
  • Key People: Kunal Lullani, Managing Director
  • Number of Employees: Creative – 130, Production – 23, Servicing – 150, Account Planning – 10
  • Operations: India Only
  • Major Clients: Marshal (Mahindra & Mahindra/jeep); Jindal art glass (Jindal Dyechem/Stained glass)
  • Major Awards: Perfetti, Foods Campaign Gold etc
  • Head Office: New Delhi
  • Website and Contact Details: www.crayonad.com and Tel: (0091 11) 621 2347 Fax: (0091 11) 647 4765

3. McCann Erickson India

  • Core Business and Services: Advertising and Branding
  • Key People: Santosh Desai, President
  • Number of Employees: Creative – 114, Production – 88, Servicing – 16, Account Planning – 10
  • Operations: India, USA, Europe and 120 Countries
  • Major Clients: Coca-Cola (Kinley soda water, Diet coke, beverages, Sprite – Soft drink); Nestle (sunrise/coffee); BPL (Gas tables); Motorola (Cellphones & Pagers); Khaitan (Fans)
  • Major Awards: NDTV India, Western Union Money Transfer, Radio Mirchi
  • Head Office: New Delhi

Website and Contact Details: www.mccann.com and Tel: (0091 11) 600 2600 Fax: (0091 11) 646 3875, 600 2647

4. Lowe Lintas

  • Core Business and Services: Advertising
  • Key People: Pranesh Misra as President
  • Number of Employees: Creative – 100, Production – 19, Servicing – 181, Account Planning – 20
  • Operations: India and USA
  • Major Clients: ITC (Indian Kings cigarettes); Johnson & Johnson (Johnson’s Kids soaps); Air France (Airways); BPL (BPL Excell alkaline batteries) Nestle India Ltd (Polo, Bar One – Confectionary); Johnson & Johnson (Lotion, Cream – baby oil)
  • Major Awards: Non
  • Head Office: Mumbai
  • Website and Contact Details: www.lowelintas.in and Tel: (0091 22) 202 1577, Fax: (0091 22) 202 3135/6

5. Creative Advertising

  • Core Business and Services: Advertising Only
  • Key People: Vishwanath Iyer as Director
  • Number of Employees: Creative – 330, Production – 63, Servicing – 350, Account Planning – 20
  • Operations: India and Middle East
  • Major Clients: Trendly systems (TSL/telemedia service)
  • Major Awards: NDTV, Star Plus awards etc
  • Head Office: Mumbai
  • Website and Contact Details: www.creativeadvertising.co.in and Tel: (0091 22) 267 1763, 267 1991 Fax: (0091 22) 267 0860

6. JWT

  • Core Business and Services: Advertising and Branding
  • Key People: Colvyn J harris as CEO
  • Number of Employees: Creative – 330, Production – 63, Servicing – 350, Account Planning – 20
  • Operations: Around the world 200 offices in 90 countries
  • Major Clients: Pepsico, DYC, Hero Honda Motors, Glaxo Smithkline, Frito Lays India, HPCL, Unilever Home
  • Major Awards: Cannes: Silver – The Indian Red Cross, Asia Image Apollo Awards: Gold – Diamond Trading Corporation – History of the World TVC
  • Head Office: Mumbai
  • Website and Contact Details: www.jwt.com

7. Chaitra Leo Burnett Pvt Ltd

  • Core Business and Services: Advertising, Ad Making, Branding etc
  • Key People: Arvind Sharma is Managing Director
  • Number of Employees: Creative – 55, Production – 6, Servicing – 35, Account Planning – 2
  • Operations: India, USA etc
  • Major Clients: ICICI; Bajaj Auto; Dabur India; BPL Ltd; Coca -cola(mazaa/beverage); Toyota (Qualis); Amtrex Hitachi(Air-conditioner)
  • Major Awards: Tata Salt, Mumbai Mirror, Times Now, Dishnet Wireless, Gail India, Makemytrip
  • Head Office: Mumbai
  • Website and Contact Details: www.leoburnett.co.in and Tel: (0091 22) 380 7070 Fax: (0091 22) 380 4542

8. Mudra Communications Ltd

  • Core Business and Services: Marketing, Communications etc
  • Key People: CEO is Madhuka Kamath
  • Number of Employees: Creative – 110, Production – 6, Servicing – 50, Account Planning – 12
  • Operations: India Specific
  • Major Clients: Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (Corporate); Indian Express (News paper); Mid-Day (website); Global Trust bank (Banking);Indian Tourism Development Corporation (Hotels); Business Standard (Publications); Raj TV (TV Channel); Henkel Spic India
  • Major Awards: Abby: Silver – Reliance Relpipe PPR, Asia Pacific AdFest: Bronze – Gujarat Police, SPARK: Gold – Deccan Herald Olympic Coverage
  • Head Office: Ahmadabad

Website and Contact Details: www.ddbmudragroup.com and Tel: (0091 79) 656 5659 Fax: (0091 79) 642 5058

9. Grey Worldwide

  • Core Business and Services: a Advertising and Marketing
  • Key People: Ashutosh Khanna is CEO
  • Number of Employees: Creative – 50, Production – 29, Servicing – 60, Account Planning – 10
  • Operations: USA and India
  • Major Clients: Ministry of Tourism, ONGC, Gujarat Ambuja, Chhattisgarh Tourism, Haier Appliance
  • Major Awards: Adfest Asia: Bronze – Wyeth (Anne French)
  • Head Office: Mumbai
  • Website and Contact Details: www.grey.com

10. Akshara Advertising

  • Core Business and Services: Communication and marketing
  • Key People: S K Swami as CEO
  • Number of Employees: Creative – 330, Production – 63, Servicing – 350, Account Planning – 20
  • Operations: India Only
  • Major Clients: Rajasthan (University of Rajasthan); ONGC; MTNL
  • Major Awards: Non
  • Head Office: New Delhi
  • Website and Contact Details: www.aksharaadvertising.com and Tel: (0091 11) 641 6253, 641 6258, 640 4264-66 Fax: (0091 11) 648 1655

11. FCB Ulka Advertising Ltd

  • Core Business and Services: Advertising and Branding
  • Key People: N G Alai is Executive Director
  • Number of Employees: Creative – 96, Production – 63, Servicing – 101, Account Planning – 22
  • Operations: India and Overseas with more than 6 divisions
  • Major Clients: Bank of Baroda, Tata Motors, Whirlpool, Hero Honda etc
  • Major Awards: Abby Gold – Zee Cinema, Zee Telefilms etc
  • Head Office: Mumbai
  • Website and Contact Details: www.draftfcbulka.in and Tel: (0091 22) 202 6884, 285 2184, 283 6068 Fax: (0091 22) 287 5947

12. Contract Advertising (India) Ltd

  • Core Business and Services: Advertising and Consulting
  • Key People: Jagdip Bakshi is current CEO of the company
  • Number of Employees: Creative – 330, Production – 63, Servicing – 350, Account Planning – 20
  • Operations: India Only
  • Major Clients: Indian Express (matrimonial); Cadbury India Ltd (picnic, milk treatChocobix); Dabur foods Ltd(real/fruit juice); MTNL (corporate)
  • Major Awards: Fame Adlabs, Shringar Cinemas – The Day After Tomorrow, Bronze – Kinetic Zing, Baazee.com
  • Head Office: Mumbai
  • Website and Contact Details: www.contractindia.co.in and Tel: (0091 22) 4306041, 4306042 Fax: (0091 22) 4303808/7890

13. Rediffusion DYR

  • Core Business and Services: Communication services, Advertising, Media Management, PR etc
  • Key People: President is Preet KS Bedi
  • Number of Employees: Creative – 83, Production – 25, Servicing – 102, Account Planning – 9
  • Operations: India, Asia, USA etc
  • Major Clients: Godfrey Philips (Four square/cigarette); Haldia Petrochemicals(Petrochemicals); Evian (Mineral Water)BPL (Colour television, Refrigerator, home appliances), Ericsson Mobile (Cellphones); SAIL (Corporate); CitiBank (Corporate); Cannon (printers, calculators); Bharti BT Ltd (Internet service)
  • Major Awards: Abby: Gold – Colgate Whitening, Indian Oil Extra Premium, Tata Corporate, Colgate Fresh Energy Gel
  • Head Office: Mumbai
  • Website and Contact Details: www.wpp.com and Tel: (0091 22) 493 7308/13, 494 0206/5750 Fax: (0091 22) 493 6557

14. RK Swamy BBDO

  • Core Business and Services: Advertising, Market research, Marketing etc
  • Key People: Shekar Swamy is President
  • Number of Employees:a Creative – 110, Production – 23, Servicing – 90, Account Planning – 12
  • Operations: Across India and USA also
  • Major Clients: Cisco System(network solution); Abbott Laboratories India Ltd(Healthcare); Mercedez Benz (Automobiles); MTNL(Telecommunication); Sony India Ltd(Sony/TV); Fujitsu ‘O’ general(Air conditioners); SQL Star International Ltd(Computer education);Dalmia Cement (Cement); Wrigleys India (Wrigleys Juicy Fruit chewing gum); Dena Bank
  • Major Awards: One Show Rx: Brand Cremaffin, IndusInd Bank, New York Global Awards: Brand Cremaffin
  • Head Office: Chennai
  • Website and Contact Details: www.rkswamybbdo.com and Tel: (0091 44) 829 2300, 829 2302 Fax: (0091 44) 829 5557

15. Saatchi & Saatchi

  • Core Business and Services: Advertising and Marketing
  • Key People: V Shanta Kumar as MD and CEO
  • Number of Employees: Creative – 36, Production – 32, Servicing – 39, Account Planning – 2
  • Operations: 140 Offices in 70 Countries
  • Major Clients: Maruti udyog Ltd(Wagon R/ Automobile); Bharat Petroleum Corporation (Diesel Engine oil/automotive lubricants); HDFC Asset management company(Mutual Fund); Global Tele-system (Information Technology); BPL Ltd (Washing machines, Corporate); VISA (Card, Relationship marketing); Delta Airlines (Airlines); Proctor & Gamble
  • Major Awards: Asia Pacific AdFest: Silver – Ariel Corners, Bronze – Ariel Corners (Tea Man), Ariel Corners (Painter)
  • Head Office: Mumbai
  • Website and Contact Details: www.saatchi.com and Tel: (0091 22) 300 0301/3/4 Fax: (0091 22) 300 0302

16. Ambience D’arcy

  • Core Business and Services: Advertising and Branding
  • Key People: Ashok Kurien is Chairman and MD of the Agency
  • Number of Employees: Creative – 75, Production – 23, Servicing – 150, Account Planning – 3
  • Operations: India
  • Major Clients: Times of India Group (planet M/ Music store; Emami Group of companies (Himani sona chandi, Nirog dant power, tooth power); Procter & Gamble (Whisper, vicks, healthcare); TVS Suzuki
  • Major Awards: Non
  • Head Office: Mumbai
  • Website and Contact Details: www.coloribus.com and Tel: (0091 22) 496 2898, 494 4640, 492 3925, 494 8696 Fax: (0091 22) 493 7847, 493 4036

17. iB&W Communications Pvt Ltd

  • Core Business and Services: Advertising, Marketing, Branding, PR services
  • Key People: Mukesh Gupta is MD and Chairman
  • Number of Employees: Creative – 46, Production – 14, Servicing – 42, Account Planning – 12
  • Operations: India Specific
  • Major Clients: Pantaloons Retail India (Fashion Retail chain); J K Cement (J K White/Cement); MTNL (telecommunication); ION Exchange (water Management System) ONGC; Airport Authority of India; Business India (Exhibitions); Living Media (Music Today – music); Concern India (NGO)
  • Major Awards: Non
  • Head Office: Mumbai
  • Website and Contact Details: Tel: (0091 22) 494 4087-89, 492 0291-94, 496 0029-32, 497 1401-04 Fax: (0091 22) 497 1398

18. Euro RSCG Advertising Pvt Ltd

  • Core Business and Services: Advertising
  • Key People: Suman Srivastava is President
  • Number of Employees: Creative – 37, Production – 16, Servicing – 55, Account Planning – 2
  • Operations: India Only
  • Major Clients: HDFC Securities (HDFCinvest.com/website); Pacific Online (portals); Rolta (roltanet.com/ISP); Weekender (weekender garments); Torrent Pharma (Dilzem Surge)
  • Major Awards: Promax World Awards: Gold (Best Sports Programme) – Extra Innings – Sony Entertainment Television (SET), Silver(Best use of Original Music Composition) – SET, BDA World Awards 2005: Gold – Best Open – Extra Innings/SET
  • Head Office: Mumbai
  • Website and Contact Details: Tel: (0091 22) 493 7188 Fax: (0091 22) 493 7183

19. Adbur Pvt Ltd

  • Core Business and Services: Advertising
  • Key People: Rakesh Endlaw is CEO of the company
  • Number of Employees: Creative – 330, Production – 63, Servicing – 350, Account Planning – 20
  • Operations: India Only
  • Major Clients: Sanat Products (Bioslim slimming agent); Dabur Pharmaceuticals (Lona Low-sodium salt). Dabon International Ltd (Lebon-Cheese)
  • Major Awards:aNon
  • Head Office: Ghaziabad, UP
  • Website and Contact Details: www.grotal.com and Tel: 477 7901-7920, 477 8501-8520 Fax: 477 7935

20. Bates Enterprise

  • Core Business and Services: Marketing and Branding
  • Key People: Rajesh Ghatge is CEO
  • Number of Employees: Creative – 330, Production – 63, Servicing – 350, Account Planning – 20
  • Operations: 16 Offices in Nine Different Countries
  • Major Clients: IDBI, Marico, Optimix, Sony Car & Home Audio, Tata AIG, Dabur, ITC
  • Major Awards: Old – Sony India, Silver – Tata AIG, Indian Airlines, Nokia, Sony India, Kewal Kiran Industries (Killer Jeans), General Motors, New York Festivals: Silver – Knight Queen
  • Head Office: Mumbai
  • Website and Contact Details: www.bateschi.com

So these were top 20 ad agencies in India. For more information about these advertising agencies, visit their website.

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