Welcome to the New San Francisco!
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HELSINKI (24 November 2016) – Marketing and PR agency, Helsinki-based San Francisco Oy expands its business and brings its startup marketing services to all small and medium-sized businesses. The agency is one of the first ones in Finland to introduce transparent service package pricing and publishing it on its website.
“San Francisco is not only a destination, it’s a state of mind we want to inject into Finnish growth companies,” says the company’s Founder and CEO Juhani Polkko. “You can grow big from the small country when the product and team are top-notch, and sales operation is supported with effective online marketing. We have learned a great deal in this fast-paced environment and are now ready to take the next step,” he continues.
In the past three years the agency has served over 50 startup companies which have raised over 100 million euros of venture capital funding, and out of which the founders and investors of seven companies have already made a successful exit.
In addition to its service packages, San Francisco has invested sweat equity in a number of companies and has partnered with startup accelerations, the Slush conference, venture capital funds and the Finnish Business Angels Network, FiBAN.
“Startups have been challenging but at the same time very inspiring and motivating clients. Working directly with the founders have taught us to become extremely efficient and performance-oriented. SMEs face similar challenges than startups: Their brands have zero awareness in the beginning, and budgets for paid advertising are low. That’s why content and community-based marketing is the key,” Polkko describes.
San Francisco’s startup clients include Kiosked, Walkbase, Rightware, Zervant, Bonusway, UpCloud, TactoTek and Huone. The agency’s own content marketing media is Startup100 which ranks the Finnish startups based on online visibility and marketing performance.
[Press release in Finnish – Lehdistötiedote suomeksi]
San Francisco Oy, headquartered in Helsinki and founded in 2009, is the first marketing agency in Finland to offer integrated marketing & PR services and focus on internationalizing growth companies. Its team includes 12 professionals, half of which are employees and the other half freelancers. San Francisco’s clients are primarily technology and design companies, which marketing it plans and executes globally. More information at sanfrancisco.fi