About Us

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About Our Cleveland Search Marketing Services

We’ve been providing Cleveland SEO, digital marketing, search engine & website optimization services for Cleveland area small businesses for over 15 years!

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What’s with the name “Blackgate”?

Good question! We grew up reading comics & while we can debate which “universe” has the better cast of characters, one thing is certain, the antagonists were far more entertaining. So “Blackgate” is a nod to those anti-heroes who never seemed to run short on creativity, ideas, strategies or plans. If they had been as focused on ROI as much as we are, those comics may have taken a very different, strategic direction.

Well, if you didn’t know that Superman was created here in Cleveland as well as a number of other comic pursuits, no we’re not talking about the Browns. A lot of local guys like Harvey Pekar have kept the Cleveland comic train chugging along. With Wizard World’s Comic Con making a return to Cleveland, comics are here to stay.

“But we’re not making a comic book, we need help with our digital marketing & optimizing our website!”

Of course, the point we were trying to convey is that Cleveland is a hotbed for creative talent. At our Cleveland Digital Marketing Agency alone, everyone working on your SEO strategy, website redesign or marketing campaigns enjoys truly artistic pursuits outside of Blackgate. We have artists, illustrators, one guy who has been hacking at the same stump for over 5 years trying to bring his idea to life. So while we’re working hard on client work, we’re always looking for things that inspire us to bring new ideas into the office.
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Do you own or represent a small business who is looking for a local, Cleveland Digital Marketing agency or partner? Do you own or represent a small ad agency or marketing firm who is looking to outsource your SEO? We can help!

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A New Chapter In Digital Marketing

SEO is not dead, far from it! Like any other technology, it’s evolving to meet the needs of users across more & more devices everyday.

That being said, nobody understands your customers better than you do. So in order for our campaigns to be truly successful, we need our clients to be involved in the process from ideation to creation. We’ve tracked & measured far better results with our clients when working together as partners rather than just delivering “time & material”. Ideas & inspiration can come from anywhere, at any time, so being open to developing those off-the-wall ideas through unconventional means at odd hours could have a huge impact on your business. We don’t want to leave any stone unturned if there’s a potential win waiting for you.
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What makes Blackgate Creative so special?

You mean besides our stunning good looks? Each of us has put in 10+ years in the digital space building & optimizing websites, print design, market research / analysis, strategic planning & account management. If degrees are your thing, we’ve got ’em… a few of us even have that pesky MBA & the student loans to prove it. The guy over by the window daydreaming about being on a beach somewhere & the guy hiding behind the lone office plant, we can still see you… have Google certifications which also makes us a Google certified partner.

Do you only work with businesses in Cleveland?

Of course not, we work with clients from all over Northeast Ohio, Cleveland just happens to be the biggest ‘burg on the block. We’ve developed marketing plans for doctors & hospital systems in Ohio City, Lakewood & Rocky River. A couple of our general contractor clients came to us from Westlake, Avon, out to Columbia Station & Grafton. We continue to help a few CPAs & auditors from Strongsville, Medina & Middleburg Heights. A few clients in Solon & Aurora, as far out as Ashtabula down to Youngstown. We’re certainly no strangers to traveling both to & for our clients.

Why should we work with Blackgate Creative?

Unlike most digital marketing agencies, we were built on a framework that refines & defines flexibility. We understand that small business owners are also operators, we know that entrepreneurs & start-ups don’t keep to a 9-5 schedule; so in order to effectively respond to the needs of these Cleveland area small businesses… we need to be flexible. We’ve been on business trips, we’ve helped support sales presentations, we’ve done breakfasts, lunches, brunches, dinners & happy hours to help our clients.
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