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Established in 2011 and headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Brand & Mortar is a team of 20+ marketing and advertising professionals with offices across Canada and the United States. We work with both SMB (small and medium sized businesses) and large enterprises across a variety of industries including: eCommerce, CPG, technology, SaaS, beauty & fitness, health & medical, tourism, automotive, insurance, retail, fashion, professional services and more.

Brand & Mortar is a full-service Toronto marketing agency and Toronto website design agency that offers branding and brand marketing, website design & website development, social media management, content marketing, pay-per-click advertising (PPC) management, and search engine optimization (SEO), video production and technology development.


Mission & Vision

Our mission is simple – to help your business grow. We accomplish this growth through a strategic marriage of technology, improved workflow, best practises and a lot of experience.

Our vision as an agency is help drastically improve our clients’ marketing and advertising ROI in every major city across North America.

What we stand for

Honesty &

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Growth &

Awards & Recognition

  • Top Website Design Toronto
  • Top Website Development Toronto
  • Top Branding Agency Toronto
  • Top Marketing Agency Toronto
  • Top Social Media Management Company Toronto
  • Top SEO Agency Toronto
  • Top PPC Management Agency Toronto
  • Top Creative Agency Toronto
  • Top Digital Marketing Agency Toronto
upcity 2018

Why Us

Brand Marketing

Expertise &

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Brand Marketing

Exceptional Service &

Brand Marketing

Best Practises,
Technology, Trends

A Brief History
of Advertising

10,000 BC

We’re pretty sure that there was no creative brief for this assignment. We’re not sure what these people were saying other than “We were here.” Still, humans have been sharing creatively crafted messages for a very long time.


The Printing Press was invented giving people the ability to share messages with large audiences. Fortunately, junk mail was still a long way off.

year 1468


This is the first, documented print ad in history. It was run by William Caxton to promote a book. We don’t know what it says or if it worked since, in 1468, a tiny percentage of the population could read.

year 1850


Volney B. Palmer opened the first American advertising agency in Philadelphia. At the time, nobody monitored advertising and advertisers could, and did, tell outright lies. False advertising was highly effective until the lawyers got involved.

year 1915


Broadcast Radio debuted with live music, news and “theatre of the mind” radio shows. Marketing messages were buried right into the scripts giving us the first branded content. Radio was supposed to be the end of the printed word. It wasn’t.

year 1927


Television made its debut. There was only one channel, and there was always something good to watch. Today, we have over 1,000 channels, and there’s never anything on. Forget radio; everyone knew that TV was the end of the printed word. It wasn’t.

year 1949


In 1949, ads boasted that “Doctors Prefer Camels.” Now we have fake Doctors in lab coats standing in fields of flowers pitching remedies for diseases and conditions that most of us can’t pronounce and didn’t know existed.

year 1960


Bad puns and catchy jingles were all the rage in the ’60s. People smoked at work. Men wore ties and ran the agencies. Women wore dresses and were called secretaries. It took 50 years for the Me-Too movement to change all that. All except the bad puns, sadly, they’re still around.

year 1970


Borrowed Interest defined the 70’s and, to this day, borrowed interest is considered to the lowest form of advertising. Celebrities sold everything from cars to cough drops. In hindsight, advertisers didn’t always pick the ideal, long-term spokespeople.

year 1972


That year, the first large scale public demonstration of the ARPANET was conducted and the hot new app, electronic mail, was introduced. Back then, SPAM was still popular lunch meat.

year 1980


Among other things, the ’80s gave us three-martini lunches thinly disguised as brainstorming sessions. Some of us kind of miss those days.

year 1990


Branding became a thing in the ’90s. Until then, branding was only used as a verb when cattle were involved. We believe that your brand is your promise. Keep your promise and watch your brand grow and flourish.

year 1995


The FNC passes a resolution defining the term “Internet.” Chat rooms evolved, and people learned to type with one hand. For the first time in 550 years, the printed word starts to decline, and trees everywhere appreciate it.


Integrated Communications was the new thing in Y2K. The idea was that ad agencies could sell more stuff and make more money from every client. It didn’t work. Marketers preferred specialists to generalists. It was around this time that people started using stock photo handshakes as metaphors for anything to do with business.

year 2003


Facebook launches as a bunch college nerd spend their Friday nights rating women’s looks online. Just think, if they had had girlfriends at the time, Facebook probably wouldn’t exist. Whatever happened to My Space? In 15 years, click-throughs and hashtags have replaced brochures and newspapers.


Brand & Mortar, a digital marketing company, opens in Toronto. Our philosophy from the start has been to grow our business by helping our clients grow theirs. Eight years later, it seems to be working.


Free Consultation

We’re here to help,
let us take it from here.

Brand & Mortar is an award winning Toronto Marketing Agency and Toronto Website Design Agency. Contact us today to learn more about our suite of services and for a free consultation and proposal.

Call Us

You should phone us if you like speaking to people that know their stuff and get excited about discovering new possibilities.

416 729 1154

We know that transparency is non-negotiable and that strong communication is the foundation of any great relationship. With the knowledge and expertise at Brand & Mortar we are confident that we can make an impact on your business and its bottom line.


31 Powerhouse St. Suite 203
Toronto, ON. M6H 0C7
416 729 1154





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With growing global concerns around COVID-19, the health and safety of our employees and clients is top of mind. Brand & Mortar services will remain open while our team works remotely until further notice. We want to assure our trusted clients that business will remain unchanged while we do our part to #FlattenTheCurve.

For more information, please read our formal statement here.