About Credo

Your trusted partner for hiring the right digital marketing partner.

Credo started in 2013 out of a frustration with bad marketing firms who do subpar work for clients. We're here to bring transparency, good business practices, and great work to the consulting world. We are not an agency ourselves because we think we can make a bigger difference in the world by helping companies hire great agencies rather than delivering services for a select few clients ourselves.

This is the vision our team works towards every day.

Hiring through our network of vetted pros can save you thousands of dollars and months of time. We introduce you to the marketing firms for your project, who specialize in what you need and the kind of business you are.

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The Credo Story

Credo started in 2013 because our founder, veteran SEO and digital marketer John Doherty, was frustrated by seeing his friends and other business owners hire bad marketing agencies who at best didn’t grow their traffic and at worst hurt their business. One of his friends lost over 2/3 of his organic traffic because of a bad SEO agency!

So, he set out to build the solution to that problem. Out of that came Credo, a network of pre-vetted SEO and digital marketing providers who we know and trust to grow your business with great digital marketing and strategy.

What we've done:
  • 6,000+ businesses helped
  • 1,000,000+ website sessions on Credo
  • $250,000,000+ in marketing budgets discussed
  • 300+ companies have hired an agency from Credo
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How we're different

At Credo, we take a different approach from marketplaces like Upwork or Thumbtack, where you have to sort through hundreds of responses from marketers of variable quality.

We learn your needs first

There are plenty of places on the Internet where you can buy a packaged marketing deal. Sometimes this is needed, which is why we have all of the marketing services our pros offer.

But that doesn’t work for someone like you who needs a custom project to actually grow your business.

At Credo we work with you to make sure you are clear on your needs before we introduce you to the right firms hand-picked from our network.

No tricks or gimmicks here. We’re about helping real businesses with real projects and real budgets, and apply our own marketing experience to help you meet the right firms.

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About our Founder

John Doherty

John Doherty

Credo was founded and is run by John Doherty. John has 12+ years of experience in SEO and online marketing. Before starting Credo, he ran marketing/growth for HotPads and Trulia Rentals, part of the Zillow Group family of real estate brands. Before that he was a consultant at Distilled, where he was the most senior consultant and a founding member of the New York City office. During his time there he consulted with everyone from small VC-backed startups (who closed rounds of funding because of his work) to large international hotel chains with multiple brands and brand needs. He lives in Denver Colorado with his wife Courtney, daughter, and their very large black labrador Butterbean.

"I’ve been working with John for the last 18 months after we were introduced by a mutual colleague whos deep SEO knowledge I respect. I’ve worked with a handful of talented (and some not so talented) consultants in this space since 2011, and after speaking with a half-dozen more when we were looking to onboard someone new to tackle some hairy projects, I can confidently say John is the best I’ve come across. He has extensive experience running and advising SEO programs at companies with complex organic search challenges like Autodesk."
- Paul Ghio

Head of Growth at Creative Market (formerly part of Autodesk)

Our own Credo


Every marketing provider on Credo has been vetted by our team for great work. At the top of each profile you can see the level to which they have been vetted. All Preferred providers have had at least a thirty minute conversation with us and we speak with them monthly on the phone.

Most pros listed on Credo also have reviews on their profile, put there by their current or former clients. We do look at every review before it goes live to ensure the highest quality and consistency in reviews.


We want to bring transparency to the world of online marketing consulting. We believe that quality consulting will make you an ROI beyond any low-cost provider, and that does not come cheap.

This is why we show every provider’s hourly rate. If we’ve chatted with you about your project, we won’t introduce you to someone outside of your budget limits.


Online marketing doesn’t get a return if marketing goals are not aligned with company goals, so we’ve asked every provider to tell us their specialty. We have also seen at least two of their clients and verified their metrics using common digital marketing tools like AHREFS and Moz.

You will not be matched with a marketing provider who does not specialize in the skills and type of project you need.

We take pride in making the highest quality matches possible and work with our pros to make sure they are meeting our incredibly high standards and growing your business.

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