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100% Remote Agency SmartBug Media Wins Happiest Employees Award from Comparably

October 4, 2018

Today, SmartBug Media—a leading intelligent inbound marketing agency that assists businesses in generating leads, increasing awareness, and building brand loyalty through inbound marketing, digital strategy, design, marketing automation, and PR—announced that the agency has been named as a Top 25 in the United States for Happiest Employees in the Small/Mid-Size category by Comparably.

Comparably launched in 2016 as a compensation, culture, and career-monitoring site and began recognizing companies with the happiest employees for the first time in 2018. The Happiest Employees Awards are determined by compiling ratings given by employees at tens of thousands of U.S. companies, with a top 25 receiving recognition in both the Small/Mid-Size and Large Company categories.

This is the fifth Comparably Award for SmartBug Media in 2018, having previously won Best CEOs for Women (Small/Mid-Size Companies), Best Managers (Small/Mid-Size Companies), Best Companies in Los Angeles, and Best CEOs in Los Angeles.

"This set of Comparably Awards focuses on companies that most reward their employees," said Jason Nazar, CEO of Comparably. "As a five-time Comparably Award winner in multiple categories, SmartBug Media stands out as the best of the best, providing amazing benefits and great work-life balance to foster some of the happiest workers in the United States."

SmartBug Media was started 10 years ago and is 100 percent remote, with employees currently spread across 27 states and Canada. The agency is a two-time Inc. 5000 company and in September was recognized as a Fastest Growing Private Company: Small Company, with a two- year revenue growth of 74.1 percent.

"It is amazing to win the Happiest Employees Award from Comparably," said Ryan Malone, Founder and CEO of SmartBug Media. "As a remote agency, we have worked very hard to build a special culture, to find tools to keep our team connected, and to create an environment where employees are encouraged to make memories—it is an honor that those we work with every day truly enjoy being a SmartBug."

SmartBug Media has won 40 awards as of September 2018, including the Happiest Employees Award. The awards have been for growth, culture, and client work. They include:


  • Happiest Employees (Small/Mid-Size Companies)
  • Best CEOs for Women (Small/Mid-Size Companies)
  • Best Company Managers (Small/Mid-Size Companies)
  • Best Companies in Los Angeles
  • Best CEOs in Los Angeles

Inc. 5000

Orange County Business Journal

  • Fastest Growing Private Companies: Small Companies

Great Place to Work Certification


  • Graphic Design
  • Best Growth Story

AVA Digital Awards

  • Blog (4)
  • Brochure
  • Digital Marketing Campaign
  • E-Book
  • Home Page Design (6)
  • Infographic (2)
  • Marketing Campaign
  • Microsite (2)
  • Mobile Website
  • Website (2)
  • Website Design (2)
  • Website Interior (2)
  • Website Redesign (5)

General Methodology

Comparably Awards are derived from sentiment ratings provided by employees who anonymously rated their employers on between September 12, 2017 and September 12, 2018. There were no fees or costs associated with participating, nor was nomination required. During the year-long eligibility period, Large companies (more than 500 employees) must have a minimum of 50 employee participants and Small/Mid-Size companies (fewer than 500 employees) must have a minimum of 15 employee participants to qualify.

Winners were determined based on employee answers to a series of questions (True/False, Yes/No, 1-10 Scale, Multiple Choice) related to various workplace culture topics and their place of employment. The answer to each question was given a numerical score and then compared to companies of similar size across the U.S. Additional weight was given to scores at companies with more participation from their employee base. The final data set was compiled from over 5 million ratings across 45,000 U.S. companies on

About Comparably

Comparably is one of the fastest growing compensation, culture, and career monitoring sites in the U.S. With the most comprehensive and uniquely structured data—segmented by gender, ethnicity, age, location, tenure, company size, equity, title/department, and education—the platform gives employees a more accurate picture of their worth and allows them to anonymously rate their companies, CEOs, and workplace experiences. Since its launch in 2016, Comparably has accumulated more than 5 million ratings from employees across 45,000 U.S. businesses. For more information on Comparably, go to For highly-cited workplace culture and compensation studies, including Comparably's annual Best Places to Work and Best CEOs lists, log onto

About SmartBug Media

For 10 years, SmartBug Media has been helping businesses increase sales leads, close more customers, and enhance the reach of their brands. SmartBug Media is one of a handful of HubSpot Diamond partners in the world and is the highest-rated agency in the history of the HubSpot ecosystem. SmartBug Media also boasts the highest ROI documented from any HubSpot partner: 3,558 percent and 14,500 percent ROI on a six-month and three-year campaign, respectively. SmartBug Media is also a certified Great Place to Work, Inc. 5000 company, and the winner of 36 MarCom Awards in 2017.

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