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SmartBug Media® Named to Inc. 5000 List for the Fourth Year in a Row

August 14, 2020

Inbound Marketing Agency’s Innovative Remote Workforce, Award-Winning Client Work, and Position as HubSpot’s Highest-Rated Partner Fuel Three-Year Revenue Growth of 190.5 Percent

IRVINE, Calif., August 13, 2020—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 public relations—today announced that it has been named to the prestigious Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in America for the fourth year in a row. This annual ranking, recognizing companies with the most proven track records, placed SmartBug at No. 2202 in the nation, alongside notable alumni such as Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Jamba, Timberland, Clif Bar, Pandora, Patagonia, and Oracle.

The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. As one of those companies, SmartBug has experienced a three-year revenue growth of 190.5 percent, besting the list’s median rate of 165 percent. According to Inc., that is an impressive result during a stretch when the economy grew just 15 percent. The growth is a testament to the company’s business model and innovative processes that have resulted in strength and resilience. 

“This is a team effort and we are thrilled to be recognized with this honor for the fourth year in a row,” said SmartBug Founder and CEO Ryan Malone. “Our ability to earn sustained growth through challenging economic times validates our business model, innovation, values, positive workplace culture, award-winning client work, and market lead in customer endorsements.”

SmartBug’s ongoing commitment to providing its employees with challenging careers along with the flexibility to spend more quality time with their families and make lifelong memories forms the cornerstone of its game-changing business model. Founded in 2008 as one of the country’s few fully remote marketing agencies, SmartBug already had strong remote processes and best practices in place by 2020, making it a resilient and trusted authority and advisor to other companies navigating the challenges brought on by the global pandemic.

In addition to its remote work business model, SmartBug’s commitment to professional development and high standards for creating best-in-class client work have contributed to its rapid growth, earning it an impressive list of accolades over the years. In addition to being HubSpot’s highest-rated partner in the world, one of only nine HubSpot Elite partners worldwide, and HubSpot’s 2018 Global Partner of the Year, SmartBug was also named to HubSpot’s Partner Advisory Council (PAC) for the second year in a row. It was also named to the Adweek 100: Fastest Growing Agencies list last year.

“The companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 come from nearly every realm of business,” says Inc. editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk. “From health and software to media and hospitality, the 2020 list proves that no matter the sector, incredible growth is based on the foundations of tenacity and opportunism.”

Not only have the companies on the 2020 Inc. 5000 been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared with prior lists as well. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was $209 billion in 2019, accounting for more than 1 million jobs over the past three years.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at


SmartBug Media® is a globally recognized Intelligent Inbound® marketing agency assisting businesses in growing revenue by generating leads, increasing brand awareness, and building customer loyalty through content marketing, sales enablement, web development, marketing automation, and public relations.

As HubSpot’s 2018 Global Partner of the Year, SmartBug® is the highest-rated HubSpot partner in the world today. The company has not only been named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies four years in a row, but it has also been named to the Adweek 100: Fastest Growing Agencies list and won a number of Great Place to Work® and Comparably awards. With hundreds of awards for client work—and a team holding a combined 650 marketing certifications—SmartBug is fully dedicated to delivering client success and an unparalleled agency experience. For more information about SmartBug Media, visit


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