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

August 17, 2021

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

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 17, 2021 -- 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, revenue operations 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 fifth year in a row. That kind of consistency and sustained growth has been achieved by few companies, especially through tumultuous global circumstances, and it demonstrates the success of SmartBug’s® business model and values.

“We are incredibly humbled to be recognized with this honor for the fifth year in a row,” SmartBug CEO Ryan Malone said. “I always say that our success is a team effort. 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 a small group of HubSpot Elite partners worldwide and HubSpot’s 2018 Global Partner of the Year, SmartBug was also recently named to the Adweek 100: Fastest Growing Agencies list for the second consecutive year.

The Inc. 5000 list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment: its independent small businesses. According to the publication, not only have the companies on the 2021 Inc. 5000 been very competitive within their markets, but this year’s list also proved especially resilient and flexible given 2020’s unprecedented challenges. The 5,000 companies added more than 610,000 jobs over the past three years.

“The 2021 Inc. 5000 list feels like one of the most important rosters of companies ever compiled,” Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc., said. “Building one of the fastest-growing companies in America in any year is a remarkable achievement. Building one in the crisis we’ve lived through is just plain amazing. This kind of accomplishment comes with hard work, smart pivots, great leadership and the help of a whole lot of people.”

This annual ranking, recognizing companies with the most proven track records, placed SmartBug at No. 2,638 in the nation alongside notable alumni such as Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Jamba, Timberland, Clif Bar, Pandora, Patagonia and Oracle. 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, revenue operations, 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 list twice 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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