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SmartBug Media’s Ryan Malone Named a Best CEO for Small/Mid-Size Companies by Comparably

February 20, 2019

The Award Was SmartBug’s Sixth from Comparably in 2018 and Demonstrates How the Company’s Strength of Leadership
Contributes to Its Overall Success

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., February 20, 2019SmartBug 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—today announced that its CEO, Ryan Malone, has been named a Top 50 Best CEO of Small/Mid-Size Companies in the United States by Comparably.

According to Comparably—a compensation, culture, and career monitoring site—the Best CEO rankings were based on anonymous employee ratings and reviews. This year, nearly 10 million ratings from employees from 50,000 companies were given over a 12-month period (Nov. 26, 2017–Nov. 26, 2018).

To qualify for this award, CEOs needed to have a minimum of 15 reviews. Nominations were not required, nor were there any fees involved to participate. Altogether, Malone earned 21 A+ ratings, putting SmartBug Media in the top 5 percent of U.S. companies with 51–200 employees. Remarks from some of the company’s employees about Malone’s leadership can be read here.

“I am so honored to be recognized by Comparably for this award,“ said Ryan Malone, CEO and Founder of SmartBug Media. “We have worked really hard to build a high-performance company that has a positive impact on people's lives, and this award is a validation that we are on the right track.”

This is the sixth Comparably award earned by SmartBug Media in 2018, having previously been named one of the Best CEOs for Women (Small/Mid-Size Companies), Best Managers (Small/Mid-Size Companies), Best Companies in Los Angeles, Best CEOs in Los Angeles, and Happiest Employees (Small/Mid-Size Companies).

Founded in 2007, SmartBug Media is an award-winning marketing agency that is 100 percent remote, with employees spread out across the United States and Canada. To view Comparably’s full list of CEOs and to learn more about the methodology used to determine winners, visit Comparably’s blog.

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, visit  

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 a HubSpot’s 2018 Global Partner of the Year and is the highest rated agency in the history of the HubSpot ecosystem. SmartBug Media also boasts the highest ROI documented by any HubSpot partner: 3,558 percent and 14,500 percent ROI on a six-month and three-year campaign, respectively. In addition, SmartBug Media is a certified Great Place to Work, two-time Inc. 5000 company, and winner of more than 100 awards for its work in 2018 alone. For more information about SmartBug Media, visit

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