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SmartBug Media is named to the Inc. 5000 as one of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies

August 16, 2017

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SmartBug Media, a leading growth marketing agency in inbound marketing, digital strategy, design, marketing automation, and PR, today announced that the agency has been included in the 36thannual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy's most dynamic segment—its independent small and midsized businesses. SmartBug Media rounds out the top 21 percent—ranked as number 1080 out of 5000, with three-year revenue growth of over 391 percent.

"Being part of Inc. 5000's list of the fastest-growing private companies in America puts SmartBug Media alongside amazing organizations," says Ryan Malone, founder and CEO of SmartBug Media. "Our revenue growth has been incredible because, as a remote agency, we attract some of the best talent in the industry from around the country. The SmartBug team is skilled and passionate, with a desire to win for our clients—and this translates to revenue growth. I am very proud of this recognition and I look forward to continued success for our agency and our clients."

The Inc. 5000's aggregate revenue is $206 billion, and the companies on the list collectively generated 619,500 jobs over the past three years. Complete results of the 2017 Inc. 5000 list can be found at

The 2017 Inc. 5000 methodology ranks according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2013 to 2016. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2013. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2016. The minimum revenue required for 2013 is $100,000; the minimum for 2016 is $2 million.

"The Inc. 5000 is the most persuasive evidence I know that the American Dream is still alive," says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. "The founders and CEOs of the Inc. 5000 tell us they think determination, risk taking, and vision were the keys to their success, and I believe them."

In addition to the Inc. 5000 list, SmartBug Media has been recognized as a Premier Google Partner, they are HubSpot's highest-rated agency, they are the recipient of nine Impact Awards, and the agency was recently certified as a Great Place to Work.

About SmartBug

For 10 years, SmartBug Media has been helping businesses increase sales leads, close more customers, and enhance the reach of their brands. SmartBug 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 has 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.

About Inc. Media

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today's innovative company builders. Winner of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012, its total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 18,000,000 today. For more information, visit