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SmartBug Media Named Among Best Companies in Los Angeles and Best CEOs in Los Angeles by Comparably

August 7, 2018

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 Comparably has recognized it as a Best Company in Los Angeles and that Founder and CEO Ryan Malone has been named one of the Best CEOs in Los Angeles.

Comparably launched in 2016 as a compensation, culture, and career-monitoring site and began issuing leadership awards in 2017. The Best CEOs and Best Companies in Los Angeles awards recognize large and small/midsize companies in Los Angeles that received the highest ratings from employees.

This year, SmartBug has also been recognized by Comparably as a Best CEOs for Women, Small & Midsized Companies, and Best Company Managers, Small & Midsized Companies. The full list of Comparably's latest 2018 national awards can be viewed here.

"It's amazing to receive these awards, and truly speaks to the spirit of our employees," said founder and CEO Ryan Malone. "Coming to work every day feels more like hanging out with friends—really smart and capable friends. I love what I do and the people I get to do it with. They are talented, driven and always cheering on the success of their peers while doing amazing work for our clients."

Since Malone launched SmartBug Media 10 years ago, the agency has received more than 85 awards and recognitions, including being named an Inc. 5000 company twice. The company 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. In addition, Malone was recently appointed an Industry Fellow at the University of California, Irvine's (UCI) Center for Digital Transformation within The Paul Merage School of Business.



Comparably's 'Best Of' Awards are derived from sentiment ratings provided by employees who anonymously rated their CEOs on between June 12, 2017 and June 12, 2018. There were no fees or costs associated with participating, nor was nomination required. Large companies (500+ employees) had to have a minimum of 50 employee participants and Small/Midsize companies (less than 500 employees) had to have a minimum of 15 employee participants.

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 workplace experiences and match with their dream jobs. Since its launch in 2016, Comparably has accumulated more than 5 million ratings from employees across 45,000 U.S. businesses and over 8,500 companies who use its employer branding and jobs tools. 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 and 32 AVA Digital Awards in 2018.

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