Top 10 Fastest Growing Medium Agencies

Adweek's second annual rankings shine a spotlight on shops with 51-200 employees

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With four in the top 10, the midsize shops on this year’s list pack a big punch for some of the world’s most respected brands. Here are the top 10 fastest growing medium agencies (51-200 employees) by percent change in revenue. (* Denotes multiple category winner. Number in parentheses represents overall ranking.)

(Be sure to check out Adweek’s top 100 Fastest Growing agencies and 10 solution providers for the complete list.)


Traffic Builders (2)*

  • HQ: Bayville, N.J.
  • Growth: 1,997%
  • Select Clients: Draper Media (Delaware), Gray Television, Pepsi Frontline Careers
  • Classification: Digital

Read more about Traffic Builders in our top 10 overall rankings.


Stadiumred Group (3)*

  • HQ: New York
  • Growth: 1,619%
  • Select Clients: 7-Eleven, Disney (ABC and Fox), FX Networks
  • Classification: Full-Service

Read more about Stadiumred Group in our top 10 overall rankings.


Mamag (4)*

  • HQ: Los Angeles
  • Growth: 1,405%
  • Select Clients: Adidas, Amazon, Google
  • Classification: Creative

Read more about Mamag in our top 10 overall rankings.


Arts & Letters Creative Co. (5)*

  • HQ: Richmond, Va.
  • Growth: 1,271%
  • Select Clients: ESPN, Google, NBC News
  • Classification: Creative

Read more about Arts & Letters Creative Co. in our top 10 overall rankings.


Thinkerbell (13)

  • HQ: Melbourne, Australia
  • Growth: 719%
  • Select Clients: Accor Hotels, The Iconic, Vegemite
  • Classification: Full-Service

Thinkerbell combines marketing sciences and creativity into a brand proposition it calls “measured magic.” Just 3 years old, the independent agency has already received plenty of awards in Australia, and its client list keeps growing. That growth comes from a consistent earned media approach as well as coverage in the marketing trade press for its work, new business wins, opinion pieces and business moves. Thinkerbell has launched three other agencies: DOA (Decade of Action), a social cause agency; Space, a conference-festival organization; and research agency Hocus Focus.


Whalar (20)

  • HQ: New York
  • Growth: 377%
  • Select Clients: HP, General Mills, Unilever
  • Classification: Digital

Whalar boasts a creative community of 6,500 curated and vetted influencers who are commissioned to work for brands as professional content creators. The agency has seen 100% year-over-year revenue growth from global brand partnerships. Combining top creative talent with an exceptional technology platform gives Whalar access to campaign measurement, optimization and real-time reporting in-platform.


The Motion Agency (26)

  • HQ: Chicago
  • Growth: 295%
  • Select Clients: Adobe, Cabela’s, UPS
  • Classification: Full-Service

Motion focuses on the healthcare, retail, nonprofit, home product and lifestyle industries, and offers four core services: strategy, public relations, digital and creative. It has grown exponentially over the past 14 years, creating a niche marketing mix for key industries, allowing the brands and companies it services to tell unique and compelling stories.


No Fixed Address (28)

  • HQ: Toronto
  • Growth: 265%
  • Select Clients: AstraZeneca, Little Caesars, SickKids Foundation
  • Classification: Full-Service

No Fixed Address keeps expanding its address book, with growth outside its Toronto base, including Montreal and New York, where award-winning creative director Greg Hahn has set up Mischief. Digital has been a major revenue driver, helping the agency achieve an annual revenue growth rate of 150% all three years since launching.


Journey Further (36)

  • HQ: Leeds, U.K.
  • Growth: 195%
  • Select Clients: Evans Cycles, Sky, Villa Plus
  • Classification: Digital

Journey Further has grown from one to 62 staffers in three years, increased revenue to nearly $7 million and expanded from Leeds into London and Manchester. The performance marketing agency gives its clients direct access to campaign data and connects them directly to the senior teams running their campaigns.

This story first appeared in the Oct. 5, 2020, issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.

@zanger doug.zanger@adweek.com Doug Zanger is a senior editor, agencies at Adweek, focusing on creativity and agencies.
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