Inc. magazine recently released its 27th annual Inc. 5000 – a roll call of the fastest growing private companies in the country by revenue. Huge names that we were once just big, (think: American Apparel, Zappos, GoDaddy) were just numbers on the list. Lets take a look at who from the advertising world made it into the top 500 this year:
#36 – Adbrite
AdBrite is like Ebay offering buyers a place bid on online advertising.
#125 – iCrossing
With its 620 employees and a new CEO (Don Scales), the shop has seen an astounding 1,661.5% growth.
#196 – Wexley School For Girls
Um, sorry, but did you know that Wexley has 7,000 sq. ft. building, that has a grand piano, a miniature golf course and a 1973 Prowler RV meeting room?
There were other marketing, media buying and online advertising companies listed, but other than Wexley and some design shops, the list was devoid of traditional companies. Almost all of the shops listed under advertising and marketing were interactive specific. Not one traditional advertising agency on this list. Not one.
If you’re going to slam the door on your shop and start fresh with your own little advertising company, think twice. Think digital.