Ecommerce agencies help online sellers achieve their eCommerce business goals through creative, technology, and marketing skills.
Hiring an eCommerce agency enables online sellers to start an eCommerce business or grow an existing one without employing full-time staff.
The eCommerce industry is often changing, and online sellers must match the current trends or risk being paced out by the competition. Balancing between production, launching creative services, and working on growing their eCommerce brands can be extremely difficult. Thus, the brands have no other option than hire eCommerce agencies.
Starting an eCommerce agency can be a profitable and fulfilling business opportunity. If you plan to state your eCommerce agency, educate yourself on the current trends and focus on building digital skills. You may focus on a particular niche or offer end-to-end services to your customers.
Here are some real life success stories of starting a ecommerce marketing agency:
1. Cartology ($516K/year)
Michael Maher (from Cincinnati, Ohio, USA) started Cartology almost 6 years ago.
My name is Michael Maher and I run a service agency that helps brands to grow their businesses on Amazon. Our entire business is managing the entire Amazon channel for brands so they can focus on growing the brand as a whole.
We are currently growing all of our clients and with that, along with the new clients we’ve taken on, we’re averaging $25,000 a month in revenue, on track to grow 300% and are incredibly profitable. 2020, despite coming with a pandemic, has been a great year for our business.
2. Avci socso ($120K/year)
Mahsun Avci (from Frederiksberg, DenmarkTaastrup) started Avci socso over 2 years ago.
Hello, my name is Mahsun Avci! I'm the founder of Avci ApS. At a fairly young age (15) I decided to start my own business. An online marketing agency, where we help businesses grow their bottom line through paid traffic and sales funnels. By taking a holistic approach to business, we make comprehensive online strategies that take our clients from their current situation to their desired situation.
After streamlining the process and consistently getting great client results, I knew I was on to something. I not only mastered Facebook ads, but I learned everything I could about personal branding and making it an asset.
3. Sidekick ($432K/year)
Zac Cherin (from Los Angeles, California, USA) started Sidekick over 3 years ago.
Hi! I’m Zac and I’m one of the co-founders of Sidekick. We are a small “agency” (there’s really just two of us, myself and Brendan, the one who does all the hard work) specializing in data-driven web design and digital marketing for eCommerce businesses.
Since May of last year, our business has grown from $0 to about $12,000/month in revenue.
4. Black Goat Media ($600K/year)
Tudor Cioltea (from Baia Mare, Romania) started Black Goat Media over 9 years ago.
Hi Starter Story community, I am so excited about this interview. My name is Tudor Cioltea and I am the founder of Black Goat Media. I’m 28 and I have been working in the agency space for the past 6 years.
Black Goat Media team after organizing a Power Day event for local businesses
5. Xena Intelligence ($300K/year)
Akhil Suresh Nair (from Boston, MA, USA) started Xena Intelligence about 2 years ago.
Hey guys! I am Akhil Nair, the co-founder of Parzenn Partners. We are a management consulting firm focused on the small and mid-sized businesses.
Ever since we launched this product a month ago, we have had over 50 businesses take the free assessment test and have 4 paying clients who have taken the paid in-depth analysis test & a couple of them hired have hired us as consultants to resolve some of their immediate red-flags. We have made $23,000 so far on this product over the past month.
6. UPQODE ($1.8M/year)
Nicolae Pasecinic (from Nashville, Tennessee, USA) started UPQODE almost 7 years ago.
My name is Nick and I’m the founder of Qoders Family. Qoders Family is a family of different services & products all dealing with different aspects of website building.
Other than that we have multiple free WordPress Plugins that have been downloaded more than a few hundred thousand times, and a coffee blog, which is my current passion project. What can I say? I love drinking coffee!
7. Flying V Group ($3M/year)
Robb Fahrion (from Irvine, California, USA) started Flying V Group over 6 years ago.
Hi there, my name is Robb Fahrion and I am the Co-Founder and Partner of Flying V Group, a digital marketing and advertising company located. We service clients all across the globe and help them grow their business through the power of the internet. My passion is for business and there is nothing more rewarding than helping others grow their businesses and share in their successes.
Today, Flying V Group employs 12 people, has worked with over 300 clients, operates internationally, and is on pace to double revenue for the second year in a row. Crazy to think about being here when my brother and I both got up and quit our corporate jobs and put $5k into the project to get us started!
8. SupplyDrop ($96K/year)
Danavir Sarria (from Miami) started SupplyDrop over 2 years ago.
Hi, my name is Danavir Sarria and I’m an eCommerce marketing consultant. I run 3 businesses including SupplyDrop, Rooftop Squad, and DanavirSarria.com. The focus for this article is SupplyDrop, which I consider to be my “flagship” business.
Currently, we’re making $8,000/month on average. The agency has been a side project for the majority of the time it’s existed due to my other business ventures. But over the past few months, I’ve decided to triple down on SupplyDrop and we just had our biggest month yet (definitely more than $8,000/month!).
9. The Crowdfunding Formula ($3.6M/year)
Narek Vardanyan (from Newark, DE, USA) started The Crowdfunding Formula over 7 years ago.
My name is Narek Vardanyan, and I am the co-founder and CEO of The Crowdfunding Formula (also known as TCF).
At the end of the day, we are on a mission to build an ecosystem that will help “ordinary people” overcome all barriers to entry and become creators, inventors, and entrepreneurs, compete with the global sharks and thrive — by offering them all the necessary financial, marketing, and learning solutions.
10. STRYDE ($2.16M/year)
Greg Shuey (from Lehi, UT, USA) started STRYDE over 9 years ago.
Greg Shuey, founder of Stryde, an eCommerce digital marketing agency. Stryde works with women-owned eCommerce companies and eCommerce businesses that sell products primarily to women some of the brands we work with include Ergobaby, Crane, Lands End and others. We specialize in creating custom digital marketing strategies that focus on search engine optimization (SEO), paid search (PPC), paid social (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Tiktok ads), email marketing, and conversion rate optimization (CRO).
We’ve been in business for almost 9 years now and we’re hovering just over $2 Million in revenue. Our growth strategy has always been focused on bringing on the right clients vs volume of clients so we can service them with the utmost care and have the highest probability of seeing success.
11. LV8 ($240K/year)
Lani Eirini (from Lamia, Ελλάδα) started LV8 almost 2 years ago.
Hello! We are George Chatzicharalampous and George Margaritis, founders of lv8 - Consulting. We offer digital marketing services and consulting that helps businesses reach their goal.
We started officially in December of 2020 and we are currently generating about $12,000 per month and we are helping some of the biggest companies in our area. In one of our clients that we also used as a case study we achieved a 2680% increase in revenue in one month compared to the same last year.
12. Hustler Marketing ($2.4M/year)
Bostjan Belingar (from Remote) started Hustler Marketing about 4 years ago.
My name is Bostjan Belingar and I’ve started an Email Marketing Agency about 4 years ago. We’re specializing in email and SMS marketing for eCommerce stores. This means we take over a client’s customer list start sending out promotional messages and set up all the automated sequences for them.
13. Zogics ($6M/year)
Jeff is the CRO at Zogics, a B2B and B2C e-commerce company that markets cleaning products. With +40 employees, they are on track to make $20M in revenue.
Paul LeBlanc (from Remote) started Zogics ago.
Jeff is the CRO at Zogics, a B2B and B2C e-commerce company that markets cleaning products. With +40 employees, they are on track to make $20M in revenue.
14. Friction Studio ($120K/year)
Vishal Goswami (from Jaipur, Rajasthan, India) started Friction Studio over 2 years ago.
Hello, this is Vishal Goswami, an eCommerce consultant and founder of Friction Studio, a Shopify Agency. At Friction Studio, we believe in making commerce better for everyone. That is, we help you sell in a frictionless manner.
This venture of Friction Studio has been a roller coaster ride. It reminds me how back in the days, I had started this agency with just $100, and we are making $10k/month on average today. It feels excellent to cater to big brands in the industry and onboard Shopify plus merchants. Today, I feel privileged to be creating a significant impact in the eCommerce ecosystem and helping merchants ease their selling journey.
15. Electric Sauce ($90K/year)
Sean Gee and Sean Barnett (from Houston, TX, USA) started Electric Sauce over 1 year ago.
Hey, we’re the Sean’s - Sean Gee and Sean Barnett. We started Electric Sauce, which is a data-driven, retention-focused, email marketing agency. Well, micro-agency since it’s just the two of us. But we like to think of ourselves as the sauce that businesses need to enhance their revenue and build loyal customers. Who doesn’t love some sauce on their food? We’re the digital sauce.
16. Add Value Agency ($360K/year)
Joachim Brouckaert (from Antwerpen, Belgium) started Add Value Agency over 1 year ago.
Hi, my name is Joachim Brouckaert, I’m 24 years old and I started Add Value 1 year ago. Today, Add Value is a growth marketing agency. We’re focused on full-funnel marketing. Performance marketing, building landing pages, websites, funnels, email marketing flows. We do it all!
Currently, we are working with a team of 5 people for our customers and on our growth. But we are once again looking for an extra Growth Marketer! When we talk about turnover, we do an average of 30k per month. This fluctuates, as we sometimes take on larger, shorter projects. On average, we work for 18 active clients per month. Our retention is generally good, but short projects such as an analytics audit or building a website cause this number to fluctuate.
17. Ultra Growth Marketing ($720K/year)
Matthew Larsen (from Calgary) started Ultra Growth Marketing 9 months ago.
Hi. My name is Matthew Larsen and I run Ultra Growth Marketing. My company is a hybrid between an eCommerce Marketing agency and a holding company that runs three separate eCommerce Brands. I also have an investment wing where I invest in eCommerce companies with high potential. My business model is a triple-threat.
Through this business model, I am earning over $60,000 per month in recurring revenue, with 100% of leads being captured using Facebook Ads. While most people advertise to a landing page, I have opted to use Lead Generation ads and have had great success doing so. Where it would cost me between $7 - 10 to get a download on a landing page, it costs me between $1.60 and $2.10 to get a download using Lead Generation forms, and the conversion rate from lead to a customer is the same (1.06%).
18. Grow Your Agency ($1.44M/year)
Iman Gadzhi (from London, England, United Kingdom) started Grow Your Agency over 5 years ago.
Hey everyone, my name is Iman Gadzhi! I am the founder of two core businesses: IAG Media and Grow Your Agency. The former is my B2B social media marketing agency (SMMA) where I deploy strategic marketing campaigns for global clients. The latter is my education company where I teach entrepreneurs how to start and scale a profitable SMMA with the course Agency Incubator.
My primary product is my online course. It’s an industry-leading and comprehensive course on how to create an SMMA business from scratch. So far, it has been my life’s work because so much has gone into it. I have a team that helps me do this, and I really enjoy helping my students become financially independent. My typical customers are self-starters fed up with the college route. They want to experiment with a proven online business model. In only two years, I’ve made over $1.2M in profit. Over 45 of my students make over six figures with their SMMA, and over 300 students have quit their regular jobs.
19. JumpX Growth ($18K/year)
One challenge that most new businesses face is the awareness problem – nobody knows you exist. To help erase this problem, I’ve invited Dustin Lien from JumpXmarketing.com back on the show. Dustin first appeared on episode 251 back in 2017. Back then, he was just ramping up JumpX after shutting do…
Dustin Lien (from Austin, Texas, USA) started JumpX Growth over 6 years ago.
Dustin Lien is the founder of an E-commerce Marketing Agency named JumpX Growth. He helps consumer brands with audience-focused marketing strategies to multiply their growth and build a strong customer base.
- He’s grown the business into a 6-figure operation and only works part-time.
- How he builds his client base: partner workshops, virtual lunch-and-learn sessions
Listen to the full podcast on podcasts.apple.com ➜
20. Boundless Labs ($99.6M/year)
Chase Dimond, David Bozin and Amelia Blackwell (from West Hollywood, CA, USA) started Boundless Labs over 4 years ago.
Hello, my name is Chase Dimond and I am the Co-Founder of Boundless Labs. We are an email marketing agency that specializes in working with eCommerce brands. We currently work with 30 eCommerce brands that do anywhere from 6 to 8 figures in annual revenue.
We ended up bringing on our first full-time employee in Q3 of 2019 and started onboarding clients again. For the second half of 2019, our business grew by ~$12K per month and we’re now making ~$90K per month. We just recently hired our second full-time employee and anticipate we’ll be at $100K per month in revenue by the end of January 2020.
21. Straight Up Search ($360K/year)
Jamie Irwin (from Northampton) started Straight Up Search almost 2 years ago.
Hi, I'm Jamie Irwin and I'm the founder of Straight Up Search. In its most basic form, Straight Up Search is a full-service, bespoke SEO agency based in the UK but with clients all over the globe!
In just over two years, Straight Up Search has become a leading provider of affiliate and SEO services, with a portfolio of 35 clients that generates average monthly revenue of $30,000. We attribute our success to our commitment to providing quality services and developing long-term relationships with our clients. Our team of experienced professionals provides a full range of services, from keyword research and link building to content creation and social media marketing. We also offer customized services that are tailored to the unique needs of each client.
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