Here are some real life success stories of starting a email marketing business:
1. GreenRope ($1.92M/year)
Lars Helgeson (from San Diego, California, USA) started GreenRope over 14 years ago.
My name is Lars Helgeson and I am the founder of GreenRope, a CRM and marketing automation platform. Our company started in 2000 as an email marketing SaaS and in 2008 decided to focus on the challenges that businesses face in managing sales, marketing, customer service, and operations.
GreenRope has over 1,000 customers in over 20 countries, ranging from startups to universities and municipalities.
2. Deebo ($48K/year)
Christian Di Bratto (from Toronto) started Deebo over 2 years ago.
3. SupplyDrop ($96K/year)
Danavir Sarria (from Miami) started SupplyDrop almost 3 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!).
4. Taximail ($1.44M/year)
Phaiboon Trikanjananun (from Bangkok, Thailand) started Taximail over 10 years ago.
Hi guys! My name is Phaiboon Trikanjananun and I’m the founder of Taximail, an email marketing, and automation platform. It is effective and suitable for all types of businesses. We are a Thailand-based service provider that delivers campaigns, newsletters, promotions, and benefits to more than 5,000 reputable organizations in Thailand. We have a global reach of customers and proudly keep on growing.
Taximail has grown tremendously since its inception. We are serving large-scale enterprises and SMEs.
5. Hustler Marketing ($2.4M/year)
Bostjan Belingar (from Remote) started Hustler Marketing over 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. GMass, Inc. ($5.4M/year)
Ajay Goel (from Dayton, Ohio, USA) started GMass, Inc. over 7 years ago.
I’m Ajay! I created GMass, a platform to send cold emails and email marketing campaigns with Gmail. It works as a Chrome extension. Most of our customers are entrepreneurs and salespeople, but our customers really run the gamut from super small to the biggest tech companies in the world. Almost every major tech company you can think of uses GMass in some way, including Uber, Lyft, LinkedIn, Twitter, Indeed, Google, Salesforce.com, and Snapchat. Since I launched GMass in 2015, we’ve had over 500,000 user signups.
9. Anachak Design ($84K/year)
Vathana Nguon (from Siem Reap, Cambodia) started Anachak Design over 7 years ago.
Hello, my name is Vathana Nguon and I am the founder of Anachak Design, a freelance Web Design Agency based in Cambodia. I started the company in 2015, my client list has included a broad range of companies from start-ups and big businesses. Here are some of the projects I have completed: Siem Reaper Travel, Tours By Jeeps, Ride & Rad - The Cycle Tour, etc.
I first launched my web design agency in 2015. I stumbled into beginning a business and I started with very low expectations and grew my business through old-fashioned methods like face-to-face marketing. With time, I began to receive a sufficient number of projects each month and hired my first three employees. Today I was able to generate $5,000 per month.
10. iContact ($28.8M/year)
How does a wristband help a founder build a $169 million company? Ryan Allis is the founder of iContact, a provider of email marketing tools for small businesses. And a company that was recently sold for $169 million to Vocus. Here’s a quote from the last time I interviewed him, “we incorporated in…
Ryan Allis and Aaron Houghton (from Morrisville, NC, USA) started iContact about 20 years ago.
Ryan Allis and Aaron W. Houghton came together to build iContact, a provider of email marketing tools for small businesses.
Anyone can quickly learn email marketing tactics with iContact. Businesses can rapidly expand their customer base thanks to iContact’s user-friendly platform, adaptable templates, and the ability to create emails consistent with your brand.
Since 2003, small and medium-sized businesses worldwide have relied on iContact's best-in-class email marketing solutions and knowledgeable support team to deliver game-changing results. However, recently Vocus purchased this company for $169 million.
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11. Keap ($100M/year)
I originally interviews Clate Mask after he had build Infusionsoft, a software that I felt revolutionized email marketing. Well, that company has grown massively since then and even changed names. It’s now called Keap. I want to find out about that and how Clate has grown a $100M dollar...
Clate Mask and Scott Martineau (from Chandler, Arizona, USA) started Keap almost 22 years ago.
- Keap was primarily founded in 2001 and back then the company used to be called Infusionsoft. The founders of Keap, Clate Mask and Scott Martineau, rebranded Infusionsoft in 2019.
- Keap offers CRM and sales and marketing automation that can streamline any business process by integrating with more than 2,500 software applications.
- At the moment, Keap has grown to become $100 million dollar company.
- They now offer Max Classic, the original Infusionsoft product, Keap Lite, Pro, and Max. Currently, 60% to 70% of new customers buy the Pro product, though demand for their Lite product is also rising.
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12. 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 almost 7 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
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