Marketing agencies can be a great option for businesses looking to advertise in different ways. For businesses, hiring a marketing company can help them achieve success as they don't have to spend money on employees or needed equipment. Marketing agencies are not inexpensive and there are many different variables that come into play when deciding which one is the best fit for your business.
You want to start a marketing agency, but don't know where to begin. You're not alone, there are thousands of entrepreneurs across the globe that have the same ambition. Luckily for you, compiled a list of how other agencies were able to grow their agency and scale effectively.
Here are some real life success stories of starting a marketing agency:
1. Madwire ($102M/year)
JB Kellogg (from Fort Collins, Colorado, USA) started Madwire over 13 years ago.
Hi, I'm JB Kellogg and I'm the Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Madwire®. I co-founded Madwire with my Dad when I was 28 years old and grew it from just the two of us, in a tiny little office, to over five hundred people and a hundred million dollars in annual revenue in under 10 years. I guess that's pretty rare to achieve, so they call companies like that "rocketship companies".
In between all the "madness" and spending precious time with my amazing wife and kids, I enjoy sharing tips and lessons I've learned over the years with regards to marketing, leadership, and more across my social media channels. Why do I do this? Because a lesson learned should be a lesson shared. If I can help just one person, I've increased my radius of impact while at the same time helping someone else increase theirs.
2. Draft.dev ($1.08M/year)
Karl Hughes (from Chicago, IL, USA) started Draft.dev over 2 years ago.
My name is Karl, and I’m the founder of Draft. After almost a decade leading engineering teams at venture-funded startups, I decided it was time to leap into entrepreneurship. Draft is a productized service that provides technical content to software engineering blogs on a subscription basis.
August is my third month running the business and first month full-time, and I’m on track to bring in $10,000 in (mostly) recurring revenue this month. The business isn’t going to replace my salary as a CTO right away, but the freedom of running my own business has given me a lot of freedom to stretch my creative muscles and spend time with my family.
3. Nomads with Solutions ($240K/year)
Michael Gardiner (from Stuart, Florida, USA) started Nomads with Solutions almost 7 years ago.
My name is Michael Gardiner, and I am a 20 years old digital nomad and serial entrepreneur born in Stuart, Florida. I have been an entrepreneur since the age of 15 when I started my first business.
I have been able to leverage this business to meet incredibly successful people, travel full time to over 20 countries (+10~ independent territories) by the age of 20, and build myself a multiyear safety net. I can safely say, starting young in business was the best decision of my life.
4. Cartology ($516K/year)
Michael Maher (from Cincinnati, Ohio, USA) started Cartology about 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.
5. Maverick Media Lab ($120K/year)
Gilberto Rosas (from Los Angeles, CA, USA) started Maverick Media Lab almost 5 years ago.
Hi everyone! My name is Gilberto. I’m based out of Los Angeles and I am the founder of Maverick Media Lab. I started the company to make an impact and provide businesses with innovative online marketing systems that generate growth and more profitability.
At the time of this interview, we’re currently at $10k/month at the time and projected to double that in the next 6 months from our advertising campaigns. We’ll be building out a sales time, hiring more virtual assistants, and pushing for multiple six figures in 2021.
6. DSM ($6.19M/year)
Darren Magarro (from Mahwah, New Jersey, USA) started DSM over 15 years ago.
Morning all, my name is Darren Magarro and I am the founder and president of DSM. We’re a full-service marketing and PR firm in Mahwah, NJ.
Our three main digital media (both organic and paid), traditional media and our full-service creative team. DSM has been a passion project that literally started from nothing. When I started, I had no clients or income. Everything that we’ve made has gone back into growing the company to where it is today. To understand the trajectory of our growth, we’ve increased the size of the company by 334% since 2014...and we still have 2 months left in 2019.
7. TribalVision ($8.4M/year)
Chris Ciunci (from Boston, Massachusetts, USA) started TribalVision almost 13 years ago.
My name is Chris Ciunci and I’m the Founder and Managing Partner of TribalVision. We are an outsourced marketing department for hire, dedicated to helping organizations grow. We do this by first crafting an overall marketing strategy tailored to the client’s specific needs. From there, we execute that strategy tactically, acting as our clients’ marketing team and keeping their best marketing interests in mind. Digital marketing tactics that we implement include; Google Ads, SEO, retargeting, social media marketing, email marketing, account-based marketing, and more.
Since 2010, we’ve served a variety of industries, including manufacturers, professional service firms, non-profits, startups, and a myriad of B2C organizations. Our Google reviews speak to the caliber of work we provide and reflect our rapid growth trajectory over the past decade. We’ve been listed as an Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Company on multiple occasions and are also frequently recognized as the Best Place to Work in the Boston and Rhode Island markets.
8. Impressions Agency ($1.2M/year)
Travis Richardson (from Denver, Colorado, USA) started *Impressions Agency * over 9 years ago.
Our product offerings include everything from SEO strategy and implementation, building significant sales funnels, building paid marketing channels, branding and brand management, web development, and more. Since our primary clients are small business owners their identities are changing year in and year out. Our goal is to be nimble alongside our clients so we can help them overcome their marketing hurdles as they are growing their companies. We have since grown into a healthy, prosperous company with a mobile team that spans around the globe.
9. Visiture ($10.8M/year)
Brian Cohen (from Charleston, South Carolina, USA) started Visiture almost 15 years ago.
Hello, my name is Brian Cohen and I’m the Co-Founder and CEO of Visiture.
In addition, our monthly revenue and profit exceed what our entire revenue was in 2015. Our MRR is approaching $1MM. It’s been a tough road to get here, but we’re going to leverage our momentum and plan to double the company annually for the next 2-3 years.
10. Entrepreneur Business Blog ($120K/year)
Emenike Emmanuel (from Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria) started Entrepreneur Business Blog about 6 years ago.
My parents told me that my name is Emenike Emmanuel. I’m the CEO of Entrepreneur Business Blog. In 2018, I was recognized as one of the top 100 social media marketing influencer to follow in 2019.
Currently, EntrepreneurBusinessBlog.com generates a monthly revenue of $1,500+ from those income sources I listed above.
11. Jakt ($3.6M/year)
Anthony Tumbiolo (from New York, New York, USA) started Jakt over 10 years ago.
I am Anthony Tumbiolo, the founder of Jakt–a digital product and innovation studio based in NYC.
I am also the moderator of ServiceBasedBusinesses.com, a private community for agency owners and the creator of FinanceForAgencies.com, a course that teaches agency owners the exact financial system used to help us achieve those nice profit margins in 2018.
12. Prodigi ($1.56M/year)
Aida Vopyan (from Yerevan, Armenia) started Prodigi about 5 years ago.
Hi there, I'm Aida, and I'm CEO & Co-Founder at ProDigi. Let me tell you our story.
13. Half a Bubble Out ($1.18M/year)
Kathryn & Michael Redman (from Chico, California, USA) started Half a Bubble Out over 20 years ago.
Hi there! We’re Michael and Kathryn Redman. We started a company eighteen years ago called Half A Bubble Out, which is a full-service marketing and advertising agency based in Chico, California. We’ve helped business leaders around the world grow their companies through traditional and digital marketing, business coaching, and leadership development. We’ve made millions of dollars for our clients across industries such as property management, medical, agriculture, and various nonprofits.
And if you’re wondering about our name, Half a Bubble Out is a metaphor from the carpenter’s level. When something is slightly out of level, the “bubble” becomes “half-out.” We view this two ways. First, half a bubble that is “out” reminds us to look at our clients and their challenges with a fresh perspective and not through the same old grid. The half a bubble that’s “in” represents the need to maintain a strong foundation in the quality and skills of our craft as marketing and business consultants.
14. Tribecto Automations ($120K/year)
Sam Wilcox (from England, United Kingdom) started Tribecto Automations over 4 years ago.
Hey! I’m Sam Wilcox and my startup is called Tribecto Automations. Our core services are email marketing automation, custom CRM setup and custom integrations build for service-based businesses. We focus mainly on the sales and marketing side of things to help our clients nurture leads, book more meetings and make more sales.
I work out of a super cool co-working space called Works Social in Nottingham UK, which I love…
15. Tao Digital Marketing ($540K/year)
Matt Tomkin (from Bolton, England, United Kingdom) started Tao Digital Marketing over 5 years ago.
Hey, I’m Matt Tomkin and I started Tao Digital Marketing. We’re a search engine marketing specialist agency based in Bolton, UK.
We’re now turning over £12-15k per month and this is growing rapidly with a team of 4. We’ve been working with our largest client now for over 12 months but have lost very few clients in the 2 years since birth!
16. Bryn Elizabeth Co. ($15.6K/year)
Bryn Elizabeth Bonino (from Austin, Texas, USA) started Bryn Elizabeth Co. over 3 years ago.
Hi guys! I’m Bryn Bonino and I founded the Bryn Elizabeth Co. I help micro-businesses connect with their ideal clients. My main goal is to help small and creative service businesses get set up with a digital system that will make the most of their ad spend and get the most distance out of their organic marketing efforts.
I recently shifted from working as a tactic-based hourly consultant to someone who offers entire packages to help my clients meet their business goals. Since this shift, I have been averaging $1,300 per month and I have a lot more flexibility to spend on marketing my business. Other positive signs that I’m headed in the right direction are that my email list and social media analytics are growing. I also have an increasing number of people booking discovery calls with me.
17. Kreatix ($120K/year)
Oliver Op de Beeck (from Lier, Flanders, Belgium) started Kreatix ago.
Hi, my name is Oliver Op de Beeck, I'm 22 years old, and I started Kreatix with my co-founder William Matthynssens.
Today, we’re servicing more than 150 clients with 15 more in the pipeline right now. We each bill about 55 hours a week, but we are always working.
18. Smart Yeti Creative Agency ($96K/year)
Jeremy Kanne (from Chicago, Illinois, USA) started Smart Yeti Creative Agency almost 8 years ago.
Hello! My name’s Jeremy Kanne and I founded Smart Yeti, a creative agency that helps technical companies in their messaging and marketing.
We’re still small and focused on exceptional quality in service, regularly taking in $8k/mo, but growing in revenues on average $1-2k/mo in 2019. This is thanks to technical companies loving that we speak their language.
19. Good Chance ($240K/year)
Kelsey Chance (from Bellingham) started Good Chance over 4 years ago.
I’m Kelsey Chance and I run Good Chance Creative, a creative agency specializing in social media content creation! I work with companies to manage their social media pages, take and post custom lifestyle imagery of their products and services, and strategize creative ways to keep their social media posts, reels, stories, and videos on-trend and successful!
Behind the scenes - shooting a tabletop recipe video for a client’s social media page
20. Never Settle ($1.8M/year)
Kenn Kelly (from Denver, Colorado, USA) started Never Settle over 10 years ago.
Hello, I’m Kenn Kelly and co-found Never Settle with two dear friends Andrew Lundquist and Shaul Hagen. Never Settle is a Digital Agency where relationships with our customers come first - after all, they are everything in our business. Although small, we’ve been globally recognized as a leader in mobile, website & marketing solutions.
In seven years, our team has now built over 1,000 business sites and apps to which we’re seeing momentum pick up even more. With that kind of volume, our team can leverage that experience for our current and future clients providing even more value. Our growth is consistent and moderate, which falls right in line with our focus on being a ‘legacy based’ company, not a high growth one. Our goal is to take care of our people, create sustainable value, and be a company that is around for decades to come. High growth comes with a different focus and different result, neither is better than the other we just felt this was the best path for our team. The team is everything at Never Settle and below are just a few of our guys having a good time together.
21. Dream Client Academy ($1.2M/year)
Alex Albarran (from Hollywood, Florida, USA) started Dream Client Academy almost 5 years ago.
Hey everyone ! My name is Alex Albarran and I’m the founder of Dream Client Academy . We’re a consulting & marketing firm based in Hollywood, Florida. I launched the company when I was 19 years old and working on my undergraduate degree.
I’ve been the only full-time member of the company up to this point (with part-time contractors). Moving into 2020, I’ll be pushing to scale DCA to high 6-figures in yearly revenue, improve our client-retention, build out our social proof base, while adding full-time members to the team so I can leverage my time and accelerate our growth.
22. Vivid Candi, Inc. ($840K/year)
Chris Wizner (from Malibu, CA, USA) started Vivid Candi, Inc. over 23 years ago.
Everyday I pinch myself and still can't believe this is my life. It wasn’t always this way. I grew up with a single waitress mom living very poor. I worked incredibly hard since age 16 using my first Taco Bell paycheck from my first job as capital to build upon. Somehow with lots of hard work and a pinch of luck, I began living my dream and building my vision.
I usually start the day at my home office in Malibu with a solid dose of espresso and then halfway through the day I walk a mile to our corporate offices. I walk into my office and have the best view of the Malibu Pier anyone could ever ask for. I can see the surf, see lots of people, and dream big here. It’s real and I worked my a$$ off for it and will never stop. I've been thrilled living my wildest dreams every day of my life since age 16 and that is the ultimate measure of success for me.
23. VastGG ($420K/year)
Trey Christensen (from Nashville) started VastGG over 5 years ago.
Hello! My name is Trey Christensen and alongside Cody Reese, we started a business called Vast or most commonly known as VastGG. In 2017, we began offering our marketing services in the form of social and viral giveaways. Using a bit of growth hacking, we developed a way to grow a client's following in the gaming and esports industries.
We never thought Vast would be anything other than a side hustle. However, we have now grown the business into a large-scale giveaway marketing agency with over 2,000,000 followers across our socials, 1,950,000 subscribers to our giveaway newsletter, and are generating over $30k in revenue per month.
24. The Links Guy ($300K/year)
Amit Raj (from Glasgow, UK) started The Links Guy over 6 years ago.
I’m Amit, the Founder of The Links Guy, a link building & digital PR agency based in the UK. We specialize in link building, and this is our core (and only) offering. We tend to work with very tech-focused clients, however, our client base has ranged in everything from cybersecurity, B2B SaaS, cosmetic dentistry, finance, and citizenship by investment. You name it, we’ve probably worked on it in some form!
We’ve undergone a re-brand (was originally Amit Digital Marketing). Since we started back in early 2016, the brand has gone through several changes, expanded in size, and especially in the last 2 years, has increasingly been improved by input from individuals in my team. We’re in a much more stable and fruitful position than when I started, and have worked with clients and built connections with people and organizations I never dreamt I would have when I first dabbled in link building all those years back.
25. Prime Marketing Experts ($108K/year)
Michael Krieger (from Burlington, MA, USA) started Prime Marketing Experts almost 6 years ago.
I’m Michael Krieger, the founder, and president of Prime Marketing Experts, which is a full-service digital marketing agency. A lot of clients come to us when they are just starting a business, or needing to redesign their website, or get specialized digital marketing solutions to get to the next level of their business. Therefore, we offer a wide variety of digital marketing solutions, including SEO, PPC, social media solutions, email marketing, text messaging solutions, marketing automation, and content marketing.
Most recently, we have expanded into sales consulting services where we maximize the ROI of our digital marketing services. The future is bright thanks to the great partnerships with clients and marketing technology companies we have developed.
26. Juicy Pickles ($240K/year)
Giulia Cian (from Singapore) started Juicy Pickles over 5 years ago.
Ciao! My name is Giulia Cian Seren and I run Juicy Pickles. It’s a small company that offers digital marketing consulting, training, and coaching to small business owners. I started my company 4 years ago in 2017, after moving from Europe to Southeast Asia and seeing how favorable the business climate was in Singapore.
A photo from an event I organized in 2017 for a client with six other small businesses in Singapore
27. Brandetize ($6M/year)
Eric Berman (from San Diego) started Brandetize over 8 years ago.
I'm Eric Berman, and when I look back on my career, I have been an entrepreneur since the beginning. After graduating from college, I was always finding myself in the middle of starting businesses and, over time, getting more enamored with taking an idea and building a business from it.
28. Flying V Group ($3M/year)
Robb Fahrion (from Irvine, California, USA) started Flying V Group almost 7 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!
29. 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!).
30. 51blocks ($2.52M/year)
Michael Borgelt (from Denver, Colorado, USA) started 51blocks almost 14 years ago.
Hello, My name is Michael Borgelt and I’m the Founder & Owner of 51Blocks (Est. 2009) and BionicWP (Est. 2020), two agencies focused on helping other agency owner’s offer quality digital marketing and hosting solutions to their clients and small businesses a quality marketing experience.
Since customer service is what we’re most passionate about, we currently have a customer LTV of 2.5+ years (in an industry where it’s 6-9 months) and make 2.6M in annual revenue (216k/mo.).
31. Madrivo ($44.4M/year)
Ronen Hamatian (from Las Vegas, NV, USA) started Madrivo about 21 years ago.
32. Concept Marketing Group ($480K/year)
Barbara Ferrigno (from Prescott Arizona, USA) started Concept Marketing Group almost 45 years ago.
Hi, I’m Barb Ferrigno, and I started Concept Marketing Group – a full-service marketing company. I started in 1978 working solo out of my home, and I grew the company over the years to 6 employees and 8 subcontractors.
I downsized the company to 2 employees and 4 subcontractors as I’m looking to retire within 4 years. What do we offer? Direct Mail Lists, Email Marketing Lists, Specialty Directories, Consulting, Writing Services, Business Coaching for the Executive Staff, Sales Team Coaching, Social Media Services, PR Services. I have 8,000 clients both global and international with new clients coming on board every week. We average 25 to 50 new customers a month.
33. 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.
34. Inquivix ($1.2M/year)
Joon K Lee (from Seoul, South Korea) started Inquivix almost 5 years ago.
Hi guys! My name is Joon K Lee and I am the CEO at Inquivix. To be honest, I started this agency as a little side project back in 2017 when I was working for another company in Korea. (Of course, my bosses supported my venture and they let me work after hours) And ever since then I put my heart and soul into all the work that Inquivix has become today.
Now, I am beyond proud to say that we have diversified and grown to great lengths and will continue to aspire and grow with our experts and, in time, Inquivix as a company, would love to be recognized for the love and passion into our projects and work by the whole world.
35. Kairos Digital ($420K/year)
Stephen Freeman (from Jacksonville, Florida, USA) started Kairos Digital over 3 years ago.
After working at a marketing agency for many years, my brother and I decided to launch our own agency, specializing in clear messaging for businesses. I became the first StoryBrand Certified guide in my city and we started providing services for companies who wanted to clarify their brand message, launch websites that converted at a higher rate, and create marketing campaigns that had a strong ROI.
We closed out 2020 with over $230,000 in sales (during the pandemic) and are looking forward to continued growth in the coming years.
36. 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.
37. Sniply ($420K/year)
Matt Bentley (from San Francisco, CA, USA) started Sniply almost 9 years ago.
My name is Matt Bentley. I’m the Marketing Lead at Sniply, a custom URL shortener that adds a custom CTA button to any page you share on social media. Sniply is a B2B product and our customers are usually startup founders, brand managers, and social media managers.
We have 550 paying customers, including large marketing companies, and have been featured on Forbes, Entrepreneur, and Moz. Our annual revenue is about $420k.
38. Three Girls Media, Inc. ($600K/year)
Erika Taylor Montgomery (from Rainier, Washington, USA) started Three Girls Media, Inc. over 17 years ago.
I’m Erika Taylor Montgomery, the founder and CEO-President of Three Girls Media, Inc. I oversee sales and marketing for the company. I’m also a wife, mother and have a dog named Phoebe Ingrid Blu, a Jack Russell terrier mix, and a flock of chickens. Three Girls is a full-service marketing and public relations agency and offers a wide range of services including social media management, blogging for search engine optimization, email marketing, media relations, and website design and build.
Over the last 16 1/2 years, I’ve grown the business to ten employees and we gross about $550,000 annually. We’ve been at that level the last three years.
39. MOTIF® ($300K/year)
Ash Ome (from Beverly Hills ) started MOTIF® almost 7 years ago.
I’m Ash, an eCommerce branding and marketing consultant and founder of a growth-driven digital agency Motif. We help DTC Fashion, Luxury & Lifestyle brands with proven strategies and methodologies to grow them faster.
I started this business with $60 and nowadays we make on average $50K-$100K on recurring revenue. And don’t do any web project smaller than $50K.
40. Business Builders ($3M/year)
Jay Owen (from Saint Augustine, FL, USA) started Business Builders over 23 years ago.
When I started Design Extensions, which has since been rebranded as Business Builders, I was just 17 years old. Honestly, I had no idea what I was doing. I was just a teen trying to make some side money doing something I loved — building websites.
Today our services are focused on three key areas: coaching, marketing & development. Our mission is to help other people grow their business - like we have our own. We’ve gone from just $5000 in the first year to over $3,000,000 in sales this year.
41. Ethos Copywriting ($144K/year)
Matthew Flowers (from Erie, PA, USA) started Ethos Copywriting over 6 years ago.
My name is Matt Flowers. I'm the Founder of Ethos Copywriting, a content marketing agency specializing in premium writing services, SEO, and marketing consulting.
Today, because of the power of the written word, Ethos pulls in about $130,000 annually. Not bad for starting a business from a laptop I bought with birthday gift cards.
42. 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.
43. 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.
44. Ultra Growth Marketing ($720K/year)
Matthew Larsen (from Calgary) started Ultra Growth Marketing 11 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%).
45. Base Coat Marketing ($360K/year)
Austin Houser (from Wilmington, NC, USA) started Base Coat Marketing about 1 year ago.
Hi! My name is Austin Houser, and I'm the founder of Base Coat Marketing, a full-service digital marketing agency exclusive to the professional painting industry.
The gamble appears to have paid off. Just three months after launching, we're already on track to exceed last year's revenue under my previous agency, which at the time was 13 years old. Today we are generating $30,000 in monthly recurring revenue with roughly a 50% profit margin.
46. 930Tech ($36K/year)
Joshua Hurley (from Knoxville) started 930Tech over 1 year ago.
My name is Joshua Hurley, and I am the owner of 930TECH, a company that provides businesses with digital marketing and technology solutions. My company and I reside in Knoxville, TN. I have lived and worked in East Tennessee all of my life.
47. Major Impact Media ($342K/year)
Brice Gump (from Barcelona, Spain) started Major Impact Media about 7 years ago.
Hey! I’m Brice Gump, the founder, and CEO of Major Impact Media, a hybrid agency/education company.
We’ve worked with dozens of companies over the years – from business coaches to international personal development gurus – to implement traffic systems that have acquired thousands of customers and generated over $5,800,000 in online sales for their businesses.
48. Socialistics ($500K/year)
Jason Yormark (from Seattle, WA, USA) started Socialistics almost 5 years ago.
- Jason Yormark is the founder and Chief Social Officer of Socialistics. He started this advertising agency as a side project, but it has since expanded to manage social media marketing campaigns for 15 clients, ranging in price from $2 to $5K.
- Jason began his career with Microsoft before switching to blogging during a year of unemployment before being rehired.
- This company provides content marketing, social media marketing, blogging, copywriting, Facebook advertising, and social media advertising services to their customers.
Read the full story on upflip.com ➜
49. 6 Figure Agency ($240K/year)
Billy Willson (from Overland Park, KS, USA) started 6 Figure Agency over 5 years ago.
- Billy Wilson is the founder and CEO of 6 Figure Agency, a social media marketing company he started at 18 years old.
- He offers an in-depth course about how to start, grow and automate an SMM (Social Media Marketing) agency. Within his first year, Wilson had achieved a six-figure run rate.
- Billy has successfully coached thousands of business owners so far to help them grow their online presence and generate new leads and sales.
Read the full story on youtube.com ➜
50. Wyzowl ($2.5M/year)
Matt Byrom (from Southport, UK) started Wyzowl about 11 years ago.
- Wyzowl is an online video production business founded by Matt Byrom that produces animated commercials for businesses. This company creates entirely unique animated explainer videos with fixed costs, fixed turn-around times, and unlimited revisions.
- Matt decided to start his own company because he noticed a gap in the market as there was no one else to fulfill his needs.
- Since the business's launch in November 2011, Wyzowl has collaborated with large organizations like TNT, Kodak, Deloitte, LG, Crucial, Seagate, and Standard Chartered.
- Matt now has a sizable team of writers, designers, and animators to assist him. His company has created more than 3000 videos for clients around the world, including several Contently clients.
Read the full story on contently.com ➜
51. Franchise UK ($600K/year)
Joel Bissitt (from Norwich, UK) started Franchise UK almost 19 years ago.
My name is Joel Bissitt & I am MD of Franchise UK, The UK’s largest franchise directory. For 18 years, we have assisted franchise businesses to grow by generating quality franchisee recruitment leads online.
Franchise UK has grown rapidly, particularly over the last 5-6 years & we have achieved year-on-year growth since 2017 with a 50% increase in turnover last year.
52. Sievers Creative ($1.2M/year)
Roger Sievers (from Red Wing, MN, USA) started Sievers Creative about 13 years ago.
Hello, My name is Roger Sievers, and I founded Sievers Creative. Sievers Creative is a full-service marketing agency located in Red Wing, MN. We are a marketing and design agency in Minnesota that helps local businesses gain a competitive edge in today’s crowded market.
53. Counterweight Creative ($192K/year)
Jeremy Enns (from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) started Counterweight Creative over 6 years ago.
Hey there! I’m Jeremy Enns, the founder and Storyteller In Chief at Counterweight Creative, a podcast production and strategy agency.
I started the company 3 years ago, in 2016 with one client, making $15/hour and have grown into a team of 10 contractors producing more than 30 shows per week with revenue of over $10K/mo.
54. Intellitonic ($1.62M/year)
Courtney (from Bellingham) started Intellitonic almost 7 years ago.
In alphabetical order, we’re Alex, Courtney, and Jared - the three founders of the digital marketing agency Intellitonic. We help organizations improve their sales by implementing and iterating on campaigns for search engine optimization (SEO), search engine marketing (via Google Ads and Microsoft), and paid social media (Facebook and Instagram) for medium to large for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations.
We also partner with organizations that don’t have digital marketing in-house by white-labeling our services. In less than five years, we’ve grown to a team of eleven (and counting), offer full-benefits and 401K matching options - all without taking investment or feeling as if we’ve had to compromise our values.
55. Fomo ($1.08M/year)
Ryan Kulp (from Austin, TX, USA) started Fomo over 6 years ago.
I’m Ryan Kulp, a marketer and long-time musician turned self-taught developer and micro PE fund manager. I grew up in Atlanta and then lived in NYC and San Francisco for 8 years after finishing school. Throughout this time I worked for a bunch of venture-backed tech startups, learning what to do and more importantly what NOT to do in a founder or management role. I also started and failed a couple of startups, using a mix of personal and “friends and family” funds but losing it all.
Nowadays our revenue is > $1mm annually and last month we were acquired by Relay Commerce.
56. Rise Visible ($96K/year)
Aunia Kahn (from Eugene) started Rise Visible almost 21 years ago.
My name is Aunia Kahn. I am the CEO of Rise Visible, a full-service digital marketing agency. Our mission is to assist small businesses and entrepreneurs to rise above and become visible in their industry.
57. Zero Gravity Marketing ($9.6M/year)
Chris Uzzo (from Madison, CT, USA) started Zero Gravity Marketing over 10 years ago.
My name is Chris Uzzo and I am the CEO and Founder of Zero Gravity Marketing (ZGM). Founded in 2012, ZGM is a digital marketing agency specializing in SEO, paid media management, social media marketing, email marketing, website design Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO), content marketing, and creative services. We service customers in all industries focusing primarily on medium to large-sized businesses in need of ongoing growth and support.
We offer the best digital marketing services because of our data-driven approach and our commitment to recruiting the best team members and providing them with ongoing training and support. We were proud that last October (2021), ZGM received a top workplace award based on quantitative employee feedback.
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