Here are some real life success stories of starting a social media marketing service:
1. Vital Traffic Labs ($600K/year)
David Schlais (from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA) started Vital Traffic Labs about 6 years ago.
My name is David Schlais and I am a co-founder of Vital Traffic Labs, a social media marketing agency with a core focus in paid social advertising as well as lead generation. We work with a variety of local businesses as well as eCommerce brands, tech start-ups, and more - helping them sustainably grow their businesses!
Today we have grown to between 50-60K in monthly recurring revenue, depending on any set-up fees, one-off services, etc. and it has been an amazing ride to get to this point in only 3 short years. I would attribute our success to putting clients and quality of work first so that we can focus on limiting churn while scaling to new clients and new opportunities.
2. NapoleonCat ($960K/year)
Greg Berezowski (from Warsaw, Poland) started NapoleonCat over 9 years ago.
Hi! My name is Greg Berezowski, and I’m the founder and CEO of NapoleonCat, a social media management platform with a client base in over 60 countries.
The Covid-19 pandemic has been merciful for us; we grew our international client base by 150% in a year. With a strong focus on the US market, we’re looking forward to growing even faster in 2021.
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4. NextWave Social ($36K/year)
Samuel E Gordon (from La Jolla) started NextWave Social about 3 years ago.
My name is Samuel Gordon and I’m the owner of a small boutique-styled digital marketing agency called NextWave Social. Our highly skilled and professional team specializes in a plethora of services such as search engine optimization, social media management, web development, and Facebook ads. NextWave Social focuses on clients with service and product-based industries, such as restaurants, wedding caterers, accessories for people living an active lifestyle, etc.
Since our official launch in January 2020, we grew slow and steady and are set to hit our milestone of 6 figures in revenue for 2021.
5. Tatum Digital Agency ($120K/year)
AJ Tatum (from Fairfax, VA, USA) started Tatum Digital Agency over 1 year ago.
Hello, my name is AJ Tatum, and I'm the founder of Tatum Digital Agency (TDA), a digital presence management agency.
Since launching TDA in May 2021, I've maintained an average income of ~$10k a month.
6. Flying V Group ($3M/year)
Robb Fahrion (from Irvine, California, USA) started Flying V Group about 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!
7. SharpNet Solutions, Inc ($4.2M/year)
Chris Sharp (from Fort Collins, CO) started SharpNet Solutions, Inc over 24 years ago.
Hello! I’m Christopher Sharp and in 1998, I launched a digital marketing company named SharpNet Solutions. SharpNet originated as a search marketing company, specializing in SEO and PPC service, which remain our flagship products today. Over time, our service portfolio grew to also include Social Media Management and Website Design.
We are focused outwardly to provide an uncommonly good experience for our clients, with a considerable effort toward customer satisfaction, and bottom-line results. We are focused inwardly to provide an exceptional work environment and a strong work-life balance. Because people spend 1/3rd of their lives at work, we do our best to make that investment of one’s time well worth it.
8. Digital Next ($3.48M/year)
Nathan Elly (from Victoria, Australia) started Digital Next about 9 years ago.
I’m Nathan Elly, branch manager and founder of Digital Next Australia. We’re a search marketing agency with a focus on SEO & PPC. We launched Digital Next Australia in Jan 2014 after working several months of night shifts from the UK.
We started from scratch and after nearly 6 years we are turning over approximately $2 million per year.
9. Socialbuzzhive ($96K/year)
Emily Standley (from Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA) started Socialbuzzhive almost 5 years ago.
I’m Emily Standley, a nationally published content creator and digital marketing strategist based in South Florida. I’m the spearhead behind the popular digital marketing blog Socialbuzzhive!
I started my blog from home with zero followers, and it has grown to a community of over 4 million. Through a combination of affiliate marketing, advertising, digital courses, and product reviews, the blog earns over $8,000 monthly.
10. Add Value Agency ($360K/year)
Joachim Brouckaert (from Antwerpen, Belgium) started Add Value Agency almost 2 years 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.
11. Base Coat Marketing ($360K/year)
Austin Houser (from Wilmington, NC, USA) started Base Coat Marketing over 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.
12. 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.
13. Social Ktchn ($420K/year)
Camila & Chris Anderson (from Charlotte) started Social Ktchn almost 6 years ago.
Hi! We’re Chris and Camila, founders of Social Ktchn, a digital marketing company. Our main service is providing Facebook and Instagram paid ads for our clients, who range from small to midsize businesses, in lead gen but mostly in the eCommerce space.
Our annual revenue is typically around $300-$400K, which is quite a jump from the $40K we made in our first year!
14. Zero Gravity Marketing ($9.6M/year)
Chris Uzzo (from Madison, CT, USA) started Zero Gravity Marketing almost 11 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.
15. Jumper Media ($19.2M/year)
Colton Bollinger and the team over at Jumper Media help over 4,000 businesses tell their stories through Instagram. From zero to 6 million in annual recurring revenue in 2 years and from 3 to 50 employees! Top 3 Value Bombs: 1. The biggest thing when handling an internal team is communication and being able to be transparent with them. 2. Scaling a company will never happen if you don’t have a really effective lead generation strategy. 3. Evaluate relationships and what you can give to people; it will come back to you ten-fold. Visit Colton’s website - Sponsors: : Learn how to grow better by connecting your people, your customers, and your business at ! : If you’re generating 7 to 8 figures + from your website, and you’re not doing conversion optimization, you’re leaving revenue on the table! Visit for a free proposal today and tell them EOF sent you!
Colton Bollinger (from San Diego, California, USA) started Jumper Media about 7 years ago.
- Colton Bollinger founded Jumper Media in 2016, and it now assists over 3000 small businesses in using social media to tell their stories.
- He established this business to assist companies in using Instagram to build brand awareness.
- After working with more than 15,000 brands, influencers, and small businesses, he modified the brand strategy in 2020.
- The founder established a team in the Philippines to boost audience reach, engagement, and sales for more than 1600 businesses on Instagram in less than six months.
- Colton has received recognition for his Instagram-focused marketing strategies in Forbes, Entrepreneur, and Yahoo.
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16. Rossman Media ($11.9M/year)
Today, I'm thrilled to have Alex Rossman on the show. Alex is the founder of Rossman Media, which is a social media agency that helps improve the sales and site traffic for ecommerce businesses.
His agency was awarded the best social media agency award in 2020 by Business Insider and he has help…
Alex Rossman (from Portland, Oregon, USA) started Rossman Media almost 6 years ago.
- Alex Rossman is the owner and founder of Rossman Media, a social media firm that assists e-commerce companies in boosting their site traffic and sales.
- He turned his love of social media into Rossman Media, a prestigious advertising firm.
- The company was founded in 2017 and three years later Business Insider has recognized Alex and his team as the "Best New Social Media Agency" of 2020.
- To date, they've collaborated with big brands like Airbnb, OrangeTheory Fitness, Nike, Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Read the full story on medium.com ➜
17. MeetEdgar ($4M/year)
Laura Roeder (from Edina, Minnesota, USA) started MeetEdgar about 9 years ago.
Hi, I’m Laura Roeder, the CEO and founder of MeetEdgar, a social media automation tool.
Here’s a recent team photo at one of our biannual company retreats. This was taken in Phoenix, Arizona.
18. Social Burro Inc. ($156K/year)
Frank Kecseti & Alyson Kate Long (from Flat Rock, NC, USA) started Social Burro Inc. almost 3 years ago.
Our Chief Burro is Frank Kecseti, he is the creator and data nerd behind our business, Social Burro Inc. Alyson, his wife, and business partner are our Content Director. We built our business on the unwavering belief that social media can help small business owners who are challenging an aspect of their industries. Our flagship services include social media audits and team training sessions, as well as complete content takeovers. Frank is extremely passionate about the possibilities and power of hyper-targeted paid social media ads. Alyson is fixated on helping businesses own their “Why”.
19. Fomo ($1.08M/year)
Ryan Kulp (from Austin, TX, USA) started Fomo almost 7 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.
20. DAD OF AD ($154K/year)
Rumit Kadakia & Shamreen Kadar (from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India) started DAD OF AD almost 3 years ago.
Rumit is a computer science engineer, and Shamreen comes with a strong graphic design background. This dynamic duo established Dad of Ad in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic was at its peak.
The agency is composed of a young team from diverse backgrounds. However, everyone has a holistic approach to creatively catering to the client’s requirements. This feeling of interconnectedness and explicability makes Dad of Ad stand out among the crowd.
21. Postscript ($37.2M/year)
Today I’m thrilled to have Alex Beller on the show. Alex is the founder of Postscript.io which is the SMS platform that I’m currently using for my ecommerce store.
In just 6 short months, SMS marketing with Postscript has become one of my top 5 revenue drivers! Today, we’re going to talk about…
Adam Turner and Alex Beller (from San Francisco, California, USA) started Postscript about 4 years ago.
- Postscript was founded by Adam Turner and Alex Beller in 2018. This app facilitates communication with customers.
- Postscript is a strong, user-friendly SMS platform for Shopify stores that also helps to send campaigns, build automation, and generate new revenue with texts, gifs, and more.
- In a period of just 6 short months, SMS marketing with Postscript has risen to the top 5 revenue-generating positions.
- They managed to meet their business goal and generated $3.1M per month in revenue.
Listen to the full podcast on music.amazon.co.uk ➜
22. Socialistics ($500K/year)
Jason Yormark (from Seattle, WA, USA) started Socialistics about 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 ➜
23. MuteSix ($76.3M/year)
Today I’m happy to have Moody Nashawaty on the show. Moody is someone who helped me with my Facebook ads for my ecommerce store a while back.
He is the chief strategy officer for MuteSix.com which is a firm that specializes in customer acquisition. They do Facebook ads, Google ads, email market…
Steve Weiss (from Culver City, California, USA) started MuteSix over 6 years ago.
- Steve Weiss founded MuteSix, a company that specializes in customer acquisition. They run Facebook ads, Google ads, and email campaigns.
- This business is a full-funnel performance marketing agency that adds value to DTC brands.
- The company was founded in 2016 and their team size has increased over the years and they now oversee an advertising budget of $300 million.
- Compared to other agencies, the MuteSix team of experts scales brands to success more quickly and effectively.
Read the full story on martechseries.com ➜
24. Eight Loop Social ($2.4M/year)
Meet Cat Howell, Founder and CEO of Eight Loop Social, a successful Facebook Ads Agency that has pioneered performance-based ads.
Catherine Howell (from Auckland, New Zealand) started Eight Loop Social about 11 years ago.
Catherine Howell is the founder of the independent social media agency, Eight Loop Social.
The brand offers specialized digital growth solutions to e-commerce and corporate brands. They have associated with big companies like Coca-Cola, AMP Insurance, Vodafone, and Midori among many others.
Since this brand's establishment in 2011, it has aided over 700 agency owners and independent contractors in generating over $35M for their companies.
From social networks to blogging, newsletter creation & distribution, and creative online integrated campaigns they will craft and manage the digital strategies for your brand.
Read the full story on femaledisruptors.com ➜
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