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Inc. Magazine Ranks SmarterHQ Among America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

SmarterHQ Ranks No. 669 on the 2016 Inc. 5000 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 585%

NEW YORK (August 17, 2016) – Inc. named marketing technology firm SmarterHQ today to the 669th spot on the 35th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation's 5,000 fastest-growing private companies.

The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment— its independent small businesses. SmarterHQ earned a spot on this year’s list with a three-year sales growth rate of 585 percent.

“This award is a huge credit to our hardworking team,” said Michael Osborne, CEO and president of SmarterHQ. “With retailers that are struggling to keep up with the massive amounts of online data to effectively personalize communication with customers, our growth has provided us with the ability to combine online and offline data, both behavioral and transactional, which allows marketers to target effectively in real-time.”

The 2016 Inc. 5000 is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 433 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $200 billion, and the companies on the list collectively generated 640,000 jobs over the past three years, or about 8 percent of all jobs created in the entire economy during that period.

"The Inc. 5000 list stands out where it really counts,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “It honors real achievement by a founder or a team of them. No one makes the Inc. 5000 without building something great – usually from scratch. That’s one of the hardest things to do in business, as every company founder knows. But without it, free enterprise fails.”

In addition to its 585 percent sales growth rate, SmarterHQ has experienced additional competitive growth within the last three years including nearly 49 percent customer growth rate, revenue growth of 215 percent and 178 percent employee growth.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000. For more information about SmarterHQ, please visit www.smarterhq.com.

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More about SmarterHQ

SmarterHQ allows marketers to easily captivate each of their customers in the moment that is most meaningful to them. Its marketing engine analyzes and predicts customer activity – or lack of activity - to automate real-time interactions across email and web. SmarterHQ works with some of the world’s largest brands, such as Finish Line, Golfsmith, Chico’s and Value City Furniture, to drive phenomenal business results.

More about Inc. and the Inc. 500|5000 

Methodology
The 2016 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2012 to 2015. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2012. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2015. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2012 is $100,000; the minimum for 2015 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.'s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.

About Inc. Media

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today's innovative company builders. Winner of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 15,000,000 today.  For more information, visit www.inc.com.

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation's most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates their remarkable achievements. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

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