Canada’s Fastest-Growing Marketing and Media Companies: 2017 PROFIT 500

 
PROFIT 500: Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies
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As the competition for customers grows ever-fiercer, more and more companies are looking to promotions and branding to help them win business. But not all marketers are created equal. Only the industry’s top firms produce the kind of work that attracts customers and earns a spot on the 2017 PROFIT 500 ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies.

The 53 marketing and media firms on this year’s ranking grew their revenues an average of 581% between 2011 and 2016. Collectively they employed 3,661 full time-equivalent employees in 2016.

Here is the complete list of Canada’s fastest-growing marketing and media companies for 2017.

1. SendtoNews
PROFIT 500: No. 5
Growth (2011–2016): 7,260%
Revenue (2016): $10–20 million
Headquarters: Victoria, B.C.
What it does: Operates a sports video and advertising distribution platform

2. SearchKings
PROFIT 500: No. 37
Growth (2011–2016): 1,882%
Revenue (2016): $2–5 million
Headquarters: Toronto, Ont.
What it does: Builds advertising campaigns based on Google AdWords

3. Arcane
PROFIT 500: No. 41
Growth (2011–2016): 1,747%
Revenue (2016): $10–20 million
Headquarters: London, Ont.
What it does: Helps companies increase sales via digital marketing campaigns

4. Surround Integrated Marketing
PROFIT 500: No. 52
Growth (2011–2016): 1,416%
Revenue (2016): $2–5 million
Headquarters: Oakville, Ont.
What it does: Strategizes and executes digital marketing campaigns for businesses

5. Canada Prime Marketing
PROFIT 500: No. 58
Growth (2011–2016): 1,254%
Revenue (2016): $2–5 million
Headquarters: Edmonton, Alta.
What it does: Offers brand management, marketing and event-planning services marketing services

6. Voices.com
PROFIT 500: No. 61
Growth (2011–2016): 1,166%
Revenue (2016): $10–20 million
Headquarters: London, Ont.
What it does: Operates an online marketplace that matches clients with voice talent

7. KIMBO Design
PROFIT 500: No. 71
Growth (2011–2016): 995%
Revenue (2016): $2–5 million
Headquarters: Vancouver, B.C.
What it does: Develops branding and advertising for web and print platforms

8. WordJack Media
PROFIT 500: No. 75
Growth (2011–2016): 958%
Revenue (2016): $2–5 million
Headquarters: Collingwood, Ont.
What it does: Provides online marketing services for small businesses

9. MediaFace
PROFIT 500: No. 81
Growth (2011–2016): 910%
Revenue (2016): $2–5 million
Headquarters: Toronto, Ont.
What it does: Develops branded content via videos, podcasts and websites for organizations

10. LinkNow Media
PROFIT 500: No. 97
Growth (2011–2016): 746%
Revenue (2016): $5–10 million
Headquarters: Montreal, Que.
What it does: Develops websites and offers online marketing services to small and mid-sized companies

11. Addictive Mobility
PROFIT 500: No. 99
Growth (2011–2016): 740%
Revenue (2016): $10–20 million
Headquarters: Toronto, Ont.
What it does: Offers tools that help marketers manage programmatic mobile advertising

12. Napkyn Analytics
PROFIT 500: No. 102
Growth (2011–2016): 712%
Revenue (2016): $2–5 million
Headquarters: Ottawa, Ont.
What it does: Provides digital analytics to large enterprises

13. Powered by Search
PROFIT 500: No. 105
Growth (2011–2016): 690%
Revenue (2016): $5–10 million
Headquarters: Toronto, Ont.
What it does: Offers digital marketing services

14. Index Exchange
PROFIT 500: No. 110
Growth (2011–2016): 641%
Revenue (2016): $500–1,000 million
Headquarters: Toronto, Ont.
What it does: Operates an ad exchange platform for digital publishers and suppliers

15. Klick
PROFIT 500: No. 117
Growth (2011–2016): 592%
Revenue (2016): $200–500 million
Headquarters: Toronto, Ont.
What it does: Provides strategic marketing and technology services to businesses

16. Sinking Ship Entertainment
PROFIT 500: No. 120
Growth (2011–2016): 586%
Revenue (2016): $10–20 million
Headquarters: Toronto, Ont.
What it does: Produces and distributes children's television programming

17. Astound Group
PROFIT 500: No. 126
Growth (2011–2016): 574%
Revenue (2016): $20–50 million
Headquarters: Oakville, Ont.
What it does: Designs and fabricates exhibits, installations and experiential spaces for brands

18. Art & Science
PROFIT 500: No. 143
Growth (2011–2016): 483%
Revenue (2016): $2–5 million
Headquarters: Toronto, Ont.
What it does: Executes digital advertising and experiential marketing campaigns

19. Bloom
PROFIT 500: No. 156
Growth (2011–2016): 454%
Revenue (2016): $2–5 million
Headquarters: Montreal, Que.
What it does: Designs and implements digital media marketing campaigns

20. KLF Media
PROFIT 500: No. 160
Growth (2011–2016): 429%
Revenue (2016): $5–10 million
Headquarters: Montreal, Que.
What it does: Offers products and services that help companies run reward programs

21. Dig Insights
PROFIT 500: No. 166
Growth (2011–2016): 412%
Revenue (2016): $5–10 million
Headquarters: Toronto, Ont.
What it does: Provides market research and analytics consulting

22. D2C Media
PROFIT 500: No. 168
Growth (2011–2016): 408%
Revenue (2016): $5–10 million
Headquarters: Montreal, Que.
What it does: Provides digital design and marketing services to automotive dealers

23. Intrigue Media
PROFIT 500: No. 184
Growth (2011–2016): 356%
Revenue (2016): $2–5 million
Headquarters: Guelph, Ont.
What it does: Helps organizations attract new customers via digital marketing

24. Maple Diversity Communications
PROFIT 500: No. 195
Growth (2011–2016): 334%
Revenue (2016): $2–5 million
Headquarters: Mississauga, Ont.
What it does: Designs and delivers multicultural marketing campaigns for corporate clients

25. Crakmedia
PROFIT 500: No. 203
Growth (2011–2016): 316%
Revenue (2016): $20–50 million
Headquarters: Quebec, Que.
What it does: Provides marketing technology and services to help clients monetize online traffic

More fast-growing marketing and media companies:

26. DRMG (Direct Response Media Group) (No. 211); 27. EventSing (No. 216); 28. Cue Digital Media (No. 227); 29. Faulhaber Communications (No. 240); 30. Environics Analytics (No. 290); 31. Brand Momentum (No. 294); 32. Defined Designs (No. 297); 33. Fusion Retail Analytics (No. 301); 34. LabX Media Group (No. 306); 35. MXO Agence Totale (No. 311); 36. My Broadcasting Corp. (No. 313); 37. Juiceworks Exhibits (No. 325); 38. Newcom Business Media (No. 326); 39. Rock-It Promotions (No. 328); 40. FCV Interactive (No. 332); 41. KMI Publishing and Events (No. 335); 42. Errington Integrated Marketing (No. 357); 43. Worden Displays (No. 376); 44. Le Site (No. 378); 45. Stingray (No. 390); 46. Libéo (No. 392); 47. Ressac (No. 410); 48. Climax Media (No. 415); 49. PCMusic (No. 419); 50. Tink (No. 424); 51. Premier Service (No. 443); 52. REC Media (No. 450); 53. Brandfire Marketing (No. 477)

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