Inc. published its list with the 5,000 fastest-growing privately held companies in the U.S.
It’s a long list.
But where the casual reader might see a seemingly endless row of names and numbers, I saw data. And lots of it.
I’m a demand gen marketer, so it goes without saying that data is a big part of my job. It’s true my coworkers tease me for having a spreadsheet for everything – so you better believe that as soon as the list came out, I was already building my own spreadsheet to try to uncover some learnings from the companies that made the Inc. 5000.
It didn’t take me long to notice a trend.
Of the companies that made this year’s list, a staggering number of them had a chatbot on their site.
Coincidence? I think not.
For me, it really cemented how conversational marketing can be a direct driver of growth.
But if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to see the data for yourself. I went through the list and pulled out some of the most compelling growth stories – take a look at 17 companies that are unlocking crazy growth with conversational marketing👇
Inc. 5000 ranking: 15
3-year growth: 10,176%
What they’re all about: MuteSix is a performance marketing agency specializing in Facebook advertising and Google Adwords. Based in Los Angeles, CA, MuteSix was recognized in more Facebook Success Stories than any other agency in 2016.
Inc. 5000 ranking: 73
3-year growth: 4,267%
What they’re all about: Pendo is on a mission to improve the world’s experiences with software. Pendo combines powerful product usage analytics with user guidance, communication, feedback, and planning tools to offer the most complete integrated platform for digital product teams.
Inc. 5000 ranking: 134
3-year growth: 2,679%
What they’re all about: Exabeam helps security operations and insider threat teams work smarter, allowing them to detect, investigate and respond to cyberattacks in 51 percent less time.
Inc. 5000 ranking: 153
3-year growth: 2,475%
What they’re all about: Akumina is the Employee Experience Platform (EXP) that empowers global enterprises to quickly create personalized digital experiences that help every employee in every role work smarter, not harder.
Inc. 5000 ranking: 154
3-year growth: 2,470%
What they’re all about: From its inception in 2014, ShipMonk has operated with a singular guiding principle: to help small and medium-sized businesses scale by offering technology-driven fulfillment solutions that enable business founders to devote more time to the things that matter most in their businesses.
Inc. 5000 ranking: 199
3-year growth: 2,027%
What they’re all about: Advoc8 is a new kind of cross-functional experiential agency, built to influence and drive audiences of the future, through live experiences, content, and merchandise.
Inc. 5000 ranking: 216
3-year growth: 1,915%
What they’re all about: Radius Networks is a location technology company that helps retailers, restaurant chains, sports and entertainment complexes, and app developers conduct location-based transactions with customers.
Inc. 5000 ranking: 217
3-year growth: 1,915%
What they’re all about: Fattmerchant is an integrated payment technology provider that revolutionizes the payment processing experience for business owners through real-time data analytics, transparent subscription pricing, and award-winning customer service. Instead of percentage markups and hidden fees, Fattmerchant offers business owners the lowest cost of interchange for a flat, monthly subscription saving members thousands of dollars each month.
Inc. 5000 ranking: 320
3-year growth: 1,438%
What they’re all about: Cumulus is leading the transition of the data center market from a closed and proprietary environment to one that embraces open, standards-based systems. It provides networking software to design, run, and operate modern data centers that are simple, open, agile, resilient, and scalable.
Inc. 5000 ranking: 394
3-year growth: 1,164%
What they’re all about: Realvolve is the new standard for real estate technology. Our software-as-a-service blends elegant design, emerging technologies, and practical, thoughtful features.
Inc. 5000 ranking: 404
3-year growth: 1,133%
What they’re all about: Pattern is a proven blend of marketplace analytics, product distribution, MAP Compliance, and brand management that drives growth for premium brands.
Inc. 5000 ranking: 407
3-year growth: 1,121%
What they’re all about: Groove is the sales engagement platform that helps managers, reps, and operations sell smarter and increase revenue by as much as 25%.
Inc. 5000 ranking: 417
3-year growth: 1,097%
What they’re all about: SOCi is the leading social and reputation management platform built to address the complex workflow and management needs of multi-location businesses.
Inc. 5000 ranking: 434
3-year growth: 1,045%
What they’re all about: Kenna is a software-as-a-service Risk and Vulnerability Intelligence platform that accurately measures risk and prioritizes remediation efforts before an attacker can exploit an organization’s weaknesses.
Inc. 5000 ranking: 486
3-year growth: 903%
What they’re all about: ServiceTitan is a mobile, cloud-based software platform that helps home services companies streamline operations, improve customer service, and increase sales.
Inc. 5000 ranking: 558
3-year growth: 797%
What they’re all about: GridGain offers the 1st enterprise-grade in-memory computing platform addressing application speed and scalability needs for clients in finance, software, e-commerce, retail, online business services, health care, and telecoms.
Inc. 5000 ranking: 654
3-year growth: 671%
What they’re all about: Trusted by thousands of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), NexusTek is a national managed IT services provider with a comprehensive portfolio comprised of end-user services, cloud, infrastructure, cybersecurity, and IT consulting.