898 Marketing Named to  2022 Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America List

898 Marketing, a full-service strategic and integrated marketing agency based in the Mahoning Valley, is No. 1,031 on the 2022 Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America. The list represents a one-of-a-kind look at the most successful companies within the economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent businesses. 

“While it’s humbling to receive a recognition of this magnitude, it’s a credit to our team for their hard work, dedication and excellent performance, and to our clients for trusting us to serve them by telling their stories to grow their businesses,” said Jeff Ryznar, President, 898 Marketing. “More importantly, we’re just as proud of what this award means for the Mahoning Valley, as it shows how businesses and people can grow and thrive professionally, competing with the best of companies all around the country.”

898 Marketing’s ranking is tops in the Youngstown, Ohio market, 18th in Ohio, and 78th among all advertising/marketing companies in the country.

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. The top 500 companies are featured in the September issue of Inc. magazine, which will be available on August 23. 

“The accomplishment of building one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S., in light of recent economic roadblocks, cannot be overstated,” says Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. “Inc. is thrilled to honor the companies that have established themselves through innovation, hard work, and rising to the challenges of today.” 

Ryznar cites the culture of the company, as well as their advancements in being award winning digital marketing and programmatic advertising experts as the sources of 898 Marketing’s most recent growth. Further, the agency has exponentially grown its retainer client revenue over the past three years, thanks to award winning video production and accountable strategies that deliver upon goals and objectives. Its client roster includes international, national, regional and local companies like the United States Football League, The Giving Back Fund, Core Home Fitness, Greenwood Chevrolet, The Hall of Fame Village in Canton, Aim Transportation Solutions, and Burgan Real Estate, to name a few.

898 Marketing’s staff, meanwhile, has grown to 23, with all but one Ryznar proudly credits as “homegrown talent” from the Mahoning Valley. 

“The collective talents and creativity of our team enable us to perform virtually all of our own work in-house, from video production to branding, digital and traditional marketing campaigns, website programming and design, graphic design, copywriting and content marketing,” Ryznar said. “They are a group of committed individuals who want to deliver the best for themselves, our clients and the community we proudly serve and represent with this recognition. While we are being recognized for this achievement, the true recognition comes with Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley being put on a national stage to show that growth and success can and is happening here in Northeast Ohio.”

Methodology 

Companies on the 2022 Inc. 5000 are ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2018 to 2021. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generated revenue by March 31, 2018. They must be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2021. (Since then, some on the list may have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2018 is $100,000; the minimum for 2021 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Growth rates used to determine company rankings were calculated to four decimal places. The top 500 companies on the Inc. 5000 are featured in Inc. magazine’s September issue.