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4 for 4! Effective Spend One of America’s Fastest-Growing Companies Four Years Running

For the 4th year in a row, Effective Spend is back on the Inc. 5000! We’ve maintained the prestigious honor of being among America’s fastest-growing companies with a 102% growth rate during the qualifying 3-year window. This list gives a one-of-a-kind look at the most successful companies within the economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent businesses. We are proud to once again be among the ranks of the 2022 Inc. 5000 class, a group that not only found a way to preserver amid supply chain woes, labor shortages, and the ongoing impact of Covid-19, but also add more than 68,394 jobs for Americans!

“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.” 



2021 was a year of tremendous growth for Effective Spend. We opened a physical office for our Los Angeles team so they are no longer restricted to remote work and established a squad in Colorado. Not only did we add to our national footprint, we also outgrew our office located on South Congress Ave in downtown Austin. Seeing the need for more space, Effective Spend purchased and expanded to a large building in East Austin, formerly the United Way for Greater Austin. This well-known landmark building is the home to one of Austin’s most beloved murals, You’re My Butter Half. This move was a sort of homecoming for us as we launched our first office in East Austin.

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Office space isn’t the only way we have grown recently. In August of 2022, Effective Spend partnered with Optimad Media, DSPolitical, and UNTU to create a new organization, Optimal. Combining each company’s expertise, technology, and proprietary data, Optimal offers a full scope of performance-based digital marketing services, including paid search and social, search engine optimization, programmatic, connected TV, performance creative, and more.

Together we boast a fast-growing team of more than 200 dedicated digital media strategists, technologists, and industry experts. Combined, we now have even wider digital and performance marketing expertise and a shared vision to bring the best data, technology, and people together to help consumers, healthcare, public affairs, business-to-business, entertainment, and political brands. This new partnership gives us the flexibility to expand rapidly to take on bigger projects and better serve our current clients.


Best Places To Work

We are not only growing fast, but we’re maintaining our culture while we do it. This year, the Austin Business Journal named Effective Spend as one of Austin’s Best Places to Work! Being the 4th time we’ve made this list, we hold great pride in this achievement, especially in a time of employee disengagement. Culture is at the heart of Effective Spend’s foundation. It is important that our employees feel connected, valued, and enjoy what they do. With opportunities to get together within and outside of the office in social settings, such as skee ball, social sports, happy hours, and office parties, our employees feel engaged in their roles at the office and on their teams. Celebrating holidays and important events such as our annual summer party and company-wide New Year’s celebration gives us the opportunity to connect with one another and establish a strong team-centric culture.

Philanthropy opportunities are extremely important to our employees and we love opportunities to serve in our community. Over the past 12 months, we participated in packing meal boxes at Austin’s Central Texas Food Bank, organized a clean-up around Ladybird Lake with Keep Austin Beautiful, helped prepare for the grand opening of Austin Farm Sanctuary, took on Movember to raise money and awareness, and hosted a blood drive with We Are Blood. We foster a culture where anyone can tackle causes they believe in with the company’s support, be it organizing a larger-scale event with the whole team or using our charity-specific PTO to do something on their own.


About Inc. 5000’s 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 be generating revenue by March 31, 2018, with a minimum revenue required of $100,000 in 2018 and $2 million in 2021. Finally, they must be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit, and independent as of December 31, 2021. The top 500 companies on the Inc. 5000 are featured in Inc. magazine’s September issue and the entire Inc. 5000 can be found online.


About Inc. 

The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent and the associated Inc. 5000 Conference & Gala is a nice reward to the teams who made it.


Join The Team

Four Inc. 5000s in a row proves we’ve been successful, but our future is even brighter! If you want to add to this award-winning culture and join this growing team take a look at the current job openings. The Effective Spend team is always looking to add more talented team members in both Austin and Los Angeles!

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Jen was born in the Seattle area and spent much of her childhood there. Upon graduating from high school, she lived in Florida for a year before moving back to the Seattle area. She then began working in the high tech industry in sales and marketing, and transferred to the Bay Area in California where she met and married her husband of more than 20 years. They lived in California for several years before moving to the Seattle area and then onto Montana, and now Austin. Now that she’s been in Austin for more than a decade, she considers herself a true Austinite. Jen has been a jack-of-all trades since leaving the tech industry. She has done everything from teaching music, to professional chef, to preschool teacher, and photographer. Raising their three children has been a joy and blessing to Jen. She loves all things creative, cooking, and traveling.