DEG Named One of the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies

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The full-service digital consultancy specializing in smart digital marketing, commerce, and collaboration strategies is included on the Inc. list for the third consecutive year.

We are a company full of brilliant, energetic people who are fully invested with fantastic client partners. We work each day to deliver smarter digital solutions to them, and those successes fuel our growth. - Neal Sharma, CEO

DEG, a full-service digital consultancy, has earned a coveted spot on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies for the third year in a row, experiencing triple-digit revenue growth.

The Inc. 5000 list recognizes the country’s fastest-growing private companies by highlighting three-year growth. DEG grew 260% from 2009 to 2012, showing an impressive sustainable growth pattern. The company earned $14.5 million in revenue in 2012, compared with $4 million in 2009.

DEG’s integrated practice groups, including digital direct marketing, social media, mobile, e-commerce, and enterprise collaboration, have allowed the company to scale its operations to meet the needs of its rapidly growing roster of client partners. DEG services marquee brands such as Lee Jeans, Cabela’s, and Hallmark Cards, as well as fast-growing companies like adventure camera maker GoPro and others.

“DEG is honored to have been recognized on the Inc. 5000 list, and a number of factors have contributed to us earning a spot,” said Neal Sharma, CEO and Principal at DEG. “We are a company full of brilliant, energetic people who are fully invested with fantastic client partners. We work each day to deliver smarter digital solutions to them, and those successes fuel our growth.”

Revenue is not the only sector of DEG that has seen an explosion of growth. The number of employees at the company grew 203% during the three-year period measured by Inc. In 2009, the company employed 36 people, ballooning to 109 by the end of 2012 – strong enough growth for Inc. to include DEG in the inaugural class of its “Hire Power Award” honorees as one of the top job creators in America and one of the top five job creators in Kansas.

In a stagnant economic environment, median growth rate of 2013 Inc. 500 | 5000 companies is an impressive 142 percent. The companies on this year’s list report having created over 520,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $241 billion.

"Not all the companies in the Inc. 500 | 5000 are in glamorous industries, but in their fields they are as famous as household name companies simply by virtue of being great at what they do. They are the hidden champions of job growth and innovation, the real muscle of the American economy,” says Inc. Editor Eric Schurenberg.

For more information about the 2013 Inc. 500|5000 list and this year’s honorees, please visit:

About Inc. magazine and the Inc. 500|5000 Awards
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures LLC, 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. The Inc. 500|5000 list is a ranking, according to percentage annual growth when comparing 2009 to 2012, of privately held, for profit, independent companies in the United States.

About DEG
DEG is a full-service digital consultancy creating smart digital marketing, commerce, and collaboration strategies that empower organizations to amplify their unique competitive advantages and achieve their objectives. The firm provides digital direct marketing and eCRM, integrated e-commerce, social media, enterprise collaboration, web content strategy, analytics, and mobile development services to drive success for leading regional, national, and international organizations. Honored multiple times as one of Kansas City’s Best Places to Work, DEG can be found online at and on Twitter at @DEGdigital.

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