Merkle Ranks in 2007 Inc. 5,000 List of Fastest-Growing Businesses

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Merkle (, one of the nation's largest database marketing agencies, announced its inclusion in the Inc. 5,000, the first-ever list of the fastest-growing private companies in the country. Merkle's three-year sales growth rate of 133.1% and revenue of $149.4 million placed it 2597 on the list.

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The Inc. 5,000 provides the most comprehensive look ever at the most important part of the economy - the entrepreneurial part

    The Inc. 5,000 ranking is an extension of Inc. magazine's annual Inc. 500 list. The new list includes many businesses that are too big to grow at the pace required to make the Inc. 500 list, yet represent the backbone of the U.S. economy. Complete information on this year's Inc. 5,000 is available at

"The Inc. 5,000 provides the most comprehensive look ever at the most important part of the economy - the entrepreneurial part," said Inc. 5,000 Project Manager Jim Melloan. "The expansion of the list has allowed us to tell the stories of larger companies, older companies, and a wealth of companies in industries like manufacturing and construction that are underreported in the business media."

Merkle provides Fortune 1000 companies and major nonprofit organizations with advanced data-driven marketing insight and strategic approaches that maximize the effectiveness of marketing programs. Merkle supports all aspects of its clients' marketing programs, from initial strategy and program creation to execution and results measurement.

Merkle President and CEO David Williams said, "For the past several years, Merkle has experienced an annual growth rate exceeding 30 percent, which is a result of internal organic growth and strategic acquisitions in areas critical to the continued development and success of the company. The Inc. 5000 ranking is another key indicator of the strong position in the marketplace that we have attained as well as the overall sustained demand for insightful marketing approaches that enable organizations to realize actual, measurable return on investment in their marketing programs."

The 2007 Inc. 5000 list measures revenue growth from 2003 through 2006. To qualify, companies had to be U.S.-based and privately held and independent as of December 31, 2006, and have had at least $200,000 in revenue in 2003 and $2 million in 2006.

About Merkle

Merkle is one of the nation's largest providers of data-driven marketing solutions that enable large national organizations to maximize the results from their marketing investment. Merkle provides customer strategy, business intelligence and analytics, data sourcing, media targeting and measurement, and marketing technology solutions to Fortune 1000 companies and leading nonprofit organizations. With over 850 employees, the privately held corporation is headquartered near Washington, D.C. in Lanham, Maryland with additional locations in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia, Seattle and Hagerstown, Maryland. For more information, contact Merkle at 1-877-9-MERKLE or visit

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