Unlike traditional marketing agencies, growth hacking agencies don’t play the guessing game. Growth hacking agencies measure, analyze, test, compare, refine, and repeat to reach their goal. A growth hacking agency and its growth hackers should be creative minds, tech-savvy, logical, and great problem-solvers.
To understand what a growth hacking agency does, you first need to understand what growth hacking is.
Growth hacking began to develop during the early 2010s. During that time, a large number of startups rose. Those startups that needed growth and adoption at an early stage; growth hacking was the solution to their need. As Ryan Holiday, author of Growth Hacker Marketing puts it: “A growth hacker is someone who has thrown out the playbook of traditional marketing and replaced it with only what is testable, trackable, and scalable.” Growth hacking frames the user acquisition process through the “funnel” metaphor, as in Acquisition, Activation, Retention, Revenue, Referral.
The heart of growth hacking is the relentless focus on growth as the only metric that truly matters. Airbnb, Uber, Twitter, Facebook, Dropbox, Pinterest, YouTube, Hotmail, Udemy, Instagram and Google are some of the companies that have used growth hacking techniques to grow and become the companies we all know today.
Since the early 2010s, a lot of growth hacking agencies have appeared. Since then, many of them have disappeared. However, some of them not only survived but also stood the test of time. This doesn’t mean that there are agencies that have brought great results for their clients in spite of their young age.
With no further ado, here are the Top 10 growth hacking agencies for 2019.
Location: London, UK
Tagline: “Sky is not the limit”
Hey, that’s us! *awkward self high-five*
GrowthRocks is a growth hacking marketing agency that helps startups and well-established companies to achieve rapid and sustainable growth. Headquartered in London with worldwide partners from India and Finland to the US and Greece, GrowthRocks is ready to skyrocket your startup.
With a blog full of tips, how-to guides, and business development concepts, Growthrocks is the place to get an expert’s guidance and consultation for your startup. GrowthRocks also has a thing for education and training, as the company has created a number of academies throughout the years. Performance Marketing Academy, Content Marketing Academy, and Growth Hacking Academy are some of them.
Moreover, the GrowthRocks team has developed a VC-backed startup called Viral Loops a SaaS platform for referral marketing with a 30% month after month growth rate.
Location: Kentfield, CA, USA
Tagline: “There’s no growth in the comfort zone”
Cro Metrics is one of the oldest growth hacking agencies out there and on our list. Having worked with some big names, like Facebook and Trulia, the growth hacking agency promises to help you develop your growth strategy and give you a competitive advantage.
Cro Metrics will begin by developing a deep understanding of your business, KPIs, and customers, and then come up with hypotheses to test. Finally, through data analysis and iteration, they will measure the performance of the experiment, to find out what worked and what didn’t.
What should also be noted is that Cro Metrics, unlike most growth hacking agencies, doesn’t charge its services by the hour. Instead, they try to build long-lasting collaboration, and thus they operate on a subscription model.
Location: Venice, CA, USA
Tagline: “It’s more than a company… it’s a lifestyle”
BAMF stands for Badass Marketers & Founders. BAMF Media is a full-stack growth hacking agency and an influencer accelerator for founders and executives to build their personal brands. It is one of the most in-demand growth agencies in Los Angeles.
The growth hacking agency had managed to build one of the most successful Facebook marketing groups, counting more than 25,000 members. PS The group is not named after the agency’s name anymore.
BAMF Media is well known for its free ebooks, too, all of which have been awarded as ‘products of the day’ at Product Hunt. So make sure to check out ‘The BAMF Bible,’ ‘The Copywriting Bible,’ and ‘LinkedIn Influencer.’
Location: Belgrade, Serbia
Tagline: “Let’s grow your business together”
Kickass Growth was founded by experienced entrepreneurs whose successful startups kick-started their careers as mentors and instructors in domestic hubs and accelerators.
Like the growth marketing agency says, “The only metric that matters is your success.” On their website, you will find several case studies about how Kickass Growth helped SaaS companies and other businesses to achieve impressive growth through traffic, conversion rate, and other means.
Furthermore, Kickass Growth provides all-around digital marketing services. Those services include SEO, content marketing, paid advertising, email marketing, and social media marketing.
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tagline: “Building sustainable growth. Together.”
Growth hacking agency Bammboo has collaborated with some big brands like Unilever, Nestlé and Philips. Bammboo makes a case for acquiring a new mindset, embracing the growth hacking school of thought.
Bammboo offers tailor-made coaching for almost every kind of organization that is interested in growth. They are self-proclaimed ‘Growth Architects’, and for good reason. As a team, Bammboo combines creativity with data & strategy with practice.
Long-term results are what Bammboo is focusing on. With their Growth Model Template and dashboards, you can reach your customer faster and grow sustainably, leaving the guesswork out.
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Tagline: “Get more customers”
Growth Media is a team of ROI-driven growth hackers focused on data and user experience. Their mission is to help scale businesses that make a difference in people’s lives.
Marketing professionals, user-experience designers, and full stack developers are those who make up the team of this growth hacking agency from Canada. Unlike full-service marketing agencies, Growth Media is fast to deploy and highly specialized in acquiring website traffic, optimizing user conversions, managing customer retention and coding custom product solutions.
Among its values, Growth Media places long-term partnerships and transparency.
Tagline: “Data-driven growth minus the guesswork”
Ladder’s growth experts promise to remove the guesswork from growing your business. The growth hacking agency has spent millions of dollars and thousands of hours working with over 200 companies worldwide – from startups to the Fortune 500.
A few other of their numbers include a “success rate 300% above industry average” and over $30M in performance data. Ladder also highly values transparency for every one of its services. Don’t forget to take a look at the agency’s blog, too, which is updated pretty regurarly.
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Tagline: Hubspot with superpowers
More than 200 companies from over 20 countries have put their trust in this San Francisco-based agency. Inbound Lands is an expert at CRO and -what else- inbound.
The team consists of 50 agents, including strategists, engineers, and creatives, located in 10 different countries, led by a handful of serial entrepreneurs. Inbound Labs focuses on helping businesses grow, and they have done so for more than 200 companies in over 20 countries.
A dozen of Silicon Valley investors have funded Inbound Labs, which is also a Hubspot Diamond Partner. The growth hacking agency believes in “efficiency, transparency and a good sense of humor.”
Deviate Labs is ‘founded by a Rocket Scientist and a Silicon Valley investment banker.’ It is a growth hacking consulting agency that has worked with companies ranging from bootstrapped startups to billion-dollar enterprises across a number of industries.
Deviate Labs is known for creatively cross-pollinating marketing tactics across industries and swiping emerging growth tactics from small startups and deploying them across large enterprises.
If you have heard of the Dollar Shave Club, you now also know the growth marketing agency responsible for the product’s success.
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Tagline: We turn your data into results, at speed.
Avaus is a Finnish company since the mid 00’s with offices in Helsinki, Stockholm, Gdansk and a new one in Munich. The growth hacking agency is a Nordic leader in data-driven marketing. Avaus helps B2B and B2C marketers drive customer value and marketing effectiveness.
An official GrowthHackers.com partner, Avaus is one of the bigger growth hacking agencies, with more than 150 employees that promise truly personalized marketing because “we all are different.” The teams specialize in many marketing and growth hacking operations, including Business Strategy, Media Services, Marketing Automation, and Content.
Avaus has collaborated with big companies throughout the years. It has helped lots of clients to grow their businesses and lifetime value of their customers.