CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Crain’s Chicago Business has ranked Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide one of the fastest growing companies in Chicagoland for the fifth consecutive year—the only full-service marketing agency to accomplish this. The independent agency headquartered in Northbrook, Ill., experienced 241% growth over five years, which landed them on Crain’s annual list.
“We are excited to have been named to the Crain’s Fast Fifty,” said Blue Chip Chairman and CEO Stanton Kawer. “This underscores the remarkable growth we’ve been able to sustain over the last five years. And we’re still growing.”
Much of the five-year growth that the agency has experienced is attributed to the company’s healthcare practice, Continuum Clinical. In the past five years, the patient recruitment and retention practice has grown with the demand from pharmaceutical companies to find ways to accelerate drugs to market. In addition, Blue Chip increased its digital marketing methods, especially with location-based marketing and tracking “pre-shopping” habits. All of this has ushered in significant growth for the agency, which opened an office in Chicago’s River North neighborhood in 2014, and expanded its Northbrook headquarters. The agency is planning to move their Chicago office into larger space later this year.
“We went from 52 employees five years ago to nearly 240 employees today,” said Kawer. “There have been a lot of ‘pardon our dust’ messages to new hires.”
Blue Chip’s client roster expanded in 2014, with the addition of brand clients including Azteca and Bomb Pop, and healthcare clients such as Merck and Astra Zeneca. This year to date, the agency has added Enjoy Life foods and consumer product company Helen of Troy to its list of clients.
The Crain’s Fast Fifty list is released each year, and is a survey of companies with headquarters in the six-county area of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will with 2014 revenue of at least $15 million. Rankings are determined by five-year revenue growth figures.
About Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide
Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide (www.bluechipmarketingworldwide.com) an independent, full-service global marketing agency that delivers results by uniting brands to sales for clients in the retail, healthcare and branding sectors. Named to the Crain’s Chicago Business’ Fast Fifty for the last five years and recognized as one of the top 20 best shopper marketing agencies by Hub Magazine in 2014 and 2015, Blue Chip delivers transformational growth for high-profile clients such as Procter & Gamble, Celestial Seasonings, Ricola, Blue Bunny, Fisher, Merck and Astra Zeneca through the creation and execution of innovative, multi-platform marketing campaigns. Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide is based in Northbrook, IL.