Three Years and Counting: Signal Again Among Inc.’s Fastest-Growing Companies

August 17, 2017

Three in a row.

Signal has once again made the Inc. 5000, Inc. magazine’s famed tally of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation — and this year, we not only join a new crop of household brands like S’well, Wedding Wire and Orange Theory, but are on the short list of overachievers that have earned this prestigious honor three years running. Of the tens of thousands of companies that Inc. has considered over the years, only one in five has made the list three times.

Maintaining high growth year-over-year is a challenge. But Inc. notes that during a stretch when the economy only grew 6.7%, Signal posted three-year growth of 548% — a result most businesses could only dream of. And we have no plans to slow down: Just two months ago, we also earned a top-five spot on Crain’s Chicago Business’ annual Fast 50 List for the second consecutive year.

“Signal’s growth is a testament to the vast and growing need we are solving for marketers — the need to connect all of their customer information into a single, holistic data asset that they can leverage to better recognize and relate to their customers,” says Signal CEO Mike Sands.

Right now, many marketers are working with multiple technology solutions to gain a 360-degree customer view. Some have invested heavily in end-to-end solutions. Others have opted for best-of-breed technologies. Most have given control of their first-party data to a vendor. The fragmented, siloed data sets marketers are left with — if they even get any user-level data back from their partners — do little to resolve customer identity. And brands certainly can’t build customer relationships if they don’t know who their customers are.

Signal set out to solve this problem eight years ago, and most recently rolled out the industry’s first enterprise-wide customer identity solution early this year. Our momentum continues to build as we work with the most innovative brands in the world to realize the full potential of their first-party data. Honors like the Inc. 5000 inspire us to accelerate that momentum even further.

Kari Brownsberger

Senior Director, Integrated Communications

Kari Brownsberger is the Senior Director, Integrated Communications at Signal. Prior to Signal, Kari worked in the PR agency world, specializing in marketing technology. She is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago and originally from Ohio.