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Fluent Makes Inc. 500 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the U.S.

College Marketing Agency for Macy's, Microsoft and Zipcar Ranks #438 in U.S. and #12 in Mass. With 1,080% Growth

BOSTON, MA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/20/14 -- College marketing agency Fluent announced today it made the 2014 Inc. magazine 500, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. Fluent rose 155 positions over its 2013 Inc. 500|5000 listing, placing it 438th overall and 12th in Massachusetts as a result of more than 1000 percent growth over the past three years.

"We are excited about the growth we've experienced in recent years; it's a testament to the fact that brands are catching on to the power and influence of the College Millennial Consumer and actively looking for thoughtful ways to talk and interact with them," said Fluent CEO Chip Rives. "Brands today get the fact that this is a special audience with special requirements and, when you get it right, you've won a group of loyalists who can move your entire brand perception and value across age groups."

The 2014 Inc. 500, unveiled online August 20th at Inc.com and in the September issue of Inc. magazine, represent an exceptional group of high-growth companies. To make the cut, companies had to have achieved a staggering minimum of 942 percent in sales growth. The Inc. 500's aggregate revenue represents more than $15 billion, with a median three-year growth of 3,313% percent. Complete results of the Inc. 500|5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/500.

For 33 years, Inc. has ranked America's fastest-growing private companies, with past lists recognizing future megabrand companies such as Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Timberland and Microsoft.

More about Inc. and the Inc. 500|5000
The 2014 Inc. 500|5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2010 to 2013. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2010. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent -- not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies -- as of December 31, 2013. The minimum revenue required for 2010 is $100,000; the minimum for 2013 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.'s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at www.inc.com/500.

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, 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. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 6,000,000 today. For more information, visit www.inc.com.

About Fluent: Specializing in "translating brands for the college world," Fluent works with clients who want to understand and engage College Millennial Consumers (CMCs) nationwide, both on- and off-campus. With a network encompassing more than 1,000 colleges and universities, Fluent's capabilities include campus activities and programs, College Millennial Consumer insights, digital and social media strategy and activations, and experiential programs. Clients have included major brands such as Kellogg's, Microsoft, Macy's, Jack in the Box, Skype, Zipcar, Kotex, Dove and L'Oreal. For more information, visit: www.fluentgrp.com.

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