Walker Sands Named 63rd Fastest Growing Chicago Company by Inc.

We’re proud to announce that Walker Sands has once again earned a spot on the Inc. 5000. The annual list honors the 5,000 fastest-growing companies in the U.S. based on revenue growth. This year, Walker Sands hit No. 1,560 on the national list, 68 of Illinois companies on the list and 63 out of Chicago-based Inc. 5000 companies.

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Friday Five 08/18-08/22

Happy Friday! Here’s a roundup of industry news for the week.

The Top 7 Content Marketing Trends Dominating 2014 – Forbes

Content marketing is showing no signs of slowing down in 2014. “Director of Content” is slated to be the most recruited job title. Businesses will look for ways to automate their content, but will run into roadblocks. Take a look at more trends that will dominate content marketing this year in this Forbes list.

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Friday Five: 8/11-8/15

Happy Friday! Here’s a roundup of industry news for the week.

Just How Big Will Sales Acceleration Technology Get? - Venture Beat

If you don’t already know, sales acceleration technology bridges the gap between CRM and marketing automation using data visualization, sales intelligence and predictive analytics, among other technologies. Companies who have already used sales acceleration technologies have experienced increased revenue, bigger deals, faster sales cycles and higher close rates, supporting the argument for companies to invest. As technology evolves, companies must look for ways to stay competitive. Sales acceleration technology is one way to do so.

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What’s Next for Chicago’s Tech Scene

A brief history of Chicago’s tech scene

Chicago’s tech scene has evolved over the last decade. It’s hard to say when it really took off. Companies like CDW and Jellyvision were founded in the 1980s, but it didn’t receive much attention until Groupon launched in 2008. Now, this is not to say that Groupon started it all, but it did help bring Chicago’s tech scene into the spotlight as well as become a sort of training ground. Many people branched off to start their own company or a larger role somewhere else. Soon after, there was an explosion of startups and tech companies across the city.

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What’s so great about Chicago?

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Friday Five 08/04-08/08

Happy Friday! Here’s a roundup of industry news for the week.

Facebook Ads Become ‘Costlier’ Choice for Small Businesses - WSJ

Small businesses are competing for limited ad space and in the most recent quarter, the average per ad price increased 123% compared with a year ago. Organic reach is on the decline, too, so how can small businesses market better on Facebook? Read what some small businesses are doing in this Wall Street Journal article.

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