Warwick, RI, 08/23/12 – Astonish ranked no. 267 on the 2012 Inc. 500|5000 with a three-year sales growth of 1,350%. With the leading insurance digital marketing system in the nation, Astonish has earned this designation through unwavering commitment to helping local, independent insurance agencies and professionals adapt to and excel in selling insurance to the modern consumer.
With a unique “FIND – SELL – KEEP” methodology powering the company’s digital marketing system, Astonish has acquired more than 750 insurance clients of all types, sizes, and with many different product specialties.
The “FIND – SELL – KEEP” methodology allows Astonish clients to:
- FIND a higher quality and quantity of sales opportunities for less cost
- SELL a higher percentage of those customers through training and technology
- KEEP more customers for life
“Everyone at Astonish from our employees to our clients to our investors to our friends and family were totally blown away and grateful to be named on this list,” said Adam DeGraide, Founder and CEO of Astonish. “It’s a testimony not only to us as a company but also to our clients who have impacted the insurance industry in a powerful way.”
With nearly 7 million private companies in the U.S., Astonish is honored to be nationally recognized among the top 500 in the country. To be named among companies such as Microsoft, Intuit, Oracle, and Zappos.com is a true accomplishment.
DeGraide added, “Astonish is completely committed to the local insurance and financial services distribution system to change the way they sell and serve the modern consumer not only for today but into tomorrow as well.”
Inc. 500|5000 Methodology
The 2012 Inc. 500|5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2008 to 2011. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2008. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2011. 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.
Astonish is on a mission to change our clients’ lives by changing their business. The company firmly believes the local distribution channel is the greatest asset of the insurance industry and is dedicated to helping this channel (including insurance agencies, firms, and individuals) adapt to the modern landscape of the Internet consumers in order to thrive and not get left behind.
For over half a decade, Astonish has been the leader in providing digital marketing solutions for the insurance industry. Over the past 15 years, Astonish has built a complete digital marketing system. The Astonish system leverages three main arenas to help their clients grow: digital marketing, coaching and training, and the Virtual Profit Center.
At the core of the Astonish system is the Virtual Profit Center (VPC). Astonish designed and developed this proprietary software as an advanced automated Customer Relationship Marketing/Management tool (CRM) specifically for the insurance industry.
Astonish was founded by Adam DeGraide, CEO; Tim Sawyer, President; and John Boudreau, COO. It is headquartered in Rhode Island, with an office in Orlando, Florida. The company employs just over 100 employees and has marketing and sales representatives in more than 20 states.
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