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Small Agency Conference and Awards

Small Agency of the Year, Northwest, Gold: Swift

Agency's Workforce Is 70% Women

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From left: Alicia McVey, CCO; Paul Willie, CTO; Liz Valentine, CEO.
From left: Alicia McVey, CCO; Paul Willie, CTO; Liz Valentine, CEO.

Swift was designed to be the agency its founders -- two women with marketer backgrounds -- dreamed of partnering with while on the client-side.

It worked. The Portland-based digital shop's clientele is entirely referral-based.

Last year, its Starbucks #Sipface campaign encouraged people to share their frappuccino selfies when they made a purchase, driving 50% more mentions than the period a year earlier.

Equipped with an indoor archery range, karaoke and yoga, Swift -- which is 70% women -- is a haven for its 80 employees. "If you're feeling stressed," said co-founder and CEO Liz Valentine, "shoot a dozen arrows and I guarantee that will change."

With $8 million in revenue last year, the agency achieved more than 50% year-over-year growth, with work for clients like HTC and Nike.

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