Elite SEM has been honored with several prestigious industry awards for both our culture and performance, including: Ad Age Small Agency of the Year: Best Agency Culture; US Search Awards Best Agency in 2013, 2014, and 2015; Crain’s #1 Best Place to Work in NYC; Best Place to Work in San Francisco; Mashable’s #1 Top Tech Company, 2015 Best Place to Work for Millennials; and we’ve made the Inc. 5000 list each year since 2007.

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Interactive Marketing Awards 2019

Interactive Marketing Awards 2019

The Interactive Marketing Awards, in association with Pubcon, honor excellence in Interactive Marketing campaigns, agencies, and in-house team. This year, Elite SEM won “Best PPC Campaign” and “Best Interactive Marketing, Charity/Non Profit” for their work on behalf of the American Cancer Society. Elite SEM was also shortlisted for “Best SEO Campaign” for the American Cancer Society and “Best Email Campaign” for their work with Brooks Running. Learn more.

Ad Age

Ad Age’s Best Places to Work 2019

Ad Age presented their Ad Age Best Places to Work 2019 with their partner, Latitude Research. Their new foundation evaluates companies on benefits such as fair pay, health insurance, and PTO. For the 201+ employees category, Elite SEM came out at #1. Learn More.

Digiday Worklife Awards Winner

Digiday Worklife Awards: Employer of the Year

The Digiday Worklife Awards recognizes marketing’s top employers as well as the strongest cultures and values that run deep throughout the organization. The Employer of the Year is awarded to the company that has cumulatively shown a high level of commitment to innovative culture, social good, and commitment to employee growth.

Digiday Worklife Awards: Top Boss (Zach Morrison)

The Top Boss award honors an outstanding boss that demonstrates expertise and vision in the ever-changing digital marketing landscape. Learn more.

The Drum Search Awards USA: Award Winner 2017

The Drum US Search Awards 2017: Chairman’s Award Winner

This award celebrates the best in search, and Elite SEM was the recipient of the special Chairman’s Award. The judges hand selected the recipient of this award, and recognized Elite’s growth as an agency and client retention, along with our successful efforts to educate and develop our teams. Learn more.

Glassdoor 2018 Best Places to Work: Employees' ChoiceGlassdoor: Top CEOs 2018 (Employees' Choice)

Glassdoor: 2018 Best Places to Work

Elite SEM debuted on Glassdoor’s list of Best Small & Medium Companies this year. This list is comprised of reviews written on the profile of a company. This award recognizes those companies that had the best ratings and reviews by employees. Learn more.

Glassdoor: Top CEOs 2018 (Ben Kirshner #12)

Ben Kirshner, the CEO and founder of Elite SEM, was ranked as one of the top CEOs in Glassdoor’s 2018 Top CEOs for Small & Medium Companies. This list recognizes the most respected and loved CEOs as indicated by employee feedback and comments on Glassdoor. Learn more.

Crain's New York Business

Crain’s 2017 Best Places to Work NYC

This year Elite SEM came in #6 on this impressive list of 100 of the best places to work in NYC. The Crain’s Best Places to Work survey and recognition program is an initiative dedicated to identifying and recognizing New York’s best employers. Winners were determined based on the results of employee surveys and detailed company information. Of thousands of companies that apply each year, just 100 are honored as the best places to work in NYC. Learn more.

Advertising Age

Ad Age Top 25 US Search Agencies [2013-2018]

Advertising Age has published its annual Agency Report for over 70 years, covering all types of agencies from creative to digital. For 4+ years, Elite SEM has placed and continues to rise on this Top 25 Largest US Search Agencies list, recognized as the only independent digital agency in the Top 25.

2017 Best Places to Work

AdAge worked with Best Companies Group to compile this list of 50 workplaces and Elite came in at #7. They evaluated marketing, media, and advertising workplaces and selected those companies that stand out, have strong cultures, and impressive perks. Learn more.

Ad Age Small Agency of the Year: Best Agency Culture [2015]

Presented by Ad Age, the Small Agency Awards are the premier honors saluting outstanding work created by independent shops with 150 or fewer employees. The Small Agency Awards were launched seven years ago to ensure that the groundbreaking campaigns and innovative brand ideas generated by smaller companies receive the recognition they deserve. “This year was the toughest year we’ve had in terms of judging,” said Ad Age Editor Ken Wheaton. “We seem to get more entries and stiffer competition each year.” Watch Ben Kirshner, CEO of Elite, react to receiving this honor.


Fortune: 100 Best Medium Workplaces 2017

Elite SEM ranked #12 in this list of 100 top small and medium workplaces across the U.S. This year Fortune and their partner Great Place to Work received input from over 74,000 employees from various business. They analyzed each organizations performance on a comprehensive survey answered anonymously by staff. This survey is designed to reveal whether the organization is consistently a great place to work. Learn more.

Fortune: 50 Best Workplaces for Flexibility [2016]

The 50 Best Workplaces for Flexibility by Fortune Magazine ranks the companies that have embraced the rapid change to how people work by offering options such as telecommuting, flexible scheduling, compressed workweeks, and so on to allow employees to customize their work schedule. More than 209,000 workers were surveyed and Elite SEM is humbled to have ranked #5 on this list.

See the full list and learn more about the ranking at Fortune: fortune.com/best-workplaces-flexibility

Great Place to Work: Best Workplaces for Millennials (USA 2018)

Fortune: Best Workplace for Millennials [2016-2018]

Great Place to Work and FORTUNE have listed Elite SEM for the third year in a row as one of the Best Workplaces for Millennials. The ranking considered input from more than 434,000 employees from Great Place to Work-Certified™ companies. Great Place to Work, a research and consulting firm, evaluated more than 50 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These included employee pride in the organization’s community impact, belief that their work makes a difference, and feeling their work has special meaning. Rankings are based on employees’ experiences, no matter who they are or what they do for the organization.

See the full list and learn more in Fortune Magazine: fortune.com/best-workplaces-millennials

Fortune: 50 Best Workplaces for Camaraderie [2015]

The Best Workplaces for Camaraderie ranks the best companies out of nearly 600 based on the opinions of their employees. Over 250,000 employees were polled and their scores were compiled from these surveys. This award was given to the top 50 organizations based on these scores.

Companies that made the list have been recognized by their employees as having the best personal connections among staff, as well as overall friendliness and cooperative nature of the organization. Read more at fortune.com.

Entrepreneur Magazine

Entrepreneur: Top Company Culture 2015 & 2017

We are proud (and humbled) to have been selected as Entrepreneur.com’s top-rated large business for Company Culture for 2015 and to be in the top ten again in 2017. In 2015 Elite came in at number one because we received a Culture IQ Score of 96.65 on a 100-point scale!

Metrics used to create the rating included collaboration, innovation, agility, wellness, support, and several other criteria that we at Elite consider to be serious points of pride. See this year’s list.

Bing Agency Awards

Bing Independent Agency of the Year 2016

Awarded to an independent Bing Ads partner agency that exhibits ingenuity and creativity around product application and optimization.

Bing Philanthropist of the Year 2018

Awarded to the agency that demonstrates commitment to charitable organizations, in the day-to-day as well as through specific activities and donations.

US Search Awards (2013, 2014, 2015)

PubCon’s US Search Awards: #1 Best Agency [2013, 2014, 2015]

The US Search Awards recognize individuals and agencies working in the USA search and digital marketing industry. The awards are judged by an esteemed panel of industry leaders and experts, in a rigorous two stage process including pre-scoring to determine shortlists and a judging meeting to determine winners for each category. Learn more.

Inc. 5000

Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces 2017

Inc.’s Best Workplaces looks at companies that strive to build vibrant and engaging cultures and ranks them based on survey results. Over 1,600 companies were evaluated this year, and Elite SEM came in at #3 for medium-sized companies. See our profile to learn more.

Inc. 5000

The Inc. 5000 is an annual list of the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in America. Learn more.


Mashable’s #1 Best Tech Company to Work For

Mashable presented a list of the top 7 Tech Companies to work for, honoring Elite SEM with the top spot at #1.

BounceX: Proud Partner of Elite SEM

BounceX BEHAVE Best of Tests Awards: Best CRO Test & Performance [2017]

BounceX BEHAVE was developed for retail and e-commerce leaders who understand the importance of people-based marketing. This award recognizes the best strategic tests run on brand’s websites that successfully led to increased conversions.


Timesunion 10 Best Los Angeles SEO Agency

This list is comprised of top agencies located in Los Angeles, California that stick out from the crowd. Dozens of factors are considered when putting together this list, including providing quality service and results to clients. Learn more.

South Florida Business Journal

South Florida Business Journal Best Workplaces: #2 [2018]

Elite SEM’s Fort Lauderdale office was recognized as one of the top workplaces in South Florida to work for, according to employee survey responses.

Florida Trend

Florida Trend: #1 Best Midsized Company 2017

Florida Trend’s list consists of 100 of the companies located in Florida. This list was compiled based off of survey answers from employees. This survey focused on identifying employers’ feelings about the company they work for, as well as leadership and planning, corporate culture, role satisfaction, and more. Learn more.

San Francisco Business Times /// Silicon Valley Business Journal

Best Place to Work in San Francisco

This award is presented by the San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley Business Journal to honor Bay Area companies that have exceptional workplaces and value the contributions of their employees. Learn more.

The Center for Generational Kinetics

2015 Best Place to Work for Millennials

This recognition acknowledges leadership, innovation and commitment to employing the fastest growing generation in the workforce: Millennials and Gen Y. Learn more.