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Clutch Global Leaders 2017: Top 475+ Companies by Industry

By Sarah Patrick
December 05, 2017

Our ranking of the most highly recommended companies in the world.

Research on marketing, development, design, and IT companies from around the world reveals the most highly recommended companies in 2017.

Digital marketing (30%), web and software development (22%), and traditional marketing (21%) are the most represented industries.

Clutch Global Leaders by Industry

IT services (12%), design (11%), and app development (5%) follow to round out the industries featured as Global Leaders – a list of 477 companies that have proven they can deliver positive results to their clients.

More than three quarters (76%) of these companies are based in the United States. The remaining quarter (24%) offer services from Canada, the United Kingdom (UK), Ukraine, Poland, India, and more.

Global Leaders in US vs. Outside US

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Verified client feedback, market presence, services offered, and client base contribute to each company’s ranking.

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List of 143 Leading Digital Marketing Agencies

Nearly a third (30%) of Clutch Global Leaders offer digital marketing services:

30% of Clutch Global Leaders offer digital marketing services

  • SEO
  • Social media marketing
  • Inbound marketing
  • Content marketing
  • Mobile app marketing
  • Online and internet marketing
  • Digital strategy
  • Video production
  • Pay-per-click advertising (PPC)
  • Digital agencies
  • Email marketing

These digital marketing agencies are mainly based in California, Illinois, and Canada.

Location of Leading Digital Marketing Agencies

Other global leaders in the digital marketing space are from Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, and Colorado.

Top 15 SEO Services Companies

Top 15 SEO Consultants

Top 15 Social Media Marketing Agencies

Top 15 Inbound Marketing Agencies

Top 15 Content Marketing Agencies

Top 15 Mobile & App Marketing Companies

Top 15 Online and Internet Marketing Agencies

Top 15 Digital Strategy Agencies

Top 15 Digital Agencies

Top 15 PPC Agencies

Top 15 Email Marketing Agencies

List of 103 Leading Web & Software Development Companies

Nearly a quarter (22%) of Clutch Global Leaders specialize in web and software development.

22% of Clutch Global Leaders specialize in web and software development.

These leading developers not only offer development services for Drupal, e-commerce, and WordPress sites but also help you keep up with new technologies like AR/VR.

The top web and software developers are based in New York, Ukraine, and the UK.

Location of Leading Web & Software Developers

Other global leaders in the web and software development space are from California, Poland, and Illinois.

Top 15 Web Development Companies

Top 15 WordPress Developers

Top 15 Drupal Developers

Top 15 E-Commerce Developers

Top 15 Magento Developers

Top 15 Shopify Developers

Top 15 PHP Developers

Top 15 Ruby on Rails Developers

Top 15 .NET Developers

Top 15 Software Development Companies

Top 15 IoT Developers

Top 15 Virtual & Augmented Reality Developers

List of 98 Leading Traditional Marketing Agencies

More than 20% of Clutch Global Leaders offer traditional marketing services:

More than 20% of Clutch Global Leaders offer traditional marketing

  • Advertising
  • Branding
  • Creative
  • Direct marketing
  • Market research
  • Media buying
  • Naming
  • Public relations (PR)

These leading traditional marketing agencies are mainly based in California and New York.

Location of Leading Traditional Marketing Agencies

Other global leaders in the traditional marketing space represent an array of locations, from Illinois to Texas, to Canada, to Pennsylvania.

Top 15 Advertising Agencies

Top 15 Public Relations Companies

Top 15 Branding Agencies

Top 15 Creative Agencies

Top 10+ Market Research Companies

Top 15 Video Production Agencies

Top 15 Naming Agencies

Top 15 Direct Marketing Agencies

Top 15 Media Buying Agencies

List of 56 Leading IT Services Companies

Nearly 15% of Clutch Global Leaders offer IT services:

Nearly 15% of Clutch Global Leaders offer IT consulting services

  • Big data consulting
  • Cloud consulting
  • IT outsourcing
  • Managed service providers (MSP)
  • Staff augmentation

These leading IT services firms are mainly from California, Illinois, and Ukraine.

Location of Leading IT Services Companies

Other global leaders in the IT services space are from Belarus, Florida, and Poland.

Top 15 IT Services & Consulting Companies

Top 15 Big Data Consultants

Top 15 Cloud Computing Consultants

Top 15 IT Outsourcing Companies

Top 15 Managed Service Providers

Top 10+ Staff Augmentation Companies

List of 53 Leading Design Agencies

Clutch Global Leaders in design focus on web design, user experience (UX), logo design, and graphic design. Design agencies make up 11% of the 477 companies named Global Leaders.

Design agencies make up 11% of the 477 companies named Global Leaders.

The top design companies are based in California, New York, and Illinois.

Location of Leading Design Agencies

Other global leaders in the design space are from Colorado, Washington, DC, and Georgia.

Top 15 Web Design Companies

Top 15 UX Agencies

Top 15 Digital Design Agencies

Top 15 Logo Design Companies

Top 15 Graphic Design Companies

List of 24 Leading Mobile App Developers

The mobile app development companies featured as Global Leaders specialize in Android and iPhone app development.

The majority of the app developers listed are based in California (21%), Massachusetts (17%), and India (13%).

21% of the leading mobile app developers are based in California.

Top 15 Mobile App Development Companies

Top 15 Android App Developers

Top 15 iPhone App Developers

About the Survey

It’s free to get listed on Clutch, but only the most highly recommended companies in each industry are recognized as leaders.

The 2017 list of Clutch Global Leaders names 475+ companies across 6 industries that prove their industry expertise and ability to deliver.

Clutch’s research is ongoing. For a chance to be named to Clutch’s 2018 Global Leaders List, apply now. It’s a free, two-step process that takes less than 20 minutes.

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