News today from one of the companies I've covered this year in my Observations print column as well as here in the blog. In May's Observations, "The Year of Small Business", I discussed PrintingForLess.com (PFL) and how the Livingston, MT-based firm has carved out a growing niche by meeting the out-sourced printing needs of small and medium businesses throughout the US, at a time when lots of printing needs are being met in-house as well, via a plethora of low cost desktop color laser printers from numerous industry players. From their release:
Livingston, MT – September 7, 2007 – Inc. Magazine recently announced that PrintingForLess.com (PFL), America’s Print Shop at http://www.printingforless.com, is part of their prestigious, Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing businesses. After participating in an interview process and providing additional financial data to Inc., PFL is now recognized as one of the most dynamic private companies in the United States.
To qualify for the Inc. 5000 list, companies had to be U.S.-based, privately held, independent (not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies as of December 31, 2006), and have had at least $200,000 in revenue in 2003 and $2 million in 2006.
PFL has been on the Inc. 500 list for three years by providing cost-effective, four-color printing to help business owners succeed. "Since 1996, we have worked diligently to create a fun work environment for our employees while providing customers with excellent products and a remarkable experience they will want to tell their friends about," says Andrew Field, PFL President and CEO. "The Inc. 5000 recognition enforces our belief that you can enjoy what you do while exceeding customer expectations and enjoying fast business growth."
Read the Inc company profile on PFL, and see if you find some interesting tidbits like I did. Here's my favorite:
Why it's growing: Because it was an early e-commerce print shop, it comes up first or second on a Google keyword search for "printing."
My regular blog readers may recognize a theme here, as Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is one of my topics of interest, and I'm prone to doing my own little benchmarks. So here goes: As the screen shot shows, my entry of "Printing" (no quotes) into Google this morning yields a #1 ranking (natural search -- see red underline) for PrintingForLess.com, ahead of no less than Wikipedia and VistaPrint. In the search world that's gold! (Click on the image for better detail on the Google search screen.)