Haystak Digital Marketing, the leading provider of digital marketing services to the automotive industry, has been recognized in the Business Observer’s 2013 Gulf Coast 500. Each year the Business Observer spends seven months researching companies on the Gulf Coast to rank the top 500 companies from Tampa to Naples by their gross revenues. On this year’s list, which reflects 2012 fiscal year data, Haystak Digital Marketing ranked number 249 in gross revenue in its first year of operation.

“It became harder for companies to make this year’s list because we raised the minimum revenue amount for the list to $3 million,” says Kat Hughes, managing editor of the Business Observer. “Covering eight counties that each have thousands of companies, the Gulf Coast 500 really has become a who’s who of leading firms in the region.”

Haystak Digital Marketing was founded in early 2012 and quickly became one the leading providers of online marketing in the automotive retail industry. In the company’s first year of operation, total accounts grew by 400% and the work force grew by over 700%. The company has received numerous awards and accolades and been included in events involving companies such as Google and Microsoft.

Duncan Scarry, Haystak Digital Marketing senior director and general manager, commented, “We are honored to be ranked on the Gulf Coast 500. The ranking is the direct result of all Haystak team members’ dedication, hard work and creativity, and of our clients’ forward-thinking approach to digital marketing. 2012, Haystak’s first year of operation, couldn’t have been more exciting. And our passion for our clients’ success continues as we continue to grow this year and beyond.”

About the Gulf Coast 500:

The Gulf Coast 500 is the most comprehensive list on the Gulf Coast by including companies in eight counties. The main list ranks the 500 largest companies by gross revenues for consistency and comparability. The Business Observer contacts businesses to gather their revenues for 2011 and 2012. The reported numbers do not include pass-through revenues for industries such as real estate, advertising agencies or professional employer organizations. In addition to including rankings for 2011 and 2012, the complete list provides other information about each company, including the number of full-time employees, the year founded or incorporated, the top executive, line of business and of course, valuable contact information. The print version of the book also breaks down companies by industry, alphabetically, fastest-growing, largest decliners and largest employers. Three versions of the lists are available on the Business Observer’s website at businessobserverfl.com/gc500. These allow companies to sort, merge and manipulate the information as they wish.