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Issue Editorial Features
January How To Get 3 Times as Much Done Every Day: A tip-filled guide, using both video and text, designed to increase productivity for CEO’s and their employees
The Best Home Businesses: Great businesses you can start from your home
February How I Got Started: Lessons and startup tales from A-List entrepreneurs who were once struggling startups themselves
Behind Every Great Entrepreneur: A month-long series introducing Inc. readers to the real power behind top entrepreneurs- their executive assistants. Travis Kalanick, Guy Kawasaki, Barbara Corcoran, and Tony Hsieh among others will be featured.
March The Best Industries: A rigorous look at the industries of the future, the ones that provide the most inviting opportunities for start-ups and young companies on the move.
World’s Coolest Offices: The design favorite.
Coolest College Startups: The top young entrepreneurs on campuses today.
The Biz Travel Special Report: Our annual guide to everything a road warrior needs to know, anchored by a buyer’s guide to the gadgets and products that make travel easier.
April Success Guide: The secrets of success, based on research into the practices of repeat winners among the inc. 5000.
Reinvention Central:
Business experts parachute into businesses to help entrepreneurs improve their business, ranging from product packaging to marketing strategies to leadership chemistry.
May The 25 Most Audacious Companies in the World: From the editorial culture that was the first to recognized Steve Jobs, this report features profiles of small growth companies that have the potential to transform their industries
The Wealth Effect: Experts tackle the prickly financial questions that arise from entrepreneurial success, from investment strategy, to retirement planning and tax management.
June How I Did It: The Inc. classic: inspiring tales of creativity and grit from the entrepreneurial front lines.
Best in Class: A visual tribute to the most beautifully designed product made by entrepreneurial companies.
July 30 Under 30/Upstarts:The landmark, highlighting up-and-coming, as-yet-undiscovered young founders who soon will be forces to reckon with.
September Inc. 500 and 5000: The definitive ranking of America’s fasting growing companies, complete with video and text profiles of the 500s’ CEOs, insights into their operations and previews of the conference.
How to Hire the Best: A complete guide to every entrepreneur’s most essential task: Assembling the right team
October The Know-How Report: A supremely practical guide to a mix of entrepreneurial skills, ranging from how to romance an angel investor, to how to hire a chief technology officer, to how to make a DIY Super Bowl commercial.
Step by Step to a Winning Social Media Plan: Where you need to be in the social media-verse and how to increase your presence there.
How to Sell Anything: Knowing that every entrepreneur is at last 90% salesperson, Inc. pulls together a photo-rich essay of inspiring “How I Closed that Deal” stories from the most go-getting salespeople at a wide variety of companies.
The Total Obamacare 2015 Survival Guide: A complete roadmap to the most confusing and stressful challenge many business owners will face in 2015.
November The Hire Power Awards: A ranking of the private companies that are contributing what the economy needs most: Jobs
Best in Class: Holiday Gift Guide: A roundup of the best toys, tools and gadgets to give your business, your employees—and yourself.
December The State of Small Business: One year after the election, Inc. reviews: the prospects for the economy, the state of mind of business owners, and other clues to the entrepreneurial outlook
The Inspiration Chronicles: Every entrepreneur has a tale of sleepless nights, of the moments when everything goes wrong that can go wrong- but through sheer grit and determination, they come back. Here are 10 of the most inspiring comeback stories small business has every known.
The Best of 2014: The very best advice, tips and ideas, selected from the full year’s content

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Site Traffic

Average Monthly Unique Visitors: Average Monthly Page Views: Source:
4.9 million 17.5 million Omniture
Jan-March 2013


Average Age: Male / Female: Average HHI:
41.8 62% / 38% $146,100
Comp %
Graduated College+: 83%
Top Management: 64%
Business Owner/Partners: 59%
Business Decision Makers: 75%
IT/Technology Decision Makers: 64%
Financial/Banking Services Decision Makers: 48%

2012 User Study conducted by MarketTools, Inc. (515 respondents)


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Online Rates
Placements Ad Units Spec Net CPM
ROS Leaderboard
Half Page
336×280 or 300×250
RON* Leaderboard
Homepage Leaderboard
336×280 or 300×250
Welcome Ad Welcome Screen 640×480 or 600×600 $24,000 Flat Rate per day
Targeted Channel Leaderboard
Half Page
336×280 or 300×250
Geo Targeted Leaderboard
336×280 or 300×250
Sitewide Text Links $15
Newsletter Editorial Targeted
Stand Alone
728×90 and 300×250
Microsites Custom Call for prices
Webinars Custom Call for prices
Sponsored Poll Custom Call for prices
Channel Takeover Custom Call for prices

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Digital Ad Specs

Creative Unit Name Initial Dimensions (W x H in px) Maximum Expanded Dimensions (W x H in px) Max Initial File Load Size Maximum Animation Length (i.e. Flash™) Audio Initiation Submission Lead-Time
Medium Rectangle (IMU) 300×250 600×250 40 KB 15-sec,
3x loops max
Must be user Initiated (on click: mute/ un-mute); default state is muted Min 3 business days before campaign start (6 days for expandable)
Leaderboard 728×90 728×180 40 KB 15-sec,
3x loops max
Must be user Initiated (on click: mute/ un-mute); default state is muted Min 3 business days before campaign start
Half Page 300×600 Expansion not allowed for this unit 40 KB 15-sec,
3x loops max
Must be user Initiated (on click: mute/ un-mute); default state is muted Min 3 business days before campaign start
Micro Bar (Logo) 88×31 Expansion not allowed for this unit 10 KB Static N/A Min 3 business days before campaign start
In-Banner Video (file-loaded)
In-Banner Video (streaming)
Expansion not allowed for these units 40 KB 15-sec,
3x loops max
Must be user Initiated (on click: mute/ un-mute); default state is muted Min 6 business days before campaign start
Intersitial/ Welcome Ads Variable
Expansion not allowed for this unit 60 KB 10-sec (ad displays for only 10 sec and disappears if no interaction) Must be user Initiated (on click: mute/ un-mute); default state is muted Min 6 business days before campaign start
Pushdown 964×30 964×300 60 KB 15-sec Must be user Initiated (on click: mute/ un-mute); default state is muted Min 6 business days before campaign start


Recommended formats FLV, MPEG, MOV, AVI
Recommended dimensions 960×720 px (4:3 Standard) or 960×540 px (16:9 Widescreen)
Recommended video bitrate 2 Mbps
Recommended audio bitrate 128 kbps
Video Length 15 Seconds

Newsletter Specs and Dimensions

Sizes Creative Accepted File Max
728×90, 300×250 JPG, Static GIF or PNG Max 30k

Text Link Specs

Assets needed
20 character heading + 70 character teaser + URL

Mobile Specs and Dimensions

Sizes Standard Banners 3rd Party
Rich Media Video?
728×90 and 300×250 Banner ads for Tablets Yes, Scripts only (no flash) Yes—Javascript Based only (no flash) Yes Yes, must have close mute and pause buttons and be user initiated. HTML5
Mobile—300×50 (mandatory), 120×20, 168×28, 216×36 Yes, Scripts only (no flash) Yes—Javascript Based only (no flash) Yes N/A

Flash Requirements

Creative Restrictions
All flash creative should include this click tag script:On (release) { getURL (_level0.clickTag, “_blank”); }Expansion must be mouse-over, Must have close button, any flash must have 35k max backup gif.
Rich Media Accepted
Preferred: DFA, Atlas, Unicast, Eyewonder, Pointroll, MediaMind, Mediaplex

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Grow fast, beat the competition, and take off with actionable advice and personal stories from serial entrepreneurs, experts, and others who have done it before.

Inc. Wire Newsletter (Daily)

News—from all over the web—entrepreneurs need to know now.

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