“If there are ways to get companies more quality traffic from higher organic rankings on Google, then why not charge them for this service?” the thinking went. Soon after, email distribution and pay-per-click management services were added to the new splinter company. This division of Fathom IT officially stood up on its own two legs as “Fathom SEO” in 2005.


By 2006, Fathom SEO needed more space, so the office moved south on I-77 to the village of Valley View, right across the street from the famous Ohio and Erie Canalway Towpath Trail. Within a year (2007), we maxed out the new space and moved a few suites down in the same building for more room.

Taking advantage of the bigger space next door, we built our own recording studio with a green screen to start online video production and marketing. Our service offerings continued to expand, and month after month we regularly shattered previous revenue records. In 2010, we were named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing U.S. private companies for the first time, in addition to being named the #2 fastest-growing company in Cleveland by the prestigious Weatherhead 100.


By 2011, we had outgrown our workplace again, and expanded into the unused space next door, knocking down walls and retrofitting an old warehouse area to accommodate the growth to 80+ members. Not long after, we acquired Columbus-based Webbed Marketing to bring our staff up to well over 100.


We also had officially outgrown our previous identity as an SEO firm with added services. We now were a full-fledged marketing operation with SEO as just one of our many competencies. Therefore, Fathom SEO logically dropped the SEO from its name, illustrating both the broader shift in the demand of the marketplace as well as its growing offerings in response to it.


We had our first Appreciative Inquiry Summit—conducted by David Cooperrider—in April 2015. The entire company gathered in one room for 2.5 days to design a shared future based on core strengths. Cross-company collaboration produced prototypes for carrying the business forward with input from all employees, as well as clients, strategic partners and community leaders. Momentum from the summit and its shared memory are powerful motivators sparking Fathom’s current and future growth.


Throughout it all, we’ve never stopped having fun. We’ve seen Indians, Cavs and Lake Erie Monsters games, Cleveland Corporate Challenges, summer picnics, parking lot cookouts, river cruises and movies, along with Susan G. Komen fundraisers for breast cancer and LLS walks for leukemia and lymphoma. We’ve played whirlyball, volleyball and mini-golf. We’ve rented out parks, took over the Rock Hall, brought in a Kentucky derby, and torn up dance floors at the finest establishments in downtown Cleveland.
We are Fathom.

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