A portfolio of digital businesses.

We own marketplace websites that help consumers buy with confidence. We also form strategic partnerships with advertisers and media companies. Across all we do, our mission is to unlock growth in every relationship.

Our Digital Portfolio

Our digital businesses unlock growth for partners. We keep growing right alongside them.

3S Home

3S Home and its flagship property, House Method, provides highly researched reviews, resources, and tools to take the homework out of home ownership.

3S Auto

3S Auto helps drivers find the best coverage for their cars with in-depth reviews of auto services and products and a strong network of top auto brands.

Pillar 4 Media

Pillar 4 Media is the most trusted mattress review media platform on the web, including Sleepopolis, Mattress Nerd, Mattress Clarity, and Mattress Advisor. Our mission is to help people live their best days by finding their best night’s sleep.

Remedy Review

The mission of Remedy Review is to advance natural health through unrivaled content. We cover the people, personalities, and products that define the alternative health category.

Medicare Expert USA

Medicare Expert USA is a leader in senior health and health insurance. Our mission is to equip seniors with knowledge and the power of choice on the best medicare supplement plans.

Three Ships Affiliates

Our principals have incubated or invested in specialized digital partners, including New Media Campaigns (a web design and development agency), Demand Signals (acquired by TRANZACT in October 2016), and Lavalier (a specialized jewelry insurance provider acquired by WR Berkley).

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Capabilities

Three Ships partners with brands to expand their digital channels and add incremental customers. Our approach to digital marketing is supported by years of success in performance-driven content, media investment management, and conversion rate optimization. Among our arsenal of assets, we have invested in developing a proprietary machine-learning technology to identify, compete, and win search keywords. We operate on a pay-for-performance basis to align our financial incentives with our partners’ business growth.

We also partner with media companies to help them expand affiliate marketing programs and grow new sources of revenue. Some of the largest, most trusted media brands have relied on us to develop new products focused on product comparisons and consumer reviews.

Revenue

Our content resulted in $6.1MM of growth for a partner's revenue during the first year of engagement alone

Traffic

Our content drove 265% year-over-year growth in traffic across a partner's organic channel

Our Harbor.

We’re located at 1122 Oberlin Road in the heart of Raleigh’s Cameron Village District. Our building has open floors, fully stocked kitchens, an in-house video studio, and maybe even a secret room.

Background

While we weren’t quite founded in a dorm room, our founder did start the company shortly after finishing graduate school in 2009. He believed that digital marketing would entirely transform the way consumers research and buy. Over time, Three Ships expanded beyond its initial roots as a digital advertising agency into building and acquiring vertically-focused media properties. We’re constantly sailing toward the horizon — the innovative spirit that’s required to navigate the ever-changing tide of digital marketing.

Our Founder

Zach Clayton is CEO of Three Ships, which he founded in 2009.  Three Ships operates vertically focused price comparison and consumer review websites including Mattress Advisor, Mattress Nerd, House Method, and Remedy Review.  Three Ships partners with brands to help them accelerate growth through performance-based marketing programs.  Previously Three Ships incubated, built and exited Demand Signals (a software company sold to TRANZACT).

Zach is a “digital lifer.” He started New Media Campaigns, a web and application development firm, as an undergraduate and published his first research paper on social media well before Facebook was public or Instagram existed. He has worked with leading private equity firms and more than 25 private equity-backed clients, advising CEOs, senior marketers and company leadership on digital strategy.

Zach has written for The Hotline, authored three books, published numerous articles on digital media, has appeared on CNN, MSNBC and FOX News, and graced the cover of Business North Carolina Magazine when Three Ships won the 2016 Small Business of the Year award. He holds an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar, and a BA from UNC Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar and elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Zach currently serves on the Foundation Board at the UNC School of Media and Journalism, the Board of the Dix Park Conservancy, the board of With Honor, and the UNC General Alumni Association.