Velocify Named 23rd Best Place to Work in 2015, a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award

Employee Recognition Underscores Velocify’s Commitment to a Positive Work Culture

Los Angeles – Dec. 10, 2014 — Velocify, the market leader in cloud-based intelligent sales automation software, today has been honored with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognizing the Best Places to Work in 2015 in the SMB category. The Employees’ Choice Awards program, now in its seventh year, relies solely on the input of employees, who elect to provide feedback on their jobs, work environments and companies via Glassdoor’s anonymous online company reviews survey.

“What a great honor to be recognized by Glassdoor and our employees as one of the Best Places to Work in the U.S. in 2015,” said Velocify President and CEO Nick Hedges. “My goal is to make Velocify a career-defining event for all my employees. Fostering both personal and career growth is a top priority, we want our people to perform at their best and be a part of the best team in technology.”

Velocify ranked number 23 in the SMB category. As noted by employee feedback, Velocify is a company where you can “create and make a difference,” “feel appreciated,” be surrounded by “employees that are motivated and enthusiastic about their work,” contribute to a team that is “talented and hardworking and committed to delivering a game-changing product.” Velocify also offers unique employee benefits and perks, including a generous reward structure, work-hard-play-hard mentality, supportive environment, quarterly social events and a fully stocked kitchen.

“I am proud to celebrate the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award winners in earning this tremendous achievement,” said Glassdoor co-founder and CEO Robert Hohman. “Millions of employees around the world are turning to Glassdoor each month to share their work experiences. It is this type of authentic feedback that helps others find jobs and companies they love, and allows us to honor employers who stand out for their efforts in providing an enjoyable work environment and culture.”

The Glassdoor company review survey includes both quantitative and qualitative questions designed to capture a genuine and authentic inside look at what it’s like to work at particular jobs and companies. The survey asks employees to rate their satisfaction with the company overall, and key workplace factors like career opportunities, compensation, benefits, work/life balance, senior management, as well as culture and values. In addition, employees are asked to describe the best reasons to work at their companies as well as any downsides.

The Best Places to Work are determined using company reviews shared by U.S.-based employees who elected to participate in the survey between November 13, 2013 and November 2, 2014. To be considered for the SMB category, a company must have less than 1,000 employees and have received at least 20 company reviews from U.S.-based employees during the window of eligibility. The final list is compiled based on Glassdoor’s proprietary algorithm, and takes into account quantity, quality and consistency of reviews.

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Ensighten Acquires Anametrix to Optimize Marketing Actions with the Industry’s Most Comprehensive Mutichannel Data

Second Acquisition in Six Months Underscores Increased Company Momentum In Leading the Open Marketing Platform Movement

SAN JOSE, Calif., October 15, 2014: Ensighten, the leading global omni-channel data and tag management provider and company behind the Agile Marketing Platform, today announced it acquired Anametrix, the first cloud-based, award-winning multichannel marketing analytics platform. Anametrix enables marketers to unify and analyze data across paid, owned and earned media to optimize marketing decisions.

Ensighten’s leading open marketing platform is changing the way brands collect, own and act on data generated across the customer journey in real time. Anametrix adds the industry’s premier multichannel marketing analytics technology to the platform. Marketers will now have a much richer set of data and analytics, resulting in better insights from which to tailor consumer experiences, and optimize budget allocation and marketing mix decisions.

"I'm excited by Ensighten's acquisition of Anametrix," said DK Ray, Director, Digital Traffic, Analytics & Optimization at T-Mobile, an Ensighten customer. "The ability to easily run advanced analytics and modeling within Ensighten's open marketing platform, and then use those insights to optimize advertising spend and drive real-time personalization is a huge competitive advantage.”

The combined entity unlocks the true power of customer data by bringing together dozens of digital and offline sources that have been historically siloed, including data from websites, mobile apps, social media, digital campaigns, CRM, reference sources (e.g., Nielsen) and internal systems. This approach enables brands to gain much better insights leading to improved optimization, personalization and action across all customer engagement channels.

Marketers will also benefit from the advanced analytics capabilities needed to drive intelligent, right-time actions based on the industry’s most comprehensive multichannel, cross-platform datasets. Fueled by advanced statistical models and predictive analytics on granular, multichannel data, Anametrix’s platform gives marketers a flexible decision-support solution boosting marketing initiatives to drive revenues and profitability.

“Ensighten and Anametrix share a common vision in delivering extremely open and flexible platforms, enabling enterprises to leverage the marketing solutions that suit them best,” said Bryan Eisenberg, online marketing pioneer and New York Times best-selling author. “This is in stark contrast to the major cloud-marketing incumbents which provide closed suites, reducing marketers’ ability to work with best-of-breed solutions and thereby yielding sub-optimal ROI.”

“Infusing Anametrix’s expertise and technology into Ensighten’s open marketing platform provides marketers with the unique ability to derive powerful insights and act on them in real-time,” said Josh Manion, Ensighten founder and CEO. “In a competitive environment smart and timely actions make all the difference, and we’re proud to be leading the industry towards delivering more relevant and personalized consumer experiences across the entire customer journey.”

With the acquisition of TagMan earlier this year, Ensighten has shown its dedication to building out its leading open marketing platform to meet the needs of marketers across all industry verticals. The acquisition of Anametrix underscores the company’s accelerating momentum as digital marketers race to extend the power of data-driven marketing.

“As an Ensighten partner for some time, it has become clear that our respective missions and culture are extremely well aligned,” said Pelin Thorogood, Anametrix President and CEO. “I’ve always believed that the value of the analytics and actions is bound by the quality and completeness of the data. I am thrilled that the combined entity will indeed deliver the industry’s most comprehensive datasets to enable our clients to drive highly relevant, personalized omni-channel experiences for consumers.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Ensighten acquired Anametrix’s multichannel marketing analytics platform to help accelerate the next generation of its open marketing platform. Anametrix has more than tripled its client base over the past year, and has won numerous industry accolades, including the Red Herring 100 for North America and the Gold Stevie Award for Best New Product in Media and Entertainment, both in 2014. A recognized leader in supporting Global 2000 marketers, Anametrix’s client base includes news and entertainment media, automotive and ecommerce direct marketing organizations, as well as interactive communications agencies. Anametrix customers, who will not need to make any changes as a result of the acquisition, will benefit from the added power of the Ensighten Agile Marketing Platform now available to them.

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GlobalTranz announces completion of $40 million in funding by Providence Equity and Susquehanna Growth Equity.

GlobalTranz, one of the fastest growing companies in the transportation management and logistics industry, announced the completion of $40 million in Series C funding by Providence Equity and Susquehanna Growth Equity.

The investment in GlobalTranz was led by Mark Hastings of Providence Equity, who will be joining the Board of Directors of GlobalTranz. Mark is a Managing Director in the firm’s growth equity fund, Providence Strategic Growth, or “PSG”. PSG focuses on making investments in high growth technology enabled service companies.

“GlobalTranz is a perfect fit for PSG’s investment strategy of identifying companies that have the opportunity to disrupt large industry segments by applying new technology to solve industry problems. The company’s track record of consistent high growth makes it a compelling investment. We are looking forward to working with Andrew Leto and his team to help solidify GlobalTranz’s position as one of the dominant providers of technology enabled transportation services,” said Mark Hastings.

Susquehanna Growth Equity, or “SGE”, focuses on making investments in high-potential technology businesses across a range of sectors, and has a practice area focused on supply chain and logistics technology. “We are excited to have the opportunity to team up with Andrew and the GlobalTranz team,” said Ben Weinberg of SGE, who will also be joining the Board of Directors of GlobalTranz. “We have been impressed by the growth that the team has been able to consistently deliver and look forward to working alongside in the future.”

GlobalTranz has achieved CAGR from the period 2009-2013 of 49.6%. “Our technology and agent offering is the best in our industry right now, and I am excited to work with the Susquehanna and Providence teams. This investment is going to help in our goal of getting to 1 billion in annual gross revenue by 2016” said Andrew Leto, CEO, of GlobalTranz.

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Cloud-Based Recruiting Platform The Resumator Secures $15 Million in Growth Financing

Funds to Fuel Customer Acquisition, Introduce New Products for Small and Mid-Size Businesses

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Resumator, the leading recruiting software for startups, small businesses and growing enterprises, has secured $15 million in growth financing led by Boston-based growth equity firm Volition Capital, the company announced today. The company, which supports over 2200 customers in 63 countries across technology, media, and entertainment industries, will use the funds to deepen its penetration into key markets, expand its data and engineering teams, and establish new products and partnerships.

The investment brings the company, co-headquartered in Pittsburgh and San Francisco, to $18 million in outside funds raised to date. Existing investors Rincon Venture Partners and Birchmere Ventures participated in the round, joined by new investment from Blue Cloud Ventures, Riverfront Ventures and lead investor, Volition Capital.  

"It is estimated that over 60 percent of small businesses and small enterprises rely on email or spreadsheets, which not only drive up recruiting costs by more than 20 percent, but reduce a company's ability to attract performers at a critical stage of growth where the right talent can make all the difference," said Don Charlton, founder and CEO of The Resumator. "Recruiting is no longer about fighting the 'workflow war' or finding inventive ways to streamline hiring– it's about helping teams quickly identify and hire great talent consistently and predictably."

Founded in 2009, The Resumator's growth and success has been fueled by a platform designed to not only simplify the recruiting lifecycle, but stimulate once passive recruiting strategies, mobile talent pipeline management and data to guide the process. With its most recent capital infusion, The Resumator will help leverage tens of millions of data points and a team of talent scientists to rethink the recruiting lifecycle so that a candidate hired using The Resumator will perform better and be a better fit for the team in which they joined.

"We are drawn to companies that can not only break patterns in their markets, but also establish themselves as high-growth, category leaders," said Sean Cantwell, Partner, Volition Capital. "The team and its impressive traction and growth strategy are ones we are excited to support."

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iPipeline Named a Distribution Leading Vendor in Life/Health Category of 2014 Celent Report

iPipeline Shows Strong Performance in the Life/Health Metacategory for North America

iPipeline®, the leader in on-demand marketing, selling and processing solutions for the nation's top insurance carriers, distributors, financial institutions, and their agents and advisors, today announced it led the Life/Health Metacategory for Distribution in Celent's 2014 Insurance Software Deal Trend Report with 52% of the Deal Volume. iPipeline also ranked 8th among the 51 vendors in the 2014 "Traction Index," which Celent determined by a weighted score measuring the volume and type of agreements software companies secured for the performance period. iPipeline led in the Life/Health Distribution Metacategory in Celent’s 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Insurance Software Deal Trend Reports.

"2013 was a landmark year for iPipeline, and I attribute this to our ability to meet the needs of specific customers that other software vendors cannot. To better support their business development needs, we executed the strategic acquisitions of Aplifi and XRAE, and these enabled us to create the most versatile and productive platform for the life insurance, annuities and healthcare industry," said Tim Wallace, CEO, iPipeline. "Our investments in R&D and focus on the success of our customers are delivering increasing returns across the industry, and we continue to deliver on our promise to dramatically improve how insurance is sold through our commitment to innovation and process improvement."

"This is the sixth year in which we have received this validation from Celent's research team, and it speaks volumes to the applicability of our solutions within the life, annuities, and healthcare industry," added Wallace. "Our focus remains intensely on globally delivering comprehensive, high-value solutions, and we are pleased to have a commanding percentage of the software deal volume in the life/health category."

"Distribution deals continue to be strong in life insurance," says Karen Monks, analyst with Celent’s Insurance group and coauthor of the report. "Our conversations with life insurers reveal that many are focusing on improving the sales and distribution process through automation; the deal data supports this trend. This trend bodes well for iPipeline." 

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Velocify CEO Nick Hedges Named 2014 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year™ Finalist

Los Angeles – May 29, 2014 – EY has announced that Nick Hedges, CEO & President of Velocify, is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award in Greater Los Angeles.  The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.  Award recipients will be announced at a black-tie awards gala on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. This recognition continues the string of award wins for Hedges and Velocify this year, having been named a 2014 CRM Excellence Award winner, as well as a 2014 SIIA Software CODiE Award Finalist, and a recipient of the CUSTOMER 2014 Product of the Year Award.

”I am thrilled to be nominated as a finalist amongst such a prestigious list of successful entrepreneurs in the Greater Los Angeles area,” said Nick Hedges, CEO & President at Velocify. “This individual recognition is really a reflection of the success of Velocify and the incredible impact our business is having on the sales profession. We are witnessing a once in a lifetime shift in the way that sales is undertaken.  Sales professionals today are increasingly engaging with their prospects and clients remotely versus in the field. Velocify’s software is critical for companies making this shift.”

Velocify enables sales teams to meet the demands of today’s faster paced buyer-seller exchange and increase revenue though unique, cloud-based sales automation software. The company is primed for future growth as sales organizations across the globe continue to shift from traditional field sales to inside sales models in order to drive more predictable revenue and improve return on investment.

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Velocify Named to Mortgage Technology Top 50 Service Providers List

Leading sales automation software provider honored for helping industry transition to a purchase-oriented market with guided selling solution

Los Angeles – May 28, 2014 – Velocify, the market leader in cloud-based intelligent sales automation software, has been named toMortgage Technology magazine’s 2014 Top 50 Service Providers list, recognizing the mortgage industry’s best technology vendors. Velocify was nominated for its sales automation technology, which allows lenders and mortgage professionals to accelerate lead response times, enforce best practice selling processes, keep loan officers focused on the highest priority sales opportunities, and maintain borrower and agent engagement.

Released annually, Mortgage Technology magazine’s “Top 50 Service Providers” recognizes companies for their accomplishments in four criteria: continued advancement of technology and services; viable revenue model and value proposition; exceptional customer service; and unique impact on the mortgage industry. Emphasis is placed on a company’s achievements over the previous year. Nominations were judged by a panel comprised of the magazine’s editorial staff.

“It’s a great honor to make the Top 50 Service Providers list, which is highly regarded for identifying the most innovative companies in the mortgage industry, year after year,” said Kelly Booth, Velocify’s mortgage division director. “I believe this recognition is further evidence of how vital sales automation has become to lenders today. I’m grateful to our entire team at Velocify and all of our loyal customers and partners for their support.”

In the Summer 2014 issue of Mortgage Technology, editors referenced Velocify’s latest solution, Engage for Mortgage™, which offers automated guided selling options for purchase and refinance mortgages. The solution is designed to help mortgage professionals build better relationships with borrowers and partners, such as a Realtor, and convert more leads into closed loans. It is integrated with Velocify’s two core product offerings, Velocify LeadManager™ and Velocify Dial-IQ™, which enable lenders to effectively manage home loan opportunities from initial inquiry to close, with systematic phone, email, and SMS follow-up that are guided by industry best practices for the home buying and refinance processes.

Earlier this year, Velocify was named to HousingWire magazine’s HW TECH100 list and received several 2014 LeadsCouncil LEADER Awards, winning three categories including Best in Class Lead Management, Mortgage Category and Most Valuable Partner, Mortgage Category.

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iPipeline Wins 2014 Red Herring North America Top 100 Award

Award Recognizes North America's Best High Technology Innovators

iPipeline® - the leader in on-demand marketing, selling and processing solutions for the nation's top insurance carriers, distributors, producers, and financial advisors -- today announced it has won the 2014 Red Herring North America Top 100 Award.  The award recognizes North America's best high technology innovators, and has recognized notable companies including Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Skype, Salesforce.com, YouTube, Palo Alto Networks, and eBay.  iPipeline was selected from hundreds of companies competing across North America and received the award on May 16th at the gala awards ceremony held in Monterey, California.

Under the leadership of Alex Vieux, Chairman of Red Herring, an editorial team annually evaluates an extensive list of applicants based on their technological innovation, management strength, market size, investor record, customer acquisition, and financial health.  iPipeline was honored for its innovation as a SaaS company and recognized for the company's market leadership and presence, sustained growth, and impact on the North American insurance industry.

"iPipeline is extremely honored to be selected for this prestigious award.  It is exciting to be on the elite list of 2014 Red Herring 100 North America Award winners and recognized for the significant impact our work has on the insurance industry," said Tim Wallace, CEO, iPipeline. "We view this highly-competitive award as both an honor and a confirmation of our vision to dramatically improve how insurance is sold in North America.  Since 1995, iPipeline has set the standard for the marketing, selling and processing of insurance and financial products, and we remain committed to improving the experience for carriers, distributors, financial institutions, agents and advisors, and consumers at large."

To learn how you can leverage iPipeline's award-winning platform to support straight-through processing and gain speed-to-market advantages for the marketing, selling and processing of life, annuity, pre-need, final expense, medicare supplement, medicare advantage, critical illness and other financial products, contact sales@ipipeline.com or call 1-800-758-0824, option 2.

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Cortera Announces New Releases of eCredit® Software

Includes the Cortera Score and Customizable Views

 

BOCA RATON, FL–(Marketwired – May 14, 2014) Cortera, Inc., the foremost provider of business-to-business analytics and cloud-based risk management solutions, is pleased to announce two new releases of eCredit, the award-winning credit scoring and collections automation platform. These two releases continue the tradition of providing forward-thinking, customer-driven enhancements to keep eCredit at the forefront for credit and collections software.

Version 7.6 went live in March 2015 and incorporated the Cortera Score into eCredit reports. The Cortera Score assesses overall financial health and related credit risk of a business and it is derived from combined payment behavior and purchase behavior data. The Cortera Score gives new insights into credit risk and stronger predictive power than traditional credit risk scores.

Also included in this version is the Credit Request Snapshot, which provides a centralized view of all credit request data including credit application data, decisions, custom scorecards and other custom information all in a single screen. This template-driven screen allows customers to configure unique snapshot views for different user groups within the organization, tailoring the information delivered to each specific user groups’ business needs. The Credit Request Snapshot can also be configured in stand-alone view outside of the eCredit application so that it can be used for real-time decision status updates for sales and other departments, eliminating the need for an inefficient paper trail or email communications.

eCredit Version 7.6 also includes Quick View, pop-up screens for enhanced usability. Various screens provide specific information on a customer, credit request or invoice without navigating to the detailed screens. eCredit users can configure desired data fields to be included in Quick View.

eCredit is also now integrated with Google StreetView, providing easy access to a panoramic photograph of a customer’s location.

“As a long time eCredit user, we consistently see the feature set evolve to meet our needs, often introducing new functionality that increases our efficiency and focuses our staff’s attention to where it is most needed,” said Judy Kettlewell, director of credit, WinWholesale.

Building on these enhancements, Cortera is proud to announce the availability of Version 7.7 in late May, which will introduce additional integration with new real-time risk and fraud data providers. Upon the release of Version 7.7, eCredit will support over 25 third-party data suppliers within their platform.

In addition to the above major features, all releases also include other enhancements based on customer feedback.

About Cortera

Cortera provides analytical and cloud-based workflow solutions that enable companies of all sizes to better understand their customers, suppliers and business partners. Our comprehensive solutions increase visibility into the financial health of your B2B customers while keeping you informed of important changes that traditional credit reporting tools miss. Thousands of companies across diverse industries use Cortera’s solutions to increase revenue, improve sales effectiveness, and reduce risk. Cortera is privately held with offices in Boca Raton, FL and Quincy, MA.

 

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Ensighten Named Cross-Category Finalist in Digital Analytics Association 2014 Awards for Excellence

CUPERTINO, Calif., Mar 6, 2014: Ensighten the fastest-growing enterprise data and tag management provider and pioneer of the Agile Marketing Platform, today announced it was named a finalist in three of the five prestigious Digital Analytics Association (DAA) 2014 Awards for Excellence. Ensighten was nominated as a finalist in the "New Technology of the Year" and the "Most Influential Agency/Vendor" award categories, and the company's marketect, Chris Zakharoff, was nominated as a finalist for the "Most Influential Industry Contributor" award.

The DAA Awards for Excellence recognize the work of individuals and vendors providing ground-breaking products and services that change the practice of digital analytics and increase return on investment for customers. The DAA will announce the award winners in a presentation during the Awards for Excellence Gala, in conjunction with the organization's annual eMetrics Summit in San Francisco on March 18, 2014.

"It is an honor to be acknowledged as a finalist for the DAA Awards for Excellence," said Ensighten founder and CEO Josh Manion. "Being recognized means that organizations are acknowledging our efforts to provide them with the capabilities to effectively collect, own and act on data in real time. As Big Data trends continue to emerge, Ensighten remains committed to helping digital marketers accelerate Web performance, increase marketing agility and personalize experiences for consumers and their growing online footprints."

Two of Ensighten's customers, Microsoft and Hearst Corporation, were also named as finalists in the DAA Awards for Excellence. Microsoft's Autumn Arbury was named a finalist in the "Practitioner of the Year" category for her work in global marketing operations. Hearst Corporation's Rick McFarland was named a finalist for the "Digital Analytics Rising Star" category.

In January, Ensighten announced it raised $40 million in Series B funding led by Insight Venture Partners. Following the funding, Manion revealed a new agile marketing tool suite -- Ensighten Activate, Ensighten Pulse, Ensighten One and Ensighten Inform -- during the company's annual user conference, Agility 2014. 

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Ensighten Raises $40 Million in Series B Funding from Insight Venture Partners

CUPERTINO, Calif., January 29, 2014: Ensighten, the fastest-growing enterprise data and tag managementprovider and pioneer of the Agile Marketing Platform, today announced the closing of a $40 million Series B investment from Insight Venture Partners. The funding follows strong 2013 results as increasing numbers of enterprises adopt tag management to analyze, execute and capitalize on data through digital marketing. Ensighten will use the funding to expand its global footprint via increasing sales and marketing operations across the globe, driving continued product innovation for the company’s market-leading platform.

Tags add hundreds of lines of JavaScript code to a Web page, slowing page load performance, and present a major management challenge to marketing and IT organizations. Ensighten enables digital marketers to easily deploy and manage all third-party tags from a single Web interface, as well as to collect, own and use on-site, off-site and offline data. With such enterprise data and tag management capabilities in place, marketers can optimize their digital touch-points and personalize the experiences of individual consumers with minimal involvement of code developers or the IT organization.

“With more data being generated than ever before, it has become increasingly complex for marketers to get a streamlined view of their customers or the ability to leverage their data for personalized communications,” said Ensighten Founder and CEO, Josh Manion. “Ensighten is reinventing the interactive marketing ecosystem and we’re thrilled that Insight Venture Partners shares our vision that organizations should be able to collect, own and act on data in real time.”

Ensighten has built a highly effective, cloud-based Agile Marketing Platform (AMP) that enables marketers to act on data in real time from both online and offline sources. According to Forrester research, Ensighten AMP offers a 525 percent marketing ROI to its customers. Using the platform, marketers can test and optimize campaigns faster than ever, leading to better marketing decisions and spend. With data from multiple sources captured through a single platform, marketers can apply deeper segmentation, personalization and achieve true marketing agility.

“To remain competitive and drive online conversion rates, companies need solutions to engage Web visitors in a more targeted way,” said Jeff Horing, co-founder and managing director at Insight Venture Partners. “Ensighten provides marketers with the flexibility and transparency they need to effectively manage digital marketing effectively. Our investment reflects our confidence in Ensighten’s leadership and our belief in the value of their Agile Marketing Platform to marketers.”

Ensighten serves 24 percent of the Fortune 50, and 30 percent of the top 20 Web retailers as ranked by IRCE. This represents more than $30 billion in e-commerce transactions taking place among top brands. Marketers use Ensighten AMP to collect, own and use their on-site, off-site and offline data. Ensighten AMP processes tag requests from 30,000 Web domains across 150 countries, representing more than $30 billion in ecommerce for top brands.

Ensighten’s impressive list of customers includes Capital One, E-Trade, MetLife, Microsoft, monster.com, Safeway, Sony Electronics, Staples, Symantec, T-Mobile, United Airlines and Wal-Mart. On average, existing customers have continued to grow their relationship with Ensighten by 98 percent since their initial engagement.

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Velocify Wins 2014 BIG Innovation Award

New Velocify for Salesforce Product Honored for Enabling High-Velocity Selling

Los Angeles – Jan. 21, 2014 – Velocify, the market-leader in cloud-based intelligent sales automation software, today announced its new solution for Salesforce has been recognized as a2014 BIG Innovation Award winner. This recognition builds upon momentum the company captured in 2013, winning a number of prestigious awards, including the 2013 Stevie Award for Sales Technology Inc. 5000, the Los Angeles Business Journal Fastest Growing Private Companies and the Deloitte Technology Fast 500.

“Without a doubt, this year’s awards program produced one of the most impressive lists of nominees in recent history,” said Russ Fordyce, managing director of the Business Intelligence Group. “Velocify for Salesforce stood out as a very valuable and timely innovation for the market, helping sales teams committed to the Salesforce Sales Cloud take performance to a new level. I’d like to congratulate Velocify on being awarded with a 2014 Big Innovation Award.”

Velocify extends the value of Salesforce by integrating high-velocity selling features that drive rapid lead response, as well as enable more productive daily sales rep activity, faster ramp-time for new reps and consistent selling practices to help make revenue more predictable.  With a first-of-its-kind Activity Prioritization interface, Velocify is able to provide a single, continuously updated view into new leads, opportunities and scheduled selling tasks. This interface intelligently and automatically prioritizes daily sales activities allowing sales professionals to always stay focused on the highest priority action rather than inefficient or time-wasting activities. The application also includes a sophisticated lead distribution feature, an integrated sales dialer and enhanced sales funnel insights for sales managers.

“We are honored to have Velocify recognized amongst some of the other truly great technology innovations this past year,” said Nick Hedges, president and CEO at Velocify. “This award further validates our position as a leader in the sales solutions market and foreshadows what we expect to be a momentous year for the company.”

The Big Innovation Awards program recognizes top innovations from companies worldwide. It is judged through a proprietary process measured across multiple variables by judges carefully chosen by the Business Intelligence Group employees and selected advisors. A transparent scoring system is used as nominations are scored individually by each judge and insight is provided on nomination performance. All innovations recognized have shown industry impact or potential impact through concrete measurements or analysis.

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Jack Philbin named 2013 Mobile Evangelist of the Year

Fifteen-Year Mobile Pioneer Awarded for Overall Excellence in Mobile Marketing

CHICAGO, Jan. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Jack Philbin, co-founder and CEO of Vibes (www.vibes.com), a mobile marketing technology leader, has been named Mobile Evangelist of the Year by Mobile Marketer for his outstanding strategic leadership and innovation that pushed the mobile industry forward in 2013. A 15-year mobile veteran, he is also chairman of the Mobile Marketing Association North America and vice chairman of the Mobile Marketing Association's Global Board.

"Jack Philbin demonstrates the qualities required of evangelists: tensile strength to push the cause, in this case making sure that mobile is top of the agenda of every forward-thinking marketer," said Mickey Alam Khan, editor in chief of Mobile Marketer and Mobile Commerce Daily, New York.

"Being named Mobile Marketer's Mobile Evangelist of the Year merely confirms that Jack has logged in way more miles than he should, shared more wisdom than anyone would, but all to inform and educate marketers on the virtues of including mobile in the marketing mix as they communicate with customers and prospects. More executives like Jack would accelerate the adoption of mobile and make life easier both for marketers and consumers."

In 2013, Philbin spearheaded the charge behind the non-payment mobile wallet space for retailers looking to incorporate Google Wallet and Apple's Passbook into their marketing strategies. Highlighting Vibes' deep expertise on the topic, the company published several reports analyzing consumers' interest in non-payment mobile wallets. Under Philbin's leadership, Vibes also launched Wallet Manager in September 2013, the industry's only cross-platform mobile wallet solution for Google Wallet and Apple's Passbook.

In November 2013, Philbin led a Telecommunication Consumer Protection Act petition with the Mobile Marketing Association and others asking for the Federal Communications Commission to support mobile messaging. In addition, he has spoken at numerous industry events, including the Chicago Association of Direct Marketing's Mobile in the Morning, Adobe Digital Summit, RAMP and the Customer Engagement Technology World.

"It is a special honor to receive this recognition by Mobile Marketer – they have become the standard outlet for mobile marketing and truly have the pulse of the mobile industry," said Philbin. "This accolade is a testament to the entire hard-working team at Vibes. Mobile marketing has been a passion for all of us for many years; I look forward to the continued innovation we are sure to see in 2014 and beyond."

The Mobile Evangelist of the Year distinction is part of The Mobile Marketer Awards, judged by the Mobile Marketer editorial team for overall excellence in mobile advertising, marketing and media from a strategic, creative, tactical, executional and results standpoint. All considered work was published in Mobile Marketer in 2013.

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