VerticalResponse Named as Finalist in the 2009 American Business Awards

Selected as Finalists in Seven Categories Including Best Overall Company and Fastest-Growing Company of the Year in 7th annual Stevie® Awards

SAN FRANCISCO – May 21, 2009 – VerticalResponse, Inc. (www.verticalresponse.com), a leading provider of on-demand email marketing, online surveys and direct mail solutions, today announced it was named a Finalist today in the following six categories:Stevie 2009 Finalist

  • Best Overall Company of the Year
  • Fastest-Growing Company of the Year
  • Customer Service Department of the Year
  • Marketing Department of the Year
  • Executive of the Year
  • Advertising, and Marketing & Public Relations for its marketing blog and website

This is the largest number of categories in which VerticalResponse has ever received recognition as a finalist.

The American Business Awards is the nation’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit entries to the ABAs – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.

Stevie Award winners will be announced during the annual gala on Monday, June 22 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Six-hundred executives from across the U.S.A. are expected to attend. The ceremonies will be broadcast on radio nationwide by the Business TalkRadio Network and hosted by Cheryl Casone of Fox Business Network.

More than 2,600 entries from companies of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted for consideration in more than 40 categories, including Most Innovative Company, Best Management Team, Best New Product or Service, Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program, Best Corporate Environmental Responsibility Program. VerticalResponse will be competing in multiple categories, including CEO, Janine Popick as Executive of the Year and VerticalResponse's Email Marketing Blog (http://blog.verticalresponse.com) in the Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations category.

"Congratulations to all of those nominated. For all of our businesses to continue to grow in this economy is quite an accomplishment," said Janine Popick, founder and CEO of VerticalResponse. "This past year, we have had our nose to the grindstone making sure we are providing the most comprehensive email marketing solution possible so that the nearly 60,000 small businesses and non-profit organizations we serve can keep in front of their customers and grow themselves. We are honored to have our hard work recognized by the American Business Awards."

"Despite very tough economic conditions, many organizations and individuals continue to perform well," said Michael Gallagher, founder and president of The Stevie Awards. "The results of the 2009 ABAs thus far are a testament to the resilience, creativity, and hard work of American organizations, executives, and workers."

Members of the Awards' Board of Distinguished Judges & Advisors and their staffs will select Stevie Award winners from among Finalists in final judging that will continue through June 3. Finalists were chosen by business professionals nationwide during preliminary judging in April through early May.

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at www.stevieawards.com/aba.

Additional details on VerticalResponse and the company’s many achievements are available at http://www.verticalresponse.com/about/awards.html

About VerticalResponse

VerticalResponse, Inc. is a leading provider of self-service email marketing, online surveys and direct mail services empowering small businesses to create, manage and analyze their own direct marketing campaigns. VerticalResponse’s flagship product, which allows customers to deliver sophisticated yet easily deployed email marketing campaigns, is one of the most intuitive and affordable Web-based direct marketing solution available. VerticalResponse is headquartered in San Francisco, California. For additional information, please visit www.verticalresponse.com. Check out the award-winning blog and get updates from www.twitter.com/VR4SmallBiz.

About The Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, The Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service.  Honoring companies of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide.  Learn more about The Stevie Awards at www.stevieawards.com.

Supporting sponsors of The 2009 American Business Awards include High Performance Technologies Inc., John Hancock, Lifelock, RCN Corporation, Softpro, and Ultimate Software. Media sponsor is the Business TalkRadio Network. Localization partner of the 2009 Stevie Awards is Lionbridge.

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