VerticalResponse Wins Stevie® Award for Fastest Growing Company of the Year

Bay Area’s Fastest Growing Email Marketing Service Provider also Named as Finalist in Four Other Categories for the 4th Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business

Stevie Award

San Francisco, CA – November 14, 2007 – VerticalResponse, the leading provider of self-service email marketing and direct mail solutions, won a Stevie Award for “Fastest Growing Company of the Year” in the Stevies Awards for Women in Business last night.  Presented by Infiniti, the 2007 Stevie Awards for Women in Business is an international competition recognizing the accomplishments of outstanding women executives, business owners, and the companies they runThe awards are produced by the creators of the prestigious American Business Awards, hailed as “the business world’s own Oscars” (New York Post, April 27, 2005). 

In winning the Stevie, VerticalResponse beat out other finalists including Facelogic International, Inc., Thinkso Creative LLC, and Xsell Resources.  Janine Popick was presented the Stevie by a representative of Infiniti.  In her accepting the Stevie, Popick said, “The growth we’ve seen at VerticalResponse is due to the amazing team we’ve got working on every aspect of the business – from constant product development, to new and exciting partnerships – and always, unmatched customer support. We also couldn’t have done it without the great group of customers we have – they’re great, and continue to recommend us to friends and colleagues to help us grow.”  

Stevie Awards were handed out in categories including Best Entrepreneur, Best Executive, Lifetime Achievement, and Women Helping Women at the gala event in Las Vegas on November 12.  More than 800 entries from companies of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted for consideration.  

The Stevies is the third organization this year to recognize VerticalResponse for its rapid growth in terms of its revenue, staff and services.  VerticalResponse recently ranked on the San Francisco Business Times annual listing of the Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the Bay Area and on Deloitte’s 2007 Technology Fast 500 and Silicon Valley Technology Fast 50.  More than 7,000 new customers signed on in the first three quarters of this year, bringing the total number of paying customers to 32,000. Revenue is likewise up, with nearly 36% increase over this time last year. 

“We are pleased to be recognized for our growth by this prestigious organization,” said VerticalResponse CEO Janine Popick.  “It is particularly rewarding to be recognized by such an outstanding group of leading women in business.  We attribute our growth to our pursuit of providing a superior customer-oriented service that serves those who need it most, the small businesses, while keeping a community focus in our own business practice.”

In addition to winning the Stevie Award for Fastest Growing Company of the Year, VerticalResponse was named finalist in four other categories, including “Best Entrepreneur – Service Businesses - Up to 100 Employees; Best Overall Company of the Year – Service Businesses – up to 100 Employees; Blog of the Year; Community Involvement Program of the Year; Employer of the Year; Fastest-Growing Company of the Year; Most Innovative Company of the Year – Up to 100 Employees.”

“Being named a Finalist in The Stevie Awards for Women in Business is an important achievement,” said Michael Gallagher, president of the Stevie Awards.  “It means that independent business executives have agreed that the nominee is worthy of recognition.  We congratulate all of the Finalists on their achievement and wish them well in the competition.”

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are governed by a Board of Distinguished Judges & Advisors that features many leading women entrepreneurs and luminaries in business.  Members of the Awards’ Board selected Stevie winners from among the finalists.  Finalists were chosen by business professional worldwide during the preliminary judging period.

This latest recognition joins the growing list of VerticalResponse’s accomplishments over the past year, which have also included: 

  • Ranked #22 on the San Francisco Business Times annual listing of the Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the Bay Area. 
  • Ranked 254 on Deloitte’s 2007 Technology Fast 500, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications and life sciences companies in North America
  • Ranked 21 on the Silicon Valley Technology Fast 50, which is a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology firms in the Bay Area. 
  • Best-in-Show at salesforce.com’s 2nd Annual Appy Awards
  • Finalist for the 2007 ClickZ Marketing Excellence Awards for Innovation in Email for the past decade.
  • Finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year of Northern California Award.
  • Recognized as winner for Best Overall Company by the American Business Awards, and nominated as finalist in five other categories.
  • Ranked #4 on the 2007 San Francisco Business Times’ list of Best Places to Work in the Bay Area.
  • Ranked #1113 on the 2007 Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies.
  • Winner of the Web Marketing Association 2007 award for outstanding achievement in website development.

Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Finalists and Stevie Award winners are available at www.stevieawards.com/women.

About VerticalResponse

VerticalResponse, Inc. (http://www.verticalresponse.com) is a leading provider of self-service email marketing and direct mail services empowering businesses of all sizes to create, manage and analyze their own direct marketing campaigns. VerticalResponse’s flagship product, which allows customers to deliver sophisticated yet easily deployed email campaigns, is 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.

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 Selling Power Sales Excellence Awards.  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.

Presenting sponsor of the 2007 Stevie Awards for Women in Business is Infiniti.  Supporting sponsor is JetBlue.  Media sponsor is Pink magazine.  The Business TalkRadio Network broadcast the ceremonies live nationwide.

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