"A public offering of healthcare unburdens small businesses and entrepreneurs alike, as it allows them to focus on core parts of their business such as innovations and new products," said Theron Kabrich, CEO, San Francisco Art Exchange. "It also removes an unfair competitive advantage for small businesses when trying to attract the best employees, and levels the playing field."
"The ROI on Vertical Response campaigns are mind-boggling. 10% of company revenue comes from these campaigns, and it is not unusual to see over 7000% return on investment" said Nick Carter, Marketing and Sales Manager for ValuePetSupplies.com. "VerticalResponse is our most cost-effective marketing tool, and a crucial growth driver for ValuePetSupplies!"
"All of our finalists are leaders in their industries," said Steve Falk, President and CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. "They are innovative, entrepreneurial and excellent corporate citizens committed to enhancing the lives of their own employees and the lives of those who reside in the communities they serve."
VerticalResponse’s CEO, Janine Popick, credits the company’s customer service, a focus on new partners such as Intuit, aggressive customer acquisition, and ultimately customer referrals with the company’s 541% revenue growth over the past five years. She said, "The loyalty of our customers, and their resulting referrals, has always been a key driver of growth for VerticalResponse,” said Janine Popick. “Our small business customers like that we understand their specific needs, given that we have experienced similar challenges and growing pains since beginning our small business more than eight years ago.”
"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 San Francisco Business Times partners with PricewaterhouseCoopers to conduct the research and produce the Top 100 and Top 50 Fastest-Growing Private Companies Lists. All companies had to have been headquartered in the Bay Area, privately held between 2006 and 2008, and must have had revenues of more than $200,000 in fiscal year 2006. Fast 100 and Fast 50 Companies were ranked on percentage of revenue growth from 2006 to 2008. The average growth rate from 2006 to 2008 of the top 100 private companies was 55 percent.
As part of the SRG package, VerticalResponse will be offering all SRG customers the ability to send their first 250 emails for free enabling them to send email promotions, newsletters, and product updates. SRG customers will be able to easily track responses to their email campaigns, and use the analytics tools to determine which emails people are opening and which links they are clicking on. Email marketing offers customers the chance to save time and money when reaching out to their customers. The partnership between Palo Alto Software and VerticalResponse also allows SRG customers to have immediate access to the full set of resources available at VerticalResponse’s site – ranging from email marketing, white papers and best practices, to online surveys and direct mail postcard options.
"This is the fourth year in a row that VerticalResponse has won a Web Marketing Association award, and it highlights our ongoing commitment to providing free educational resources and a supportive online small business community," said Janine Popick, CEO of VerticalResponse, Inc. "We’re honored to be in the company of so many industry leaders with the WebAwards."
"Blogging has become a very important tool when trying to stay ahead of the competition, small businesses in particular need to plan their blogging strategy," said John Jantsch, author of "Duct Tape Marketing." "I’d recommend the VerticalResponse social media webinar series to anyone who is looking for free advice on leveraging social media tools to grow their business."
"Savvy trend spotters and those who invest in private companies know that the Inc. 5000 is the best place to find out about young companies that are achieving success through a wide variety of unprecedented business models, as well as older private companies that are still expanding at an impressive rate," said Inc. 5000 project manager Jim Melloan. "That’s why our list is so eagerly anticipated every year."