VerticalResponse Wins Two Gold and Two Bronze Stevie® Awards in 2013 International Business Awards℠

Winners to Be Celebrated at Gala Banquet on 14 October in Barcelona, Spain

SAN FRANCISCO – September 4, 2013 – VerticalResponse, a leading provider of self-service marketing tools for small businesses and non-profits including email and social media marketing, announced today that it was named the winner of two Gold and two bronze Stevie® Awards in in The 10th Annual International Business Awards.

The gold awards were for: 1) New VerticalResponse Marketing Blog: Providing Utility for SMBs in the category of Best Writing/Content, and 2) VerticalResponse Customer Support Team Celebrates Growth, Camaraderie for the Customer Service Team of the Year. A bronze Stevie award went to David Shiba, VerticalResponse Chief Operating Officer in the category of Executive of the Year - Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations. The other bronze went to “VerticalResponse Continues to Innovate Marketing Technology for Small Businesses” in the category of Company of the Year - Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations.

The International Business Awards are the world’s premier business awards program. All individuals and organizations worldwide – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small - are eligible to submit nominations. The 2013 IBAs received entries from more than 50 nations and territories.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala awards banquet at the W Hotel in Barcelona, Spain on 14 October.

More than 3,300 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Most Innovative Company of the Year, Management Team of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year, and Executive of the Year, among others.

“We’re especially proud of the valuable content we offer to small business, so it’s an honor to be recognized for our blog,” said Janine Popick, VerticalResponse CEO. “These awards underscore the hard work of our team to make sure our customers are happy and successful.”

Stevie Award winners were selected by more than 250 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process this year.

“The 2013 International Business Awards are noteworthy for featuring the best collection of entries we have ever received,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards. “The judges have been unanimous in their comments about the quality of achievements, and the expertise with which they were portrayed, in the nominations we received this year. We extend our most heartfelt congratulations to all of this year’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners.”

Details about The International Business Awards and the lists of Stevie Award winners are available at


VerticalResponse Inc., a subsidiary of Deluxe Corporation, provides a full suite of self-service marketing solutions for small businesses including email marketing, social media marketing, event marketing, online surveys and direct mail marketing. Its mission is to empower small businesses and non-profit organizations to easily and affordably create, manage and analyze their own marketing campaigns. Users can benefit from a wide variety of features via a single dashboard, including more than 700 free email marketing templates; social media management tools to create, schedule and publish content, and engage with followers; and robust reporting so that marketing success can be measured. VerticalResponse is headquartered in San Francisco, Calif. For more information visit, and connect on Twitter at @VR4SmallBiz and Facebook at

About the Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in five programs: The International Business Awards, The American Business Awards, the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring organizations 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


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