PerkettPR Recognized For Public Relations and Employer Excellence

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Campaign-of-the-Year and Employer-of-the-Year nods mark second consecutive year for agency as Stevie Award finalist.

PerkettPR, provider of results-based public relations and marketing communications for emerging businesses, today announced it was chosen as a finalist in two categories in the 2005 Stevie Awards for Women Entrepreneurs: Campaign-of-the-Year and Employer-of-the-Year. The honors mark continued excellence in both the agency’s PR campaigns for clients and HR initiatives for its employees.

The Stevie Awards for Women Entrepreneurs, http://www.stevieawards/women, is an international awards competition recognizing the accomplishments of women executives and business owners. The awards are produced by the creators of the prestigious American Business Awards, hailed as “the business world’s own Oscars” by the New York Post (April 27, 2005).

“The winners and finalists in the 2005 Stevie Awards for Women Entrepreneurs comprise the most dynamic women in business today,” said Michael Gallagher, president of The Stevie Awards. “These executives and entrepreneurs have accomplished innovative and extraordinary things while building their businesses and serving their communities. We congratulate PerkettPR on its achievements.”

Chris Perkett, president and founder of PerkettPR added, “These accomplishments represent the essence of what our agency is all about. For the past eight years, we have been unrelenting in our mission to deliver clients top-notch public relations talent while creating an environment in which our people can thrive professionally and personally over the long-term.”

PerkettPR was selected as a finalist for Campaign-of-the-Year for launching a new product for a relatively unknown company, Chitika, in less than 30 days. Although the product was significantly different than any product in the market, PerkettPR successfully identified target audiences and helped them to clearly understand the concept of what Chitika had to offer: a combination of a Web banner ad, a search engine and a recommendation engine. Despite these obstacles, PerkettPR literally created the market niche and the product brand for Chitika in less than a month, securing feature press articles in The New York Times, ADWEEK and other key publications.

In regards to PerkettPR’s Stevie Award recognition, Chitika Co-Founder and CEO Venkat Kolluri said, “This award is well-deserved for the overall market-awareness PerkettPR created for our company. They created effective messaging that required a combination of educating our prospects while at the same time convincing them of our value proposition – not an easy challenge. Chitika extends well-deserved congratulations to PerkettPR.”

PerkettPR was also selected as a finalist in the Employer-of-the-Year category for establishing an environment where employees can easily balance a fulfilling career and a quality personal life. The unique, virtual culture at PerkettPR allows the agency to hire talented public relations professionals all across the country while offering a better opportunity to balance career and family life -- a key ingredient to keeping top-notch talent in the long-run. Because of this vision, PerkettPR has flourished, cultivating a positive reputation for creative vision and consistently exceeding expectations, as well as attracting and retaining talented PR professionals in Boston, Detroit and San Francisco. PerkettPR was also recognized in this category for the generous benefits it offers for a business of its size.

About PerkettPR:

PerkettPR, Inc. is an award-winning public relations firm dedicated to generating creative and effective communications programs for technology, business and consumer companies worldwide. Since 1998, PerkettPR has provided exclusively senior-level strategic counsel and preeminent execution of public relations programs that clearly and consistently deliver return on investment. Our selective client roster spans the globe from the U.S. to Ireland, Australia to London - and has included private, entrepreneurial companies such as 8minuteDating.com, Intranets.com (now WebEx (Nasdaq: WEBX), and Salesnet, as well as global, public enterprises such as Zoom Technologies [NASDAQ: ZOOM]. Our expertise varies from consumer tech to enterprise software and hardware, including on-demand CRM, human capital management and incentives, VoIP, online collaboration, unified communications and more.

With the foresight to rapidly adapt and stay ahead of an ever-evolving market, we help clients achieve their business goals. With presence in Boston, Detroit and San Francisco, PerkettPR has been nationally recognized for exceptional client results, business leadership and innovative human resources initiatives. For more information, visit http://www.perkettpr.com.

About The Stevie Awards:

Hailed as “the business world’s own Oscars” by the New York Post (April 27, 2005), Stevie Awards are conferred in three programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, and The Stevie Awards for Women Entrepreneurs. 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 http://www.stevieawards.com.

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