BrightWave Marketing, Ted's Montana Grill Selected as '09 AMY Award Finalists

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BrightWave Marketing (http://www.BrightWaveMarketing.com), an award-winning email marketing and digital targeted messaging agency, was named a 2009 Atlanta Marketer of the Year (AMY) Awards finalist in the Online Strategy category for its work on behalf of client, Ted's Montana Grill.

BrightWave Marketing (http://www.BrightWaveMarketing.com) , an award-winning email marketing and digital targeted messaging agency, was named a 2009 Atlanta Marketer of the Year (AMY) Awards finalist in the Online Strategy category for its work on behalf of client, Ted's Montana Grill.

Ted's Montana Grill, a national Classic American Grill founded by media entrepreneur, philanthropist and environmentalist Ted Turner and acclaimed restaurateur George McKerrow Jr., worked with its email marketing agency of record, BrightWave Marketing, to redefine and rejuvenate an email program with loyal and passionate email subscribers.

Ted's Montana Grill and BrightWave Marketing positioned the revamped email marketing program as its customer communications hub and one that complemented existing efforts which included traditional media, social networking and other marketing plans. Specifically, Ted's Montana Grill and BrightWave Marketing sought to: increase restaurant traffic and sales and frequency of customer visits, acquire new customers, build deeper loyalty and dialogue with customers, and increase brand awareness.

Highlights of the email marketing program:

-Drove major increase in revenue and ROI of almost 1,400 percent
-Increased email subscriber value to approximately $12 per subscriber
-Achieved 275 percent improvement in response rates

"Ted's Montana Grill has an incredibly unique audience and the email marketing strategy and resulting campaigns were focused on that principle," commented Brent Rosengren, director of client services at BrightWave Marketing. "We're proud of our work and collaborative partnership with Ted's which exceeded expectations and has led to other exciting digital messaging concepts."

AMY Award recipients will be announced at the AMY Awards gala to be held at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta on Thursday, March 19, 2009. A list of all award finalists is located at http://www.amyawardsatl.com/docs/2009AMYFinalistList.pdf

The AMY Awards celebrates results-driven marketing programs and honors leaders who drive and inspire their teams to excellence and achievement. The AMY Awards honor programs and campaigns in 10
different marketing categories, representing an array of marketing disciplines -- from branding and advertising to social media and search marketing. Additionally, Marketer of the Year Awards will be
presented to an outstanding agency and an outstanding corporate individual, and the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to S. Truett Cathy, Founder and Chairman of Chick-fil-A.

Visit http://www.amyawardsatl.com for table and ticket information.

About AMA Atlanta
As part of an international organization, which consists of 45,000 professional marketers in more than 100 countries, the Atlanta chapter of the American Marketing Association is the country's fourth largest chapter with almost 1,000 members. AMA Atlanta provides the city's diverse marketing professionals with a network of contacts and resources, continuing education and professional advancement opportunities. Programming is divided into monthly signature luncheons, special interest group meetings, networking mixers and the annual AMY Awards, during which the Atlanta Marketer of the Year is announced. A new mentorship program will be launched this fall--which will add to the value that is provided to members. Atlanta was named "Best in Class Chapter" for its size category and received Special Merit Awards for strong performance in the following areas: finance, member recruitment, collegiate activities. To learn more, visit http://www.ama-atlanta.com.

About BrightWave Marketing
BrightWave Marketing is an award-winning agency specializing in the strategic optimization of email marketing and digital targeted messaging programs. BrightWave Marketing focuses on creating and managing exceptional digital messaging programs that drive revenue, cut costs and build relationships.

Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, BrightWave Marketing has done work for a blue chip client roster including California Casualty, CoreNet Global, CVS/pharmacy, Sports Illustrated and Ted's Montana Grill as well as leading advertising and marketing firms. For more information, please visit http://www.BrightWaveMarketing.com or visit EmailStatCenter.com, the leading authority on email marketing metrics. BrightWave Marketing's CEO Simms Jenkins is the author of "The Truth About Email Marketing" published by Pearson's FT Press. Visit http://www.TheTruthAboutEmailMarketing.com for more information on the book.

About Ted's Montana Grill
Ted's Montana Grill was co-founded in 2002 by George McKerrow Jr. and Ted Turner, the media entrepreneur, environmentalist and philanthropist. Authenticity is a way of life at Ted's--from the freshest quality food cooked to order, to a relaxed dining ambiance that evokes the feeling of being in a turn-of-the-century Montana grill and bar. Today, the company has 57 restaurants in 20 states, serving a wide variety of award-winning hamburgers made with premium beef or bison, as well as steaks, chicken, meatloaf, roast pork, crab cakes, cedar plank salmon, pecan-crusted trout, salads, soups, sides and desserts. Among the many accolades Ted's Montana Grill has received for its menu, AOL's Digital City recently recognized Ted's as part of its "Best Burgers of the United States of America."

Ted's Montana Grill is also an eco-friendly restaurant, and has been widely recognized for its green restaurant practices. Nearly all of the paper, plastic, aluminum and glass products used in the restaurants are recycled. Soft drinks come in recyclable glass bottles and, instead of plastic, eco-friendly paper straws and wooden stirrers are used for drinks. To-go items, such as cups and cutlery, are made from biodegradable products using corn and potato starches. The restaurants also feature low-voltage, compact fluorescent lighting in guest areas and have water-efficient fixtures in the kitchens and restrooms. The company constantly evaluates its green practices and strives to be as environmentally responsible as possible.

For more information, visit http://www.tedsmontanagrill.com.

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