Chicago, IL (PRWEB) November 22, 2011
Ifbyphone®, the leader in voice-based marketing automation, announced today that CEO Irv Shapiro has been named a gold winner in the Executive of the Year category for the Best in Biz Awards. The Best in Biz Awards is the only national business awards program judged by members of the press and industry analysts.
As CEO and CTO, Shapiro is responsible for overall business strategy and corporate leadership at Ifbyphone. He is recognized for introducing the concept of voice-based marketing automation, a rapidly growing technology category known for its ability to handle the challenges in which traditional marketing automation has struggled -- managing, measuring and automating voice interactions.
Shapiro’s idea for solving this unmet market need to streamline and measure what was previously not measurable – voice leads – has received widespread accolades from marketers across a range of industries. Revenue at Ifbyphone has tripled within the past three years and employee headcount has grown by 130%, true validation of Shapiro’s concept and the company’s value proposition.
The Best in Biz Awards 2011 were presented in more than 30 categories, including Best Overall Company of the Year, Most Innovative Company of the Year, Executive of the Year and Best New Product of the Year. More than 150 entries were received in this year’s awards program, from an array of public and private companies and a variety of industries, sectors and regions. The companies that won gold, silver and bronze awards in this year’s program represent the best in American business, according to the Best in Biz judges.
“Leveraging voice-based marketing automation is becoming even more critical for marketers in a time when emerging voice technologies, like Apple’s Siri for the iPhone, are being introduced to the marketplace,” said Shapiro. “I’m excited to be recognized by key members of the media for Ifbyphone’s leadership in identifying comprehensive marketing tactics that consider voice-based interactions. Much of the credit goes to the innovative people at Ifbyphone who think strategically and really care about what it means to drive business growth in today’s competitive marketing environment.”
In fact, Ifbyphone helped inktank LLC sell out a real estate client’s inventory and has described Ifbyphone as “essential”; DiabetesAmerica saved over $240,000 per year using virtual call center capabilities through Ifbyphone; and Go Configure saves $70,000 per year by leveraging Ifbyphone’s outbound IVR, among countless other success stories.
Winners of Best in Biz Awards 2011 were determined by scores from a panel of high-caliber judges from top-tier business and technology publications, as well as analyst firms, including: Accounting Today, AllBusiness.com, ECT News Network, eWeek Channel Insider, Financial Times, Fox News, Hartford Business Journal, Insight Media, Kelsey Group, King Features Syndicate, Lab Reviews, Network World, PC Magazine, Portfolio, Puget Sound Business Journal, Tech.Blorge, Tech-Gaming, Techtalk and Wired. The 20 judges on this year’s panel boast more than 470 years of combined experience and have written for a combined total of more than 180 consumer, business, financial, trade and technology publications nationwide.
Beyond the Best in Biz award, Shapiro has also been acknowledged as one of TechWeek 100’s most innovative entrepreneurs in Chicago, as well as a finalist for the Illinois Technology Association (ITA) CityLIGHTS Award that highlights executives committed to the local tech community.
For a full list of gold, silver and bronze winners in Best in Biz Awards 2011, visit: http://www.bestinbizawards.com/2011-winners.
Ifbyphone is the leading voice-based marketing automation platform that manages, measures and automates voice interactions in the marketing process — including lead capture, lead nurturing, lead routing, and lead analysis. The Ifbyphone suite is a set of software-as-a-service applications implemented easily across an organization for better decision making and improving interactions across the customer lifecycle. Companies of all sizes and across all industries use the Ifbyphone platform, including health care, real estate, home services, and a variety of marketing applications.
About Best in Biz Awards
Best in Biz Awards recognizes top companies, teams, executives and products for their business success as judged by established members of the press and industry analysts. Best in Biz Awards honors are conferred in two programs covering the U.S. and EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), respectively. Any organization from any industry in the awards program’s region boasting demonstrated success can enter any of the more than 40 company, department or team, executive and product categories. Entries for Best in Biz Awards 2012 EMEA are currently being accepted from all companies based in or operating in Europe, Middle East or Africa, with an early entry deadline of Nov 30, 2011. For more information about the submission process and categories in both the U.S. and EMEA programs, please visit: http://www.bestinbizawards.com.