With $10.5 Million Series B, SOCi Sets Sights On Expanding Its Social Media and Reputation Management Offerings for Multi-Location Brands

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Current Round Led by Vertical Venture Partners, with participation from Grayhawk Capital, Blossom Street Ventures, and Tallwave Capital

SOCi, Inc., the leader in social media and reputation management for multi-location brands, today announced it closed a Series B funding round of $10.5 million. Led by Vertical Venture Partners--with participation from Grayhawk Capital, Blossom Street Ventures, and Tallwave Capital--this latest round will help continue to fuel SOCi’s exponential growth over the next few years.

A 2018 Inc. 5000 honoree (#60 on the list, with a three-year compounded 4,500%+ growth rate), SOCi has carved its place as a leading enterprise marketing technology platform enabling multi-location companies to succeed in local social media and reputation management. The company’s proprietary solutions are used by more than 250 clients--with a collective count of more than 50,000 business locations--to oversee, maintain and protect their brand at the national level, while simultaneously scaling presence across hundreds, sometimes thousands, of local pages on sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Google My Business.

“When we think about growing and scaling SOCi, our first priority is the success of our customers. The two areas we are investing heavily in to ensure that success are the product and technology development team, as well as our customer success team,” said Afif Khoury, SOCi CEO. “We will be doubling our resources across these teams as we continue to execute on our vision of delivering a complete set of strategic tools that a multi-location brand needs to reach and manage its local customers, while attracting and engaging new ones. Additionally, adding customer success veterans like David Marler to our leadership team. With this latest round of funding, we are cementing our position as a top enterprise marketing platform and THE solution for multi-location enterprises.”

In a recent report conducted by the Local Search Association, it was found that nearly three-quarters of a brand’s engagement on Facebook, specifically, takes place on local business pages rather than the brand’s national page. This report, among other studies, emphasizes the growing importance for multi-location brands to maintain both a national and local brand presence across the top social and reputation management sites. A need that continues to grow based on data available from the most recent Economic Census, which shows that in 2012 more than half of all fast-food restaurants in the US were limited-service franchise restaurants, accounting for almost 70 percent of sales and 73 percent of employment within the entire category. This year, the Franchise Business Economic Outlook predicted franchise sector GDP will reach $451 billion (roughly 3% of US total GDP).

Added Khoury: “As more people engage with brands on the top social and local review sites, the need for brands to have an enterprise tool that enables them to more efficiently and intelligently manage these opportunities at scale becomes that much more critical. While sites like Facebook have been prioritizing local pages to help businesses regain some of the reach and engagement lost from organic traffic, most companies don’t yet have a holistic management solution like ours to manage and maintain an engaged community at that brand-defining local level.”

SOCi’s Series B funding follows Entrepreneur Magazine’s announcement of the company as one of the top suppliers for franchises in 2018, the magazine’s “first-ever ranking of the companies that help franchises thrive.” Compiled through franchisor surveys and supplier-specific scores, the rankings touch upon seven categories: accounting, banking/financing, legal services, marketing, merchant services, other technology services and public relations. First for social media and reputation management, SOCi was also seventh out of 15 companies listed in the marketing category.

The announcement also comes on the heels of another quarter of strong growth for SOCi, in which the company saw double-digit revenue growth among other notable accolades.

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About SOCi
#60 on the 2018 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing companies in America, SOCi is the leading social media and reputation management platform built to address the complex needs of highly visible Multi-Location businesses. An award-winning leader in the industry, SOCi has pioneered more than a dozen unique marketing tools to help multi-location brands oversee, maintain, and protect their brand at the national level, while simultaneously scaling presence across hundreds, sometimes thousands, of local pages. For more information on how SOCi can fuel the success of your social media channels while protecting what matters most--your online reputation--visit http://www.meetsoci.com.

About Vertical Venture Partners
Vertical Venture Partners (VVP) is a venture capital firm focused on investments in companies that target vertical markets. Some vertical markets of interest include: Real Estate, Retail, Healthcare, Transportation, Insurance, Financial Services and Energy. Some technology areas of interest include: analytical applications, cloud applications, mobile, CRM, cyber-security and software infrastructure. Vertical Venture Partners will invest at any stage of a company's growth and can help companies accelerate their business. For more information, interested parties may visit http://www.vvp.vc.

About Grayhawk Capital
Grayhawk Capital is a premier venture capital firm that lends its Partners expertise and management excellence to outstanding early and growth stage companies. Along with experience managing ten separate venture funds, totaling more than $525 million with a collective 80+ years of experience, Grayhawk's team is well versed in their investment sectors, including: mobile computing, cloud/SaaS, security, enterprise and application software, business intelligence, healthcare IT, and Fintech. Grayhawk's investment philosophy has remained tried and true throughout the years. Their consistent focus has been to target serial entrepreneurs and exceptional management teams. They are acutely aware of dynamic, rapidly growing technology markets and innovative and disruptive products. Grayhawk Capital is passionate about identifying talent, developing leaders and scaling a business. To learn more about Grayhawk Capital, visit http://grayhawkcapital.us.

About Blossom Street Ventures
We focus on companies with $2mm+ of run-rate revenue and year over year growth of 50%+. We value founders that are cash efficient, scrappy, and pragmatic. We’ll invest anywhere in the US or Canada, especially in markets most venture capital firms overlook. We prefer leading $1mm to $5mm Series A or B rounds, but can also follow. We like plain-vanilla preferred stock in traditional growth rounds, inside rounds, recaps, and restructurings. We’re currently investing out of our 5th fund and our check is $1mm. We can commit to a deal in as little as 4 weeks. Our portfolio is diverse and includes HR software, app tech, parking, sales/marketing software, apps, greeting cards, dating, e-commerce, and healthcare software. We welcome cold emails so reach out any time to sammy(at)blossomstreetventures.com.

About Tallwave Capital
Tallwave Capital is an early-stage venture capital firm focused on B2B software and technology companies. Headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, Tallwave Capital invests in scrappy founders across the Southwest, Mountain West, and West Coast with a working product, market validation, and a big vision. Additional information about Tallwave Capital is available at: http://tallwavecapital.com.

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