CHICAGO, Sept. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Local Viewpoints is the gold-star winner of the Austin edition of BIA/Kelsey's LOCAL Liftoff Awards, the preeminent awards for local digital media and marketing startups.
A field of ten startups from BIA/Kelsey's LEADING IN LOCAL Future Stars program competed during the LEADING IN LOCAL: SMB Digital Marketing conference, Sept. 11-13, in Austin TX. An initial round of voting by conference attendees narrowed the field to three finalists (Local Viewpoints, Local Brain and UpRing), which competed on stage in a "Shark Tank" style demo session, featuring probing questions from BIA/Kelsey's Michael Boland and guest judges Randy Parker, CEO of PagePart and Founder of Constant Contact, and Dave Walker, CEO of BizHive.
"It's especially gratifying to win an award from BIA/Kelsey, as it offers the best perspective on product market fit due to an extensive history analyzing this market," says Gib Olander, CEO and Founder of Local Viewpoints.
"We wish to congratulate Local Viewpoints on its impressive win," said Michael Boland, VP of Content and senior analyst, BIA/Kelsey. "The Future Stars program and the LOCAL Liftoff Awards bring a new dimension to our coverage of the latest innovations in local digital media and marketing for conference attendees and the industry at large."
UpRing took second place. And Austin's own Local Brain rounded out the top three, earning bronze.
About Local Viewpoints
LOCAL VIEWPOINTS collects, analyzes and publishes customer feedback from brick-and-mortar businesses. The technology lets merchants produce actionable customer insights and attract new customers. Local Viewpoints is a software-as-service company, selling a mobile-first, location specific customer feedback and review platform to businesses.
About the LEADING IN LOCAL Future Stars and LOCAL Liftoff Awards
The LEADING IN LOCAL Future Stars program recognizes early stage companies that are focused on developing the next wave of local digital media and marketing solutions. The program offers qualified startups access to digital media leaders, influencers and investors through a conference participation package that includes recognition during the conference and entry into the LOCAL Liftoff Awards competition.
BIA/Kelsey advises companies in the local media space through consulting and valuation services, research, custom advisory services and conferences. Since 1983, BIA/Kelsey has been a resource to the media, mobile advertising, telecommunications, Yellow Pages and electronic directory markets, as well as to government agencies, law firms and investment companies on trends and revenue drivers.
Contact: Gib Olander 312-725-4146
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