From startup to No. 294 on Inc. 500’s list of the country’s fastest-growing private companies in seven busy years: the latest Intelliseek milestone
CINCINNATI, Ohio (Oct. 20, 2004) — Intelliseek Inc., a marketing intelligence firm that provides technology-driven solutions to measure and analyze online word-of-mouth behavior for marketing and advertising professionals, has placed 294th on Inc. magazine’s 2004 list of the country’s 500 fastest growing, privately held companies.
Intelliseek’s first-ever inclusion on the prestigious Inc. 500 list comes on the heels of its most successful year to date and validates the company’s ongoing technological innovations, marketplace strength and business vision, said Intelliseek CEO Mahendra B. Vora.
“This kind of national recognition is testament to the hard work, creativity, entrepreneurial thinking and sheer determination that have shaped Intelliseek’s expertise in the fields of technology-enabled consumer listening and marketing intelligence,” said Vora. “All of our employees, investors, stakeholders and clients share in this recognition, and we plan to build on this momentum for even greater success.”
Inc. describes the 2004 list as “the leading barometer of entrepreneurial vitality in the U.S.” Companies were chosen based on total net sales from 2000-2003 — an era, the magazine’s editors point out, marked by the Internet boom and crash of 2000, a 2001 recession, and ongoing corporate and industrial restructuring nationwide. Intelliseek was listed among Advertising/Marketing companies, with a 123% annual growth rate and 493% total growth since its founding in 1997.
Intelliseek was founded as a technology company focused on better solutions to search the Internet for difficult-to-find information. Through its merger with PlanetFeedback.com in 2001 and acquisition of key technology assets (ProFusion.com in 2000; Opion and CoreIntellect in 2002), Intelliseek has merged as a technology-powered marketing intelligence company.
Its flagship solution, BrandPulse(TM), discovers, mines and analyzes the vast amount of unsolicited but insight-rich consumer opinion and feedback found on the Internet’s public discussion boards, forums, blogs, and review/ratings sites (so-called “consumer-generated media”) for near real-time marketing intelligence.
Bolstered by the natural-language-processing and machine-learning solutions developed at Intelliseek’s Applied Research Center in Pittsburgh, the company’s technologies also analyze companies’ internal customer data (e-mails, surveys, warranty claims, etc.) and relate it to external online data to provide a 360-view of the voice of the consumer.
“We couldn’t be happier about Intelliseek’s inclusion on Inc.’s list of top small companies,” said Rich Kiley, interim director of CincyTech USA, the technology initiative of the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce. “It’s well deserved recognition for a great group of people driving strong progress in the marketplace. It’s also a stellar example of the critical importance of technology-based, entrepreneurial companies like Intelliseek for strenghtening our regional economic growth.”
Barbara Aras, executive director of Cincinnati’s Main Street Ventures, described Intelliseek as a “flagship, high-growth company” that continues to stimulate technological growth in the Cincinnati area.
Intelliseek’s clients include Ford Motor Company, Sony Electronics, Yahoo!, Gateway, American Honda Motor Co., Jaguar Cars North America, Microsoft, Nokia, Philips Consumer Electronics North America, Procter & Gamble, Toyota Motor Sales, Tracfone, and Volvo Cars of North America.
About Intelliseek (http://www.intelliseek.com)
Intelliseek provides technology solutions that help marketers derive intelligence
from numerous data sources, including internal CRM systems and the growing amount of consumer-generated media (CGM) found in online discussion forums, message boards, review sites and blogs. Its flagship BrandPulse(TM) solution identifies and measures CGM, creating actionable insights for brand and marketing managers, product researchers, strategists, PR and advertising professionals. Intelliseek maintains headquarters in Cincinnati with offices in New York, California and Washington D.C., and an Applied Research Center in Pittsburgh.