Acquires hearforward® to Expand Capabilities in Social Media Promotions and Analytics

Aug 20, 2012, 08:30 ET from

BURLINGTON, Vt., Aug. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --, the global leader in online marketing solutions for the automotive industry, has acquired selected assets of Hurley and Frank Industries, Inc. (dba hearforward®), a Burlington-based firm that develops, executes and measures social media promotional campaigns. The acquisition closed August 17; terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Hearforward's talented and creative team leverages deep knowledge of the direct marketing and social media space to help its clients develop, launch and execute successful social media campaigns. With a data-first approach, the company is able to measure and tune its clients' campaigns to maximize the reach of their message and deliver unprecedented insight into the return on their investment. Hearforward has worked with several renowned and global brands including Pepsi, National Hockey League, Green Mountain Coffee, Seventh Generation and King Arthur Flour.

"This strategic acquisition supports our commitment to helping our clients leverage social media to run their dealerships more profitably, while enhancing customer engagement at the same time," said Rick Gibbs, President and Chief Technology Officer, "The hearforward team's experience developing highly successful and effective social media campaigns is demonstrated by their work with some of the world's most respected brands, and we are excited to bring this expertise in-house to help deliver similar value to our automotive customers."

As part of the transaction, Sean Hurley, Partner and CEO at hearforward, will join as Director, Social and Marketing Analytics.  

About is a leader in automotive digital marketing solutions - serving automotive retailers, manufacturers and media companies worldwide. The company's innovative, award-winning digital marketing and advertising platform helps significantly lower the cost of customer acquisition, enhancing dealers' efficiency and profitability. The company employs over 600 people in its Burlington, VT, and Manhattan Beach, CA, offices.'s commitment to employee health and wellness makes it one of the country's most desirable places to work, and in 2011 was named best overall company in the U.S. at the American Business Awards for companies with under 2,500 employees. For more information, visit

Alison von Puschendor