CHICAGO, April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Leapfrog Online has been selected as a finalist for the Trailblazer Award, a 2013 Illinois Technology Association (ITA) CityLIGHTS award. The award recognizes Leapfrog's innovations in digital marketing and its success in helping brands generate increased sales across all customer touch points, whether that be PC, mobile, tablet, or at retail outlets.
Winners will be announced at the CityLIGHTS Awards GalaThursday, May 9, 2013, in the Great Hall at Union Station in Chicago. The gala attracts more than 700 people representing 400 organizations – including business owners, investors, legislators and policymakers.
A panel of accomplished judges representing the "Who's Who" in Illinois technology reviewed nominations and selected the finalists. Judges hail from major organizations including Microsoft, University of Chicago, New World Ventures, Walgreens, and World Business Chicago. The list of past winners includes GrubHub.com, NAVTEQ, Model Metrics, Carole McCluskey of Coinstar/Redbox, and Braintree, among others.
"Leapfrog Online is proud to be a finalist for this year's ITA CityLIGHTS Trailblazer Award, which recognizes the key innovators in the region," said Dave Husain, co-founder of Leapfrog Online. "Being chosen as a finalist recognizes Leapfrog for pioneering a new digital agency model focused on driving true, measurable, bottom-line impact for Fortune 500 brands. We look forward to celebrating at the CityLIGHTS Awards Gala on May 9th," he said, "and also urge those who recognize our value to participate in the public voting," which will account for half of the ranking among the winners of CityLIGHTS awards.
Public voting is open from April 8–22, 2013. Winners will be determined by composite score (50 percent judges; 50 percent community voting) in all categories except the CityLIGHTS Award, which is determined solely by the ITA Board of Directors. Votes can be submitted through end of day on April 22, 2013.
"We are thrilled to host an event where some of the many accomplishments of the industry are recognized," said ITA President & CEO Fred Hoch. "Technology advancements affect every company, no matter the product or the industry. The need for companies to leverage the efficiencies offered through these new tools has never been more important, especially as they look to grow, attract and retain talent, and gain visibility. The Awards Gala is a celebration of the companies developing the technology and the companies utilizing it."
About Leapfrog Leapfrog Online, one of the largest digital marketing companies in the U.S., helps Fortune 500 brands uncover new customers and revenue by identifying and removing roadblocks to purchase across multiple marketing channels, including PC, tablet and mobile or at retail sites. Founded in 1995 and based in Chicago, Leapfrog Online works with companies in the financial services, telecommunications, automotive, home services, consumer packaged goods, and education industries using a unique value-based performance business model. For more on Leapfrog, please visit www.leapfrogonline.com.
About the ITA The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) is the driving force behind Illinois' vibrant technology industry. ITA's extensive lineup of curated member programs and services address three key critical areas: growth, talent, and visibility. By leveraging the connections and expertise of its more than 600 member companies representing a workforce that is 50,000 strong and growing, the ITA provides the ecosystem growing technology companies need to succeed. For more information, visit www.illinoistech.org, follow the ITA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/itabuzz, and view the ITA's Facebook profile at www.facebook.com/illinoistechnology.