#BizMadness Social Media Tournament (Vote For Your Favorite Brand)

The entries have been received and the participants selected so without further ado let’s let the voting begin.  Voting will take place between March 15th and April 4th with the top B2B and B2C brand vote getters receiving recognition and the opportunity to run one banner advertisement at no cost on Business 2 Community for one month.

In addition, we will be promoting this contest on Twitter using the hashtag #BizMadness.  We hope that you will participate by checking out the participants below and voting for the brand that you feel truly “gets” how to utilize social media.

Remember to vote early and often.

Cast your vote here!


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Category: B2B


Company: Cisco

Cisco is an American-based multinational corporation that designs and sells consumer electronics, networking, voice, and communications technology and services.

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Company: Harvard Business Review

The Harvard Business Review is one of three market groups from Harvard Business Publishing which was founded in 1994 as a not-for-profit, wholly owned subsidiary of Harvard University. Its mission is to improve the practice of management and its impact in a changing world.

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Company: Hoover’s

Hoover’s is the global leader in business information that provides its customers with insights and actionable information regarding 85 million people, 65 million companies and over 900 industry segments.  The company also offers powerful tools and mobile applications that its customers can use to find and connect with the right people to get business done.

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Company: Kuno Creative

Kuno Creative is a Certified HubSpot Partner and a leading inbound marketing agency. Since 2000, Kuno Creative has provided design and marketing services to a wide variety of industries across the U.S. and Canada. We are marketers, designers, social media enthusiasts and web experts. We work as a team on client projects and take pride in delivering results for our inbound marketing customers.

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Company: Practice Fusion

Practice Fusion provides the only free, web-based electronic health record (EHR) systems for doctors at small and medium practices. The move from paper files to electronic records qualifies doctors for $44,000 or more in economic stimulus incentives, while also increasing their data security and improving the quality of care they can provide to patients.

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Company: Kinaxis

Founded in 1995, Kinaxis delivers a robust enterprise application, RapidResponse, that enables manufacturers and brand owners to drive supply chain management (SCM) and sales and operations planning (S&OP) from a single system.

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Company: Clearspring Technologies

Clearspring Technologies is the leader in connecting publishers, services and advertisers to audiences on the social web.  Ranked #1 by comScore, Clearspring’s AddThis platform enables leading publishers like AOL, Demand Media, MySpace, and NBC to distribute and track digital content such as web pages, widgets, and videos to social networks, bookmarking sites, blogs, and more.  AddThis is used by over 1.5 million unique domains reaching over 1 billion unique users monthly.  Clearspring’s Audience Platform leverages aggregate data from AddThis to allow advertisers and publishers to reach these audiences by influence, interest and intent in real-time. – Founded in 2004, the company is privately held.

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Company: 451 Marketing

451 Marketing is an award-winning communications agency that specializes in public relations, social media marketing and search marketing. Based in Boston, 451 Marketing uses social media to build awareness, engage customers, create fan loyalty, and drive business through a cutting-edge integrated communications approach. Some of 451 Marketing’s clients include Yankee Candle, The Westin Copley Place, The Meat House, SVEDKA Vodka, Gentle Giant, Allstate Foundation, and Dancing Deer.

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Company: ETNA Software

ETNA Software is a technology solutions provider for capital markets, and has been operating internationally for more than ten years. We create custom trading software and capital market analysis tools for financial technology firms, retail brokers, market makers, exchanges and individual traders. Leveraging offshore or nearshore outsourcing allows our clients to optimize project budget, reduce expenses, and maximize both fiscal and organizational goals. ETNA Software is a proud member of FIX Protocol and our products received prestigious Barrons Magazine Awards.

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Company: Knovel

Knovel is a Web-based application integrating technical information with analytical and search tools to drive innovation and deliver answers engineers can trust.  Knovel has more than 600 customers worldwide including 73 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than 300 leading universities.

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Category: B2C


Company: Groupon

Launched in November 2008, Groupon features a daily deal on the best stuff to do, see, eat, and buy in more than 500 markets and 44 countries.

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Company: Quaker Steak & Lube

Today, “The Lube®” serves over 70 million wings annually, has bottled sauces for retail sale, has won the title of “Best Wings USA,” and has over 100 local, national, and international awards for their sauce recipes. Over 30 locations in multiple states across the US, “The Lube®” is still rescuing muscle cars, vintage cars, trucks and a vast selection of custom and antique motorcycles, giving them good homes hanging from the walls and ceilings in each restaurant.

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Company: Saladworks

Saladworks, the nation’s first and largest fresh-tossed salad franchise concept, operates over 100 franchise locations in 11 states. In addition to its existing stores, the chain currently has over 60 units in development across the country. Saladworks offers a fanatic’ly fresh menu of flavorful salads with signature dressings, proprietary soups, wraps, and Fusion and panini sandwiches. All of Saladworks’ signature salads average less than 300 calories. Saladworks was voted the nation’s number one salad franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine for 2009, 2010, and 2011.

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Company: Scottrade

Scottrade is a leading online investing firm operating in a heavily-regulated environment, yet it excels in social media. It is one of the few financial services firms currently actively communicating with investors and providing customer service through social networking communities and through social media outlets. The firm launched its new media room and associate-written blog earlier this year, and has long had a presence in social media networks. Social media is a key component of the firm’s relationship with its customers, and we have seen a direct correlation between interactions and the move to more positive posts over time.

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Company: Chili’s Grill & Bar

Chili’s Bar and Grill is a fun, fresh and flavorful restaurant. Chili’s is a great place to hang out with friends and family and enjoy a delicious meal. Chili’s offers a distinct, fresh, healthy mix of grilled American favorites prepared in a way that keeps folks coming back for more.

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Company: mypetED

MyPetED gives you quick access to all your pet care information in one handy spot and is a trusted home for everything related to your pet’s care and happiness.

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Company: thinkProducts

thinkProducts – All thinkThin natural snack bars are based on three key nutritional principles: reduced to no sugar, high protein, and gluten free. The thinkThin product family consists of nutritious and convenient natural snack bars that include ten flavors of thinkThin Protein Bars to satisfy the on-the-go, active lifestyle; three flavors of thinkThin Bites, a 100-calorie perfectly-portioned snack with five bars per box; and three flavors of thinkThin Crunch, a reduced sugar mixed nut bar for the entire family. thinkThin is the ideal solution for people who “think” about what they eat and care about a healthier way of life.

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Company: Roy’s Restaurant

In 1988, James Beard Award-winner Roy Yamaguchi opened the first Roy’s in Honolulu, Hawaii. Today there are 31 Roy’s locations around the world—23 in the continental U.S., six in Hawaii, one in Japan and one in Guam. The restaurant was designed around a unique experience through spacious dining rooms, an expansive lounge and Roy’s signature exhibition kitchen in full view.

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Company: Smilebooks

Smilebooks has software that allows individuals to produce custom high quality photo books. They provide a solution for individuals looking to “take their photos and turn them into treasured memories”

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Cast Your Vote!

#BizMadness - Category: B2B

  • ETNA Software (36%, 846 Votes)
  • Cisco (34%, 786 Votes)
  • Hoover’s (17%, 402 Votes)
  • Knovel (3%, 78 Votes)
  • Clearspring Technologies (3%, 75 Votes)
  • Kinaxis (3%, 62 Votes)
  • Harvard Business Review (2%, 47 Votes)
  • Kuno Creative (1%, 24 Votes)
  • 451 Marketing (1%, 12 Votes)
  • Practice Fusion (0%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,333


#BizMadness - Category: B2C

  • Quaker Steak & Lube (53%, 16,336 Votes)
  • mypetED (39%, 12,043 Votes)
  • Smilebooks (3%, 820 Votes)
  • Groupon (2%, 765 Votes)
  • thinkProducts (2%, 710 Votes)
  • Saladworks (1%, 178 Votes)
  • Scottrade (1%, 158 Votes)
  • Chili’s Grill & Bar (0%, 48 Votes)
  • Roy’s Restaurant (0%, 14 Votes)

Total Voters: 31,067

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