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After winning five more local and national awards for creative and marketing excellence in November, BusinessVoice’s capacity for humility is being pushed to its limits. The agency won twice at the recent MarCom Awards and three times at The Association for Women in Communication’s Crystal Awards ceremony.
“It’s very difficult to stay humble at a time like this,” said Bob Modest, BusinessVoice’s Vice President of Humility. “Our entire staff is fighting the temptation to break into fits of loud, whooping laughter and celebratory fist-pumping. I sent a memo discouraging those types of outbursts, but there’s only so much I can do. If we can all just keep a lid on our intense glee for the next 36 hours, I’m sure that any need we may feel to run through the streets and set fire to cars will pass.”
The MarCom Awards is an international competition for marketing and communication professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of marketing and communication programs and print, visual and audio materials. The Crystal Awards honor the year’s finest communication work from Northwest Ohio. The event is presented by the Toledo Chapter of The Association for Women In Communication.
WantToTeach.com has named the Toledo Public Schools’ website as “one of the top ten public school websites in the nation for 2008.” The site was created by the Website Design and Development division of BusinessVoice, a Toledo marketing agency.
WantToTeach.com is the country’s premier website for the posting of teacher and school administrator job openings. Each year the company awards its Golden Apple to the top ten public school websites in the United States. Judging is based on the following criteria:
- Functionality - Useful information and ease of access
- Design - A “look-and-feel” that communicates a sense of pride in the school
- Imagination - The site’s creativity and uniqueness
- Timeliness - The relevance of the site’s content to current users
The WantToTeach.com judges noted that they were “particularly impressed with the clean, fresh look” of the “all-around high quality” website.
“We didn’t feel too bad when we weren’t nominated for an Oscar again this year,” said BusinessVoice president Jerry Brown. “After all, we don’t make movies. Never have.” But Brown’s agency did win three Addy Awards at the Advertising Club of Toledo’s award ceremony, held last night (2/21) at the Owens Community College Center for Fine and Performing Arts.
BusinessVoice, which was also shut out at the recent Grammy Awards, Golden Globes and Emmys, People’s Choice Awards, Screen Actors Guild and Directors Guild Awards, ESPYs, CMAs, and MTV Movie Awards, was honored with one Gold and two Silver Addy Awards for On Hold Messaging it created for two area clients – Amazing Space and The Kellermeyer Company. Their in-house web division received an Honorable Mention for its creation of the Tuffy Auto Service Centers website.
“I know we work in marketing,” said Brown, “but after our Addy wins here tonight, I think we’ve got a real shot at the Stanley Cup.”
BusinessVoice is pleased to announce its recent win of a 2007 MarCom Gold Award. The company would also like to apologize for its staff’s overzealous behavior in the wake of the victory.
“We’ve won several dozen awards for creative and marketing excellence,” said BusinessVoice president Jerry Brown sheepishly, “but this is our first MarCom Gold Award, so I guess the staff was extra excited.”
In joyous celebration, BusinessVoice employees danced the night away to hot jazz played on a hand-cranked record machine. They shot off fireworks in small, contained areas; recited off-color limericks; arm wrestled; juggled small axes; and challenged one another to hard cider guzzling contests. And that was just the women.
BusinessVoice received the MarCom Gold award for a self-promotional On Hold Messaging production called “The Ball Game,” a humorous take on a baseball game between the Glass City Shards and the Johnstown Donkeys.
“We hope our tomfoolery has in no way tarnished the reputation of the MarCom Awards,” said Brown. “I’d sooner eat a corn cob pipe from stem to bowl than besmirch their good name.” The MarCom Awards is an international creative competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by marketing and communication professionals. More than 5,000 entries were received this year.
Our name was called three times at this year’s Crystal Awards ceremony, presented by The Association of Women In Communication.
Our team was honored with a Crystal Award for their creation of the Tuffy Auto Service Centers website. They received a second Crystal for their work on the Catholic Diocese of Toledo / Office of Vocations site, and they won a Merit Award for their creation of BusinessVoice.com.
BusinessVoice also accepted a Crystal Award for its entry titled “Farmer Brown,” a humorous, self-promotional On Hold Messaging production. The winning entry features, among others, a message about a farmer who grows marketing services as if they were crops.
BusinessVoice is a Point-Of-Entry Marketing agency that provides On Hold Messaging, Point-Of-Purchase Audio Marketing, Website Design & Development, and many other services. The agency helps companies focus their marketing messages on their existing and potential customers.
Mearl Sutton, Director of National Accounts for BusinessVoice, has been elected to the On Hold Messaging Association’s (OHMA) Board of Directors for a two-year term. Board members, who oversee the organization’s strategic goals and direction, also chair one of OHMA’s key committees. Sutton will lead the marketing committee as part of his duties.
“I am going to use my abilities and my position on the OHMA Board to raise the bar for the entire On Hold Messaging industry,” said Sutton. “And as our own standards rise, both clients and OHMA member companies will reap the benefits.”
BusinessVoice is one of the nation’s leading providers of On Hold Messaging, a service that combines music with customized messages to inform, entertain, and market to a company’s callers on hold. As the agency’s Director of National Accounts, Sutton helps multi-location companies recognize the benefits of the service, and designs customized programs for clients.
“With the On Hold Messaging we create for our clients, BusinessVoice makes marketing impressions on more than 100 million people per year,” says Sutton. “On Hold Messaging can create a lot of opportunities for organizations of any size, and I’m proud to be with both the agency and the association that are driving the industry.”
OHMA is an international association that serves clients and member companies in several countries around the world. It exists to promote the marketing benefits of On Hold Messaging and encourage high industry standards. BusinessVoice has been an active member of OHMA since 2001.
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BusinessVoice took a lot of people out to the ball park this year...and they’ve been rewarded for their efforts.
When the agency’s callers were put on hold this past summer they thought they were hearing a rather unusual radio broadcast of a baseball game between the Glass City Shards and the Johnstown Donkeys. In reality, they were listening to a humorous On Hold Messaging production, a marketing piece that last night received the Crystal Award of Excellence from the Toledo Chapter of Women In Communication.
“We’ve had great success mixing humor with theatre of the mind,” said Scott Greggory, BusinessVoice Creative Director and the writer, producer and play-by-play voices of the award-winning production. “Callers don’t expect to hear humor while on hold. It takes them by surprise, gives them a good laugh and lowers their defenses. That makes them more receptive to the marketing message.”
Listen to “The Ball Game,” the latest award-winning OHM production from BusinessVoice.
BusinessVoice is a multi-award-winning Point-Of-Entry Marketing agency specializing in On Hold Messaging, Web Audio Messaging and Point-Of-Purchase Audio Marketing for nearly 6,000 clients throughout North America. An active member of the On Hold Messaging Association, BusinessVoice was founded in 1989.
BusinessVoice was well represented at the 6th annual On Hold Messaging Association Conference, held March 13 - 15 in San Diego, California. All of the agency’s directors attended the 3-day event, which focused on new technologies, sales and marketing. Representing BusinessVoice were:
- Jerry Brown, BusinessVoice President and 2005-2006 OHMA Chairman
- Mearl Sutton, Director of Sales & Marketing
- Valerie Likens, Director of National Account Fulfillment
- Scott Greggory, Creative Director
BusinessVoice has been an active member of OHMA since its inception in 2001. The association exists to promote the marketing benefits of On Hold Messaging and encourage high industry standards.
Founded in 1989, BusinessVoice is a multi-award-winning Point-Of-Entry Marketing agency specializing in On Hold Messaging, Point-Of-Purchase Audio, TeleGreeting and Web Audio Messaging for nearly 6,000 clients throughout North America.
Two-time U.S. Women's Open champion and defending Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic champ Meg Mallon paid a visit to the studios of BusinessVoice this week. BusinessVoice has provided the On Hold Messaging for the Farr tournament since 1999, and Ms. Mallon stopped by to record a portion of the new production.
"This is another example of how we can customize our clients' On Hold Messaging," said Mearl Sutton, BusinessVoice Director of Sales & Marketing. "Whether it's including a personal message from a company president or actual customer testimonials, we can incorporate audio elements that enhance the caller experience."
BusinessVoice is a multi-award-winning Point-of-Entry Audio Marketing agency that provides On Hold Messaging, Web Audio Messaging and Point-Of-Purchase Audio Marketing for nearly 6,000 clients throughout North America. An active member of the On Hold Messaging Association, BusinessVoice was founded in 1989.
BusinessVoice is pleased to announce the promotion of Mearl Sutton to the position of Director of Sales & Marketing. Sutton’s focus will be improving account management services to existing clients and attracting more “ideal clients,” larger, multi-location companies that BusinessVoice is uniquely suited to serving.
“Mearl has a long history with our company, primarily as a consultant,” said BusinessVoice founder and President Jerry Brown. “We are very excited to be working more closely with him, and very happy to offer him this promotion.”
BusinessVoice is a multi-award-winning Point-of-Entry Audio Marketing agency specializing in On Hold Messaging, Web Audio Messaging and Point-Of-Purchase Audio Marketing for nearly 6,000 clients throughout North America. A member of the On Hold Messaging Association, the agency was founded in 1989.