GOLD 2020 Stevie® Award Winner – Our First Award!

[TORONTO, ONTARIO] – May 18, 2020 – GROUNDHOGG™ INC was named the winner of a GOLD Stevie® Award in the TECH START UP OF THE YEAR – SOFTWARE category in The 18th Annual American Business Awards® today.

“I feel this is a hugely important win for WordPress developers as a whole. It clearly demonstrates recognition for innovation in the open source sector. It’s a win for our community!”

Adrian Tobey, CEO Groundhogg Inc.

Groundhogg™ offers a new approach to CRM & Marketing automation for WordPress users. The new solution makes CRM and Marketing Automation tools easily accessible for small to large businesses who prefer an integrated approach to marketing and CRM. With fewer moving parts, easy adoption and competitive pricing, it has many advantages over legacy SaaS providers – for both marketers and users – that translate into reduced complexity, enhanced reliability and big savings.

More than 3,600 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Startup of the Year, Executive of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Marketing Campaign of the Year, Live Event of the Year, and App of the Year, among others.  GROUNDHOGG™ INC was nominated in the TECH START UP OF THE YEAR – SOFTWARE category. 

Nancy Houle, Partner Manager for Groundhogg™ Inc. could barely contain her excitement. “It’s been amazing”, she declared. “We started with zero customers just over 18 months ago, and now Groundhogg™ has over 1000 installations and is used in 30 countries.  We compete with many of the largest players in the CRM and marketing automation industry and the response to our software and service has been overwhelmingly positive. The message I am hearing is very clear; Groundhogg™ is doing something very innovative with clear advantages that can support new innovation. As a young company, this is invaluable feedback.”

GROUNDHOGG™ INC is a software development company which specializes in Marketing Automation, CRM and related products designed for WordPress. The company has achieved significant milestones and success in a short span of time. It has attracted more than 1000 users from 30+ countries, offers training through Groundhogg™ Academy and has 35 certified partners around the world helping customers implement proven marketing and CRM tools. 

Adrian Tobey, Founder and CEO comments “Groundhogg’s growth has only been possible because of its dedicated users. They work so hard to find and bring our attention to the continued progress they need and want. They guide us on how to create better user experiences and the product improvements they require to succeed. Without our community, it would be impossible to grow. We’re grateful that they push us to achieve higher standards.  Clearly the WordPress community has responded very well to Groundhogg’s value proposition and I am delighted that Groundhogg can contribute to their story as well. This award is really a nod to them”

The judges score submissions based on market acceptance, strength of value proposition, innovation, company growth and product design. Judges are also encouraged to give feedback on submissions which included

Here are the notes from judges:

The American Business Awards are the U.S.A.’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. 

 “Despite the toughest business conditions in memory, American organizations continue to demonstrate their commitment to innovation, creativity, and bottom-line results, This year’s Stevie-winning nominations are full of inspiring stories of persistence, ingenuity, resourcefulness, and compassion.  We celebrate all of their stories and look forward to showcasing them during our virtual awards ceremony on August 5.”

Stevie Awards president Maggie Gallagher

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of 2020 Stevie winners are available at    

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Adrian Tobey

Adrian is the founder and lead developer of Groundhogg. He believes that marketing automation should be simple and accessible so any business can use it to grow.

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