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Kentico Awards "2014's Site of the Year" to Tea Experts, Twinings (PR Newswire)

NASHUA, N.H., March 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —  Kentico Software, the web content and Customer Experience Management provider, today named Twinings  as 2014’s Site of the Year.

Shortlisted by Kentico executives and voted for online by the public, The Kentico Site of the Year Awards seeks out the best implementations from the thousands of websites launched worldwide by their 1,100 global partners. There are winners across 13 key categories, as well as an overall global winner.

This year, the accolade of Global Winner went to beloved international tea experts, Twinings. Built by UK based agency Ridgeway, both Twinings’ trade and consumer sites are managed under a single Kentico login. The website layers an easy-to-maintain Content Management System with e-commerce functionality and Kentico’s Enterprise Marketing Solution to reduce time to manage and maximize customer engagement. Working in line with 3 rd party systems for enterprise planning and delivery, Kentico offers an end-to-end efficiency that is truly showcasing why Kentico is becoming the platform of choice for e-commerce clients.

“We are thrilled by the recognition and very proud of the hard work that Twinings, Ridgeway and Kentico have put into making this an e-commerce system for others to aspire to,” said Simon Lassam, Managing Director at Ridgeway. “Only the Kentico system would have allowed us to translate Twinings’ ambitious business goals into fully supported technical solutions that look stunning and are easy for the e-commerce team to manage.”

The website showcases Twinings’ extensive range of teas, confectionery and giftware with stunning photography through responsive, mobile optimized design to ensure it offers a compelling e-commerce experience for their loyal customers across devices. Behind the scenes, Twinings can not only easily manage promotions, but use the analytics and multi-variate testing tools to ensure that their content is completely optimized for maximum sales.

In the site’s first month of going live, transactions, revenue and number of page views have all significantly increased, resulting in an overall increase in loyalty and sales.

Other Kentico winners include DATA, Inc. for the site it developed for The National MS Society, which won both Best Nonprofit Organization Site and Largest Site, as well as Australia-based Get Started, which was awarded for both Metricon Home Builders (Best Consumer Goods Site) and Deakin University Student Association (Best Education Site).

“Judging by all of this year’s Site of the Year entries, this was an especially exciting year for web development and a difficult one to judge,” said Petr Palas, CEO and founder of Kentico. “Ridgeway should be very proud of the compelling, personalized, and unified experience they created for Twinings’ loyal customers—just as we’re proud that we were able to provide them with everything that they needed under one system at a reasonable cost.”

The complete list of 2014 winners:

Standard categories (selected by public voting):

Best Business Services Site:

Two Men and a Truck (Create Studios, Australia)

Best Community/Social Media Site:

SPAR Inspiration (Clyral, South Africa)

Best Consumer Goods Site:

Metricon Home Builders (Get Started, Australia)

Best E-commerce Site:

Twinings (Ridgeway, UK)

Best Education Site:

Deakin University Student Association (Get Started, Australia)

Best Financial Services Site:

Audi Finance (Adrenalin Media, Australia)

Best Food and Beverage Site:

Mr Kipling (Monochrome Ltd, UK)

Best Government and Municipal Site:

Monteleone di Spoleto Eventi (KB Solutions, Italy)

Best Healthcare Site:

University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC Web Services, US)

Best Mobile Site:            

DuoCircle (4Hilton, US)

Best Travel/Events Site:

Amelia Island (SilverTech, Inc., US)

Best Nonprofit Organization Site:

The National MS Society (DATA, Inc., US)

Best Graphic Design:

Oxfordshire Business Awards (Ridgeway, UK)



Special categories (selected by Kentico):

Best Cloud Deployment:

IMG Models (Bit-Wizards, US)

Best Integration:

National Lottery Ireland (i3 Digital Ltd, Ireland)

Best Kentico EMS Implementation:

Ksiegarnia Swietego Wojciecha (Bookstore of St. Adalbert) (Supremo, Poland)  

Best Migration:

Move and Improve (Lighthouse Web Solutions, US)

Best Intranet:

Translink Intranet (Joost) (TrueLime, Netherlands)

Largest Site:

The National MS Society (DATA, Inc., US)

For more on the Kentico Site of the Year Awards, click here.

For a case study on the Twinings project, click here.

About Kentico
Kentico brings smart integrated digital marketing to businesses of all sizes with a comprehensive suite of solutions. With Kentico’s Web Content Management, Online Marketing, E-commerce, Online Communities, and Intranet & Collaboration solutions, clients can deliver superior cross-channel customer experiences across all devices. Based on the Microsoft .NET platform, Kentico comes with 450 web parts and fully documented API and is available on-premise or in the cloud. Flexible, robust and scalable, Kentico delivers right-first-time technology, out-of-the-box speed and affordable sophistication to help customers meet their goals faster and more profitably.

About Kentico Software
Founded in 2004, Kentico is headquartered in the Czech Republic with offices in the US, UK, and Australia. A Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with 1,100 digital agency partners, Kentico powers more than 18,000 websites in 90 countries. Customers include Bacardi; Great British Chefs; Gibson; Mazda; Microsoft; Mighty River Power; Run and Become; Sony; Vodafone.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

www.kentico.com

Media Contact:

Chris Blake
MSR Communications
Phone: +1-415-989-9000
E-mail: Kentico@msrcommunications.com

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Kentico Awards "2014's Site of the Year" to Tea Experts, Twinings (PR Newswire)

NASHUA, N.H., March 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —  Kentico Software, the web content and Customer Experience Management provider, today named Twinings  as 2014’s Site of the Year.

Shortlisted by Kentico executives and voted for online by the public, The Kentico Site of the Year Awards seeks out the best implementations from the thousands of websites launched worldwide by their 1,100 global partners. There are winners across 13 key categories, as well as an overall global winner.

This year, the accolade of Global Winner went to beloved international tea experts, Twinings. Built by UK based agency Ridgeway, both Twinings’ trade and consumer sites are managed under a single Kentico login. The website layers an easy-to-maintain Content Management System with e-commerce functionality and Kentico’s Enterprise Marketing Solution to reduce time to manage and maximize customer engagement. Working in line with 3 rd party systems for enterprise planning and delivery, Kentico offers an end-to-end efficiency that is truly showcasing why Kentico is becoming the platform of choice for e-commerce clients.

“We are thrilled by the recognition and very proud of the hard work that Twinings, Ridgeway and Kentico have put into making this an e-commerce system for others to aspire to,” said Simon Lassam, Managing Director at Ridgeway. “Only the Kentico system would have allowed us to translate Twinings’ ambitious business goals into fully supported technical solutions that look stunning and are easy for the e-commerce team to manage.”

The website showcases Twinings’ extensive range of teas, confectionery and giftware with stunning photography through responsive, mobile optimized design to ensure it offers a compelling e-commerce experience for their loyal customers across devices. Behind the scenes, Twinings can not only easily manage promotions, but use the analytics and multi-variate testing tools to ensure that their content is completely optimized for maximum sales.

In the site’s first month of going live, transactions, revenue and number of page views have all significantly increased, resulting in an overall increase in loyalty and sales.

Other Kentico winners include DATA, Inc. for the site it developed for The National MS Society, which won both Best Nonprofit Organization Site and Largest Site, as well as Australia-based Get Started, which was awarded for both Metricon Home Builders (Best Consumer Goods Site) and Deakin University Student Association (Best Education Site).

“Judging by all of this year’s Site of the Year entries, this was an especially exciting year for web development and a difficult one to judge,” said Petr Palas, CEO and founder of Kentico. “Ridgeway should be very proud of the compelling, personalized, and unified experience they created for Twinings’ loyal customers—just as we’re proud that we were able to provide them with everything that they needed under one system at a reasonable cost.”

The complete list of 2014 winners:

Standard categories (selected by public voting):

Best Business Services Site:

Two Men and a Truck (Create Studios, Australia)

Best Community/Social Media Site:

SPAR Inspiration (Clyral, South Africa)

Best Consumer Goods Site:

Metricon Home Builders (Get Started, Australia)

Best E-commerce Site:

Twinings (Ridgeway, UK)

Best Education Site:

Deakin University Student Association (Get Started, Australia)

Best Financial Services Site:

Audi Finance (Adrenalin Media, Australia)

Best Food and Beverage Site:

Mr Kipling (Monochrome Ltd, UK)

Best Government and Municipal Site:

Monteleone di Spoleto Eventi (KB Solutions, Italy)

Best Healthcare Site:

University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC Web Services, US)

Best Mobile Site:            

DuoCircle (4Hilton, US)

Best Travel/Events Site:

Amelia Island (SilverTech, Inc., US)

Best Nonprofit Organization Site:

The National MS Society (DATA, Inc., US)

Best Graphic Design:

Oxfordshire Business Awards (Ridgeway, UK)



Special categories (selected by Kentico):

Best Cloud Deployment:

IMG Models (Bit-Wizards, US)

Best Integration:

National Lottery Ireland (i3 Digital Ltd, Ireland)

Best Kentico EMS Implementation:

Ksiegarnia Swietego Wojciecha (Bookstore of St. Adalbert) (Supremo, Poland)  

Best Migration:

Move and Improve (Lighthouse Web Solutions, US)

Best Intranet:

Translink Intranet (Joost) (TrueLime, Netherlands)

Largest Site:

The National MS Society (DATA, Inc., US)

For more on the Kentico Site of the Year Awards, click here.

For a case study on the Twinings project, click here.

About Kentico
Kentico brings smart integrated digital marketing to businesses of all sizes with a comprehensive suite of solutions. With Kentico’s Web Content Management, Online Marketing, E-commerce, Online Communities, and Intranet & Collaboration solutions, clients can deliver superior cross-channel customer experiences across all devices. Based on the Microsoft .NET platform, Kentico comes with 450 web parts and fully documented API and is available on-premise or in the cloud. Flexible, robust and scalable, Kentico delivers right-first-time technology, out-of-the-box speed and affordable sophistication to help customers meet their goals faster and more profitably.

About Kentico Software
Founded in 2004, Kentico is headquartered in the Czech Republic with offices in the US, UK, and Australia. A Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with 1,100 digital agency partners, Kentico powers more than 18,000 websites in 90 countries. Customers include Bacardi; Great British Chefs; Gibson; Mazda; Microsoft; Mighty River Power; Run and Become; Sony; Vodafone.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

www.kentico.com

Media Contact:

Chris Blake
MSR Communications
Phone: +1-415-989-9000
E-mail: Kentico@msrcommunications.com

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Digital Media Leaders Joy Marcus And Sheila Marmon Join MOUSE Board Of Directors (PR Newswire)

NEW YORK, March 10, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —  MOUSE, a national youth development organization that empowers youth to learn, lead, and create with technology, announced today that Joy Marcus, CEO of Bloglovin‘, a fast-growing platform for fashion and lifestyle content, and Sheila Marmon, Founder and CEO of Mirror Digital, an interactive media and advertising company, have joined MOUSE’s Board of Directors.

“I am thrilled to welcome Joy and Sheila as new members to our Board,” said Amy Kadomatsu, Chair, MOUSE Board of Directors. “They bring vast experience in digital media and entrepreneurship, as well as a deep passion for increasing diversity in the technology workplace. I look forward to tapping their strategic visions as we grow the reach of MOUSE and inspire thousands more youth to pursue their interests in STEM and become our next generation of technology leaders.”

Marcus joined Bloglovin’ in January 2014 and is also a Venture Partner for Gotham Ventures, a NYC-based venture capital firm that’s focused on growing local technology startups. At Gotham, she led the firm’s investment in DailyWorth, a digital media company that targets professional women. Prior to joining Gotham, Marcus served as General Manager for video website Dailymotion and held senior positions at Time Warner (AOL), Barnes and Noble and MTV Networks (Viacom).

“From the early days of ‘Silicon Alley,’ I have admired MOUSE’s valuable contribution to the digital education of NYC’s youth, and now to young people across the country,” said Marcus.  

Marcus serves on the Board of Directors for a number of organizations: DailyWorth; Young Audiences New York, a non-profit that promotes arts education in NYC public schools and Hoops 4 Hope, which teaches life skills to children in South Africa and Zimbabwe. She is also a member of the Advisory Boards of Viewbix, an Israeli video commerce company; MeeGenius, a children’s e-book platform; Sedara Fund, a venture fund that’s based in Israel and the West Bank and Women 2.0, a Silicon Valley-based media company that targets women in technology.

Additionally, Marcus was named a “Woman to Watch” by Crain’s New York Business in 2014, one of the “Digital Power 50” by The Hollywood Reporter in 2009 and 2010 and one of the “Top 50 Most Powerful Working Mothers” by WorkingMom.com in 2013.

Sheila Marmon joins MOUSE as Founder & CEO of Mirror Digital, where she helps Fortune 500 brands to tap into the fastest growing U.S. consumer base – the multicultural market. Marmon has executed over 200 interactive campaigns in this space for clients that include General Motors, Sony Pictures, Verizon, Marriott, and Macy’s.

Marmon’s media career includes leadership roles in operations, new ventures and finance at both Time Warner and Morgan Stanley. One key to her success has been the union of broad operating experience and growth innovation, paired with her expertise in the multicultural consumer market.  

“MOUSE’s use of STEM education to ignite a passion in students from underserved communities was an immediate draw for me,” said Marmon. “It allows the organization to take an active role not only in young adults’ personal development but also in the development of their communities, both locally and around the globe. This is a mission that I share with MOUSE and strongly believe in.”

Marmon has been featured as a multicultural expert in the Financial Times and MediaPost and leading digital entrepreneur in Minority Business Entrepreneur magazine. She has also been published in the American Advertising Federation’s “Digital Resource Guide” and serves on the advisory board of technology startups Africa.com LLC and CrowdNoir.

Furthermore, Marmon serves as a Trustee for the Cate School in California, Founding Member of the Council of Urban Professionals and National Advisory Council of A Better Chance and Member of Calibr, an Executive Leadership Council (ELC) pipeline organization.

About MOUSE
MOUSE empowers underserved youth to learn, lead, and create with technology. Our programs inspire STEM learning and give youth the opportunity to become our next generation of technology leaders and innovators. Founded in 1997, MOUSE programs have had a positive and lasting impact on more than 27,000 students nationwide. Learn more about MOUSE at www.mouse.org.

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ThoughtWorks' Retail Business Announces Growth Plan for 2015 (PR Newswire)

LONDON, March 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — After 21 years as a successful technology-led business, co-founding Agile software practices, defining continuous delivery and more recently publishing  The Lean Enterprise, global IT innovation consultancy  ThoughtWorks is investing in a retail-focused future. Established just three years ago, ThoughtWorks’ Retail Business Unit reached $22 million in revenue at the end of 2014 in Europe and over $70m Globally. In Europe it has a growth plan to reach $40 million by 2016.

“We work with some of the best known brands in retail and plan to expand our global footprint even further,” said Mark Collin, Head of ThoughtWorks Retail Europe. “For years clients have turned to us with their major opportunities and challenges and we have tackled them using technology. In a world where it is hard to separate strategy and business planning from technology dependency, we know the time is right to add to our ‘tech at the core’ capability.”

In Europe, ThoughtWorks’ retail unit now spans the UK, Germany, Italy and Turkey. The company has built a retail team that represents the best in digital strategy, retail strategy, turnaround strategy, focused on positive business outcomes. It recently added a number of  respected industry figures to the team: Ruth Harrison (Selfridges, Coach, Estee Lauder); Kristine Kirby (Hackett, Monsoon Accesorize, zulily, Fat Face, Lipsy); Kai Perlinger (Global Head of Brand Marketing Operations & Event Retail – Puma); Matt Hildon (Digital Strategy Lead – The Co-operative Group, HBOS); Mark Brand (OC&C and Pragma Consulting); Bill McKimm (eCommerce specialist working for Tesco, EasyJet and B&Q amongst others), Martin Weisath (Partner at Putz&Partner Management Consultancy, Tchibo and BMW).

To mark this significant investment in the retail space, ThoughtWorks will exhibit at Retail Week Live for the first time, inviting attendees to see how ThoughtWorks’ advanced techniques improve the individual consumer retail journey, impacting top and bottom line performance. In addition, Mark Collin will host two sessions with retail clients John Crosby, VP of Product and Technology at Lastminute.com; and Andrew Rennie, CEO of Dominos Europe.

“ThoughtWorks has been a key player in the success of our customer loyalty program,” said Andrew Rennie, CEO of Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Europe. “The retail team’s innovative approach in applying technology to a specific retail challenge allowed us to engage with customers so effectively that it helped us to a 44.2% profit increase over the last financial half year. We look forward to continuing to work with ThoughtWorks as a Global Innovation Partner.”

About ThoughtWorks:
We are a software company and community of passionate, purpose-led individuals. We think disruptively to deliver technology that addresses our clients’ toughest challenges, all while seeking to revolutionize the IT industry and create positive social change. ThoughtWorks’ 3,000 professionals serve clients from offices in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Ecuador, Germany, India, Italy, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, Uganda, the United Kingdom and the United States. 

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ThoughtWorks' Retail Business Announces Growth Plan for 2015 (PR Newswire)

LONDON, March 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — After 21 years as a successful technology-led business, co-founding Agile software practices, defining continuous delivery and more recently publishing  The Lean Enterprise, global IT innovation consultancy  ThoughtWorks is investing in a retail-focused future. Established just three years ago, ThoughtWorks’ Retail Business Unit reached $22 million in revenue at the end of 2014 in Europe and over $70m Globally. In Europe it has a growth plan to reach $40 million by 2016.

“We work with some of the best known brands in retail and plan to expand our global footprint even further,” said Mark Collin, Head of ThoughtWorks Retail Europe. “For years clients have turned to us with their major opportunities and challenges and we have tackled them using technology. In a world where it is hard to separate strategy and business planning from technology dependency, we know the time is right to add to our ‘tech at the core’ capability.”

In Europe, ThoughtWorks’ retail unit now spans the UK, Germany, Italy and Turkey. The company has built a retail team that represents the best in digital strategy, retail strategy, turnaround strategy, focused on positive business outcomes. It recently added a number of  respected industry figures to the team: Ruth Harrison (Selfridges, Coach, Estee Lauder); Kristine Kirby (Hackett, Monsoon Accesorize, zulily, Fat Face, Lipsy); Kai Perlinger (Global Head of Brand Marketing Operations & Event Retail – Puma); Matt Hildon (Digital Strategy Lead – The Co-operative Group, HBOS); Mark Brand (OC&C and Pragma Consulting); Bill McKimm (eCommerce specialist working for Tesco, EasyJet and B&Q amongst others), Martin Weisath (Partner at Putz&Partner Management Consultancy, Tchibo and BMW).

To mark this significant investment in the retail space, ThoughtWorks will exhibit at Retail Week Live for the first time, inviting attendees to see how ThoughtWorks’ advanced techniques improve the individual consumer retail journey, impacting top and bottom line performance. In addition, Mark Collin will host two sessions with retail clients John Crosby, VP of Product and Technology at Lastminute.com; and Andrew Rennie, CEO of Dominos Europe.

“ThoughtWorks has been a key player in the success of our customer loyalty program,” said Andrew Rennie, CEO of Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Europe. “The retail team’s innovative approach in applying technology to a specific retail challenge allowed us to engage with customers so effectively that it helped us to a 44.2% profit increase over the last financial half year. We look forward to continuing to work with ThoughtWorks as a Global Innovation Partner.”

About ThoughtWorks:
We are a software company and community of passionate, purpose-led individuals. We think disruptively to deliver technology that addresses our clients’ toughest challenges, all while seeking to revolutionize the IT industry and create positive social change. ThoughtWorks’ 3,000 professionals serve clients from offices in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Ecuador, Germany, India, Italy, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, Uganda, the United Kingdom and the United States. 

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