St. Petersburg, FL (September 7, 2011) – Kobie Marketing, a national leader in the loyalty marketing industry, has been recognized in the Gulf Coast Business Review’s 2011 Gulf Coast 500 rankings.
The Business Review annually ranks the top 500 companies from Tampa to Naples by their gross revenues. On this year’s list, which reflects 2010 fiscal year data, Kobie Marketing ranked No. 178.
Michael Hemsey, President of Kobie shared, “We are in business for only one reason: to drive incremental financial results for our clients from the programs Kobie supports. We accomplish this by engaging our client’s customers, connecting all the touch points of our client’s brand, and a relentless commitment to testing, learning and improving based on business results. Recognition by the business community of our innovation and success is gratifying, but helping our clients win in the competitive marketplace of today is what this company is all about.”
Recently, Kobie has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fasting growing companies in America and by the Tampa Bay Business Journal as one of 2011’s 50 fastest growing private companies in the region. The full-service loyalty marketing firm has achieved a three-year sales growth of 86% and continues to gain new clients at an exceptionally fast pace.
Founded in St. Petersburg in the late 1980’s, the company has long been recognized in the highly specialized field of loyalty marketing as a technology innovator who enables and unleashes the power of its associates to drive business results for clients. “Kobie has emerged as the fastest growing loyalty marketing company in America because of our relentless focus on delivering truly loyal brand champions who buy more and inspire others to adopt our client’s brand. The passion and dedication of our staff coupled with our unmatched loyalty management software – Alchemy™ – is critical to our success,” said Bram Hechtkopf, VP of Marketing and Business Development at Kobie Marketing.
About Kobie Marketing
For over 20 years, Kobie has been a recognized leader in the loyalty marketing industry. Through award-winning loyalty marketing campaigns and continuous reinvention of how firms execute effective programs, Kobie’s clients enjoy incremental revenue, product and household penetration, and brand advocacy.
Today, Kobie Marketing leads the loyalty marketing industry with a relentless focus on delivering the best customer experience, through proprietary technologies and award-winning campaigns. Kobie Marketing is spearheading the mobile loyalty revolution with its Social Media, SMS, MMS and Mobile Application loyalty solutions. Kobie manages loyalty management programs for many of the world’s most successful brands: AMC Entertainment, Bank of America, Barnes & Noble, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Comcast Corporation, Hawaiian Airlines, Royal Bank of Canada, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon Communications. More information is available at www.kobie.com.
About the Gulf Coast 500
The Gulf Coast 500 is the most comprehensive list on the Gulf Coast by including companies in eight counties. The main list ranks the 500 largest companies by gross revenues for consistency and comparability.
Industries that have high pass-through revenues, such as Realtors, mortgage brokers, insurance and advertising agencies, are asked to exclude revenue that doesn’t remain in the company. The above industries were asked to report gross commissions, and PEOs were asked to report gross leased billings.
Information for the Gulf Coast 500 and its supporting lists was gathered from the Yahoo! Finance, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Hoover’s Inc., the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., and interviews and surveys with the companies.
In addition to revenues for 2010 and 2009, the list provides other information on each company, including the number of full-time employees, the year founded or incorporated, the top executive, line of business and of course, valuable contact information.
Two digital versions of the lists are available for purchase on the Business Review’s website at http://www.review.net/gc500. These allow companies to sort, merge and manipulate the information as they wish.