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Contact At Once! Ranked Number 94 Fastest Growing Company in North America on Deloitte’s 2012 Technology Fast 500™

Attributes 1,298 Percent Revenue Growth to Rapid Adoption of Live Chat in Advertising

Contact At Once! today announced it ranked 94th on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America. Contact At Once! grew 1,298 percent during this period.

Contact At Once! chief executive officer, John Hanger, credits the rapid adoption of live chat in ads, particularly in key industries including automotive and real estate, with the company’s 1,298 percent revenue growth. He said, “Putting live chat in online ads improves conversion because shoppers increasingly prefer instant communication over traditional lead form submission, especially when shopping for cars, apartments, and homes.”

“We are proud to honor the 2012 Technology Fast 500™ companies, and commend them for their outstanding growth,” said Eric Openshaw, vice chairman, Deloitte LLP and U.S. technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) leader.  “These ground-breaking companies have outpaced their competition and are reinventing the way we do business today.”

“The companies on the Fast 500 list are among those that have demonstrated remarkable innovation, creativity and business savvy,” said Bill Ribaudo partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP and national TMT leader for audit and enterprise risk services (AERS). “As a result, these companies have continued to successfully forge ahead in a challenging economic environment. We applaud the leadership and employees of Contact At Once! for this impressive accomplishment.”

About Deloitte’s 2012 Technology Fast 500™
Technology Fast 500, conducted by Deloitte & Touche LLP, provides a ranking of the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies – both public and private – in North America. Technology Fast 500 award winners are selected based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth from 2007 to 2011.

In order to be eligible for Technology Fast 500 recognition, companies must own proprietary intellectual property or technology that is sold to customers in products that contribute to a majority of the company’s operating revenues. Companies must have base-year operating revenues of at least $50,000 USD or CD, and current-year operating revenues of at least $5 million USD or CD. Additionally, companies must be in business for a minimum of five years, and be headquartered within North America.

ABOUT CONTACT AT ONCE!
Contact At Once! pioneered the use of live chat in advertising, enabling more connections between online shoppers and businesses.  More than 10,000 users of automotive chat, apartment chat and Real Estate chat rely on Contact At Once! to drive incremental sales opportunities from their websites and increase the return on advertising investments.  For more information, visit www.contactatonce.com.

Aaron Hassen

Aaron Hassen

Lead evangelist for the #1 rated live chat and mobile text provider, Contact At Once!. His passion for merchant-to-consumer communications began in 2004 when he founded a locally successful online and print classified advertising company. After selling the company to a competitor in 2008, Aaron went on to lead the marketing departments of several high-performing (INC 500, Deloitte Fast 500) technology firms. In 2010, Aaron took on the role of Director of Marketing for Contact At Once! and, alongside VP of Sales, Ed Parkinson, began educating the automotive marketplace about the benefits of instant communication with shoppers. Today, it is estimated that approximately 40% of auto dealerships include live chat on their websites, an increase of nearly 28% from 2010.

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