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Cedar Rapids, Iowa, February 9, 2022

 

Hibu Inc. is pleased to announce that it has been named a Google 2022 Premier Partner. Premier Partner status is awarded annually to the top 3% of Google Partners in the US. This designation recognizes Hibu’s position as an industry leader – meeting Google’s stringent criteria for client growth and retention, campaign optimization and performance, product diversification, and top-tier expertise.

 

Hibu provides a full range of digital marketing solutions to small local businesses nationwide, across a wide range of industry verticals. Hibu’s solutions include creating, managing, and optimizing clients’ online presence and websites, enhancing their organic visibility, ranking and conversion, running targeted multi-channel campaigns, and providing automated marketing services to continuously convert and engage prospects and customers. Google’s services are an integral part of Hibu’s synchronized digital marketing solutions – tailored to each client’s objectives and budget.

 

“This recognition by Google as a Premier Partner further validates Hibu’s approach in the digital marketing space,” Kevin Jasper, CEO of Hibu, said. “Hibu provides not only expertise and skill within each digital marketing channel – like Search, Websites, SEO, Display, and Social – but also within the integrated Hibu Solutions which make these components work together and deliver enhanced results and ROI. Hibu is committed to helping our clients succeed and grow in the increasingly competitive digital marketing landscape – our continued investment in our partnership with Google is an important reflection of this commitment.”

 

Davang Shah, Senior Director, Google Ads Marketing, said, “Congratulations to our Premier Partners for being among the top 3% of Google Partners in the United States. These companies stand out based on their commitment to developing product expertise, building new client relationships, and helping their current clients grow. We look forward to supporting them as they help their customers succeed online.”

 

About Hibu

Hibu Inc. is a leading provider of digital marketing solutions to local businesses across the US. We’re a one-stop shop for all the digital marketing a small business needs - providing our clients with one-on-one service and unmatched expertise, saving them time, money and frustration. We make sure their business information is correct wherever and however customers are searching for them — with search or voice search. We build cutting-edge, secure websites, that are written and designed to engage visitors and deliver a great user experience on any device. We help our clients take control of their online reputation and help them advertise on the web’s top sites and popular apps. Hibu is a Meta Business Partner, Google Ads Premier Partner, Google My Business Partner, and Microsoft Advertising Select Channel Partner. Hibu has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Adds Marketing Automation to Hibu Digital Marketing Solutions

 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, December 17, 2021

 

Hibu Inc. is announcing today the introduction of Hibu Assistant – its new, automated email and text marketing solution for small- to mid-sized businesses. Hibu Assistant integrates with a client’s Hibu digital marketing solution to build and grow a contact list of prospects and customers, nurture those contacts via email and text marketing, turn those contacts into first-time and repeat customers and generate reviews.

 

“By adding Hibu Assistant to our integrated digital marketing solutions, we can now establish an ongoing marketing ‘feedback loop’ for our clients,” said Nick Hopkins, Hibu’s AVP, Digital Product Management. “Assistant automates some of the biggest challenges small businesses face – requesting and publishing customer reviews and engaging regularly with customers and prospects.  Reviews, along with offers, are used to generate and convert more leads, thus maximizing the SMB’s overall marketing ROI.”  

 

Dana Cutler, Hibu’s AVP, Go-To-Market, added, “Hibu Assistant automates the sending of offers via email or text to help clients convert leads into customers. The Assistant technology uses signals and other data from contacts, based on where they are in the consumer buying lifecycle and their interactions with previous campaigns, to deliver the right message at the right time.”

 

Hibu Assistant will be an integral part of the digital marketing solutions Hibu offers clients. The new product works with Hibu’s Listings, Reviews and Reputation products to strengthen a client’s online marketing foundation.  Reviews content is published on a client’s Hibu Website and on their Google My Business, Facebook and Yelp Pages to help increase ongoing ranking, engagement and conversion across those services.

 

More information about Hibu Assistant can be found here.

 

About Hibu

Hibu Inc. is a leading provider of digital marketing solutions to local businesses across the US. We’re a one-stop shop for all the digital marketing a small business needs - providing our clients with one-on-one service and unmatched expertise, saving them time, money and frustration. We make sure their business information is correct wherever and however customers are searching for them — with search or voice search. We build cutting-edge, secure websites, that are written and designed to engage visitors and deliver a great user experience on any device. We help our clients take control of their online reputation and help them advertise on the web’s top sites and popular apps. Hibu is a Facebook Marketing Partner, Google Ads Premier Partner, Google My Business Partner, and Microsoft Advertising Select Channel Partner. Hibu has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Cedar Rapids, IA – November 12, 2021

 

Hibu Inc. announced today that it will again in 2021 be a Corporate Supporter for Small Business Saturday®. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting the independent small businesses that make our communities unique. It will be celebrated this year on Saturday, November 27.

Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for small businesses across the United States. The results of the American Express 2020 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey show that total reported projected spending among U.S. consumers who shopped at independent retailers and restaurants on Small Business Saturday reached an estimated $19.8 billion, up from $19.6 in 2019.

“Hibu is proud to be a Corporate Supporter of Small Business Saturday,” said Antoinette Ward, AVP of Marketing Strategy at Hibu. “We’ve helped hundreds of thousands of small business owners with their digital marketing needs. Supporting Small Business Saturday is just another way we show our commitment to the small business community.” 

Hibu will be promoting Small Business Saturday in a variety of ways — on Hibu.com, on the Hibu Blog, and in social media —  encouraging our employees, partners and clients to be part of this special day.

 

About Hibu

Hibu Inc. is a leading provider of digital marketing solutions to local businesses across the US. We’re a one-stop shop for all the digital marketing a small business needs - providing our clients with one-on-one service and unmatched expertise, saving them time, money and frustration. We make sure their business information is correct wherever and however customers are searching for them — with search or voice search. We build cutting-edge, secure websites, that are written and designed to engage visitors and deliver a great user experience on any device. We help our clients take control of their online reputation and help them advertise on the web’s top sites and popular apps. Hibu is a Facebook Marketing Partner, Google Ads Premier Partner, Google My Business Partner, and Microsoft Advertising Select Channel Partner. Hibu has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and is LSA (Local Search Association) certified.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa — July 20, 2021
 

Hibu Inc., a leading provider of digital marketing solutions for small- and medium-sized businesses across the U.S., is pleased to announce that it has been named as one of Selling Power’s 2021 “50 Best Companies to Sell For”.  This marks the fourth consecutive year that Hibu has been included on the “50 Best” list.

 

“Being selected as one of Selling Power’s ‘50 Best Companies to Sell For’ four years in a row serves as confirmation of Hibu’s commitment to the success of its sales employees, providing them with best-in-class training, tools and support,” said Angie Corcoran, Hibu’s Vice President of Human Resources and Development. “As we grow our sales force, we look forward to providing exciting career opportunities to those who join us to sell our cutting-edge digital marketing solutions!” 

 

Selling Power’s 2021 list includes companies of all sizes, with sales teams ranging from fewer than 100 to thousands of salespeople. Selling Power’s research team assembled this year’s list by gathering data across four main criteria: compensation and benefits; sales culture; onboarding and sales enablement strategies; and sales training and coaching. 

 

“The companies who earned a spot on this year’s list have truly world-class sales organizations,” said Selling Power magazine founder and publisher Gerhard Gschwandtner. “In addition to providing superior onboarding and ongoing sales training, they quickly pivoted their strategy to give their sales reps the tools and skills they needed to succeed in today’s digital, remote selling environment.”

 

“From our world-class training, to our state-of-the-art, AI-driven prospecting tools and our industry-leading partnerships with Google, Facebook and Microsoft, we provide our salespeople with the support they need to reach their full potential,” Corcoran said. “We’ve come out of COVID growing and we are actively recruiting talented individuals to join our sales team.”

 

Selling Power’s 2021 “50 Best Companies to Sell For” can be viewed here.

 

 

About Hibu

Hibu Inc. is a leading provider of digital marketing solutions to local businesses across the US. We’re a one-stop shop for all the digital marketing a small business needs - providing our clients with one-on-one service and unmatched expertise, saving them time, money and frustration. We make sure their business information is correct wherever and however customers are searching for them — with search or voice search. We build cutting-edge, secure websites, that are written and designed to engage visitors and deliver a great user experience on any device. We help our clients take control of their online reputation and help them advertise on the web’s top sites and popular apps. Hibu is a Facebook Marketing Partner, Google Ads Premier Partner, Google My Business Partner, and Microsoft Advertising Select Channel Partner. Hibu has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and is LSA (Local Search Association) certified.

Partnership to support Hibu’s plans to accelerate growth

 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa –March 26, 2021

 

Hibu, a leading provider of digital marketing services to small and medium-sized businesses (“SMBs”) across the United States, is pleased to announce the execution of a definitive agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of H.I.G. Capital, a leading global alternative investment firm with over $43 billion of equity capital under management.

 

Kevin Jasper, Chief Executive Officer of Hibu commented, “The investment by H.I.G. is strong recognition of all that our team has accomplished to date, and we are excited to partner with H.I.G. to support our next phase of growth. Hibu is committed to continuing to innovate and provide its local business customers with easier and more effective ways to execute their digital marketing strategies, build and enhance their online presence and reputation, and optimize their digital ad spend.”

 

“We are delighted to partner with Kevin and the Hibu team,” said Matt Gullen, Managing Director at H.I.G. “We believe there is immense opportunity ahead for Hibu given its strong SMB value proposition, including a best-in-class integrated service offering, differentiated technology, and exceptional customer service. Hibu has established itself as a leader in the industry, and we look forward to working with the team to build upon their success and support continued growth initiatives.”

 

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and completion of review under antitrust laws, including the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements of 1976.

 

About Hibu

Headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Hibu provides a full suite of integrated digital marketing services to SMBs including digital listings management, website development and management, search engine marketing and optimization, online and mobile display, and social campaign creation and management. Today, Hibu serves over 80,000 customers across a wide range of industries across the United States. Hibu is a Facebook Marketing Partner, Google Ads Premier Partner, Google My Business Partner, and Microsoft Advertising Select Channel Partner.

* Based on total capital commitments managed by H.I.G. Capital and affiliates.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa — July 8, 2020
 

Hibu Inc., a leading provider of digital marketing solutions to local businesses across the US, is pleased to announce its inclusion in Selling Power’s 2020 list of the “50 Best Companies to Sell For.”  This is the third straight year that Hibu has made the list.

 

"Being selected as one of Selling Power’s 50 Best Companies to Sell For proves what we’ve always felt -- that Hibu offers sales professionals a unique opportunity to sell cutting-edge digital marketing solutions in an environment that provides them all of the support they need to be successful,” said Angie Corcoran, Hibu’s VP of Human Resources. “We’re proud of the tools, training, and resources we provide our sales representatives – we understand that the right support is a crucial part of the team’s overall success in selling Hibu’s suite of digital marketing solutions.”

 

Selling Power’s annual list of the “50 Best Companies to Sell For” includes companies of all sizes, with sales forces ranging from fewer than 100 to thousands of salespeople.  

 

You can see the full 2020 “50 Best Companies to Sell For” list here.

 

 

About Hibu

Hibu Inc. is a leading provider of digital marketing solutions to local businesses across the US. We’re a one-stop shop for all the digital marketing a small business needs - providing our clients with one-on-one service and unmatched expertise, saving them time, money and frustration. We make sure their business information is correct wherever and however customers are searching for them — with search or voice search. We build cutting-edge, secure websites, that are written and designed to engage visitors and deliver a great user experience on any device. We help our clients take control of their online reputation and help them advertise on the web’s top sites and popular apps. Hibu is a Facebook Marketing Partner, Google Ads Premier Partner, Google My Business Partner, and Microsoft Advertising Select Channel Partner. Hibu has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and is LSA (Local Search Association) certified.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa – June 6, 2019

 

Hibu Inc. is today announcing the introduction of Hibu Smart Sites – their new, upgraded websites for small businesses.  Hibu Smart Sites include advanced technology that communicates more information to Google, Bing and Yahoo, improving ranking and visibility in search and in voice search.

 

“Increased visibility in search – and increasingly important voice search – is key to driving more visitors to the website and to generating more leads.” RC Thompson, Hibu’s Director of Digital Products, said. “Our sites convey more information to Google and other search engines about the client’s business, which gives our clients an advantage in being found with search and with voice search like Siri and Alexa.”  

 

Dana Cutler, Hibu’s AVP, Go-To-Market, added, “Hibu Smart Sites are custom-built for each client and for their specific industry -- featuring the proper content and the right types of engagement to present them in the best possible way and maximize conversion.”

 

Hibu Smart Sites are the central hub of the interconnected digital marketing programs Hibu offers clients. The new sites are synced with the client’s Google My Business Page and Facebook Page and with the client’s business listings on over 60 key sites around the web.  Any changes the business makes to their Hibu Smart Site will be immediately updated across the board – saving clients time and frustration.

 

More information about these new Hibu Smart Sites can be found at Hibu’s website.

 

 

About Hibu

Hibu Inc. is a leading provider of digital marketing solutions to local businesses across the US. We’re a one-stop shop for all the digital marketing a small business needs - providing our clients with one-on-one service and unmatched expertise, saving them time, money and frustration. We make sure their business information is correct wherever and however customers are searching for them – with search or voice search. We build cutting-edge, secure websites, that deliver a great user experience on any device -- written and designed to engage visitors. We help our clients take control of their online reputation and help them advertise on the web’s top sites and popular apps. We’re committed to keeping our technology cutting edge, so our clients can stay ahead of their competition. Hibu is a Facebook Marketing Partner, Google Ads Premier Partner, Google My Business Partner, Yahoo Preferred Partner and Bing Ads Select Partner. We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and we’re LSA (Local Search Association) certified.

 

We’re excited to share that Hibu has been named the Best Overall Facebook Ad Agency for Small Businesses by www.fitsmallbusiness.com!

 

FitSmallBusiness.com conducts extensive research by testing products, speaking with business owners, and interviewing industry experts. To have been rated the Best Overall Facebook Ad Agency for Small Businesses is a tremendous compliment and a recognition we’re thrilled to receive.

 

Check out the full article that shows the award-winning way Hibu helps businesses with social marketing — and all the other digital marketing you need to grow your business — every day!

 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa – October 3, 2018

 

Hibu Inc. recently announced that as of July 31st, business listing information of Hibu clients can now be found via voice search on Amazon Echo devices and Alexa-powered services. This adds to current voice search visibility for Hibu clients on Google Assistant and Apple’s Maps and Siri-enabled services.

Voice search is growing fast in the US. Over 50 million US consumers use voice search each month.  Most of those searches are done using Google (“OK, Google”) or Siri (“Hey, Siri”) on smartphones, but dedicated “smart speaker” devices like Amazon Echo (“Alexa”) and Google Home are an increasing part of the voice search landscape. It’s important for local businesses to be visible on them all. 

Nick Hopkins, Hibu’s AVP of Digital Product Management, said, “At Hibu, we’re constantly advancing our product line to deliver greater value. The addition of Alexa to our Hibu Listings product is the latest example, and we’re excited to bring it to both existing and new Hibu clients. Hibu is a one-stop-shop that enables local businesses to keep their online business information complete and accurate, and this now includes Alexa. With Hibu, clients can update their information across the web with one call.”

About Hibu

Hibu Inc. is a leading provider of digital marketing solutions to local businesses across the US. Through a comprehensive portfolio of services including digital listings management, website development and management, search marketing, search engine optimization, online and mobile display, online reviews and social campaign creation and management, Hibu helps businesses compete and succeed. Providing one-on-one service, expertise and transparency, Hibu has simplified the digital marketing process allowing clients to partner with a single marketing services provider to achieve their marketing objectives — saving them time, frustration and money. Hibu is a Google Premier Partner, Google My Business Partner, Facebook Marketing Partner, Yahoo Preferred Partner and Bing Select Partner. Hibu has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and we’re LSA (Local Search Association) Certified.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa – February, 2019

 

Hibu Inc. announced Hibu Reputation – a solution that enables clients to manage online business listings, monitor, share and respond to customer reviews and track reviews and ratings of competitors – all from a single dashboard.

 

RC Thompson, Hibu’s Director of Digital Products, said, “We combined listings management and reviews management to enable a client to manage their reputation online.”  Thompson added, “As we talked with local businesses, many were frustrated that there’s that one review online from a website they’ve never heard of that is impacting their business.”

 

Dana Cutler, Hibu’s AVP, Go-To-Market, added, “Hibu Reputation provides a single dashboard that allows clients to do everything they need to do, all in one place – from changing hours and other information about their business, to looking at reviews and responding to them – to keeping an eye on their competition.”

 

 

About Hibu

Hibu Inc. is a leading provider of digital marketing solutions to local businesses across the US. We’re a one-stop shop for all the digital marketing a small business needs - providing our clients with one-on-one service and unmatched expertise, saving them time, money and frustration. We make sure their business information is correct wherever and however customers are searching for them – with search or voice search. We build cutting-edge, secure websites, that deliver a great user experience on any device -- written and designed to engage visitors. We help our clients take control of their online reputation and help them advertise on the web’s top sites and popular apps. We’re committed to keeping our technology cutting edge, so our clients can stay ahead of their competition. Hibu is a Facebook Marketing Partner, Google Ads Premier Partner, Google My Business Partner, Yahoo Preferred Partner and Bing Ads Select Partner. We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and we’re LSA (Local Search Association) certified.

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