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March 15, 2016

SIM Partners Recognized With Two Finalist Nods in BIA/Kelsey’s 2016 GOLOCAL Awards

By Julie Piatek

GOLOCAL celebrates the best local marketing initiatives of national brands; Finalists will be showcased and winners announced at BIA/Kelsey BRANDS, March 22, in New York City

CHICAGO – March 15, 2015 – Location marketing technology leader SIM Partners ( has been named a finalist in BIA/Kelsey’s 2016 GOLOCAL Awards competition. GOLOCAL celebrates the best local marketing initiatives deployed by brands, which BIA/Kelsey forecasts will spend $61 billion on local audience targeting in 2016.  

SIM Partners is among 10 finalists that will be showcased at BIA/Kelsey’s upcoming conference, BIA/Kelsey BRANDS, March 22, in New York City. Finalists were determined by an independent judging panel of local advertising and marketing experts, who evaluated a competitive field of entries. The top three entrants will be named the 2016 GOLOCAL Awards winners and will be announced on stage at BIA/Kelsey BRANDS.

“The GOLOCAL finalists represent today’s most innovative and effective approaches in local media and marketing by brands,” said MacKenzie Lovings, VP of Marketing, BIA/Kelsey. “We congratulate them on their successes and we’re excited to showcase their efforts at BIA/Kelsey BRANDS where attendees are focused on understanding what successful brand-to-local marketing looks like. We also wish to thank our panel of judges for their thoughtful evaluation of each entry.”

SIM Partners received finalist nods in two of the three award categories:

Innovation Finalist: “Shoe Carnival Innovates to Turn ‘Near Me’ Moments of Search into Next Moments of Conversion With Velocity

Shoe Carnival, Inc., one of the nation’s largest family footwear retailers, leveraged SIM Partners’ Velocity to turn “near me” moments of search into “next” moments of conversion by engaging customers with compelling messages and offers that accelerated the consumer journey from search to purchase. Velocity Wallet offers on store location pages were downloadable to a consumer’s mobile wallet; once offers were downloaded to a consumer’s device they could be redeemed in-store.  Mobile wallet offers also gave Shoe Carnival the ability to send notifications to consumers based on location via latitude-longitude and proximity within the store via beacons.

Sales/Revenue Finalist: “Advocate Health Care Surpasses Patient Acquisition Goals with Velocity”

Advocate Health Care selected SIM Partners’ local marketing automation platform, Velocity, to be visible, relevant, and engaging where and when patients were looking for a physician. With Velocity, Advocate harnessed the power of its location data to transform the patient experience and drive patient acquisition at scale, surpassing their year-over-year appointment growth goals. The accuracy of Advocate’s location data increased, resulting in a 110% increase in visits to physician profile pages. The new physician profile pages — with immersive content built using responsive design — saw an 80% increase in appointment conversion.
“We founded SIM Partners ten years ago with a vision to deliver on the promise of local marketing for national brands,” said Jon Schepke, CEO, SIM Partners. “Since then, we have continued to innovate on our Velocity platform with a focus on driving customer acquisition for national brands at a local level — to be named a finalist in the innovation and sales/revenue validates our strategy and approach, as well as the efficacy of our platform.”

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About SIM Partners
SIM Partners’ local marketing automation technology, Velocity, maximizes digital marketing results for enterprise brands at a local level. By making location data actionable and local content scalable, Velocity drives customer acquisition for national brands across thousands of physical locations. With Velocity, national brands can create location-based offers to turn “near me” mobile searches into offline conversions. Velocity includes a powerful location data management tool to drive listing visibility, a content management system that automates the creation of location-based content and experiences, and a robust insights platform to inform local content strategies. SIM Partners has offices in Chicago and San Francisco. To learn more, or request a demo, visit


BIA/Kelsey BRANDS: The Brand-to-Local Marketing Summit, takes place March 22, in New York City. The summit will examine the drivers of $61 billion in spending by franchise and brand marketers targeting local audiences, as well as the roles of agencies, media and adtech/martech companies. More information about BIA/Kelsey BRANDS, including the agenda, speakers, sponsors and online registration, is available at