company_type=Public: Since 1992
Vinod Gupta, Chairman/CEO
revenue=$700 Million USD
infoGROUP, formerly InfoUSA, is a provider of both business and consumer information and marketing solutions, which consists of data processing, database management and email marketing. InfoGroup is a publicly traded company since 1992 on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the ticker symbol IUSA. infoGROUP has over 4 million customers worldwide and revenues in 2006 were over $700 million. Fact|date=September 2007
InfoGROUP was founded in 1972 by
Vinod Gupta, Chairman and CEO. The headquarters are located in Omaha, NE, USA. The company employs over 5,000 people in 88 offices worldwide.
InfoGROUP has 12 databases that have contact and credit information covering approximately 15 million businesses in the
United Statesand Canada. The company licenses its data to third parties such as Yahoo!, AOL, MSN, Ask, and Citysearch.
InfoGROUP’s Papillion, Nebraska, facility employs over 600 people who compile and update their consumer and business database. The Consumer database is updated from sources that include yellow pages, white pages, newspapers, incorporation records, real estate deed transfers and various other public sources. The business database is updated by, 24 million phone calls made every year to verify the name of the owner or key executive, their address, number of employees, number of PC’s, fax numbers, e-mail addresses and other information.
National Accounts Division(formerly Donnelley Marketing), InfoUSA City Directories(formerly Hill-Donnelly), Polk City Directories, ReferenceUSA, Government, Resellers, InfoUSA Direct, American Church Lists, American Medical Information, InfoCANADA, Credit.net, InfoUSA Stores, ZIPMailUSA.com, Salesgenie.com, MarketZone, OneSource, Walter Karl, Edith Roman, Catalog Vision, Yesmail, Triplex, Millard-Mokrynski Group(formerly Millard Group and Mokryskidirect), Rubin Response Services, Inc., expresscopy.com, Opinion Research, Macro International, Guideline, Inc. and NWC Research.
uper Bowl advertisements
Salesgenie.com ran an advertisement entitled "Jealous" during
Super Bowl XLIwhich was derided for being the "worst" of all during the game, a claim CEO Vinod Guptaaccepted with pride. Gupta claims to have written this and all other Salesgenie.com ads himself. [http://www.adweek.com/aw/national/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003689853 Salesgenie Returns to Super Bowl] ] Encouraged by the negative publicity, Salesgenie.com scheduled three animated spots for Super Bowl XLII, one of which ran during the pregame show and two of which ran during the game itself. Gupta wrote the scripts for all three ads himself. [http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/business/stories.nsf/0/B0185219191FFB95862573E3001177CD?OpenDocument When the advertiser's goal is to be 'the worst'] ]
One Super Bowl XLII ad depicted an Indian salesman with seven kids being fired for not generating leads. Another depicted two
pandas with Chinese accents discussing sales leads among themselves. Reaction to the Super Bowl XLII ads was immediately negative. Andrew Leonard of Salon.comdescribed the "Panda" ad as having "the kind of stereotypical Chinese accents that date back to Charlie Chan movies" [http://www.salon.com/tech/htww/2008/02/04/worst_super_bowl_ad/ Salesgenie's Super Bowl success] ] while the " Wall Street Journal" called both ads "the biggest fumble of the night." [http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB120112559156711183-dQtHEZ6tTO1FO8CiK0ikRRtW9RE_20080305.html?mod=tff_main_tff_top Coke, Clydesdales Score With Super Bowl Viewers] ] Gupta placed these ads, along with others he has written, on [http://www.youtube.com/user/vingupta his YouTube channel] .
Gupta responds to the critics: "I know who the customers are and what resonates with them," says Salesgenie.com founder Vin Gupta, who wrote his company's commercials. "These are not great ads, but they are good enough. Someone who watches the ad(s) will know the service we are promoting." [ [http://www.usatoday.com/money/advertising/adtrack/2008-01-20-super-bowl-ads_N.htm USAToday Ad Track, Super Bowl Edition] ]
Relationship with the Clintons
Bill Clintonleft the White House in January 2001, Gupta hired him as a consultant, a relationship that has continued. Clinton has been paid $3.3 million through 2007, in addition to receiving options on 100,000 shares of stock. A shareholder lawsuit against Gupta has been filed, saying that such payments benefited primarily Gupta, not his corporation, and that the corporation has improperly paid for homes, cars, and a yacht for Gupta. [Peter Overby, [http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18958566 "Clintons' InfoUSA Ties Scrutinized"] , "National Public Radio", February 13, 2008]
In June 2007, Gupta praised Clinton's work for the company. "He helps us meet some of the right people," he told the Omaha World-Herald. "In many speeches, he has mentioned InfoUSA by name." Gupta said that his payments to Clinton weren't wasted. "We get back many times over what is spent on Bill. I would say over the last seven years, easily over $40 million." [ [http://www.hillaryproject.com/index.php?/en/story-details/bill_clintons_business_ties_face_scrutiny/ Business Ties Face Scrutiny] ]
InfoGROUP's competitors are sites such as
D&B, [http://www.insideview.com InsideView] , Hoovers, [http://www.implu.com implu] and Zoominfo.
* [http://www.infousa.com/ Official website]
* [http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=iusa infoUSA, Inc. Company Profile]
* [http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/BizWaste/OfficePaper/MailReduce.htm/ Business Waste Reduction: California Government instructions on getting your business removed from InfoUSA Mailing Lists]
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