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VendorDB is the comprehensive database of companies and service providers for the creative industries.

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The First Six Months

We created VendorDB with the hope of simply making it easier to find and keep track of the great companies we partner with.

As long-time agency veterans, we know how tough it can be to find masters of the latest tech, or determine who to call for help when plans change, or how to manage a last minute triple-bid request. We were tired of the hand-me-down Excel file full of incomplete information and Google searches that usually came up empty.

Let’s not even get started on the various ‘comprehensive’ industry directories out there. Not only are they clunky, confusing and often fail to answer basic queries, most like to charge for the privilege of being listed. That’s just silly.

We honestly had no idea what to expect when we launched back in May but we knew that if we dealt with this problem on a regular basis, there might be a few other folks out there who did as well. As Fred Wilson says, the unselfish thing to do is to script for others, you never know who will face the same problem as you.

It looks like our hunch was right.

In the 6 months since launch we’ve seen users from over 100 countries (exactly 103 as of today) and an astounding number of vendors, agencies and brands.

Better yet, a surprising number of you have been kind enough to take time out of your day to sign in and leave a review for one or more of the companies that make VendorDB great. We sincerely thank you for that.

If you’re curious, here are the current top 10 countries:

1) United States 6) Sweden
2) Canada 7) Netherlands
3) United Kingdom 8) Brazil
4) India 9) France
5) Australia 10) Germany

We’ve got some fantastic things planned for 2015 but before we close out the year, we’ve got one more feature just about ready to go…

Want to know if your profile page is worth the $0.00 you’re spending on it?

Yeah, we knew you did.

In the coming weeks we’ll be rolling out profile metrics to all page managers. Just like Facebook, LinkedIn and the other big guys, we believe that you should see exactly how you benefit from maintaining a profile on our platform.

And while we can’t promise tons of traffic for everyone (for now), we can promise transparency and actual usage data which is whole lot more than you get from those other sites.

More specifics will be released in the near future but for now we can tell you that you’ll be able to see an in-depth snapshot of your profile’s activity over the previous 90 days. So if you haven’t already claimed your profile, there’s really no excuse not to (it is FREE after all).

The first six months have been an amazing ride and we look forward to continuing to help each and every one of you find amazing partners to work with.

– Chris Kief & Dan Murphy

Advertising Veterans Launch VendorDB.com As A New Comprehensive Resource For Creative Industries

Free Site Provides Detailed Company Information, Ratings and Peer Reviews

NEW YORK, 11 November, 2014 – As the number of capabilities and services offered by agencies worldwide—large and small, independent or networked-owned—increases, two advertising industry veterans publicly launch VendorDB.com today, a comprehensive database of companies in the creative industries that aims to simplify the process of finding vendors at no cost to the user or service provider.

Founded by Daniel Murphy and Chris Kief, VendorDB soft-launched this past June, and since then, the site has already seen users from over 100 countries and amassed more than 3000 company profiles. Both founders have over 20 years of experience in the creative and technology industries, and the creation of VendorDB comes with insights seen from both respective sectors over this period of time.

“Over the past 10 years, the types of projects agencies are executing has exploded. From mobile apps and street painting robots to projection mapping on buildings and product fabrication.” said Chris Kief. “And not coincidentally, the number of firms providing these specialized services has also ballooned. It’s our goal to enable users to quickly find these companies, no matter how extraordinary the need.” he also added.

For Daniel Murphy, “Having produced hundreds of jobs ourselves for leading agencies, such as TBWA, BBDO, Saatchi & Saatchi, CP+B and Eleven, we know first-hand the importance of finding the right partner for a project. Our mission is simple – help producers, creatives and those involved in the creative production process research and find the best company for the job.”

While there are a number of advertising related directories in existence, VendorDB’s point of difference comes from their focus on providing solutions based on what users are trying to create. With VendorDB, users can search by company name, location and most importantly, deliverable.

The public release comes with the ability for users to add and self-manage their company profiles directly. The platform offers a number of great features that makes vendor search fast and easy:

  • Comprehensive directory containing broadcast, interactive, print, radio, experiential companies and more.
  • Find companies with highly specialized services.
  • Search by deliverable or keyword.
  • Browse by skill-based tags.
  • Read reviews from industry peers.

Whether it be banner ads, sound design or augmented reality, users are provided with a detailed set of results that is targeted to address their specific needs. VendorDB also understands the need for authenticity on its platform, so it requires all users to sign in via LinkedIn before leaving any comments. And all of this is done with exceptional design and device-agnostic usability at the core of the experience.

“We’ve been overwhelmed with the response from companies around the globe. There are so many talented folks out there making amazingly creative work. VendorDB is all about them, their work, and helping everyone find the perfect partner,” Murphy added.


About VendorDB

VendorDB (www.vendordb.com) is the comprehensive database of companies and service providers for the creative industries. Access detailed company information, ratings and peer reviews. All for free.

Find VendorDB at vendordb.com and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Press contact:
Arzi Rachman
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Introducing VendorDB – Mediocre Name, Awesome Service

VendorDB is the tool we always wished existed.

Having produced hundreds of jobs for leading agencies including TBWA\, BBDO, Saatchi & Saatchi, CP+B, and Eleven, we know first hand the importance of finding the right company for a project.

Our mission is simple – help producers, creatives and those involved in the creative production process research and find the best partner for the job.

Looking for someone who builds robots? Does editorial? Executes contests? Projects images on buildings? We got you!

You can search by company name or deliverable, read and write reviews, and narrow your search with filters.

It’s 100% free and hopefully makes your next partner hunt a little easier.

If you have a moment, please stop by and leave a review, or help us spread the gospel on social media.

We’re off to an fantastic start and hope you’ll join the folks from these amazing companies who have already tried us out:

AKQA

Bartle Bogle Hegarty

Barton F. Graf 9000

BBDO

Conde Nast

Crispin Porter + Bogusky

Deutsch

Droga5

Edelman Digital

Eleven Inc.

Fallon
Goodby Silverstein & Partners

Google

Grey Group


Huge


JWT

M&C SAATCHI

Mullen

Ogilvy & Mather

Publicis Mojo

R/GA

Saatchi & Saatchi

TBWA\Chiat\Day

Team Detroit

The Coca-Cola Company

The Martin Agency


Wieden + Kennedy

Young & Rubicam

Dan, Chris & The VendorDB Team

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