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You Like Us, You Really Like Us

We’re humble folks (#FRCV11), so this is a little uncomfortable.

But with so many great things happening this month, I just can’t help but share.

I’m really proud of the work our team has done this year, and I’m thrilled when they’re recognized publicly for their outstanding creativity.

This summer, they’ve been recognized in some very exciting ways, including: 

#Hashie Awards

Des Moines Hashie Awards 2014
Presented by:
Des Moines Social Media Club, Des Moines, Iowa

Honor: Far Reach received two of the evening’s 11 awards:

  1. Best Use of Facebook, Nonprofit for the Sturgis Falls page managed by Far Reach
  2. Best Social Media Contest for Far Reach’s contest that awarded a free technology project to a nonprofit

About: The #Hashie Awards recognize Iowa businesses, organizations, and agencies who demonstrate outstanding social media marketing.

Significance: Far Reach’s social media expertise has people talking—which is what you want your social media marketing to do, right? 

Graphic Design Expertise Award

Presented by: Telerik SitefinityTM, a global company

Honor: Far Reach was recognized for recent websites we created, including Scratch Cupcakery, Croell, and our own new website (the one you’re on right now).

About: This award recognizes Sitefinity partners who have convincingly demonstrated their ability to deliver visually appealing and unique website designs. 

Significance: Far Reach is one of just two companies—as of this writing—to receive this award in 2014. 

Finalist: Designer of the Year – Silicon Prairie Awards 

Presented by: Silicon Prairie News, Omaha, Nebraska

Honor: Creative director Mark Palmer was selected as a finalist for his work on the Mortgage MarketSmart web application.

About: The Designer of the Year Award recognizes a team member, freelancer, or consultant who made a mark on a startup’s product by providing an amazing user experience or beautiful design.

Significance: You, too, can have Mark—who was recognized as one of the best web designer’s in the Midwest—work on your project. 

Employers of Choice Award

Far Reach, Employers of Choice 2014Presented by: The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Waterloo, Iowa

Honor: Far Reach was named a top employer in the Cedar Valley

About: The Employers of Choice Award recognizes employers who care about quality of life issues, encourage strong families, allow flexibility for personal issues and events, provide opportunities for growth, offer regular feedback, and recognize employees for a job well done.

Significance: This is great news, because happy employees make clients happy. This award is especially meaningful to us because our own staff nominated us.

Website of the Month

Presented by: Telerik SitefinityTM, a global company

Honor: Our new website,, was named as one of the five best Sitefinity websites launched in July 2014.

About: Sitefinity chooses the website of the month based on creativity, user experience, and application of the latest Sitefinity features and functionality.

Significance: If a global company recognizes us for our website development expertise, you can be confident in our services, too.
Sitefinity Top 5 Website of the Month

All right, enough about us. It’s time to get back to work.

After all, the accolades are nice and everything, but the biggest reward for us is the satisfaction we get from delivering positive results to happy customers.