Brainshark Announces 2009 Sharkie Award Winners, Recognizing Excellence in On-Demand Presentation Delivery

"Awards Honor Companies and Presentation Authors Who Exemplify Compelling Business Communications"

WALTHAM, Mass. - March 23, 2009 - Brainshark, Inc., a leader in on-demand presentations, today announced the winners of the first annual Sharkie Awards. The awards recognize organizations and individuals that have demonstrated excellence in their use of Brainshark to deliver compelling sales, marketing, training and corporate communications.

With Brainshark's communications solutions, any businessperson or subject matter expert can easily deliver information in an engaging format that is effective for knowledge retention and can be experienced anytime, anywhere. Last year, organizations and individuals created more than 96,000 Brainshark presentations to bring vital information to their audiences' fingertips while reducing travel, print and Web conferencing costs.

Brainshark received more than 100 entries for consideration in the 2009 Sharkie Awards. Winning presentations and finalists can be viewed at The 2009 winners, listed by category, are as follows:

Brainshark of the Year and Training category winner
Grange Insurance
"XPanded Premier Policy (XPP)"

"A Different Approach to Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Deployment"

Jackson National Life Insurance Company
"Case Strategy: Seth & Victoria - Planning for Their Future"

Corporate Communications
"Global Corporate North America - Q3 2008 Results"

Content Network
Ken Okel, communications expert and Brainshark Content Network partner
"Ready, Set, Speak! Overcome Your Fear."

Best Use of Video
GM Voices
"GMV University - FTP Tutorial"

Best Foreign Language Presentation
Xerox do Brasil
"Xerox: Impressora de Grandes Formatos 6279"

"Providing timely communications that break through the clutter is critical in our industry," said Jennifer Okezie-Watts, design team lead, Grange Insurance. "Brainshark enables us to create and collaborate on visually compelling, creative and memorable presentations, and reach agents in a way that is both memorable and cost-effective. We're delighted to receive this recognition."

"To participate in the awards program, organizations and individuals submitted links to Brainshark presentations they had created in 2008. Brainshark, in conjunction with co-sponsors Corporate Visions, Inc., Webinar Resources and Webinar Success, evaluated entries on their clarity, conciseness and compelling nature, and on how well they leveraged Brainshark's capabilities, such as surveys and polls, video, guest authoring and more."

"Each Sharkie Award winner is a shining example of the impact an individual can have within his/her organization and with the audiences that person needs to reach," said Brainshark CEO Joe Gustafson. "Brainshark enables any businessperson to communicate in more powerful and cost-effective ways. We received a multitude of excellent Sharkie entries and here, salute the best-of-the-best. These companies and individuals went the extra mile in creating engaging communications solutions and serve as models for their peers - demonstrating how to best leverage on-demand communications to boost productivity, cut costs and maximize viewer engagement."

About Brainshark

Brainshark’s data-driven sales enablement and readiness platform provides client-facing teams with the knowledge, skills and resources they need to perform at the highest level. With best-of-breed solutions for training and coaching, as well as cutting-edge insights into sales performance, customers can ensure their sales reps are always ready to make the most of any selling situation. With Brainshark, companies can: enable sales teams with on-demand training that accelerates onboarding and keeps reps up-to-speed; validate readiness with sales coaching and practice that ensure reps master key messages; empower teams with dynamic content that can be created quickly, updated easily and accessed anywhere; and use powerful scorecards to visualize sales performance trends and make real connections from improved readiness to increased revenue. Thousands of customers – including more than half of the Fortune 100 – rely on Brainshark to close performance gaps and get better results from their sales enablement initiatives. Learn more at