Survivor Thanks U.S. Coast Guard for His Rescue

Ft. Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) May 20, 2013

On April 6th, the four-man crew with Ocean Adventure Rowing and Education (O.A.R Northwest) attempting a Trans-Atlantic Expedition from Dakar to Miami was derailed after their row boat the “James Robert Hanssen” capsized about 400 miles north of Puerto Rico.

Jordan Hanssen, Adam Kreek, Marcus Pukonen and Patrick Flemming the four rowers were all well equipped with ACR ResQLink Personal Locator Beacons which they promptly activated to facilitate their own rescue. Coast Guard Sector San Juan received their 406 MHz distress message at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. Coast Guard watch-stands immediately coordinated the launch of a Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft from Air Station Miami and a C-130 Hercules aircraft from Air Station Clearwater, Florida to search for the distressed vessel and possible survivors.

The crew of the HC-144 out of Miami arrived on scene at approximately 11 a.m., Saturday and located all four men safely on board the life raft and they dropped food rations for the boaters as well as a VHF marine radio to establish communications. The C-130 aircraft out of Clearwater later arrived on scene and the crew also dropped a second load of rations and a VHF marine radio, which the boaters used to confirm they were all safe. The C-130 aircraft crew maintained watch over the boaters until an AMVER participating vessel, the Heijin, safely recovered all four survivors from the life raft shortly before sunset when they were transported to Puerto Rico.

“Jordan and his crew exemplify everything we try to educate outdoor enthusiasts on; planning for the best, but preparing for the worst. Mother Nature can be cruel and unpredictable, but they had a safety plan, they practiced the plan and as a result they minimized the risk to the USCG crews and facilitated their own rescue,” said Mikele D’Arcangelo, Marketing Director of ACR Electronics.

Survivor Jordan Hanssen on behalf of his crew and sponsors ventured on a Thank You Tour throughout Florida in appreciation of everyone that played a part in the rescue. Jordan started his Thank You Tour at Coast Guard Air Station Miami on May 1st, followed by a visit to the manufacturer of the rescue beacons, ACR Electronics, Inc., which the crew used to notify the Coast Guard of their distress. Finally Jordan’s tour ended at the Coast Guard station in Clearwater, Florida where he again thanked the crew of the C-130.

StrandVision Helps Weastec Communicate To Associates

Hillsboro, OH (Vocus/PRWEB) February 02, 2011

StrandVision LLC today announced that Weastec, Inc – a division of Toyo Denso Co. Ltd. has deployed StrandVision Digital Signage through their intranet at its facility in Hillsboro, Ohio, as well as a satellite sales office in Dublin, Ohio. In addition to the operational, benefits and performance information that management posts several times per day, the StrandVision system automatically updates local weather and news, as well as an automotive industry news feed provided by StrandVision. The system also communicates emergency alerts if needed.

The installation consists of a 55” high definition LCD television display that is strategically mounted over the vending machines. This, in combination with the same content running on the company’s intranet, allows the entire organization to see up to the minute news of the world-class operation.

The system, administered by the Weastec I.T. department, replaces a time consuming process where topics were laboriously typed, copied, cut and placed into bulletin boards and acrylic table tent holders. Various associates have been given the authority to update the signage. For example, the HR associates work with the recreation, communication and safety committees to have them more directly involved with content updates. “In reviewing several company-wide employee surveys we noticed that communication always bubbled up to the top of what people wanted,” said David Fauber, Senior Manager Information Systems. “StrandVision digital signage helps us effectively communicate with our associates and it demonstrates Weastec’s commitment to the staff. It fit perfectly with our world class initiative that was both cost effective and the most efficient tool available”.

About StrandVision

StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wisconsin, delivers low-cost, Web-based Software as a Service (SaaS) digital signage through a patented approach that delivers content to subscribers’ LCD and plasma displays, as well as computer screens and websites. StrandVision’s service distributes text and graphics pages, video content, famous paintings, and national and local weather and news. It is ideal for medical and dental offices (patient education), banks, retailers and industrial distributors (video merchandising), education (student, staff and visitor information), employee break rooms (events and benefits), non-profit and religious organizations (member and supporter communications), and other applications.

StrandVision also offers (, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) personal computer-to-television adapter for use with digital signage and many other applications.

StrandVision Digital Signage services and are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators ( Additional information about StrandVision is available from or by calling 715-235-7446.


KioWare Uses PROPORT Tablet for Demos at Kiosk London Expo

Traverse City, Michigan (PRWEB) October 13, 2014

Applied Device Technologies is pleased to announce that KioWare has chosen to use the PROPORT™ tablet while demonstrating the KioWare application for Android at the Kiosk London Expo on October 15-16. The Expo is being held at the Barbican Centre in London and is the U.K.’s only conference and exhibition completely dedicated to the self-service industry.

The PROPORT is a powerful Android-based commercial tablet from AD Technologies that can be deployed as a kiosk, point-of-sale terminal, digital signage display, business process solution, and more. KioWare for Android is kiosk mode software designed to lock down Android devices. The software protects self-service applications by securing the OS, home screen and browser, as well as limiting the Android applications a user can run. Some versions offer an additional Server component, which can be installed on a machine running the Windows OS, and allows remote content updates and monitoring of the GPS location, health, and status of Android devices.

“AD Technologies is excited to support KioWare for Android with our hardware device. The robust nature of the PROPORT tablet makes it the perfect solution for running KioWare’s media intensive kiosk applications. The powerful combination of hardware and software provide a real one-two punch for businesses, and we see a huge growth potential in the purposed device market,” says Dan McKean, Vice President of Sales at AD Technologies.

James Kruper, President of KioWare, commented, “KioWare has long identified an opportunity for Android tablet manufacturers to provide a commercial quality Android tablet for self-service & kiosk usage. We are excited to see that ADT’s PROPORT tablet fills that gap with its robust commercial-grade construction.”

ADT offers configurable, purposed or fixed devices, designed specifically for business and commercial applications. The PROPORT™ commercial tablet is their flagship product and is designed for integration with numerous peripherals and mounting solutions for full-featured installations. PROPORT provides a clean Android interface without “bloatware,” generous IO connections, built-in cable security, VESA mounting, and more. The device is also modular and can be customized or branded for OEM or key account customers.


About ADT

Applied Device Technologies was established in 2013. As a product development, sales and distribution company, our team draws on well decades of experience designing, marketing and producing commercial grade electronic devices and solutions. ADT’s goal is to provide customers with innovative products that drive business goals, facilitate customer demand and offer best of breed technology solutions to deliver value and easy to deploy end-to-end solutions.

About ADSI

Analytical Design Solutions Inc. (ADSI), the parent company of KioWare, was founded in 1991 to provide client server software development, ADSI developed KioWare award winning kiosk system software in 2001 for the Windows OS, and KioWare for Android software in 2012. KioWare deploys browser-based applications into a kiosk mode environment easily and inexpensively, securing the operating system, and allowing users to access only the application. Each client has the ability to customize KioWare to his or her needs, with a product line ranging from basic browser-lockdown to server-based remote monitoring.

Copyright © 2014 Applied Device Technologies. All rights reserved.

Advanced Personnel Systems Releases SmartSearch

OCEANSIDE, CA (PRWEB) May 21, 2013

Advanced Personnel Systems, Inc. (APS), the maker of SmartSearch® recruiting business software announces the release of its new Version 17. The latest version of SmartSearch® features exciting upgrades to its built-in e-mail communication tools that includes a new interface with easy to modify templates such as interview agendas, offer letters, new hire welcome notices, and other time-saving features. Users can now schedule emails and broadcasts to be sent at a specific date and time; and automatically track which recipients have read email messages.

SmartSearch on-boarding tools have also been improved dramatically with configurable workflow functions that include customer-defined task automation such as messaging and notifications, unlimited document management capabilities and electronic signature capture.

“We are very excited about our new communication and on-boarding capabilities,” said Doug Coull, CEO at APS, “Version 17 provides our clients unparalleled control of their messaging and the ability to quickly achieve paperless on-boarding. We love ‘green recruiting’ technology like this and so do our customers.”

Version 17 also features improved Social Media capabilities and significant enhancements to Career Center web portal functionality. SmartSearch users can schedule posting of jobs and marketing messaging to the most popular social media sites and source directly from LinkedIn. Plus, Twitter posts are now encoded with GeoInformation. Customers can also add an optional “Apply with Monster” and “Apply with Indeed” icon to the SmartSearch career center enabling candidates to apply instantly using their profiles from these popular sites – significantly enhancing both the candidates experience and the scope of data collection.

Other exciting new features in Version 17 include enhanced mobile recruiting capabilities with a “mobile friendly” career center for candidates, expanded Job View Analytic Reports that track views by source and originating location, flexible commission tracking for recruiters and sales people in staffing organizations, mapping search results using interactive Google maps, and more.

The SmartSearch® recruiting software is best known for the ability to seamlessly integrate with existing systems and applications for managing all employment-related information from one easy to use interface.


About SmartSearch®: Since 1986, Advanced Personnel Systems, Inc. has led the way in the development and deployment of quality talent management and recruiting solutions. Having pioneered the field of resume-scanning-based recruiting solutions, APS is a recognized innovator in on-demand technology and recruitment data management. Its signature product, SmartSearch® serves over 165,000 users and 4.7 million job seekers worldwide. For more information, visit:

Apple dominates consumer sentiment for Tablet PCs – with 48% share of positive customer comments online

London (UK PRWEB) July 5, 2011

the customers’ point of view on the tablets are positively overwhelming. DigitalMR measured on a ¼ million positive comments for slate devices through January to June 2011, compared to just over 100 000 negatives. Apple has a dominant 48% share of these positive comments and 52% of the smaller group of negative comments. Next placed is Motorola with 16% of positive mentions and 18% negative.

The results are based on comments posted by consumers on major brands of tablets made by Apple, Motorola, Samsung, Blackberry, HTC, LG, Barnes and Nobles, ASUS, Archos and Viewsonic, through January-June 2011.

The analysis of DigitalMR (powered by SocialNuggets) is based on comments below via a range of relevant websites and open access social media platforms. It measures not only the number of comments posted by consumers on the Internet, but also their sense -. If jobs are positive or negative in nature

DigitalMR CEO, Michalis Michael commented: “The tablets appear to have launched a wave of optimism of consumers and the iPad currently dominates online conversation is essential for brands to leverage their goodwill. line, to create a greater impact than the battle for second place is increasing. ”

The popularity of tablets shows no signs of slowing. For example, the Consumer Electronics Association, 17 million were sold in the US alone in 2010 and its last forecast of 42 million units to be sold in 2011. Source:

With growing sales, and many more consumers intend to buy, what do consumers actually think about slate devices?

1) Net Sentiment

All brands measured, achieve a net positive score Feeling (NSS) Jan-June NSS provides an overall score of percentage of net positive messages. A positive result of a tablet attracts a higher proportion of positive and negative messages.

The average NSS necessary for all brands measured is 41% – very high compared to other industry sectors. This is very encouraging for the Tablet PC industry because it shows customers are generally very satisfied with their devices and are eager to share the good news online.

Apple has a NSS of 38%, slightly below average, but given its dominant position in the customer market expectations are likely to be higher. However, it still generates more buzz online twice as positive as negative. New entrants to the market (with a much lower base online chat) to achieve higher NSS as Viewersonic 78%, 65% Blackberry, LG and HTC both with 57%.

2) the positive and negative messages

Apple accounts for 48% of all positive messages to consumers on the internet through Jan.-June 2011. The next are more powerful Motorola 16%, followed by Samsung and Blackberry, both with 9%.

Of all the measured negative messages, Apple accounts for 52%. Motorola follows with 18%, followed by Barnes and Noble with 11%.

3) Features

DigitalMR measured thousands of workstations throughout January-June about the features that tablets offer. The negative aspect is crucial “Size” of the device. As seen in the customer quote below, this may include the weight, the overall size and the size of the screen. Devices that may be too large for some users are often not large enough for the other, because of the way the size is related to the preferred type of use. This is likely to become a key differentiator for tablets as the market develops.

Size attracts 20% of all the negative comments, but only 9% of all positive. Conversely, the characteristic of “Video” on slate devices is well received, attracting 15% of all positive comments, but only 9% of those who are negative.

Customers’ comments on the tablet size:

“Blackberry Playbook is surprisingly heavy for its size of 7 inches. It has applications evil. He must basic applications, including email, calendar and contacts at the very least, because webmail seems not function properly. It must be less than strollers in general. ”

“I hesitated to acquire Slate 500 due to take more time than anything else, but I was not happy with his screen size. – Too small for a real productive use I have read drawings and documents on the screen and can not be zooming in and out with the power of graphics processing compromises on these devices. ”

“Just because something is more expensive and does not do better! I have been digitally inking / drawing and do my digital art and for the last 2-3 years and I really prefer small tablets. I uses a genius 8×6 tablet and it works wonders for me. I heard people give horrible reviews 12×8- tablets as his way of saying great to use and I believe them. ”

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4) In their words – comments positive

“Very pleased with my iPad. Lightweight, portable and easy to use. Holds its charge for about 10 hours of general use. Active instantly (unlike my old laptop). The App Store is much more fun as a laptop. ”

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“The Blackberry Playbook is one of my favorite tablets in terms of the user interface, I like to slide across the screen and bezel to interact with the operating system and applications, it is very intuitive and effortlessly. The ability to make the navigation bar and keyboard appear by touching the glasses is great, and go to the home screen from any application is easy. ”

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“I bought the 32GB model from pc world a month ago and I can tell you right now the battery life is awesome and I can not put the thing down. The only thing I need say I’m not bothered, is that it has a locked bootloader Acer Iconia Tablet resistant to unlock (I can see the reasons) but apart from that, I’m definitely keeping the tablet and this is my new best friend right now. ”

“The quality of the Motorola Xoom screen is big, applications run smoothly and all in all it must be said that if you are a Gmail user or Google Apps is the device you need for everyday use. Gmail, maps, docs et al interfaces are far superior to that of iOS devices. The life of the battery is fantastic and beautifully Apps Sync if you are already an Android user. ”

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“Well Ipad 2 was a bit expensive, it was worth it I take with me wherever I go and it’s very easy to use The battery lasts more than a laptop;.. Applications are easy to install and to use. The new iPad is obviously faster than its predecessor. ” .html

5) How shelves brands use social media to their advantage?

tablets can use the analysis of data from Web sites and other social media in the following ways:

Engage in a dialogue one-on-one with their clients and respond to negative comments.
Invite some customers to participate in online forums and discussion groups to express their views more
Positive feeling can be exploited in advertising
Operations can learn and solve specific performance issues and retail products
The products can be adjusted and new designed to meet the needs of customers

About the report of the syndicated tablet

DigitalMR tablet produces a monthly report that monitors thousands of online conversations customers through comments posted on open access social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, forums, blogs, microblogs and commercial sites, comments on the tablet’s services.

The report is available on annual subscription with updates provided quarterly, monthly or weekly. The results will be updated to the press on a monthly basis.


For regular reporting and further information:

Michalis A. Michael

mmichael (at) Digital mr (dot) com

Tel: +44 751 571 0370

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About DigitalMR

DigitalMR is a specialized agency that provides a holistic approach to market research based on the Web. It specializes in research using social media, particularly web-listening and sophisticated technology platforms to improve its approach to business consulting.

DigitalMR solutions also include community panels, access panels, web usability and special emphasis on qualitative research online. The agency has developed new methods in online focus groups alongside tools such as video diaries, bulletin boards and online ethnography.

The agency works in collaboration with the International Society for market research MASMI http: // www . DigitalMR is headed by founder and MD, Michalis Michael and has its headquarters in London, UK and Nicosia, Cyprus.

About SocialNuggets

SocialNuggets technology delivers real-time information on the market for fast moving industries by analyzing data from various social media sources with a mission to liberate social media data and sentiment analysis to use in real-time research brands, products and features. SocialNuggets offers ready to use market intelligence for various industry sectors, including consumer electronics and banking. SocialNuggets data comes in the size of the bite, ready-to-consume, infographics and is also available as full access to our data warehouse for analysis and integration with customer data. SocialNuggets a Serendio company, was founded in 2011 and headquartered in Santa Clara, California For more information, please visit


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ViewSonic and Userful Announce Strategic Global Partnership to Deliver Innovative Virtual Desktop Solutions

Brea, CA (PRWEB) October 09, 2014

ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solution products, announces that it has entered a strategic global partnership with Userful Corporation, a pioneering desktop virtualization software company dedicated to reducing cost and complexity in deploying virtual desktops. The partnership between ViewSonic and Userful creates an innovative, affordable virtual desktop solution for use around the world.

This partnership will enable education customers as well as small and medium-sized businesses, to easily transition to the cloud and virtual environments. The two companies will partner to offer simple and flexible all-in-one, low-cost VDI solutions, including client devices and multi-platform software that will support a mix of native Linux, Chrome Cloud and Microsoft Windows virtual desktops.

“We’re excited to partner with Userful to deliver simple and affordable VDI solutions for users seeking flexibility and value, without the bells and whistles of a high-end VDI platform,” said Mike Holstein, Vice President of Business Development and Emerging Technologies for ViewSonic Americas. “These solutions will change the way people think about VDI deployment and desktop management. By integrating Userful’s software and ViewSonic’s hardware, a virtual environment can now be taken beyond the desktop to include touch screens, kiosks and digital signage.”

“This is a great partnership between Userful and ViewSonic, and an exciting time for both companies,” said Tim Griffin, Chief Technical Officer at Userful Corporation. “Today, deploying and managing endpoints can be complex and expensive, and ensuring smooth, seamless integration of hardware and software platforms is a priority for buyers. There is enormous demand for simplicity and value which we’ve proven through our software. And now, with this partnership with ViewSonic and its diverse portfolio of display products, we can offer a complete VDI hardware and software solution.”

With one of the most diverse lines of VDI products in the market, ViewSonic is the VDI endpoint authority. The company continues to bring leading-edge products to market, including Integrated Thin Client and Zero Client Displays, as well as discrete Thin and Zero Clients. With its wide range of solution options that include scalability, high levels of security and lock-down features, ViewSonic’s VDI products deliver a seamless desktop experience in VDI networks.

For more news and information about ViewSonic, visit and follow on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

About ViewSonic

Founded in California in 1987, ViewSonic is a world leader and pioneer in desktop display technology. As an innovator and visionary, ViewSonic keeps the world connected with a diverse portfolio of display solutions, including smart displays, projectors, desktop displays, digital signage and touch devices. Continuing our heritage as a desktop technology leader, ViewSonic delivers the latest desktop virtualization and cloud computing products that change the way we compute, communicate and connect. To find out more about our products, visit

ViewSonic’s Finch Club offers resellers an opportunity to benefit from specialized product training and discounts. To sign up, please visit

About Userful

Userful Corporation is a leading desktop virtualization software company that makes it simple and affordable for organizations to implement and centrally manage virtual computers. Userful supports virtualization deployments from desktops to touch-screens and beyond, with exceptional performance, unique flexibility and at the lowest cost on the market. Userful is the trusted provider of over one million virtual computers in over 100 countries and works with zero-client and thin-client devices from world-class partners. Learn more at

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Trademark footnote: All corporate names and trademarks are the property of their respective companies.Copyright©2014. ViewSonic Corporation. All rights reserved.

UK banks – Lloyds TSB accounts for highest share (21%) of negative customer comments online as it announces

London (PRWEB UK) 12 August 2011

DigitalMR analysed thousands of customer comments about high street banks for the month of June 2011. Over half (57%) of these customer views are positive, compared with 43% negative.

The three most mentioned banking brands are: Halifax and HSBC with a 16% share of all comments, followed by Lloyds TSB (15 %).

However there is a large difference between the positive and negative mentions that these banks generate. Halifax (20%) and HSBC (16%) attracted the largest proportion of positive posts, while Lloyds TSB (21%) received the most negative posts, followed by HSBC (17%).

This follows the announcements from the Lloyds Group in May that it was putting aside £3.2bn to pay customers who had been mis-sold payment protection insurance and that at the end of June it was cutting a further 15,000 jobs.

Taking the difference in positive and negative posts into consideration the clear winner for June is the Halifax with a Net Sentiment Score (NSS) of 44% followed by NatWest with 31%. Lloyds TSB was one of only two banks that achieved negative a NSS with minus 15%. Bank of Ireland achieved the lowest NSS with minus 51%.

DigitalMR’s report (powered by SociaNuggets) analyses thousands of customer comments posted via a range of relevant finance related websites and open access social media platforms. It measures, not only the number of comments posted by consumers on the internet, but also sentiment – whether these posts are positive or negative.

Results are based on comments posted by consumers on the major UK banks: Lloyds TSB, HSBC, Halifax, NatWest, Bank of Ireland, Santander, Barclays, RBS, ING Direct, and Clydesdale Bank.

Managing Director of DigitalMR, Michalis Michael commented: “these findings are very encouraging for the Halifax and NatWest brands as they are achieving an overall high net positive sentiment. However, recent events seem to have impacted on the Lloyds TSB brand and it will be interesting to see how online customer sentiment reacts to the planned job cuts announced at the end June.”

1) Net Sentiment Score (NSS)

Most of the banks measured, achieve a positive Net Sentiment Score (NSS) for June. NSS provides an overall percentage score of net positive posts. A positive score means a bank attracts more positive than negative posts, while a negative score suggests a higher proportion of negative posts.

The average NSS taken across all banks measured is 14%, which is good news for the banking industry as it is now attracting more positive sentiment across the internet than it does negative.

Net Sentiment Score ranking

1st Halifax            44%

2nd NatWest        31%

3rd ING Direct        25%

4th Santander        23%

5th Clydesdale Bank    21%

6th Barclays        15%

7th HSBC            12%

8th RBS             6%

9th Lloyds    TSB         -15%

10th Bank of Ireland    -51%

2) Features and Services

DigitalMR measured thousands of customer posts across June regarding the services and features that banks offer. Services attracting a much higher proportion of negative mentions to positive ones were: Customer Care (18% negative vs 9% positive) and Bank Employees (16% negative vs just 4% positive).

While the service attracting a higher proportion of positive comments was Credit Cards with (18% positive vs 11% negative).

Please click here to view customer comments in their words.

3) How can Banks use social media to their advantage?

Banks can use analysis of data from websites and other social media in the following ways:

    Engage in a one-to-one dialogue with their customers and respond to negative comments.
    Invite some of the customers to join online forums and chat groups to further express their    views
    Positive sentiment can be leveraged in advertising
    Operations can learn about and fix specific branch performance issues
    Financial products can be adjusted, and new ones can be designed to meet customer needs

About the syndicated banking report

The monthly banking report monitors thousands of customers’ online conversations through comments posted on open-access social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, forums, blogs, microblogs and commercial websites, for UK banking services.

The report is available on annual subscription with updates provided on a quarterly, monthly or weekly basis. Results will be updated to the press on a monthly basis.


For regular reports and more information:

Michalis A. Michael


tel: +44 751 571 0370

About DigitalMR

DigitalMR is a specialist agency which provides a holistic approach to web based market research. It specialises in utilising social media research, especially web-listening, and sophisticated technology platforms to enhance its business consulting approach.

DigitalMR’s solutions also include community panels, access panels, web usability and a distinct focus on qualitative research online. The agency has pioneered new methods in online focus groups alongside tools such as video diaries, bulletin boards and online ethnography.

The agency operates in affiliation with international market research company MASMI DigitalMR is headed by founder and MD, Michalis Michael and is headquartered in London, UK and Nicosia, Cyprus.

About SocialNuggets

SocialNuggets technology delivers real-time market intelligence for fast moving industries by analyzing data from various social media sources with a mission to liberate social media data and sentiment analysis for use in real-time research of brands, products and features. SocialNuggets delivers ready to use market intelligence for various industry verticals including consumer electronics and banking. SocialNuggets data is delivered in bite size, ready-to-consume, infographics and is also available in the form of a full access to our data warehouse for analysis and integration with customers’ data. SocialNuggets, a Serendio company, was founded in 2011 with headquarters in Santa Clara, CA. For more information, please visit