Bridgeline Digital's IAPPS Platform Powers Three Interactive Advertising Competition Award-Winning Websites

BURLINGTON, Mass., April 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bridgeline Digital, Inc. (Nasdaq:BLIN), The Digital Engagement Company™, announced today that the Web Marketing Association has honored three iAPPS driven websites with the prestigious Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) Award. The IAC Award recipients are Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) for Best Associations Website and Children's Hospital Colorado Orthopedics Institute for Best Health Care Website. The award for Best Small Business Website was also won for a large, nationally known franchise organization.

The IAC judges are representative of the full spectrum of the online marketing industry, and all entries are judged on competitive criteria in a head-to-head format, facing other entries within their specific categories. These criteria include creativity, innovation, impact, design, copywriting, use of the medium, and memorability.

SGIM's website, winner of the Best Associations Website award, boasts a dynamic social footer which incorporates interaction and content from LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook enabling increased engagement and understanding of site visitors. The SGIM website also features innovative search functionality by leveraging iAPPS' out-of-the-box integration with Perceptive Software Enterprise Search (formerly ISYS Search), which natively indexes all media types, including content within PDF files, vastly improving the ease and speed in which users can access relevant content.

The Children's Colorado website, winner of the Best Healthcare Website, features the ability to navigate by multiple classifications such as a child's age, body area, condition, or sports injury, ensuring a user-friendly experience and positioning them as a leading resource for pediatric orthopedic healthcare. The website also includes critical resources for patients such as a physician locator, an appointment assistant tool, and important preliminary insurance and billing information.

The franchise winner of the Best Small Business Website award was developed on Bridgeline's iAPPS ds (Digital Subscription) platform and boasts innovative design features to grab a visitor's attention. Each of its 4,300 franchisee websites were built using responsive design, technology that triggers a website to automatically adjust its screen size and correctly render per the device being used. This capability helps store owners engage with customers no matter where they are or what device they are using. iAPPS ds enables franchises and large dealer networks to centralize and control their franchisee websites on a singular platform, while simultaneously allowing them to execute local marketing initiatives.

"It is a privilege to be honored by the Interactive Media Awards again this year," says Thomas Massie, Bridgeline Digital's Chief Executive Officer. "The recognition is a testament to the strength of the iAPPS platform and the ability of our team to consistently develop best-in-class websites across multiple industries."

About The Web Marketing Association

The Web Marketing Association (WMA) was founded in Boston in 1997 to help set a high standard for Internet marketing and corporate web development on the World Wide Web. Staffed by volunteers, this organization is made up of Internet marketing, advertising, PR and design professionals who share an interest for improving the quality of advertising, marketing and promotion used to attract visitors to corporate Web sites.

About The Interactive Media Awards

The Interactive Media Awards™ recognize the highest standards of excellence in website design and development and honor individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievement. Created by the Interactive Media Council, Inc. (IMC), a nonprofit organization of leading web designers, developers, programmers, advertisers and other web-related professionals, the competition is designed to elevate the standards of excellence on the Internet and offer winners a boost in marketing and exposure. IMC serves as the primary sponsor and governing body of the Interactive Media Awards, establishes the judging system and provides the judges for the competition.

About Bridgeline Digital

Bridgeline Digital (Nasdaq:BLIN), The Digital Engagement Company™, enables its customers to maximize the performance of their mission critical websites, intranets, and online stores. Bridgeline's iAPPS ® platform deeply integrates Web Content Management, eCommerce, eMarketing, and Web Analytics to help marketers deliver online experiences that attract, engage and convert their customers across all digital channels. Bridgeline provides end-to-end Digital Engagement solutions and boasts an award-winning team of interactive services professionals. Headquartered in Burlington, Mass., with nine additional locations throughout the U.S. and an Asia Pacific headquarters in Bangalore, India, Bridgeline has thousands of customers that range from middle market organizations to Fortune 1000 companies. To learn more, please visit www.bridgelinedigital.com or call (800) 603-9936.
CONTACT: Kim Brown         Bridgeline Digital, Inc.         Director, Corporate Communications         781.995.0888         kbrown@blinedigital.com

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