CPA-Branded Email Product from CPA2Biz Wins Innovation Award
Popularity of “CPA.com Email Solutions” Continues To Grow Among AICPA Members
CPA2Biz, the technology subsidiary of the American Institute of CPAs, has announced that its CPA.com Email Solutions has won a prestigious 2012 Tax & Accounting Technology Innovation Award from CPA Practice Advisor.
This is the second major award the CPA-branded email service has won this year following its recent feat in February when it was named a 2012 Top New Product by Accounting Today.
CPA2Biz is one of only five companies to receive a 2012 Innovation Award, a recognition CPA Practice Advisor says is “designed to honor new or recently enhanced technologiesthat benefit (accounting) professionals and their client relationships.” The independent publication received more than 80 entries for the competition this year.
“CPA2Biz is leading the way for accounting firms in this time of critical change in the profession,” said M. Darren Root, the publication’s executive editor. “The Innovation Award for their development of CPA.com Email Solutions is just another great example of their leadership.”
Earlier, the AICPA turned to its technology subsidiary and gave its members new tools to make them more productive on the go. It then launched two new mobile apps–The Journal of Accountancy News App for iPad™, and the CPA Exam Aid for iPhone™ and Android™ devices– and also announced a mobile-friendly version of its online store, cpa2biz.com. All three projects were spearheaded by CPA2Biz’s development team based in Santa Clara, Calif.
CPA.com Email Solutions was designed exclusively for AICPA members who want to highlight their professional brand in email communications. Users get a personal email address that combines their name with the CPA.com domain (YourName@CPA.com).
For $95.95 a year, subscribers can get a business-class offering that includes full Contacts and Calendar functionality, anti-spam and antivirus protection, up to 25GB of mail storage space, and the ability to access and manage messages from Microsoft Outlook, webmail and mobile devices. A message forwarding option that works with a subscriber’s existing email service is available for $29.95 a year.
“We’re thrilled to get the recognition from CPA Practice Advisor, but we’re just as excited with the positive feedback from CPAs who’ve signed up for the service,” said Erik Asgeirsson, president and CEO of CPA2Biz. “It really does fill a need. CPAs know they must build their brand online to succeed, and this is an easy but important way for AICPA members to move closer to that goal.”
The service was launched in December 2011, and the response from users has been enthusiastic.
“I needed a professional e-mail account that wasn’t tied to my firm account. I had avoided getting a Gmail or Yahoo! account because it wasn’t professional,” said Rick Richardson, founder of Richardson Media and Technologies and a member of the Accounting Hall of Fame. “CPA.com Email Solutions was perfect. It’s personal and professional at the same time and it’s easy for people to remember–Rick.Richardson@CPA.com.”