TrustRadius and SlapFive Announces 7 CustomerX Impact Award Winners

Kristi Gamboni
September 20, 2022
Blog, News, Technology Awards

TrustRadius and SlapFive Announces 7 CustomerX Impact Award Winners

The first awards program to recognize leaders of customer marketing and advocacy (CMA) programs that drive strategic growth initiatives.

To recognize top players in the emerging Customer Marketing and Advocacy (CMA) industry, TrustRadius and SlapFive hosted the inaugural CustomerX Impact Award ceremony, in-person in Boston, MA on Sept. 20, 2022. This long-awaited awards program elevated professionals in Customer Marketing and Advocacy (CMA) who are going above and beyond to build genuine relationships with their customers, creating innovative campaigns, and driving actionable results for their organizations.

TrustRadius, the most trusted research and review platform, and SlapFive, a customer marketing software platform, created this awards program to recognize top players in an important emerging industry. The CustomerX Impact Awards is the first program of its kind, and its creation signifies a growing worldwide interest in creating B2B customer marketing and advocacy initiatives. The ceremony highlightsCMA superstars that measurably demonstrated an ability to mobilize customers and use their brand advocacy to boost significant, organizational growth. 

Nominations were open to the public between June 1 and August 3, 2022. The distinguished panel of judges included long-time CMA advocates and professionals, including Megan Burns, Founder and Principal, Experience Enterprises; Ryan Henley, Chief Customer Officer, Bandwidth Inc.; Bill Lee, Founder, Center for Customer Engagement; and David Meerman Scott, Speaker and Author of The New Rules of Marketing and PR and Fanocracy

The seven award categories were created to highlight distinct customer engagement strategies. They emphasize creativity and out-of-the-box thinking that go beyond traditional CMA channels such as case studies, reference calls, and testimonials. Here are the 2022  winners and their respective award categories.

    • Acquisition Ace: David Coates, Director, Customer Marketing at Forter
    • CM&A Ambassador: Mitchell Drysdale, at Webex
    • Expansion Engineer: Carmen Gattis, Enterprise Client Success Manager at Social Solutions
    • Innovation Driver: Christina Garnett, Senior Marketing Manager, Offline Community & Advocacy at Hubspot
    • Market Trailblazer: Kathleen Orazio, Customer Advocacy Marketing Manager at Trimble Viewpoint
    • Product Portfolio Pioneer: Kim Plank, Customer Success Marketing Manager at Acumatica
    • Retention Champion: Sara Huntley, Director of Global Customer Engagement at Nuance Communications

As traditional marketing and sales programs lose their effectiveness at influencing buyers, companies need to implement Customer-Led Growth strategies. But that’s easier said than done. We created the CustomerX Impact Awards to shine the spotlight on Customer Marketing & Advocacy leaders who have built programs that mobilize customers to drive growth. The seven winners and 35 finalists have made a huge impact on their company’s success, and will serve as an inspiration for others as they pursue Customer-Led Growth.

Jeff Ernst

Co-Founder and CEO, SlapFive

In these economic times, having a world-class customer marketing and advocacy program is a much more efficient way to retain and grow your customer base. The CustomerX Impact Awards were created to recognize CMA superstars who have established themselves as growth drivers for their business. As the most trusted research and review platform, we know first-hand that your customers say it best, and that CMA professionals can build brand trust when they put their customer’s voices at the forefront of everything they do.

Vinay Bhagat

Founder and CEO, TrustRadius

Award categories, winners, and details on their award-winning customer marketing and advocacy programs are hosted on

About TrustRadius

TrustRadius is the most trusted research and review platform for business leaders to find and select the right software for their needs. Decision-makers across industries rely on verified, peer-based guidance and research from TrustRadius. Vendors engage and convert high-intent buyers by telling their unique story through rich reviews. Over 12 million visitors a year create and engage with high-quality review content and data on Headquartered in Austin, TX, TrustRadius was founded by successful entrepreneurs and is backed by Mayfield Fund, LiveOak Venture Partners, and Next Coast Ventures.

About SlapFive

SlapFive is the first Customer Marketing & Advocacy Software platform for driving Customer-Led Growth. By combining Customer Content, Customer Advocacy, Customer References, and Customer Campaigns into a single solution, SlapFive gives companies complete visibility into all customer engagement activities and their influence on revenue. Over 100 Customer Marketing professionals rely on SlapFive to mobilize customers to drive strategic growth initiatives that improve customer acquisition, adoption, expansion, retention and renewal.

About the Author

Kristi Gamboni
Kristi is a seasoned content and integrated marketer with 13 years of hands-on experience spanning B2C, B2G, and finally B2B. She started her career creating a global company’s first twitter account to now managing multi-threaded marketing campaigns in various online and offline channels. She’s honed her skill through trial and error, fearless creativity, and is constantly pushing the envelope to deliver fresh, compelling narratives. She thrives on taking seemingly complex topics and boiling them down to digestible content, making them both educational and enjoyable to read. Her vast experience in creating content and managing social media helps her effortlessly speak the language of her target audience. Her family of five resides in Virginia Beach and she enjoys the delightful chaos that comes with raising littles while advancing her career.