SAP Insights: 2017’s historic Battle for No.1

The Chase for No.1 dominated the headlines in 2017, with three new World No.1s crowned in a season that saw five women hold the top spot. SAP Tennis Analytics looks into a history-making year atop the rankings.

The Battle for No.1 kicked off right out of the gates in January and came down to the wire in the final week of the season in Singapore. In a year that saw Angelique Kerber begin at No.1 and Serena Williams return to the WTA’s penthouse after winning her record-breaking 23rd major at the Australian, 2017 was also the first time three new No.1s were crowned in a single season. This is just the second time since the inception of computer rankings in 1975, that five different players held the top spot over the course of a year.

Karolina Pliskova became the first woman to represent the Czech Republic to become the 23rd WTA No.1 after Wimbledon. Garbiñe Muguruza became the 24th woman and second Spanish woman to hold No.1 after the US Open.

But it was Simona Halep who edged out the field in the end, becoming the 25th player and first Romanian to hold the WTA No.1 ranking after the China Open. She went on to hold her lead through Singapore to become the 13th player to finish the season at No.1. The last time a season saw even two new No.1s crowned was  2008, when Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic made their No.1 debuts.

The trend of new No.1s was not confined to the singles game. Five women held the No.1 doubles ranking as well in 2017, with three new No.1s crowned. Bethanie Mattek-Sands overtook the No.1 spot from Sania Mirza, after the two teamed up in the first week of the season and won Brisbane. Mattek-Sands’ good friend and partner Lucie Safarova moved to No.1 after Cincinnati, putting the Czech flag atop both the singles and doubles rankings for the first time.

And Martina Hingis finished off her incredible career with one of her best seasons, rising to No.1 with Chan Yung-jan to cap off a wild season of doubles. Chan became the second woman from Chinese Taipei to hold the No.1 doubles spot.

WEEKS AS WTA WORLD NO.1 IN 2017

18 weeks: Angelique Kerber (GER)
10 weeks: Serena Williams (USA)
12 weeks: Simona Halep (ROU)
8 weeks: Karolina Pliskova (CZE)
4 weeks: Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP)

WTA YEAR-END NO.1s:

Chris Evert: 1975, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981
Martina Navratilova: 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986
Stefanie Graf: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995 (shared with Seles), 1996
Monica Seles: 1991, 1992, 1995 (shared with Graf)
Martina Hingis: 1997, 1999, 2000
Lindsay Davenport: 1998, 2001, 2004, 2005
Serena Williams: 2002, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015
Justine Henin: 2003, 2006, 2007
Jelena Jankovic: 2008
Caroline Wozniacki: 2010, 2011
Victoria Azarenka: 2012
Angelique Kerber: 2016
Simona Halep: 2017

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Top Design Firms Releases February 2017’s Top 10 Best Web Design Firms

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – 7 Feb, 2017 – Each month the Top Design Firms (TDF) team ranks the premier design firms nationwide.  Based on project range, client assessments, originality, and innovation the firms are evaluated.

As of February 2017, the ranking group is pleased to announce its newest top 10 in the category of best web design firms.  Blue Fountain Media, Maxburst, and Lounge Lizard Worldwide secure the top three spots, with Bowen and Hudson Integrated following close behind.

More about February 2017’s Top Rated Web Design Firms:

Blue Fountain Media

Ranked as the best web design company, Blue Fountain Media has built a solid team of marketing and web professionals that create one-of-a-kind designs. The team makes sure each goal is met and surpassed on every level.

Maxburst

The creativity and knowledge that this best web design company brings to web design is truly amazing. Maxburst dedicates themselves from start to finish to provide your brand or business with the highest quality design to ensure all your goals are met.

Lounge Lizard Worldwide

With a devoted, creative team of professionals, each design Lounge Lizard creates show originality, consistency, and talent. Their stunning, innovative work makes Lounge Lizard a best web design company to work with.

Bowen

Bowen creates web designs that bring the culture and value of your business to life. With this best web design company, you can be sure the design your getting is the very best using the most creative and innovative technology on the market.

Hudson

Hudson brings your business into the 21st century with creative pros and the latest technology needed to create a truly one-of-a-kind design that only a best web design company can provide.

Eight25Media

What does it take to create the best web design company? If you ask the Eight25Media team, you’ll learn that it takes their incredible passion for design, highly skilled staff, and just a little bit of design magic which includes hard work and dedication.

Ruckus Marketing

Unique doesn’t begin to describe the designs Ruckus produces. This best web design company makes sure they understand the difference your business brings to customers and showcases that in a beautiful website.

Capitol Tech Solutions

No matter what the challenge may be when it comes to taking your brand’s website into the 21st century, Capitol Tech Solutions makes sure that the product you’re receiving not only meets goals, but show that you work with the best web design company.

Magic Logix

Magic Logix is transforming the way web design is being done by even the best web design company through innovation and creativity. They bring a little bit of web magic to each design that put your culture and values at the forefront of your site.

Dotlogics

Rounding out our list is this best web design company: Dotlogics. They make sure your design is stunning and delivers solid conversions. In addition, Dotlogics offer an innovative approach to create a truly unique site for every client.

The TDF team is thrilled as more businesses submit their work for review in the competitive marketplace, with the opportunity to see where they fall amongst the top ranked in the nation. The well-established rating group is looking forward to expanding its reach, and continuing to rank the best web design agencies for clients nationwide.
About TDF:

Top Design Firms was founded in 2003 to recognize the best work in the web design industry. Since then, TDF has seen some of the best, most innovative web design work from around the world. While the firm only ranks United States-based firms, its also one of the largest web design directories online, listing international firms as well. TDF’s mission is to push digital design to new heights while providing those seeking design services a curated list of high-quality design firms.

To learn more about Top Design Firms, or see one of this month’s Top 10 Rankings, visit: www.TopDesignFirms.com

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Marketing Tech Unicorns in 2017’s IPO Pipeline

Marketing Tech Unicorns in 2017's IPO PipelineMarketing Tech Unicorns in 2017’s IPO Pipeline

In its annual Tech IPO Report, released today, CB Insights identifies the top 369 high-value and “high-flying” technology companies which might be in the pipeline for IPOs. We mined the report for gems on some of the marketing (and sales) tech companies we cover.

Among the companies in the 2017 pipeline: Qualtrics, the market research and customer experience analytics platform; and InsideSales, the machine-learning powered sales acceleration platform. Qualtrics also ranks number on on the top 5 IPO prospects list. Internet-based companies overwhelmingly dominate the list (269 out of 369 companies), with mobile and telecoms in a distant second place (and California still has about four times as many business listed as New York).

What about the unicorns? In CB Insights’ terms, these are companies which have raised money at a valuation of $1 billion or more. There are 86 on the list. Among those highlighted in the report, we find Sprinklr, the enterprise social media management platform; AppNexus, the digital advertising hub; and InsideSales—as well as Snapchat, Uber, airbnb, Buzzfeed, and a range of less “household name” businesses.

But note: Despite the title of the report, only 32 of the 531 companies cited in the 2016 edition exited via IPO or acquisition.

Among the report’s more general findings:

  • Tech IPO Pipeline companies have raised on average $262 million to date, a jump from $182 million last year
  • Among investors, Andreessen Horowitz has both the highest number of tech pipeline companies in its portfolio, as well as the most unicorns (although Alphabet’s CapitalG and Google’s GV would have the most unicorns if their numbers were combined)
  • Hedge funds and mutual funds have pulled back in making new investments, and
  • Non-tech companies made major acquisitions from the tech pipeline in 2016 (including GM, Unilever, Walmart).

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