Flite’s thrilled to announce that we were named winner of the sfBIG’s “Next BIG Digital Startup” award. The 2011 BIG Star Awards ceremony was held last week by The San Francisco Bay Area Interactive Group’s (sfBIG) to recognize leaders in many areas of advertising – from great campaigns and the people who drive them to significant digital and social media advertising innovations.

sfBIG is dedicated to championing innovation in digital marketing in San Francisco and recognizes local companies with the sfBIG Awards for their outstanding achievements. Flite’s mission is to reinvent the way publishers and advertisers think about online display advertising by leveraging the possibilities of cloud computing.

Steve Klopf, Flite’s VP of Business Operations, was present to receive the award. He notes, “We are honored to receive this award from sfBIG, an organization that recognizes the impact that Bay Area companies can have on the advertising industry. Being named the Next BIG Digital Startup is great recognition of the work Flite is doing to continually advance online display advertising through technological innovations.”

Last week’s award ceremony brought together other interactive and digital leaders from some of the most disruptive advertising companies in the Bay Area. Congratulations to all the other nominees and winners!

Best Mobile Campaign
AKQA – Visa Signature iPad Pop-up

Best Multicultural Campaign
OMD Latino/Alma DDB - Clorox Pine Sol

Best Use of Rich Media
EVB – Wrigley/Skittles Rock, Paper, Scissor

Best Use of Social Media
Butler Shine Stern & Partners – MINI vs. Porsche Challenge

Most Innovative Search Campaign
AKQA Media – Entertainment Industry Client, Value of Branded Keywords

Most Creative Online Campaign
AKQA – Xbox Halo Reach – Remember Reach

Next BIG Digital Startup
Flite

Next BIG Salesperson
Adam Berman, YuMe

Best Digital Campaign From A Local Agency
Venables, Bell & Partners – Intel The Chase

Next BIG Media Planner
Diana Ahrens, Communications Strategist, Eleven

Best Digital Media Plan (TIE)
Signal to Noise – eBay Fashion – Derek Lam
Tribal DDB – Intel SmartTV

sfBIG Volunteer Appreciation Award
Stephanie Yang, AKQA

Lynn Ingham Community Service Award
Lindsey Thomas, JiWire

Lifetime Achievement Recipient
Scot McLernon, YuMe