November 15, 2010 16:32 ET

ChaCha Promotes Shawn Schwegman to Chief Marketing Officer

INDIANAPOLIS, IN--(Marketwire - November 15, 2010) - ChaCha, the popular free service that has delivered quick, accurate answers to nearly a billion questions, today announced that it has promoted Shawn Schwegman to Chief Marketing Officer, a newly created position at the company. Mr. Schwegman joined ChaCha in June of this year as Vice President of Web Products.

Mr. Schwegman will be responsible for customer focus across all of ChaCha's products including, mobile answers service, iPhone and smartphone applications, mobile web versions of ChaCha, and the company's marketing and brand strategies for both national and international markets.

"Shawn hit the ground running and quickly expanded our website offerings and user experience, dramatically increasing value for our visitors and brand advertisers, and quickly making the fastest growing among Quantcast's top 100 websites," says Scott Jones, ChaCha's CEO. "It is largely due to his efforts that ChaCha has experienced record traffic to our site, which is now ranked at 65 in the top 100. I can't think of anyone else I'd rather entrust the ChaCha products and brand to than Shawn."

Mr. Schwegman came to ChaCha from SAS Technology (Indianapolis), a consulting agency assisting large retailers and manufacturers with their online strategy. As CEO of SAS Technology, Shawn provided its clients with knowledge in areas spanning ecommerce, online marketing, social networking, and many other Web 2.0/3.0 technologies. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Schwegman was Chief Marketing Officer for Vcommerce Corporation (Scottsdale, Arizona), an end-to-end ecommerce platform provider delivering solutions to companies such as Target, eToys, MTV, FYE, BJ's Wholesale Club, NewEgg, and many others.

Mr. Schwegman spent five years (2000 - 2005) with (Salt Lake City) serving last as Chief Technology Officer, and before that, as Vice President of Marketing, Director of Books, Music, Video, & Games and Director of Affiliate Marketing. During his time at Overstock, the company grew from a few million in sales to over $804 million in 2005. Overstock is now ranked as a top 10 Internet retail site.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Schwegman held management positions with Sycamore Software Development (Cincinnati), Fechheimer Brothers Co. (Cincinnati), KiZAN (Cincinnati), Inca Computer Company (Detroit) and PC Upgrades International, Inc. (Cincinnati).

ChaCha ( answers who, what, when, where and why, and has emerged as the # 1 way for advertisers and marketers to engage with their audience of choice. Through its unique "ask-a-smart-friend" platform, ChaCha has answered nearly one billion questions since launch from more than 21 million unique users per month via SMS text (242-242™), online (, Twitter (@chacha), Facebook app, iPhone app, Android app, and voice (1-800-2-ChaCha™). Working with major brands such as Paramount, AT&T, Palm, Johnson & Johnson, P&G, Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Sonic, and presidential political campaigns, is one of the fastest growing mobile and online publishers, according to Nielsen and Quantcast.

ChaCha was co-founded by proven innovator and entrepreneur Scott Jones and is funded by VantagePoint Venture Partners; Rho Ventures; Bezos Expeditions; Morton Meyerson, former President and Vice Chairman of EDS as well as Chairman and CEO of Perot Systems; Rod Canion, founding CEO of Compaq Computer; the Simon family; and Jack Gill, Silicon Valley venture capitalist.

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