Practice Ignition, the world’s ﬁrst client engagement and commerce platform for the professional services industry, has become Ignition to reﬂect its growth beyond proposals and payments, helping accounting, bookkeeping and professional services businesses spark long-lasting client relationships with ease.
The brand reframe follows 18 months of signiﬁcant product investment, to build a scalable and intuitive platform that meets the needs of a diverse and growing customer base in APAC,North America and EMEA. Just recently,Ignition raised $AUD68m ($USD50m) in a SeriesC funding round led by US-based JMI Equity to support global expansion and bring in new sales and marketing capabilities.
The new platform enhancements include conversion rate optimisation in the proposal process, to make it easier for a broad range of businesses to renew and upsell services. With more ﬂexible billing options and three option proposal templates from leading industry experts and partners, accountants and bookkeepers speciﬁcally can complete traditional tasks such as tax strategy and payroll, while delivering new advisory offerings.
Ignition has also invested in new integrations while enhancing existing ones, including the ability to scale people advisory and simplify billing with a new Gusto integration, and adding more ﬂexibility to automate jobs with an enhanced Xero PracticeManager workﬂow experience. The enhanced Review and Pay online experience provides more ways for companies to be paid, including automated payments and invoicing.
Guy Pearson, Founder & CEO of Ignition, said, “Over 5,000 accounting, bookkeeping and professional services ﬁrms use the Ignition platform to do business with their clients today, streamlining their operations, and boosting working capital.Our new name and platform reﬂects our mission to deliver even more value across the entire client journey for customers.”
“Our transition from proposals and payments to client engagement and commerce is a reﬂection of 18 months worth of product investment. We’ve created an all-in-one client experience that is designed to meet speciﬁc business needs and regulatory requirements, while giving accountants and bookkeepers the clarity, conﬁdence, convenience and control their businesses need to reach their full potential.”
Ignition has been driving digital transformation in the professional services industry for almost a decade, working with a broad range of customers to redesign their client relationships, operations and business development. To date, the company has helped businesses to facilitate over 6.5million payment transactions and engage more than 1.1 million clients, with over 2.2 million proposals accepted to date. On average, 52 per cent of proposals are accepted within 24 hours, with one client accepting the proposal in just 45 seconds.
As part of the rebrand, Ignition also launched a new visual brand identity, bringing to life its core promise to make it easier for customers to do business with clients and ‘spark’ long-lasting relationships.
Bronwyn Karaoglu, Vice President of Marketing at Ignition said,“Over the last two years, we have seen profound and fundamental changes across the professional services industry, from the rapid digitisation of accounting services to changing client expectations. In an increasingly uncertain and competitive environment, accounting, bookkeeping and professional services businesses need to strategically position themselves for the future and manage their client relationships effectively.”
“Our new brand is a representation of where Ignition is today and how we’vee volved our core offering to meet the needs of customers now and into the future. We’re excited to introduce Ignition to the world as we continue to expand into new markets and industries, and bring our vision of helping our customers build lasting client relationships with ease to life.”
Ignition has experienced signiﬁcant growth since launching in 2013, with thousands of customers across six markets and over US$2 billion in revenue processed via the platform. The company enables easier tax seasons such as multi-signature features in North America and has partnered with leading accounting associations to provide highly compliant engagement letters including ACCA, CAANZ, IPA and NATP.
Carrie Christino, Company Owner at Elm StreetAccounting in Orlando, Florida and a customer of Ignition, said, "I considerIgnition the single best app that I implemented to grow my business. Not only does it allow me to put together amazing proposals, but it also gives me a lot of conﬁdence in presentation to the client. It has streamlined that whole process and I am so happy that I have Ignition."