Everyday millions of events happen on Planet Earth. In Sports, Business,
Entertainment. The big shows are covered by major television studios, but
the majority is not covered live yet. This will change. miniCASTER(R), a
pocket sized mobile live encoder streams any camera signal in TV quality
directly to the web and to millions of people. Any event is worth it to be
covered. Weddings, the soccer game of the Junior's 5th league in South
Wales, the opening of a shop, etc. miniCASTER compresses the audio video
signal before contributing it to the internet via 3G cellular networks, a
Wi-Fi hotspot, a landline or even a satellite terminal.
A powerful built-in battery enables production units to run the pocket
sized encoder without being wired for up to one hour. Perfect for sports.
miniCASTER generates an H.264/mp4 RTP stream with up to 8 Mbit/s and
1080i/1080p max. resolution, which is called Full HD. This IP-based stream
can be delivered by leading CDNs like Akamai, Limelight, Level (3), TV1.EU
or platforms like livestream.com, ustream.com and soon Youtube.
Profiles and settings can easily be changed via remote management and
also directly on the device. miniCASTER is highly recommended for use with
Wowza Media Server(R), the unified any-screen delivery platform from Wowza
In early October 2011 the first resellers from Germany, France and the
USA signed contracts and are ready to start selling in their region. The
first units were shipped to customers in Malaysia, Switzerland, Japan,
Austria, Germany, UK, the Netherlands, Portugal and the USA.
Michael Westphal, CEO: "miniCASTER is a fine piece of German Engineering
and ready to change the landscape of the TV industry. I am very proud to
announce that miniCASTER will be represented by highly professional
resellers in more than 10 countries within the next few weeks and in our
online shop. I hope we'll soon see 100,000 TV stations powered by
NIIT to Focus on Delivering Large Multi-Year Managed Training Services to Global Corporations
Sells its stake in Element K, Enters into Strategic Partnership with SkillSoft
ATLANTA, Oct. 14, 2011/PRNewswire/ -- NIIT a leading global talent development corporation and Asia's largest IT Training company addressing global markets in the corporate, retail and schools segments announced today that it has divested its stake in its step down subsidiary, Element K Corporation, based in Rochester, NY, USA, by selling the Element K business to SkillSoft Corporation and SkillSoft Ireland Limited (the "Buyers"), indirect subsidiaries of SSI Investments II Limited ("SSI II") which is the parent company of SkillSoft Limited (formerly SkillSoft PLC) ("SkillSoft"), for consideration of $110M in cash, subject to closing adjustments.
Over the last few years, NIIT has consolidated its expertise in Managed Training Services including Custom Content Development; enabling technologies including Learning Management System, Learning Portal and Training Operations Management System; Instructor Led & Web-Based Technology Assisted Training Delivery; Strategic Sourcing; and technology enabled Training Administration services in order to provide multi-year, multi-million dollar training solutions & services to global corporations.
NIIT also announced that it has entered into strategic long-term services and licensing agreements with SkillSoft. The two companies have a history of working together on multiple product development initiatives to create e-learning products that have been successful in the global business learning market. As a first effort in this renewed relationship, NIIT will become a SkillSoft product development partner in helping produce new content for SkillSoft's e-learning content collections for Business, IT and Desktop skills.
"NIIT has made a strategic commitment to expanding its Managed Training Services business as a key platform for growth. This partnership will enable NIIT to rapidly expand its Managed Training Services business," said Vijay Thadani, CEO of NIIT.
In addition, the two companies intend to collaborate on R&D initiatives to explore and create new paradigms for technology-enabled learning and performance support. "We've enjoyed a very productive relationship with NIIT over the years, and look forward to this renewed partnership," said Chuck Moran, CEO of SkillSoft. "By leveraging SkillSoft's and NIIT's joint experience and know-how, we believe there is great opportunity to create new innovations that will make online learning even more broadly embraced by the global market."
This partnership will also help NIIT become content-agnostic and increase the ability to provide its large clients a broader vendor neutral solution including custom-developed content created at NIIT's own facilities.
VectorSpan acted as advisors to NIIT on the transaction, and Arnall Golden Gregory LLP provided legal counsel to NIIT on the transaction.
About NIIT Enterprise Learning Solutions Business (ELS)
NIIT's Learning Solutions Business for Enterprises delivers innovative strategies that help clients accelerate business impact. NIIT Managed Training Services are a suite of best-in-class training processes that enable customers to reduce costs, sharpen their business focus, and drive quantifiable results. Our Managed Training Services deliver more relevant training to organizations, bring proven best practices into business processes, and redirect surplus training capital into core business functions. Known worldwide as a leader in learning outsourcing, with presence in more than 44 countries, NIIT's Learning Solutions Business for Enterprise offers products and services including learning administration, learning content, learning delivery, learning technology, advisory services, learning management systems, demand generation services, virtual labs, student retention services, and strategic assessments. Together with its organizations, Cognitive Arts and Element K, NIIT's global talent development programs help clients achieve real-world skills to better compete in today's market. Established in 1981, NIIT is known globally as the number one choice for strategic learning solutions. NIIT has earned more than 50 awards, including 14 Brandon Hall awards. For more information about NIIT's Learning Solutions Business for Enterprises, please visit niit.com or facebook.com/niitels. You may also contact Kimberley Kelly, Director of Marketing at Kimberley.Kelly@niit.com. Visit http://www.niit.com or http://www.facebook.com/NIITELS for more information.
CONTACT: Kimberley Kelly of NIIT, Kimberley.Kelly@niit.com
OpDecision Offers Free Wireless Audits for Nonprofits
OpDecision Says Nonprofits with up to 200 Wireless Cell Phones Are Eligible
SOUTHAMPTON, Pa., Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- OpDecision (http://www.OpDecision.com), a leader in reducing corporate wireless costs, is offering free wireless audits and optimizations for nonprofit organizations with up to 200 wireless cell phones. This includes a free audit of bills and recommendations to reduce their monthly wireless expenses.
"Nonprofit organizations need to keep their operating expenses to a bare minimum in order to direct as much of their resources to their worthy causes," says Jay Milgrom, CEO. "Understanding the negative impact this economy has had on the flow of donations to these organizations is what has inspired us to offer our free services to help them operate more efficiently through these troubled times. Our expertise in wireless cost management allows us to give them a much needed financial break."
Wireless, voice and data charges from carriers, including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint can be complex. OpDecision's expertise and access to unpublished pricing allows it to scrutinize the monthly charges and assess whether there is a better plan that is available. "The general rule is that our industry expertise and access to unpublished pricing rates invariably result in a significant savings to the business," says Milgrom. "The most attractive part of this, of course, is that the business takes advantage of those savings month after month."
The offer for a complimentary audit and optimization will continue through December 31.
This is not the first time OpDecision has participated in programs for worthy causes. Recently, the company has worked with nonprofits such as Easter Seals and Gift of Life. OpDecision has also formed a sponsorship with Cell Phones for Soldiers where OpDecision and Cell Phones for Soldiers called on companies and individuals to support U.S. troops overseas by donating used cell phones for reconditioning and resale. The proceeds helped purchase phone cards for the soldiers.
OpDecision LLC is a leader in corporate wireless expense management. Midsize to Fortune 1000 companies (and organizations) enlist OpDecision to reduce their wireless expenses. The Southampton, PA- based company helps businesses reduce wireless costs by up to 45 percent without changing their current carrier or contract. To register for your free review and recommendation, call 800-910-8517 or visit http://www.opdecision.com.
CONTACT: Tom Peric, +1-856-874-0049, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rubbermaid Commercial Products Announces Facebook and Twitter Contests to Win a Free Rubbermaid HYGEN Clean Water System
Winners Will Be Chosen from the Brand's Social Communities and Announced End of October
WINCHESTER, Va., Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP), the leader in solution-based commercial products, announced a contest to win a free Rubbermaid HYGEN(TM) Clean Water System in celebration of the product launch. The Rubbermaid HYGEN Clean Water System is the only floor cleaning system to feature a unique water filter integrated into the mop bucket to generate clean water, resulting in a cleaner mop and floor. The integrated water filter improves cost-in-use and sustainability by reducing water and chemical usage and increasing worker productivity, saving a typical facility about $6,000 a year in labor costs. RCP is helping facilities clean on a global level, as 1,000 Rubbermaid HYGEN Clean Water Systems will be seeded in markets around the world from now through the end of 2011.
The social media contest will award one winner from Facebook and one winner from Twitter, a free Rubbermaid HYGEN Clean Water System. The contest also is being announced via a Rubbermaid Commercial homepage takeover to promote the contest, as well as a custom Facebook application.
To enter the contest, join the RCP social communities -- "like" the RCP Facebook page or follow @RubbermaidComm on Twitter and tweet a message about the contest. The tweet must include the hashtag #WinARubbermaid, and a link to the Rubbermaid Commercial Product Blog, "Trash Talking Clean Freaks." One winner will be picked from Twitter and one winner from Facebook at the end of October.
"We are committed to providing communities around the world with the new Rubbermaid HYGEN Clean Water System. This is the industry's first product with an integrated water filter that generates cleaner water and offers sustainable benefits to its users, " said Neil R. Eibeler, President of Rubbermaid Commercial Products. "The product was recently awarded the 2011 ISSA Innovation Award, proving that we have revolutionized the way the world cleans, helping to improve productivity, and create healthier, safer environments."
About Rubbermaid Commercial Products
Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP), headquartered in Winchester, Va., is a manufacturer of innovative, solution-based products for commercial and institutional markets worldwide. Since 1968, RCP has pioneered technologies and system solutions in the categories of food services, sanitary maintenance, waste handling, material transport, and safety products. RCP, an ISO 9001:2000 manufacturer, is part of Newell Rubbermaid's global portfolio of leading brands and continues to develop innovative products. Visit http://www.rubbermaidcommercial.com.
Nefsis Video Conferencing Introduces Multi-Layer Whiteboard - Further Expanding its Collaboration Toolset for Productive Online Meetings
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Online services innovator Nefsis® announced today the addition of advanced, multi-layer whiteboard capabilities to its business video conferencing collaboration tools. The advanced features let multiple online meeting participants add text, graphics, and hand-drawn objects to the whiteboard, and edit them in real-time. These features are beyond basic whiteboards included in most web conferencing products, and far beyond H.239 one-user-at-a-time screen sharing limits found in most hardware-based video conferencing systems. The improved whiteboarding features deliver more interactivity and a better, seamlessly integrated web and video conferencing experience - an advantage made possible by Nefsis cloud computing which can easily integrate new software-based features.
Online meeting whiteboards are typically simple "paint" utilities rendering all mouse-drawn inputs on a single, raster-image layer. The Nefsis advanced whiteboard supports multiple layers and several 'objects' such as text, graphics, and shape and drawing tool inputs. The various objects can be moved, stretched, and deleted by the presenter and any participant given whiteboard privileges. These additional capabilities are useful for distributed project teams, brainstorming, and inter-office chalk talks where basic whiteboards fall short.
"You can do more than simple painting. Nefsis includes a full multiple layer model, with various objects and tools that can be moved, stretched, deleted and modified, providing a lot more utility for savvy online meeting users," said Allen Drennan, Nefsis Chief Technology Officer. "Cloud computing seamlessly integrates HD multiparty video and collaboration tools for our users, without the complexity and IT maintenance burden required by 'platform' infrastructure solution suites, video routers, and other pre-Internet video conferencing architectures."
The multilayer whiteboard and all Nefsis web collaboration tools are available now to all Nefsis Professional customers and trial users via worldwide cloud delivery. For a free trial, visit Nefsis.com.
Headquartered in San Diego, California, Nefsis is a technology specialist in video conferencing software and cloud computing online services. The Company's global cloud provides multipoint HD video and advanced collaboration tools to business, government and educational customers in more than 45 countries worldwide. As compared to previous generations of video conferencing solutions requiring video routers, MCUs and desktop gateways, the Nefsis cloud-based offering is less expensive, automatically maintained, and easier to expand.
For more information, please visit http://www.nefsis.com or call +1 (858) 715-0970 in the Americas or +44 (0) 870 224 0415 in the UK and Europe.
Amy Robinson / Brittney Wolff
LEWIS PR for Nefsis
Nefsis is a registered trademark of Nefsis Corporation. All other trademarks mentioned are property of their respective owners.
MMAX Media, Inc. Announces Approval of Update to Its PayMeOn(TM) iPhone® Mobile Application
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MMAX Media, Inc. (otcbb:MMAX) (otcqb: MMAX) announced today that the update to its PayMeOn(TM) mobile application has been approved and is now available free on iTunes® at the AppStore. The PayMeOn application allows users to share their favorite local deals and earn Social Income(TM). Every time PayMeOn users earn Social Income by sharing deals, the application notifies them by a ringing cash register sound and display of the amount of money they've earned. Users can collect their Social Income in cash either by PayPal® or by check. The PayMeOn application is currently rated 4+ stars.
Through its principal offering, PayMeOn, MMAX Media is pioneering the monetization of social networks. PayMeOn has trademarked the term "Social Income" and believes that the sharing of local deals is the beginning of a greater trend towards people earning cash from their vast connections to friends and colleagues across their various social networks.
MMAX Media, Inc. and PayMeOn are not affiliated with PayPal®, Apple®, iTunes® or the iPhone®. All Apple® trademarks are the property of Apple® and MMAX Media, Inc. and PayMeOn do not in any way claim to represent or own any of the Apple® trademarks or rights. Apple® does not own, endorse or promote any MMAX Media, Inc. or PayMeOn products or services.
The statements in this press release that relate to the Company's future expectations are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties. Words such as "expects," "intends," "plans," "may," "could," "should," "anticipates," "likely," "believes" and words of similar import also identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on current facts and analyses and other information that are based on forecasts of future results, estimates of amounts not yet determined and assumptions of management. Readers are urged not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release since they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which are, in some cases, beyond our control and which could, and likely will, materially affect actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. We assume no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements in order to reflect any event or circumstance that may arise after the date of this release, even if new information becomes available in the future. Additional information on risks and other factors that may affect the business and financial results of MMAX Media, Inc. can be found in the filings of MMAX Media, Inc. with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
MMAX Media, Inc.
1-800-991-4534, ext 101
Sting Alarm, Inc. Expands Into Northern California With 200 Newly Acquired Accounts
HENDERSON, Nev., Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Henderson, Nevada-based Sting Alarm, Inc. expanded into Northern California with the acquisition of 200 residential and commercial accounts from National Alarm Systems.
Jon Perry, vice president and partner for Sting Alarm, Inc., said that with the recent addition of accounts from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe, the company now serves the entire state of California, providing video broadband alarms and the latest technology in the security industry. By offering customers an option to pair alarms with real-time, monitored video surveillance, Perry says Sting is able to verify incidents as they happen and increase law enforcement efficiency. Their goal, said Perry, is to help solve crimes, not simply record them.
"We look forward to growing our business in the Northern California market area," Perry said. "We see a good potential for growth by bringing in services not previously available there, like our video monitoring and verification."
Perry added that the company is in the process of reaching out to new customers acquired from National Alarm Systems to ensure a smooth transition. "We mailed everyone a large package with their yard signs and decals, a welcome brochure and a letter telling new customers what to expect," Perry said.
Jonathan Fine, president and partner, added that the company plans to target new customers to further expand the company's security alarm and video surveillance solutions for California. "We're now offering packages for residential and business security systems and services throughout California through our Customer Monitoring Center," Fine said.
New customers in this market area include a multi-unit retailer that will add to Sting's list of national accounts, as well as other commercial and residential customers.
Sting Alarm offers comprehensive security solutions, including surveillance technology and alarms for loss prevention and deterrence as well as technology solutions. Clients include hotel/casinos, bars/nightclubs, convention facilities, real estate/construction firms, restaurants, retail stores, check cashing/loan stores, homeowner associations and private residences, among others.
CONTACT: Jon Perry, email@example.com, or Jonathan Fine, firstname.lastname@example.org, both of Sting Alarm, Inc., +1-702-737-8464; or Ruth Furman of ImageWords, +1-702-255-8288, email@example.com, for Sting Alarm, Inc.
EarthLink Issues Notice to Redeem 3.25% Convertible Senior Notes
ATLANTA, Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK) today issued a notice of redemption to redeem all of its outstanding 3.25% Convertible Senior Notes due 2026 (the "Notes") on November 15, 2011.
Special Notice to Noteholders
Under the terms of the indenture governing EarthLink's outstanding 3.25% Convertible Senior Notes due 2026 (the "Notes"), EarthLink's calling of the Notes for redemption requires an adjustment to the conversion rate for the Notes as a result of the $0.05 dividend paid by EarthLink on September 20, 2011, which adjustment will be effective October 14, 2011. In addition, as a result of calling the Notes for redemption and the occurrence of a specified period allowing conversion, the Notes may be surrendered for conversion from October 14, 2011 to, and including, November 15, 2011, subject to earlier redemption, for the consideration provided for in the indenture.
In order to convert a Note held in certificate form, a holder must (1) complete and sign a Conversion Notice in the form attached to the applicable indenture, with appropriate signature guarantee, on the back of the Note, (2) surrender the Note to the Conversion Agent, (3) furnish endorsements and transfer documents required by the Conversion Agent, (4) pay any accrued unpaid interest through the conversion date and (5) pay any tax or duty related to the conversion. If a holder holds a beneficial interest in a Global Security, a converting holder must comply with the applicable procedures of the Depositary, The Depository Trust Company.
The Conversion Agent is Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.:
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.,
Corporate Trust Services
625 Marquette Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55479
Attention: EarthLink Account Manager
A separate notice with additional information is being delivered to registered holders of Notes, the Conversion Agent and the Trustee.
EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK) is a leading provider of Internet Protocol (IP) infrastructure and services to medium-sized and large businesses, enterprise organizations and over 1.5 million consumers across the United States. The company has been providing Internet access and communications services for decades and has earned an award-winning reputation for both outstanding customer service and product innovation. For consumers, EarthLink is a leading Internet Service Provider connecting people to the power and possibilities of the Internet. EarthLink Business(TM) provides voice, data, mobile and equipment services over a 28,000 mile fiber network and MPLS-based services nationwide. For more information, visit EarthLink's website http://www.earthlink.net.
Motorola Mobility Introduces the World's Most Advanced Wireless Headsets With Bluetooth® Technology
Discreet design, My MotoSpeak(TM) hands-free texting and unparalleled audio performance achieved through exclusive software solution
LIBERTYVILLE, Ill., Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Motorola Mobility, Inc. today announced the arrival of two new ground-breaking Bluetooth headsets, Motorola ELITE SLIVER and Motorola ELITE FLIP. The innovative Bluetooth headsets boast unmatched sound quality and features, including Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, HD Audio Plus and three times greater connection range than the leading competitors.
Motorola ELITE SLIVER and Motorola ELITE FLIP feature NFC technology, which allows you to pair either headset with your phone with a quick tap(1). The inclusion of HD Audio Plus in both headsets increases clarity and provides richer sound for all your conversations with true wideband audio and CrystalTalk(TM) dual-microphone noise cancellation technology. With an extended roaming range of up to 300 feet(2) from Class 1 Bluetooth technology, you can walk away from your phone without disconnecting your conversation.
The Motorola ELITE SLIVER and Motorola ELITE FLIP also work with the My MotoSpeak(3) application to read, dictate and send text messages hands-free. The new My MotoSpeak application adds the capabilities for users to initiate and send text messages without touching or holding their phone.
"Seamless integration of elegant design and new ground-breaking technology make Motorola ELITE SLIVER and Motorola ELITE FLIP, the obvious choices for consumers from the tech savvy to the fashion conscious," said Yossi Cohen, senior vice president, Companion Products, Motorola Mobility. "In designing these headsets, we built custom software to deliver new user experiences. Multiple technology advancements such as NFC, HD Audio Plus featuring wideband audio and My MotoSpeak provide an additional layer of superior and innovative functionality."
Barely noticeable, impossible to ignore
Weighing in at just under half an ounce, Motorola ELITE SLIVER can hardly be seen but it certainly can be heard. The headset is perfect for those who want discretion but don't want to sacrifice great audio or advanced features. In addition to the aforementioned features, Motorola ELITE SLIVER offers more than twice as much talk time as the leading competitors. The stylish protective charging case recharges the headset for a total of up to 15 hours of talk time without needing to search for a power outlet.
Keep talking... and be heard
Motorola ELITE FLIP lets users talk through almost anything. In addition to the rich and clear audio of HD Audio Plus, the TrueComfort(TM) design let you choose the most comfortable way to wear the headset. Motorola ELITE FLIP provides the unique capability to choose from three wearing options first seen on the Motorola HX550.
My MotoSpeak integration
Both headsets work with My MotoSpeak, the ultimate hands-free texting application for an increasingly hands-free world. The latest generation of Motorola's MotoSpeak application, My MotoSpeak allows you to initiate, dictate and send a text message without touching your phone. The free application reads incoming text messages aloud through the headset and lets you reply hands-free, including interpreting common acronyms such as 'asap' or 'l8r.' The smart button feature on Motorola ELITE SLIVER and Motorola ELITE FLIP makes sending a text easier than ever. With one simple touch of the smart button on the headset, you can initiate a text message and simply talk aloud to dictate the message. In addition, My MotoSpeak can also easily customize headset settings like noise cancellation, equalizer and smart button function.
Motorola ELITE SLIVER Key features and specifications:
-- HD Audio Plus with true wideband audio and CrystalTalk(TM) dual-mic
technology enable increased clarity and richer sound
-- NFC technology pairs device to NFC-enabled phones(1) in one tap
-- Extended roaming range up to 300 feet(2)
-- Integrated with My MotoSpeak to hear incoming messages, speak outgoing
texts and send without ever touching your phone
-- Up to 15 hours of talk time(4) when combined with the included charging
-- Weighs less than half an ounce and can barely be seen when worn
Motorola ELITE FLIP Key features and specifications:
-- HD Audio Plus with true wideband audio and CrystalTalk(TM) dual-mic
technology enable increased clarity and richer sound
-- NFC technology pairs device to NFC-enabled phones(1) in one tap
-- Extended roaming range up to 300 feet(2)
-- Integrated with My MotoSpeak to hear incoming messages, speak outgoing
texts and send without ever touching your phone
-- TrueComfort(TM) with three distinct wear styles
-- The unique RapidConnect(TM) feature lets you simply flip open to turn on
and talk, flip closed to turn off and save power
-- Battery provides up to six hours of talk time, 12 days of standby
Pricing and Availability
Starting Oct. 24, 2011, both headsets will be available online at http://www.store.Motorola.com. Motorola ELITE SLIVER will be $129.99 and Motorola ELITE FLIP will be $99.99.
My MotoSpeak is a free download from Android Market(TM).
About Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people's lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit Motorola.com/mobility.
Juli Burda+1 847-523-5035Juli.Burda@Motorola.com Motorola Mobility, Inc.
This device supports Bluetooth® hands-free, advanced audio distribution (A2DP) and serial port (SPP) profiles. Certain Bluetooth features, including those listed, may not be supported by all compatible Bluetooth-enabled devices, and/or the functionality of such features may be limited in certain devices, or by certain wireless carriers. Contact your wireless carrier about feature availability and functionality, or visit http://www.Motorola.com/bluetoothconnect for more details.
PPC Associates Launches New Site, International Focus
SAN MATEO, Calif., Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- PPC Associates, a San Francisco Bay Area-based SEM company co-founded in 2008 by industry veterans David Rodnitzky and Will Lin, has released a new web site: http://www.ppcassociates.com. The new site reflects the Company's shift from a boutique SEM firm to major player in the digital marketing agency space.
Within the last year, PPC Associates has grown its marketing spend under management by 400% to more than $85 million annually. The Company has brought on many new clients, including Qwikster, Limelight Networks, and GoPro Sports Cameras, and represents more than 50 leading companies. Its emphasis on smart, comprehensive marketing strategies - including paid search, display advertising, video, Facebook PPC, and mobile platforms - custom-crafted to each client's business profile and goals, earned it a score of 91% in an August 2011 Net Promoter Score survey measuring client satisfaction.
"Our focus on client satisfaction, measurable results, and deep expertise has enabled us to maintain triple digit annual Company growth since inception," CEO and Founder David Rodnitzky said. "I'm excited to now have a Web site that explains our value proposition to potential clients and partners."
Although PPC Associates originally focused on domestic-only accounts, the Company, which features native speakers in Mandarin, French, Spanish, and German, has driven major success for clients through international SEM. PPC Associates has established its international qualifications with success in growing Chinese e-commerce company LightInTheBox, which engaged PPC Associates in early 2011 and has since realized a significant growth in revenue.
ABOUT PPC Associates
PPC Associates, located in the San Francisco Bay Area, was founded in early 2008 and now has more than 50 clients, including Netflix, ExactTarget, Knewton, Shopify, Beau-Coup, EchoSign, and OneKingsLane. PPC Associates is currently accepting inquiries from savvy and growing prospective clients in need of expert SEM assistance. More information can be found at http://www.ppcassociates.com or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
ForSaleByOwner.com Increases Customer Listing Exposure by 24 Million Visitors With New Zillow Partnership
CHICAGO, Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ForSaleByOwner.com has partnered with Zillow® to add customer real estate listings to Zillow and Yahoo!® Real Estate's searchable database of properties for sale. Through this partnership, ForSaleByOwner.com, the nation's largest and most heavily trafficked "by owner" website, will extend its listings' overall exposure by as many as 24 million additional unique visitors per month.
As of today, all ForSaleByOwner.com customers will also receive listings on Zillow.com and Yahoo! Real Estate, providing these sellers more reach than ever before.
For an additional fee, ForSaleByOwner.com customers can upgrade to a "Featured Listing" on Zillow.com and Yahoo! Real Estate. Sellers who purchase the Deluxe or MLS Enhanced Listing packages on ForSaleByOwner.com will benefit during their first 30 days by being a "Featured Listing" on Zillow and Yahoo! Real Estate. Featured listings on Zillow.com drive about three times more traffic compared to standard listings(i).
"ForSaleByOwner.com sees this new partnership as another powerful tool in helping homeowners sell on their own," stated Eddie Tyner, Vice President of Tribune Digital Marketplaces and General Manager of ForSaleByOwner.com. "Home sellers will now have an opportunity to really increase their exposure and success rate at a reasonable price point."
Today, online tools and information allow homeowners to market their own properties in a way that was unthinkable in the not-so-distant past. A recent study shows that nearly ninety percent of home buyers rely on Internet listings when searching for their new homes.(ii)" ForSaleByOwner.com has developed a comprehensive online community designed specifically to empower home buyers and sellers. By providing tools and resources previously only available to real estate agents, ForSaleByOwner.com continues to equip sellers with everything they need to save thousands of dollars of their hard earned equity while providing buyers with a hassle-free platform to find their next homes.
This syndication partnership marks the latest home marketing enhancement to the repertoire of tools ForSaleByOwner.com offers.
ForSaleByOwner.com is the nation's leading "by owner" real estate website, connecting home sellers with home buyers since 1999. The company offers a wide range of listing packages ranging from $85 to $699 plus advertising, information, tools and resources to empower people to sell their homes themselves.
In 2010 alone, ForSaleByOwner.com facilitated the sale of $1.8 billion of residential real estate, accounting for upwards of $72 million(iii) in home equity saved by sellers.
By selling a home without a real estate agent, sellers can save thousands of dollars by eliminating the commissions and fees a full service agent would command. A homeowner selling a $300,000 house through a full service real estate agent would forfeit up to $18,000 of their hard-earned home equity, based on the traditional 6% commission rate that has become the industry norm. ForSaleByOwner.com was acquired in 2006 by Tribune Digital, a division of Tribune Company, based in Chicago, IL.
About Zillow, Inc.
Zillow (NASDAQ: Z) is the leading real estate information marketplace, providing vital information about homes, real estate listings and mortgages through its website and mobile applications, enabling homeowners, buyers, sellers and renters to connect with real estate and mortgage professionals best suited to meet their needs. More than 24 million unique users visited Zillow's websites and mobile applications in September 2011(iv). Zillow, Inc. operates Zillow.com®, Zillow Mortgage Marketplace, Zillow Mobile and Postlets®. The company is headquartered in Seattle.
(i) Source: Zillow internal, September 2011
(ii) NAR, Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 2010
(iii) Based on sellers paying a 2% commission to the agent representing the buyers of their homes as opposed to paying a full 6% real estate commission.
(iv) Internal tracking via Omniture, September 2011. Includes Zillow's websites and mobile applications.
Wondershare Celebrates the Release of Apple's Much-Anticipated iPhone(R) 4S With Specially Discounted Companion Software
New iPhone 4S Users Benefit from Popular Wondershare Software Titles for Converting Videos & DVDs for iPhone Playback, Managing iTunes Libraries, Capturing Streaming Audio, Creating Ringtones and more
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Wondershare Software is joining in the celebration of the much anticipated iPhone 4S launch by offering new iPhone 4S customers easy and economical solutions for enjoying content on their new iPhones. With Wondershare software, iPhone fans can convert and transfer their non-iTunes purchased video, music, audiobook, and eBook content to their new iPhones, and create ringtones, manage and backup their iTunes libraries, and much more.
Apple's iPhone 4S, shipping as of today, is being touted as the most advanced iPhone yet and with good reason. The new device features a new dual-core A5 CPU that is up to 2X faster than previous iPhones, an 8 Megapixel camera with 1080P video recording capability, and Siri - voice activated messaging & reminders. Additionally, the iPhone 4S is now available in more countries and on more networks, and pre-orders of the iPhone 4S shattered the million-unit mark prior to today's availability.
Wondershare offers several highly regarded iPhone-companion software titles that allow users to maximize their entertainment experience and both manage and protect the content on their new iPhone 4S. From October 14th through October 31st, iPhone 4S customers can save $10 on each of these popular Wondershare titles from the Wondershare online store:
-- Video Converter Ultimate -- The ultimate video conversion utility that
allows videos in virtually any format to be quickly converted and
transferred to the iPhone with fantastic quality. Users can rip DVDs to
enjoy on the iPhone, capture web videos from popular video sharing sites
for off-line viewing, edit videos and create iPhone-ready ringtones from
any audio source. The Video Converter Ultimate is available on Windows®
-- iTunBack -- An easy-to-use transfer tool for copying & merging content
from the iPhone to a user's iTunes account when the content on the
iPhone wasn't purchased via iTunes. Users can quickly and easily
transfer music, movies, playlists, TV shows, podcasts, ringtones, voice
memos, ebooks, and even audiobooks to their iTunes library. iTunBack is
available on Windows.
-- Streaming Audio Recorder -- A free application for conveniently
capturing streaming audio from popular online Internet radio stations
and websites. Users can also discover song information including artist,
album cover and track name, and save audio to the computer and transfer
to the iPhone for enjoying anywhere, anytime. Streaming Audio Recorder
is available on Windows.
To receive the special $10 discount, users need only purchase one of the mentioned iPhone companion products and enter coupon code IP5-45K2D469SB at checkout. It's that simple. To learn more about these and other fine Wondershare software products or to place an order, please visit http://www.wondershare.com.
Wondershare Software Co., Ltd., an IDG invested company, is an innovative software developer dedicated to delivering the very best in software products and services to the worldwide consumer and business market segments. Headquartered in Shenzhen China, Wondershare has branch offices in the U.S., Germany and Japan. Wondershare has been named to Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific in 2009 and 2010.
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Wondershare Software Co., Ltd.
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Square Enix Announces Army Corps of Hell for North America
The Battle for Hell Begins in 2012 Exclusively for the PlayStation®Vita system
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 14, 2011/PRNewswire/ -- Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in the Americas, today announced Army Corps of Hell(TM) as an exclusive launch title for the PlayStation®Vita system.
Developed by Entersphere, Inc., Army Corps of Hell brings a new level of vicious combat, dark humor and lightning-quick action to the PS Vita system.Players control an army of a hundred goblin soldiers with various classes and abilities to defeat a host of enemies in order to reclaim the King of Hell's throne. In Army Corps of Hell, players can take full advantage of the unique control features of the PS Vita system to experience war like never before!
"We are very excited to have Army Corps of Hell as part of the exclusive launch line-up of the PS Vita system," said Mona Hamilton, vice president of marketing for Square Enix, Inc. "The team at Entersphere is creating a unique action game that fully embraces the power and controls of the PS Vita system."
Defeated in battle, the King of Hell is stripped of his powers and banished from his throne. Burned to a meager corpse, the dethroned king uses the last of his strength to take command of a corps of weak-minded goblins. He commands this ragtag army of bloodthirsty goblins as he fights through hell to reclaim his throne, destroying his enemies and looting their corpses for equipment along the way.
-- Command massive goblin armies - Annihilate your enemies by controlling
an army of 100 goblin soldiers with assorted classes and abilities.
Restore the King of Hell's control, empower his army to take on all
comers, and reclaim his place as the ruler of the underworld!
-- Unleash the PS Vita system! - Use the rear touch pad to command your
goblins to play instruments, each activating special properties. Revive
your hero, rejuvenate your soldiers and inspire your army to increase
their strength! Skillful play will be rewarded with significant benefits
and a greater edge against the demon horde.
-- Reap the spoils of war to outfit your corps - Combine materials dropped
by fallen foes to create new equipment for your troops. Customize your
corps' equipment and items to change the look and upgrade the abilities
of your goblin soldiers.
-- Team up with friends and increase the challenge - Play with up to four
players via ad-hoc multiplayer and face tougher bosses to acquire rare
Title Army Corps of Hell
Platform PlayStation(R)Vita system
Release Date 2012
Army Corps of Hell is not yet rated. Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at http://www.esrb.org for more information about ratings.
About Square Enix, Inc.
Square Enix, Inc. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content throughout the Americas as part of the Square Enix Group. The Square Enix Group operates a global network of leading development studios and boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property, including: FINAL FANTASY, which has sold over 100 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 58 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 35 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix, Inc. is a U.S.-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.
Nearly a Million People Rush to Play New Social Gaming App, House of Fun, by Pacific Interactive
House of Fun, a brand new social gaming app produced by Pacific Interactive, has exploded in popularity since its grand debut. In less than a month, the game has garnered over 700,000 active users on Facebook.
LONDON, Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- When a company debuts a social gaming app, expectations are that it will perform well. However, House of Fun, the new, free app by Pacific Interactive, now hosts over 700,000 active players since the unveiling on September 13, 2011. The first week alone, user buzz on Facebook caused over 100,000 people to flock to experience the vibrant graphics and interactive gameplay, and Pacific Interactive couldn't be more pleased with the game's viral appeal.
Proving how on-trend the House of Fun app truly is, InsideFacebook.com and InsideSocialGames.com have both included House of Fun in recent lists of their fastest growing social media apps. Pacific Interactive also closely monitors the app's Facebook page, interacting with players, gaining feedback, and tailoring the game to meet the customers' demands.
"Our team of programmers at Pacific Interactive works incredibly hard to provide such a rich experience for our players. We're actually changing how the player interacts with the app, instead of just changing the graphics, and we're thrilled to see that users are enjoying it so much," said the CEO and Founder of Pacific Interactive.
Social gaming is becoming more popular every day, with over 290 million players looking for the next best app. House of Fun currently offers over 15 varieties of interactive slots, with table gaming coming soon. Loyal gamers clearly like the app too; over 10,000 reviews have been posted to the app's Facebook page.
"The numbers don't lie. Our players are really enjoying the unique House of Fun experience! We'd like everyone on Facebook to see what the hype is about. Visit us at http://apps.facebook.com/houseoffun/ and start playing today!" concluded the CEO and Founder.
About Pacific Interactive:
Pacific Interactive is comprised of experienced gaming industry professionals, committed to providing players with an unrivaled social gaming experience. With a number of game options available, players will be impressed with the crisp, colorful graphics, as well as the varied interactive play. House Of Fun is the developer's latest endeavor, which is available on social media sites like Facebook.
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CONTACT: Brett Ginsberg of Pacific Interactive, firstname.lastname@example.org
Microsoft and Skype will empower people and businesses to connect in new ways.
REDMOND, Wash. and LUXEMBOURG, Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) has closed its acquisition of Skype Global S.a r.l. Negotiations of the definitive agreement under which Microsoft would acquire Skype, an Internet communications company, for $8.5 billion were led by investor group Silver Lake and the transaction was originally announced on May 10, 2011. Boards of directors of both Microsoft and Skype previously approved the acquisition.
Microsoft and Skype will remain focused on their shared goal of connecting all people across all devices and accelerating both companies' efforts to transform real-time communications for consumers and enterprise customers. The completion of the acquisition also marks the official introduction of Skype as a new business division within Microsoft.
"Skype is a phenomenal product and brand that is loved by hundreds of millions of people around the world," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. "We look forward to working with the Skype team to create new ways for people to stay connected to family, friends, clients and colleagues -- anytime, anywhere."
Skype CEO Tony Bates will assume the title of president of the Skype Division of Microsoft immediately, reporting directly to Ballmer. The Skype division will continue to offer its current products to millions of users globally. Longer term, Skype will also be integrated across an array of Microsoft products to broaden Skype's reach and accelerate its growth as a fundamental way people communicate online. Skype employees will continue to be located around the world in offices including Estonia, the Czech Republic, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and the United States.
"By bringing together the best of Microsoft and the best of Skype, we are committed to empowering consumers and businesses around the globe to connect in new ways," Bates said. "Together, we will be able to accelerate Skype's goal to reach 1 billion users daily," Bates said.
Founded in 2003, Skype was acquired by eBay in September 2005, and then acquired by an investment group led by Silver Lake in November 2009. Skype has made impressive progress, developing new products and revenue streams, strategic acquisitions, acquiring the intellectual property powering its peer-to-peer network, and recruiting an outstanding senior management team.
Other members of the selling investor group led by Silver Lake include eBay International AG, CPP Investment Board, Joltid Ltd. in partnership with Europlay Capital Advisors; and Andreessen Horowitz.
The acquisition remains under review in a few countries, and will be completed in those countries when such reviews are closed.
To learn more about Microsoft and Skype, click here.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
For further information regarding risks and uncertainties associated with Microsoft's business, please refer to the "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and "Risk Factors" sections of Microsoft's SEC filings, including, but not limited to, its annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, copies of which may be obtained by contacting Microsoft's Investor Relations department at (800) 285-7772 or at Microsoft's Investor Relations website.
All information in this release is as of Oct. 14, 2011. The company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in the company's expectations.
Mitsue-Links Offers Smartphone/Tablet Device Usability Test Service
TOKYO, Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitsue-Links Co., Ltd. has begun to offer "Smartphone/Tablet Device Usability Test," a service aimed exclusively at testing the usability of smartphones and tablet devices.
The Smartphone/Tablet Device Usability Test will be a pioneering application in Japan of Tobii Technology's eye-tracking technology specially designed to test the usability of smartphones and tablet devices. The technology keeps track of fine gaze movements characteristic of smartphone and tablet device users, making it possible to realize usability test services enabling developers to simulate users' cognitive characteristics and thinking with a high degree of precision.
Features of the test service:
-- The service incorporates an eye-tracking system designed exclusively for
smartphones, which keeps a record of users' gaze directions without
-- Full-time engineers monitor eye movements and behaviors in real time.
-- Usability specialists provide total support to testers ranging from test
planning to measures for improvement.
For more information on the Smartphone/Tablet Device Usability Test, please visit our website
Mitsue-Links, based in Tokyo, is one of Japan's top information integrators, providing unique services centered on digital content and boasting countless achievements in support of IT business since the company's founding in 1990, which some say was the dawn of the IT field. Mitsue-Links offers comprehensive services for all enterprise requirements including consulting, marketing, analysis, planning, layout/structuring, design, production, large-scale application development, planning/development of client communications, and site operation/maintenance. Mitsue-Links provides these services based on its unique and creative methodology, thereby enabling project management, project risk management, and usability management that organically integrate all services and maintain their consistency.
American Wagering, Inc. Announces the LEROY'S® APP Now Available on iPhone
LAS VEGAS, Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- American Wagering, Inc. (AWI) (OTCBB: BETM), the parent company of Leroy's Sportsbook (Leroy's), the largest independent sportsbook operator in Nevada, and Computerized Bookmaking Systems, Inc. (CBS), a leading provider of race and sports technology, announces that Leroy's received field trial approval from the Nevada Gaming Control Board to offer its mobile account wagering application, the LEROY'S® APP, on the iPhone. This approval is a major milestone in sports betting history and it is the first mobile sports betting app to be released on iPhone in the United States.
The LEROY'S® APP now is available on the three top selling smartphones--iPhone, Android®, and BlackBerry®--that are furnished by the top four US mobile carriers--Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile®. With the addition of the LEROY'S® APP for the iPhone, Leroy's offers mobile account wagering for over 90% of the smartphone market in Nevada. Leroy's anticipates the next phase of its account wagering expansion will be the submission of the LEROY'S® APP for the iPad and the build out of the LEROY'S® APP for additional smartphone devices. The iPhone and the iPad are very popular amongst its loyal followers, and its App Store contains tens of thousands of choices for almost anything; now there is a legal sports betting app. The addition of the iPhone gives the company a well-rounded technology offering and a first to market position in mobile gambling in the United States.
"I am proud of our recent accomplishments with account wagering for both our mobile and kiosk platforms. With the successful deployment of the PT's Sports Bet Live kiosks that permit account holders to make cash deposits and voucher withdrawals, and now the iPhone version of the LEROY'S® APP, we are meeting the public's demands for convenience-driven technology and wagering solutions," stated Vic Salerno, President of Leroy's.
Apple has just released a new update for its iPhone operating system and the LEROY'S® APP will work on the new iOS5 update as well as the 3GS, iPhone 4, and 4s models.
"We are grateful the Gaming Control Board, the Commission, and their respective staff have embraced the vision of the future with mobile wagering and our account based systems. Their work to review and approve our technical advancements serves only to improve the industry as a whole and to better serve the customer. The addition of the iPhone is a huge leap forward," stated John English, Senior Vice President of American Wagering, Inc.
Leroy's account wagering customers now have the freedom, convenience, and flexibility to place wagers anywhere utilizing the LEROY'S® APP for a smartphone or a kiosk in a participating bar or tavern. Opening an account is simple and secure. All that is needed is a valid identification and some funds to open your account and you can begin betting immediately once you download the LEROY'S® APP or visit a kiosk.
"Leroy's is everywhere, for everyone, at anytime, and we've been here for 33 years. I have been doing this a long time. You see over time what works and what doesn't. I can tell you that mobile wagering is where we are heading and I believe the rest of the gaming industry will follow, in the meantime we will continue to lead," added Salerno.
For further information and sign-up locations to secure the LEROY'S® APP, please visit the Leroy's website http://www.leroys.com, or call the office at (702) 735-0101.
About Leroy's Sportsbooks: Leroy's Sportsbooks are a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Wagering, Inc., publicly traded on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol BETM.OB.
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Monster Costume Releases Vol. 2 of Critically-Acclaimed 'Bartleby's Book of Buttons' iPad App
Vol. 2 Showcases New AirPlay Mirroring Feature of iOS 5
SEATTLE, Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Monster Costume, a Seattle-based mobile development company, announced today the sequel to its popular Bartleby's Book of Buttons interactive children's book app for iPad, Bartleby's Book of Buttons Volume 2, is now available on the App Store. Double the length of Volume 1, parents and children can now experience the Bartleby adventure puzzle book on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, as well as on their HDTV using Apple TV and the new AirPlay Mirroring feature of iOS 5.
-- Unique game play experience using AirPlay Mirroring and Apple TV;
-- Read to Me voice over;
-- Over 30 achievements which unlock collectable stickers in the game;
-- Achievements become stickers that can be printed using an
"At Monster Costume we are committed to building the best interactive media on iOS," said Kyle Kinkade CEO of Monster Costume. "The Bartleby series represents our commitment to bring the very best in interactive book apps to the App Store."
Monster Costume is all about exploring what Multi-Touch devices have to offer, and then blowing away the limits to bring new experiences to the masses. Founded and run by recognized trailblazers in the iOS development and user experience industry, the company specializes in giving rich, intuitive, and mentally tasty applications to the world.
Verizon Wireless Brings Its 4G LTE Network to Stockton, California, on October 20
WALNUT CREEK, Calif., Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On October 20, Verizon Wireless customers in Stockton can take advantage of Verizon Wireless' 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, the fastest and most reliable 4G network in the nation. Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network allows customers to share music and photos, surf the Web and download files up to 10 times faster than before. The 4G LTE network will be available to customers in the following cities and towns:
-- French Camp
"We are proud to bring the largest 4G LTE network in the nation to the San Joaquin Valley and help lead residents, small businesses and local government into the next generation of wireless connectivity and communication," said Kevin Zavaglia, region president for Verizon Wireless. "Our 4G LTE network is revolutionizing the way our customers communicate, enabling them to connect faster and more fully with each other and those outside our community."
4G LTE Devices and Plans
Residents of Stockton can choose from 13 4G LTE-enabled devices to access the blazingly fast speeds of the 4G LTE network, including notebooks, netbooks, hotspots, modems, tablets, and smartphones such as the new DROID BIONIC(TM) by Motorola and Pantech Breakout(TM). Details on each device can be found at http://www.verizonwireless.com/4GLTE. Nationwide talk and data plan pricing information is available at http://www.verizonwireless.com/plans.
Coverage and Speed
Verizon Wireless began introducing its 4G LTE network on Dec. 5, 2010, covering more than 110 million Americans. With a consistent focus on growth and reliability, the company has quickly expanded its 4G LTE network. In addition to launching its network in Stockton on October 20, the company is adding 22 new markets and expanding its network in Los Angeles and San Diego, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; and Erie, Pa., for a total of 165 metropolitan areas covered. By November 17, Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network will cover 178 cities.
In real-world, fully loaded network environments, Verizon Wireless 4G LTE customers from Lodi to Lathrop and from Tracy to Manteca should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.
Extending Coverage and Reliability
Verizon Wireless is also working with rural communications companies to collaboratively build and operate a 4G LTE network in those areas using the tower and backhaul assets of the rural company and Verizon Wireless' core 4G LTE equipment and premium 700 MHz spectrum. To date, 12 rural organizations have announced their participation in the LTE in Rural America program and have leased spectrum covering, in total, more than 2.6 million people in rural communities and nearly 82,000 square miles.
When customers travel outside of a 4G LTE coverage area, devices automatically connect to Verizon Wireless' 3G network, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast. Verizon Wireless' 3G network is the largest, most reliable high-speed data network in the country and allows customers in 3G coverage areas who purchase 4G LTE devices today to take advantage of 4G LTE speeds when the faster network becomes available in their city.
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 106.3 million total wireless connections, including 89.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
SOURCE Verizon Wireless
CONTACT: Heidi Flato of Verizon Wireless, +1-925-279-6545, Heidi.Flato@verizonwireless.com
HTH Worldwide Awarded Patent for Appointment Scheduling System
Sees Commercial Applications Addressing Looming U.S. Doctor Shortage
RADNOR, Pa., Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- HTH Worldwide, a global technology-based health services and information company, today announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent to HTH for its system of arranging appointments with medical providers via desktop and mobile devices all around the world. This system patent complements a previous method patent, and reinforces HTH's position as the leader in online and mobile medical assistance services.
HTH's patents cover a process for broadcasting requests for doctor appointments to maximize a patient's opportunity to see busy physicians on short notice. HTH already deploys the broadcast process as a feature of its mPassport® iPhone applications covering many destinations outside the U.S. HTH has contracted with over 6,300 physicians in 185 countries.
Now HTH is implementing plans to commercialize the patented process in partnership with select health plans and healthcare provider groups inside the U.S. "We see an unmet and growing need for Internet and mobile applications that empower consumers to rapidly initiate relationships with doctors who are in high demand or short supply," said Angelo Masciantonio, Chief Executive Officer of HTH Worldwide. "Unlike some appointment scheduling platforms built to advertise the availability of participating doctors, HTH's system puts the patient's needs first, creating an efficient way to fill appointment calendars, potentially expanding the capacity of all physician practices."
The HTH system is highly efficient and effective, combining electronic media with real-time monitoring to optimize the match between patient and doctor. When widely adopted, this process will make a key contribution to managing burgeoning U.S. consumer demand for physician services, driven by an aging population, physician retirement and the extension of health insurance benefits in 2014 to over 30 million Americans under the Affordable Care Act. The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates a nationwide shortfall of at least 40,000 physicians by 2015 and more than double that number by 2020.
The HTH process has also been patented in Australia and thirteen countries in the European Union: Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden.
About HTH Worldwide
HTH Worldwide is a leader in creating access to quality healthcare services all around the globe. HTH combines ongoing research, a contracted global community of physicians and hospitals and advanced Internet and mobile applications to ensure its customers' health, safety and peace of mind. For more information, visit http://www.hthworldwide.com.
App-based remote room monitor uses motion detection to automatically record video of theft, resulting in an arrest
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla., Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Stem Innovation, LLC recently learned from a customer that the iZON Remote Room Monitor helped to capture video of a thief burglarizing her home. The theft triggered iZON's motion detection, capturing video to a private YouTube account, and ultimately led to the arrest of the perpetrator.
Dru Ackerman, whose amazing story was first reported on CBS-12 in Boynton Beach, FL, was concerned that someone was entering her residence while she was not home. Having learned about iZON's motion detection capabilities from her son, she purchased and quickly set up iZON to monitor her front door. The very next day, iZON automatically captured video of a neighbor entering her home and stealing prescription medication.
"The police... could not believe that we had video of the person doing the crime", said Ackerman's son. "The officer was so impressed with the video, he wanted to purchase [iZON] for his home!"
iZON is available today at http://www.steminnovation.com and in select Best Buy stores, Apple retail locations and all Target stores. The suggested retail price is $129.95. The free Stem:Connect App, available for download from the App Store, was recently updated to streamline the iZON installation process and improve many features.
Stem Innovation is a Florida-based company created in July 2010 by product designer and consumer electronics industry veteran Gary Bart. Stem is focused on the development of cutting-edge, app-based accessories. For more information about Stem Innovation and its products, please visit them online at http://www.steminnovation.com or email email@example.com.
Stem Innovation, iZON, and Stem:Connect are trademarks of Stem Innovation, LLC. The App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.
CONTACT: Chris J. Doran, Director of Marketing, Stem Innovation, firstname.lastname@example.org, +1-954-239-7472 x132; or Matt Shumate, Account Supervisor, Max Borges Agency, +1-305-576-1171 x115, email@example.com
"South Park" Launches "South Park: Tenorman's Revenge" Video Game Exclusively On Xbox LIVE Arcade for Spring 2012 Debut
New Downloadable Game Lets Fans Play As Cartman, Kyle, Stan And Kenny As They Travel Through Time And Battle Scott Tenorman
"South Park: Tenorman's Revenge" Panel At New York Comic-Con On Friday, October 14
New Episodes Of "South Park" Air On COMEDY CENTRAL On Wednesdays At 10:00 P.M.
NEW YORK, Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- South Park Digital Studios LLC announced today that Scott Tenorman has returned with a vengeance in the all-new downloadable XBLA video game "South Park: Tenorman's Revenge." The platformer will be available in spring 2012 exclusively on Xbox LIVE Arcade, the leader in digitally distributed games.
"South Park: Tenorman's Revenge" is being developed by Other Ocean Interactive and published by Microsoft Studios. Fans will get to play as Cartman, Kyle, Stan and Kenny as they battle Scott Tenorman and his Ginger army. The game's multi-player co-op features allow players to team up with up to four other players locally or through Xbox LIVE to save "South Park."
The new Xbox game will be featured on a "South Park" panel at New York Comic-Con on Friday, October 14 at 6:15 p.m. in room A22. Chris Brion, creative director of South Park Studios and Todd Benson, senior producer of South Park Digital Studios, along with Mike Mika, head of development of Other Ocean Interactive will preview the trailer for "South Park: Tenorman's Revenge," followed by a Q&A with the audience.
Recently voted "The Greatest Animated TV Series" in a poll conducted by Entertainment Weekly, COMEDY CENTRAL's "South Park" launched on August 13, 1997 and premiered its 15th season on April 27. The series airs Wednesday nights at 10:00 p.m. and repeats later that night at midnight (all times ET/PT). To celebrate the 15th season of "South Park," COMEDY CENTRAL and South Park Digital Studios are honoring the fans that have turned the award-winning series into a cultural phenomenon with a year-long celebration, marking 2011 as "The Year of the Fan." "South Park" will also host on-going contests and interactive elements at SouthParkStudios.com throughout the Year of the Fan.
South Park Digital Studios, LLC is a joint venture between MTV Networks and Matt Stone & Trey Parker, the creators of the hit television show "South Park." South Park Digital Studios operates all of the digital businesses based on "South Park," including online, video gaming, digital distribution and digital goods, as well as new adult animation projects. The digital operations include the U.S. Web site, SouthParkStudios.com, and local versions of the site in Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Netherlands, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark, the show's first entry into video gaming in ten years and a wide array of other applications and products. SouthParkStudios.com has become one of the leading television show Web sites with more than 35 million videos streamed each month and user visits averaging nearly 40 minutes.
Available in 99 million homes nationwide, COMEDY CENTRAL (http://www.comedycentral.com), the only all-comedy network, is owned by, and is a registered trademark of, Comedy Partners, a wholly-owned division of Viacom Inc.'s (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B) MTV Networks. For up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs visit Press Central, COMEDY CENTRAL's press web site at http://www.comedycentral.com/press and follow us on Twitter @ComedyCentralPR for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.
NewMomentum Enhances Its Brand Protection Portfolio With New Site Detection Functionality
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- NewMomentum, the premier solution provider for online Brand Protection, announced today the release of significant new functionality in its CyberAnalyst global monitoring platform. The new Site Detection module expands the platform's reach to virtually unlimited abilities to identify online counterfeiters and gray market offenders and enhances the means to filter, prioritize and take action against these illicit sellers.
The CyberAnalyst Site Detection module leverages some of the world's best search engine technology to locate individual online sellers operating rogue sites or networks to sell illicit or unauthorized goods. In a unique two-step search process data related to these sellers is placed in a temporary staging environment where it undergoes further automated filtering, classifying, and ranking as the CyberAnalyst system seeks the worst offenders. Only prioritized suspects are transferred to reports or the CyberAnalyst customer-facing portal for display.
"NewMomentum has always had a leg up on the competition when it comes to monitoring multi-seller venues such as auction sites and global marketplaces," said Pam Passaretti, CEO of NewMomentum. "With Site Detection, we now add the ability to see the thousands upon thousands of individual seller sites that offer our customers' products - and not just see them, but rank them utilizing clear, objective criteria."
Although NewMomentum has just released the Site Detection module, the company has already received a commitment for its first order of the new functionality from a Fortune 200 company. "Marketplaces remain our bread and butter," said Passaretti. "The vast majority of abuses occur on these large venues. But there's no denying that individual sellers can sometimes also wreak havoc on a brand's reputation. We're very pleased to be expanding our solution portfolio to address these smaller seller sites as well."
NewMomentum has also added the ability to identify domain name and paid search advertising abuses with its current CyberAnalyst release.
NewMomentum provides a complete software, services and partner suite of offerings that combat the rapidly increasing revenue, profit, brand, and market share erosion resulting from illicit sales activity on the Internet. The company's solutions, which provide unmatched visibility into the global open market, include Enterprise Brand Protection (anti-counterfeiting), Enterprise Channel Integrity (monitors, reports on and acts on gray market violations), and MAP Monitor (tracks Minimum Advertised Price violations by authorized distributors). www.newmo.com
CONTACT: Janet Nelson of NewMomentum, Inc, +1-415-524-8300, firstname.lastname@example.org
HD Radio Technology will be part of the newly unveiled Cadillac CUE system which will debut in 2012 in the Cadillac XTS luxury sedan
COLUMBIA, Md., Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
What: HD Radio, featuring crystal-clear digital sound and enhanced features, continues its expansion as it will become a feature in new Cadillac models in the 2012 calendar year. HD Radio is one of the many features of Cadillac's new CUE design and technical system, which will first appear in the all-new 2013 Cadillac XTS luxury sedan, and then move to additional new models
20 automotive brands have now announced that HD Radio Technology is or will be available as a factory installed feature including Audi, Bentley, BMW, Cadillac, Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, MINI USA, Rolls-Royce, Scion, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.
Why: Automakers are continuing to embrace HD Radio Technology at a rapid pace, offering consumers a variety of new and exciting stations in crystal-clear digital sound, including on-screen information that displays song titles and artist names. The popular iTunes® Tagging feature is also continuing its rapid adoption with automakers.
Today, there are over 2,300 AM & FM stations broadcasting with HD Radio Technology with more than 1,300 additional digital only FM HD2/HD3/HD4 multicast channels sending new exciting programming.
"HD Radio is an excellent addition to CUE, the groundbreaking user experience for connectivity and control that will debut next year in the new XTS luxury sedan," says Hampden Tener, Product Director, Cadillac
Robert Struble, President and CEO of HD Radio developer, iBiquity Digital added, "we are thrilled that HD Radio Technology is coming to Cadillac vehicles. Cadillac is a global leader in advanced automotive services and its selection of HD Radio Technology continues the HD Radio adoption by all major car makers. The CUE system epitomizes the Digital Dashboard and is a fantastic demonstration of how HD Radio broadcasting plays a vital role in the delivery of digital infotainment to mobile consumers."
When: Today (10/13/11)
For more information, contact:
Steve Baldacci James DeRidder
Senior VP Marketing Director, OEM Marketing
iBiquity Digital Corporation iBiquity Digital Corporation
Note to editors: "HD Radio" and the "HD Radio" logo are proprietary trademarks of iBiquity Digital Corp. The "HD" in HD Radio(TM) is part of iBiquity Digital's brand name for its advanced digital AM/FM system. It does not mean hybrid digital or high-definition digital; both of these are incorrect.
New Customized, Web-based Implementation Dashboard Spotlights Corporate, Group Strategy Implementation
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Markstein Consulting, LLC, a corporate strategy and communications consultancy, today launched its new web-based implementation dashboard, Navigator, which enables businesses to mobilize strategic initiatives by organizing and tracking progress toward tactical execution in real time. Navigator is a secure web-based solution that simplifies and optimizes collaboration, transparency, accountability and results measurement for corporations, partnerships, non-profits, foundations and public-sector organizations.
"Too often thoughtful plans and strategic initiatives suffocate in a vacuum and never leave the shelf. Our clients now have a custom-built tool to mobilize the implementation of their strategic initiatives and measure achievement towards organizational goals," said Eileen Markstein, co-founder and managing director of Markstein Consulting. "Navigator is a breakthrough solution that simplifies the action of organized, proactive execution."
Navigator lets users manage strategic initiatives in real time, and it allows customization for each client's company-specific goals and terminology. It includes a timing- and budget-deadline 'stoplight' system, goal setting and measurement tools, graphical reporting, encrypted document hosting, and executive and general user-level access. Navigator is hosted on a secure, dedicated server that is backed up nightly and available only to those with project assignments and verified passwords. Access is possible through any internet connection.
"Our mission requires that we provide impactful, value-added counsel and innovative implementation services that address specific business challenges," said Daniel H. Markstein, IV, co-founder and managing director of Markstein Consulting. "We built Navigator to further that mission and provide our clients a more convenient, effective way to manage the accountable execution of their strategic plans and initiatives."
About Markstein Consulting, LLC
Markstein Consulting, LLC is a corporate strategy and communications consultancy that plans and implements integrated strategies that drive market share and sustainable value. Markstein Consulting is a limited liability company based in Birmingham, Alabama, and serves clients nationwide. For more information, visit http://www.marksteinconsulting.com.
MIDLAND, Pa., Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- PA Cyber: there's an app for that.
An iPad app, PA Cyber HD, is now available for free download from the Apple App Store for the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, the nation's largest and most successful K-12 online school.
It is the first app featuring a cyber charter school in the state and possibly nation, according to Ben Brautigam, who joined PA Cyber a few months ago as its technology research and development coordinator. He said the 11,000-student school plans to develop additional apps to place information at the fingertips of both internal and external users.
Dr. Nick Trombetta, founder and CEO of PA Cyber, said most apps are developed by third-party companies. "The fact that our staff is developing iPad apps internally is a testament to their technological expertise," he said. "Our commitment to research and development for better online education has always set our school apart."
Users of the first PA Cyber app will find: capsule information on PA Cyber's history, vision and mission; a scalable map showing offices across Pennsylvania; links to the school website, an email contact, admissions, Facebook and Twitter feeds; and informational videos on topics including student activities, enrollment and curriculum.
"We have a flourishing relationship with the people at Apple," said Brautigam. "They have a passion for K-12 education and are very pleased to see their products being used in schools."
In a pilot program and parallel development involving Apple technology, the school has provided iPads to 300 selected students at all grade levels, from kindergarten through high school senior, for the 2011-12 school year. Each is loaded with age-appropriate software and Internet security filters.
The school hopes the students themselves will provide an answer to the question of whether the mobility, functionality and ease of use of these devices justifies their distribution to all students.
"iPads have created a learning environment that allows students a more immersive experience than laptop computers provide," said Brian Laquinta, director of technology and innovation. "While they are not yet ready to completely replace computers, we believe there is definitely a place for them in every student's learning experience."
ABOUT PA CYBER
PA Cyber is Pennsylvania's largest and most successful cyber charter school, with 11,000 students enrolled from nearly every school district in the commonwealth. PA Cyber has made AYP, the federal measurement of school effectiveness, for the past three years - something no other charter school of its size in the nation has ever done. PA Cyber is headquartered in Midland, Pa. The website is http://www.pacyber.org PA Cyber was recently recognized as the No. 1 "Top Workplace" in the Pittsburgh region by the Post-Gazette, and CEO Dr. Nick Trombetta was named "Top Executive." Visit http://www.post-gazette.topworkplaces.com.
Source: PA Cyber Charter School. Contact: Fred Miller, email@example.com, 724.777.5918
Sprig Health Brings Portland a Simple Way to Get and Pay for Health Services
People with or without insurance can access doctors at a fair price at SprigHealth.com
PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Finding a great doctor and paying for health care is now easier with the launch of SprigHealth.com. Sprig Health is a website that provides an easy way to schedule appointments with local doctors at prices that are 20 to 30 percent below average. This new service is available for people with or without insurance coverage. Sprig Health has partnered with 60 Portland providers, with more practices joining every week.
"It was so easy to find a time that worked for my schedule. I compared the available times with my calendar, paid for the service and the appointment was confirmed," said Kristy Obritschkewitsch, a recent Sprig Health customer. "What was so great is that normally when I go see a practitioner, I don't know the price and then I get several bills. With Sprig Health there were no hidden costs. I'd refer Sprig Health to anyone because it was so simple to use."
"We've had a positive and growing response from providers in the Portland area. They see Sprig Health as an efficient way to reach and serve new patients," said Kristina Gorriaran, president of Sprig Health. "We are proud to introduce a common sense alternative to health insurance that benefits providers and patients. Our goal was to open doors that were previously closed to individuals in Portland, and we're delivering on that."
Sprig Health offers discounted rates through a highly efficient model that cuts administrative costs. Patients book and pre-pay for their visit (via credit card through SprigHealth.com), so there are no claim forms to file, errors to correct, or billing and collection activity. The savings from our "no insurance" model are shared between providers and patients.
People with or without insurance can book an appointment on http://www.SprigHealth.com . Selected services such as preventive visits, urgent care, complementary care, dental services, mammograms and diagnostic imaging are available on the site. Sprig Health is offered to Portland, Oregon area communities at this time.
About Sprig Health
Sprig Health is a website that offers simple access to doctors at a fair price, with or without health coverage. SprigHealth.com offers an efficient, "no insurance required" model that shares savings between providers and patients. Sprig Health is a subsidiary of The Regence Group. For more information about Sprig Health, please visit http://www.SprigHealth.com.
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CONTACT: Samantha Meese for Sprig Health, +1-503-225-4871, firstname.lastname@example.org
Travelzoo Canada Launches New iPhone App to Celebrate its Fifth Anniversary
TORONTO, Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ: TZOO), a global Internet media company, announced today that it has launched its first iPhone app in Canada, giving Canadians on-the-go access to its outstanding travel, entertainment and local deals. The launch of the free iPhone app coincides with Travelzoo's fifth anniversary in Canada.
The new Canadian version of the Travelzoo iPhone app comes on the heels of successful launches in the United States and the United Kingdom, where it received positive reviews in both the Los Angeles Times and The Guardian newspapers, and has been downloaded more than 125,000 times. The app also has a 5-star rating in the Apple App Store in those countries.
"The new Travelzoo iPhone app gives users instant, on-the-go access to all of our outstanding deals," said Lara Barlow, Country Manager in Canada. "For example, if you are sitting in a coffee shop in Toronto and using the app today, you can instantly find and book VIP tickets for the Maple Leafs or a luxury Caribbean vacation."
The new Travelzoo iPhone app, which was named 'Consumer App of the Week' by The Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom this week, includes five main features accessible from the home screen:
1. Top 20® - This section highlights the famous Travelzoo Top 20, the
definitive list of the week's best travel, entertainment and local deals.
More than 250 Travelzoo Deal Experts research, evaluate and test
thousands of deals, only publishing the best in the Top 20 to more than
24 million subscribers worldwide.
2. Local Deals Near Me - This section highlights deals in the user's area
based on the phone's GPS system. The app automatically detects the
user's location to aggregate relevant dining, spa and entertainment
deals. Travellers can search, book and redeem their Travelzoo Local
Deals direct from their iPhone without having to print a voucher.
3. Deals in Other Cities - Users can search and book entertainment, spa,
hotel and dining deals in more than 75 cities worldwide. This tool is
perfect for vacation planning or on-the-go searches.
4. Travel Deals - This section highlights thousands of air, hotel, cruise
and vacation deals published by Travelzoo each week. Users will be able
to search deals by type of travel, view photos and link directly to the
companies that provide the deals.
5. Inspire Me - This section is designed to give users vacation inspiration
through three visually-oriented tools: Photo Mosaic, Deal Roller and
Deals on a Map. The Photo Mosaic allows users to select a deal based on
a photo. The deal information will appear when the user scrolls over the
photo. Resembling a roulette wheel, the Deal Roller is a fun way of
viewing deals as they scroll on the screen. The Deals on a Map feature
uses Google Maps to highlight hundreds of deals worldwide by location.
The launch of the Travelzoo iPhone app comes as Travelzoo celebrates five years in Canada. Travelzoo Canada now has 1.3 million subscribers and more than 500 Canadian travel and entertainment advertisers, including Air Canada, Cirque du Soleil, Sunwing Travel Group and Delta Hotels and Resorts. In 2011, the Travelzoo website (http://www.travelzoo.ca) ranks among the top ten travel websites in Canada according to Experian Hitwise.
Travelzoo Inc. is a global Internet media company. With more than 24 million subscribers in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific and 24 offices worldwide, Travelzoo® publishes deals from more than 2,000 travel, entertainment and local companies. Travelzoo Deal Experts review offers to find the best deals and confirm their true value. In Asia Pacific, Travelzoo is independently owned and operated by Travelzoo (Asia) Ltd. and Travelzoo Japan K.K. under a license agreement with Travelzoo Inc.
Certain statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, statements about our plans, objectives, expectations, prospects and intentions, markets in which we participate and other statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts. When used in this press release, the words "expect", "predict", "project", "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "intend", "plan", "seek" and similar expressions are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. Because these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements, including changes in our plans, objectives, expectations, prospects and intentions and other factors discussed in our filings with the SEC. We cannot guarantee any future levels of activity, performance or achievements. Travelzoo undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release. Travelzoo and Top 20 are registered trademarks of Travelzoo. All other names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
Media Contact:Christie McConnellTravelzoo, North America(212) email@example.com
Marketo Adds Enterprise-Class Insights, Social Analytics and Integration Capabilities to Revenue Performance Management Suite
Breakthrough Capabilities Build on Marketo NEXT's Innovations to Make Companies Even More Intelligent, More Social, More Connected and More Agile
SAN MATEO, Calif., Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Marketo(TM), the fastest growing provider of Revenue Performance Management (RPM) solutions, today announced the latest enhancements to its Revenue Cycle Analytics(TM) (RCA) and Marketo Lead Management (MLM) products, featuring powerful insights into marketing program effectiveness, as well as advanced social media and integration capabilities.
Building on the innovation themes of the Marketo NEXT release in late May, the new features allow the largest enterprises and mid-sized businesses alike to be:
-- More Intelligent: Accurate insight into the effectiveness of individual
marketing programs - With a remarkably easy-to-use dynamic interface,
Revenue Cycle Analytics now provides a greater level of insight into the
impact of individual marketing programs - and entire channels, such as
event marketing versus email marketing. Two new models help companies
attribute the source of leads and closed deals:
-- Acquisition Attribution keeps track of which marketing programs are
sourcing new leads and measures the downstream revenue impact of
these programs by providing such metrics as total new opportunities,
pipeline and closed revenue.
-- Success Attribution recognizes that it takes multiple touches from
multiple programs to close a deal. Marketo can uniquely
differentiate the value of each individual touch, helping marketers
understand which programs are most effective at converting existing
leads to opportunities and closed deals, and which reached the
program goal (i.e. buyers registered for a webinar and attended
versus those who registered but did not attend). With this level of
program attribution precision, marketers can make more informed
decisions when planning new programs.
-- More Social: Social sharing of landing pages and reporting - Marketo
makes it even easier to add social sharing buttons to landing pages,
including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Marketers can keep
track of the leads generated by social visitors, including when
prospective customers share web content with their own friends and
colleagues, allowing marketers to identify the key influencers in their
-- More Connected: Extended reach into CRM solutions with native APIs - A
new set of application programming interfaces (APIs) are now available
for integrating data about sales opportunities into Marketo. Customers
with any type of customer relationship management (CRM) solution can
leverage sales revenue data within Marketo to further enhance
segmentation, campaign execution, and revenue cycle analysis.
-- More Agile: Even better usability - Since its inception, Marketo has
been lauded for its usability, most recently by CRM Magazine. As part of
this ongoing focus, Marketo now makes marketing and tracking the revenue
cycle easier than ever.
-- Personalized Landing Pages - Marketers can build stronger
relationships with prospects and customers through high-impact,
highly personalized landing pages. Users can easily insert content
based on any combination of program, lead, company, system and
member data - all through a single template across multiple
recipients, saving time and effort.
-- Configurable Sales Insight - To help sales reps better prioritize
leads based on what is relevant to their company, Marketo now
enables customers to customize the "Best Bets" calculation, so they
choose which value determines the best lead quality and urgency.
-- Support for Firefox v6 and Chrome - To meet customer demand for the
latest browser options, Marketo now supports Firefox 6.0 and Chrome.
"More than ever, marketing organizations are being asked to spend budgets more effectively, only investing in the most impactful programs, while trimming others. Marketo gives them the insight and precision to not only succeed in this, but also get credit they deserve in the sales opportunities they're influencing," said Paul Albright, chief revenue officer for Marketo. "Our new enhancements give marketers the chance to truly affect their company's revenue, and to own their seat at the bigger revenue table."
Revenue Performance Management (RPM) extends beyond traditional marketing automation and lead nurturing technologies to optimize interactions with buyers across the revenue cycle and accelerate predictable revenue growth. It includes the full range of online and offline customer interaction channels, including web, mobile, social and events. Marketo's vision is to provide the tools, thought leadership, and best practices to change how marketing and sales work -- and work together -- to help companies of all sizes accelerate predictable revenue growth.
Marketo is the global leader in Revenue Performance Management. Marketo's powerful yet easy-to-use marketing automation and sales effectiveness solutions transform how marketing and sales teams of all sizes work -- and work together -- to drive dramatically increased revenue performance and fuel business growth. The company's proven technology, comprehensive services, and expert guidance are helping corporations around the world to turn marketing from a cost center to a business-building revenue driver.
Marketo has been recognized by CRM Magazine as the "2011 CRM Market Leaders Awards Winner for Marketing Solutions," the 2010 CODiE award for "Best Marketing Solution," the "Best Sales and Marketing 2.0 Solution" from SellingPower and the "Best Marketing Automation Application" by Salesforce customers on the AppExchange. As of September 2011, more than 1,300 enterprise and mid-market clients globally have adopted Marketo solutions. For more information, visit http://www.Marketo.com, or subscribe to Marketo's award-winning blogs at http://blog.marketo.com/.
inVentiv Medical Management and Proventys Form Collaboration to Deliver a New Standard in Evidence-Based Oncology Care Management Programs
Proventys CDS Oncology(TM) powered by NCCN® to Provide inVentiv Medical Management's Physicians and Care Managers with Efficient Access to Advanced Decision Support Technology and the World's Leading Oncology Practice Guidelines
NEWTON, Mass. and AUGUSTA, Ga., Oct. 13, 2011/PRNewswire/ -- inVentiv Medical Management (formerly AWAC®), a pioneer in accountable care solutions in multiple disease areas including oncology, and Proventys, a leader in clinical decision support technology, have launched a commercial relationship to serve the needs of payers, providers, and cancer patients nationwide.
Together, the companies will provide a next-generation quality oncology program aimed at reducing variability of care, improving outcomes, and lowering overall cost of care. An integrated services offering enabled by both the Proventys CDS Oncology(TM) system and inVentiv Medical Management's clinically accountable care solution will be delivered by a multi-disciplinary team, led by an in-house oncologist and supported by certified oncology nurses, case management, social work and nutrition professionals.
Proventys CDS Oncology is a dynamic, web-based decision support tool that presents the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®), customizable pathways and payer coverage policies at the point of care. The system offers clinicians and care managers guidance on appropriate lab and imaging tests, provides information on cancer staging and highlights the most relevant treatment regimens based on NCCN Guidelines® and patient-specific characteristics.
"By collaborating with inVentiv Medical Management, we have a major opportunity to bring a truly innovative service offering to the hands of highly-skilled clinicians who touch the lives and support the care of thousands of patients living with cancer, while also serving as an effective bridge with payers, employers and other entities," said Timothy Thompson, Chief Executive Officer at Proventys. "Clinicians and payers alike rely heavily on the NCCN Guidelines® as the de facto standard to deliver evidence-based care for patients and health plan members, and we have developed a system and service offering that make these Guidelines personalized and actionable for clinicians and care managers, like those on inVentiv Medical Management's multidisciplinary team."
The Proventys and inVentiv Medical Management service offering is intended to support oncology care management programs sponsored by third-party administrators, employers, payers and other entities. As a whole, health plans and employers have seen the complexity and cost of cancer escalate significantly over the past five years, due in part to the challenges clinicians face in keeping up with evidence and recommended practice guidelines. With rapidly increasing costs and the need to support high-quality, personalized care for patients being treated for cancer, Proventys and inVentiv Medical Management are committed to delivering a higher standard of oncology care management.
"We are very excited about the new relationship with Proventys, which adds an additional dimension of differentiation to our cancer care management solution," said Marc Palmer, Chief Executive Officer at inVentiv Medical Management. "The collaboration will support our team's mission to ensure the delivery of evidence-based, cost-effective cancer care, advance operational quality, and enable outcomes reporting with enhanced granularity. This innovation reinforces our company mission overall and galvanizes the value of our accountable care solutions."
About inVentiv Medical Management
inVentiv Medical Management (formerly AWAC), an inVentiv Health company, is a leading national provider of physician directed, nurse supported, technology enabled, medical management solutions to third party administrators ("TPAs"), self-funded or fully insured plans, employer groups, managing general underwriters (MGUs"), and insurance carriers. With a mission of improving healthcare costs, quality and outcomes, we deliver balanced clinical surveillance and cost intervention that supports payers, providers and patients. inVentiv Medical Management is headquartered in Augusta, Georgia. Please visit http://www.inVentivMM.com for more information.
About inVentiv Health
inVentiv Health, Inc. is a leading global provider of best-in-class clinical, commercial and consulting services to companies seeking to accelerate performance. inVentiv's client roster includes more than 550 pharmaceutical, biotech and life sciences companies. With 13,000 employees in 40 countries, inVentiv rapidly transforms promising ideas into commercial reality. inVentiv Health, Inc. is privately owned by inVentiv Group Holdings Inc., an organization sponsored by affiliates of Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P., Liberty Lane Partners and members of the inVentiv management team. For more information, visit http://www.inventivhealth.com.
Proventys is a healthcare technology and services company that provides innovative decision support and medical management solutions to help clinicians optimize care for patients on a personalized basis. The Company has an exclusive relationship with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) to develop and commercialize the Proventys CDS Oncology(TM) system, a novel decision support platform that dynamically renders the NCCN Guidelines®, customizable clinical pathways and payer-specific coverage policies, presenting clinicians with relevant treatment options based on individual patient characteristics. Based in Newton, Massachusetts, Proventys is dedicated to aligning the interests of patients, providers and payers by offering solutions that personalize care and improve outcomes. For more information, visit http://www.proventys.com.
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inVentiv Medical Management
CONTACT: Laci Foster, Marketing Coordinator, inVentiv Medical Management, +1-706-855-0830, laci.foster@inVentivMM.com