DALLAS AND EMERYVILLE, Calif. - Verizon Information Services, the world's largest directory company, and Ask Jeeves, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASKJ), the leading provider of question answering technologies and services, today announced an agreement making SuperPages.com by Verizon the premier Yellow Pages provider on Ask.com.
Ask Jeeves® at Ask.comSM is a question answering service designed to help people find answers to their everyday questions quickly and easily. Now, through Ask Jeeves' Marketing Services, Ask Jeeves at Ask.com will provide its more than 10 million unique users with a direct link to the Yellow Pages listings on SuperPages.com when they search for a business in a particular city. Ask Jeeves Marketing Services are a set of integrated online advertising and direct marketing products designed to help companies create and build profitable relationships with their customers.
"This agreement gives Ask.com users access to the 13 million comprehensive business listings on SuperPages.com and expands our commitment to providing consumers with useful information in their local area and on the Web," said Patrick Marshall, group vice president - marketing of Verizon Information Services. "We believe the agreement with Ask Jeeves will increase consumer traffic to SuperPages.com and provide enhanced value for our advertisers."
"Ask Jeeves is an effective vehicle for companies looking to reach customers on the Web," said Jeffrey Mahl, executive vice president of Integrated Marketing Solutions for Ask Jeeves, Inc. "We have unique insight into the information, products and services consumers are looking for which allows us to deliver our partners targeted traffic."
SuperPages.com is currently the exclusive provider of comprehensive Yellow Pages listings and search service for Excite@Home, AOL.com, Lycos and Bigfoot, among others.
Verizon Information Services is a world leading print and online directory publisher and a content provider for communications products and services. The largest directory publisher in the world, Verizon Information Services has annual revenues of more than $4.1 billion and employs more than 11,000 people.
Verizon Information Services provides sales, publishing and other related services for nearly 2,300 directory titles in 48 states and the District of Columbia and 17 countries outside the U.S. This includes more than 1,600 Verizon directory titles with a total circulation of approximately 110 million copies in the U.S. and 37 million copies internationally.
Verizon Information Services also produces and markets SuperPages.com, the Internet's preeminent online directory and shopping resource. SuperPages.com has received up to 7.7 million visits and 3.4 million unique visitors per month, and is the exclusive Yellow Pages provider on Excite, Lycos, AOL Service, AOL.com, Digital City, HotBot, and BigFoot.
Based in the Dallas area, Verizon Information Services is a unit of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), which was formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE. Verizon is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. For more information on Verizon, visit www.verizon.com.
Ask Jeeves is a leading provider of intuitive, intelligent question answering technologies and services. Ask Jeeves' solutions enable companies to convert online shoppers to buyers, reduce support costs, understand customer preferences and improve customer retention. Ask Jeeves also syndicates its solutions to portals, infomediaries, and content and destination sites to help companies increase e-commerce and advertising revenue. Ask Jeeves deploys its solutions on Ask Jeeves at Ask.com, Ask Jeeves for Kids at AJKids.com and DirectHit.com, to help companies target and acquire qualified prospects online and to provide consumers with real-time access to information, products and services. For more information, visit http://www.ask.com or call 510-985-7400.
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