Salon.com (Nasdaq: SALN), (http://www.salon.com), a premier Internet media company, today announced that Ask Jeeves, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASKJ), a leading provider of Web interaction solutions that humanize the online experience, has signed a one-year sponsorship agreement, making it the exclusive Web question-answering service on Salon.com's network of sites. The agreement runs through July 2001.
The deal integrates the Ask Jeeves at Ask.com logo into the "Search the Web" architecture of the Salon.com site. The Ask.com logo now appears on the top left corner of every page on the Salon.com network, allowing Salon users to conduct Web searches directly from the site.
Says Michael O'Donnell, CEO and president of Salon.com, "We are excited to have signed an agreement of this magnitude with a company of Ask Jeeves' stature and reputation. This relationship brings together two premier Internet brands, and brings a valuable service to our users."
Adds Ask Jeeves' CEO Robert Wrubel, "We are thrilled to extend awareness of the Ask Jeeves service to millions of new users through Salon.com. From now on, their users will be able to ask questions and be directed to relevant information, products and services instantly and accurately with Ask Jeeves."
The terms of the agreement also include: placement of Ask Jeeves' banners throughout Salon.com's 11 content sites, as well as all of the search results pages; Ask Jeeves' participation in Salon.com affiliated properties including Burt Wolf's nationally syndicated television series, "Burt Wolf's Travel and Traditions." As well, Ask Jeeves will be incorporated into wireless, multimedia and broadband initiatives at Salon.com, including Salon Radio, Salon Avant Go channels and Salon's digital audio company, MP3Lit.com.
About Ask Jeeves, Inc.:
Ask Jeeves is a leading provider of intuitive, intelligent Web interaction solutions to deliver a humanized online experience. 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.
Salon.com ( http://www.salon.com ) is a leading Internet media company that produces a network of 11 award-winning, original content sites; maintains Salon Shop, an e-commerce gateway; and hosts two communities -- Table Talk and The WELL. In May 2000, Salon acquired MP3Lit.com, the pioneering Web site offering quality spoken word and audio literature recordings in MP3 and Real Audio formats. Salon.com currently has relationships with more than 325 advertisers including industry leaders such as IBM, Lexus, Microsoft, EDS, Virgin Megastore Online and Intel. In December 1999, Salon.com announced a content and equity agreement with Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation and NBC. Strategic distribution partners include Lycos, AltaVista, Reuters, CNN.com and CNET as well as wireless innovators AvantGo and Rocket eBooks. Salon.com content is also syndicated to print publications through United Features Syndicate. The site had 3.7 million unique visitors in March 2000.