July 9, 2008
Agence France-Presse and NewsGator Partner to Offer Media Companies Free, Co-Branded Sports Widgets
NewsGator Technologies Inc. today announced a partnership with Agence France-Presse (AFP) to provide widgets featuring Olympics news and event coverage to media sites at no charge. With this program, media companies receive complimentary access to premium AFP content prepackaged in branded and engaging widgets that they can add to their Web site. The Olympics widgets are supported by advertising and approved distribution partners are eligible to receive a portion of the advertising revenue generated by the widgets.
NewsGator-hosted AFP widgets feature popular Olympics content including a countdown to the Games, event news and results, sports animations, videos, photos, quizzes and more. Each widget includes the media company's logo and links to Olympics-related articles and content. The Olympic content is provided by AFP and actually resides on the media company's Web site. A media company simply places the widgets on their site. Readers can then view the widgets and port them to their favorite Web location. Every time a reader clicks on one of the widget links they are directed back to the media company's Web site where the full content is displayed on Web pages that can be monetized with ads.The Olympics widgets are available free-of-charge and there are no maintenance or resource requirements. Interested third parties simply visit NewsGator's Web site to provide their logo and Web site information*.
"With NewsGator's innovative syndication model, we are extending our brand and content not only to social networking sites but also to major media sites," said Gilles Tarot, sales & marketing director for AFP North America. "The result is significantly greater exposure and increased online ad revenue for our media partners."
"AFP is offering media companies a truly unique opportunity with access to premium content that is in high demand," said Jeff Nolan, vice president, NewsGator Consumer and Media Services. "According to Sports Marketing Surveys, 203 million people in North America alone watched the 2004 Athens Games and significant growth in viewership is expected for the 2008 Beijing Games. We are helping our distribution partners generate revenue off this program and that's a big deal for media companies -- premium content in a widget package that features their own branding and we guarantee they generate revenue."
NewsGator's syndication and data services offerings help media companies, content publishers and advertisers engage audiences through the use of social media and Web 2.0 technologies. NewsGator's Web 2.0 syndication products, including personalized RSS readers, Widget Framework and Widget Ads, give companies the tools they need to enable their audiences to create, subscribe and interact with the most relevant content while staying within the company's brand. For more information, visit www.NewsGatorWidgets.com.
*Please note: This campaign is available for United States and Canadian-based companies only and participation is subject to approval by AFP and NewsGator.
About NewsGator Technologies, Inc.
NewsGator Technologies helps enterprises and media companies leverage social computing solutions to deliver real business value. The company's enterprise social networking and widget services are in use by hundreds of the world's most recognized brands, including Bank of America, Biogen Idec, CBS, CNN, Discovery, National Geographic, Procter & Gamble and USA Today. NewsGator Social Sites and Enterprise Server give enterprises better ways to collaborate, share content, expand employee knowledge and improve productivity. NewsGator Widget Services enable media and brand companies to better engage their audiences and extend the value of their brands through viral syndication of content. NewsGator also offers free, award-winning RSS aggregators for the Web, desktop, mobile devices and e-mail clients. For more information, visit www.newsgator.com.
About Agence France-Presse (AFP)
AFP is a global news agency, delivering fast, accurate, in-depth coverage of the events shaping our world from wars and conflicts to politics, sports, entertainment and the latest breakthroughs in health, science and technology. With 2,900 staff and stringers spread across 165 countries, AFP covers the world 24 hours a day in six languages, delivering the news in video, text, photographs, multimedia and graphics. For more information about AFP, please go to www.afp.com.
Contact Information Laura Farrelly NewsGator 303-552-2046 lauraf(at)newsgator(dot)com Jennifer Gazin or Zoe Vandeveer LaunchSquad 415.625.8555 newsgator(at)launchsquad(dot)com