Lycos Selects Datran Media to Increase Inbox Marketing Revenue

Tripod, HotBot, Gamesville and Angelfire Properties to Benefit From StormPost, Inventory Management and Exchange Online Solutions

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 11, 2008) - Datran Media, the industry-leading inbox marketing company, today announced that Lycos, Inc. (, a leading provider of social publishing, media and search services, has signed on as its newest StormPost client. Lycos selected StormPost as its primary tool to deliver and manage email newsletters and advertising inventory for its 10 million-member network including the Tripod, Lycos 50™, Gamesville and Angelfire properties.

"Lycos's marketing initiatives range from CRM, newsletter-based programs to stand-alone and contextual advertisements," said Brigitte LaMarche, director of marketing for Lycos. "Datran Media was selected to help Lycos grow the revenue stream we generate from newsletter banners and other inbox ad inventory. In addition, the combination of Datran Media's Inventory Management solution and its Exchange Online ( auction-style marketplace provides our Tripod, HotBot and Angelfire business lines with the opportunity to monitor sold and available inbox ad inventory and funnel any unsold units into the marketplace. It's a tremendous efficiency and revenue generation value-add."

Datran Media's inbox ad serving solution allows publishers to serve highly relevant messages, including banner ads within their email newsletters. The solution provides publishers with the same media opportunity in the email channel that was established in the display advertising channel in the past.

Datran Media's first-of-its-kind inbox advertising Inventory Management system allows salespeople to select, reserve and manage their inbox ad inventory similar to the way that they manage banners and other web inventory. It then generates status reports on the availability of inbox ad space and allows users to "release" unsold inventory into Datran Media's Exchange Online (, the first real-time, bid-driven marketplace for inbox and web media.

"Until now, publishers of inbox ad inventory had limited options for managing their media," said Matt Keiser, president of Datran Media. "Datran Media's newsletter banner serving, Inventory Management and solutions solve that problem by adding intelligence and automating the processes. We are excited that Lycos has teamed with Datran Media to manage this critical component of their revenue model."

About Datran Media

Founded in 2001, Datran Media is the industry-leading inbox marketing and web advertising solutions provider and is the creator of Exchange Online (EO), the first exchange for inbox+web media. Datran Media also offers StormPost™, an enterprise-class email delivery and ad serving solution, and UnsubCentral™, the industry-standard in CAN-SPAM compliance solutions. Datran Media also powers NetMargin™, one of the premier online advertising networks and exclusive inbox marketing channel for hundreds of top consumer brands. For more information on Datran Media, please visit:

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About Lycos, Inc.

Lycos is one of the original and most widely known Internet brands in the world, evolving from one of the first search engines on the web, into a comprehensive network of social media web sites that foster online communities.

Lycos has been a pioneer in intelligent spidering search technology, combining its proprietary technology with other best in class search services to provide a powerful and relevant search experience for its users.

Times change, and Lycos has changed with them, evolving into digital media power house with two major divisions

Lycos, is a network of easy to use community and social sites. Lycos's award-winning products and services include tools for blogging, web publishing and hosting, online games, e-mail, and search. The Lycos Network of sites and services include, Tripod, Angelfire, HotBot, Gamesville, WhoWhere, and Lycos Mail. Integrated, these sites help in bringing people together to interact, conduct commerce, have fun, and experience the best the Internet has to offer, is in our DNA. We offer 40 Local Sites in 120 Languages with a community spanning across 177 Countries. Lycos consistently averages 12 - 15 million monthly unique visitors in the U.S.

Lycos employs over 500 people working out of 24 offices worldwide, including the US, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Mexico, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Ukraine, Sweden, Serbia, Israel, China, Thailand, Panama, India, Emirates, Russia and Australia, and with representatives or partners in Spain, South Africa, and The Netherlands.

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Date: 2008-03-11