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MerchantCircle

June 22, 2011 08:00 ET

Reply.com Announces Completion of MerchantCircle Acquisition

SAN RAMON, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 22, 2011) - Reply! Inc., the leading marketplace for the acquisition of locally-targeted consumer traffic, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of MerchantCircle, the largest online network of local business owners in the nation. Under the terms of the agreement, Reply! has acquired MerchantCircle for about $60 million in cash and stock.

With the acquisition of MerchantCircle, Reply! greatly enhances its access to local merchants and consumers, and enables the combined companies to act as a catalyst in helping shift locally-targeted advertising dollars online.

"We are pleased to have closed the MerchantCircle acquisition so quickly and we are excited to welcome MerchantCircle's highly talented team into the Reply! family," said Reply! founder and CEO Payam Zamani. "We believe the addition of MerchantCircle creates a perfect complement to our platform of locally-targeted online marketing solutions and will allow us to transform the way millions of merchants connect to consumers."

Zamani is now the CEO of the combined company, called Reply! Inc., which is comprised of two components: Reply! Marketplace -- the company's online marketing platform; and Reply! Media -- the company's portfolio of mobile and media properties including MerchantCircle.com, Contractors.com, Bloglines.com, iMotors.com and many other consumer-facing destinations.

"We couldn't be happier to have teamed up with Reply!, and we look forward to working with the Reply! team as we create more effective opportunities for local business owners to find more local customers," said Ben T. Smith IV, founder and CEO of MerchantCircle. Smith is now President of Reply! Media, reporting to Payam Zamani.

About Reply!, Inc.

Reply.com operates the leading auction marketplace that enables advertisers to acquire locally-targeted and category-specific customer prospects on a cost-per-Enhanced Click™ or cost-per-lead basis. By eliminating the need for advertisers to develop and maintain complex, expensive online marketing infrastructures and teams of experts to source online consumer traffic from many different channels, Reply.com simplifies online locally-targeted marketing for businesses of all sizes. To learn more about Reply!, visit www.reply.com. Additional information is available at blog.reply.com.

About MerchantCircle

Founded in 2005, MerchantCircle is the largest online network of local business owners in the nation, combining social networking features with a variety of free marketing tools that enable merchants to maximize their online visibility. Over 1.6 million merchants use the tools offered on MerchantCircle to create conversations with customers and connect with fellow local merchants. In 2010, MerchantCircle acquired TimeBridge and the popular Bloglines service to further extend its network offerings. MerchantCircle is based in Mountain View, Calif. Learn more at http://www.MerchantCircle.com and http://blog.merchantcircle.com/.

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