May 03, 2011 07:00 ET

EmpowHER Growth Hits Triple Digits Outpacing Expectations and Industry Peers

Rising Star Women's Health Media Company Positioned for Market Leadership

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - May 3, 2011) - EmpowHER, an award-winning women's health media company, is emerging as a company to watch in women's health on the Web, with five-fold growth in 2.5 years in a category that engages 90% of women.

The company announced today, from April 2010 to April 2011 EmpowHER's monthly unique visitor traffic has more than tripled, with syndication driving an additional 28,000% growth rate in views of EmpowHER video alone. Year-over-year statistics show the company has doubled its revenue; added a number of top health brands such as MD Anderson Cancer Center and Essure as sponsors and advertisers, and has moved up over 5,250 spots to a current ranking of 1,842 (Source: Quantcast). Site membership is up 206%, and EmpowHER's social media presence via Facebook, Twitter and others has also seen triple digit growth in fans, likes and followers.

Since the launch of in November 2008, the site's traffic has grown more than 5 times against a field of peer sites that have been online 3 to 5 times longer. In 2009, saw 3 million unique visitors for the year. Last year, that number grew to 16 million, and this year is expected to surpass 33 million. The site categorizes nearly 700 women's health conditions and wellness topics, and the company has created nearly 80,000 pieces of original video, article and user-generated content -- representing both the largest taxonomy of women's health conditions, and one of the largest libraries of women's health content on the Web.

"For the past three years we have been heads down in building one of the most robust women's health content, community and advocacy platforms on the Web," said Michelle King Robson, Founder, Chairperson and CEO of EmpowHER. According to Pew Internet Research, health information research is the most popular use of the Internet, behind email and search, with 9 of 10 women engaging in the research. Pew also indicates that 1 out of 4 women with a health condition seek social community on the Web with other women. As the home for female health consumers on the Web, EmpowHER is well positioned in women's health category.

King Robson continued, "My vision for EmpowHER was to create the resource for women's health on the Web that I wish I'd had when I struggled years ago with a debilitating health issue that was ultimately, easily remedied. As a top-tier women's health destination on the Web, we've done that. Now, our objective is to make sure that no woman gets left behind. Now our focus is reaching as many women as we can so they know that there is a gender-specific health content, community and advocacy resource for their health and well-being. We're moving forward aggressively on audience and member development."

In the past year, the company has launched site features such as: a first-of-its-kind advocacy toolkit for women, and "groups" that, since inception, have grown to nearly 240 health condition or wellness topic-based groups created on the site by EmpowHER community members. In addition, EmpowHER created a patent-pending sentiment system that measures the "life changing" impact of its content and members of its community. Unlike a simple "Like this" or "Rate this" approach, brands that work with EmpowHER get a view into the real "improved, saved or changed" impact they are having on women's health and lives through this proprietary esteem system. Since the launch of the esteem system in late 2010, over 3,250 esteems have been logged by EmpowHER users.

"We are a growth company, in a growth segment with the demographic that health and wellness brands want to reach," said Thom Brodeur, Executive Vice President and CMO of EmpowHER. "Health information research tops the charts for consumption on the Web; women consume more health information and health care than men, and they control the household health spend for the family. We give health and wellness marketers and brands a unique, brand-safe digital marketing and online advertising opportunity to access this highly-qualified, highly-targeted audience. Behind every healthy woman, and every great health and wellness marketing program, there has to be a great platform. is that platform."

About EmpowHER
EmpowHER Media is an award-winning health media company for women. The Company's flagship and Top 5 women's health and wellness site and community -- -- is the home for female health consumers. We call them Chief Health and Wellness Officers of the home. provides visitors access to one of the largest women's health and wellness content libraries on the Web, as well as one of the most active online communities of women discussing their health and wellness issues. Health care professionals, health and wellness marketers, and agency professionals rely on EmpowHER Media for reaching the most influential health and wellness buyer on the Internet -- women. Millions of women visit every year, making it one of the largest and fastest-growing resources dedicated exclusively to women's health and wellness.

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