SOURCE: Matchpoint

January 28, 2008 08:00 ET

Matchpoint Launches Local Business Search Service Nationwide

Acquisition of GetVendors.com Enhances Technology to Better Match Consumers Who Can Anonymously Request Competitive Offers and Proposals From 10 Million Local Businesses Across the US

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - January 28, 2008) -


News Facts for Consumers

-- Matchpoint, an online service for people to anonymously request and
   compare offers and proposals from businesses, announced today the
   beta launch of its service to include over 10 million local businesses
   across the United States. Consumers now have more options to quickly and
   privately get competitive offers from local businesses in their
   neighborhoods as well as from major corporations that operate
   nationwide.
-- From LASIK eye surgeons to gyms to house cleaners, Matchpoint provides
   consumers with a new way to find and select businesses that can provide
   them with the products or services they need.
-- Matchpoint's matching service allows consumers to forego the fatigue
   that results from using search engines to find relevant businesses as
   well as the effort that goes into contacting and researching
   businesses -- many of which are not online. Instead, with Matchpoint:

    -- Consumers describe their needs by filling out a short category
       specific search form after which they are matched with three to five
       businesses that match their criteria.
    -- Businesses then have an opportunity to respond to the consumer's
       search through Matchpoint's proxy message service.

-- The consumer's email or personal information is never given out, so
   they maintain control of the process, evaluate the responses, and can
   then contact the business(es) directly whenever it is convenient for
   them.
-- Users can access the Matchpoint search forms on thousands of websites
   in Matchpoint's partner network, where they are placed relevant to the
   content they are reading.

News Facts for Businesses

--  The Matchpoint model expands on the success seen in key verticals such
    as finance, health and fitness, to 10 million businesses in nearly 3,000
    business categories.
--  Unlike traditional search engines or PPC models, Matchpoint
    advertisers only pay to have their offer or proposal delivered to qualified
    prospects that meet their target customer profile.
--  The expansion scales a model established by GetVendors.com, which
    Matchpoint recently acquired. Search portal GetVendors.com is an online
    resource for consumers looking for household services in California.
--  Integrating the GetVendors technology, Matchpoint now includes a
    unique method of delivering leads to local businesses over the telephone
    whenever they are matched to a consumer's search.
--  Local businesses that are not already registered with Matchpoint can
    respond to consumers via voice mail messages that Matchpoint delivers to
    the consumers' email inbox (the consumer always remains anonymous).
--  Local businesses that do the majority of their business over the phone
    can now utilize Matchpoint to meet new customers online without needing to
    have a web site or any online marketing expertise.
    

Matchpoint

Matchpoint is the easier way for people to request and compare competitive offers from businesses. Launched in 2007, Matchpoint is headquartered in Mountain View, California and offers a way for consumers to anonymously connect with just about any type of service provider via Matchpoint.com or its trusted partner network. Finally there's a way to get service providers to compete for your business while keeping your personal information private.

Please use this link to access the Matchpoint blog (http://blog.matchpoint.com/)

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Quotes, attributable to Matchpoint/GetVendors.com executives:

--  "We are focused on providing consumers with a more efficient, and
    extremely private, way to connect with any of the millions of businesses
    that can provide the products or services they need," said Matchpoint
    President Peter Adams. "The Matchpoint model takes the work off the
    consumer by putting businesses in a competitive situation to win the
    consumer's business, not vice versa."
--  "There are many local businesses that are not online but are looking
    to tap into online channels to meet new customers," said Adams. "Matchpoint
    now provides local businesses with a much needed bridge that connects them
    to online prospects via the telephone."
--  "We are pleased to become a part of the Matchpoint team and see the
    next evolution of local search expand across all products and services
    nationwide," said GetVendors.com CEO Ashish Mohole. "Matchpoint gives
    consumers an easy way to input their search preferences and get competitive
    offers and proposals sent to them in a private and quick fashion."
    

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