SOURCE: Petz Enterprises, Inc.

January 09, 2007 11:28 ET®, Pioneer Online Tax Service, Sees Soaring Registrations as Affiliate Marketing Campaign, NASCAR Sponsorship, Gain Traction

LAS VEGAS, NV and TRACY, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 9, 2007 -- Affiliate Summit --® (, the fastest growing -- and now third largest -- independent online tax service in the U.S., is reporting soaring site visits and corresponding registrations as its affiliate marketing campaign kicks off for the 2007 tax season at Affiliate Summit West, Bally's, January 21-23.

Todd Taylor,'s Director of Affiliate Marketing and a featured speaker at the 2007 Affiliate Summit here, said, "This is our third full year of affiliate marketing, after a test campaign in the 2005 season which proved highly successful and a strong building year in 2006. affiliates are reaping the benefits of working with one of the first online tax services established in the U.S., and more affiliates are joining the program daily."

"Stolen" NASCAR Viral Video Generates Widespread Positive Media Coverage

" has been receiving nationwide attention for its recently released viral video of a NASCAR race car being 'stolen' by a fan at California's Altamont Motorsports Park," explained Mr. Taylor.

"The viral video, created and produced as a commercial exclusively for user-generated video sites such as, featured the 'theft' which was actually rehearsed and staged by trained, professional actors," he said. "However, when a Bay area TV station aired the video as a 'real' news item, newswire services, Internet sites and local TV outlets in more than 125 U.S. markets picked up the very funny video.

"Millions of TV and online viewers saw the video, with the logo prominently displayed. Major broadcast and online outlets including ESPN, CNN Headline News, Sports, Sporting and NBC's 'Today' ran the video," Mr. Taylor commented.

Viral Video Proving Effective in Reaching the All-Important 18-34 Year Old Demographic's newfound fame coincides with the recognition by the advertising industry that viral videos are rapidly becoming one of the most effective ways to reach potential buyers since the advent of the Internet.'s main demographic is young male and female adults 18-25, just embarking on their careers and paying taxes for the first time. This demographic is thoroughly at home online, so doing taxes via the Internet is very attractive, especially since online preparation and filing is very quick, easy, and generates a tax refund in matter of days.

Noted marketing research expert and Harvard University advertising professor Harry Washburn, president of Boston-based Wallace & Washburn, Inc., feels that viral marketing can quickly build brand awareness without the enormous costs associated with a television advertising campaign.

"Viral marketing is not only the latest attempt to improve this picture, but is proving to be more effective than many older techniques including print and direct mail advertising," said Professor Washburn.® Inks primary Sponsorship Agreement with Justin Philpott Racing For 2007 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series™

An agreement with Justin Philpott Racing to become the team's primary sponsor for their NASCAR® 2007 Whelen All American Series entry has been completed. Justin's actual racecar will be displayed at's booth at Affiliate Summit. As one of the youngest drivers ever to have participated in NASCAR, Justin has plenty of room to maneuver to the top ranks of NASCAR racing. Attendees are welcome to have their picture taken with Justin and the car as he begins his drive for an eventual NASCAR championship.

About Online Tax Service is the consumer brand of Petz Enterprises, Inc. delivers online tax preparation, electronic filing, professional assistance and representation in all 50 states. is a full-service online tax center featuring federal and state preparation, tools, and resources to help taxpayers manage their tax burden with greater confidence and ease. For more information visit

About Petz Enterprises, Inc.

Petz Enterprises, Inc. (PEI) is a leading provider of tax preparation and electronic filing solutions for the professional and consumer markets, helping to automate and simplify federal, state and local tax compliance. PEI's Crosslink® line of professional tax software products enable tax practitioners and service bureaus to accurately prepare and file large volumes of individual tax returns. Founded in 1974, Tracy, CA-based PEI is dedicated to serving the need of the professional tax community and individual taxpayers worldwide. For more information, visit

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