Webby Awards and Netpulse Partner to Create `Exercise Your Right to Vote for the Webbys’
SAN FRANCISCO–MARCH 21, 2000 — Netpulse is the largest Internet media network targeting upscale, active-lifestyle consumers. Utilizing a proprietary Internet appliance that attaches to exercise equipment, Netpulse has tailored its broadband network to produce one of the "stickiest" platforms on the Net and the Webby Awards; today announced the joint sponsorship of "Exercise Your Right To Vote For The Webbys."
From March 20th through April 20th, Netpulse exercisers who register to vote for the People's Voice Webby Award will be able to visit the Webby site via a hot-link, peruse the nominee list, cast votes and enter to win an all-expense-paid trip for two to the 4th Annual Webby Awards gala, May 11th atop San Francisco'shistoric Nob Hill.
Netpulse's Z-Series, awarded one of the "Best Products of 1999" by Business Week, is an Internet appliance that replaces the control panel on exercise bikes, steppers and elliptical motion machines, with a sleek, flat, touch-screen featuring a broadband Internet connection. Through the Netpulse portal, exercisers can surf the web, send and receive email, listen to CDs, watch TV, shop, track workout results, and even earn frequent flier miles–all while getting a great workout.
"We are extremely pleased to be partnering with the Webby Awards to help increase voting and overall exposure for their event," said Netpulse CEO and Intuit co-founder Tom Proulx. "There is a substantial upside for both parties the Webbys reach Netpulse's upscale, tech-savvy audience, and we are able to take part in the pre-eminent honors for Websites."
"I think Netpulse has such a great product, surfing while you work out is such a smart example of just how popular the Internet is becoming." said Roy Anderson, Director of Sales & Marketing for The Webby Awards.
About Netpulse Communications
Netpulse is the largest Internet media network targeting upscale, active-lifestyle consumers. Utilizing a proprietary Internet appliance that attaches to exercise equipment, Netpulse has tailored its broadband network to produce one of the "stickiest" platforms on the Net. The company's initial focus is the market of over 100 million consumers who exercise in fitness facilities worldwide. These consumers have a combined purchasing power of $3.3 trillion annually and spend 120 billion minutes per year on exercise equipment that can be equipped with Netpulse. Netpulse enables exercisers to surf the Web, e-mail, shop, listen to music, watch TV, earnincentives, and track fitness progress–all while working out. Netpulse's Z Series Internet appliance was named a Business
Week "Best Product of 1999."
Netpulse has partnered with over 1500 fitness facilities in North America, including Bally Total Fitness, CRUNCH, YMCAs, Gold's Gyms, New York Health & Racquet Clubs, Sport & Health, Powerhouse Gyms, The MGM Grand Hotel & Spa, Hyatt SF, The St. Regis, and many more hotels, universities, and corporate fitness centers.
For sponsors, the Netpulse Network offers a unique combination of online, rich media marketing with traditional point-of-sale, affinity and sampling programs. User information collected by the Network enables marketers to target consumers based on online behavior, demographics, psychographics and geography. Sponsors include Sony, Toyota, Proctor & Gamble, Johnson and Johnson, General Motors, iVillage, Healtheon/WebMD, and HealthCentral.
Netpulse has key strategic relationships with leading telecommunications, nternet and fitness organizations including SpaceNet-Gilat Satellite Networks (NASDAQ: GILTF), AT&T Internet Services, 24/7 Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: TFSM), Bally's Total Fitness (NYSE: BFT) and Life Fitness, a Brunswick Company (NYSE: BC). Netpulse Communications, Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in San Francisco with offices in New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego and Los Angeles. For more information, please visit the Netpulse Web site at www.netpulse.com.
About the Webby Awards
Hailed as the "Oscars of the Internet by Entertainment Weekly, The Webby Awards are the leading creative honors for digital media. Nominees and winners are chosen by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. The Webby Awards are an IDG event. Sponsors for the 2000 Webby Awards include Intel, Hewlett-Packard, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Adobe, Flyswat, vivid studios, Visa, Warburg Dillon Read, BeSeen, Xpedior, AboveNet, Audi, commission junction, worldlyinvestor.com, PlanetClick, adauction.com, Netpulse Communications, Fleishman Hillard, The Creative Group, netRaker, Entertainment Weekly, Business 2.0, Access Magazine, NewCity.com, Metropolis Editorial, ArtByte, MacWorld, San Francisco Bay Guardian, MacWorld Expo, MSN bCentral, Internet World, We Also Walk Dogs. Balloting is audited by PriceWaterhouseCoopers. For more information, visit www.webbyawards.com.