Leading national catalog retailer Spiegel
Catalog Inc. Friday teamed up with Yahoo! Inc. and Spinway Inc. to provide co-branded free
dial-up Internet access and online advertising technology solutions.
Launching its online branding initiative dubbed Spiegel Free Web, the no-fee
Internet access program is available to consumers in the United States. As a part of
the deal Spiegel’s
e-commerce Web site becomes a
preferred destination for Yahoo!
Spiegel free Internet access is available for download on the Web and
through a CD-ROM start-up kit that will be distributed to potential
subscribers in millions of Spiegel catalogs.
Spinway is rapidly establishing its advertising network by partnering with
offline brand-leaders to co-brand their free ISP services. Within the last
five months, the free Internet access facilitator has accumulated a
subscriber base consisting of more than 2.6 million consumers.
Danny Robinson, Spinway founder and chief executive officer, said the
Spiegel deal marks another successful extension of its free access business
model for online branding.
“The agreement with Spiegel and Yahoo! offers us the opportunity to work
with one of the top catalog retailers and one of the top Internet
destinations in the nation to extend the reach of our free ISP to millions
of potential new consumers,” Robinson said.
John Irvin, Spiegel president and chief executive officer, said it intends
to use free Internet access as a lure to hook more online shoppers.
“Spiegel leads the way in satisfying women’s lifestyle needs with unique
products, trusted brands, multiple shopping options, and reliable service,”
Irvin said. “We are very pleased to provide this wonderful service, the
result of which will not only give current Internet users free access, but
allow even more consumers to experience the Web.”
Spiegel’s free Internet service includes personalized content and
co-branded services from Yahoo! including mail, messaging, personalization
and companion services.
The relationship with Spinway enables Spiegel to offer consumers one of the
highest-rated Internet access services available for free with fast,
reliable connections; 24-hour customer support; and, thousands of local
access numbers nationwide comparable to most paid ISPs. In addition, the
consumers’ bandwidth is optimized, as Spinway’s technology does not
download or stream advertisements while a consumer is actively using the
Anil Singh, Yanoo! chief sales and marketing officer said the Spiegel
program extends its brand and provides integrated services and commerce
solutions to millions of Spiegel customers.
“We are pleased to be working with Spiegel.com and Spinway to offer
consumers free Internet access,” Singh said. “Spiegel is a leading offline
brand choosing to communicate and transact online through Yahoo!’s Fusion
Christian Feuer, Spiegel vice president of marketing and advertising
production, said its free access offering would be utilized to delivery
special deals to Spiegel customers through Yahoo!
“The opportunity for Spiegel to team with Yahoo! is exciting for us and for
consumers who will benefit from this relationship,” Feuer said. “By
utilizing Spiegel Free Web, consumers may take advantage of cost savings
and choose to spend it on their favorite Spiegel merchandise.”
In addition to the free Internet access service, the recentl
Spiegel Web site provides visitors with an extensive selection of more than
10,000 merchandise items.