E-centives, [email protected] Ink Marketing, Equity Deal

Promotions player e-centives on
Thursday struck a wide-ranging multi-year marketing deal with [email protected] ATHM,
which also made an investment in the direct marketer.


The deal calls for e-centives to be integrated into the Excite portal, including placement on the
homepage, in member services, in the online shopping pages.


At a time when online rewards programs are becoming a must-have feature,
this agreement adds that functionality to Excite. The deal also gives
Excite the ability to offer its advertisers these promotional opportunities.


“Our investment in e-centives is a direct result of their advanced
e-commerce and promotions technologies,” says Mark Stevens, executive vice
president, corporate and business development, [email protected]


“In addition to the clear benefits for Excite’s consumer members, our
advertisers and merchant partners can now look to e-centives as a trigger
for increased and more effective e-commerce success.”


The investment round, which brings the total venture funding for e-centives
to $50 million, was led by the Seligman Technology Group and joined by
[email protected], Moore Capital, and MacAndrews & Forbes Group. The specific
amount contributed in this round, and [email protected]’s part of that, were not
disclosed.


Since launching in late 1998, e-centives has forged relationships with ZDNet, USATODAY.com, Tower Records, Egghead.com, and Cooking.com.

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