Ad network Flycast Communications Corp. launched
Flycast Valet, an e-commerce offering that creates new revenue channels and
customer retention tools for the 1,200-plus sites in the network.
Flycast Valet also establishes new marketing opportunities for direct
response and e-commerce advertisers, the company said.
Flycast selected Internet infrastructure company InfoSpace.com as a key provider in
executing the initiative.
The company said Valet represents a concerted
effort to empower small-to-mid sized Web sites to move beyond content
publishing and participate in the expanding e-commerce arena.
The relationship with Infospace.com leverages its technologies and services
to enable any site in the Flycast Network to develop customized affiliate
e-commerce store-fronts that offer users the ability to purchase several
million products and services available from more than 3,000 merchants and
Additional services include yellow pages, white pages, auctions, classifieds,
the InfoSpace ActivePromotion merchandising tool and directory services.
Financial arrangements with InfoSpace were not disclosed.
“The custom e-commerce solution that InfoSpace.com has developed for Flycast
and our broad-based content and distribution relationship promise to expand
Flycast’s role as a Web advertising and e-commerce market maker, while
empowering a vast number of content-oriented Web sites to embrace the
burgeoning e-commerce industry.”
The Flycast Network reaches over 25 million consumers each month, or 41
percent of the U.S. Web audience, according to MediaMetrix figures.
Unlike its chief
competitors in the ad network space, Flycast’s network is comprised of many
non-branded sites that often lack the resources to independently develop and
manage e-commerce initiatives.