||August 13, 2001 --Chicago --Apartments.com and Match.com have gone public with their relationship. The couple has expressed a real enthusiasm for their future, though they will not be dating exclusively. The relationship will be an exciting "first time" for Apartments.com.
Apartments.com and Match.com have paired up to create a co-branded site that will provide online visitors with relationship opportunities that can be tailored to specific regions or neighborhoods. The new area on the Apartments.com site will be located in the MovingCenter's "Getting Settled" section. Match.com, the leading subscription-based online personals site, according to Jupiter Media Metrix, features more than 1.7 million members with profiles.
"Visitors to Apartments.com are in the process of a life-altering event," said Robin Goodman, director of e-commerce, Apartments.com. "Now they can use Match.com's service to find someone to make that change with them."
Resident couple-watchers think the future looks bright for this energetic pair.
Apartments.com is distinguished by its highly customizable searches, superior visual ads, and its facilitation of direct communication between renters and property managers across the country. In addition to a network of more than 150 affiliated newspapers and millions of apartment listings from all 50 states, Apartments.com offers the MovingCenter where users can research community information, arrange truck and furniture rentals, calculate their salary in different cities, instantly check their credit report, change their address and more.
Apartments.com, owned by Chicago-based Classified Ventures, Inc., delivers highly qualified, ready-to-rent prospects to its more than 8,000 trade customers, which increases closure rates and decreases the average cost of leasing an apartment. Six strategic investors own Classified Ventures, Inc.: Gannett Co., Inc., Knight Ridder, The McClatchy Company, The New York Times Company, Tribune Company and The Washington Post Company.
Match.com, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ticketmaster (Nasdaq: TMCS) and part of USA Networks Interactive Group (Nasdaq: USAI), is the online paid personals category leader according to Jupiter Media Metrix (April 2001). The Company's personals businesses claim more than 220,000 paying subscribers and generate more than 190 million monthly page views. Match.com offers adults worldwide a fun, private and secure environment for meeting other singles. The Company estimates it is responsible for arranging hundreds of thousands of relationships for its members and has confirmed more than 1,200 marriages. Match.com powers paid online dating on The Microsoft Network; iWon; and on the New York Magazine and Chicago Magazine Web sites. Match.com will be the premier provider of personals for Love@AOL, offering the Match.com service across AOL, AOL.com, CompuServe and Netscape.com.
For more information about Match.com visit www.matchnewscenter.com.