VNU Business Media and Google Sign Deal for Targeted Advertising

    February 17, 2005

VNU Business Media to show relevant Google AdWords ads across its network of business publications.

(Press Release)

NEW YORK & MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – February 15, 2005 – VNU, a leading global information and media company, and Google Inc. today announced the availability of Google AdWords advertisements on the websites of all of VNU U.S. and European business-to-business publications. The deal is VNU’s first major joint US-European web partnership, featuring U.S. brands such as Adweek, The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, National Jeweler, Progressive Grocer, and Successful Meetings and leading European titles like Computing, Accountancy Age, Computable, IT Week. As part of the agreement, Google’s targeted, text-based ads will appear on VNU’s global network of professional websites through the Google AdSense program.

“Google’s huge collection of advertisers offers the depth necessary to provide relevant ads that match the industry-specific content of VNU’s titles,” said Mike Marchesano, President and CEO of Business Media U.S. and Ruud Bakker, President and CEO of Business Media Europe in a joint statement. They added, “It is a benefit to our business readers to receive additional information pertinent to what they are reading.”

VNU’s business-to-business titles in the entertainment, media & marketing, technology and finance, retail, travel, performance, real estate and design, and food service and beverage industries now show Google’s targeted ads throughout their respective websites. The revenue from clicks on these ads is shared between VNU and Google.

“VNU’s quality business content provides another excellent distribution channel for our business-to-business advertisers,” said Joan Braddi, vice president of Search Services. “Google continues to collaborate and innovate to bring business-to-business users, publishers and advertisers together.”

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