CNET.com Launches New Online Experience, Making It Easier to Find Product Reviews, Tech News, Safe Downloads, and Videos
New Features Provide Consumers with Simple Navigation, In-Line Buying
Advice, and a Sneak Peek at "CNET Archive"
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- CNET (www.cnet.com), where people go to discover the latest in tech and consumer electronics, and a property of CBS Interactive, today unveiled the "New CNET," an evolution of the website that spans everything from its logo, design, and navigation to the delivery of product reviews, tech news, and original video programming. The new CNET builds upon the site's position as the leading technology media brand in the world, making it easier than ever for people to find the information they need to stay informed, make smart purchasing decisions, and learn about today's digital world. "This day marks a major milestone in CNET's 13-year history, by delivering a completely fresh experience that encompasses everything from the 'look and feel' to the platform that drives the site," said Joe Gillespie, executive vice president, CBS Interactive. "During the past year, we focused on making changes that would make our site easier to use and grow our audience, without compromising the depth, breadth, and timeliness of our editorial content. Throughout this process, we continue to remain focused on our promise to give people the best experience and resource for finding the latest tech news, product reviews, and safe downloads." In June, the beta version of the site was launched to a small percentage of users. During the past three months, more than 15,000 people provided their feedback and suggestions to improve the site. Today, many of the new features have been fine-tuned to reflect that feedback. At first glance, visitors to the website will notice the new logo, color scheme, improved search and filtering, and tab navigation, which serve to organize information in a consistent manner that makes it easy to find. For example, it will be easier to navigate within the news topics of CNET News. Beneath the website's surface, CNET moved all its data behind an API (Application Programming Interface). This open architecture creates deeper and more meaningful engagement with consumers by giving developers open access to CNET's content and allowing simple integration of content from advertisers, and additional product reviews from partners. Features of the "New CNET" include: -- New Five-Star Rating -- Allows consumers to quickly compare other products while they browse through the reviews. The detailed, 10-point analysis will continue to be used by editors during the reviews process and lab-testing, and can be viewed by rolling over the star ratings. -- In-line Buying Advice -- Streamlines the product research process by putting the most relevant information, definitions, and advice from CNET editors right in front of the user. For example, when a consumer is looking for a TV with HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface), they will get a list of all the different types of TVs with HDMI, along with an in-depth explanation of HDMI from CNET's buying guides. -- Appliances Coverage -- Extending its editorial expertise into the home, CNET now offers editorial coverage of household appliances and kitchen gadgets. The Appliances coverage includes products like built-in ovens, dishwashers, microwaves, refrigerators, small appliances, stoves and ranges, and washers and dryers. -- Additional Product Reviews from Around the Web -- Incorporating product reviews from premier content partners, consumers will have the ability to compare reviews and editorial opinions from around the web all on one page. -- CNET Archive -- Launching in beta, this comprehensive tech product and review database will be useful for people who are considering purchasing popular used tech gadgets such as digital cameras and HDTVs, an increasingly common trend as the rate of new product releases speeds up. The CNET Archive will provide access to more than 2.5 million consumer electronics and tech gear since 1998. Additionally, CNET Downloads will provide information to more than 1 million archived products, including software and games. Promotions for the new CNET will run across CBS TV, Radio, and Outdoor, including call outs to the new CNET during NFL pre and post shows; CNET personality appearances on national and local news programs such as the Early Show; CNET promotions in subways and billboards in major markets; and an expansive campaign across the CBS Interactive network. New Integrated Advertising Opportunities for Marketers For 13 years, CNET has been a trusted partner to advertisers in the technology and consumer electronics industry, as well as to advertisers in the automotive, financial, and consumer package goods categories who value technology enthusiasts and want to reach this influential audience. With its new API, CNET now gives advertisers the flexibility and speed to create campaigns that complement the site's reviews and product information, providing a customized and more relevant experience for consumers. Integrated advertising opportunities such as content curls and CNET storefront will make it easier for advertisers to interact with the CNET audience with targeted information on their products. Based on what consumers are searching for on CNET, manufacturers can connect with them on the most relevant information throughout the comparison shopping process. "In an effort to connect with our tech-minded audience who are passionate about our products, we worked diligently with the CNET team to develop an on- line Samsung experience that demonstrates the innovation and differentiation in our consumer electronics," stated Louis Giagrande, Senior Online Marketing Manager, Samsung Electronics America, "As a long-standing partner, we've worked collaboratively on many campaigns that provide a destination within the CNET environment to engage their readers. We look forward to continue working on innovative campaigns with the all-new CNET." "Sony has worked with CNET on several online campaigns," said Stuart Redsun, senior vice president of corporate marketing at Sony Electronics. "We look forward to the new platform." About CNET CNET (www.cnet.com), a property of CBS Interactive, is where people go to discover the latest in tech and consumer electronics. Driven by a trusted voice and a passionate community, CNET creates an open environment for people to find and use the best products to fit their lifestyle. The powerful combination of CNET's award-winning news, lab-tested product reviews, safe and spyware-free downloads, and user-generated content give people information and inspiration to live and thrive in a life gone digital. About CBS Interactive CBS Interactive, a division of CBS Corporation, is the best online content network for information and entertainment. 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