News America Marketing's SmartSource iGroup and planet U Announce Promotional Agreement with AOL

Jun 05, 2000, 01:00 ET from News America Marketing

    NEW YORK, June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- News America Marketing's (NAM)
 SmartSource(TM) iGroup and planet U(TM) announce an agreement with America
 Online (AOL) that enables to deliver personalized promotions
 and savings to AOL's more than 22 million members as well as CompuServe
 members and visitors to AOL.COM, Netscape Netcenter, and Digital City., powered by the U-pons(TM) Network through planet U, is a
 pioneer in providing a Web site to securely offer nationally available grocery
 coupons to consumers.  Through planet U's Internet coupon technology, AOL
 members can select Internet coupons at and receive offers
 through the mail for use at all grocery locations or digitally delivered
 through retailers' frequent shopper cards at participating retailers.
     This summer, will be prominently featured in the new
 Coupons & Savings Center in the AOL Interests Channel; the Digital City
 shopping area and CompuServe's Shopping and House & Garden channels, as well
 as other areas.  The site will also be available through
 America Online Keyword: SmartSource.
     AOL will promote the AOL service to consumers through News America
 Marketing's in-store advertising products; NAM's portfolio of in-store media
 programs is distributed in over 30,000 retail locations.
     "This relationship further solidifies's position as the
 fastest-growing savings destination on the Internet," said Chris Mixson,
 president of SmartSource iGroup.  "The three-way agreement among SmartSource
 iGroup, AOL and planet U provide unique benefits for each of us.  This will
 greatly enhance our ability to deliver valuable promotional offers on behalf
 of our participating advertisers and retailers."
     "Our alliance with SmartSource and AOL gives us the opportunity to provide
 a large number of consumers with a quick and easy way to 'click and save,'"
 said Bill Purcell, founder and chief executive officer of planet U.  "Our
 Internet coupon solution represents the future of promotions for the consumer
 goods industry.  By harnessing the unique one-to-one marketing capability of
 the Internet, we can offer consumers individual, up-to-the-minute shopping
     "We're pleased to work with and planet U to bring our
 members coupons for great grocery values nationwide," said Neil Davis, AOL
 Senior Vice President for Interactive Marketing.  "It's another way to bring
 savings and special offers to AOL members."
     About planet U
     planet U is the online promotions network for the consumer goods industry
 that most effectively connects manufacturers, retailers and consumers.  planet
 U offers manufacturers and retailers U-pons Internet Coupons providing highly
 personalized and targeted promotions across its network of retailer Web sites
 representing more than 10,000 retail locations, and Web partner sites.  In
 1999, the company entered into an agreement with News America Marketing, a
 division of News Corp. (NYSE:   NWS), to represent planet U's Internet coupon
 technology as part of its SmartSource(TM) portfolio of consumer promotion
 products and services for consumer packaged goods manufacturers.  planet U is
 located in San Francisco, California. (
     About News America Marketing
     News America Marketing is a subsidiary of News Corporation Limited.  The
 company's product portfolio, marketed under the Smart Source brand name,
 consists of the first branded free-standing insert, known as SmartSource
 Magazine, various in-store advertising and promotional products, merchandising
 services and turnkey telephone promotions.  These products and services allow
 marketers to deliver a brand message to over 200 million consumers each month
 via a network of 640 newspapers and 33,000 supermarket, drug and mass
 merchandisers locations across the country.  The SmartSource iGroup, a
 subsidiary of News America Marketing, manages News America's digital marketing
 businesses and Internet access through  News America
 Marketing has operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia
 and South America. (
     The News Corporation Limited (NYSE:   NWS, NWS.A; ASX: NCP, NCPDP; LSE:
 NEWCP) is one of the world's largest media companies, with total assets as of
 December 31, 1999 of approximately US$39 billion and total annual revenues of
 approximately US$14 billion.  News Corporation's diversified global operations
 in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Latin America and
 the Pacific Basin include the production and distribution of motion pictures
 and television programming; television, satellite and cable broadcasting; the
 publication of newspapers, magazines, books; the production and distribution
 of promotional and advertising products and services; the development of
 digital broadcasting; the development of conditional access and subscriber
 management systems; and the creation and distribution of popular on-line

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