Hostopia launches search engine marketing (SEM) with acquisition of MerchEngines



    Service helps businesses increase sales with web marketing applications

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, and FT. LAUDERDALE, FL, Aug. 10 /CNW/ - Hostopia.com,
Inc., a unit of Deluxe Corp. (NYSE:  DLX), today officially launched the
services of recently acquired search engine marketing (SEM) firm,
MerchEngines. MerchEngines allows service providers to tap into the
$40-billion market for SEM by helping small businesses advertise directly
through search engines such as Google, Yahoo! and MSN. Small business owners
simply enter their budget and goals and let MerchEngines automatically
generate keyword selection, ad creation, tracking and reporting.
    "Many small business owners want to increase their sales online but they
don't have the expertise to do it themselves", said Colin Campbell, CEO of
Hostopia. "With MerchEngines, Hostopia now offers our partners - and their
customers - a complete, easy-to-use and cost-effective SEM web solution - one
that levels the playing field for small business owners by providing SEM
services that historically have only been available to larger companies or
enterprise advertisers."
    Search engine marketing can be an intimidating process for small
businesses yet it is an increasingly important way for them to attract local
customers. By automating the SEM process with an intuitive management
interface, MerchEngines has eliminated many of the barriers that impede
success in SEM, and have, in turn, opened up the market for SEM services to a
much larger business population.
    MerchEngines extends the suite of services that Hostopia offers its
partners, giving service providers new revenue opportunities, outside their
traditionally targeted budgets, by tapping the advertising budgets of their
small business clients.
    "We consider MerchEngines to be more of a customer acquisition platform
than simply an automated pay-per-click product. We also create landing pages
with lead capture forms and call tracking/call recording solutions that more
effectively convert visitors into leads than do standard web pages. This
conversion process allows advertisers to compare online versus offline media
budgets to see what's performing the best", commented MerchEngines CEO, Andy
Steuer. "With the enhanced online tracking and metrics that are automatically
generated by the system, small businesses will be able to optimize and
reallocate their budgets to those areas of their marketing that are performing
well, and given the success that SEM has enjoyed recently, we're certain it
will be directed online."

    About MerchEngines

    MerchEngines.com is a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution that provides
ad agencies, traditional media companies, online publishers, and local
aggregators a hosted and fully managed search marketing solution. MerchEngines
integrates traffic generation solutions with conversion technologies, such as
call tracking/call recording and lead capture/lead management solutions, into
one easy-to-use private label-able dashboard. There are three ways to get
involved with MerchEngines: become a reseller partner and offer customized,
private label, online advertising solutions to your advertisers; license
MerchEngines' technology and let MerchEngines manage your client's online ad
campaigns for you; or license MerchEngines' technology and manage your
advertising campaigns using an integrated end-to-end traffic generation and
post click marketing platform. For additional information, visit
www.merchengines.com.

    About Hostopia

    Hostopia is a leading provider of web services that enable small- and
medium-sized businesses to establish and maintain an Internet presence. The
company's customers are communication services providers, including
telecommunication carriers, cable companies, Internet service providers,
domain registrars, and web hosting service providers. Hostopia's customers
purchase their web services on a wholesale basis and resell these services
under their own brands to small- and medium-sized businesses. The company
provides customers with the technology, infrastructure, and support services
to enable them to offer web services, while saving them research and
development as well as capital and operating costs typically associated with
the design, development, and delivery of web services. Nexthaus, Hostopia's
wireless mobility technology unit, is a global leader in data and device
synchronization and has developed industry-recognized SyncML solutions that
feature wireless interoperability between PC's, handheld devices and mobile
phones. For more information, visit www.hostopia.com and www.nexthaus.com.

    About Deluxe

    Deluxe Corporation, through its industry-leading businesses and brands,
helps financial institutions and small businesses better manage, promote, and
grow their businesses. Deluxe uses direct marketing, distributors, and a North
American sales force to provide a wide range of customized products and
services: personalized printed items (checks, forms, business cards,
stationery, greeting cards, labels, and retail packaging supplies),
promotional products and merchandising materials, fraud prevention services,
and customer retention programs. Deluxe also sells personalized checks and
accessories directly to consumers. For more information about Deluxe
Corporation, visit www.Deluxe.com.




For further information:

For further information: Paul D. Engels, Chief Marketing Officer & Exec.
Vice President, Hostopia.com, Inc., Tel: (800) 322-9438, Email:
marketing@hostopia.com; Andy Steuer, CEO, MerchEngines, Tel: (310) 385-0401
ext. 205, Email: andy@merchengines.com

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