Introducing Manta – Your Business Intelligence Authority

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ECNext launches the search destination for premium sources of business intelligence.

Answering a need of business professionals requiring quick and easy Web access to the business information they need when they need it, ECNext (http://www.ecnext.com) announced the launch of Manta (http://www.manta.com) today at InfoCommerce 2005 as the search destination for premium sources of business intelligence.

Manta is ECNext’s e-commerce web site for business professionals searching the Web for immediate answers to questions about their markets, customers, competitors, suppliers and other critical business data. Manta surfaces business content from the “deep Web”, making it easy for them to find, and then provides a pay-per-view sales model and a personalized “reading room” that provides the buyers with immediate online access to what they are looking for. Following a successful beta launch on August 31, 2005, ECNext has already drawn over 2 million visitors to the Manta site.

ECNext specializes in helping publishers market, sell and deliver business information online via its content merchandising solution. Manta now joins ECNext’s family of solutions, alongside publisher branded sites and Web marketing programs, providing publishers with an additional channel for reaching online content buyers.

“ECNext will continue to invest in its technology and provide branded e-commerce sites and Web marketing services to leading business publishers,” said Pamela Springer, CEO and President of ECNext. “And we’re pleased that with the launch Manta, we now have an additional way to leverage our unique understanding of the search revolution and online content buyer, and provide the publishers, who choose to participate in this model, with an additional online revenue stream.“

The initial release of Manta contains company information and reports from D&B covering more than 30 million companies worldwide, and from Datamonitor, a premium business information company specializing in industry analysis. ECNext will continue to partner with leading publishers to increase the depth and breadth of Manta’s premium content over the coming months, adding new sources of company information, financial data, market research reports, and company and market news. ECNext will also be folding in robust cross-referencing tools and subscription offerings within Manta to further strengthen the promise of presenting the information that business professionals are searching for across multiple publishers, enabling them to quickly and easily get to all the relevant content that meets their needs.

About ECNext

Founded in 1996, ECNext (http://www.ecnext.com) specializes in turning Web searches into online revenue for leading business publishers, financial analysts and market research firms. ECNext provides a complete range of technology and services that work together to drive more traffic, revenue and profit. Located in Westerville, Ohio, ECNext works with leading publishers such as Thomson Gale, McGraw-Hill, The Freedonia Group, AMR and Fitch Ratings.

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Michelle Mader

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614-682-5115

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