Message Technologies Inc. (MTI) to Provide Hosting and Co-Location Services for Mediu's Retail Store Locator and Customer Loyalty Speech Technology Applications

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Mediu has selected Message Technologies Inc. (MTI) to host Mediu's speech applications for retail. The applications for store locators and loyalty programs help retailers lower costs, increase revenue and improve the customer experience.

Message Technologies, Inc.™ (MTI), an industry-leading provider of speech-enabled interactive voice response (IVR) and hosting solutions for business-critical speech applications, today announces that it has been selected by Mediu, LLC, to provide IVR hosting and co-location services for the company's retail store locator and customer loyalty speech technology applications.

"Mediu did a great deal of research before we selected MTI to host our applications," said Mike Berichon, CEO of Mediu. "MTI was chosen because of their many years of hosting experience, the quality of their technology and because they're flexible and easy to work with."

Mediu assists one of its key retail customers, a fast-growing shoe retailer, in operating one of the industry's most-lauded customer loyalty programs. The retailer incorporates hosted speech-enabled IVR into their loyalty program by enabling customers to check reward points, manage their account and apply points immediately to their next purchase all using a phone number identification call-in system. Mediu estimates speech technology applications for customer loyalty can increase revenue by 18 percent and save retailers on call center operations costs for like transactions using live agents.

Mediu's store locator enhances the customer experience for one of the nation's leading off-price retailers. The application enables callers to verbally respond to queries about zip codes and other geographic information to immediately locate the closet retail location and obtain store hours. Mediu estimates that store locator speech technology can provide call center savings in the range of 80% per year for retailers.

"MTI's work in the retail sector continues to expand through this partnership with Mediu," stated Darrell Knight, President of MTI. "Mediu is implementing a number of the most creative speech enabled IVR applications in use by retailers today. We anticipate our partnership with Mediu will further position us as a leader in providing speech-enabled IVR to retailers, catalogers and Internet merchants."

Mediu, LLC is a Columbus, Ohio, based professional services company that serves the contact center industry by helping clients develop customer service strategies that improve service, efficiencies, and client-customer rapport by applying their industry leading experience in contact center operations and technology. Whether it's strategic customer service consulting, technology and operations assessments or software and hardware selection and implementation, Mediu helps lower costs, increase revenue and improve the end customer experience. Please contact Mediu at 614-885-2100 x 255 or visit the company online at

Message Technologies, Inc. (MTI) enables companies to improve business performance using interactive voice response (IVR) and flexible hosting solutions for business-critical speech applications. With MTI, companies get the industry's most experienced hosting provider and an unrivaled dedication to dependability and customer service. Since 1982, more than 2,000 companies have counted on MTI for successful deployment and hosting of their voice applications. MTI's speech experts and open technology platforms help companies achieve world-class performance. Please visit MTI online at


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