OpenOffice.org Tops "The Best of PRWeb" for 2009

Solid News Angle and Effective Use of Multi-Media Earns OpenOffice.org’s the #1 Spot Among the Most Read News Releases on PRWeb for 2009

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Lanham, MD (PRWEB) December 15, 2009

PRWeb, the online news distribution service of Vocus (NASDAQ: VOCS), today announced that an OpenOffice.org news release was named the winner of The Best of PRWeb contest. OpenOffice.org was selected among 10 other news releases published by other organizations on PRWeb.com. Through a three-phase process, that included the most page views, a round of judging by an independent panel of judges, and finally a public vote, OpenOffice emerged as the winner.

“Congratulations to the team at OpenOffice.org on creating a news release that produced solid results,” said Bill Wagner, chief marketing officer at Vocus. “Their news release had a solid news angle, a strong call to action and made effective use of multi-media – it’s a sound example of a news release that returned measurable results.”

OpenOffice.org’s news release was published on May 7, 2009 and received more than 7,000 page views, between January 1, 2009 and November 15, 2009, according to Google Analytics. Page views were the first criteria for selecting the initial 10 news releases -- the most read on PRWeb. Next a panel of judges narrowed the 10 releases down to the top three and finally the public was invited to cast their vote to choose the best of those three identified. OpenOffice.org’s news release earned 89 percent of the public votes cast.

"As our online newsroom indicates, we average about half a dozen news releases a year and we find PRWeb gives us great visibility,” said John McCreesh, Marketing Project Lead at OpenOffice.org. “PRWeb makes it easy to produce striking news releases – and what is particularly impressive is the way they're never satisfied with the tools they provide: PRWeb is always looking for ways to improve the customer experience.”

Each organization with a news release chosen as one of the 10 most read will receive one free Media Visibility news release distribution package on PRWeb.com. As the winner, OpenOffice.org will receive 10 free news release distributions on PRWeb. Complete details on the selection, judging and voting process are available online at: http://www.prweb.com/pr/best-online-news-releases-2009.html.

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PRWeb is recognized as a leading online news and press release distribution service worldwide. Since 1997, PRWeb has been changing the way businesses, marketing departments and public relations firms think about press releases. PRWeb was the first company to develop a distribution strategy around direct-to-consumer communication and to build and offer a platform for search engine optimized press release distribution. PRWeb is an online news distribution service of Vocus, Inc., a leading provider of on-demand public relations management software. For more information, go to http://www.prweb.com.

About Vocus
Vocus, Inc. (NASDAQ: VOCS) is a leading provider of on-demand software for public relations management. Our web-based software suite helps organizations of all sizes to fundamentally change the way they communicate with both the media and the public, optimizing their public relations and increasing their ability to measure its impact. Our on-demand software addresses the critical functions of public relations including media relations, news distribution and news monitoring. We deliver our solutions over the Internet using a secure, scalable application and system architecture, which allows our customers to eliminate expensive up-front hardware and software costs and to quickly deploy and adopt our on-demand software. Vocus is used by more than 4,000 organizations worldwide and is available in seven languages. Vocus is based in Lanham, MD with offices in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit http://www.vocus.com or call (800) 345-5572.

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