PRWeb Inks Partnership with the eCommerce Merchants Association

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Leading Online News Distribution Service to Provide Exclusive Discounted Offerings to the Association's Members

A leader in online news release distribution.

PRWeb is especially well-suited for small- and medium-sized business -- particularly online retailers -- because our direct-to-consumer press release concept is proven to drive traffic, attract new customers and ultimately increase sales

PRWeb, a Vocus, Inc. (NASDAQ: VOCS) company and leader in online news release distribution, today announced an exclusive partnership agreement with eCommerce Merchants Association, a leading educational trade association for small- and medium-sized online merchants. Under terms of the partnership, the Association's members will have access to PRWeb's online news and press release distribution services with special offers and discounts.

The eCommerce Merchants Association has negotiated a full-range of agreements with a community of certified or affiliate partners that offer products and services uniquely suited to the needs of its members. For example, eCommerce Merchants has agreements with Google, FedEx, Equifax and The Wall Street Journal. This newest partnership with PRWeb means thousands of its members nationwide will have easy and affordable access to a leading online news distribution service that is proven to drive traffic to their Web sites and enhance their search engine optimization (SEO).

"PRWeb is especially well-suited for small- and medium-sized business -- particularly online retailers -- because our direct-to-consumer press release concept is proven to drive traffic, attract new customers and ultimately increase sales," said Sophie Shiatis, vice president of e-commerce for PRWeb. "PRWeb is the most cost-effective and easy-to-use online news distribution service available, and we are thrilled to join the eCommerce Merchants Association community."

PRWeb provides a simple interface for businesses to distribute their news and leverage the explosive opportunity social media brings to their press releases. Tools such as ShareThis, TweetIt, social bookmarking, online videos, podcasts, Real Simple Syndication (RSS) and other multi-media can be easily packaged with news distributed through PRWeb. This enables even small- and medium-sized business to put out professional quality news releases that are optimized for search engines such as Google and Yahoo! - and this brings their news to life.

"We are always on the lookout for partners and affiliate companies that can provide our membership with products and services that help them increase sales and improve operational efficiency, while keeping costs low," said Jessica Moreno, business development manager for eCommerce Merchants. "Clearly PRWeb fits this mold and offers a powerful service with unique benefits to our members."

About PRWeb
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 search engine optimized platform for press release distribution. PRWeb, located in Ferndale, WA, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Vocus, Inc., a leading provider of on-demand public relations management software. For more information, go to

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 more than 3,700 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 or call (800) 345-5572.

This release contains "forward-looking" statements that are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These are statements that are predictive in nature, that depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, or that include words such as "may," "will," "expects," "projects," "anticipates," "estimates," "believes," "intends," "plans," "should," "seeks," and similar expressions. This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to, among other things, Vocus' expectations and assumptions concerning future financial performance. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause actual future results to differ materially from those projected or contemplated in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may be significantly impacted by certain risks and uncertainties described in Vocus' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About eCommerce Merchants
eCommerce Merchants (http://www.eCommerce is a leading trade association of small and medium sized ecommerce businesses. The organization provides best practices guidance, technology & infrastructure advice and sourcing & supplies solutions to online merchants around the world who use the internet to sell or promote products and services. The organization works closely with the Professional eBay Sellers Alliance (


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