Vantage Media Delivers One Millionth Education Lead for 2008 : Rising Demand for Distance Learning Services Drives Growth During First Half of Year

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Vantage Media, one of the largest and fastest growing integrated media and marketing firms in the U.S., today announced that it has generated one million leads for premiere educational institutions in record time in 2008. This latest milestone underscores the company’s continuing search engine marketing (SEM) leadership in the online education vertical and points to students’ growing reliance on the Internet for both researching schools and pursuing their education via online courses and e-learning programs.

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The online education market continues to scale and remains an important driver of our overall business

"The online education market continues to scale and remains an important driver of our overall business," said Steve Jillings, Vantage Media CEO. "As gas prices and on-campus costs continue to rise, distance learning has become an essential component in the lives of millions of students across America. We support over 4000 schools and campuses today and our clients continue to be pleased with our high lead quality and low cost of student enrollment. Even as our other verticals gain momentum, our online education segment continues to be a market leader."

The largest performance-based SEM provider of educational lead and marketing services, Vantage Media has been helping educational institutions of all sizes reach potential students since 2002. Clients in this sector range from nationally known universities to regional technological and vocational schools. "Vantage Media consistently delivers high quality leads at a volume that meets our demand," said Jason Barlow, director, Interactive Marketing at U.S. Education Corporation.

Vantage Media maintains targeted search marketing campaigns for educational clients and manages over 50 million keywords across the major search engines. These search campaigns span the education market and offer the ability for schools to target students by program, degree level, geography, and dozens of other variables. Education programs include nursing, business administration, information technology, legal services, health, and criminal justice among others.

The company also serves a large client base of national brands in the home services, finance and insurance, and consumer services categories. Vantage Media client companies include some of the most prominent names in each of these consumer categories.

About Vantage Media

Based in El Segundo, CA, Vantage Media is one of the largest and fastest growing integrated media and marketing firms in the U.S. The company's proprietary online marketing technology has been developed over six years and has been effectively used to partner with over 100 major brands within the education, home services, finance and insurance, and consumer services verticals. With expertise in search, email, display and other online marketing capabilities, Vantage Media delivers highly qualified consumers to its clients in large volume with quantifiable and measurable ROI. Vantage Media recently topped Deloitte's Los Angeles Technology Fast 50 and ranked tenth in the nation. Vantage Media was also named to the Inc. 500 and ranked fourth among Inc. Magazine's Top Companies in Advertising and Marketing. For more information, please visit http://www.vantagemedia.com.

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