SFGate, the Online Version of The San Francisco Chronicle, Partners With Zvents to Provide Local Search for Millions of Bay Area Users

SFGATE.COMSAN MATEO, CA-(RUSHPRNEWS) 09/18/2008— SFGate, the digital media division of Northern California’s largest circulation newspaper, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the Bay Area’s No. 1 web site for online news, information, and entertainment, has selected Zvents, the local search engine for a network of publishers featuring things to do, to power its events platform.

Through Zvents’ local search technology, SFGate users can discover, contribute, share, and promote venues, events, local promotions, and various sources of entertainment throughout the Bay Area.

“With the Zvents partnership, SFGate will build on our established listings and reviews by offering our users an even wider array of things to do in their local communities,” said Michele Slack, VP of Digital Media for SFGate.com. “Additionally, the Zvents tools will provide users with a powerful way to find, share, and review the listings that are most important to their lives.”

“We are excited to partner with a prominent and influential news source like The San Francisco Chronicle,” said Ethan Stock, Zvents CEO and founder. “We are pleased to have SFGate join the Zvents network, and to work with them to deliver a rich local search and discovery experience to their Bay Area audience.”

Over 250 media partners have adopted the Zvents Media Platform, which enables users to conduct local “what, when, where” searches for events, restaurants, businesses, movies, performers, and other local activities using natural language search queries. SFGate users can review details of an event or venue, including date and time, ticket prices, promotions, descriptions, venue information, ratings, and mapped locations, as well as contribute their own content through reviews, comments, photos, and related links. The Zvents Media Platform also provides unique online advertising opportunities for San Francisco Bay Area business owners to connect directly with their local audience.

The San Francisco Chronicle is the Bay Area’s leading news and information source and has been connecting the region with its award-winning journalism since its founding in 1865. Combined with its online home, SFGate.com, The San Francisco Chronicle reaches 1.5 million Bay Area adults daily and 1.6 million on Sunday. The six-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Chronicle is the nation’s 12th largest daily newspaper and SFGate.com is among the nation’s top 10 newspaper Web sites with 9.7 million monthly unique visitors and nearly 81 million monthly page views.

Zvents is a local search and advertising network of hundreds of web and mobile partners, featuring event listings to promote local business. Using unique search technology, which enables location- and time-based search for businesses and events, Zvents provides users with a compelling search and discovery experience, while enabling local merchants and advertisers to effectively promote their businesses. Zvents connects local businesses with millions of monthly users in diverse categories including music, movies, restaurants, sports, retail shopping, and community. The company aggregates rich business and event information from web sites, user-contributed content, and 3rd party sources, and integrates high-quality partner editorial content with its search index. The company is a leader in local search relevance and is the main sponsor of the open-source Hypertable project. For more information, visit www.Zvents.com.


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