IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Local.com Corporation (NASDAQ:LOCM), a leading local search engine, today announced that the company received a Hitwise U.S. Top 10 Award. The company's leading local search site, www.local.com, ranked fifth - up from seventh place in December 2007 - in the Business and Finance, Business Directories online industry category based on the market share of U.S. visits received from January through March 2008.
The Hitwise U.S. Top 10 Awards Program celebrates the most successful U.S. websites in over 160 online industries. Hitwise reports on the anonymous online usage and search behavior of more than 10 million U.S. Internet users--the largest online sample of its kind--and this unique awards program recognizes excellence in online performance through public popularity.
"Our move from seventh to fifth place in the Hitwise Top 10 represents an increase in traffic to our site and search network, growing awareness of our brand and our advancing market share in the local search and directory sector," said Jennifer Black, Local.com vice president, marketing.
Local.com (NASDAQ:LOCM) is a top U.S. website and local search network attracting approximately 16 million visitors each month seeking information on local businesses, products and services. Powered by the company's proprietary Keyword DNA(R) and patented local web indexing technologies, Local.com provides users with relevant local search results, which include special offers, user ratings and reviews, local businesses' website links, maps, driving directions and more. Businesses can advertise on Local.com via a selection of subscription, pay-per-click, banner and pay-per-call ad products. Local Mobile(TM) provides local search results to mobile phones and wireless devices. The company serves the UK market at uk.local.com. Local.com claims U.S. patent numbers 7,231,405 and 7,200,413. For more information visit: www.local.com.
Hitwise is the leading online competitive intelligence service. Only Hitwise provides its 1,400 clients around the world with daily insights on how their customers interact with a broad range of competitive websites, and how their competitors use different tactics to attract online customers.
Since 1997, Hitwise has pioneered a unique, network-based approach to Internet measurement. Through relationships with ISPs around the world, Hitwise's patented methodology anonymously captures the online usage, search and conversion behavior of 25 million Internet users. This unprecedented volume of Internet usage data is seamlessly integrated into an easy to use, web-based service, designed to help marketers better plan, implement and report on a range of online marketing programs.
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