Seekport technology provides essential archive search, internet search and optimised search marketing for IDG Communications Verlag

Munich / Hamburg, 23 February, 2006 – Seekport, the new Internet search engine optimised to meet the needs of European users, has announced its search technology is now active across all nine websites operated by IDG Communications Verlag AG.

Seekport now provides a complete search package comprising archive search, internet search and optimised search marketing for IDG’s popular network of websites comprising CIO, ComputerPartner, ComputerWoche, Digital World, GamePro, GameStar, Macwelt, PC-Welt and tecChannel. In December 2005, the IDG network was one of Germany’s top 15 online marketing communities, recording a total of 81,477,440 page impressions and 16,713,683 visits, according to IVW statistics.

"IDG's decision to deploy Seekport technology shows that we have the right strategy, for providing individual solutions to B2B partners who demand more than standard web search capabilities," explains Joachim Kreibich, managing director of Seekport Internet Technologies GmbH. "The wide range of high-quality online offerings delivered by the publishing house are an outstanding opportunity for us to demonstrate the performance of our search technology".

Thanks to Seekport’s innovative technology, users of the German IDG websites will now be provided with a breakdown of search results that fully customised for IDG and clearly structured for user convenience. It details hits for search subjects from the archives of each respective site, as well as the whole IDG network, and finally from the whole of the internet.

"Seekport gives our network of outstandingly positioned websites comprehensive and flexible search capabilities, while at the same time providing a high degree of flexibility", says Stephan Scherzer, Group Publisher Consumer Unit of the IDG Communications AG. "This technology fully meets the high expectations of our users in terms of thematic relevance and depth of information. We are pleased to have found in Seekport a strong technology partner, with focused knowledge to develop the contents of the entire IDG network even further for our users."

Seekport Internet Technologies GmbH is an innovative European internet search engine provider. The Munich based company was launched in December 2003, and is now active in Germany, France, UK, Italy and Spain. Seekport offers its clients rapid and reliable search portal solutions, giving them not only powerful internet search capabilities, together with portal and corporate contents, but also a marketing package appropriate to their target group. Seekport search portal solutions are characterised by a high degree of customisation capability, and deliberately incorporate country-specific elements into the presentation of search results. Local Seekport index teams for each country ensure the high quality and relevance of search results. That benefits both the Seekport corporate clients and the users in the framework of their internet search.

IDG Communications Verlag AG is the German subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), Boston, the world's leading media company for information and communication technology. The German companies under the umbrella of the IDG Communications Verlag AG comprise the publishing companies IDG Business Verlag GmbH, IDG Magazine Verlag GmbH, IDG Entertainment Verlag GmbH and IDG Interactive GmbH, market research agency IDC, and trade fair organiser IDG World Expo GmbH. This is the broadest portfolio in the German IT sector, including consumer titles such as PC-Welt, GameStar, GamePro, Digital World and Macwelt; publications for IT decision makers such as ComputerWoche, CIO; and the dealership publication ComputerPartner. IDG also has more than ten websites providing the very latest information updates and thematic information going beyond the contents of the print titles. It also operates the webzine tecChannel.de, a highly reputed online platform for technology oriented IT decision makers. The extremely wide ranging print and online offerings of IDG Germany are complemented by target group specific conferences and specialist events, and corporate publishing solutions.

If you would like further information, please contact:
Hazel Butters or Annie Kasmai
Prompt Communications on behalf of Seekport Internet Technologies
Tel: 020 8996 1653 / Out of hours: 07780 68 78 13
hbutters@prompt-communications.com / akasmai@prompt-communications.com

Published on: 12:00AM on 23rd February 2006