Ning Makes It Easier Than Ever to Build and Monetize Successful Social Networks With Two New Partnerships

Wed Jun 16, 2010 1:00pm EDT

  PALO ALTO, CA, Jun 16 (MARKET WIRE) -- 
Ning (www.ning.com), the leading platform for creating your own social
network, today announced two partnerships -- CafePress and Heyzap --
focused on bringing fresh, new monetization options to Network Creators.
CafePress shops can now be integrated directly into Ning Networks,
offering custom branded products to members and fans. In teaming up with
Heyzap, Ning brings social and casual gaming to its arsenal of features,
keeping members engaged and entertained while bringing high eCPM revenue
opportunities to Network Creators. These new features will integrate
seamlessly into each Ning Network's custom look and feel, and be
implemented with Ning's signature easy-to-use approach.

    The new CafePress and Heyzap offerings, along with Ning's own
click-to-donate feature and a Chipin widget for fundraising, join Ning's
Run Your Own Ads solution in a full suite of revenue generating options
available to Network Creators. These features, combined with the upcoming
launch of Ning Mini, Ning Plus and Ning Pro, provide new ways for Network
Creators to build thriving communities and monetize their Ning Networks.


--  Click to Donate: Ning offers its own product and a widget from Chipin
    for Network Creators to easily raise funds and collect and track
    donations from members

    

--  Online Shops: Through CafePress, Ning Network Creators can create
    custom online shops to sell branded merchandise and earn revenue for
    their networks

    

--  Social Gaming: Network Creators can add Heyzap pay-to-play games onto
    their networks, adding unique engagement features, virality and
    revenue generation

    

--  Advertising: With Ning's Run Your Own Ads feature, Network Creators
    have earned significant revenue through exclusive sponsorships, custom
    ad deals or high-volume ad network integration

    

"Veloist sells branded merchandise through its CafePress shop,
driving revenue for the network and growing awareness of our cycling
community," said Mike Valenti, Network Creator, veloist.com. "This move
to more easily integrate a shop will make it even easier for Network
Creators to earn revenue and sell products on their networks."

    Network Creators can access these offers today by visiting
http://about.ning.com/revenue. The next generation of Ning products will
launch July 20, 2010.

    "Making it easy for Network Creators to turn their Ning Network into a
thriving channel for generating revenue, funding their cause, or
amplifying their brand is a key part of our strategy," said Jason
Rosenthal, CEO, Ning. "We're committed to making Ning the platform of
choice for Network Creators, and these seamless and elegant solutions
represent the latest of many improvements and integrations to come."

    About Ning
 Ning is the leading online platform for the world's
organizers, activists and influencers to create social experiences that
inspire action. Based in Palo Alto, Calif., Ning offers an easy-to-use
service that enables people to create custom branded social networks.
With Ning Networks created across politics, entertainment, small
business, non-profits, education and more, millions of people every day
are coming together across Ning to connect around the topics they are
passionate about. Ning was co-founded in October 2004 by Chairman Marc
Andreessen and Gina Bianchini and is privately held. For more
information, visit www.ning.com. 

    

Contact:
Jordan Fischler 
646-428-0604 
ning@allisonpr.com 

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