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Largest Social Network of Businesses

Los Altos, California (PRESS RELEASE – July 2, 2009) – A new study by Quantcast ranks MerchantCircle the nation’s fifth largest local directory site and Top 160 site in the U.S. overall (#151). MerchantCircle, currently, is the largest and fastest growing social network of local business owners. Over a one year period, traffic to the MerchantCircle site has nearly doubled with unique visitors increasing by a factor of 2.5X. The Quantcast data confirms MerchantCircle’s continued growth and reemphasizes their mission to bring local merchants increased exposure on the web.

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“We’re extremely pleased that we’ve been able to nearly double the number of unique visitors who find local business owners through MerchantCircle to 17 million a month,” says Darren Waddell, Vice President of MerchantCircle. “Not only are consumers finding the local businesses they’re looking for, they’re able to connect with local merchants through the MerchantCircle platform to access new deals and events.”

To further increase local business exposure online, MerchantCircle also announces the first-ever local city coupon Twitter feed. Merchant-built coupons are now automatically fed to city-specific Twitter feeds, so that local consumers can find local coupons and events in real-time. MerchantCircle local business owners create more than 50,000 online coupons and events every month. Merchant-created deals and events are automatically posted to the new Twitter feeds to expose local merchants to even more potential customers.

“I’m thrilled MerchantCircle is always coming up with ways that make it easier for customers to find us,” says Ken Mapel, owner of The Glass Guy in St. Paul, MN. “I can create coupons for free on MerchantCircle and they distribute them across the web. And now with the direct Twitter feed, they’re making it even easier to find more local customers. I currently receive around 80 calls per month from consumers who have found me on MerchantCircle; I’m looking forward to this bringing in even more.”

Local MerchantCircle coupons are available today at: @MCircleNY, MCircleLA, MCircleChicago, MCirclePhilly, MCircleDallas, MCircleSF, MCircleOakland, MCircleSanJose, MCircleBoston, MCircleAtlanta, MCircleDC, MCircleHouston, MCircleDetroit, MCirclePhoenix, MCircleTampa, MCMinneapolis, MCircleMiami, MCircleDenver, MCircleOrlando, MCSacramento, MCircleStLouis, MCirclePortland, MCCharlotte, MCIndianapolis, amongst other cities.

About MerchantCircle

Founded in 2005, MerchantCircle is the largest social network of local business owners in the nation, combining social networking features with a customizable web listing that allows local merchants to attract new customers. More than 15 million MerchantCircle business listings across the country are easily accessed on major search engines.

Currently, over 770,000 merchants on the MerchantCircle network upload pictures, blog, create coupons and newsletters, and connect with other merchants. In addition to its free services, MerchantCircle offers a portfolio of online advertising services including Search Engine Marketing, Website Directory Submission, Web Content Creation, Instant Website Development and Business Verification Services.

MerchantCircle was co-founded by Ben T. Smith, IV, co-founder of Spoke and current CEO of MerchantCircle. The company is located on Main St. in downtown Los Altos, Calif., and is funded by Rustic Canyon Partners, Scale Venture Partners, Disney’s Steamboat Ventures, and IAC. Learn more at www.MerchantCircle.com.