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Archant signs deal with Zoopla over Homes24 website

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Archant has signed a long-term strategic partnership deal with leading property search and information website Zoopla.co.uk to power its online property channel homes24.co.uk.

The deal will drastically enhance Archant’s online presence in this key vertical and allow it to build homes24.co.uk as the key local property brand, while also creating significant commercial opportunities for our sales teams.

Under the terms of the deal, Archant will join Zoopla’s exclusive premium partner network, that includes Google, MSN, Yahoo!, eBay, Virgin Media and Sky, and we will promote the homes24.co.uk brand using our online and offline media assets to attract local audiences to the new site. Zoopla will operate and power the enhanced homes24.co.uk website, which will be based on Zoopla’s own platform. A Homes24 iPhone app will also follow in due course.

It is anticipated that the new homes24.co.uk website will launch in early March and the deal provides Archant with a market-leading online property platform to promote and giving agents and developers who advertise with Zoopla even wider distribution and exposure for their listings and brands via homes24.co.uk.

Alex Chesterman, founder and CEO of Zoopla.co.uk, said: “We are delighted to have entered into this strategic relationship with Archant. Through their strong offline and online media assets they are in a unique position to drive a significant level of traffic and, by combining these assets with our technology platform, we are looking forward to helping to make homes24.co.uk a key player in the online property space and to delivering even greater value to our members."

Serge Taborin, Business Development Director at Archant, said: "We are very excited to be working with Zoopla, who have proven to be the most innovative and fastest growing player in the online property space. This partnership will allow Archant to provide our users with a market-leading online property search product and focus on maximising traffic to the homes24.co.uk website, while giving our local estate agents significantly greater exposure and helping them generate even more leads. With a vast majority of people searching for property online, this deal enhances our online strategy and serves to maximise the opportunity from each of our media assets."

Zoopla.co.uk is the UK’s most comprehensive property website, focused on empowering consumers with the resources they need to make better-informed property decisions. It helps its users make sense of the residential property market by combining property listings with market value data, local information and community tools.

It combines free, instant value estimates for every UK home with sold prices, local market information and hundreds of thousands of properties available for sale and to rent.

Our unique features, like AskMe!™ and TemptMe!™ allow users to gain an insight into the market and discover information they won't find anywhere else. And the AskAnAgent feature has rapidly become one of the most valued sources of vendor leads for UK estate agents.

www.zoopla.co.uk www.homes24.co.uk

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