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Poynt Corp. and Partner Times Internet Limited Announce timesPoynt App in India is Now LiveLeading Indian Media Conglomerate to Market App to Captive Audience Viewing Over One Billion Page Views Monthly (October 17, 2011)
NEW DELHI, INDIA and CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/17/11 -- Poynt Corporation ("Poynt Corp." or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:PYN), a leading provider of mobile local search services, and partner, Times Internet Limited ("TIL"), the internet and mobile venture of India's largest media house - the Times Group, today announced the launch of their mobile local search application, timesPoynt ("timesPoynt" or the "App") in India. The new App, developed by Poynt Corp. in partnership with TIL, will provide users in India access to the most locally relevant, GPS-enabled service that gives users the power of multiple applications in one intuitive mobile application.
A free application powered by data from Timescity.com, timesPoynt will provide users in India with the ability to move beyond discovery of their local area to locate restaurants, nightlife, events, movie theaters and weather information. Like the flagship Poynt app, timesPoynt features the ability to allow users to click-to-call businesses, get directions, browse listing websites, send details to a friend or add listings to their device calendar or address book.
To monetize timesPoynt, the partnership plans to leverage the Times Group's relationships in India with advertisers, agencies and merchants. It plans to market and promote timesPoynt through all its media vehicles such as radio, television, magazines and newsprint. This will be used to target the more than 858 million mobile subscribers(i) in the country.
Poynt Corp. currently provides contextual and relevant advertising to users performing local queries and its revenue model is based on user queries, page views, advertising and transactions within the App. This model of highly contextual mobile advertising is expected to be rolled out in timesPoynt as ad inventories are built up over the next 12 months. Each user query generates several page views, which are monetized through display advertising and sponsored listings paid for by advertisers. These advertising placements generate revenues on a cost per thousand impressions (CPM) basis or on a cost per click (CPC) basis.
Increased users drive more search queries which have the ability to broaden the Company's revenue stream, as user queries may be monetized in a variety of ways including highly targeted contextual and location-based advertisements.
"Launching our app in one of the largest mobile markets in the world with the dominant media company in the country provides Poynt with an unprecedented opportunity to drive revenue growth and user adoption through timesPoynt," said Andrew Osis, President & CEO, Poynt Corp. "The timesPoynt app further solidifies Poynt Corp. as a world class leader in the delivery of mobile local search and advertising."
TIL is one of the fastest growing web-based networks in India and has emerged as the countries foremost web entity, seamlessly integrating content, community and commerce. Indiatimes.com, TIL's flagship brand, is the largest Internet portal in India, receiving more than 1 billion page views per month.
Mr. Rishi Khiani, CEO of TIL said, "Timescity.com is growing aggressively on the web and we are now moving to the mobile space. Launching the App across all major smartphone platforms, we will leverage mobile to bring value to our users, merchants and advertisers."
timesPoynt is immediately available in India on iPhone, Android and Nokia devices, along with BlackBerry smartphones from the respective app stores.
About Poynt Corporation
Poynt Corp. (about.poynt.com) is a global leader in the mobile local advertising space. Its Location Based Search (LBS) application, Poynt (www.poynt.com), enhances a user's ability to connect with the people, businesses and events most important to them. Poynt is available on Android, iPhone, Windows Phone, BlackBerry smartphones?? and BlackBerry PlayBook Tablets(TM), and Nokia QT devices in Canada, the United States, Europe, India and Australia. Poynt Corp. entered the mobile publishing space with the recent acquisition of an advertising publishing platform in January 2011. Key contracts on both the supply and demand sides are in place to provide inventory into the platform and publishers to display the inventory. Whether through the Poynt Local Search App or the Ad Publishing Platform, Poynt Corp. simplifies connecting consumers with businesses, retailers and events. Headquartered in Calgary, AB, Canada, Poynt Corp. trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol PYN.
About Times Internet Limited
Times Internet Limited, (TIL), is the internet is the internet & mobile venture of India's largest media house - the Times Group. TIL websites are among the fastest growing web- based networks worldwide. TIL has led the internet revolution in India and has emerged as India's foremost web entity, running diverse portals and niche websites.
Indiatimes.com is TIL's flagship brand. India's state-of the art internet portal encompasses telecom, e-commerce, online advertisement solutions, Communities, events. It is India's preferred online & mobile value-added services destination for millions of surfers & subscribers looking for a rich and diverse digital content. Indiatimes.com commands more than 1 billion page views per month. The other key properties in the TIL portfolio are timesofindia.com - world no.1 news site in terms of page views and economictimes.com India's No.1 business news website.
In the mobile space, Indiatimes 58888 is the largest direct-to-consumer SMS and IVR shortcode, accessed by over 50mn consumers across all telecom operators in India.
This news release and related disclosure contains forward-looking statements relating to the expected number of users of the Poynt-India Times application in India, the launch date of the timesPoynt app and other statements that are not historical facts, including statements regarding potential benefits of the integration. Such forward-looking statements are subject to important risks, uncertainties and assumptions. The results or events predicated in these forward-looking statements may differ materially from actual results or events. As a result, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.
These forward-looking statements are based on certain key assumptions regarding, among other things: the market interest in the integrated technology. Material risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking information include, but are not limited to: risks that the anticipated benefits of the integration will not be achieved; risks that the usage of the integrated technology will not result in anticipated revenues; the deteriorating economic and market conditions that could lead to reduced spending on information technology products; competition in our target markets; potential capital needs; management of future growth and expansion; the development, implementation and execution of the Company's strategic vision; risk of third-party claims of infringement; protection of proprietary information; customer acceptance of the Company's existing and newly introduced products and fee structures; and the success of the Company's brand development efforts; risks associated with strategic alliances; reliance on distribution channels; product concentration; need to develop new and enhanced products; potential product defects; our ability to hire and retain qualified employees and key management personnel; and risks associated with changes in domestic and international market conditions and the entry into and development of new for the Company's products.
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