JACKSONVILLE, Fl.-May 10, 2007-Today a21, Inc. (OTCBB: ATWO), parent company of SuperStock, one of the nation's leading stock photography providers, announced an agreement with Pixsy Corporation, a media search platform, to power searches and build three portals. The portals, which cover three categories-Fine Art, Travel, and Creative/Contemporary-are powered by Pixsy's proprietary image search engine, which aggregates images, creates thumbnails, and then distributes them across the Web for maximum exposure. This dynamic approach extends the reach of SuperStock stock images, and generates leads from advertisers and publishers.
"This is a new revenue stream that has the potential to grow rapidly as the market shifts," says John Ferguson, CEO of a21, Inc. "Pixsy and SuperStock are capitalizing on new ways to attract more customers to view our assets that we believe should ultimately encourage an increased use of our photographic libraries, and as a result build lasting value for contributors, visitors, advertisers, and publishers."
Pixsy enables advertisers and publishers to find and purchase images most appropriate for their audiences and make them available for sale. This broadens the distribution of SuperStock's professional stock imagery, opening up additional market opportunities. Pixsy handles the back-end services for the new PORTALS-including designing, building, hosting, managing, and updating the sites-while SuperStock controls the editorial direction of the sites.
"Pixsy's relationship with a21 enables advertisers, marketers, and publishers to access the most appropriate stock images faster and easier," says Chase Norlin, CEO of Pixsy Corporation. "We are thrilled that our media search platform will play a part in monetizing the ripe market of image search activity on the Web for SuperStock."
All SuperStock images on these portals or any other portal created by Pixsy that include SuperStock images, will link directly back to SuperStock.com. All SuperStock content can also be optionally included in Pixsy thumbnail feeds, dynamic widgets that automatically feed images to Web sites.
Pixsy Corporation (www.pixsy.com) is an award-winning media search platform that powers private label image and video search engines for online publishers. Pixsy has offices in San Francisco, Calif., and Seattle, Wash., and was founded by a team of engineers and business leaders hailing from Microsoft, Sony, and ValueClick.
SuperStock (www.superstock.com), is the best in stock photography, offering over 1.5 million diverse, creative Royalty Free (RF) photos and licenses for Contemporary, Vintage, and Fine Art Rights Managed (RM) images. SuperStock.com now features a powerful new search engine for greater speed and more relevant search results. Quickly search and buy photographs, illustrations, stock video footage animation clips, clip art, at high resolution, for high quality reproduction and all for immediate download. Our Royalty Free brand publishers offer digital images in value packs and bundles packaged on CD-ROM and DVDs available for free delivery in the continental United States.