Wednesday, October 01, 2008

zanox Initiates Code of Conduct for Its Global Network of Affiliates

Leading Online Marketing Company Aims to Raise Industry Standards with International Code of Behavior for Its Advertisers, Publishers and Service Providers Worldwide

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--zanox, a global leader in performance-based online marketing, today announced the company has released a comprehensive and detailed code of conduct for its global affiliate network as an industry measure toward establishing a rigorous benchmark for the affiliate marketing sector worldwide. Conceived as an industry-wide call to action, the zanox Code of Conduct will be implemented across the company's network including advertisers, publishers and service providers.

"As the market leader in Germany, where our headquarters is based, and a global player with more than one million sales partners worldwide, we feel we're in a position of special responsibility for the affiliate marketing sector," said Thomas Hessler, founder and CEO of AG. "With the zanox Code of Conduct, we have the opportunity to promote effective quality standards and are proud to stand up for the entire industry."

The zanox Code of Conduct governs clear quality standards, content descriptions, technical functionality and sanctions for potential infringements in a way that is completely transparent to all participants. In order to develop the new Code of Conduct, zanox referenced numerous international standards such as the ICRA vocabulary, which was established by the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI). Additionally, as zanox's global footprint spans more than 200 countries worldwide, the company also took into account the different national legal systems and privacy standards of its global target markets.

"zanox has been at the forefront of the online marketing revolution over the past eight years and recognizes the importance of complete transparency throughout the network," said Christopher Dessi, VP of Advertiser Sales, North America. "We're thrilled to be taking our dedication to quality standards to the next level and hope to set a positive example for our esteemed industry partners and colleagues."

Since the company's founding, zanox has been dedicated to promoting ethical practices and has taken measures to ensure compliance to its code of behavior, including continuously developing and implementing abuse prevention systems. In addition, zanox created a third-party legal framework and established an internal zanox NetworkWatch team to consistently monitor all activity within their extensive global network 24 hours a day.

About zanox

zanox is the market leader for performance-based multichannel commerce and provides a global platform for efficiently marketing products and services on the Internet. zanox's online marketing services include affiliate marketing and search engine management as well as email marketing and customer loyalty programs.

zanox was founded in 2000 by CEOs Thomas Hessler, Heiko Rauch and Jens Hewald and employs more than 350 people. Headquartered in Berlin, zanox operates offices in the United States, UK, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, France, Poland, Scandinavia and China. More than 2,000 prestigious international companies across the business sectors - TIMES, Travel, Retail & Shopping, as well as Financial Services - utilize the zanox network.

Since 2007, zanox has been part of the Axel Springer and PubliGroupe. Axel Springer is Germany's biggest newspaper publishing house and third-largest magazine publisher. PubliGroupe AG is an independent, internationally leading marketing, sales and service group for media and advertisers, supporting these in implementing their communication and media strategies with marketing and technology services.

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