Excedent Launches Webmail.us Affiliate Program

Vienna, Virginia (March 24, 2004) – Excedent Technologies, the leader in managed email hosting and security threat prevention for service providers, today announced the launch of its Webmail.us affiliate marketing program. The program is designed to open doors for third parties to the rapidly growing small business market for outsourced email hosting services. The company aims to work with Webmasters, consultants, membership organizations and other service providers seeking to recommend reliable email hosting services to new and existing customer and subscriber bases.

“We see a large demand for third party marketing partnerships throughout the industry,” explained Patrick Matthews, CEO of Excedent Technologies and Webmail.us. “We’re seeing a transition in the market by where smaller firms no longer wish to host email for their customers. The complexities and costs involved are simply not meeting customer demands and have turned into cost centers for most providers. We hear time and time again that email is the #1 driver of customer support issues for smaller firms, yet revenues and return on investments are minimal if existent at all.”

Under the Webmail.us affiliate program, affiliates are paid 20% for every sale they refer. Additionally, if the company they refer signs up as an affiliate, the first affiliate will receive a 5% commission for every sale that the new affiliate refers. This two-tiered affiliate strategy is a take off of successful network marketing companies that have been able to leverage the power of referrals to grow their business, such as Mary Kay and Tupperware.

According to the Radicati Group, Inc. www.radicati.com, a consulting and market research firm specializing in all areas of messaging, the market for outsourced business email hosting will grow from $2.3B in 2003 to $3.1B by 2007. They also estimate that the percentage of businesses that outsourced email operations doubled from 2002 to 2003.

There are many reasons explaining the trend towards outsourced email. According to Bill Boebel, CTO of Excedent, “As technology continues to advance, business email users are demanding enhanced messaging features with capabilities fully supported and always available. Complex user requirements in addition to ever-increasing security threats from viruses and spam are forcing businesses to rethink internal email strategies and many are realizing that outsourcing makes sense.”

Everyday Webmail.us is helping more small businesses solve their email hosting problems and provide better email services to small business employees. Their recently launched affiliate marketing program provides the following benefits to third party marketing partners:

– Industry leading commission plan with the ability to earn up to $350 per sale
– Commission plan that allows affiliates to benefit from referring other affiliates
– Monthly newsletter filled with marketing ideas, tips and suggestions
– Live statistics providing sales commissions and referral data
– Growing assortment of banner and text ads for advertising and promotion
– Access to an affiliate program manager for help and advice
– Affiliates do not need to have a Web site to be a successful Webmail.us affiliate
– Proven product with more than 2,000 small business customers to date
– Tracking system that supports the manual entering of referral codes that link customers to the affiliate partner – referral codes will double as money saving coupons during promotional periods

For more information on the Webmail.us affiliate program or any other Excedent or Webmail.us services, please visit www.webmail.us.

About Webmail.us
Webmail.us was created to help small businesses provide safe and secure company-wide email systems to their employees. The company provides businesses with email accounts protected from computer viruses, junk email, denial of service attacks and other security threats facing corporate email systems. The goal of Webmail.us is to provide small businesses with enterprise-class email hosting at affordable rates while eliminating the need to purchase email-related hardware, software and security services. Webmail.us is a wholly owned subsidiary of Excedent Technologies, a global leader in business email hosting solutions.

About Excedent Technologies
Excedent Technologies is the leader in managed email hosting and security threat prevention for service providers. The company equips service providers and their small business customers with reliable Spam-filtered and virus-free email. Excedent manages and maintains this critical communications infrastructure, freeing up valuable personnel resources and eliminating the need for customers to purchase email-related software, hardware or additional bandwidth. The company is privately held and serves more than 1,200 customers worldwide. For more information on small business email hosting plans, please visit www.webmail.us. For more information on service provider and enterprise email solutions, please visit www.excedent.comor call 866.EXCEDENT (392.3336).

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