Hydra and BrandVerity Unite to Innovate Search Monitoring

Seattle, WA — August 8, 2009


Hydra, the largest pure performance-based advertising network, today announced a new partnership with BrandVerity, a leading developer of compliance technologies. Through this relationship, Hydra will deploy BrandVerity's recently launched search monitoring tool PoachMark across its network, providing industry-leading search compliance for Hydra's advertisers.


PoachMark detects unauthorized bidding on branded and select keywords by monitoring the search ads on Google, Yahoo! and Bing from distributed geographic locations. The PoachMark technology employs unique methodologies specifically designed to foil the techniques violators exploit to hide from traditional keyword monitoring tools.


"We looked at and tested lots of partners, but BrandVerity's PoachMark tool is by far the most robust search compliance tool in the industry," said Rachel Corcoran, Director of Compliance for Hydra. "It will help us provide maximum assurance that search marketers within our network are complying with advertisers' search restrictions."


PoachMark, recently out of beta testing, will also benefit from this partnership through close coordination with Hydra's compliance department which will provide important insight into new techniques used by violators to thwart monitoring.


"The data Hydra provides us will be instrumental in helping us further develop PoachMark," said David Naffziger, CEO of BrandVerity. "It's our mission to push the envelope farther with new innovations and improvements to make online advertising safer than ever for the advertiser. We expect this relationship will help us achieve that goal."


Following on the heels of Hydra's implementation of OnDialog's landing page hosting and non-parametric optimization platform, this new alliance represents another example of Hydra's partnering with leading technology innovators to enhance its own service offering.


About BrandVerity

Since 2008, Seattle-based BrandVerity has been providing services that protect brands and ensure that their marketing partners are on-brand and compliant. Our services are simple, straightforward and extremely efficient. For more information, visit www.brandverity.com.


About Hydra

Hydra is the largest performance-based advertising network distributing effective results-based campaigns through banners, social media, email and search marketing. Hydra delivers customers for advertisers including well-known household brands, online service providers, and hundreds of consumer product and service companies. Our thousands of publishers range from the largest portals and social network sites to a broad network of highly engaged vertical affiliates. Hydra is headquartered in Beverly Hills. For more information, visit www.hydranetwork.com.