Valassis and AOL Team Up to Deliver More Digital Coupon Offers

LIVONIA, MI—Jan. 26, 2011—Valassis announced that it has formed a strategic relationship with AOL Inc. to create one of the largest paperless digital coupon footprints in the United States, including over 7,500 grocery retail stores. This agreement also enables the sharing of digital coupon offer content across each other’s online and mobile networks. Offers will be live on AOL’s, on Valassis’ Web properties and across the participating retailer Websites in the RedPlum Digital Network and AOL’s network of Web and mobile sites.

This joint effort between two industry leaders provides advertisers with a vast distribution channel, capable of reaching 127 million frequent shopper cardholders across the country on a weekly basis. The coupons will be delivered via electronic downloads to participating retailer frequent shopper cards and loyalty program IDs. According to research conducted by Valassis and BIGresearch, 80 percent of shoppers subscribe to grocery/drug frequent shopper programs and two out of three of these consumers have expressed an interest in saving coupons from the Internet directly to their frequent shopper cards/IDs.

Shoppers browse, select and save their preferred coupons in real time with ease and convenience. They download offers to their loyalty card or ID from participating retailer websites, AOL’s, Valassis’ web properties or a mobile device. The coupons are ready for redemption as soon as they are downloaded. At the checkout, eligible savings are automatically subtracted from the total cost.

Valassis’ DigitalOfferExpert is the proprietary engine that manages coupon distribution across the RedPlum Network, pairing deals with today’s tech-savvy and on-the-go shopper. The Shortcuts Digital Couponing System manages content and coupon distribution across the AOL Network.

“Our goal is to provide our advertisers with a digital reach for their brand promotions like no other while providing consumers with valued content no matter where or how they seek savings,” saidJohn Lieblang, President of Valassis Digital Media. “Valassis and AOL are enhancing both the advertiser and consumer shopping and saving experience by leveraging the strength of our combined network reach and breadth of our digital offerings.”