Demand Media Launches eHow Now Connecting Visitors to Experts for Personal Online Consultations
Demand Media Launches eHow Now Connecting Visitors to Experts for Personal Online Consultations
eHow Now is live in top categories and offers new subscription model with unlimited access to experts
SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Demand Media® (NYS: DMD) today announced the launch of eHow Now, a new platform where customers chat directly with experts to receive advice and guidance quickly, conveniently and affordably. eHow Now extends eHow.com's mission to build the most helpful place on earth by providing individualized consultations from experts. It supports eHow's position as a top 20 website dedicated to solving people's everyday needs with Content for Real Life provided by experts in more than 30 categories, from tech and finance to fashion and home décor. As part of its launch, eHow Now will offer unlimited access to experts through its new subscription package while also offering users the option to pay per consultation. eHow Now is part of Demand Media's growing subscription business, which includes Stronger (online exercise and fitness program) and Creativebug (online video workshops offering art and craft instruction).
"After an exciting beta period with more than a million and half users engaging with the product, we're happy to make eHow Now available in six categories - auto, tech, health, legal, personal finance and pets," said Dan Brian, Executive Vice President of Media. "We see eHow Now as an extension of the expert-driven platform we've created for eHow.com. eHow Now gives users on-demand access to our team of experts and helps people get answers tailored to their specific needs."
eHow Now extends the eHow mission
eHow Now provides direct access to answers through one-on-one online conversations with experts. Options and pricing vary depending on the category and how quickly answers are needed. Users can choose the fast track option and get immediate, real-time access via online chat or opt for the basic service and receive an email response within 24 hours. The average cost per question is $19.99. As part of the launch, a monthly subscription of $9.99 with a 7-day free trial will be available as a limited time introductory offer. This will grant subscribers unlimited access to experts in all six categories.
"More than 65 million users1 come to eHow every month for solutions to life's everyday problems, big and small. With eHow Now, many of the same experts who have contributed to the huge amount of Content for Real Life on eHow.com are now engaging directly with our customers. Customers can get their unique circumstances addressed and our experts get the immediate satisfaction of connecting with and helping people first-hand," added Cassandra Campbell, Senior Director of eHow. "We plan to offer a variety of categories that people need in real life, from the practical (including auto, tech and finance) to the inspirational (including home & garden, fashion and style)."
About Demand Media
Demand Media, Inc. (NYS: DMD) is a leading digital media and domain services company that informs and entertains one of the internet's largest audiences, helps advertisers find innovative ways to engage with their customers and enables publishers, individuals and businesses to expand their online presence. Headquartered in Santa Monica, CA, Demand Media has offices in North America, South America and Europe. For more information about Demand Media, please visit www.demandmedia.com.
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1 comScore, June 2013
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