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January 19, 2011 at 09:00 AM EST
The Washington Post Company Announces SocialCode

The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO) announced today the launch of SocialCode [www.socialcode.com; www.facebook.com/socialcode], a full-service agency focused on helping brands leverage the most advanced advertising and marketing techniques on Facebook®.

SocialCode’s proprietary tools and quantitative approach are available to help brands efficiently grow their fan base and engage those fans. The SocialCode team helps companies conduct advertising and message testing, as well as market research. Going beyond advertising, SocialCode helps companies strategically build their Facebook presence with competitive analysis, application development, Page management, social commerce and fan monetization. SocialCode is a participant in the beta Facebook Ads API program, which allows it to stay on top of the latest Facebook advancements.

SocialCode’s performance advertising technology and the quantitative, results-driven philosophy behind it were initially developed for internal use by The Washington Post Company. Recognizing that the technology and expertise could be useful to other companies, The Washington Post Company created SocialCode as a vehicle to offer these capabilities to the broader marketplace. SocialCode debuted with a soft launch in July 2010 by providing cutting-edge Facebook advertising techniques to close partners across a variety of industries. SocialCode enabled these launch partners to translate their marketing strategies into Facebook-savvy plans.

“SocialCode allows companies to capitalize on Facebook’s offerings. We know the technology and we know what works, so we can design campaigns that enable brands to make the most of their advertising and marketing dollars on Facebook,” said SocialCode general manager Laura Graham O’Shaughnessy.

“Facebook provides a dynamic, complex platform for advertisers and publishers alike, ripe with opportunity for all. The Washington Post Company is committed to being best of breed across all our business lines,” said Vijay Ravindran, senior vice president and chief digital officer of The Washington Post Company. “We’re excited to offer innovative services to the advertising community through SocialCode’s valuable technology and dedicated team.”

SocialCode is housed within The Washington Post Company’s Slate Group.

About SocialCode (www.socialcode.com; www.facebook.com/socialcode):

The Washington Post Company’s SocialCode is an advertising company built on the Facebook Ads API that executes some of the most advanced advertising and marketing techniques on this highly engaged vehicle. SocialCode’s history of running ads at high volumes and experienced team allow SocialCode to effectively optimize Facebook inventory. SocialCode’s skilled front-end creative and performance-driven analytics team allow SocialCode to test faster and smarter on day one of any Facebook campaign.

About The Washington Post Company (www.washpostco.com):

The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO) is a diversified education and media company whose principal operations include educational services, newspaper print and online publishing, television broadcasting and cable television systems. The Company owns Kaplan, Inc., a leading global provider of educational services to individuals, schools and businesses, serving over one million students annually with operations in more than 30 countries. Its programs include higher education, test preparation, language instruction and professional training. The Company also owns The Washington Post, Express and El Tiempo Latino; Post–Newsweek Stations (Detroit, Houston, Miami, Orlando, San Antonio and Jacksonville); Cable ONE, serving subscribers in midwestern, western and southern states; The Slate Group (Slate, TheRoot.com and Foreign Policy); The Gazette and Southern Maryland Newspapers; The Herald (Everett, WA); and Avenue100 Media Solutions, an analytics-based performance marketing company.

Facebook® is a registered trademark of Facebook Inc.

Contacts:

The Washington Post Company
Alissa Neil, 646/495-4000
Alissa@alissaneilpr.com
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