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The IT Press Tour raises the bar with 7 Editions in 18 months


1000+ media coverage generated for 48 sponsors*

Paris, France - December 28, 2011 - The IT Press Tour (www.ITPressTour.com), a leading media event launched in June 2010, today announced a record for participation with 48 different sponsors representing 62 sessions and more than 1000 media coverage. Media coverage includes press articles, online and print, blog posts, video and tweets.

Some sponsors participated several times thus validating a very competitive model. "On average, statistics show 20 media items per company in the 3 months following our visit", said Philippe Nicolas, co-founder of The IT Press Tour. "Sponsors realize the right format, the great benefit and the immediate ROI without any risk for a very cost-effective price. It improves a better brand recognition, product visibility and solution adoption with any specific effort except joining the tour. It's all about a win-win model across sponsors, press and the organizer. For some sponsors, it generated enough coverage to start indirectly some business development effort with European partners or even end-users wishing to distribute or to try solutions".

Many companies didn't hesitate to validate our approach and support our model. Among them, Coraid, who trusted us since the beginning and the company has continued to participate to a few editions. Kevin Brown, Coraid CEO, confirms his interest: "The Press Tour provided an exceptionally efficient way to connect our senior executives with a broad array of technology journalists and thought leaders. The European market is very important to CORAID, and we felt there was a strong fit with areas of interest on both sides."

Top IT journalists also enjoy the various tour editions: "The tour concept is optimal, both from a content perspective and an agenda perspective. It allows us to discover new technology companies and to talk to people we usually don't meet in a very efficient manner. It is probably the best event in its category today, at least for us from the high tech press." said Christophe Bardy, journalist at LeMagIT and Chris Mellor from The Register to conclude "The trip to Silicon Valley was the best press tour I have ever been on".

2011 is almost over and delivering 7 editions in 18 months was a great challenge that demonstrates the know-how of Condor Consulting Group and the team. The IT Press Tour will of course continue in 2012 with a new format, France and European groups will be merged and the tour will become an unique global European event. During 2012, 3 events are in preparation: 26 - 30 of March, in Silicon Valley, in June in Boston and in Q4 in Silicon Valley again.


About The IT Press Tour
The IT Press Tour is operated, organized, promoted and initiated by The Condor Consulting Group, a Marketing Services and Consulting firm based in San Francisco, CA. For more information, please visit www.itpresstour.com, send an email to info@itpresstour.com and follow #ITPT with Twitter.

* sponsors by alphabetical order: A10 Networks, Arista Networks, Arkeia, Backblaze, Backupify, Blade Network Technologies (before and after IBM acquisition), Box, Caringo, CDNetworks, Cloudera, Clustrix, Copiun, Coraid, DataCore, Egenera, eMeter, Emulex, F5 Networks, Fusion-io, High Cloud Security, Hortonworks, i365 (now EVault), Isilon, Joyent, Librato, Lookout Mobile Security, MapR Technologies, Nexenta, Nimble Storage, NimbusDB (now NuoDB), Nine Technology, OpenStack, Palo Alto Networks, Panzura, Plug and Play Tech Center, Proofpoint, Pure Storage, Quantum, Sanbolic, Scality, SolidFire, Solix, StorSimple, TwinStrata, Virtual Instruments, Zadara Storage, Zoho, Zscaler.