Shift Channel Launches on eHow, Inspires Women to Change Their Lives

eHow 100 on Shift Showcases Real Women Moving from Information to Influence, Driving Change in Their Lives and the World, Influencing and Educating Other Women

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct 05, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- eHow, a Demand Media(R) (NYSE: DMD) property and a leading online destination for expert tips, advice and know-how, today announced the launch of Shift, a new channel created to inspire women who want to make changes in their lives and positively impact others around them. While eHow empowers people to discover the expert within, Shift will inspire women to take action on newly-gained expertise, guiding them from seeking information to becoming experts. The development of Shift is driven by Demand's ability to listen to consumers, curate content with tastemakers and experts and then publish the content consumers specifically are requesting.

Nearly 40 million women come to eHow each month according to comScore. These millions of women arrive to the site with the intent of "doing something" and seeking both information and inspiration. Shift will provide a dedicated home for this growing audience.

Shift is launching with the introduction of the "eHow 100," a listing of 100 women who are making immediate, actionable and powerful contributions on their lives and the lives of others. The eHow 100 is the first list of its kind, highlighting women who make changes large and small in order to better their lives and make a difference in the world around them. The women were selected by eHow's editorial team and Shift's advisory board. Inductees to the list include: Kara Swisher, well-known tech journalist and gay rights activist; Gretchen Bleiler, Olympic silver medalist in snowboarding ('06) who also launched the 1st all-girl half-pipe competition and develops eco-friendly snowboard gear;Liz Murray, who rose from a homeless childhood to graduate from Harvard; Gloria Varney, organic farming advocate who runs a sustainable organic farm in rural Maine;Yin Yin Wu, entrepreneur and organizer of "Startup School" which promotes entrepreneurship to young engineers.

"With Shift, Demand Media is really creating a new genre in women's online media," said Joanne Bradford, chief revenue and marketing officer, Demand Media. "As women evolve and take on new challenges, they are becoming experts as entrepreneurs, breadwinners and business leaders. They are looking for an online resource that reflects their holistic life and supports their goals, small and large. Shift will fill this gap with editorial content designed to inspire and influence today's 'complete' woman."

In addition to the list of 100 inductees, Shift's content will be generated in conjunction with Victoria Colligan, founder and CEO of "Ladies Who Launch." Victoria and her panel of experts will engage Shift readers through blogs, interviews, in-depth features and live events that will speak directly to a number of audiences, from chief breadwinners and budding entrepreneurs to stay-at-home moms and burgeoning creatives. Shift stories and content will be organized into six categories: Deal, Taste, Be, Create, Play and Guide.

"Nothing is more inspiring than drawing from the experience of other women," said Colligan. "Shift is a unique offering for women looking to make changes in their lives, both small and large. I am thrilled to be a part of this exciting new venture."

"Shift is a great inspiration to women across so many fields. It's so important to celebrate the stories of our women role models and I'm so honored to be a part of eHow's 100 list! I'm totally in awe of the achievements of all of these women," said Gretchen Bleiler, professional snowboarder. "I'm excited that my journey can be shared to help others discover that following your passion may be a bit scary, but if you push yourself further than you could imagine, you'll find that anything is possible."

Shift is launching with L'Oreal as its exclusive partner, deepening its long-term partnership with Demand Media and moving beyond a focus on beauty and into fitness, health and lifestyle. L'Oreal's brand promise runs hand-in-hand with Shift's: to inspire women through confidence and accomplishment.

"The L'Oreal name is synonymous with beauty, but as a brand we routinely recognize empowered women in numerous roles beyond beauty -- from notable women in science to community volunteers," said Marc Speichert, chief marketing officer, L'Oreal USA. "We recognize the potential of Shift to serve as a platform for positive forces for change and we were extremely eager to partner with eHow to help elevate these truly inspirational women."

Benefit to Advertisers

Shift is the ideal partner for advertisers who want to reach eHow's highly engaged audience of millions of visitors who are all looking for ways to simplify and better their lives. Over a quarter of eHow users have made between one and five purchases based on the information they found through the site. eHow has a real-time finger on the pulse of women, listening to consumers, curating with tastemakers and publishing only what audiences want to know. With its vast library of millions of articles and videos spanning Home, Health, Style, Food, Money, Family and more; eHow encourages people to connect with experts and each other to explore their existing passions and discover new ones.

The women who frequent eHow are the trendsetters, trusted advisors, role models and mavens among their families and friends. Shift will be able to use this collective influence to inspire success and change in women beyond their immediate social circles.

Women of eHow Snapshot*


  • 50% of women on eHow are pursuing higher-learning (college, graduate school, etc), as they are interested in learning and self-improvement
  • 33% of women are business owners/self-employed
  • 30% of women influence others when it comes to parenting and family
  • 32% of women are caretakers/taking care of others
  • 27% of women influence and advise others on fashion

* comScore August 2011

Who is in the eHow 100?

Kara Swisher Alexandra Wilkis Wilson
Tech Journalist, Blogger, Mom Internet Executive
Michelle Phan Staceyann Chin
Makeup Artist, YouTube Icon Poet, Artist, Activist
Dr. Rovenia Brock Daisy Whitney
Media Personality, Nutrition and Wellness Leader Author, Journalist, Producer
Gabrielle Bernstein Annie Anton
Motivational Speaker, Life Coach, Author Computer Science Professor
Gretchen Bleiler Dolan Sisters (5)
Professional Snowboarder, Olympian Radio Personalities, Sisters
Agapi Stassinopoulos Jennifer Aaker
Motivational Goddess Social Marketer, Psychologist
Michelle Conceison Cari Sommer and Lauren Porat
Music Promoter Entrepreneurs, Executives
Sarah Brokaw Elizabeth Carlson
Author, Therapist Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Holistic Practitioner
Alyssa Giacobbe Kris Jenner
Fashion Writer, Managing Editor Socialite, Talent Manager, Media Personality
Patricia Zapata Gloria Lee
Graphic Designer, Craft Expert, Blogger Education Reformer, Venture Philanthropist
Susan Gregg-Koger Gina Schaefer
Fashion Entrepreneur, Designer Ace of Hardware
Liz Murray Yin Yin Wu
Best-Selling Author, Inspiring Speaker Entrepreneur, Startup Star
Lauren Hodge, Naomi Shah, Shree Bose Joanne Weiss
Teenage Queens of Science Public Education Leader
Pooja Upadhyaya Deborah Dugan
Mobile Medical Pioneer Media Executive, Global Health Leader
Katherine Schwarzenegger Michelle Rhee
Author, Advocate, Daughter Education Reform Activist, Public Servant
Jacqueline Novogratz Diana Nyad
Microlending Pioneer, Author Reporter, Extreme Swimmer
Gloria Varney Jerri Farris
Organic Farmer, Sustainability Promoter Author, Entrepreneur, Editor
Megan Gardner Elizabeth Berkley
Entrepreneur, Daily Deals Executive Actress, Author, Mentor
Emily Ventura Amanda Cramer
Community Health and Nutrition Activist Winemaker
Alice Waters Kara Lind
Chef, Restauranteur, Organic Nutrition Activist Cupcake Entrepreneur
Jenny Blake Jeannette Walls
Author, Entrepreneur, Life Coach Author, Columnist, Survivor
Dee Poku and June Sarpong Alice Sebold
Media Personalities, Social Change Leaders Bestselling Author
Heidi Adams Cheryl Kilodavis
Cancer Survivor, Spokesperson Author, Mother
Jayni Chase Carol Paukner
Eco-Activist, Green Living Educator Former NYPD Officer, 9/11 First Responder
Rachel Maddow Regina Wilson
Political Commentator, TV Host FDNY Firefighter, Singer, 9/11 First Responder
Tamara Mellon Brenda Berkman
Designer, Executive, Tastemaker Former FDNY Firefighter, 9/11 First Responder
Jill Zarian Elizabeth Lamont
Designer, Executive, Footwear Afficionado Home Accessory Designer, World Traveler
Burr Leonard Elizabeth Smart
Fitness Trendsetter Ballerina Abduction Survivor, Spokesperson, Activist
Mary McDonald Ailleen Lee
Interior Designer Venture Capitalist
Bethenny Frankel Louisa Shafia
Media Personality; Healthy Chef; Author Eco-friendly Chef, Author, Media Personality
Jennifer Lopez Angie Grabski
Entertainment Mogul, Designer, Diva Women's Business Mentor, Networker
Kristie Streicher Beverly Lueckemeyer
Eyebrow Artist Top-Selling Independent Stylist, Working Mom
Jessica Herrin Amanda Steinberg
Jewelry Entrepreneur, Executive, Mentor Women's Finance Expert
Diane von Furstenberg Lisa Oz
Fashion Mogul, Design Icon Media Expert, Manager, Author
Jennifer Figge Joan Lunden
Extreme Swimmer, Marathon Runner Television Host, Author, Serial Entrepreneur
Julie Rice and Elizabeth Cutler Rebecca Bernard Aguiar
Indoor Cycling Gurus Culture Blogger, Explorer
Kimberly Fowler Julie Thornton
Yogi, Business Owner Breast Care Specialist, Breast Cancer Therapist
Julie Bowen Dana Dornsife
Comic Genius, Emmy-Winner Entrepreneur, Philanthopist, Cancer Care Leader
Angela Belcher Melissa Arnot
Groundbreaking Biotechnologist Mountaineer, Expedition Guide
Cecilia "Pudge" Kleinkauf Bethany Hamilton
Fly Fisher, Reformed Lawyer Soul Surfer
Debbie Lyons Blythe Camille Hart
Cattle Rancher, Blogger Executive Assistant
Karen Shane Amy Porterfield
Veterinarian Acupuncturist Social Media Maven
Missy Park Zem Joaquin
Women's Athletics Pioneer, Apparel Executive Eco-Design Expert
Sarah Silverman
Comedian, Actress, Rule Breaker
Shirley Caesar
Preacher, Gospel Guru
Helen Cameron
Urban Farmer, Restauranteur, Eco Educator
Melody Biringer
Startup Junkie, Mentor
Tammy Gibson
Mommy Blogger, Fashionista
Jennifer Ferro
L.A. Radio Executive, Broadcast Producer
Atossa Soltani
Rainforest Protector, Environmental Activist
Louise Davis Langheier
Public Health Educator
Kyle Zimmer
Literacy Promoter, Education Innovator
Christy Haubegger
Magazine Founder, Latina Role Model
Cyndi Finkle
Art Studio Owner, Instructor
Marcie Allen
Music Industry Dealmaker, Sound Maven
Melissa Lanz
Healthy Eating Blogger, Money Saver
Susana Yee
Social Media Marketing Pioneer

About Shift

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