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Progressive Recognized for Excellence in Online Car Insurance

<p class='bwalignc'> <b>Web Marketing Association honors ProgressiveAgent.com with a Standard of Excellence award</b> </p>

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Progressive Recognized for Excellence in Online Car Insurance12:32 EDT Thursday, September 22, 2011 MAYFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio (Business Wire) -- ProgressiveAgent.com, a website that makes it easy for drivers to research car insurance and find a local independent insurance agent, has earned a Standard of Excellence award from the 2011 Web Marketing Association's WebAwards competition. “ProgressiveAgent.com was designed to make it easy for consumers to get a car insurance quote from a local insurance agent, while also helping agents grow their business,” explained Karen Barone, Progressive's Agency distribution business leader. “This award is affirmation that our site gets it right.” ProgressiveAgent.com can help consumers: Get a quote – This function enables customers to get an online car insurance quote and have their information sent electronically to the agency of their choice to complete the sale. Find an agent – This function makes it easy for consumers to search for local independent agents by entering their ZIP code and selecting the type of insurance they need. Customers can also manage their policy or make a payment online. Research insurance options – Consumers can learn more about Progressive's many insurance coverages including auto, boat, commercial auto and motorcycle insurance. The judging panel described ProgressiveAgent.com as “useful” and “easy to navigate.” Websites are evaluated on seven criteria including design, copywriting, innovation, content, interactivity, technology, and ease of use. Sites from 47 countries and 96 industries were judged during this year's competition. The Web Marketing Association was founded in 1997 and sponsors the annual WebAward competition. To learn more about ProgressiveAgent.com, visit http://www.ProgressiveAgent.com/. About Progressive The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies makes it easy to understand, buy and use auto insurance. Progressive offers choices so consumers can engage whenever, wherever and however it's most convenient for them — online at progressive.com, by phone at 1-800-PROGRESSIVE, or in-person with a local agent. Progressive offers insurance for personal and commercial autos, motorcycles, boats, recreational vehicles and homes. It's the fourth largest auto insurer in the country, the largest seller of motorcycle insurance and a leader in commercial auto insurance. Progressive also offers car insurance online in Australia at http://www.progressiveonline.com.au. Founded in 1937, Progressive continues its long history of challenging the insurance industry with shopping tools and services that save customers time and money, like Name Your Price®, the Snapshot Discount®, and a concierge level of claims service. The Common Shares of The Progressive Corporation, the Mayfield Village, Ohio-based holding company, are publicly traded at (NYSE:PGR). Progressive PRLeah Knapp, 440-395-9928Leah_Knapp@progressive.com