Zakaria: McCain’s VP choice is ‘fundamentally irresponsible’

September 30, 2008

World affairs expert and author Fareed Zakaria said he thinks it would be best for Republican presidential hopeful John McCain, if Gov. Sarah Palin bowed out as his vice presidential running mate. Zakaria says McCain did not put the country first in making his V.P. choice, and he says Palin is not qualified to lead the United States.

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Meteoric Breakthrough –

September 30, 2008

Ziggs is a cool new way to “organize and connect with people in a professional way”. The service has a harmless enough angle – sign up for free, and they’ll help you manage your online image. Sounds great right? Ziggs gets interesting when you dig a little more and realize what sets it apart from the usual suspects of linkedin, and naymz . They also notify you when someone searches for your name via Google, Yahoo!, MSN, AOL, and few other notables). Ok, that’s rocking good news. I’m in. I’m sold, I’m signed up. Go ahead, search for me, I dare you…I’ll know you did it. Nice.

The true usage for Ziggs. – so that user can manage their personal brand is bound to get lost in the clutter of this sort of reverse big brother action you can pull.

Enjoy your first month for free, because afterward they charge you $4.95 per month.

zanox OMD Press Release

September 30, 2008

Press release

OMD 2008 – zanox Rolls Out Red Carpet Treatment For Affiliates with New Publisher Campaign at Germany’s Largest Online Marketing Event

– New Affiliate Marketing Features: Landing page optimisation for all professional SEM publishers; Intuitive Web 2.0 user interface
– Massive extension of zanox Web Services; Integrated solutions for mobile marketing
– Presentation of zanox Publisher VIP Club

New York, New York – September, 2008 – zanox, the leading provider of performance-based online marketing in Germany, unveiled several product upgrades last week at OMD (Online-Marketing Düsseldorf – Hall 10, Booth A22), Germany’s largest online marketing event, which will make it easier for affiliates in the zanox network of publishers to monetize their Web sites’ traffic. The new zanox publisher campaign is focused on enhancing the features of zanox’s affiliate marketing services as well as massively extending the zanox Web Services platform. Additionally, the company announced plans to launch a new VIP Club for its publishers. With its specialised industry-specific expertise, unrivaled international reach, first-class 24/7 service and a modern “open company” philosophy, zanox aims to become the global publisher network of choice.

Landing Page Optimization
A highlight to professional zanox publishers worldwide, the new zanox landing page optimization service has undergone a period of intense development and successfully completed its testing phase. Launching this week during OMD, the software tool offers all publishers specializing in search engine marketing extensive optimization options with respect to keywords and landing pages. Its performance analysis features allow for detailed monitoring of expenses for SEM campaigns, thus increasing revenue from zanox affiliate marketing. In addition, the new landing page optimization provides publishers quick and easy access to valuable information such as how well additionally purchased traffic is actually converting, which search engine keywords are generating revenue through which pages, or which keywords should be watched closely or better be replaced. Professional zanox publishers can employ this solution at no additional cost if they have a Google AdWords account.

zanox Web Services and Mobile Marketing Solutions
In addition to the landing page optimization, zanox will extend its unique Web Services platform to include all business-related zanox publisher functionalities. This transition will enable zanox affiliates to target campaigns with greater precision, deepen customer relations and, for publish-ers, automate and streamline established processes. Thus, zanox will be providing ideal pre-requisites to monetize their Internet and mobile applications and Web sites.

In order to simplify the process of entering the rapidly growing segment of mobile marketing, zanox provides easy, integrated solutions that conform to the Mobile Marketing Association’s standards. zanox’s “mobile device recognition” provides suitably formatted banners automati-cally while using this system extension.

New Generation of Publisher Statistics
zanox is entering the closed beta phase for a new generation of publisher statistics. Using its convenient analysis and control tool, professional zanox publishers will be able to freely create their own custom report templates, no longer limited to default reports, providing publishers detailed insight as to how individual programs and banners are performing. Additionally, the use of advanced Web 2.0 technology allows for a very intuitive user interface.

zanox VIP (Very Important Publisher) Club
In addition to the features and services already mentioned, zanox will present its new VIP Club at OMD. Officially scheduled for launch January 1, 2009, the new VIP program will give publishers with outstanding success access to exclusive premium services. AG will be at OMD in Hall 10, Booth A22.

Important links:
zanox affiliate marketing:
zanox landing page optimisation:
zanox Web Services:
zanox blog:

About zanox AG is leading the German market for performance-based online marketing and has established a strong presence in all core markets around the world. More than 2000 prestigious international companies rely on the zanox affiliate marketing network and sector-specific exper-tise in all sectors where innovation is taking place, such as retail and shopping, travel, T.I.M.E.S. (telecommunications, internet, media, entertainment, software) and financial ser-vices.

Affiliate programs provide companies with global solutions for efficiently marketing their prod-ucts and services on the Internet. zanox attaches great importance to the quality of its affiliate sites and to continuously educating their owners, who are in addition being motivated by fast and transparent compensation. zanox’s technological lead becomes manifest in its currently running 1 million euro idea contest for new applications based on its affiliate web services.

In addition to its 24 branches in foreign countries, zanox’s international focus is strengthened by its Global Alliance Partner (GAP) program. Furthermore, in June of 2008 the GAP campus op-ened its doors at zanox headquarters in Berlin to serve as an international meeting point for de-velopers and designers.

Since 2007, 60% of zanox have been owned by Axel Springer AG and 40% by PubliGroupe. Axel Springer AG is Germany’s largest newspaper house, ranks third among her magazine pub-lishers and is also one of the leading European media companies. PubliGroupe AG is an inde-pendent, internationally leading group offering marketing, sales and services to media and ad-vertisers, which it assists in the implementation of their communication and media strategies by delivering marketing and technology services to them.

Legacy is greater than Currency

September 29, 2008

I know I’m getting borderline obsessive here – but since Gary Vaynerchuk completely blew my mind when I saw him speak at the Web2.0 Expo there is one of Gary’s little gems in particular that I enjoyed –

Legacy is greater than Currency.

Gary made the point that our great, great, GREAT Grand kids will know everything about us. It’s up to us to decide what our legacy is going to be.

I thought long and hard about this point. Gary challenged everyone in the audience and for me it was such a paradigm shift that I can’t seem to stop thinking about it. At no other time in history have we ever put so much “out there”.

I think Gary’s real message is: Maybe it’s time to stop chasing the money, and start to do some soul searching about what you really want to do?

The best thing about Facebook – Reconnecting with old friends

September 27, 2008

Something occurred to me today (after connecting with yet another high school classmate).

The best thing about Facebook is reconnecting with old friends. Facebook has been adopted by such a broad audience, and it accomplishes what sites like and fail to do. Instead of reaching out to your old High School classmates via – we run into them because provides such an engaging platform. I’ve been able to reconnect with more people from Mahopac High School in the past 3 months than in the years since I graduated (1993).
Facebook, Myspace, and other social networks have changed the game. Instead of luring a user in by the prospect of one specific thing (reconnecting with classmates), these social platforms offer you an opportunity to interact on such a more engaging – fun way – who knows if we even need, or anymore? How many of us tried to sign up on one of these sites, excited by the idea of reconnecting, only to be turned off after getting only so far in the process before we had to pony up some cash to continue.

Take note classmates, and – your days are numbered.

Paul Newman dies at 83

September 27, 2008

Bummed to hear that Paul Newman passed away.

Recently saw a bio on Paul Newman and it struck me that this guy did things on his own terms, and followed his passion.

Top Newman films (in my opinion)

Cool Hand Luke
Butch Cassidy
The Color of Money
Road to Perdition

What a loss.

Side note – Newsmans Own has donated a total of $250 million to charities worldwide.

Gary Vaynerchuk (Wine Library)

September 27, 2008

Last week while at the Web 2.0 Expo at the Javits Center I was lucky enough to see the tornado of energy and passion called Gary Vaynerchuk speak. I had been feverishly taking notes throughout the entire Keynote address because all of the speakers were amazing, but then Gary came out and I stopped writing. I was locked in.

Tonight I had my parents over for dinner, and gathered the family around the dining room table to share the power of Gary’s message. It’s taken a few more times for me to review the video of his presentation to truly grasp just how amazing this guy is. Jesus – I wanted to stand up and say F*CK YEAH.

This guy is pure content. Pure passion. Pure money. Pure hustle. Pure values. Pure work. Pure love about what he does.


I’m in.

I’m picking up with Gary Vaynerchuk is putting down. (Credit Alex Baydin)

Check out the video of what I saw below – you wont’ regret it.

Hey – as I’m writing I was thinking to myself – I would love to interview Gary or someone who is just as passionate about what they do. If anyone has a suggestion about someone just as passionate about life, and their business, please let me know. I’d love to talk to them. Thanks!

Web2.0 expo continued

September 26, 2008

I hope my web2.0 Expo overview was helpful and gave you some idea of the exciting things occurring in our industry. I’ll post more in the coming days – in the interim – Here are more url’s that you may already know – but I want to share including some top bloggers and resources: – take a look at the word most often used in John McCain’s acceptance speech with the visualization chart – owned by IAC – Berlin based – great business model – great message – funny stuff – more funny stuff – coolest stuff – blogger – blogger and founder

Fall is here

September 26, 2008

As we slide into the last days of September suffice to say: Fall is officially upon us.

What does that mean if you’re an affiliate marketer? Well, I thought I’d list the top 3 things that every affiliate marketer should be thinking about right now. Christmas is closer than you think, and Halloween is upon us.. So yes – you should be thinking about certain key things other than the Fall Foliage of course).

1. Halloween Offers
2. Christmas Offers
3. Ad:Tech New York

Regarding #1
For some networks this may be too little too late. Halloween offers are already converting like crazy, and if you don’t have the bandwidth to get these offers up and running by early next week, then you’re already behind.

Regarding #2
Christmas offers can mean simply reaching out to your best advertises on your network and requesting some great Christmas landing pages, or Christmas creative. Even requesting some special Christmas coupons, discounts, or any kind of “freemium” type of offering will help you out this holiday season.

Regarding #3
I’ll be speaking at the show this year, and if it’s even remotely near the insanity of last year than we’re all in for a massive treat. The New York Hilton becomes a complete madhouse – and truthfully – I love it.

Finally – no, I have no idea what I’m going to be this year for Halloween

Got any suggestions?

Web 2.0 Expo Day by Day Breakdown

September 25, 2008

Here’s a quick break down by day
Day 1
Wednesday September 17th

A New York’s Web Industry from 1995 to 2008 From Nascent to Ascendant –
Fred Wilson
This was a terrifically fun blast from the past. It was obvious that Fred has been at the forefront of everything that’s happened in Silicon Alley since 1995 (although he did make it clear that he feels we should no longer call NY’s interactive scene Silicon Alley). It was also apparent that he has great affection and respect for everyone in the industry, and that helped to create a nice sense of community during his presentation. He spoke about how the internet has matured, and how the New York VC scene is currently responsible for 1/3 of funding in the online community – up from a paltry 1/8 of all activity back in 1995.

Building a Personal Brand within the Social Media Landscape

Gary Vaynerchuk
This was the best presentation of the day. Gary took his family company of wine sellers from $4million/annually to $54 Million. He currently hosts his own video blog at – I recommend you check it out. Gary’s enthusiasm for wine and making money is contagious.

Thursday September 18th
Repeating some details from an earlier post – but I wanted to show each day broken down.
We are Smarter than me: unleashing the Power of Crowds in Your Business presented by Barry Libert of

What an interesting, out of the box type of guy. Barry gave his presentation on the last session during the next to last day (I believe). It was late afternoon, and he was able to actually get us out of our seats and interacting with each other….wow. The main point of his presentation was that “WE are much more powerful than ME”….what a novel idea. A few points that stuck out for me that any company can readily apply to be more “we” friendly:
1. Be Social – Create a forum to open the lines of communication with your clients (Starbucks was cited as a great example)
2. Be Co- Creative – Start idea shares, and encourage innovation
3. Be Open – Start a company blog and join social networks
4. Be rewarding – hold contests – and give back to the community
5. Be Evaluative – Survey, review comments and ratings of your services to improve your product.

An interesting point that Barry made about Twitter and the upcoming election – Hillary Clinton has a few hundred people following her, but she is not following anyone. Barack Obama has a few hundred people following him on Twitter, and he is following MORE than are following him. WOW. We need to open our eyes and ears.

Friday September 19th

Arianna Huffington was interviewed and made some great points that we can apply to our business:

1. Be Passionate, Engaged, and Excited
2. Screen the comments that you allow to be posted, but pre moderate quickly
3. Open an honest dialogue with your end users or in our case our advertisers and publishers
4. Unplug and recharge (again back to the first point that unplugging was a main theme during the show)

Ben Huh spoke about how simplicity powers large, growing, and complex communities like a compilation of photos with comedic tag lines generated 100% by users. Ben and his team are also working on new projects, and he had this advice to offer companies in the online community:

1. Keep it Simple – it doesn’t have to be perfect – just get it out there
2. 100% user generated is a good thing (we should be talking even more to our advertisers and publishers to find out that they want and need from us).

Also- I don’t recall which day they presented, but one of the most exciting companies I saw present is called they’re a very simple way to share files online, that I feel is the next iteration of social networking. They walked us through a demo where a person can create a “drop” at a specific location in a city – add photos, details about what happened at that location and then share that “drop” with their friends. This is like a social network page on steroids!

I hope this overview was helpful and gave you some idea of the exciting things occurring at the Web2.0 Expo in New York.