Tuesday, August 30, 2011

iNetGiant Rolls Out New Ad Upgrades

Here at iNetGiant, you may have already seen the new ad upgrade page that we've recently rolled out! As before, our ad upgrades have always included appearing on the iNetGiant homepage, and at the top of your category listings, but one of the big big changes here on iNetGiant is the new facebook ad upgrade.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Steps to Make Sure Your Item Sells!

1. Post on iNetGiant! (http://www.inetgiant.com/postnewad.aspx) A basic listing is free, and well worth your time because it means lots of people will see your ad. As you post, add enough information and at least one photo so that a potential buyer feels comfortable. The more information on the item, the backstory, and the condition will help a potential buyer decide that you're safe to buy from and that they are getting their money's worth.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

What's Coming at iNetGiant

Have you felt the forces of change here at iNetGiant? We want to be more focused on our users... but what can you expect?

Well, for one thing, very soon you will be able to put your ad EASILY on facebook advertising; a very simple option at end of your listing process-- We do all the work! That's right, all those eyes on facebook, millions and millions will be able to see your ad. This also includes targeting, so your ad is much more effective at reaching those that may want to respond to your listing best.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Starbucks is offering Free iPhone Apps

Starbucks has had free iTunes offerings for some time now, and it looks like they're ready to offer more than just music.

With the "pick of the week," this time it's an iPhone app. Same as with the "pick of the week" music tracks, a customer can find a card with a code on it at the Starbucks counter, which can be redeemed for a free app. The first app to be offered is Shazam Encore, a music identifying app that normally costs $5.99. Good deal! As of now, Starbucks has declined to comment on whether or not this is to be a permanent replacement of free music tracks, a one time deal, or otherwise.

Friday, August 5, 2011

How to Create a Successful Classifieds Ad

1. Use good grammar and spelling. With many, many scammers on the web these days, one of the quickest ways to separate your ad from a scam and show that you have native command of a language is by using proper grammar and spelling. This will also help people who are searching for the item or service or whatever you might be selling or providing, as your creative misspellings may not show up otherwise.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Undetweetable Lets You See Deleted Tweets

Undetweetable is a PR person's worst nightmare. Those of us with multiple or corporate twitter accounts know the sometimes difficulty of remembering to change twitter accounts before you update your work buddies about the new pair of itchy underwear you bought. Undetweetable lets you see all those hastily deleted tweets in all their glory, in sort of a bizarro-twitter world. If you want some entertainment, go through the "Random Users"-- good fun.

Right now, it's being hammered by traffic though (always a sign of a good idea) and is on the slow side. Still, a very neat idea. Could be bad for companies, but great for the public and gossips. Remember, always double check before you send anything out into the world wide web.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Implications of Twitter Adding In-Stream Ads

As announced a couple days ago, Twitter announced that they were going to add in-stream ads. Now, this in and of itself isn't anything new, as the company has been talking about it for awhile now, but the kind of changes this could make, especially for businesses, is huge. Companies (like us) like Twitter because it's an easy way to keep casual contact with our customers and personalize interactions. But Twitter is also for invaluable for spreading news and building a brand; Twitter is an extremely efficient way to spread any important tidbits or build up hype around a product or service.

The way Twitter is implementing these ads is a little different from traditional advertising in that you will only see in-stream ads from companies you already follow. How is this different from just reading a company's tweets? It'll be an "Promoted Tweet," presumable visually differentiated. It's a great way for Twitter to monetize, for users to receive tailored ads, and for companies to reach out in a new way.

The real question will be, of course, how the users react-- don't forget companies are users too! (Find us at @inetgiant.) I can say that I wouldn't mind in-stream promoted tweets as long as they follow the regular flow of tweets; however, like the "Quick Bar" in the Twitter mobile app, if they decide to sticky the tweets to the top, forget it. I'd rather have the normal side bar banner ads than something that interrupts my tweet browsing. Thoughts?

Monday, August 1, 2011

Facebook and Skype Integration creates Security Flaw

There's been some buzz about how awesome it was going to be when Skype and Facebook integrated, because we're all addicts of both, but apparently there's a flaw that could cause hacked Skype sessions or maybe even a full system takeover. There's an advisory and video posted at secalert.net, that shows how an attacker can exploit a system even if you're not a Facebook friend or a Skype contact.

Skype has said they are working on a fix to the problem.