John Gokongwei Jr. Ad Congress Speech 2007

I’ve read several of his speeches. Philippine taipan John Gokongwei Jr.’s speeches never fail to inspire and touch an emotional chord.

John Gokongwei , Jr.
Ad Congress Speech
Nov 21, 2007

Before I begin, I want to say please bear with me, an 81-year-old man who just flew in from San Francisco 36 hours ago and is still suffering from jet lag. However, I hope I will be able to say what you want to hear.

Ladies and gentlemen, good evening. Thank you very much for having me here tonight to open the Ad Congress. I know how important this event is for our marketing and advertising colleagues. My people get very excited and go into a panic, every other year, at this time.

I would like to talk about my life, entrepreneurship, and globalization. I would like to talk about how we can become a great nation.

You may wonder how one is connected to the other, but I promise that, as there is truth in advertising, the connection will come.

Let me begin with a story I have told many times. My own.

I was born to a rich Chinese-Filipino family. I spent my childhood in Cebu where my father owned a chain of movie houses, including the first air-conditioned one outside Manila . I was the eldest of six children and lived in a big house in Cebu ‘s Forbes Park .

A chauffeur drove me to school everyday as I went to San Carlos University , then and still one of the country’s top schools. I topped my classes and had many friends. I would bring them to watch movies for free at my father’s movie houses.

When I was 13, my father died suddenly of complications due to typhoid. Everything I enjoyed vanished instantly. My father’s empire was built on credit. When he died, we lost everything-our big house, our cars, our business-to the banks.

I felt angry at the world for taking away my father, and for taking away all that I enjoyed before. When the free movies disappeared, I also lost half my friends. On the day I had to walk two miles to school for the very first time, I cried to my mother, a widow at 32. But she said: “You should feel lucky. Some people have no shoes to walk to school. What can you do? Your father died with 10 centavos in his pocket.”

So, what can I do? I worked.

My mother sent my siblings to China where living standards were lower. She and I stayed in Cebu to work, and we sent them money regularly. My mother sold her jewelry. When that ran out, we sold roasted peanuts in the backyard of our much-smaller home. When that wasn’t enough, I opened a small stall in a palengke. I chose one among several palengkes a few miles outside the city because there were fewer goods available for the people there. I woke up at five o’clock every morning for the long bicycle ride to the palengke with my basket of goods.

There, I set up a table about three feet by two feet in size. I laid out my goods-soap, candles, and thread-and kept selling until everything was bought. Why these goods? Because these were hard times and this was a poor village, so people wanted and needed the basics-soap to keep them clean, candles to light the night, and thread to sew their clothes.

I was surrounded by other vendors, all of them much older. Many of them could be my grandparents. And they knew the ways of the palengke far more than a boy of 15, especially one who had never worked before.

But being young had its advantages. I did not tire as easily, and I moved more quickly. I was also more aggressive. After each day, I would make about 20 pesos in profit! There was enough to feed my siblings and still enough to pour back into the business. The pesos I made in the palengke were the pesos that went into building the business I have today.

After this experience, I told myself, “If I can compete with people so much older than me, if I can support my whole family at 15, I can do anything!”

Looking back, I wonder, what would have happened if my father had not left my family with nothing? Would I have become the man I am? Who knows?

The important thing to know is that life will always deal us a few bad cards. But we have to play those cards the best we can. And WE can play to win!

This was one lesson I picked up when I was a teenager. It has been my guiding principle ever since. And I have had 66 years to practice self-determination. When I wanted something, the best person to depend on was myself.

And so I continued to work. In 1943, I expanded and began trading goods between Cebu and Manila . From Cebu , I would transport tires on a small boat called a batel. After traveling for five days to Lucena, I would load them into a truck for the six- hour trip to Manila . I would end up sitting on top of my goods so they would not be stolen! In Manila , I would then purchase other goods from the earnings I made from the tires, to sell in Cebu .

Then, when WWII ended, I saw the opportunity for trading goods in post-war Philippines . I was 20 years old. With my brother Henry, I put up Amasia Trading which imported onions, flour, used clothing, old newspapers and magazines, and fruits from the United States . In 1948, my mother and I got my siblings back from China . I also converted a two-story building in Cebu to se rv e as our home, office, and warehouse all at the same time. The whole family began helping out with the business.

In 1957, at age 31, I spotted an opportunity in corn-starch manufacturing. But I was going to compete with Ludo and Luym, the richest group in Cebu and the biggest cornstarch manufacturers. I borrowed money to finance the project. The first bank I approached made me wait for two hours, only to refuse my loan. The second one, China Bank, approved a P500,000-peso clean loan for me. Years later, the banker who extended that loan, Dr. Albino Sycip said that he saw something special in me. Today, I still wonder what that was, but I still thank Dr. Sycip to this day.

Upon launching our first product, Panda corn starch, a price war ensued. After the smoke cleared, Universal Corn Products was still left standing. It is the foundation upon which JG Summit Holdings now stands.

Interestingly, the price war also forced the closure of a third cornstarch company, and one of their chemists was Lucio Tan, who always kids me that I caused him to lose his job. I always reply that if it were not for me, he will not be one of the richest men in the Philippines today.

When my business grew, and it was time for me to bring in more people- my family, the professionals, the consultants, more employees- I knew that I had to be there to teach them what I knew. When dad died at age 34, he did not leave a succession plan. From that, I learned that one must teach people to take over a business at any time. The values of hard work that I learned from my father, I taught to my children. They started doing jobs here and there even when they were still in high school. Six years ago, I announced my retirement and handed the reins to my youngest brother James and only son Lance. But my children tease me because I still go to the office every day and make myself useful. I just hired my first Executive Assistant and moved into a bigger and nicer office.

Building a business to the size of JG Summit was not easy. Many challenges were thrown my way. I could have walked away from them, keeping the business small, but safe. Instead, I chose to fight. But this did not mean I won each time.

By 1976, at age 50, we had built significant businesses in food products anchored by a branded coffee called Blend 45, and agro- industrial products under the Robina Farms brand. That year, I faced one of my biggest challenges, and lost. And my loss was highly publicized, too. But I still believe that this was one of my defining moments.

In that decade, not many business opportunities were available due to the political and economic environment. Many Filipinos were already sending their money out of the country. As a Filipino, I felt that our money must be invested here. I decided to purchase shares in San Miguel, then one of the Philippines ‘ biggest corporations. By 1976, I had acquired enough shares to sit on its board.

The media called me an upstart. “Who is Gokongwei and why is he doing all those terrible things to San Miguel?” ran one headline of the day. In another article, I was described as a pygmy going up against the powers-that- be. The San Miguel board of directors itself even aid for an ad in all the country’s top newspapers telling the public why I should not be on the board. On the day of reckoning, shareholders quickly filled up the auditorium to witness the battle. My brother James and I had prepared for many hours for this debate. We were ne rv ous and excited at the same time.

In the end, I did not get the board seat because of the Supreme Court Ruling. But I was able to prove to others-and to myself-that I was willing to put up a fight. I succeeded because I overcame my fear, and tried. I believe this battle helped define who I am today. In a twist to this story, I was invited to sit on the board of Anscor and San Miguel Hong Kong 5 years later. Lose some, win some.

Since then, I’ve become known as a serious player in the business world, but the challenges haven’t stopped coming.

Let me tell you about the three most recent challenges. In all three, conventional wisdom bet against us. See, we set up businesses against market Goliaths in very high-capital industries: airline, telecoms, and beverage.

Challenge No. 1: In 1996, we decided to start an airline. At the time, the dominant airline in the country was PAL, and if you wanted to travel cheaply, you did not fly. You went by sea or by land.

However, my son Lance and I had a vision for Cebu Pacific: We wanted every Filipino to fly.

Inspired by the low-cost carrier models in the United States , we believed that an airline based on the no-frills concept would work here. No hot meals. No newspaper. Mono-class seating. Operating with a single aircraft type. Faster turn around time. It all worked, thus enabling Cebu Pacific to pass on savings to the consumer.

How did we do this? By sticking to our philosophy of “low cost, great value.”

And we stick to that philosophy to this day. Cebu Pacific offers incentives. Customers can avail themselves of a tiered pricing scheme, with promotional seats for as low a P1. The earlier you book, the cheaper your ticket.

Cebu Pacific also made it convenient for passengers by making online booking available. This year, 1.25 million flights will be booked through our website. This reduced our distribution costs dramatically.

Low cost. Great value.

When we started 11 years ago, Cebu Pacific flew only 360,000 passengers, with 24 daily flights to 3 destinations. This year, we expect to fly more than five million passengers, with over 120 daily flights to 20 local destinations and 12 Asian cities. Today, we are the largest in terms of domestic flights, routes and destinations.

We also have the youngest fleet in the region after acquiring new Airbus 319s and 320s. In January, new ATR planes will arrive. These are smaller planes that can land on smaller air strips like those in Palawan and Caticlan. Now you don’t have to take a two-hour ride by mini-bus to get to the beach.

Largely because of Cebu Pacific, the average Filipino can now afford to fly. In 2005, 1 out of 12 Filipinos flew within a year. In 2012, by continuing to offer low fares, we hope to reduce that ratio to 1 out of 6. We want to see more and more Filipinos see their country and the world!

Challenge No. 2: In 2003, we established Digitel Mobile Philippines, Inc. and developed a brand for the mobile phone business called Sun Cellular. Prior to the launch of the brand, we were actually involved in a transaction to purchase PLDT shares of the majority shareholder.

The question in everyone’s mind was how we could measure up to the two telecom giants. They were entrenched and we were late by eight years! PLDT held the landline monopoly for quite a while, and was first in the mobile phone industry. Globe was a younger company, but it launched digital mobile technology here.

But being a late player had its advantages. We could now build our platform from a broader perspective. We worked with more advanced technologies and intelligent systems not available ten years ago. We chose our suppliers based on the most cost-efficient hardware and software. Being a Johnny-come- lately allowed us to create and launch more innovative products, more quickly.

All these provided us with the opportunity to give the consumers a choice that would rock their world. The concept was simple. We would offer Filipinos to call and text as much as they want for a fixed monthly fee. For P250 a month, they could get in touch with anyone within the Sun network at any time. This means great savings of as much as 2/3 of their regular phone bill! Suddenly, we gained traction. Within one year of its introduction, Sun hit one million customers.

Once again, the paradigm shifts – this time in the telecom industry. Sun’s 24/7 Call and Text unlimited changed the landscape of mobile- phone usage.

Today, we have over 4 million subscribers and 2000 cell sites around the archipelago. In a country where 97% of the market is pre-paid, we believe we have hit on the right strategy.

Sun Cellular is a Johnny-come- lately, but it’s doing all right. It is a third player, but a significant one, in an industry where Cassandras believed a third player would perish. And as we have done in the realm of air travel, so have we done in the telecom world: We have changed the marketplace.

In the end, it is all about making life better for the consumer by giving them choices.

Challenge No. 3: In 2004, we launched C2, the green tea drink that would change the face of the local beverage industry — then, a playground of cola companies. Iced tea was just a sugary brown drink se rv ed bottomless in restaurants. For many years, hardly was there any significant product innovation in the beverage business.

Admittedly, we had little experience in this area. Universal Robina Corporation is the leader in snack foods but our only background in beverage was instant coffee. Moreover, we would be entering the playground of huge multinationals. We decided to play anyway.

It all began when I was in China in 2003 and noticed the immense popularity of bottled iced tea. I thought that this product would have huge potential here. We knew that the Philippines was not a traditional tea-drinking country since more familiar to consumers were colas in returnable glass bottles. But precisely, this made the market ready for a different kind of beverage. One that refreshes yet gives the health benefits of green tea. We positioned it as a “spa” in a bottle. A drink that cools and cleans.thus, C2 was born.

C2 immediately caught on with consumers. When we launched C2 in 2004, we sold 100,000 bottles in the first month. Three years later, Filipinos drink around 30 million bottles of C2 per month. Indeed, C2 is in a good place.

With Cebu Pacific, Sun Cellular, and C2, the JG Summit team took control of its destiny. And we did so in industries where old giants had set the rules of the game. It’s not that we did not fear the giants. We knew we could have been crushed at the word go. So we just made sure we came prepared with great products and great strategies. We ended up changing the rules of the game instead.

There goes the principle of self-determination, again. I tell you, it works for individuals as it does for companies. And as I firmly believe, it works for nations.

I have always wondered, like many of us, why we Filipinos have not lived up to our potential. We have proven we can. Manny Pacquiao and Efren Bata Reyes in sports. Lea Salonga and the UP Madrigal Singers in performing arts. Monique Lhuillier and Rafe Totenco in fashion. And these are just the names made famous by the media. There are many more who may not be celebrities but who have gained respect on the world stage.

But to be a truly great nation, we must also excel as entrepreneurs before the world. We must create Filipino brands for the global market place.

If we want to be philosophical, we can say that, with a world-class brand, we create pride for our nation. If we want to be practical, we can say that, with brands that succeed in the world, we create more jobs for our people, right here.

Then, we are able to take part in what’s really important-giving our people a big opportunity to raise their standards of living, giving them a real chance to improve their lives.

We can do it. Our neighbors have done it. So can we. In the last 54 years, Korea worked hard to rebuild itself after a world war and a civil war destroyed it. From an agricultural economy in 1945, it shifted to light industry, consumer products, and heavy industry in the ’80s. At the turn of the 21st century, the Korean government focused on making Korea the world’s leading IT nation. It did this by grabbing market share in key sectors like semiconductors, robotics, and biotechnology.

Today, one remarkable Korean brand has made it to the list of Top 100 Global Brands: Samsung. Less then a decade ago, Samsung meant nothing to consumers. By focusing on quality, design, and innovation, Samsung improved its products and its image. Today, it has surpassed the Japanese brand Sony. Now another Korean brand, LG Collins, is following in the footsteps of Samsung. It has also broken into the Top 100 Global Brands list.

What about China ? Who would have thought that only 30 years after opening itself up to a market economy, China would become the world’s fourth largest economy? Goods made in China are still thought of as cheap. Yet many brands around the world outsource their manufacturing to this country. China ‘s own brands-like Lenovo, Haier, Chery QQ, and Huawei-are fast gaining ground as well. I have no doubt they will be the next big electronics, technology and car brands in the world.

Lee Kwan Yu’s book “From Third World to First” captures Singapore ‘s aspiration to join the First World . According to the book, Singapore was a trading post that the British developed as a nodal point in its maritime empire. The racial riots there made its officials determined to build a “multiracial society that would give equality to all citizens, regardless of race, language or religion.”

When Singapore was asked to leave the Malaysian Federation of States in 1965, Lee Kwan Yew developed strategies that he executed with single-mindedness despite their being unpopular. He and his cabinet started to build a nation by establishing the basics: building infrastructure, establishing an army, WEEDING OUT CORRUPTION,providin g mass housing, building a financial center. Forty short years after, Singapore has been transformed into the richest South East Asian country today, with a per capita income of US$32,000.

These days, Singapore is transforming itself once more. This time it wants to be the creative hub in Asia , maybe even the world. More and more, it is attracting the best minds from all over the world in filmmaking, biotechnology, media, and finance. Meantime, Singaporeans have also created world-class brands: Banyan Tree in the hospitality industry, Singapore Airlines in the Airline industry and Singapore Telecoms in the telco industry.

I often wonder: Why can’t the Philippines , or a Filipino, do this?

Fifty years after independence, we have yet to create a truly global brand. We cannot say the Philippines is too small because it has 86 million people. Switzerland , with 9 million people, created Nestle. Sweden , also with 9 million people, created Ericsson. Finland , even smaller with five million people, created Nokia. All three are major global brands, among others.

Yes, our country is well-known for its labor, as we continue to export people around the world. And after India , we are grabbing a bigger chunk of the pie in the call-center and business-process- outsourcing industries. But by and large, the Philippines has no big industrial base, and Filipinos do not create world-class products.

We should not be afraid to try-even if we are laughed at. Japan , laughed at for its cars, produced Toyota . Korea , for its electronics, produced Samsung. Meanwhile, the Philippines ‘ biggest companies 50 years ago-majority of which are multinational corporations such as Coca- Cola, Procter and Gamble, and Unilever Philippines , for example-are still the biggest companies today. There are very few big, local challengers.

But already, hats off to Filipino entrepreneurs making strides to globalize their brands.

Goldilocks has had much success in the Unites States and Canada , where half of its customers are non-Filipinos. Coffee-chain Figaro may be a small player in the coffee world today, but it is making the leap to the big time. Two Filipinas, Bea Valdez and Tina Ocampo, are now selling their Philippine-made jewelry and bags all over the world. Their labels are now at Barney’s and Bergdorf’s in the U.S. and in many other high-end shops in Asia , Europe , and the Middle East .

When we started our own foray outside the Philippines 30 years ago, it wasn’t a walk in the park. We set up a small factory in Hong Kong to manufacture Jack and Jill potato chips there. Today, we are all over Asia . We have the number-one-potato- chips brand in Malaysia and Singapore . We are the leading biscuit manufacturer in Thailand , and a significant player in the candy market in Indonesia . Our Aces cereal brand is a market leader in many parts of China . C2 is now doing very well in Vietnam , selling over 3 million bottles a month there, after only 6 months in the market. Soon, we will launch C2 in other South East Asian markets.

I am 81 today. But I do not forget the little boy that I was in the palengke in Cebu . I still believe in family. I still want to make good. I still don’t mind going up against those older and better than me. I still believe hard work will not fail me. And I still believe in people willing to think the same way.

Through the years, the market place has expanded: between cities, between countries, between continents. I want to urge you all here to think bigger. Why serve 86 million when you can sell to four billion Asians? And that’s just to start you off. Because there is still the world beyond Asia . When you go back to your offices, think of ways to sell and market your products and se rv ices to the world. Create world-class brands.

You can if you really tried. I did. As a boy, I sold peanuts from my backyard. Today, I sell snacks to the world.

I want to see other Filipinos do the same.
Thank you and good evening once again

Josh Todd: Inside Affiliate

First heard about Josh Todd from Andrew Wee’s interview. Josh founded the TriFoxMedia ad network (which is now out of business).

His blog contains tips relating to PPV and dating niche. The best takeaway I had from his blog is what he explains affiliate marketers bring to the table:

The real value that affiliates bring to the table is in our creative approach to campaigns and ad copy. You think that the company whose service or product you are promoting hasn’t tried direct-linking their website on the major search engines for their primary keywords? They have. They either have that on lock and therefore have those keywords blacklisted from you, or it doesn’t work and they turned to CPA Networks and Affiliates to think outside the box and get them leads from sources that they don’t know about or don’t understand well enough to do themselves.

The number one thing to remember here is that when you are buying traffic from someone and then selling it to someone else, you are the most vulnerable link in the chain and you can be replaced or eliminated at any time.  Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you have job security by arbitraging, even for one second.

FinchSells: Where Bullshit Ends and Blogging Begins

Since collecting AdWords coupons from the back of .NET programming magazines, Finch has come a long way into affiliate marketing. He’s however, humble and doesn’t let affiliate marketing success get to his head.

Chock full of expletives and useful information, FinchSells is an invaluable read for those getting their feet wet in affiliate marketing. His passion for writing is what makes this blog so entertaining to read and probably what has kept him blogging week after week. Like his blog mantra “Where Bullshit Ends and Blogging Begins”, he tells it like it is and shoots down the B.S. where others would even try to sell you an eBook.

Finch treats affiliate marketing as a business. He also realizes that affiliates are nothing more than middlemen gaming the system. The real money, he says, is in being the system. Meaning, developing a brand that can hold its own and that people will still troop to when the traffic sources dries up.

A lot of his affiliate wisdom are gold and some of his valuable advice will actually save you $$$ if you look close.

I can relate to Finch when he said that affiliate marketing is just a means to an end when he said:

“I’ve always been very honest about my aspirations. I don’t love affiliate marketing. I’m passionate about running my own business but you won’t see me on Twitter swooning over how many dollars I’ve stacked or how many zeros are on my next pay cheque. Towering riches mean very little to me.”

Finch stresses that affiliate marketing is not the end-all be-all for him and it’s just a launching pad for something better. Also, to be successful in affiliate marketing you have to be constantly churning out new ideas for campaigns and promoting offer after offer.

Some of favorite quotes were:

“Procrastination is masturbation…you’re only ever fucking yourself.”

“Entrepreneurs live for a few years the way most people won’t so they can live the rest of their life like most people can’t.”

So go over and read what Finch has to teach, his blog is definitely not a waste of anyone’s time.

Oh and by the way, his real name is Martin Osborn, not Finch. If you’re reading this Finch, why DO you call your blog Finch Sells?

List of Ad Networks and Traffic Sources

Thanks to Jamie of Ads4Dough for sending the link and Edward of 3things.be for compiling it.

List of ad networks and traffic sources compiled by Edward @ http://3things.be | Updated at 06-01-2011

http://www.adside.com – self serve ppc contextual inline text ads
http://www.reseauselect.com – banner and offline targetted at quebec
http://web.blogads.com – banners/text ads on high traffic blog network
http://elephant-traffic.com – ppv type ads on parked url’s – cheap
http://mediatraffic.com – ppv ads
http://casalemedia.com – self serve banners
http://www.widgetbucks.com – self serve text/widget ads
http://tribalfusion.com – media buy banner network
http://adclickmedia.com – self serve banners and contextual widgets
http://premiumaccess.com – premium banner ad networ
http://kontera.com – inline contextual text ads
http://www.adroll.com – self serve banners
http://pubmatic.com – ad network
http://bidvertiser.com – contextual and banner ads
http://cpmstar.com – banners display aimed at gaming sites only
http://adengage.com – banners/text, similar to adbrite, allow weekly buys
http://finditquick.com – text ads
http://technoratimedia.com – banners
http://chitika.com – search related contextual display ads
http://www.mediawhiz.com – banners/display, media buys
http://cpxinteractive.com – banners/display, media buys
http://clicksor.com – banners
http://advertising.com – display/benners, media buys
http://www.interclick.com – banners, high volume media buys
http://adtoll.com – banners/display/text ads, adbrite clone, cheap
http://valueclickmedia.com – banners, display/media buys
http://google.com/adwords – you already know about this…
http://advertising.aol.com – variety of solutions on AOL inventory
https://adcenter.microsoft.com – search and content text/contextual ads
https://marketingsolutions.yahoo.com – search/content contextual ads
http://miva.com – cheap search ads
http://www.specificmedia.com – banners/video display, media buys
http://www.canoeklix.com/accueil – text ads on the canoe.ca network
http://undertone.com – premium banners/display/media buys
http://7search.com – cheap search/direct domain ads
http://advertising.microsoft.com/ad-network – microsoft banner display/media buys
http://adbrite.com – display/contextual ads
http://www.adconion.com – video/banner ads, media buys
http://myads.com – self serve banners on myspace & a host of Fox network sites
http://facebook.com/ads – self serve ads on failbook
http://plentyoffish.com – coming soon self serve ads
http://www.collective.com – media buys, banners/display
http://buysellads.com – self serve banners on a range of design blogs
http://sponsoredtweets.com – sponsored twitter posts
http://ad.ly/ – more twitter ads
http://trafficvance.com – good ppv ad network
http://www.tattomedia.com/advertisers/ – banners/display/media buys
http://platform-a.com aol banner ad/media buy network
http://www.adready.com/ads/public – display ads/self serve banners on yahoo sites
http://adsonar.com – text ads on high traffic US site
http://adblade.com – self serve display ads, very good service
http://adsdaq.com – banners/media buying exchange
http://traffiq.com – self serve banners, media buy type thing
http://openx.org/market – banner exchange on open x ad network
http://adbuyer.com – media buying search/display exchange
http://searchfeed.com – search/contextual on parked pages. shit.
http://www.isocket.com/ – closed beta, but will be banner/display ads
http://www.rightmedia.com/ – self serve banner exchange
http://www.etology.com/ – banners/text ads, cheap
http://pulse360.com – ads on good high traffic inventory
http://www.bidplacesb.com/ – self serve banners, owned by AOL
http://advertising.ezanga.com – cheaper search and contextual
http://www.leadback.com – retargeted ads at search traffic
http://appvert.com – farcebook apps ads, display
http://trianads.com – failbook app ads, display
http://www.burstmedia.com – banners/display/media buys
http://offerpalmedia.com – socialmedia app ads
http://userplane.com – social media advertising for media buyers
http://adchap.com – ads on various social sites, hi5, facebook, bebo et
http://cubics.com – social media ads
http://adknowledge.com – cheap ads, slow approvals
http://rockyouads.com – social media display ads
http://statusplug.com – ads on facebook fan pages
http://zohark.com – facebook app ads
http://xtendmedia.com – banner/display media buys
http://advertisers.federatedmedia.net – cpm banners on good inventory of sites
http://www.adperium.com/directads – display banners, self serve, similar to adbrite
http://z5x.net – display banners, media buys, large inventory
http://www.dsnrmg.com – display, media buys, unknown quantity/quality

Additions to original traffic source list inc. European ad platforms/retargeting:

http://traffictaxi.net – self serve banners/display/popunders – global
http://www.adconion.com – display/media buys, good for Europe
http://www.hi-media.com – display/media buys, mainly European traffic
http://www.adpepper.com – European banner display + Affiliate network
http://www.ad2onegroup.com – media buys on premium UK, Irish & Aus. sites + Ebay UK
http://www.pamojamedia.com – Adify powered, banners for African traffic
http://www.shenetwork.se – Adify powered, target Swedish women
http://www.smowtion.com – display banners, most South American inventory
http://www.trafficsynergy.co.za/adrands – banners, South African traffic
http://www.utarget.co.uk/v6 – UK display/rich media/video, owned by Fox
http://www.unanimis.co.uk – display/video media buys, UK traffic
http://www.mirago.com/media – UK/French/German contextual/search ads
http://www.harrenmedianetwork.com – Media buys, South American/Hispanic traffic
http://www.filiado.com – Media buys for Brazilian inventory
http://www.exoclick.com – Text/display on various inventory. Similar model to adbrite
http://www.directaclick.com – Owned by Fox, media buys, US Hispanic traffic
http://www.aim4media.com – Display media buys, European traffic
http://www.adverline.com – Media buys, good quality French/Euro inventory
http://www.accelerator-media.com – UK banners/media buys
http://www.specificmedia.co.uk – Media buys/display on UK/Euro premium inventory
http://www.globalinteractive.com – Smaller scale banner/pop media buys
http://www.adtegrity.com – Media buys/display, high volume
http://revtwt.com – advertising on twitter
http://zedo.com – display/media buys
http://adjuggler.com – display/media buys
http://www.trafficmarketplace.com – display/email ads, media buys
http://www.neoedge.com – static/video in game adverts
http://www.realtechnetwork.com – Variety of formats, self serve platform
http://www.rubiconproject.com – media buys, nice interface/inventory
http://www.tremormedia.com – media buys, good range of new formats
http://www.yume.com – in-video ads, media buys
http://www.vibrantmedia.com – inline contextual/rich ads, media buys
http://www.intergi.com – banners and static/video in-game adverts
http://www.glammedia.com – media buys, display, very good inventory for female demo
http://www.megaclick.com – banners on 2 high traffic file share sites
http://www.interclick.com – media buys, display, high volume
http://www.bannerconnect.net – media buys/banners, good european reach
http://www.snap.com/advertisers – text/inline type ads
http://www.brightroll.com – media buys, banners/video
http://www.directcpv.com – cpv, self serve popups
http://adonnetwork.com – banners, contextual, search – self serve
http://admob.com – mobile ads, now owned by google
http://leadimpact.com – formerly zango – pops/CPV ads
http://www.mobclix.com – mobile ad exchange
http://marketplace.sitepoint.com/categories/buy-advertising-space – small direct banner buys
http://inlinks.com – inline contextual ads, like Kontera
http://adoori.com – ppv popups – self serve
http://admedia.com – self serve inline contextual text ads like kontera, also display ads
http://www.industrybrains.com – now called adHere – text ads on mainly tech related sites
http://www.mochimedia.com – self serve in-game ads, 300×250 only
http://www.trafficjunky.net – self serve display/banners, good volume inventory
http://looksmart.com – self serve search/contextual text ads
http://linkworth.com – self serve contextual/inline text ads and good SEO services
http://intermarkets.net – display/banners – media buys
http://izea.com – self serve sponsored tweets/blog posts
http://holanetworks.net – media buys targeting hispanic demo only in USA
http://www.adoptim.com – in-video, text and banner ads
http://www.ampkeywords.com – self serve text ads
http://www.criteo.com/ – Retargeting
http://advertise.com – self serve text, search and display ads
http://affinity.com – search, parked pages, text ads – good 2nd tier inventory
http://www.cbsinteractive.com/advertise – media buys on very high traffic CBS site inventory
http://aditall.com – produce and run video ad campaigns
http://fetchback.com – Retarget the ones who didn’t sign up first time
http://engagebdr.com – media buys on high traffic inventory
http://www.reddit.com/ad_inq – self serve direct ads on reddit.com
http://about.digg.com/ads – sponsored ads on digg.com
http://www.juicyads.com – Display on adult inventory, flat rate buys per week/month
http://www.linkworth.com – Banners, inline, contextual, plenty of cheap inventory
http://adfunky.com/ – Display/rich media, some high traffic inventory
http://www.retargeter.com/ – Retarget the ones who didn’t sign up first time
http://www.reduxmedia.com – Display, media buys, some good blog inventory
http://www.admanage.com – Contextual, inline & display, pops, parking, decent volume
http://www.mythings.com – Retarget the ones who didn’t sign up first time
http://www.adxpansion.com/ – Display/banners on adult inventory
http://www.ero-advertising.com/ – Web & mobile display/banners on adult inventory
http://www.xa.net/ – Display/retargeting/facebook ad exchange
http://www.blacklabelads.com/ – Text & banners on adult inventory – adult version of adbrite
http://www.advertisespace.com – Direct display buys on small-ish inventory
http://www.adborsa.com/ – Display ads for largely Turkish demo

Updated: 06-01-2011

Nickycakes: Reformed Blackhat

Nickycakes is all about keepin’ it real, he tells it how it is. Unlike other affiliates who try to cash in on the “make money online” crowd by selling info products, Nick Cakes just keeps it real. He drops some affiliate links here and there but doesn’t try to force you into anything.

Nickycake’s style of writing make for an interesting and fun read. He blogs about conferences, events and other happenings in the affiliate marketing world. He also has some interesting tips to share if you comb through his blog.

His blog also has a no B.S.  “Newbie Guide” section which I recommend visiting if you’re new trying to get into the affiliate marketing industry.

He likes to constantly refer newbies to go work at McDonald’s, I think he’s getting commission by referring people there.

Affiliate Marketing Lessons with Mark Geary

Mike Geary, the guy behind the famous http://www.TruthAboutAbs.com info product provides some tips for his affiliates.

His $30k/month Super Affiliate lessons series discusses some strategies that can be applied to your marketing efforts.

Lesson #1 – Picking the right keywords.

Lesson #2 – Advanced ad writing and domain masking strategies.

Lesson #3 – Power of masked domains for affiliates.

Extracting Email Addresses from Gmail using Thunderbird

There is a web service to extract your email from Gmail but I did not trust it with my password so I decided to look for a different solution. I figured I could use Thunderbird’s and Gmail’s IMAP functionality to do the job.

The solution for extracting emails using Thunderbird can be found at this forum.

  1. Download and install Mozilla Thunderbird.
  2. Setup your Gmail account with Thunderbird. You should be able to see your Gmail labels as folders in Thunderbird.
  3. Download “ImportXportTools” plugin. (You may be presented with a warning page due to secure http, just click proceed.)
  4. Install the plugin by going to Thunderbird > Tools > Add Ons > Extensions > Install and choosing the plugin you just downloaded.
  5. Now select the folder with which you would like to extract emails, then select Tools > ImportExportTools > Export Messages in Folder > Export to CSV.

Your emails will be exported to a CSV which can be opened in Excel and copy the email addresses.

Let me know if you have a better solution for extracting emails from gmail.