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Telly Awards for Our Online Videos

PEER 1 Receives Four Telly AwardsIn past posts, I’ve profiled some of the online video work we’ve been doing at PEER 1 to promote the company’s web hosting services. A press release went out yesterday to announce that two of our videos, Growing Pains and Plentyoffish.com Customer Story received four Telly Awards for originality and creativity. We’ve had a lot of fun putting these videos together and it’s nice to see them get some recognition. Special thanks go out to Talkie21 Studios and OnDemand Production for their excellent work on these projects.

Videos Below:

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2007 Top Ten Posts at BIG Marketing

Another year coming to a close and everyone is putting out their top ten lists, so here are the top ten posts read here at BIG Marketing. A sincere thanks to all of you who have supported this blog in 2007. Interacting with you through this medium is such a joy for me. Cheers and Happy New Year!

  1. Facebook, The Right Way to Design a Social Networking Site
  2. It Pays to be a Penguin
  3. Revolutionary Pen-Size Computer Uses Bluetooth Technology
  4. The Starbucks Experience Wins Over Coffee Every Time
  5. Plenty of Fish Founder Rakes in Google Ad Dough
  6. iPod In-Ear Headphones Don’t Stick in My Ears
  7. Product Packaging That Packs a Punch

  8. Craigslist Founder Won’t Sell Out
  9. NHL All Star Voting Has a Viral Storm on its Hands
  10. Philips Shave Everywhere Ad is Viral at its Best

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Getting IT with New Web Campaign

we get IT logoWe’ve officially announced our new “we get IT” campaign at PEER 1 through this press release today. My team and I designed this campaign as way of telling our customers’ business story, and how hosting has played a critical role in doing what they do. So far, we’ve launched three video stories: Plentyoffish.com (no.1 free online dating site), Vonage (leading broadband telephone provider) and Blast Radius (interactive design agency for fortune 500’s). This blends with my strong belief in making the customer the star, and allows us to keep the campaign as fresh as the individuals we profile. People are doing some very unique and innovative things online, so there is no shortage of content and intrigue. We’ve adopted a casual interview style with the segments hosted by former MTV VJ Brian Adler, who helps by injecting some humor and taking some of the mystery out of technology so that anyone can understand it. The other part of this campaign was a trial piece we launched on social media sites called “Growing Pains” which tells the story of a guy named Todd who brings home a server to start his own online business. “This is going to grow into something beautiful,” he exclaims. He’s right. Well, sort of. Things do grow… but just a little out of control. A fun (yet experimental) piece that we launched on October 19th and has since received over 34,000 views and over 500 entries into our free managed hosting contest. The next segment is in the works.

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See What a Google Adsense Millionaire Looks Like


We just launched our second customer story video which profile’s local wonder kid, Markus Frind, founder of the No. 1 free online dating site, Plentyoffish.com. Markus started a homegrown programming project to learn .asp and later morphed it into POF. The site now averages 1.4 million visitors daily and millions of dollars in revenue thanks to the Google ads he runs on the site. This is an extraordinary story of a one-man operation who is now taking on the likes of Lavalife and Match.com head on. Watch here

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Plentyoffish.com Featured in New Online Video Series

Markus Frind of Plentyoffish.com

Some photos from our video shoot last Friday of Markus Frind, founder of the No.1 free online dating site Plentyoffish.com. Markus is being featured in a new series of PEER 1 customer stories we’re launching shortly. We’ve also brought in former MTV VJ, Brian Adler to host the short segments. Markus was recently featured in a Today Show segment. Stay tuned.

Brian Adler chats with Markus Frind Brian Adler chats with Markus Frind Brian Adler and Markus Frind at SIP

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UPDATE: Here is the final video with Markus. He offers up a peek into how he runs his one-man million dollar operation. Hope you enjoy!

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How to Use Myspace for Business

Myspace LogoAnita Campbell at Small Business Trends describes a good use of Myspace for small businesses targeting the 18-24 crowd. She cites Jim Cossler, the Chief Evangelist of the Youngstown Business Incubator who has found their Myspace page more successful in reaching this target audience than any other medium. Read more

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Plenty of Fish Founder Rakes in Google Ad Dough

Markus FrindVancouver, Canada-based Markus Frind, founder of the popular free dating site Plentyoffish.com was featured in a humorous and inspiring segment on NBC’s Today Show. POF has grown into the No.1 dating site in both Canada and the UK, and just recently became the No.3 site in the United States, closing in on Match.com. He is a single-person operation working out of his apartment that charges nothing for users to sign up and use the site. Instead, he collects million dollar checks from running Google advertising on POF. Watch here

UPDATE: Watch Markus in this video below which provides insight into how he runs his one-man million dollar operation.

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