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Official Announcements From Comic-Con 2005

PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 2:52 pm
by Chris Crosby
KEENSPOT INCREASING PROMOTIONAL BUDGET TO $25,000 ANNUALLY
Keenspot plans to spend a minimum of $25,000 over the next year on paid promotion of our webcomics. An average of $500/month will be spent exclusively on web-based promotion outside the Keenspot network, while the rest will be spent on misc. promotion including convention appearances, print advertising, promotional giveaways, and more.

KEENSPOT TO HIRE FULL-TIME ADVERTISING SALESPERSON
In order to further grow our ad revenues, Keenspot plans to hire a full-time advertising salesperson with experience in the online ad sales arena. We will be accepting applications for this position shortly.

KEENSPOT LOWERING ADVERTISING RATES FOR WEBCARTOONISTS TO $0.50 CPM
Webcomic creators who choose to advertise their webcomic with a 728x90 banner on the Keenspot network will be charged only $0.50 CPM (50% off the $1 CPM minimum for non-webcomic advertisers), with a minimum purchase of 50,000 impressions ($25).

KEENSPOT ROLLS OUT GOOGLE ADSENSE, PAYS TO TRANSCRIBE EVERY ARCHIVED COMIC
The option to include Keenspot-supplied Google Adsense text advertisements on their site is now available to our creators. We work with creators to implement the text ads using the most effective methods available. Keenspot plans to join the Premium Adsense service, which supplies a variety of Adsense advantages not available to clients receiving less than 20 million pageviews monthly. Keenspot also plans to pay to have the archives of every Keenspot comic transcribed in text form. This will not only allow each comic to be fully searchable, it will also allow Google Adsense to deliver more effective and targeted advertising on every page they appear.

D.J. COFFMAN JOINING KEENSYNDICATE THIS FALL
Cartoonist D.J. Coffman, who successfully self-syndicated his comic strip GRAVITY to 50 newspapers in 2000, will be joining our print syndication service KeenSyndicate this fall in an executive capacity. He will head up the recruitment of new clients for the Keenspot Comics Page and other print syndication endeavors planned by Keenspot, contacting and meeting with editors across the country to spread the gospel of Keenspot to the print world.

KEENSPOT ACTIVELY DEVELOPING PROJECTS FOR TV AND FILM
Keenspot has teamed with experienced entertainment industry managers Manus Entertainment and The Gotham Group. We are now developing various projects for TV and film based on Keenspot webcomics.

KEENSPOT PREMIUM TO OFFER SUBSCRIBERS DOWNLOADABLE PSP COMICS AND KEENTOONS
Subscribers to the Keenspot PREMIUM service will soon be able to download Keenspot webcomics and KeenTOONS shorts for viewing on their PlayStation Portable (PSP).

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 5:00 pm
by Tangent
hmm... if I bought advertising, would I count as a web comic or would I get socked with the full cost? Hmm... probably the web comic so long as I do several more nice fluffy reviews for Gav and crew... ;)

Glad to hear how things are working out, Chris. :) I just wish I knew someone who could do that advertising job... take care!

PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 5:58 pm
by MegaRose
I'm going to cross my fingers and hope for a Zebra Girl TV series.

PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 6:29 pm
by yirmumah
I want to buy friggin advertisements immediately.

PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 7:23 pm
by Starline
When will the webcomic ad purchasing system be up?

PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 10:54 pm
by Chris Crosby
Nate tells me the ad system will be up shortly.

There will be a press release announcing when it's ready. Seriously!

PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 11:42 pm
by Gianna
Awesome! I'll reinvest (some of) my Google dollars in a 'spot banner ad :D

PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 10:32 am
by Tyler Martin
Nice job guys and Chris's mom. :D

Congrats to DJ. I'm sure he'll be a good Keen Pimp.

Also fantastic news on the webcomic ad rates and system, looking forward to that and seeing more comic related ads running.

-Tyler

PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 9:41 am
by Kazriko
The transcribing the comics announcement is interesting. I hope you're paying the transcribers well. As someone who setup a comic search engine site and personally transcribed almost 1000 strips for one comic, I can tell you it's hard work. We did it almost entirely with volunteer labor however and very few people typed in more than 100 strips while working on it. Most quit after around 30. We currently have 1600 strips transcribed total.