Give more and grow more, from free resale to competitive edge for brick and mortar local businesses everywhere

After selling items online for some time, I decided to develop a competitive answer to what’s wrong with the industry’s number one mostly – free ad site and hired a contractor to build it, which turned out to be quite a lengthy education.  Several iterations of my dream later, we launched adbirds in early 2009, with more to learn about internet marketing.

Doing “free” -only better.

Free is a powerful word, or so I heard.  So we developed  more service for free, and named user account “stores” with 5 free ads in every category,  ten free image uploads,  video embed capability and a better text editor (Visual Designer) than most sites use even today.  Our site accepts html templates that work on eBay Motors and Craigslist.  Flyers such as VFlyer provides for CL work well with our site to produce professional looking real estate, motor vehicle or boat ads on adbirds as well.

Our mantra for the design team remains to serve for the betterment of;  People,  Business,  Charity and Ecology.  Helping consumer resellers, micro business grow,  local mom and pop retail compete with big box across town, or helping a community based organization with free upgrades,  user groups,  header links from any user account and affiliate fundraising were features we designed into the function and feel of adbirds.  I always ask; “What more can we do”?

We have recently upgraded adbirds’ user account registration system to show a Google map to any store address in the world when the user opts for a map link, and we provide that for free as well.  Any level of adbirds user can opt for map links now, which was originally provided with the idea that consumers would find local, brick and mortar businesses while free users would not need it.  Even better, the shopper can click for driving directions from Google after searching by shortest distance for any listed item.

Upgrades are for growth….

For businesses needing more than five ads, and more (75k characters of) content, we have two paid service level upgrades which are;  Value and Unlimited.  A free user can upgrade too, once the micro business grows to a $5.00 marketing budget…

- Value registration now allows up to 50 ads with the above features and 30 day run times which should help realtors and small, note lot car dealers for only $5.00 per month or $55.00 a year when paid annually.  For sale by owner?  Use a flyer template!

- Unlimited user accounts provide all the above mentioned services plus an unlimited number of ads,  365-day run times, and a spreadsheet inventory uploader to create an SEO – friendly ad for every item or service in the store within a few minutes.

Unlimited service upgrades, and our mapping / “get distance” fuel cost calculator are provided to help local shoppers find specifically what they want in a local, brick and mortar store, be it a Mom and Pop or big box retailer – by shortest driving distance.  We tell you how much you will spend on fuel to get to the store right on the ad and in the search results scroll-down on adbirds.com.

Build it, and they will come.  Make it better, and local media will write stories about it… Well, maybe not.

For some time I have worked on the chicken-or-egg matter regarding population of the adbirds website for auto, real estate, service and retail industry.  I did local radio and limited tv with little in the marketing budget – like the people we want to serve.

“Let’s provide incentives”!   We came up with an “affiliate” code system that provides payouts with a tracking link and coupon for partners who will help propagate the site.

If a company, a shut-in, or organization becomes an adbirds user and an affiliate, your tracking link could look like;

 http://www.adbirds.com/CT/?ck= aword and your coupon for personally entering an account coupon at registration as Value or Unlimited could be:   aword  (or anything you want for that matter).

A banner can carry your tracking link pointing to adbirds, and when any account is created within 30 days from that click-through (provided the user accepts a cookie), your account will be credited.  I recommend selling your clients on adbirds due to our green, family-friendly and eco friendly format and we can help with the details, plus guarantee most of our end is spent on marketing in their area.

                                      

Print media, even those with websites consider us competition.  Go figure.  I had a hard time getting any love from Austin radio or tv too, so we created user groups,  affiliate code, a Travel Incentives program with awards scaled to specific growth targets, and prize contests.   What more can we do?  “Calling all agencies, car and motorcycle dealers, real estate companies, restaurants and retailers”!

Randall Stephens, founder, adbirds.com

So you plan to buy a car, a home, new clothes, electronics, or maybe a wig

 When adbirds was in beta way back in 2009 I stated; …”adbirds is continually developed on four pillars: … to serve People, Business, Charities and the Ecology at the local level, everywhere.”…  You will remember 2009 as a tough year for most people.   We weren’t any exception and I closed the office, but not the website.  This week the adbirds development team is deploying a Google mapping system and upgrading the website several generations to better the speed, and implement new tools.  What does that mumbo mean?  We hope this means a new generation of consumers will be able to save money, time and fuel shopping at local businesses who list their wares and services with Arte the adbird.

 Back in the day…

 Our original format permitted “shortest” straight-line distance calculations with limitations to the postal, or “zip” code level for free user ads, and to the doorstep for Value and Unlimited accounts.  We gave away ads in categories our big competitors sell in, too.  Nothing comes easily when you make big plans on a limited marketing budget.  But that’s just the kind of customer we want to serve, the small business and local consumers they touch, everywhere.

 What’s new?

 Now we have an international account registration system so people, – all users, can map their items anywhere in the world, and their customers can click the green, get distance tab and shop by shortest distance – in terms of real road-distance provided by Google of course.  We can’t please everyone yet but we are trying.  Would you like to see more improvements?  Place an ad and share it to your favorite social network site such as facebook.  It’s really easy and will help us help your friends too.

“Team AdBirds” to work with community based organizations, booster clubs, charities who will help us spread the word about our free and business level online classified advertising services.

Are you with a school booster club, community outreach program, or some form of 501.c3 charity?  AdBirds wants to help!

Let’s get started now.

AdBirds has reopened the “affiliate” program in order to team up with community based organizations and charitable organizations.  Any registered user can become and “affiliate” and help their favorite charitable / community organization.  If the user is not a charity or end user of the donations, such as a publisher or on air announcer,  all they need to do is promise to make a donation to the organization from their affiliate payment.

Here’s how it works:

Charitable and community based organizations can create their free Charity account with Value level services from adbirds at no cost or obligation other than our Terms and Conditions.

The organization’s adbirds account manager can log in and apply for the affiliate program within his/her account page.

When we have the org’s info we will contact the manager or welcome his or her call.

AdBirds will work with the account manager to create a special “coupon” and tracking link which can be shared online,  on print or radio and tv.

We will email a special .pdf flier which the organization can take to local stores, which will state all the great services adbirds provides Value and Unlimited account holders along with the special coupon – usually a word, name, or initials of the organization, which when used during account creation or upgrade, credits and pays the organization with each client payment.

AdBirds will donate or pay – depending on the affiliate’s status, 33% x each credited Value or Unlimited account, on the 15th day of the month:

Value account monthly = $5.00 per month x 1/3 = $1.65 per Value account per month x total.

Value account annually = $55.00 per year x 1/3 = $18.15 per Value account per year x total.

Unlimited account monthly = $30.00/mo. x 1/3 = $10.00 per credited account x total number.

Unlimited account annually = $330.00/yr. x 1/3 = $110.00 per credited account x total number.

The client’s subscription rate will never be increased.

AdBirds will send every Value and Unlimited customer a Team Adbirds sticker and We’re with the bird! adbirds logo sticker that can be placed at the front door or point of sale so they will not be solicited further.  Note: Some organizations may offer to provide assistance with ad placement or account management.   Such additional services provided by the affiliate for the adbirds customer are not guaranteed or endorsed by adbirds!

AdBirds will also socially network their ads and perform SEO and cost-per-click services to help users find their ads via search engines, and even help with a store’s inventory upload.

online classified advertising – eco and community friendly – browse ads – post ads free

List Free,  Shop Smart,  Save Gas!

 © AdBirds Design & Market Inc. – 2040

Take A Minute

Take A Minute

Count a minute in seconds

Imagine the numbers as chairs on a carousel

Each chair is a year of live as it moves toward you, and past your moment in time

Imagine the year as it approaches and what significant thing you did that year

How soon do you wish to slow the carousel and live in that year for a bit longer?

Each minute in life is a gift

We don’t know how many chairs are on the carousel

You don’t have to accept the gift, but may choose to live in the moment

There’s always time to walk with your friend.

-Randall Stephens                  

Austin has a new event marketing service

announcing Fission512 - a new event marketing service in Austin TexasManaging time and activities is critical for success.  At 51 I have learned to take notes and set a schedule.   The most important element of my day is making sure the client is served, gets a positive response and follow-up on the action items of yesterday.   The last week or so, I have seen the adbirds website spin when it needed to connect.  That’s just wrong!   These days we are all used to speed, and seeing a browser hunt is inexcusable when we want to see our hosted site snap to attention.

I regret to say our 4 year-old wind & sun powered, dedicated server ran out of wind.  The good news is that a new server is up and transfer request has been initiated as of 9:23 this morning.  Hostgator is a great provider, and we can expect the transfer to be completed within 25-72 hours.

If any paid subscriber experiences down time for their ads, we’ll refund the entire month. I doubt this will occur; let’s see.

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Another development this week is the launch of AD&M’s* new Fission512 unit to provide a communications channel for our advertising services.   Fission512 will provide event marketing services in Austin, as well as SEO, SEM, cost per click advertising, banners, graphics and print collateral, entertainers, actors and models for events and public appearances, as well as street-level open air advertising.

Fission512 is “Austin’s Atomic Advertising”!   We’ll make sure our clients are noticed by visitors during major events, around sports venues and conventions.  Questions?
Check the schedule of events in your area or ours and contact Fission512 by AD&M*, for great advertising any time of the year.

See:  www.Fission512.com for local or web advertising services.

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*AdBirds Design & Market Inc.  PO Box 170189 Austin, Tx 78717

SpaceX founder Elon Musk inspires real progress

Sept. 21, 2012   by Randall Stephens

What is your It?

On CBS this morning, Elon Musk was interviewed by Charlie Rose.  I find Mr. Musk to be an inspiring personality, having co-developed Paypal which enabled ordinary people to have merchant accounts so they can be paid by credit and debit cards;  – for developing stylish, high quality Tesla electric automobiles; and lately, – for advancing the civil space exploration and services industry with SpaceX, which designs, builds and deploys space-faring rockets and capsules on contract with NASA and the space launch industry. "SpaceX" "adbirds" "travel incentives" "affiliate awards"

Said Musk; “Within about three years we’ll be transporting astronauts to the international space station.  We have a goal of transporting large numbers of people to Mars.  When asked if that is possible, Musk replied; … “At first people would have to live within domes’, ..’ and by terra-forming the planet, we could eventually go outside and walk about as on Earth”.  “Mars is a fixer-upper of a planet”.
On Tesla motor cars Musk stated; “Tesla is about accelerating the advent of electric cars.  (starting with a very fast limited production sports car).  Now we are about making mass market electric cars affordable”.
By the way, Tesla Motors has recently offered up a new sedan.  This reminds me of having been cut off by a Chevy Volt the other day which then accelerated away at high speed.  I was impressed, albeit not by the driver.  Technology is advancing and improving daily.  I am reminded also of a class during my own training in avionics where we learned how power is delivered by electric motors immediately.  In a word,  fast.

Rose; “What enables you to dream about (your inventions)’ … ‘What is the secret to you”?
Musk;  “Most people reason by analogy.  I (like to) reason from truth, and (applying understanding of) physics”.
- My own shortcomings have me typing away while trying to listen to the very short interview segment, so catching every word on the first go-around while listening to one of the most interesting people to come along in a century is a bit taxing.  I would look for a link to the segment by searching … cbs charlie rose studio 57 elon musk (Google doesn’t care about capitalization).

People like Elon Musk succeed or fail, based upon their skills in business development and management.  But without perseverance, faith in one’s vision, and the will to try and fail, and try again, nothing of merit happens.  Elon Musk is someone many people pay attention to.
Inspired by an amazing industrialist, I ask myself; “Have I done everything I can do to make it work”?  – It must be made to work profitably.   A lot rides on my “It”, and yours too, I’ll bet.   That’s why I am betting on us working together to get your It in front of your customers.

What is yourIt”?  Put it out there on adbirds and we’ll try to help you succeed, Arte and I.

Today I am reaching out to merchants,  auto dealers and real estate agencies with a dynamic new offering nobody else can match.  In an industry first, we now offer a million reasons to become an adbirds annual unlimited user and advertiser.  That’s guaranteed million ad impressions across the Google display network, pointing to your store on adbirds.

All store managers need to do while this special offer lasts is register an Unlimited ad account and select the “annual” option.  Then simply log in and start placing ads.
We will do the rest!

Adbirds assures you will reach your local shopper by geo-targeted search engine advertising.  What else can we do to get your “it” in front of your local customer?

Just contact us and let me know.

-Randall

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“Every day above ground is a good day.  Some are better”.

-Randall Stephens

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Will we help? Yes, and here is how we do it.

On a visit to Moscow in 2005,  Randall Stephens found the Orlan space suit a cool prop.Linda Botello, an outstanding local realtor and I helped form a local business networking group several years ago, and have remained loyal referral partners long since moving on.   She sent me an email the other day, after a friend of hers announced she is retiring and needed to sell some neat antique items from her long-time Pflugerville, Texas restaurant known locally as the European Bistro, which closes August 31st.  Anna is retiring and her building will soon house new businesses.

My family was out of town last week, and I was getting hungry so after the owner, “Anna” sent me an email, I drove over for a look at her items and have a bite to eat.   Anna had already posted several antique items for sale,  and an employment ad.  By the way:  She needs a dishwasher.  Funny how people start looking for work when you plan to close.

Even a temporary job is a good thing when you need employment, and since the most widely known online ad site charges for employment ads,  placing her free ads on adbirds was a great idea since we network ads for free via FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn among others.
I promised to network her ads, and after Anna served a delicious dish of Hungarian cabbage rolls with paprika enhanced sauerkraut I decided to go the distance with our full Google AdWords service for the same price.   – Free, pointing to her adbirds online ads.  Then there is the blog thing, done across various topics under AD&M Publications.

It was time to drive some traffic to the Furniture and Employment categories,  and since Anna is such a great businesswoman (yep, a free gourmet quality dinner) she deserves everything one can do.   What is everything, anyway?

The free stuff was easy.  Anna placed several ads, and adbirds networks them out for free.  Clients can take advantage of the rest, including Search Engine Optimization (referred to as; “SEO”) services on-page and off-page where we build links.  AdBirds Online Services also handles services like Google AdWords,  Bing/Yahoo, and Facebook with very affordable setup and management fees based on account requirements.

Every advertising budget is limited, and deserves measured, effective management that works for the client to generate sales.

That brings me to what we are:  AdBirds Online Services and AD&M Advertising, branded under the same company.  adbirds design and market incorporated of austin texas, provides SEO,  link building,  adwords account management services, special publications, PR and various advertising services.We also have AD&M Publications now, where we create and manage industry-specific media.  “We” is currently defined as direct providers for link – building, coding and artwork, the stockholders (yours truly), and adbirds.com at this point, all under  a little Texas corporate entity “AdBirds Design & Market Inc.”.    Dang, that’s a mouthful.

But don’t worry,  we’ll make your advertising turnaround painless, affordable, and the best decision you make this year.   Contact us via adbirds for a free quote and initial consultation.

Or contact me directly if you are ready to set an appointment.
AD&M Advertising  “Our methods,  your success”!
- Randall  Stephens         Call or text (512) 796-5339

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