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Advertising Your Way Out of a Tough Job Market, the Prequel

Earlier this year creative director Alec Brownstein turned his resume / job pitch into a YouTube video and bought paid search ads promoting the video. His ads targeted only Google users searching for the names of employers from whom he wanted a job offer. So when one of those prospective employers searched his/her own name (and c’mon, who doesn’t), s/he would see the ad from Brownstein. He targeted 5 prospective employers, got interviews with 4 of them and job offers from 2. Total advertising cost to Brownstein, 6 bucks.

Thanks, !

Advertising Your Way Out of a Tough Job Market

On Friday I interviewed one of the young men featured in these ads I saw in Facebook:

Facebook ads targeting Digg employees

It’s a common practice for companies to run job postings on Craigslist or LinkedIn, but this is the first time I’ve seen prospective employees taking out ads to announce their interest in working for me. Tough times call for innovative tactics, I guess.

Innovative but not expensive. The candidate I spoke to told me he used Facebook’s self-service ad-buying tool to target the pages of Facebook users who are members of the Digg network, and he agreed to pay about $0.50 any time someone clicked on the ad, which linked to his resume. Given that Digg has fewer than 100 employees (you can only join the Digg network if you’re a current or past employee), not all of whom are members of the Digg network on Facebook, and only a subset of the members clicked on the ad, the job-seeker spent less than $20 to get himself a job interview at the next company he wants to work for.

ChasNote RSS Feed Enabled

ChasNote is ready to plug into your very own news aggregator! I haven’t yet figured out how to post one of those fancy orange buttons on the site, but click here for the ChasNote RSS feed. Or type “” into your RSS reader. (Thanks, Andre!


ClickZ on Federated Media

Zackary Rodgers in ClickZ compares Federated Media (my employer) with Philip Kaplan’s AdBrite — and talks about our common threat, Google.

Battelle’s Federated Media Publishing is sophisticated, services-driven and built for the A-list (to use a dirty word). We’re talking BoingBoing and Om Malik. Very CPM…..

Battelle’s FMP is also about giving control to publishers, but the deals are one-off and the sites are cream of the crop. The list of bloggers he’s working with — whom he calls “authors” — reads like a roll call of the best and brightest in online tech and tech-influenced culture. They include BoingBoing,, Om Malik, and Matt Haughey-run sites Metafilter and PVRblog….

“[Google's new site-specific ad model is] kind of a mash-up of Pud’s and my idea,” said Battelle, referring to Google’s tests. “I think that’s fine, and I think that keeps us honest, and I look forward to proving that the relationship that we create is more valuable. I don’t take anything they might do lightly, believe me. I’m sure that if their ads perform better for all parties concerned than ours, people will use them. We’ll see.”

At least it was Pud and not Battelle who used the phrase “douche-baggy”!

Alarm Clock on Federated Media

The buzz on Federated Media (my employer) from Alarm Clock:

“The smart money is that FM Publishing, while late to the blog network party, will make the incumbents squirm with some degree of envy. From the get-go, FM will have better editorial product than Weblogsinc and it will enjoy B2B payouts that Gawker Media cannot land.”

Uh huh!

ChasNote Has a New Address

Well, I should have guessed it would lead to this.

About a year ago I started ChasNote as an excuse to talk to all of you about trends and innovations in online marketing. And, through these conversations, I’ve convinced myself — or maybe it’s your fault! — that I need to move out to the front lines. I am leaving CNET Networks to join John Battelle’s “record label for bloggers,” FM Publishing [updated, FM is now called Federated Media], as VP of sales and market development, starting July 11 [2005]. It’s been a very tough week saying goodbye to the innovators, trend-setters and good friends among whom I’ve worked here at CNET for the past six years. But I’ll tell you what I’ve been telling them — why my heart and soul required me to enlist with Federated Media.

A few thousand, maybe a hundred thousand, of the 10 million bloggers are doing something remarkable. In today’s media-saturated, viewing-multiple-channels-at-once climate, they have grabbed the undivided attention of an audience. For all the talk of “audience engagement” by Big Media, it’s a handful of moonlight publishers who have actually pulled it off. They’ve created intimacy, authority and real live dialog with their readers. While three-fourths of PVR users skip commercials and everyone else has learned to tune them out, certain bloggers have convinced their constituencies to tune in.

Two big challenges remain, though. First, most of these bloggers haven’t figured out how to quit their day-jobs and pay rent at the same time. Second, marketers — who are willing to kick in rent money for the opportunity to participate in this high-energy connection between blog publishers and their audiences — don’t have a scalable mechanism for doing so.

I won’t pretend that I know exactly how these issues will resolve, but I’m signing up — by way of Federated Media — to work on the solution full-time.

Video ChasNote: Micro-Targeting

Here I am "at the whiteboard" discussing the risks of over-zealous targeting (ZDNet video whiteboard).

My earlier post on the topic, Micro-Targeting’s Hidden Costs.

CNET #8 on B2B Mag's Media Power 50

CNET’s B2B sites–, ZDNet, TechRepublic and BNET–ranked 8th on B2B Magazine’s Media Power 50 List.

Letter in NY Times Magazine

The NY Times Mag ran part of my letter in the April 24 issue (registration required).