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Longstanding investor in Looksmart (and a 70 yr old ex-tradesman), who has a passionate interest in the problems of newspapers along with their success in all their monetisation attempts made, on the web. For the "times are indeed, a changin", I feel. [17th of Aug, 2011 - Print media... More
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  • Looksmart - "Sell all the shares you can" .... to Kevin C. Howe
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    A copy of my last post (of worth) to the Yahoo! Finance boards is below (here).

    Hope to bump into you on the "inter-connector" merry-go-round, sooner than later. (And, often) - You be sure to have your Yahoo! staying 'in touch' now, won't you. - apt.yahoo.com/index.php

    I've decided that I have little to prove on the Yahoo! Finance boards anymore. My parting posts (of any substance) are, as below:

    #.Looksmart (as is Looksmart partner MIVA - Since acquired by yet another declared partner Ad Network, in AdKnowledge) are among those listed, from within Omniture's "showcase" of partner sites.

    I'd suggest that it's to do with Genesis (an optimization software) that they say 'reduces the complexity of measuring online marketing campaigns and increases results by providing one standard view across all marketing initiatives'....#


    I don't think I have much more to prove to ANYONE on "Y", anymore.

    [But I haven't - Still posting, in spite of my often, censored messages]

    Looksmart?

    What a disappointment in how you have "handled" things?

    There were many better ways of going about this and I'm sure (certainly, in retrospect), you know damn well that is so.

    For those who may be following this remarkable "story" (and who may understand it), that 2007 "thought" of mine above, again... (See full version in a post-script, below)

    And that ...... "I'd suggest that it's to do with Genesis"

    Hellooo?

    "Expanded Genesis Partnerships with Leading Ad Servers for Enhanced Display Ad Reporting"

    Read it all ....and rejoice shareholders !!

    < Omniture is expanding Genesis partnerships with leading ad servers.

    The full set of partnerships include: Eyeblaster, DoubleClick for Advertisers, Microsoft Atlas, APT from Yahoo!, PointRoll, Mediaplex, Adform, EyeWonder and D. A. Consortium.

    These partner integrations offer advertisers increased insight into their ROAS by tying on-site conversion metrics from SiteCatalyst – such as revenue generated, leads generated, or products sold – directly to standard ad server metrics – such as impressions, clicks, interaction rates or view-throughs – obtained through a display ad server.

    “Eyeblaster is committed to utilizing intelligent technology and data to deliver better results for advertisers,” said Gal Trifon, CEO and co-founder at Eyeblaster.

    “Through Genesis, our integration with SiteCatalyst offers advertisers visibility into campaign performance by audience segments & improves their display targeting strategies with deeper intelligence for use in future campaigns.”

    Display Targeting Solutions for Publishers

    This solution lets publishers segment their ad inventory using SiteCatalyst data to increase the relevance of display ads served to specific audiences through 24/7 Real Media’s Open AdStream platform.

    Omniture is enabling publishers to sell targeted ad inventory and increase ad revenue by easily segmenting and targeting display ad inventory based on SiteCatalyst behavioral metrics (such as content accessed, videos watched, articles read, etc.), demographic or geographic information. >

    www.businesswire.com/portal/site/home/pe...

    But hang on .. There's no mention of Looksmart is there?

    And, yes .....all of this follows an announcement that Facebook ad data will be added to Omniture's SearchCenter ...Plus marketing dashboard. (According to yet another report)

    And ...

    < Could Adobe be growing a media practice?

    From the release, "Omniture is partnering with leading ad networks and services to provide a solution that will help customers easily find and remarket to past visitors."

    Among the inventory suppliers are Rubicon Project, WPP Group's 24/7 Real Media, FOX Audience Network, Tribal Fusion, Traffic Marketplace & Collective.>

    BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah !!

    Gee ...No mention of Looksmart? OMG???

    ('We'll all be roo-ned', said Hanrahan)

    [www.middlemiss.org/lit/authors/obrienj/p...]

    Meanwhile, Newscorp's WSJ will be integrated into Apple's iPad.
    (Oh no... Not Apple, again?)

    But ..... Who (independently) "inter-connects" them all?

    So it's YOUR own little "baby", is it Looksmart?

    Ordinary shareholders can 'eat cake', right?

    [May 18th, 2011 - Adobe SearchCenter+ Enhanced with Integration of ... - Omniture ]

    Cheers!!

    LC

    ps;

    Those "full thoughts" from back in 2007....

    Again (FWIW) here is some Omniture information from my deleted posts on Investor Village, September, 2007....

    Looksmart (as is MIVA) are among those listed, from within Omniture's "showcase" of partner sites. I'd suggest that it's to do with Genesis (an optimization software) that they say 'reduces the complexity of measuring online marketing campaigns and increases results by providing one standard view across all marketing initiatives'.

    And when combined with MIVA Media's proprietary bid-for-position technology, it all makes sense. MIVA's technology ' allows advertisers to set the amount they pay for each keyword they advertise against.

    Advertisers can view the current competing bid prices on keywords and change bid pricing at any time'.

    http://www.omniture.com/partners/showcas...

    So now Google gets to decide as to whether it wants to "play" in someone else's sandpit......... Under completely different "terms and conditions" that are set by Publishers and Advertisers themselves.

    Anyone get the impression that Google is slowly being "reeled in" by it's own Industry? - - And that (as predicted by myself some few years back) the business of SEO (in itself) will eventually become the way of the 'blacksmith' with only those of the 'elite' or, the well established services, surviving?

    ****************

    Yes, just "thoughts" they were, like all my posts are.

    MIVA (incidentally) has since been acquired by a "favorite" Ad Network AdCenter partner of Looksmart, in AdKnowledge.

    But it's so clear that shareholders are to be TOLD "nothing" and any attempt to suggest likely partnerships or, connections will continue to be "gagged".

    Mar 04 7:32 AM | Link | 1 Comment
  • Yahoo! - Is back to post CENSORSHIP on it's LOOK Finance board. (2)
    "You dope, this has nothing to do with LookSamrt, stupid ramper." (sic)

    I find it strange that as a non-shareholder he is permitted to voice an opinion but myself (a shareholder of some 8 years odd), am NOT permitted to voice mine?

    Today's reply post: Re: Microsoft and AdECN

    I find it all fascinating and really, it is in knowing some of the "facts". Part (1)

    seekingalpha.com/instablog/36191-looking...

    IF companies have "un-official" board-watchers it then becomes a process of ellimination in reverse for a shareholder...Just post anything related and see if the post gets removed? You then get to know, "what's hot" and "what's not", no?

    Is Mike on the pay-roll perhaps? I mean, he'd written me an E mail (I found, while cleaning out my 'in box' earlier on today - from some time back - when he was a 'declared' shareholder), that included his advising me of the following:

    "......Ross, recall I spoke to Hills back in 05 I believe and asked him if it was possible an investor (Xxxxman) could possibly know what earnings would be like and he told me point blank the Australia issue was a distraction.

    I took that to mean the Aussie shares. I was only wondering if that clown Xxxxman had an inside ear to the founders. The subject did make him pause a moment." 


    Do CEO's of companies actually speak to "no-bodies" (such as Mike is?),  and on a subject as sensitive as that, I wonder? It made the hair stand up on the back of my neck, in reading that at the time.

    I was certainly more attentive to what he posted to stock boards after that.

    And his "partner in crime" (and, as was mentioned by Mike above, when he "spoke to Hills back in 05"), isn't exactly a 'fan' of former CEO Dave Hills at any rate ...So, it was obviously 'mutual' ?

    [ I had rang Mike from here in Brisbane Australia (after this) and caught him three part's full, with bourbon. He told me, that was what he was drinking. It was later in the night (for Him), at that time.

    Mike was freely "spilling his guts" (to me) about this former CEO Dave Hill until such times as I had clearly heard his Wife (CeeCee) tell him, that hadn't he said enough already & that he should 'button-up' don't he think? (Or, words similar). I was absolutely dumb-founded and made sure that I kept Mikey at a safe distance from that point on.]

    Re: i mean really


    HMmm?

    Yes....."LOOk is doomed and was always doomed when Hills took over - You might recall i said from day 1 he was an idiot and was sacked from his previous job"

    I mean ...In retrospect, Mikey was probably simply "fishing" to see if I knew what "they" had already known, is my reckoning .....I mean, this "brazen fool" (who is suddenly, now Mikey's "buddy") is stupid enough to post the following:
     
    3.  Re: at least one person wakes up 
    ... a FAILED model and indeed years ago when Thorney had the  town  hall  meeting for retail shareholders which i organised Evan said then the...
    Business & Finance > Investments > Stocks (A to Z) > Stocks L  >  LookSmart, Ltd.
      smugglereturn   17-Nov-09 03:01 pm

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    hard to lie about what is before you????

    LOWER CPC and now down to just 5 CPC!!!!!!!

    HIGHER TAC now almost 70%

    lets just look at these two metrics and what they mean

    it means you have to sell more and more to get less and less

    .................and i pointed out many many times it is a FAILED model and indeed years ago when Thorney had the town hall meeting for retail shareholders which i organised Evan said then the model they had could not be sustained and had to change.

    then they were giving away around 60% in TAC

    and then LOOK was getting well in excess of 5 CENTS PER CLICK!!!!!!

    now look at other factors....like LOSING IAC

    where is there anything good to say?????

    they are burning cash and losing clients and getting less money for clicks and giving more to partners

    oh yeah that model works

    ROTFLMAO
    *****************

    Evan Thorney said WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?

    I mean, he was STILL (at that stage), the President of the Co, no?

    And this very same basher "buddy" of Mike (who had himself said he spoke to Hills back in 05) in smugglereturn, boasted to all that he had SOLD all his holdings in Looksmart and, that was prior to that meeting had even became public knowledge? A retail shareholders Town Hall meeting "which i organised"

    Now I don't know what the "statute of limitations" are in the US (in this regard), but any smart lawyer out there that may care to contact me and could let me know, I'm sure. i'd be most grateful. Thanks.

    LC

    ps; My current (two) posts after finding my own E mail being accepted. (The 'kids' again did the membership application and have retained the alias.)  :)

    "I'm all-right Jack"? (1)

    Mikey had asked the question over on SeekingAlpha and it was answered as follows:

    Why do I post on Yahoo (as a female) is answered in what is a further revelation type InstaBlog post (that I'm sure you won't be wanting to read) that awaits just ONE more "removal" of a post (from Yahoo), Mikey.

    And ad verbatim it goes, as follows:

    "My previous post was made in the best of 'faith' in my wishing of a [Happy Birthday Yahoo! - Here's a Tip to help Ms. Bartz celebrate]. ..but I've got a "sore" head now and it's clearly not from my 'over-celebrating'.

    Posts are being removed from the Yahoo LOOK board on a regular basis.

    My son and his partner had opened an account on Yahoo Finance and asked me to post my "thoughts" on their behalf.

    "She" had put her own details on the membership form. I can live with that.

    And after-all I (myself) had been barred access under my own steam, as I had often protested of many times on my blog, here.

    CENSORSHIP is a nasty piece of fascism that surely must be 'fought' (tooth and nail), under any circumstances."

    You have a great day, Mikey.

    ***************************

    There will be a "follow-up" on SeekingAlpha, as promised.

    I note that all my posts were deleted and (in fact) I caught them in the very moment this was happening. FWIW, it was approx. 5.00pm Brisbane time, here in Australia.

    It is clear that posted research on facebook, Omniture and a few other Co's had hit a "raw" nerve. Why else would they be removed?

    Continued in Part 2

    Re: "I'm all-right Jack"? (2)

    Continued from Part (1)

    Again (FWIW) here is some Omniture information from my deleted posts on Investor Village, September, 2007....

    Looksmart (as is MIVA) are among those listed, from within Omniture's "showcase" of partner sites. I'd suggest that it's to do with Genesis (an optimization software) that they say 'reduces the complexity of measuring online marketing campaigns and increases results by providing one standard view across all marketing initiatives'.

    And when combined with MIVA Media's proprietary bid-for-position technology, it all makes sense. MIVA's technology ' allows advertisers to set the amount they pay for each keyword they advertise against.

    Advertisers can view the current competing bid prices on keywords and change bid pricing at any time'.

    http://www.omniture.com/partners/showcas...

    So now Google gets to decide as to whether it wants to "play" in someone else's sandpit... Under completely different "terms and conditions" that are set by Publishers and Advertisers themselves.

    Anyone get the impression that Google is slowly being "reeled in" by it's own Industry? And that (as predicted by myself some few years back) the business of SEO (in itself) will eventually become the way of the "blacksmith" with only those "elite" or, well established services surviving?
    ****************

    Yes, just "thoughts" like all my posts are.

    MIVA (incidentally) has since been acquired by a "favorite" Ad Network AdCenter partner of Looksmart, in AdKnowledge.

    But it's so clear that shareholders are to be TOLD "nothing" and any attempt to suggest likely partnerships or, connections will continue to be "gagged".

    I am some-what disappointed in the 'blase' consideration (or, lack of) of other shareholders here, who (it's clear), couldn't give a sturf' one way or, the other as to whether CENSORSHIP of my posts is a good thing or, bad.

    The fear of being "next", I guess?

    IF speculative content wasn't "case sensitive" why in the world would posts be deleted, I ask? But it would seem that not too many are clever enough to figure that out.

    Oh yes, we are all so brave in the face of adversity. So long as it doesn't directly concern us as individuals. "I'm all-right Jack"?

    Disclosure: Long LOOK and happy to be so.
    Mar 04 5:31 AM | Link | Comment!
  • Yahoo! - Is back to post CENSORSHIP on it's LOOK Finance board. (1)
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    My spirit was high yesterday when I waxed lyrical of the Yahoo! Birthday. And I had congratulated CEO Carol Bartz in no uncertain terms.

    My previous post was made in the best of 'faith' in my wishing of a ...[Happy Birthday Yahoo! - Here's a Tip to help Ms. Bartz celebrate], but I've got a "sore" head now and clearly, it's not from my 'over-celebrating' at all.

    seekingalpha.com/instablog/36191-looking...

    My son and his partner had opened an account on Yahoo Finance and asked me to post my "thoughts" on their behalf. (He is a shareholder, himself). "She" had put her details on the membership form with me then posting as a female.. I can live with that. :)

    And after-all I (myself) had been barred access under my own steam, as I had often protested of many times on my blog, here. CENSORSHIP is a nasty piece of fascism that surely must be fought (tooth and nail), under any circumstances.

    In fact, it was another member here on Seeking Alpha (who posts on a ShareCafe Finance site in Australia as Mike Mora), who had announced the ceasement of my Yahoo membership.

    "Smart Look" (a disgruntled shareholder), who is known to me as Mike Mora, a small business operator in Fresno California. "Sierra Web Marketing".

    http://sierrawebmarketing.com/

    I'm not sure if I'd be rushing out to buy a "used car" off him? Other may choose to do so though.

    *********
    Smart Look on my instaBlog "Yahoo Finance is a disgrace Shashi Seth".. "Let it be known you have been kicked off Yahoo!.."

    Mike Mora's comments should speak for themselves.
    And he really does handle the truth very carelessly, I might add.

    seekingalpha.com/user/109861/comments

    *********
    I have now asked Mike Mora the following question in my post made today (under my son's partners alias), over on Yahoo!:

    < Who is in this possible 'conspiracy' with you? Surely NOT Looksmart, Mikey? They couldn't be that silly, could they? Perhaps a contact to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") may get to the bottom of it? > 

    The post: (And it's content, has since been deleted)

    Re: Microsoft and AdECN

    The main (this) post removed yesterday concerned a Co called Acquisio.


    < .........."Integrate data from Google Adwords, Yahoo Search Marketing and Microsoft Adcenter into one easy to use management and reporting tool designed specifically to save you money, while improving your firm's performance".>

    http://whitepapers.chiefmarketer.com/whitepaper7496/

    It went unnoticed but that's to be expected.

    ..I had also opined, that when Microsoft do get their AdECN publisher Exchange 'on the road' (and, do re-introduce it, soon), it will then help to "cut out" the 'middle-man'. (The Ad networks).

    This then allows for larger publisher members who can have DSP (demand side platforms - agencies, and the big advertisers), to then come directly through the AdECN 'exchange' (and the "inter-connecting") process to reach them (with the private labeled AdCenter, providing the 'enabling' of both DSP's and publishers), and will then get to save publishers that extra cost.

    Costs?

    http://www.businessinsider.com/how-a-5-cpm-is-really-only-worth-1-2010-3

    [n a not-atypical scenario, a publisher may only receive $1 of a $5 cost-per-thousand media buy once all the middlemen have taken their tithes. Where does the rest go? According to an estimate from Tolman Geffs, co-president of investment bank Jordan Edmiston, it gets divided like this: The agency ($.75), ad network ($2), data provider ($0.75), ad exchange ($0.25) and the ad server ($0.25).]

    But what are DSP? It would seem that everyone is one, these days?

    http://www.mikeonads.com/2010/02/26/everybodys-a-dsp-wait-whats-a-dsp/

    And yes, that initial (the top) paragraph does refer to Acquisio who advise they help to automate PPC management across all major platforms.

    And (I M H O) Acquisio (who also have an App for Apple's iPhone) are just that "one step" away from linking with Looksmart OPEN marketplace. But time will tell, as always.

    ***********************
    Pretty innocent speculation one must surely feel?

    Unless (of course) it is all being removed by Looksmart? My concern is where does Mike Mora (who "trades the stock") get to fit in? Is he appointed by the Co, to specifically "watch the board"?

    Does this then not make him an "insider", should that (in fact) be the case?

    Mike had posted to me:

    had most firmly declared in a post, that I should:

    <........................Keep it personal and OFF LOOK .....................>


    And in much stronger terms:

    <..................... you must be, and will be stopped.....................>

    I mean, just WHO does he 'work' for or, on behalf of?

    And a conspiracy can be as few as TWO persons, no? - Does he "trade" on the "what's hot" and what's "not" basis? On the advice he could be recieving back from the Co? Why does Yahoo! knowingly "support" such bastardry?

    Yahoo knowingly assisting FRAUDULENT activity? - Italian Judge   

    seekingalpha.com/instablog/36191-looking...

    Yahoo knowingly assisting FRAUDULENT activity? - Italian Judge (2)

    seekingalpha.com/instablog/36191-looking...

    Wouldn't that constitute (Mike and a Yahoo acomplice) as being insiders though? Why is he obsessed, I wonder? IF he is a "bone fide" poster,no problems, at all.

    But he is clearly NOT, in my view. He had once told me of a "friend" working in Yahoo! He "went right off the handle" in reply to my own thoughts yesterday

    Latest posts deleted, less than 2 hours ago. (And, circa 5.00pm Bris. Aust time)

    Re: Not here to "win friends and influence people"
    lookshareholder@y...Rate it3-Mar-10 08:45 pm
    "But the Emperor has no clothes!"
    lookshareholder@y...Rate it3-Mar-10 08:36 pm
    Re: Not here to "win friends and influence people"
    stock_sensei3-Mar-10 08:26 pm
    Re: Look Who Crawled back from another banning
    lookshareholder@y...Rate it3-Mar-10 07:54 pm

    Re: Looksmart's Q4 Report
    lookshareholder@y...Rate it3-Mar-10 06:29 pm
    Re: Expected next earnings release: (As predicted)
    lookshareholder@y...Rate it3-Mar-10 06:22 pm
    Re: Expected next earnings release: (As predicted)
    lookshareholder@y...Rate it3-Mar-10 06:19 pm
    Re: FACEBOOK deal ...NO DEAL
    onestockrock3-Mar-10 06:08 pm
    Re: FACEBOOK deal ....(Omniture)
    lookshareholder@y...Rate it3-Mar-10 06:07 pm
    Re: You can be guaranteed one thing
    onestockrock3-Mar-10 06:05 pm
    Re: Expected next earnings release:
    texas16qldRate it3-Mar-10 05:45 pm
    Re: FACEBOOK deal ....(Omniture)
    lookshareholder@y...Rate it3-Mar-10 05:42 pm
    Re: FACEBOOK deal ....
    lookshareholder@y...Rate it3-Mar-10 05:29 pm

    Continued in a follow-up post....

    Disclosure: Long LOOK
    ..

     
    Mar 04 4:12 AM | Link | Comment!
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