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Below is an e-mail from Lance Merker, the President/CEO of OmniUpdate with a proposal for this site. Given this is a community site, it's only appropriate that the members decide on this proposal. Please provide your feedback by this Friday (May 16).



We at OmniUpdate would like to give a free coffee mug with the University Web Developers emblem to all 700+ subscribers of the ning group. The proposition in simple. We would like to replace the google ads on the right side of the page with the attached banner. The banner (and the free mug offer) would remain for one year. We'll pay all the costs to remove the google ads, and pay for the mugs and shipping to members who request one during the year.

That's it. We won't replace the banner with any advertising nor put our advertising on the mugs!

Members of the group get a symbol of their association with the social network -- hopefully building some camaraderie and group spirit -- and we get brand recognition from the sponsorship.

Regards,

Lance

Lance Merker
President/CEO
OmniUpdate, Inc.

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Fine with me. I would enjoy the mug, and I also ignore the ads.
First, I use Ad Block, so I dont see any of the ads anyway, but I agree with Genevieve in that if we are giving up our free account, we really need to see how much the upgrade to premium is going to cost.
I think this a good idea. As a group if we can build partnerships with folks willing to fund things it will allow us to do more.
Upgrading to remove ads is $19.95 per month, though Michael Fienan has shown on this site how you can hide them for free.
It's my understanding from their proposal that OmniUpdate will pick up this cost.
Replace Google ads with a free mug offer from a relevant vendor? ...sounds like a no-brainer. (It's likely to spawn competition from other CMS vendors at some point.)
As a client of Omniupdate, I find this as a interesting way to spend their marketing dollars. I personally would rather they spend their money here then a broad general print ad. They are going to where the "Web site heros are".
Could really care less one way or the other. But if we go that way, I will be getting a coffee mug.
Maybe we should bid this area out to the highest bidder? ;-)

Like the other's, I'd rather not receive mail beyond the initial coffee-mug, and would prefer to opt-out of such mailings.
I'd be agreeable; however others bring up some good points:
-What will our addresses be used for and for how long?
-Do we pay shipping?
-I think it being up there for an entire year exclusively might be a bit much.
Not a coffee drinker and got plenty of free mugs anyway, but really don't care either way.
Who has final approval?
I'll miss all those Google ads...sigh...but I guess it would be nice to get a new coffee mug instead...

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