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Zenbu iPhone App Advertising $1 Auction June 2009

June 9, 2009

iPhoneAdvertisingWe’re conducting a small experiment.

The Zenbu iPhone app is currently getting over 1300 update downloads with each monthly release but the app is completely offline so we don’t get the kind of thorough reporting that we’re used to online. We’d like to know how much others value it so we’re putting it on the open market. We’ve added a small unobtrusive banner ad to each search result page and that space is up for rent.

If you’re interested in providing a targeted, compelling offer to Kiwi iPhone users please check out our $1 no reserve Trademe auction. If there’s sufficient demand, and favourable user feedback, we may continue or extend the concept in future.

As always we look forward to your input. Let the experiment begin!

  1. June 10, 2009 12:03 pm

    An email from Trade Me overnight.
    It appears that you may be using Trade Me to advertise your business or service.

    Please note that it is a breach of our terms and conditions to use a listing purely to promote your business, product, or services.

    Because of this, the following listing/s have been removed from the site:
    Zenbu iPhone in-App Advertising (#223417638)

    I have contacted Trade Me to appeal this decision, and hope they will see sense. I see nothing in the terms prohibiting advertising sales.

  2. June 10, 2009 8:20 pm

    Follow up response from Trade Me
    Unfortunately selling advertising space is considered a ‘service’ and as such can not be sold on the site. With this in mind we will not be re instating this listing.

    A completely different reason from the initial one but impossible to argue with. A shame that our money isn’t good enough for Trade Me.

  3. June 11, 2009 2:33 pm

    There is a market opportunity if trademe doesn’t want to advertize advertizing or services.

  4. June 11, 2009 2:55 pm

    I liked the idea of auctioning the space and may return to it in the future. For the next update I think we will simply provide the space gratis to a business or charity that we like. Any suggestions?

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