ChannelAdvisor Acquisition of Marketworks Update

Marketworks a Channel Advisor CompanyThis is an update to the acquisition of Marketworks by ChannelAdvisor that I posted earlier. I have posted what I have found to be some bullet points of information on the Marketworks acquisition. These were various sources written about the acquisition that I have compiled and some other thoughts about the merger.

  • ChannelAdvisor will cut Marketworks staff by about 50%
  • Most all changes seems to be geared at the Marketworks customers, nothing I could find on existing Channel Advisor’s customers having to change anything
  • Not many details known about future implications, most everyone online is quoting the original press release
  • Sounds like ChannelAdvisor will keep both channels functioning independently for a time, then move everyone over to the Channel Advisor side
  • There are implications about this happening because of a slow down on ebay, and that Marketworks was not a well run company
  • Found MANY posts that were totally unhappy with Marketworks product line and features
  • Infopia and Zoovy may have to change tactics because of this move

The quotes below are just little plugs I thought some might find of interest on the subject. I have put most of the feeds from various sources of the news on my rss feed reader to stay on top of any changes that might be coming

  1. It will allow customers to move from one platform to the other. ChannelAdvisor CEO Scot Wingo said of Marketworks, “They have some large customers that have been interested in moving to ChannelAdvisor over the years, but there hasn’t been a great way, an automated way, of getting them over. So we’re going to create bridges both ways.” http://www.auctionbytes.com/cab/abn/y07/m09/i12/s02
  2. “We may choose to rebrand to make it clear. But (Marketworks) will be a product offering of ChannelAdvisor rather than a separate company.”
  3. ChannelAdvisor will continue to support and invest in Marketworks’ customers and products. http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/070912/20070912005384.html?.v=1
  4. What is clear; this will be a blow to Salt Lake City based Infopia as ChannelAdvisor gets stronger. Look for a possible marriage between Zoovy and Infopia in the near future.
  5. One last point, that may have been overlooked. This acquisition and possible further consolidation in the space are definitive signals that eBay is slowing down . Marketworks, may have seen their growth hit the ceiling and decided this approach was one of a few options. I certainly don’t think it is a sign that the eBay Marketplace is healthy. A few years ago eBay could support many large service providers and sellers; not anymore. http://rksmythe.blogspot.com/2007/09/channel-advisor-aquires-marketworks.html
  6. The biggest downside of both companies is the buying experience on eBay. Both companies have a customized eBay checkout enabling them to cross sell additional products from their own website. Buyers in general are not comfortable with a non-standard eBay checkout and some buyers avoid sellers using either solution simply for that one reason. If ChannelAdvisor want to attract more eBay sellers they need to implement a option without a custom checkout which still updates the sellers inventory. http://www.tamebay.com/2007/09/channeladvisor-vs-marketworks-war-is-over.html
  7. I doubt CA is going to want to support the Marketworks system long-term, and I doubt they are going to want to put resources into making it better

I will continue to update the information on this topic as it becomes available.

Colorado in September and It’s 23 Degrees

Frozen car in Colorado in September
This image was taken just a few days ago. YES, these two photos were taken on September 25th, in Creede, Colorado. Not the most photographic images I know, but we went up to visit some family in Colorado and froze to death in just a few days. The fall weather in this part of Colorado can be brutal, and the winter just miserable. Being from the south, cold is what it gets for two days in February when it gets below 40 degrees, here, at the 9,000 foot level, it gets to be -30*F in the winter, and just plain cold in the fall.

At this elevation, temperatures are well below freezing long before the rest of us even know fall is near. It is one of the most beautiful parts of the country, and the most unforgiving and harsh as well. The Aspens were in full yellow fall colors, frost and all.

The temp shown above was actually quite warmer than it was in the car. The car read 19.3*F as I took this photo. Just two long days in the car and we were back in the fall in the south, a cool 92*, ahhhh, we can almost turn off the air conditioning now.  The first image is the car, and again, this is September, and the next is of course my loving wife Deborah, showing me how much she loves to be sitting in a frozen car instead of sitting in the Florida Keys.

Deborah in the frozen car

Cold Colorado Fall

Colorado in September and It's 23 Degrees

Frozen car in Colorado in September

This image was taken just a few days ago. YES, these two photos were taken on September 25th, in Creede, Colorado. Not the most photographic images I know, but we went up to visit some family in Colorado and froze to death in just a few days. The fall weather in this part of Colorado can be brutal, and the winter just miserable. Being from the south, cold is what it gets for two days in February when it gets below 40 degrees, here, at the 9,000 foot level, it gets to be -30*F in the winter, and just plain cold in the fall.

At this elevation, temperatures are well below freezing long before the rest of us even know fall is near. It is one of the most beautiful parts of the country, and the most unforgiving and harsh as well. The Aspens were in full yellow fall colors, frost and all.

The temp shown above was actually quite warmer than it was in the car. The car read 19.3*F as I took this photo. Just two long days in the car and we were back in the fall in the south, a cool 92*, ahhhh, we can almost turn off the air conditioning now.  The first image is the car, and again, this is September, and the next is of course my loving wife Deborah, showing me how much she loves to be sitting in a frozen car instead of sitting in the Florida Keys.

Deborah in the frozen car

Cold Colorado Fall

Google Launches TheGoogle.com

TheGoogle.com Search SiteOr did they? Well, not really, and it sounds a little stupid like theDonald, but a news type site (the Onion) reported yesterday that Google was launching a new site, called TheGoogle.com saying “Google Launches ‘The Google’ For Older Adults”. The article goes on to say how it is a more secure search engine and it has a more dumbed down version of the search, i.e. you can do a search or a url like http.google.com and it will render the correct address.

Just take a look at the article information below. Of course, the Onion does say that this is a satire site (or article) so it can be read with a grain of salt, but the site is still real, and it is still bringing in thousands of hits. So if it satire who cares. Well, perhaps those people using the site that doesn’t know it is a faux site, or that the article is just a joke. I am sure there are some out there that don’t know the history of everything on the internet (me being one for sure), afterall it is Google’s Birthday.

The Google will have all the same information currently found on regular Google, but with the added features of not stealing your credit-card numbers or giving your computer all kinds of viruses,” said Rick Tillich, The Google project director. “All you have to do to turn the website on is put the little blinking line thing in the cyberspace window at the top of the screen, type ‘thegoogle.com,’ and press ‘return’—although it will also recognize http.wwwthegoogle.com, google.aol, and ‘THEGOOGLE’ typed into a Word document.Google’s 9th Birthday

Tillich added that he hopes the site will soon replace Yahoo Internet Website.com as the most popular search engine for users over 55.

If you take a closer look at theGoogle.com, it is nothing more than a 100% ad site. Every time you search, every single result is that of an ad. Why would The Onion publish a report to such an obvious hoax? Just take a guess. I don’t know, but I could guess. Is it just a joke? Are they the owners of the hoax site? Well a quick WhoIs search shows probably not, but it is NOT Google. I love the disclaimer at the bottom of all their pages.

Disclaimer: The registrant of this domain maintains no relationship with third party advertisers that may appear on this website. Reference to or the appearance of any particular service or trade mark is not controlled by registrant and does not constitute or imply its association, endorsement or recommendation.

I don’t recall google ever saying that themselves. There are a few obvious signs this is not something Google owns, and certainly not something they made an announcement for as the article says.

  1. There is no announcement on Google’s actual website, or in their blog
  2. All the results are ads (Sponsored Results shows at the top of all their results)
  3. The WhoIs information is NOT who they say they are (this isn’t always important but you can still learn from it)
  4. Look at the code from the site. Just right click and “view source”, nothing that is genuine Google
  5. Look at the results it does return.
  6. They ask for money! That should be a no brainer right there.
  7. Links that don’t work (see “donation” form below)

TheGoogle.com Form SubmitLook at the screen shot when you go to “inquire about this domain” and see what results it shows. I filled out the form and offered $5,000, perhaps I should have made it $100,000 but I thought I would make it something realistic. What happens when I click on the link after submitting an inquiry? Nothing. The link doesn’t work.

Why would a satire news site report on something like this, well hopefully they just thought it would be a good joke, but it could be more than just a harmless search engine ad site that is probably right now raking in tons of ad click through’s and donations from the article publicity, it could be a phishing site or something worse, but I guess the Onion looked into this far before they published an article about the site. At the least, you would think Google would not care for this and do something about it, but perhaps it really don’t matter, or perhaps I just don’t know what the heck I am talking about (probably the case as well) and everyone thinks sites like this are just fine.

One comment put it like this:

I’m pretty surprised Google hasn’t WIPO UDRP’d for the domain.

I do my share of online marketing, I use click through ads (don’t get paid anything but that is for a different post), and marketing is a big part of the Internet now, so I understand using advertising, but to what extent?

Ever have one of those weeks?

This past week turned out to be one of those weeks for us. Throughout all the details that follow I was able to somehow keep my sanity and keep my schedule in regards to the Secret of the Stole KAL. A huge THANK YOU and a big CYBER HUG go out to my friend Reba for helping me keep the group on an even keel during our travels. So, here is what happened.

AubieIt all began on Tuesday when we took our dog Aubie to the vet because he wasn’t feeling well. As I said in the last post we were leaving on Friday for a 10 day trip to Colorado and we needed to find out what was wrong with him so we would know whether to board him or not. I won’t go into all the particulars, but, on Wednesday we were informed that his one or more of his organs was failing and the dog that just the day before was following me around the house, would not make it through the day. We rushed to the vet and I was able to hold him while he breathed his last. The dog that gave me over 14 years of happiness and completely unconditional love was gone.

Blazer and Aubie in their most common position

Since neither DH, myself, or our remaining dog, Blazer, wanted to be in the house with the memories of Aubie everywhere, we decided to leave a day early for our trip. The trip to the cabin was quiet and uneventful. I was planning on knitting up a storm and couldn’t manage to do but a few rows. Blazer was given the king’s throne in the car and seemed to enjoy it. After 1500 miles and way too much junk food, we arrived at the cabin in Creede, CO (altitude 11,000 ft) mid-day on Saturday.

On Sunday, we found Blazer lying very still and lethargic on his bed in the motor home. This is highly unusual for him since he has for the past 14 years been extremely vocal and interested in anything that was going on around him. He slowly emerged out of his grogginess and we thought it was just an “altitude” issue. Until later that evening, when we were checking on him and he had a seizure, stiffened up his body, flailed his head back and briefly stopped breathing. When the seizure was over he was once again lethargic and mostly unresponsive, leading us to believe that that was what had happened earlier in the day as well.

The following morning we called our vet and he basically told us that we should get him off the mountain and bring him in asap. We were stunned and saddened that Blazer was now ill and we would be cutting our trip so short. Tuesday, we left Creede and 1500 miles later we arrived back at home. Blazer went to the vet today and, wouldn’t you know it, all his blood work turned out “normal”. He is not diabetic, anemic, suffering from a heart murmur or even heart worms. That was the best news we could have had this week. We will hear about his thyroid test soon and if that comes back clean then the next thing the vet said we could do is a CAT scan to check for a brain tumor. I found this to be a point of amusement since it was an interesting name for a scan of a dog’s brain. A CAT scan is not happening on a 14 year old dog in my house, so we will just have to watch him closely and keep him company from now on since his brother is gone.

William's BirthdayOn a brighter note, when we arrived at the cabin William, our grandson, and his parents were already there, as were my mom and dad. It was William’s birthday (2 yrs) and we had a great time visiting with him. The festivities and family time took our minds off our loss, if just for a little while.

To the left is a three generation photo of William, Bryan (his father in the background), and Scott (my DH and Bryan’s dad). The photos we took of William and of Blazer while we were there are just priceless and I will post more of them soon on our personal blog Door Number Three for anyone who is interested.

All in all, it was just one of those weeks…