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Dummy Tries to Sale Domain

Here’s a funny anecdote I have to tell.

A short while ago I received one of these email offering me to buy a domain name “” from some person that I’ve never heard of before.  Note that I own and so a least the initial attempt to get me interested in this “root” domain made sense.

Typically, I ignore these types of email offers since I am not keen on spending any money for the sake of a domain name but this is a name that I researched a few months back and that was no available at the time.  Additionally, my company’s name: EnContext Media LLC is just fine and while “EnContext” would be cool to have, I did not care too much at this juncture.  Finally, and until now, I’ve never felt the need (and I hate the idea) to pay more than the 9.00 bucks or less for a domain name anyways.

Nevertheless, out of curiosity, and, since I had an initial interest in this domain, I decided to check out who was the owner now by looking up the “Who Is” on GoDaddy.  I logged on to GoDaddy, entered the domain “” name and… Low and behold… It was available for purchase at the basic $9.00.  At this price, why not.  I made the purchase.

Thanks dummy for letting me know that this domain was available again.  This worked out better than any alert I could have set.

One word of advice to the dummy though. If you are going to try to con someone out of a few dollar, at least try to do it in a smart way.

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Google “We don’t Get Platform?” I’d say “They forgot their core competency”

I heard and read a memo from an employee of Google explaining how G+ is a failure because Google does not get platform. This is the probably the most ridiculous statement I’ve seen yet (and it originated from a Google employee no less – Astounding)

Google+ is nothing more than a copy-cat of Facebook with a couple of things added but nothing significant to distinguish it (as a matter of fact it has a lot less when it comes to game and fun space). It is obvious that Google is trying to catch up and this is not the kind of game they are very good at playing. Google seems to have forgotten the golden rule of their own success. Find out what your “customer” wants and deliver it better and faster than anyone else. Why is Google+ not linked to their magnificent search, combining Facebook and Yelp into one for instance or taking it to a much higher level of association using search/interest/communities… Google dominates searches on the Web, yet you would not have guessed it if you looked at G+. It looks to me like a poor attempt to chip away at Facebook’s success, and not even in a very convincing one for that matter.

Google has built some of the most impressive apps and interfaces that I’ve seen in the business. Adwords for example has become a standard, and is copied by pretty much anyone who wants to launch an ad platform (yes platform). Analytics could certainly be more user friendly but, by god, it delivers what most would want to see in a manner that is more than acceptable and the number of users is proof enough.

Google would certainly “get platform” if it was focused on its core business/competency and had a purpose within these parameters and not simply try to imitate. G+ does not.


October Newsletter and New Blog at

I have a new Blog and re-started my Newsletter at Check it out and leave me a message.

Here is a sample of what’s in my Newsletter this month: From Marketing Profs, an article by Sandra Rand about Three New Ways to Market Your Small Business

Many small-business owners have only enough time to approach marketing as a one-time deal, or they view it as a responsibility that can be tended to once in a while. Running your small business is an arduous labor of love, but promoting your company continually and with new, targeted efforts is necessary to connect with new customers and stay top-of-mind with current ones.

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Jean Maurice Touboul Makes Video Watchers Click-Happy – Interview

The following is an interview that I had with Kevin Wallach for Performance Marketing. This interview was published on August 22.

Performance marketing is all about change. While today’s buzz may be mostly about mobile marketing, tomorrow’s hot topic could easily be video. According to Borrell & Associates, “Online video spending is forecasted to account for more than 1/3rd of all online advertising in 5 years.” For marketing professionals 1/3rd of any overall advertising budget is a big number. So when I caught up with an old colleague, Jean Maurice Touboul whose company EnContext had broken into video marketing in a big way I had a lot to ask him.

Jean, first can you tell me a bit about your professional background leading up to this current venture?

I’ve come from a background of entertainment having gone to film school, working on a dozen or so film projects and with Disney in distribution. This is where I started using what we called New Media, video solutions in an industry where celluloid was it! Eventually the Internet started to take shape and I always had the feeling that media such as film and video were a natural for the Internet making it possible for anyone almost anywhere to be connected in some way and enjoy similar programs and with them feelings, desire, attractions. Today the technology has advanced so much and it is so accessible that this convergence is no longer limited by technical issue. Images, the Internet are all entwined into this new media that we watch and enjoy every day using all kinds of devices.

What was it like working at a media giant like Disney?

Disney is a household name in the US and throughout the world, and probably more so in countries like Japan or Taiwan and China so opening distribution for Disney in Asia was a blast. We were received like liberators arriving in an occupied country. Europe was much more challenging but overall working at Disney was like a dream and to some extent it was a dream since we were pushing the concept of a mouse that was entertaining, teaching, showing, goofing around.

How did the work you did at companies like Disney and Commission Junction help lead to the creation of your current project EnContext?

EnContext is a direct result of my experience at Disney and CJ or World Avenue for that matter, combining the ultimate form of entertainment, moving pictures, with the Internet and ultimately lead generation as well as the incredible power of knowledge that the Net can provide. Watching films and videos all day long and viewing things that actors wore or were using or places that I was attracted to made me wonder why I could not simply click on the image and get these items or information on what I saw. Quite a few years later, the result in EnContext.

Can you explain a bit more about what EnContext does for advertisers and marketers?

EnContext enables viewers watching videos to click on almost anything that is seen on a frame and be connected to a web page where information on that item is available and a purchase can be completed. The system uses geo-targeting and optimization to deliver the right web page to the viewer wherever this person may be. This in itself is a great advantage for advertisers. However what this technology does is to turn video, a passive media that we watch for information or enjoyment purposes, into what I call a pro-active media that invites people to know more about what they are watching or getting something that they see and like.

As a lead generator I’m always inclined to look at something from the perspective of my own business. In terms of B2C lead generation can you elaborate on how your company can help?

Videos like ads can be used (and to some extent are already used) to generate leads, however they typically contain only one link to an advertiser’s website. EnContext enables us to put as many links as we want in a video, so you can imagine a typical city scene with someone walking in front of a store while a car is driving by. We can link most everything this person wears such hat, shoes, suit, watch and so on as well as add a link for the store (let say Macy’s) and the car (Audi for the sake of example). The videographer or film maker can make deals with any advertisers that fits the bill for what the on-screen person is wearing as well as make a deal with Macy’s and Audi. Leads can then be paid by one of these entities when an action at their site is recorded. EnContext enables all this to happen from the encoding to the tracking and recording of clicks as well as action on the advertiser’s “action” page.

Do you serve mobile advertisers and marketers as well? Are online and mobile the same as far as your technology is concerned? If there are differences can you explain them briefly please?

EnContext is compatible with most Smart Phones and Tablets. As far as the technology is concerned there are no differences. However there are obvious limitations in terms of screen size with Smart Phones. This being said, Smart phones and tablets offer a new level of targeting that is unique since their geo-location can be better defined than simply relying on IP address. As a result, I believe that there is tremendous potential in that space for EnContext.

How well does your technology work in terms of creating sales? Is it typical that a visitor to a video makes a decision to purchase at a later time?

We are testing various solutions to enhance sales on video that are encoded with EnContext. For example realizing that not everyone would click on something when they see it, we are implementing an option to review/replay specific sequence of a video that features items that were offered but that may have been missed by the viewer.
Major video content owners like Disney seem like obvious fits for your technology but what about the smaller, viral video producers out there on YouTube and other video sharing sites?

Do you think your technology will spur the entry of people into affiliate marketing who previously had no experience with it for example?

Actually I believe that this technology can help the smaller and what you call viral producer much more than large conglomerates like Disney since it would provide 1) more depth to any program that wants to carry a message by linking the video to web sites that are relevant and contain information that complement the video. As importantly and 2) it could help independent producers who struggle with distribution and, indirectly, generating returns the opportunity to create revenue streams that could last for a long time. As a matter of fact they could also use this technology to enhance the SEO of some sites since it would be yet another way to attract traffic and links.

As far as providing this technology for entry-level affiliates, this is precisely what we are working on for the next generation of EnContext Advertising. The technology is already in place but we have to finalize the offering to users and how far we want to go as far as connecting affiliates’ videos to affiliate networks.

You’ve made a great case for advertisers to use your technology but what other uses do you see for it outside of the marketing world?

I really believe that EnContext is an ideal solution for enhancing educational programs. We have a perfect example on our website of an educational program explaining the discovery of the Atomic Nucleus that we linked to a many websites. Each website enhances the video by enabling the user to know more about the scientists that discovered the Atomic Nucleus and their work. The current research on Atomic decay and related research at the super accelerator at CERN in Switzerland, and so on. The possibilities are endless and could truly take video learning at a new level.

Seems like social media such as Facebook could really make use of your technology. I can imagine a Facebook user uploading a video of a wedding for example and tagging friends in the video. Any chance we’ll see big news in the future involving your company and one of the big social media players?

Absolutely, this is something that we see as well as that we are working to implement whereby someone could tag friends, items, things to get or send, etc.

If you had to name one thing that has been your biggest inspiration as an entrepreneur what would it be?

That may sound predictable but my biggest inspiration comes from my experience at CJ as a model for working as a team focused on being the best and with a very clear purpose. I also inspire myself from Google as a model for vision and quality before profits, something that I believe is paramount to any company’s success.

How can you be reached if readers have additional questions?

I’d love to hear from anyone who has a question or comment and can be reached via email at or by phone at 415-670-9397 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            415-670-9397      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

You can also find out more about EnContext here.