The sheer volume of Chinese and Russian spammers surrounding the Vape industry is amazing. On LinkedIn I get the manufactures all trying to get me to buy their product direct from China and circumvent Manufacturing (Counterfeits) & Distribution (No clue what quality they are buying everyone claims its the original but I get different quality from different outlets.) Last year I shutdown our main street vape store because as some who follow me know I am a disabled veteran and my health took a hard turn for the worse. My ability to stand and walk was out of the question for a long period of time.
This does not mean I sat around on my ass saying oooh poor me. I completed a piece of technology we highlighted here when we first launched SkyVape Magazine. The (631)Sky-Vape phone number. So you’re saying Don are you Bat-Crap Crazy phone numbers have existed since the day when Alexander Graham bell first got an itemized bill. That is the Beauty of what we built its looks as simple as a phone number but its beyond anything that my competition at Google is capable of at the moment. Geo-Targeted on the fly phone sorting. When we started that number was for MY store only and it did what its going to do for EVERY vape store it sends a text to the caller at the same time it forwards the call directly to the local Vape store.
Online we have added the ability for readers to log in with their social account to comment. Currently Facebook, Google+ and Disqus are all that have an API to allow this for commenting LinkedIn and Twitter allows you to log in but not comment. Facebook Groups are being weeded out and closed down by Facebook in their new stance to be a news outlet several of the groups that I am member of have been shut down and it appears just like the eBay boycotts its just a matter of time until they get to you.
So we are going to open up to NEW AUTHORS and I know tons of people have their own YouTube channels but guys if you can’t prove success you have none. The New Number system will allow Manufactures to send product to you the reviewers and determine the difference between True Viewers and Bought or Auto views. Sorry but we want to do business with the best and the best can always prove their worth. The Best YouTube reviews on a particular product we will add their videos to our channel and promote that reviewer. There will be no promotion of other channels allowing good but possibly one hit wonder youtuber’s to claim fame and defraud their capabilities to unsuspecting manufactures. Now it may sound like we are picking on some reviewers and its just not so. When you can prove you make a manufacture more money you get more requests for reviews you the reviewer can command a higher price. Plus the reviewers will be able to verify their success as they promote their own channels.
Social creditability has become the new online currency when buying advertising. Hell I have been doing this so long I remember when Alexa was a toolbar that applied traffic statics to marketers and not a box that talks to your credit card at every verbal whim. Even while writing this article and playing with settings as I write for the creditability system I had to turn on email verification because I got 54 spam accounts. All trying to post comments with links of course. While they created the accounts we stopped the spam. Since we now need to allow users to have accounts and this war will be a constant struggle between easy of use (just click and log and your signed up) vs (email verification because you may be a possible scumbag).
The readers get a nice bonus for actually doing what they do normally anyway. They Gain CloudCred for sharing your video’s and articles, plus they get it for watching them, plus they get it for just showing up here each day to see what’s new. So what can CloudCred do? Points go into a lottery system for free prizes just like a radio station giveaway. We at Skyvapemagazine get all kinds of free crap from manufactures. T-Shirts, Hats, SwagBags full of fluid not to mention the latest Mods and tanks. The Reviewer gets one we get some to give away. This means you get to come back and make comments on the items yourself. The More CloudCred the better chances of winning pretty simple our way of saying thank you for telling others about us. Plus the legaleaze of that you are not entitled to anything and if I catch people cheating I toss them.
The Goal of Skyvapemagazine is to bring the reader/reviewer/Manufacture to the same page. Cut through the marketing BS about just because its new makes it better with the goal to make better…much better and reward that manufacture/reviewer and future customer with well better as deserved by all.
If you want to become a contributing Video or written reviewer. Create an account and Tweet directly to me publicly. (remember that DMs in this industry are mostly spam.) Show me some of your work in link either facebook, youtube or personal website and we will get started. Nothing automated on our end about content we want to reward the authors who do the hardwork with hard results. Join with Pride.