Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


1843 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 21

Trusted

Topic # 112020 23-Nov-2012 09:39
Send private message

I found this kind of weird, TradeMe have a skyscraper ad for Blockbuster as per below screenshot that links to a US website and the service cannot be used in NZ:





Links to:

https://www.blockbuster.com/signup/m/plan/p.30235/r.google?utm_source=google&utm_medium=banner&utm_content=google160x600&utm_campaign=helloblockbuster2


These TradeMe ads are not cheap.... seems odd.

View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2
4376 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1891

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 721701 23-Nov-2012 09:47
Send private message

Even stranger: driving some place to temporarily obtain a disc you have to return the next day or pay more in late fees than it would have cost you to buy it.




iPad Air + iPhone SE + 2degrees 4tw!

These comments are my own and do not represent the opinions of 2degrees.


3073 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 749


  Reply # 721702 23-Nov-2012 09:49
Send private message

Do you use any VPNs or Proxies?

I think Trademe use Google adsense

So the ads could be regionally generated by Google to serve "local" eyeballs



1843 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 21

Trusted

  Reply # 721715 23-Nov-2012 10:08
Send private message

I am on my home Vodafone ADSL connection and do not use VPN's or proxies.

TradeMe can be very strict with their advertising, I'd be very surprised if they used Google Adsense anyway.

805 posts

Ultimate Geek

Trusted

  Reply # 721729 23-Nov-2012 10:17
Send private message

SaltyNZ: Even stranger: driving some place to temporarily obtain a disc you have to return the next day or pay more in late fees than it would have cost you to buy it.


What is this madness you speak of?

6191 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1016

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 721739 23-Nov-2012 10:33
Send private message

The service, according to the terms and conditions, is only available in the US. So why are the options in pounds?


805 posts

Ultimate Geek

Trusted

  Reply # 721740 23-Nov-2012 10:36
Send private message

I used that fatso service for a while, but the discs were always scratched.

BDFL - Memuneh
60605 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 11541

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 721742 23-Nov-2012 10:37
Send private message
21134 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4218

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 721806 23-Nov-2012 12:11
Send private message

Behodar: The service, according to the terms and conditions, is only available in the US. So why are the options in pounds?



Even weirder is if its in the US and they are quoting it in pounds.




Richard rich.ms

gzt

9834 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1472


  Reply # 721812 23-Nov-2012 12:19
Send private message

Trademe could block it if they needed to. Probably not worth the effort for them.

730 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 168


  Reply # 721829 23-Nov-2012 12:48
Send private message

richms:
Behodar: The service, according to the terms and conditions, is only available in the US. So why are the options in pounds?



Even weirder is if its in the US and they are quoting it in pounds.


For me it is in Dollars

6191 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1016

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 721830 23-Nov-2012 12:54
Send private message

To clarify my "why", I understand the technical reason (I have my browser set to proper British English and it's grabbing the currency character from there) but I don't understand why the Blockbuster site is configured to do that, as opposed to always using a $.

2965 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 446

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 721955 23-Nov-2012 16:54
Send private message

Most likely because they use the same platform for their regional websites (Blockbuster used to have a presence here, for example) so they just wrote internationalisation into it from the start so they didn't have to later.

In terms of why you saw the ad, it is indeed because they use AdSense to fill quota - if you look at the UTM parameters on the Blockbuster site when you click the ad it kind of gives it away. Blockbuster, however, should be given a swift kick for failing to correctly target their campaign however, as there is a section in AdWords campaign manager allowing you to target to markets you actually operate in.

6191 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1016

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 721987 23-Nov-2012 18:13
Send private message

Kyanar: Most likely because they use the same platform for their regional websites (Blockbuster used to have a presence here, for example) so they just wrote internationalisation into it from the start so they didn't have to later.

But even then it should be using geolocation rather than the language settings; for example an English speaker in Europe would still want to see prices in euros, not dollars.

2965 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 446

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 722251 24-Nov-2012 12:25
Send private message

Laziness there I assume.

1528 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 147

Subscriber

  Reply # 722264 24-Nov-2012 12:56
Send private message

Kyanar: Most likely because they use the same platform for their regional websites (Blockbuster used to have a presence here, for example) so they just wrote internationalisation into it from the start so they didn't have to later.

In terms of why you saw the ad, it is indeed because they use AdSense to fill quota - if you look at the UTM parameters on the Blockbuster site when you click the ad it kind of gives it away. Blockbuster, however, should be given a swift kick for failing to correctly target their campaign however, as there is a section in AdWords campaign manager allowing you to target to markets you actually operate in.


I see Blockbuster still has a presence in NZ.

 1 | 2
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

N4L helping TAKA Trust bridge the digital divide for Lower Hutt students
Posted 18-Jun-2018 13:08


Winners Announced for 2018 CIO Awards
Posted 18-Jun-2018 13:03


Logitech Rally sets new standard for USB-connected video conference cameras
Posted 18-Jun-2018 09:27


Russell Stanners steps down as Vodafone NZ CEO
Posted 12-Jun-2018 09:13


Intergen recognised as 2018 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year for New Zealand
Posted 12-Jun-2018 08:00


Finalists Announced For Microsoft NZ Partner Awards
Posted 6-Jun-2018 15:12


Vocus Group and Vodafone announce joint venture to accelerate fibre innovation
Posted 5-Jun-2018 10:52


Kogan.com to launch Kogan Mobile in New Zealand
Posted 4-Jun-2018 14:34


Enable doubles fibre broadband speeds for its most popular wholesale service in Christchurch
Posted 2-Jun-2018 20:07


All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks arrives on Amazon Prime Video
Posted 2-Jun-2018 16:21


Innovation Grant, High Tech Awards and new USA office for Kiwi tech company SwipedOn
Posted 1-Jun-2018 20:54


Commerce Commission warns Apple for misleading consumers about their rights
Posted 30-May-2018 13:15


IBM leads Call for Code to use cloud, data, AI, blockchain for natural disaster relief
Posted 25-May-2018 14:12


New FUJIFILM X-T100 aims to do better job than smartphones
Posted 24-May-2018 20:17


Stuff takes 100% ownership of Stuff Fibre
Posted 24-May-2018 19:41



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.