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Click-to-call Ads
Joke or what?
wanna_learn

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3108170 posted 9:59 am on Oct 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hi

I just stumbled upon testing of Click-To-Call icon on one of the Ads displayed in PPC

Just to test the service I feeded my nember and "bang" I was connected to Vendor over VOIP

I thought of playing a prank with my friend and entered his number... guess what? He got an unsolicited call from Vendor!

Moral of the story - There has to be some sort of verification before Vendor Calls the number feeded on Google SERP
May be a text message sent asking for verification (though these text message can be fun too) or may be some sort of permanent registration.

 

LifeinAsia

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Msg#: 3108170 posted 3:38 pm on Oct 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

Thanks for helping to perpetuate online advertising fraud. Now why don't you contact that merchant and offer to refund his advertising money that you wasted for your little test?

exmoorbeast

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3108170 posted 4:19 pm on Oct 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

So you have never done market research before? And you have never clicked a paid link with the intention of looking at that competitor's web site? I don't believe you for one second!

ccam96

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3108170 posted 7:06 pm on Oct 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

Why would you click on the link when you can just type in the address into your browser? Would you want someone blowing through your advertising dollars just for kicks? I wouldn't do that to a competitor and never will.

LifeinAsia

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Msg#: 3108170 posted 9:06 pm on Oct 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

So you have never done market research before?

I have, and it didn't involve wasting people's advertising money.

And you have never clicked a paid link with the intention of looking at that competitor's web site? I don't believe you for one second!

Why would I? I wouldn't want them doing that to me, so why would I do it to them?

Also, the price for clicking on someone's ad is usually far below the price for a pay-per-call ad.

jtara

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Msg#: 3108170 posted 9:14 pm on Oct 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

Well, they didn't say that it was a competitor. Just a click-to-call ad.

No different than a curious member of the public.

Bored kids will have a field-day with this...

gregbo

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Msg#: 3108170 posted 10:18 pm on Oct 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

Bored kids will have a field-day with this...

Indeed. IMO it is a shame that these "improved" advertising models are so easy to subvert.

wanna_learn

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3108170 posted 7:53 pm on Oct 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

I think you guys have taken the discussion to wrong direction
I just meant to say "such a stupid" mistake cant be expected from Google that anybody can feed in anybody's number on Click-to-Call to haress

Fryman

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3108170 posted 1:54 am on Oct 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

"play a prank"... gee, are you 10 years old?

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