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Free Entry into the AdCenter beta

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9:15 am on Mar 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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MSN are rampping up the Adcenter trial. If you want to get in, set your alarm clock...

Starting Monday, March 6 at 9 A.M. Pacific Time, we'll be offering an open pilot enrollment for approximately three hours. During this period, you can sign up for an adCenter account directly at [adcenter.msn.com...] and start right away without waiting for an invitation to join.

MSN Announcement [blogs.msdn.com]

7:41 am on Mar 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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only 3 hours, they are hoping for a large response or only looking for a small base

I have to admit though it's nice when they do it PST means I don't have to get up extra early ;)

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It means the Brits have to work late though.
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More competition in this area can only be a good thing. Wonder if Google are going to make any changes to their programs to counter this in the future?
10:44 am on Mar 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I wonder why the $5 dollar sign up fee?
12:23 pm on Mar 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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probably to validate authenticity of the user and also to discourage creating 1000 accounts, which is something one might do if you have a lot of small cvlients and you want to keep all their money separate.

Only three hours is an interesting tactic though. It will give them some kind of idea as to how much people are "champing at the bit" to get started, compared to how much their reps are going to have to go out and push the product.

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Still US-only :(
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Is this also for publishers? Or only for advertisers?
3:50 pm on Mar 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Will they request a US Tax ID or SSN like YPN?
4:42 pm on Mar 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'm confused... I thought AdCenter -for advertisers- was already pretty far along. I think that an invitation to ContentAds -for publishers- would be a lot more exciting...
5:00 pm on Mar 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Still US-only :(

Im Canadian, and im in the Adcenter beta program. They did not ask for SSN or similiar stuff when I was invited.

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I am wondering if there is a limit on the number of total sign-ups, or if anybody will be able to sign up until 9am.

Ask this because I need to know if I need to do it at 6am, or if it's the same as doing at 8:30am..

does anybody know?

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I imagine they will do a google and turn it off after an hour 'due to popular demand'. So I would get in there at 9:01 if I were you.
9:05 pm on Mar 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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This is for advertisers, right? Not publishers?
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For anybody that is using AdCenter right now, do you know if it is like Google and Overture where you can set up multiple campaigns under one login or will we need to create a new account for each client?

Thanks

10:26 pm on Mar 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Are they gonna ask for credit card info? What might they ask for?
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An AC acct lets you create campaigns within it, and each campaign can have its own credit card. So, yes, you could have five clients on one acct. However, if you give a client an access to the acct, the client can see all of the other clients.

Ask whatever you like; we've been using this for several months. It works quite well. It has a number of features that are better than the other PPC tools. You'll find that you'll use both Google and MSN adCenter.

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And, by the way, I was the one who started this thread. "Receptional" took over my msg for no valid reason.
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Is this an account for the US market only or is it possible to target other markets as well?
5:33 am on Mar 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Zygoot...Good question, is this open to other markets, or just the US still?

Dave.

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Does MSN accept affiliates also or is it only for original advertisers and their agents similar to what Overture does?
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This is for advertisers, right? Not publishers?

Yes.

Is this an account for the US market only or is it possible to target other markets as well?

At the moment Adcentre (as far as I know) is running in France, Singapore and in Beta in the US. It certainly isn't running much in the UK. However, I would have thought non US people will be able to sign up to the Beta, providing they are happy to only have their ads showing in the US right now.

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Thank you very much for that.

It is not really "Free Entry into the AdCenter beta" if it costs $5 though.

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Sorryto change the topic of discussion, which is the free entry in adcenter.

I actually started using Adcenter and had the shock of my life. The user interface is good and it was a pleasure starting off. But once I started adding the listings, the problems started. After adding the listings, I clicked the Save button and the site hangs. This happened about 6-8 times. Even the Reset button didn't help.

So I tried to mass upload the spreadsheet. I used the same template that they provided. And after uploading, got an error message. The error message said that I could download and view it in csv format. I did that and found that the csv download had nothing but the heading of the template. Did this also about 5 times before giving up.

Is this a one off case? Is anybody else having trouble?I've worked with many other PPC engines, and never had so much trouble putting up the listings

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I am wondering if there is a limit on the number of total sign-ups, or if anybody will be able to sign up until 9am. Ask this because I need to know if I need to do it at 6am, or if it's the same as doing at 8:30am..

does anybody know?

As far as i know, i don't think MSN has any limit on number of total sign-ups. MSN have planned this out, unlike Google, and they will be open for 3 hours like they say it on their blog. So, you will have a chance to sign up at 6am and at 8:57am.

I have signed up with MSN and even though they have some bugs and some way to go, i think they have an excellent product, better than AdWords.

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Is this a one off case? Is anybody else having trouble?I've worked with many other PPC engines, and never had so much trouble putting up the listings

One way or another, you should definitely let the AdCenter team know about it. Let them know your browser. OS (Windows / Mac) and when it happened.

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Yes, I have let the adcenter team know about it. And more so since it is Beta. They haven't given me a specific reason yet.

Still waiting for help from their side.

5:02 pm on Mar 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Awesome, I'm in. Took 5 minutes.
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After filling the first page it sent me to the old page saying that I need invitation.?

EDIT: I tried it again and it worked this time!

[edited by: skuba at 5:07 pm (utc) on Mar. 6, 2006]

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I'm still getting asked for the email address the invitation was sent to. What am I doing wrong? I'm starting the process from adcenter.msn.com/default.aspx
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