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From the desk of Bob Meyer...05/01/07
E-Bay Has It All...
According to eBay
expert Greg Kusch, the site has more than 212 million
There are over
1.3 million users who use it as their primary or
secondary source of income;
At any given time
50 million items are available worldwide;
Over 5 million
items are added every day;
A digital camera
sells every minute;
expensive item sold on its site was a Gulf Stream II Jet
for $4.9 million;
Only 8%-10% of
its users are sellers.
Google Signs With Nation�s Largest Radio Station
Google and Clear Channel Communications have signed a
long-term agreement that will allow the Internet search
leader to place advertising for its online customers on more
than 675 radio stations.
�This partnership with Clear Channel is a pretty big
statement that Google is in the radio industry to stay and
have a big impact,� noted Drew Hilles, Google Audio�s
national sales director. �Our advertisers that had not
relied on radio, will have direct access to Clear Channel�s
national distribution through easy-to-use interface.�
Although the majority of Google�s $10.6 billion in revenue
for 2006 came from internet ads, the firm has made previous
ventures into print, radio and television advertising.
Executive Housing 101
Century 21 of Canada did a survey of executive quality
housing in major cities around the globe. The survey found
that the following were the 10 most expensive housing
markets for executive homebuyers on a per-square-foot basis:
London - $2,683, Paris - $989, Seoul - $932, Calgary - $680,
Sydney - $614, Taipei - $521, Vancouver - $488, Athens -
$417, New York - $480, and Tokyo - $327.
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Bartercard Expanding Again
Bartercard will soon be welcoming
the latest member of its ever-growing international family � South
Africa. According to the corporate office, an agreement has been
signed, a deposit secured and contracts are nearing completion.
South Africa�s foundation team is expected to arrive in Australia
for training, in late July, with a view to having the operation
underway in October 2007.
With a culture of accepting the age-old concept of barter, coupled
with its modern business mentality, Bartercard is confident that
South Africa has the potential to become one of the company�s
largest generators of trade volume.
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Preferred Hotel Group Selects Active International As Partner
International, a global marketing and business solutions firm, has been selected
as a new partner by Preferred Hotel Group, a multi-brand organization that
delivers cutting-edge sales, marketing and service solutions, to more than 350
of the finest luxury hotels and resorts in the world.
Group (PHG) selected Active as a Preferred Alliance Partner because of its
ability to deliver innovative solutions and services. Active will provide media
placement services and purchasing of televisions and renovation construction
�Active�s ability to connect the relationships
they have with media channels, other service providers, and their list of
clients with the marketing and business needs of our member hotels is quite
unique,� declared John Ueberroth, Preferred Hotel Group CEO. �As a company that
focuses on providing a superior experience, we select just a few companies (as
Partners) that can deliver that same level of service."
In addition, Active
will be booking room nights and corporate meetings for their Fortune 500 clients
at PHG properties. As one of the top ten media specialists worldwide, Active�s
global buying power will help increase brand awareness for PHG and its member
properties, as well as provide value-added solutions.
Group is the latest addition to Active�s growing roster of travel
partners. Preferred Hotel Group is designed for a new era in travel
� an era in which travelers embrace the individuality of distinctive
hotels and resorts yet desire a consistent commitment to excellence.
For information see
Reports Progress On Different Fronts
TeleTrade int�l (TTi) announced that trade exchanges within the
platform have seen an increase of over $1.34 million. Volume stands
at $15.2 million, reflecting an increase of over 10% in combined
transactional processing over 2006�s activity.
The total on worldwide platform servicing also saw an increase of
10%, a new benchmark for the first quarter of 2007. First quarter
totals now stand at $32.3 million. Total of all online activity,
since 1999 when TTi went online with its technology, now exceeds
The firm is taking steps to bring its proprietary swipe-card
terminal technology to all U.S. based exchanges. The new program
will combine the ability for merchants to process all credit, debit,
discount, and barter programs from one terminal.
TTi has been able to secure a relationship with the country�s fourth
largest, private-merchant service provider to offer participating
businesses the �guaranteed lowest credit and debit processing rates�
in the nation. Merchants will have to upgrade or replace their
existing terminal hardware to become compliant with the
Visa/MasterCard fraud and security requirements.
For further information, contact CEO Gary Lasater at (303) 840-7172
ext 1, or
Barter Conference Scheduled
On May 31, 2007, an all day conference will be held
at UC Berkeley titled �Money For Local Living Economies - Lessons
From The Global Field.� Co-sponsored by Current Innovations and
BALLE, the price of the event which includes lunch is $125.00 for
pre-registration and $150.00 at the door.
Practitioners from around the world in the field of complementary
currencies will represent diverse efforts and best practices. It
will be a day of learning, collaborating and practical application,
in support of current or anticipated developmental efforts.
Special attention will be given to proven, working models covering a
wide range of specific implementations. There will be opportunities
to address in a practical and realistic manner the challenges that
have been faced, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of various
This conference will be participatory and experiential, intended to
provide attendees with new ideas, tools, and the information needed
to be successful in one�s own community or just understand this fast
On Wednesday evening (May 30) at the Caf� De La Paz in Berkeley,
there will be a special presentation by Professor Heloisa Primavera
from the University of Buenos Aires.
She will be speaking about the economic collapse in Argentina and
the subsequent emergence of 6 million people embracing currencies
based on barter systems...the success, the pitfalls, lessons
learned, and what has emerged and appears sustainable for the long
This event, hosted by Current Innovations, is from 6:00p.m. to
9:00p.m. with light dinner fare and cash bar. There is no additional
For more details on the conference visit
Discover Why Mega-Cities Create Innovation & Wealth
Dr. Geoffrey West, President and Distinguished
Professor of the Santa Fe Institute, recently led a team of
scientists from various institutions that has found the key to
understand and quantify seemingly contradictory features of
(For many, cities are viewed as the principal source of our social
and environmental problems such as crime, pollution, poverty and,
often, incidence of disease. But cities have also always been
disproportionately the birthplaces for most of human prosperity,
innovation, and culture.)
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Universal Law-Of-Reciprocity Key To Trade Exchange Success
exchange owner in the world should not only be aware of the
law-of-reciprocity, but using it, in the operation of their
exchange owners are invited to e-mail
for more information on how you can become �the exchange of choice�
in your area. When e-mailing Bob Meyer, put �Law of Reciprocity� in
the subject line.
The Easiest $100,000 You�ll Ever
Bring To The Bottomline!
cash, as usual, from the guest accounts staying at your
facility that require the use of professional AV services.
And rather than shouldering your ongoing employee costs, or
your current vendor�s cash agreement for AV services,
here�s a much better alternative:
with a proven national vendor (a sterling 25-year track
record) who will provide all of the AV services for your
hotel on a 100% TRADE BASIS! (Payment to be in the form of
hotel rooms and/or trade dollars.)
Your hotel�s annual AV billings must be a minimum of $200,000, and this
offer is available only in the continental United States.
confidential introduction contact Bob Meyer via e-mail:
(Please type in AV Services On Trade in the subject
line of your e-mail.)
Attention Trade Exchange Owners:
member hotel(s) have a minimum of 10,000 sq. feet of meeting
space and annual billings of at least $200,000 for AV
services this is a great opportunity to earn substantial
cash service fees on the hundreds of thousands of trade
dollars your hotel member will be paying the vendor. Contact
Bob Meyer at the above e-mail.
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The Growth and Use of Secondary Capital (New Money) Creates
Unprecedented Wealth In Today�s New Age Of Possibility
many forms of secondary capital�which can be defined as any
financial instrument that measures and communicates value in a
common language. Would you like to see and learn more about the many
forms of secondary capital?
We have 70
free, informative and inspiring, articles for you in our �Secondary
Capital Section.� Check it out...
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