We enjoyed a comment from Adam Boettiger, moderator of the Internet Advertising Discussion
List, on rewards-based marketer CyberGold’s recent patent on the practice
of paying consumers for reading online advertisements.
CyberGold said the patent could cover
everything from Web ads with a payoff to online surveys and focus groups. The
company said it is looking to license its reward approach.
Boettiger’s take, tongue firmly in cheek:
“I filed this morning for a patent on ‘Clicking on a banner ad.’ If any of
you on this list would like to apply for a license to continue to
incorporate this action in your campaigns, please see me about pricing and