*Update: Maximum PC is reporting that Microsoft has pulled out of the Family Guy sponsorship deal.
The folks at ARS have unearthed this short clip, originally posted on the Microsoft driven win741.com, of a Windows 7 ‘infomercial’ starring Family Guy characters Stewie and Brian. Dubbed “Family Guy Presents: Seth (Seth MacFarlane, Family Guy Creator) & Alex’s (Alex Borstein, MacFarlane’s Family Guy Co Star) Almost Live Comedy Show” — the infomercial is scheduled to air (with no ‘commercial interuptions’) on Sunday November 8 at 8:30 EST.
Since early in 2002, we have been using an ad network called Tribal Fusion that serves banner and popup ads to our web site. And since 2002, I have hated these popup ads. Dave would regularly bother me to kill the popup ads, but we just could not afford to do it. Advertisers are willing to pay a significant premium for pop up ads, and at times they have been a significant portion of our revenues. Although XP Service Pack 2 initially provided a respite to users with its built-in popup blocker, nearly all the ad networks have found ways around popup blockers, which makes the popups even more annoying.
A recent article estimated that Gator made $100M in revenue in 2002. That’s a lot of dough. And it got me wondering, how one goes about making $100M in a year. Here’s my back of the napkin math.