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    Anyone else get it?

    [This message was edited by TrustNo1® on March 22, 2004 at 06:30 PM.]

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    I got it. Am I allowed to post it here?

    As a valued client of Be Free/Commission Junction I want to let you know about a milestone for our combined organization. Since late last year we have been working as a unified force and effective immediately, we are adopting Commission Junction as the unified brand for our company. Our name represents two industry powerhouses, and our identity and culture will continue to reflect the positive characteristics of our teams in Marlborough, New York, Pittsburgh, London, and Santa Barbara.

    Our continued focus is to provide the best performance marketing solutions anywhere. The combination of BFAST®, CJ Access™ and CJ Vantage™ brings to market capabilities that are unparalleled in the industry today and we are making great progress with the integration of these offerings. Of course, as we continue this important effort, we will ensure that all of our current solutions remain fully operational and supported to ensure nothing but continued growth and success for each of our clients.

    We will be making this announcement to the public with a press release tomorrow and adopting a single Web site at www.cj.com. From the homepage of the newly combined site you will be able to login into all of your accounts including the CJ Account Manager for advertisers and publishers, BFAST, and the BFAST Partner Gateway. Look for other developments on this site during the coming months.

    Our team is focused on driving results for our clients and I remain very excited about the increased capabilities that we can bring to you. I would like to thank each of you for contributing to our strong foundation and the momentum that has propelled us to this significant event. I look to the future with anticipation of even greater success.

    Regards,

    Jeff Pullen
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    Yes Trust I just got one as well. Hope this means consolidated payments for BeFree merchants as well. Here's hoping

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    This has me very excited. I hope it's as good as I'm thinking.

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    Man, I hope they keep the befree reports, cj's are useless. LOL

    They can keep cj's consolidated payments though.

    Oh, and hopefully they keep beFree's customer service vs cj's.
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    I hope I still have access to my BeFree datafeeds and the links still work!! I do not have the money budgeted to pay CJ for feeds right now....

    And they stated they would keep the two products separate not that long ago....
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    I hope the tracking will not be affected!

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    i can see a bunch of links not working in the future, any bets?

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    Are you sure they are merging the sites tomorrow?

    I read it as they are announcing their plans finally and that it will take some months to implement.
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    Does Scott at BeFree still have a job?? He was one of the people that was actually helpful!

    Nice that they sent the emails AFTER business hours to avoid the rash of phone calls....

    Heidi, it states that starting tomorrow you only login through cj, no more befree.
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    Yes, I got it too. Actually, my spam filter pulled it as it thought it was spam. LOL

    I think now we know what the multiple CJ problems were all about last month. They were busy trying to merge the two programs and things did not go as expected. I'm just speculating here, but I bet I'm close. No wonder they would not tell us what was really going on.
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    I wouldn't pop the champagne open yet.

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    This is very depressing.. I sure hope I am wrong but me thinks this is gonna be a disaster

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    Don't you young wippersnappers say nuttin, it's for the best of the industry. America needs more people in Santa Barbara and that's the fact Jack.

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    Yes!

    @ those who thought *CJ* would be the one to disappear-- looks like you can "Dream" on!
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    Hey Andy, why the shock? It'll be good to have some of your programs at a REAL network!

    Try not to break the CJ Feed system with that massive BFP feed though, huh?
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    Hold on, the only thing i think will be happening is you can access all your accounts through CJ, not merging yet into 1 yet, Have to wait till tomorrow to see whats up.

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    I think I will spend this week pulling BeFree links. I don't trust them to make the conversion without changing the linking structure down the road and would rather take some time now to weed out the links and put them up when we are sure they will work.

    I have a few megs of datafeeds that are probably unusable now...

    Unless someone with an official, trustable response from BeFree can come convince me otherwise.

    So SharaASale and the indies will be getting more of my attention for now. The fact that a growing number of people can't even see my CJ and LinkShare links has me backing off from some programs that I planned to work heavily on in the coming weeks. I'll put up some links and pages, but the major work will be for links I know people can see and click on.

    Thanks ValueClick for helping me reset my priorities.
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    No merging is happening tomorrow. Minor changes, just wait.

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    once again, we're going to have to sit tight, maybe have another beer (at this time, anyway), and see what the morning brings. No use speculating now, although we can definitely place bets.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by leeann:
    Of course, as we continue this important effort, we will ensure that all of our current solutions remain fully operational and supported to ensure nothing but continued growth and success for each of our clients.
    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I don't know anything that is not public, but I doubt affiliates will need to change links. See quote above.

    If my affiliates need to change links, let me assure you I will be standing in Jeff Pullen's office with my CEO trying to create another solution

    Hang in there; I know this uncertainty is a little unnerving for all of us.

    There are lots of CJ and BF merchants (we are CJ and BF customers after all) here that want to make sure this is a painless transition for both affiliates and merchants. And honestly it's in BF and CJ interest to do so.

    Cheers,

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Does Scott at BeFree still have a job?? He was one of the people that was actually helpful! <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I still have a job, thanks for caring Loxly.

    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Heidi, it states that starting tomorrow you only login through cj, no more befree. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    It seems Jeff's email left a little too much to the imagination. This announcement is setting the stage that the combined organization of Commission Junction and Be Free are moving forward under the CJ brand.

    There's no major change or product integration happening tomorrow. This first step is announcing the direction and unifying the external websites, not the publisher or advertiser interfaces. Logistically, there will be separate CJ and BF logins and they will go to the same places they go now. You'll be able to login to Partner Gateway from cj.com. It will all work the same tomorrow.

    As Jeff says, we're working diligently toward integrating our offerings. It is not a quick process or one that we're taking lightly. It's going well and we will continue to work toward a solution that brings the strengths of both solutions to you and the industry. It's an exciting opportunity, I look forward to seeing how it shapes up, and I'm happy to be part of it.

    Finally, your BF links are not breaking. Nothing's breaking. Please don't waste your time removing links. Above all, our number one priority is to not negatively impact business, yours or ours.

    If any of you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. Feel free to contact me directly.

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    Iv'e tried to get with befree i finaly due now i no why cus their now hooked up with cj
    maybe its a good thing that my my site needed too b rebuilt sence i crashed it

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