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    I created this Flash game over a long weekend on a bit of a lark to see if I could generate enough revenue from the Dusty Brand Clothing affiliate program (they were paying out 4% on every tee purchased). The idea was to repeat the viral success I had with the Winky Tiki game and earn enough dough to pay for my hosting.

    Unfortunately, the company shuttered its “virtual” doors before the ball really got rolling (never got to do a proper viral seeding). The company was started by two business grad students from Bentley College as a school project. I read they made over $250,000 which goes to show you sex sells (not really).

    Nevertheless, the game was well received and for a few weeks it drove several thousand uniques to the website.

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    Passions Network is an online dating service that redefines social networking, consisting of  over 100 unique niche dating sites focusing on specific areas of interest, ALL FREE. For their newest niche Tattoo Passions, Passions Network wanted an “organic” way to spread the word as quickly as possible without a lot of spend.

    Our team came up with a low-budget viral marketing campaign featuring a Flash-based microsite called Dirty Dick’s Tattoos where visitors “ink” their own skin art and send them to friends as email messages. You have the option to make your masterpiece public so others can view and modify it. Promotion included email blasts to in-house lists, display ads placed throughout Passions’ existing dating sites, and viral seeding on social entertainment communities like College Humor, Kontraband, and Heavy. In addition, we did a special outreach to bloggers of tattoo-related sites.

    The Results: Over 2,500 messages shared within the first two weeks, exceeding expectations for conversion on the Passions Networks sites, not to mention an unprecedented level of brand engagement as users batted back and forth the tattoo messages in friendly competitions that often lasted for days.

    First cut of a Flash MX 2004 photo album/slideshow loosely based on the photo album template that comes with Flash but made it dynamic. You can place unlimited number of images inside a photos folder along with an album.xml in the album’s root, application imports the photos and XML file real-time.  This version limits photo dimensions to 640×480 but I do plan to change this in the next release. Note, Flash cannot read progressive JPEGs dynamically.

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    Though I don’t normally do political websites, I made an exception when friend and existing client Darek Shapiro (see Environmental Architecture) decided to run for Stamford Mayor under the Green Party ticket. A good man with good ideas, especially on how Stamford can be a greener city. Check out his views and get involved at DarekShapiro.com.

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    Since 1996, The Breast Cancer Alliance has been a major force for breast cancer research, education, and outreach. The nonprofit is the 4th largest private funding provider to breast cancer research in the United States, raising over a million dollars each year from grants and charitable events like the Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show (attended by over 800 contributors). We are happy to do our part for this incredible organization by donating our time to the upkeep and promotion of the official online home of The Breast Cancer Alliance.

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