Viewpoints Update – December 2008Posted: December 16, 2008
As we speed into the final two weeks of December, I thought this would be a good time to give you a quick update on the latest at Viewpoints and maybe even give you a few gift ideas. I am pleased to report that last month we had 1.4 million unique users and we now have more than 150,000 registered members. I am starting to get used to 25%+ month over month growth!
As you know Viewpoints is social media company focused on helping consumers making smarter decisions. We are passionate (some might say obsessed) about finding ways to motivate consumers to tell us about their personal experiences with products, services and businesses so that we can in turn present all of this great insight back to the millions of in-market buyers who are using our site to make important decisions.
In this spirit of sharing personal experiences, I thought I would give you few of my own picks for the season that might help you sniff out a few great gifts for your friends and family (and maybe even you!).
· Esperanza Resort – This little slice of heaven is in Cabos San Lucas Mexico. We are going back this year for our third consecutive year. The food, the weather, the pool, is all nearly perfect.
· My 2008 Movie Picks – Of the 18 movies I have reviewed over the last two years, I will have to say that Slumdog Millionaire, Milk and Frost are among the absolute best movies I have seen in quite some time. If you need a few great rentals, I would recommend Into the Wild and The Great Debaters.
· Dining Out? – My obsessions with restaurants is clearly become a problem. Check out this list of 60+ dining spots. I would highlight Kuma’s Corner and Hub 51 as two our favorite new spots. Unearth some real gems like the gourmet burgers at a metal bar (Kuma’s) and great tacos at an American style restaurant (Hub 51). And of course, Avec is basically the pinnacle of perfection in my book.
· Nintendo Wii – We got this last year and I will have to say other than throwing out my shoulder pitching in Wii Baseball, it has been a big hit.
In the gadget category we have been really happy with Canon Powershot G9 and The Flip Video Camera. The Canon is a nice high end compact digital camera but not as bulky as your typical SLR. The Flip Video Camera is a cheap ($130) and fun video camera that is small enough to slip in your pocket as you run out the door.
For any of you political junkie out there I strongly recommend Nine, a book by Jeffrey Toobin about the Supreme Court. A friend gave this to me as a gift this year and it was one of the best and most memorable reads of the year.
Anyone searching for the perfect bed? Read my review of the Westin Heavenly Mattress. Believe it or not, more than 17,000+ people have read this review since we started tracking review readership in April.
Who wouldn’t love a great bottle of wine or spirit? My favorite place to wander around and shop for wine is Sam’s Wine. If you are in Chicago, stop by. If not just order online.
Well, I guess for now that is it. I am starting to realize there are a whole slew of new things I need to review in time for the next update!
As far as Viewpoints, we are always looking for innovative marketers who are interested in finding new and effective ways to reach both in-market consumers and social influencers who love to spread the word about great products to their friends. Additionally, we are interested in syndication partnerships and we are now licensing our technology to help companies launch their own online communities. Check out Viewpoints and let us know if you like what you see!
Happy Holidays and a safe and healthy New Year!
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