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DVDFab PassKey, alternative to DVD43 and AnyDVD HD ?

DVDFab team is very active during a few weeks, after a beta release of their popular DVD-to-DVD, Blu-ray-to-Blu-ray and DVD or Blu-ray to Mobile copy tools DVDFab 7, they just announced in their forum the release of DVDFab passkey beta, available for download.

What is DVDFab Passkey ? consider it as a driver to decrypt on the fly the encrypted disc, indeed the originals DVD and Blu-ray discs are protected and can’t be read without an extra tool or a genuine video player.

DVDFab Passkey, alternative to AnyDVD and DVD43

Here the different solutions :

  • Use a rip tool, which will only decrypt and save the file to your local hard drive, but it takes a lot of space, and you will have to read again the information a second time to make a conversion. Exemple : DVD Decrypter
  • Use a “driver Style” solution, it will side by side with another software of your choice, it works in the background and just intercept the calls to the DVD or Blu-ray drive to serve the file decrypted. It is a nice solution to read directly the files with the tool of your choice. For example VLC doesn’t support decrypting, but with a driver-level tool, you can use any existing application, it can be required to bypass the area limitation. The most popular software are AnyDVD HD from Slysoft, and DVD43
  • Use a software already including a decrypt feature, so you don’t have to worry to launch another program, but you are binded to that software and his capability to make the decryption part correctly : Exemple DVDFab platinum

So is DVDFab passkey will take some market share in this very specialized market ? I installed it on 2 computers, and didn’t face a problem, I used it to remove the area protection for a Blu-ray ( from USA ) and so I was able to play it on a european Blu-ray PC reader

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Fabrice Meuwissen interview for Avangate

I did an interview for Avangate a few days ago, and that interview has been published today.
Avangate is one of the biggest and most active e-commerce platform for software vendors. Reselling the top software available all over the world

“Fabrice Meuwissen is the co-founder of VSO Software , a company which produces the popular ConvertXtoDVD video converter. He is a developer & marketing person who has been involved in software development and distribution since 1997 and started using an e-commerce platform back in 1998. Fabrice also set the bases of BrainFight, a webmarketing consultancy agency mainly addressed to software vendors

 Fabrice Meuwissen portraitFabrice also set the bases of BrainFight , a webmarketing consultancy agency mainly addressed to software vendors.

Adriana Iordan: Can you please tell us a little about your background and how you got into software marketing & development?

Fabrice Meuwissen: I’m 35 years old and am from France. I’ve been involved in the computer software market since 1993.

Since finishing my studies in software development (1997), I have been involved in software development and distribution for my personal projects and through the various companies I worked for. I have started to use an e-commerce platform since 1998 at a time when internet connection was only possible with a modem and not yet with a DSL line. I have always worked for companies with international software distribution, both B2B and B2C.

In 2003 I set up VSO Software together with Jacques Vignoles we spent time developing a very popular …”

Read the full Interview of Fabrice Meuwissen for Avangate

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When is the right time to consider outsourcing or insourcing your eCommerce capabilities ? [Software Vendors]

Here is a summary article about a question I received a couple of days ago :

I’d like to hear what you have to say about when is the right time to consider outsourcing or insourcing your eCommerce capabilities ?
This is a question for Software Vendors,By eCommerce capabilities the followings should be considered: payments processing & tax handling, anti-fraud, shopper call center, bits delivery, etc.

Indeed, that’s a good question than software vendors and publishers could consider. Indeed software , shareware , and extended service provides a confortable margin if you have a decent volume of sales. That’s all the magic side of the software market compared to the electronics and hardware market, the cost to produce 1 software copy of 1 millions copies is about the same, only the maintenance, support, and registration cost will be on your volume.
Payments processing is usually depending on a bank, but some website acts both as a bank, reseller, and service providers, so instead of multiplying the provider you can have one to do several key tasks for you. But it has a price.
If you start with your business, and need a very fast integration of a payment method, at least to check if you will have at least your first order. You may consider easy solution such Paypal. Paypal is easy to open, no delay to start, well accepted by users, and the fees is pretty cheap with a fee of 3%.
3% is looking as huge for some newbies, but actually that’s a cost you will have only on the first sales, and without monthly subscription and without the need to give away you last blood exam as you may experience ( I m exagerating a little bit ) to your bank account manager.
As soon as you validate you have really a sale potential, it is highly recommanded to switch a popular payment service provider, you can look for RegNow, Avangate, ShareIt, Plimus, FastSpring, UpClick, SwReg, etc.. ( contact me to have special offer deal and check which one could fit the most your own activity )

Let’s do a list of top reason Why you should Outsource or Insource your eCommerce ?
– Price / commission / fees cost
– Extending the number of paiment methods
– Access new features ( Backup CD, Extended download )
– Access a new affilation network
– Have a specific shopping cart experience
– Complete control of each step of the registration
– Easier customer’s information integration
– Outsourced support for the paiment problems

Are you interesting by a complete and tailored study of this question.  Contact me or leave a question in comments.

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LOTR in Blu-ray, how fans could badly impact your marketing plans ?

Lord of the Ring, Blu-ray edition available on Amazon

What is LOTR ? that’s the acronym for the Lord of the Rings, the famous books from J.R.R Tolkien.The trilogy of Peter Jackson is finally announced in a Blu-ray edition. Blu-ray is the new HD video format, and as any new technology the early adopters can help to make it a success or a failure. Let me expose this interesting case. We have very special conditions there, in one hand a long-time awaited movie with a huge community fans ( I m kind one of them ), and in the other hand a new market with Blu-ray Players, HD TV, 2 fans group with high expectation is a blowing recipe and headache to manage. 

1 – 1st comment, the delay for the release of this trilogy has been too long, it was a quite recent movie with already a lot of post-processing done, a perfect candidate for the movie industry which could have actually helped the blu-ray players sales. That’s a first mistake but for sure, it was maybe more depending on the director than the studios themself. 

2 – The work needed to produce that HD / Blu-ray edition of the Lord of the rings was probably a little bit postponed due to the HD format wars, when it was not sure to see which format between the HD-DVD and Blu-ray could be the winner ( and by the way the Peter’s Jackson King-Kong was released in HD-DVD first )

3 – Let’s go back to the event… finally the Lord of the rings Blu-ray edition is announced with a release date 6th of April 2010, and while the previous comments from users and fans were pure speculation, the things are turning bad for the studios. Lock at Amazon page

… and see the users’ review.. 2000+ reviews, an average rating of  only 1.5 / 5 ,  that’s lame and I remind the movie isn’t released yet. The rating and comments aren’t really about the movie ( which is excellent of course ), but about the anger of users to see a products which doesnt fit their expectation. Indeed, despite the long extended version has been releade in DVD, the Blu-ray edition is introduced only with a the original theater version. Users are loudly banning the product before it has been released. How could it affect really the sales of the product ? Are the fans will really wait, or they will buy it anyway. They will feel a lot of dissappointement and frustration but even with the theatrical version, it will ( I hope ) be a fantastic demonstration for the Blu-ray technology

4 – What will be the real sales trend of this edition ? Do you think most people will wait or not, or buy anyway a movie they probably have already in their DVD collection ? Do you think some other movies could lead such interests ? Some movies mark a milestone in the technology used and the visual effects, it was the case with the Matrix Trilogy for DVD, and it is with new Avatar from James Cameron for 3D

What is your opinion ? will you buy this version ? any other movies which lead some extra adoption of a Blu-ray player ?

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How to chose your affiliate’s commission ?

I have worked for several years for VSO-Software, and also for some other software publishers before this one. Affiliation is a popular way to get efficient promotion and additionnal sales. A web site, a forum, a blog, a catalog is listing your products or services, and if a sale of your product is completed after a user clicked on the affiliate’s web site, they receive a commission on the sales completed.

What are the big question to consider if you are interested in this model ? First of all, you need to use a paiment service or a affiliate’s network compatible with your own paiment provider. The 2 most popular service for software publishers ( One of the most active and profitable affiliate market ) are RegNow from Digital River, and Avangate. If you are not selling a software, please contact me, I could give you some other network fitting your activity.

“software market provides commission from 30% to 85%”

What is the most popular commission applied ? Even if recommand to look first at your competitors, it’s pretty safe to say the most popular and default commission is 50%, at least with this one, you don’t have to think if the 50% is what you get or the affiliate, you will have the same. It gives also the feeling to the affiliate you open a balanced deal, a win-win relationship as you split the profit. Any publisher providing a commission of less than 30% will sound greedy and they will need to justify it ( because they have a very popular product, special expenses due to patents to pay, retail distribution channel, etc… ). At the opposite, a publisher provider a commission of 85% ( yes, it happens ! ) will also have to justify how they could do that. As an affiliate, you will look at this carefully, or worst, it could influence their final decision without they know why.

Why you should start with a higher commission than you would like ? Of course, starting affiliation with 50% could sound you risky. As if you split a part of your own body, or revenue. Actually, you need to consider the competition and the time required for an affiliate to list you. People are lazy, and affiliates are persons like other. If competitors or other products offer a better commission, why they will waste their time ? also.. and that’s the key point, imagine you define a commission of 50% or more, and you don’t have any affiliate registering and promoting the product, what you could conclude ? If you set your commission reward too low, you will just miss the opportunities to acquire new affiliate, and even changing the commission, it will be more difficult to convince again. At the opposite, if you have too many affiliate with a high commission ( 70% etc ) , it will be easier to reduce it, especially if you have mentionned the attractive affiliate rate was for a limited time. You have to start somewhere, so save your time, and be dynamic by offering an attractive commission at the beginning or opt to be  assisted by a professionnal affiliation account manage like me ;-)

Few Tips and suggestions ( to be completed by direct discussion with me and your specific case ) :

Reward the early-adopters affiliates. Some people will contact you to discuss affiliation while you don’t have one, that’s for sure people motivated to promote your products, so don’t hesitate to give them an extra bonus to their commission ( 55% instead of 50 ), they are the one you don’t want to dissappoint, they will help you to build a better affiliation program, testing it, providing feedback, so they need a special attention.

Auto-Approval for all,  most system let you the possibility to accept automatically the new affiliates or to review them. Make it simple and auto-approve them, there is nothing worst than killing the move of the affiliate, if he just applied to promote your product, don’t let them give up or forget, he was taking care of your products, let him the possibility to promote them right away and without any delay.

– Explain the tracking method, don’t hesitate to provide a XXX link sample : Just to make the things clear between the affiliate and you, and repeat in a page or after contact page the link you would like to see them uses. Even if you relay on the RegNow or Avangate build links, you won’t lost anything to repeat the way you expect the links to be set.

– No Direct Buy links with affiliate. Wake up, nobody buy directly anymore, you can smartly place some buy links in addition of the

– Set your Rules, be “generous” doesn’t mean you are stupid, you have to define some rules about how the affiliate can market your product, especially about CPC Google campaigns, you can forbid the use of some keyword if you are doing your own campaigns. You can also opt to limit the discount the affiliate could offer from his own margin.

This is only a few points to consider, each software publisher can adjust his affiliation partnership depending on the popularity of the software, speciality, price, margin. Ask your questions in comments, and I will use them for a future article.