First Walking, Talking Advertisement Makes a Big Splash
[2nd December 2003]
BEDFORD, Texas, Dec 02, 2003 /PRNewswire
via COMTEX/ -- In the 6 months that a 22-year-old Illinois
man has had "C I Host" and "Managed Web
Hosting" tattooed on the back of his head, the
company has counted 500 new customers who bought C I
Host's services because they saw the tattoo.
"This has been a tremendous success,"
said Christopher Faulkner, CEO of C I Host. "Jim
Nelson is a great salesman and we are happy to have
the 500 new customers who have come from his marketing
efforts and the publicity generated by the tattoo."
As part of the contract Nelson signed
with C I Host, he must travel around the country promoting
C I Host and keep the 5-inch-square, blue, black and
orange tattoo visible for five years. He must hand out
business cards and flyers and learn a 10-second C I
Host sales pitch.
"He is the best sales person I
have -- he passes out flyers, talks to people and does
not ask for a salary or commission," Faulkner stated.
After C I Host won the auction on eBay
for Nelson's services, other companies copied the marketing
strategy, but with temporary tattoos. Nelson auctioned
off the back of his head to get cash to start his own
C I Host, with more than 200,000 customers
in 182 countries, is well-known for its unique and effective
In the past, C I Host has brought Howard
Stern back to Dallas radio, put its name on the back
of Evander Holyfield's boxing trunks, sponsored a NASCAR
race car, held a contest to send the winner to the edge
of space in a jet and put a 25-foot high Santa on the
roof of its headquarters.
"Whatever we can do to reach our
target market and get the word out about C I Host, we
will do," Faulkner said. "It's similar to
the extra mile we go to bring our customers the most
up to date technology and give them the best service."
About C I Host
I Host (www.cihost.com),
based in the Dallas/Fort Worth market, is a Web hosting
and Internet solutions provider, domain name registrar
(DNR) and application service provider (ASP) serving
200,000 individual consumers and businesses in 182 countries
C I Host creates business-class Web
hosting solutions for the small- and medium-enterprise
(SME) market, with the broadest portfolio of managed
hosting and value-added services in the industry. C
I Host is accredited by ICANN to register domain names.
C I Host is HIPAA-compliant and has
passed the SAS70 audit.
C I Host has been ranked #1 in speed
by the Adoloma Web Hosting Guide. C I Host has been
consistently ranked among the Top 5 Web hosting companies
out of 16,000 around the globe by c|net's Ultimate Web
Host List, HostPulse, WebHostsOnline.com and HostChart.com.
C I Host was named among the Top 25 Web hosting companies
C I Host offers turn-key services ranging
from initial domain name registration to custom dedicated
servers for e-commerce on today's Web. The company offers
innovative packages and services to the Internet community.
C I Host operates three diverse data
centers across the United States, with its main facility
and Network Operations Center in Bedford, Texas. C I
Host also has offices in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago
All telco-grade, tier-1 data centers
are wholly owned and operated by C I Host and consist
of redundant diesel generator backups and a temperature-controlled
secure environment with fully redundant UPS capability.
All server hardware is fully tested and configured for
optimal performance. Daily Web server backups and full
fire protection guard against any data loss. To deliver
speed and reliability, C I Host's servers are connected
to two OC-12 fiber connections, five DS-3 and two OC-3
lines from five diverse Internet backbones for a total
of more than 2.6 Gigabits of available bandwidth.
This release was issued through eReleases(TM).
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D. Kent Pingel
Public Relations Director
C I Host
888-868-9931 ext. 7006
C I Host