Jingit is a transaction based advertising platform that launched in September of 2011. A few months ago I joined Jingit and provided a review of their program. If you are interested in learning more about Jingit’s program, you can find the review here. Their launch created a lot of buzz, but recently people are growing upset at the lack of advertisements available on the Jingit platform.
A couple of weeks ago Joe Rogness one of the co-founders of Jingit released a video stating that the number of advertisements would decrease as they worked on the mobile platform and the partner sites. He also reiterated that the company was healthy and there was no need to worry. I recently viewed the Jingit Facebook page and I was surprised at the number of unhappy members due to the lack of advertisements.
I thought the company did a good job of relaying the message that the advertisements would decrease and patience would be needed while they work on changes that will help the company succeed in the long run. I certainly don’t have a crystal ball, but here are a couple of reasons I believe that Jingit will succeed going forward:
- Jingit is led by Joe Rogness and Todd Rooke. Joe is the former CEO of Two Fish a tech based consulting company and Todd is a former executive of Hewlett Packard. These are smart men with proven track records that I believe will position Jingit to be a leader in the online advertising space.
- If you viewed the latest video update from Joe he was clear that advertisers don’t have a problem paying for people to view ads, but they are concerned with direct engagement of the viewer. Jingit has some controls that will stop a video if another browser opens up, but this may not be enough. Varolo, another online advertising platform has had issues with members using scripts or automated programs to view ads.
- Joe was also clear that Jingit wanted to focus on the mobile platform and the Partners. He also stated that you would be able to make more money using your mobile phone with Jingit. I have no evidence, but that would definitely support that people are using scripts to watch ads on Jingit. I’m not a programmer, but I’m certain it would be much more difficult to run scripts on a mobile phones that have limited operating systems.
- Jingit is not some fly by night company. They successfully raised $3.5 million in start up money and many of their advertisers are major brands that are worth millions of dollars.
- Jingit’s major competition is Varolo and I believe Jingit’s higher payouts per ad view will trump the weekly jackpot that Varolo offers. If you don’t win the jackpot on Varolo the payouts are very small. Varolo just released a new compensation structure, but In my opinion it still does not rival Jingit.
Many of the points I brought up are my opinion, but I feel it’s enough information to be confident that Jingit has a bright future ahead of it. I see no reason to believe that Joe Rogness is not being honest when he states that the company is healthy and Jingit like many other start-ups will undergo several phases of transition before the members see the polished product.
Some members are also concerned about inactivity fees which is understandable, but there is no need to worry at this point. The $2 inactivity fee is not accessed unless no money is transferred from Jingit to the Visa debit card in 90 days. Jingit hasn’t gone 90 days without serving ads at this point. So to avoid the fee just ensure that you transfer as little as one cent at some point during the 90 day window and you will be fine.
Jingit is completely free and people should appreciate that. All that’s being asked of its members is to take the time and actually view the advertisements. I don’t know of another program where it’s this easy to make money. Instead of being critical people should just exercise patience and let Jingit make the necessary changes to ensure they are successful going forward.
Update – 4/21/2012
- Jingit is serving ads again. The website has a new look and feel and they are paying .50 per ad viewed. I’m not sure if that will continue, but I made $1.50 in about 2 minutes. If you are using Jingit on your mobile phone you will also be able to earn more money by checking in at various locations. The video below will explain how “check ins” work.
Update – 5/1/2012
- It still appears as if will take a bit of patience to make some real money using Jingit. At this point it is common to see the “no ads are available” message when attempting to earn using the Jingit app. In my view Jingit still has a lot of work to do to build up their advertising network. Check out my latest Jingit post for more information.