Marketing company clicks on keyboards

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ChannelCommerce.com, a Santa Monica, Calif., new-media company, said it intends to give away 95 million personal computer keyboards in 2000 and 2001, making its money by selling keys on the boards linking directly to Web sites.

The company will sell the 12 function keys, each of which will have a sponsor's logo and a direct link to the sponsor's site. ChannelCommerce said it will launch with a giveaway of 250,000 keyboards at November's Comdex/Fall, effectively giving away a keyboard to every attendee at the premier computer show.

"These keyboards are the newest form of interactive Web advertising," said John Liu, president and founder of ChannelCommerce.Com, "They will reach a highly targeted consumer base at Comdex, which will translate to an increase in return hits and facilitate e-commerce for each key's sponsor."

Copyright July 1999, Crain Communications Inc.

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