stunning move Precious Photos announced it is seriously considering filing it's
IPO with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The same principals of SBC Inc., in
spite of lagging software sales, and still maintains SBC Inc. will remain private until
the year 2002, are wasted no time in putting Precious Photos value in the hands of the
Although stunning, because of the
principals die-hard private corporation desires, expected, due the the enormous
hits to Precious Photos sites from extremely satisfied surfers.
As difficult as it is to become a
Starting Point Business "Hot
Site", only 365 are selected world
wide each year, Precious Photos had two separate sites to get top billing in the
same month last year alone. That truly is "Super Hot." And lets not
forget about SbcUsa's Software site. It also won the
Starting Point "Hot Business Site" award in June of this 1998 as well.
If you're thinking it's time for
the wealth to be shared, you are right. However, the sharing only went a few sectors
over on Precious Photos hard disk to it's Catalog directory. You
guessed it. Surfers just voted the Precious Photos On-Line
Photo Restoration Dealer Manual as the Internet's Reference "Hot Site." Score four Hot Sites for the Precious Photos / SbcUsa team
Logs showed another site, Black Art Gallery On-Line, was getting even more votes and hits in its short
infancy than the commercial Precious
Photos and Precious Photos
Dealer and Opportunities Site did when they won the prestigious "Top Business Site
Award." Dwight Henry predicted it would win the 5th business "hot site" before summers end.
Well they surely know something at Precious Photos that we did not. Score the 5th business "hot site" in September of 1998. Two things this shows is Precious Photos knows how to get traffic. No banner adds and no sponsors on
their pages either. Only awards. The votes say the people love the content
enough to take the time to vote and let it be known.
Precious Photos appears to be following the footsteps of other
internet businesses that are successfully using the "Concept Offering" of stock
and are being very successful at it and growing rapidly. It is unknown, at
this time, what the initial offering price will be however, 39% of Precious Photos stock will be made available to the public.
The restoration quality is superb
and turn-around time is extremely fast. Precious Photos appears
to be setting up to become the "Microsoft" of the Photo Restoration
Industry. Offering free dealerships and training to all and the internet is its
Precious Photos sites change daily and current displayed
restorations showcase work from far away places such as Columbia, Scotland, Turkey, Russia
and many other countries world wide.
Back to Black
Art Gallery On-Line. How does it all fit
in? Black Art Gallery On-Line is also the private baby of SbcUsa's CEO Dwight Henry who also
owns all the stock in Precious Photos.
His response was. "Already working
18-20 hours per day 7 days per week for 7 months." "I could only
find the time to develop the Black Art Gallery
On-Line site during breaks in my 20 hour
day." "The real boost for that site is due to Rosemary Ashley."
"She's the renowned Canadian artist and marketer extraordinaire." " I
saw her art work, fell in love with it, but did not like the presentation she had for such
fine art work." "As busy as I was I committed to present her work
"It was very difficult to go on the net
without getting asked "when will the site be up?" "I finally went for
5 days without sleep and laid out the site." "When I finally slept I did
so for 2 whole days." "My dreams were of Jamaica and steel drums."
"It was about 5 weeks later the the site was up and running to the point of
just maintenance and tri-weekly updates."
"But what about Black Art Gallery On-Line?"
"Is it a part of the public offering?" "Absolutely not."
"It will stay as is. "The Black Art
Gallery On-Line is really, really hot, once again
thanks to Ashley, and lots of fun." "I love that site not having to
navigate through banners." " You can just click and enjoy."
"In fact you have to really work hard to find the sales information for the
work presented at Black Art Gallery On-Line."
"One thing for sure is whatever the future
holds for Black Art Gallery On-Line, Ashley will be an integral and permanent part of
it." "With my emphasis being Precious
Photos and restoration in general, I doubt I would
have started Black Art Gallery On-Line were it not for her." "In
addition all links point to SbcUsa and Precious
Photos just like SbcUsa and Precious Photos links point to Black
Art Gallery On-Line."
"I suppose I should ask, how does the
greeting card business fit in all this?" "hummmm?" "Other
than developing some of the cards for internet use I've only copyrighted, printed and made
the cards distributor ready." "I guess all those are very good questions
as I am using all of my personal resources collaboratively to ensure the success of all
the businesses." "That part won't change.
"Your Soul Exposed Greeting Cards" have helped tremendously in getting traffic to our sites."
"The layout allows the cards to be sent via ICQ and URL's." "Although
the greeting card site is still under construction it ranks in the top 200 internet
"The Smiling Hearts Club and Expressions in Black and White
are the only greeting cards on the internet that are true greeting cards."
"You even open and close them." "Right now you can't even sign your
name to them." A second server had to be activated over the Christmas Holidays
to handle the 2,000 hits per hour at one point.
"Virtually all modifications and updates to
other sites were put on hold during the holidays while we concentrated heavily on server
logs to route that traffic to our pay sites." "I will no doubt continue to
use the cards for free on the internet for traffic and it looks like I will soon be able
to finally mass produce the card version for physical distribution."
"Perhaps the starving poets can start receiving some royalties."
In fact it was just days ago we were able to
develop a unique sponsorship - advertisement scheme into our cards. With-out
banners, of course. And it's working. No distractions from the content at all.
"By the way, what client tracking
software do you use?" :):) DbLink
footnote: since this article first
appeared Dwight, Patrice and two other individuals have formed a new internet business
Magnolia, Corp. This internet business allows individuals and companies to
incorporate in the State of Mississippi from anywhere in the world, on-line, using
registered agents. Any bets on the success of this one?