CML is the only system that is still email based and not just web based and that doesn't sell subscriber lists or embed hidden ads.
We have 24/7/365 backup with multiple servers and network connections.
40 million emails a year use a lot of bandwidth! :-)
The basic website, not the discussion list interface, gets around 1,240,000 unique visitors per year with 45% of them repeat visitors.
When Geoff Boyle started CML in 1996 he paid the huge cost of £11.75 per month himself; he could manage that :-)
Within a couple of years we had grown to 250 members and a website of edited pages, the costs had increased significantly and Geoff commented on this on list.
JPB of Aaton said that he would sponsor the list at the rate of $1 per member per year, he was joined by more and more sponsors and CML finally began to totally pay for itself from about 2005 when membership got to 2,400. It’s now over 12,500 but we haven’t increased sponsorship rates since 2005.
Sponsorship and subscriptions ensures that we are free of advertising, no lists of members are ever marketed or shared and the broad spread of sponsors protects us from pressure and ensures the freedom of speech of the members.
We now have three levels of sponsorship, all get a tag line acknowledgement on every message sent out via CML, Gold get twice as many appearances on the various web pages as Silver Sponsors do, and Bronze half as many.
Sponsors’ logo images on the web pages are as randomized as it is possible to make them! It's difficult to measure how many times each logo appears as we try to leverage caching as much as possible to speed up visits. This means that the logo download is noted on someone’s first visit but isn’t counted on subsequent visits. 92,000 visitors had the initial download of logos in the 3 months to the end of 2019.
Gold Sponsorship is $2400 per year, Silver is $1200 per year, and Bronze is $600 per year.
If you wish to sponsor CML then please either click the button below to set up a regular credit card payment or email firstname.lastname@example.org to be invoiced and pay on an annual basis.
• The CML sponsorship year now runs January to January (it used to run from NAB to NAB).
• We have regular “in the flesh” meetings at CineGear and IBC when sponsors and members can meet.
• The cost of sponsoring CML has not increased for 15 years.
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