The Real Geeks
|Alexa rank||2,903,610 (December 2013[update])|
The Real Geeks (stylized as THE REAL GEEKS and commonly abbreviated to TRG) is a consumer technology website network with daily coverage of news and reviews from all sectors of the consumer electronics industry. The Real Geeks website was launched on January 10, 2011 solely by Ian Webb, however the website has grown to have a full, operational staff.
Founder Ian Webb began developing The Real Geeks in October 2010. During the week of January 3, 2011, Webb finalized plans for The Real Geeks and version 1 of the site was officially launched on January 10. Due the immediate heightened popularity and the multiple elements of The Real Geeks, the TRG Executive Team founded a parent company for The Real Geeks which they entitled TRG Media (the name reflects TRG, the flagship website). TRG Media also manages other online identities for other projects. After the closure of TRG Techcasts, TRG Media was officially dissolved in April 2012 and the company is now only The Real Geeks.
In November 2012, The Real Geeks went under a major renovation with an entirely new design on the website, corporate attitude, and style of writing. The renovation was met with positive feedback from users and the website continuously updates with new features and improvements.
Consumer Electronics Show
The Real Geeks was invited to attend the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada as members of the press. Current editor-in-chief, Ian Webb, and current CIO, Russ Webb, attended the show as representatives of TRG.
Due to the coverage put out by TRG during CES 2012, the website has grown in popularity due to mentions on the websites of several large corporations including Schlage, OtterBox, Zagg, and more. The website also gained ground on social networks due to the continuous coverage via Twitter, Facebook, and the TRG website.
The Real Geeks team attended the show again in 2013 with Southwest Airlines as the primary sponsor of coverage. The Real Geeks had exclusive content from several major corporations including Sony, Huawei, OtterBox, etc.
|Managing Editor||Sam Ell|
|CIO/Senior Editor||Russ Webb|
|Public Relations & Human Resources||Rebecca Calder|
|Marketing Guru & Contributor||Van Rabern|
The Real Geeks' Website
Currently, The Real Geeks runs on the Wordpress.org 3.5 CMS (content management system) platform, with Disqus operating as the comment system. The publication currently has 8 main sections: Home, About Us, News, Apple, Microsoft, Google, Get in Touch, and Tip Us.
The site runs off of advertising revenue through BuySellAds and other website sponsors including Southwest Airlines. TRG offers an optional free membership that allows users to comment on the website, and access occasional, user-only content.
On February 22, 2012, editor-in-chief Ian Webb announced that The Real Geeks would be introducing their own podcast network (entitled TRG Techcasts) containing five shows. The network was on-air for 3 weeks, when on March 16, The Real Geeks announced that the network was to be put on hiatus indefinitely.
The original five shows to the network were: AppFeast -hosted by Andrew Kunesh and Rebecca Teigh, Innovation Station -hosted by Rey Shaw, Sixty Second Tech -hosted by Russ Webb, TRG Week in Review -hosted by Ian Webb, and Within the Aperture -hosted by Hunter McLean.
Editor-in-chief Ian Webb made an announcement via his personal Twitter account on April 10, 2012 that The Real Geeks will be starting back up the TRG Techcasts network, and the network is looking for new hosts.
At the end of April 2012, Webb announced that the TRG Techcasts project had been shut down to focus on other aspects of the website.
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