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The emails surfaced due to another mattress lawsuit, GhostBed v. Krim; if similar correspondence exists with Derek Hales, it has not become public. Just a few months later, in Junesomething big happened that would ripple through the whole mattress ecosystem: As Casper grew, more mattress reviews sites began mushrooming up in its shadow, earning quick commissions while creating little value for Casper. Currently you actively endorse a competing product on our review page.
What can we do not to have you endorse another product as superior to ours? I am certain we can be a better partner to you than Leesa. Likewise for negotiations Krim may have been having with Sleepopolis or Sleep Sherpa. That summer, Casper declined to renew affiliate relationships with all mattress bloggers. It eventually reinstated some.
Check out these 4 mattress companies that Sleepopolis loves. Derek ranked first for that query, too. On April 29,Casper filed lawsuits against the owners of Mattress Nerd, Sleep Sherpa, and Sleepopolis that is, Derekalleging false advertising and deceptive practices. Mattress Nerd and Sleep Sherpa quickly settled their cases, and suddenly their negative Casper reviews disappeared from their sites, in what many onlookers speculated was a condition of the settlements.
He was soldiering on in his legal battle with the mattress giant. The company complained that Derek was not forthright enough about his affiliate relationships, noting his disclosures were buried in a remote corner of his site.
This did violate recently issued FTC guidelines, and Derek updated his site to comply.
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The statements on his site were fundamentally his honest opinions: He claimed he had become less enthusiastic about the Casper—which he still called a good mattress—only because equal or better mattresses had entered the market, sometimes at lower prices. The judge held that the case could proceed. At that rate, how long could Derek afford to go on fighting?
It had even been the subject of a gossipy, if rigorously argued, post on a site positioning itself as a gadfly of the mattress industry, HonestMattressReviews. According to the website analysis tool SimilarWeb, Derek referred 1. Much of this traffic went to Amazon. Mattress reviewers say their art entails recommending different mattresses to different types of sleepers, but in the 14 categories on his site for which the Leesa was eligible, Derek declared it first in seven of them, second or third in all but two of the rest.
But many people I spoke to suggested that other things were possible, too. At first, I heard many rumors to that effect. The middle-aged Wolfe, though now a resident in Virginia Beach, retained a charming British accent, and was a former marketer himself. The mattress industry has long been attractive to marketers, I learned, even before the internet got involved. As a mattress industry analyst recently told Freakonomics Radio: He later repeated this assertion and had his lawyer call me to confirm it, and said he felt it was important for mattress companies and affiliates to operate on a level playing field.
I asked Wolfe if he had ever offered Derek Hales a guaranteed income. Our friendly conversation took a swift turn. If you assumed that about one in 12 referred visits ultimately led to a purchase—a conservative estimate according to people in the mattress industry I interviewed—that would suggest Sleepopolis helped sell 33, mattresses. And his site, in a hypothetical sale, would be worth a multiple of that. Derek had made millionaires among the new mattress entrepreneurs—and he himself was one of them.
He had stumbled into what was, outside of financial products, one of the more lucrative niches in affiliate marketing.
If this was a David-and-Goliath battle, it was worth remembering that David became a king. Still, when his Manhattan lawyers first quoted their prices, Derek would have discovered that the cost of a fight to the bitter end—a trial by jury—could easily come to well over a million dollars itself. Sued by Casper in April She helped Derek build Sleepopolis.
Kenny Kline, Brooklyn-based mattress reviewer who gave reporter David Zax a free mattress. He settled his lawsuit in Friend and confidant of Derek Hales.