Are you sick and tired of all the self proclaimed Internet marketing gurus? I am!
The final straw for me was about a week ago when I purchased a GMail secrets offer for $97 – Since I’m in the field; I invest money in all sorts of different products and marketing services that I like to test.
After testing this product out for nearly a week, I couldn’t replicate a single test as outlined in the video tutorial. Each time I contacted customer support it would take two days for me to get a one liner that didn’t answer my questions.
Additionally, none of the screen shots looked anything like what I use every day in my Google Adwords account / MCC. While I would have really liked to test out this potential insider secret for Gmail advertising, I just asked for a refund out of frustration and the lack of any real customer support.
In my testing, I found that normal settings in Adwords interface for the content network proved more successful in getting my ads to show up in Gmail than the tactics outlined in the video tutorial.
Over the course of the week I received numerous emails from other gurus promoting this product. I came to the realization that half of these Internet marketing gurus never test any of the products they promote. They just affiliate market something that another guru put out.
I also found several companies that I respect that recently began promoting products or services they’ve never tested. I’m not sure what value they are providing other than buy “this” product because so and so is a really good guy or gal.
Here’s what I’m proposing to do more of in 2010; provide “real” results for guru marketing tools with an honest assessment of how they did or didn’t work.
I’ll also contact customer support and see how long it takes for them to respond and then grade them on how well they respond to my support request.
What Internet tools, products or services have you used for your business and they did not perform as promised or the customer support was horrible? Share your stories with our visitors.