We own a UK based company trading as Advance Media Marketing, we are a proper legally formed business in the UK selling services in advertising on Google and Facebook.
Gopher a search engine in New Zealand have issued a warning, that I have attached below my message. They say we are a scam and that they are working with yourselves in getting us removed?
We are not a scam, we are a decent well run business selling great services to businesses, we have many letters of recommendation, and are not hiding from anyone. Gopher are a search engine competing against Google and part of our sales process is to point out the obvious that Google is by far the largest search engine, and is a goliath compared to Gopher... all of this is fact! and more likely the reason they are de-faming our company.
We will look at taking legal action but of course this will take time, and in this time damage is continuing to our business.
From: GOPHER [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, 10 September 2012 12:35 p.m.
Subject: Be careful if approached by this company...
We’ve been warned that you should be careful if approached by this company as they are running a scam targeting Gopher’s database of customers.
Thanks to Mary Parker’s quick response (coachingtheattitude.co.nz) we’re getting this out so that you’re warned if you are also approached.
Essentially this UK based outfit seem to be trawling our business directory listings and then using the contact info there to get in touch and try to sell in Google AdWords, by posing as a recognised Google partner. Just so you’re up to speed on this, Google AdWords is a great online marketing channel (some would say the best) but these particular folk will sell you into an AdWords campaign, pocket all your money and not put your ads up as promised.
Here’s what we recommend: if you genuinely think AdWords could be useful in creating more leads for your business, click here to find out the best way to work with Google and get a campaign put together. If you’re one of the businesses that Advanced Media gets in contact with, do not part with any money and log your complaint here, cc’ing us in at the same time so that we can keep track of how much of a nuisance these people are making of themselves.
We are working closely with http://newzealandcomplaints.com to have the scam site taken down and get these people blacklisted, but until we get that handled, mark any emails coming through from them as spam and do not let them pocket any more money without doing the work.