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Pampered Chef: Yet another questionable way to advertise

  1. SpiritdancerIA

    SpiritdancerIA Member Gold Member

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    So, I've found yet another questionable way to advertise.

    Locally, there is a company that sends out a weekly email advertising local businesses (gas stations, restaurants, etc) along with coupons for the businesses.

    Today's issue? Has a "coupon" for a local consultant. :yuck:

    I called Career Solutions, and they asked me to forward a copy of the email to them. We'll see what their opinion is.

    A quick web search on the name and location of the person in question, and I found a clear violation, and several more questionable ones. Great. Now to decide whether or not to forward those, as well. :(
     
  2. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

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    Forward the violation, include links to the questionable ones, and let HO deal with it.
     
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  3. janetupnorth

    janetupnorth Legend Member Gold Member

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    The flyer as a paid advertisement is not against policy at all. The online stuff may be. Send it to HO and let them decide on that.

    No sense wasting business time on it.
     
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  4. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

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    Except that it wasn't a flyer, it was an email. I'm guessing that it included a link to PWS. And that's a grey area, since linking in an email is allowed, and so is purchased advertising, but somehow the combination of the 2 feels like an unfair advantage.
     
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  5. janetupnorth

    janetupnorth Legend Member Gold Member

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    Oops, missed that - good point. Then I agree. :)
     
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  6. BlessedWifeMommy

    BlessedWifeMommy Veteran Member

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    Does this company post the email on their site?

    I'm interested to hear what HO has to say about this.
     
  7. pcchefjane

    pcchefjane Senior Member Gold Member

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    I can tell you from personal experience some of this. I was advertising on a local newsletter called "FunandFrugal.com". She sends out a daily email of couponing, discounts, activities, etc. Since it was email, I advertised my KITK events in it with my email address. I also advertised as part of her "online Christmas Shop". This is when HO "caught" me. It is an internet violation because her newsletters are posted to her webpage with my website listed. She removed all references to PC from the ad for the KITK and it is still in her archives. HO has monitored this and the violations are no longer present since only my name, phone number, and email are listed with no references to the fact I am PC. The last couple of months since her subscribers have increased to 1,000 people, I have had 4 calls from the ad for the KITKs from last Fall!
     
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  8. esavvymom

    esavvymom Legend Member Staff Member

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    Interesting approach, Jane! So, you just have "Kids in the Kitchen", and your name/email/phone? Nothing otherwise that would lead ANYONE to believe it was PC and HO knows/sees it, and that's ok. *hmmmmmm* :cool: Gets one thinking. :D
     
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  9. SpiritdancerIA

    SpiritdancerIA Member Gold Member

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    When I talked to Careen Solutions this morning, they wanted a copy of it because of the combining of bulk email/solicitation (summary "you can't advertise on the web").

    The email ad clearly associated this person with PC, but did not give a link directly from the email or the website from advertising company. The ad is up on the advertisement company's website, along with the PC logo.

    In addition, I sent in another email after I found the same person listed on LinkedIn, with live links to the PWS.

    I've talked to my director about this person - apparently there is a history of not quite playing by the rules/doing things a bit underhandedly with this particular person (also that this person can be a bit vindictive, so I'm being pretty careful on how I word things here!).

    CS told me I'd hear back from them in a couple of days about the outcome. I'll let y'all know what I hear one way or another.
     
  10. pampered1224

    pampered1224 Legacy Member Silver Member

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    You can do the very same thing on any website anywhere at all as well. Face book for example. You can advertise that you love cooking and showing people how to make quick easy recipes and let them contact you through any e-mail address that does not look like pamperedchef or even
    pampered1224, I am afraid that too is an issue with them as it insinuates the compnay name, and they can e-mail or call you. JUST DO NOT MENTION THE WORDS PAMPERED CHEF any where in any way or your PWS link. There are "vays of doink teese tings" without getting in trouble.
     
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  11. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

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    The logo might get her in trouble, as there are specific rules about using it.
     
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  12. pampchefsarah

    pampchefsarah Senior Member Gold Member

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    That's why my favorite phrase is "It rhymes with Hampered Jeff and means Spoiled Cook.":p:love:
     
  13. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

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    Hey... that's my phrase!
    :D
     
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  14. pampered1224

    pampered1224 Legacy Member Silver Member

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    It was a good one Ann, very creative and remember - you did share it out here quite a while back. So copying is a form af flattery!
    I need to ask something here. Any of you who do the Facebook thing, do you get many bookings or sales or recruits from this? I know I was telling Ann in an e-mail that I just do not have the time to monitor or take care of something like that. But if it makes a big difference in your business, well maybe I should try to find time.
     
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  15. etteluap70PC

    etteluap70PC Legacy Member Gold Member

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    in a word.... No
     
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  16. patty42240

    patty42240 Member

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    Ok I am confused. Are you all saying consultants cannot even post on their own facebook page that they are Pampered Chef Consultants or that we are having a show or anything like that?
     
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  17. etteluap70PC

    etteluap70PC Legacy Member Gold Member

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    Yes and no...

    You cannot post in your info that you are a PC cons. or post your website.

    You should do you best not to post the words "Pampered Chef" anywhere on your page, or in your status. It makes you searchable. I would not attempt it unless you have all your settings to friends only and everyone on your friends list knows what you do.

    Basically PC HO does not want you to be "searchable" We have a leads system for a reason. It is a benefit of working our business and promoting to a higher level.

    there are lots of ways to talk about your biz without saying "Pampered Chef" especially if you make sure everyone you know knows what you do and you have specifically talked to them about it.

    It is all spelled out in the policy manual.
     
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  18. patty42240

    patty42240 Member

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    Thanks Paulette! I do have my setting set to friends only and the only time I have posted anything about PC is when I make comments to my friends but I guess I will not do that anymore other than in IM or e-mail.
     
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