Posted in Uncategorized, tagged 2011, andorid, customerservice, custserv, Detroit, droid, incredible, incredible2, PR, problemsolving, publicrelations, warren on December 7, 2011 |
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I wish I had a screen shot of my Facebook post but I complained to Verizon Wireless about my Incredible before I headed to the store and the community responded first by saying since I went through six phones I was entitled to a different phone. I do not complain about customer service and I tend to give the companies the benefit of the doubt but this is different. I mean six phones is a little bit extreme to keep replacing with the same refurbished problem especially since the one that was replaced was replaced less than a month ago.
I have tweeted to @VerizonWireless but things go to deaf ears over and over again. I just wanted a new phone that does the same thing my old. I was never looking to upgrade or get anything for free but just have a phone that works longer than three weeks. There is something wrong with the phone I have and refurbishing them wasn’t solving the problem.
I did not get any kind of response and when I got home I went to see what was happening with the post I asked questions on and it was deleted. Not only did they not solve my questions but they deleted it and now there is only corporate content on there and nothing posted by people talking about their products. Verizon never responded to my question on the Facebook page either the community only did.
I am not really wanting to go all United Breaks Guitars here or anything because I decided to visit a different Verizon store than the first one I was going to because I got sick of the same thing. The entire process took almost forty five minutes but I did finally get an Incredible 2. Orignal Incredible has been nothing but a headache and the process of getting stuff done over and over again and not even acknowledging me online was ridiculous.
I get companies don’t like user generated content on their page but it is problem solving that builds trust and helps establish relationships. I have seen this on other pages where they frown upon someone asking questions or posting content on fan pages.
You can not have an open relationship with a guest or customer if you ignore what they are feeling. That is bad public relations and even worse customer service. Yes my problem did get solved but this should have been fixed four phones ago and not on the sixth one. The Incredible is a huge fail and even though I love it when it works but when you are replacing defective devices with more defective devices it does not make for good customer service.
Would I be writing this if I had been answered on the Facebook page or Tweeted to? No, and I probably would have had more love for them but since I am being ignored which is not a good feeling I think it is time for companies to actually listen to the consumer.
You can be on social media all day and just push your holiday sales and your new products but when something breaks and breaks and breaks again you need to be strong enough to say, “Yes this is a problem and no this isn’t marketing but customer service, it fits into a different silo but we are all people.”
What is so wrong with giving the consumer the reigns to talk about your product on your page even if it is bad? I could have easily ended the day with “This is a crappy product but the manager at the 12 and Dequindre store in Warren did a really great job even if it did take almost an hour.”
Hiding behind a logo is fine and dandy but in the end we are all consumers and we all just want to be heard and NOT deleted.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Brandcamp09, career, careerplanning, charlespugh, david perry, Detroit, Ford, kevin donlin, MSU, MSU Management Center, MSUalum, pugh, Royal Oak, Scott Monty, Troy on September 8, 2009 |
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I have been working with some pretty cool people as of late. Though I have still not landed the elusive “BIG GIRL” career. I have a feeling something good will happen soon. I mean the karma has to be going into my favor eventually, right?
Charles Pugh Guest speaker Third Thursday Roundtable
Third Thursday Roundtable (Sept 17) is a networking lunch which is going to feature Charles Pugh. This should be exciting and you can learn about the change he is going to bring if elected to City Counsel in Detroit. Will a fresh face help bring Detroit to light? Let’s hope so. So be ready for networking from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Club Venetian Banquet & Conference Center 29310 John R Madison Heights, 48071. Cost is 25.00 includes lunch and networking.
Sept 17 is a pretty busy day. If you are like me and still trying to find the elusive FULL TIME career. Here is your chance to learn Guerrilla Job techniques from Detroit’s own MSU grad Kevin Donlin and his partner David Perry. He will be hosting a seminar at the MSU management center in Troy and through this blog you can receive $10.00 of the cost of the seminar. Just by typing JFB.
I have used some of the techniques successfully. I have used them for acquiring my internships with FWIX and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Here is a presentation I used when I gave a speech to 150 people at St Anastasia in Troy, MI.
I am a huge supporter and I think it is really worth the time to go and be a part of this seminar. I am using directed networking as I would call it. Kevin comes up with a lot of great ideas. Well worth the time and money.
If this isn’t enough… October has a cool event as well. Brand Camp 09 will be on October 10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI. Brand Camp University’s goal as an interactive conference that brings together the best and brightest minds in communications, marketing, brand development and business management to explore how social media has revolutionized the way individuals and companies position themselves personally and professionally.
So do you want to do something which puts Detroit back on the map? You can learn about the future of Detroit with Charles Pugh, get back to work with Kevin Donlin and David Perry, or get your brand on track by attending Brand Camp.
Let’s see you there…
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged bloggers, Detroit, journalists, journchat, journchat live, PR, Public Relations, relationships, sarahevans on July 11, 2009 |
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Monday, August 17, 2009
6:30 – 9:00 p.m. CST
7:30 – 10:00 p.m. EST
The mission of #journchat has always been to improve the relationships between public relations professionals, journalists and bloggers. Together we’ve created a safe environment to explore each industry and ultimately how social media is influencing all of us.
The goal of #journchat LIVE is to have simultaneous live events occurring at the same time around the United States (and elsewhere if time zones permit). We’ve spent more than seven months sharing our thoughts and opinions online. While this format may not change, it was suggested that we incorporate a face-to-face event.
@prsarahevans created this weekly chat and this is from her email to me. I was urged to take control and be the #journchat Champion for Detroit. So far I have emailed and through some of my connections received positive feedback on the situation and a warning.
I am new to Public Relations field but I do believe in collaborative learning and I have found my way around the digital landscape and am very active in the community. I am active in PRSA Technology but still need to get into the game and call people to interview them.
I have never been a leader. Normally, I would rather sit behind the sidelines and then add to the conversation. I am conquering my fear of leading, doing something positive for Detroit, and am going to try and do it maybe with out a laptop. Which is going to be hard because a Tweetchat screen would be great on a screen so people can see the syndication.
As I have said before this is going to be a challenge. I haven’t worked in the industry really long and I am trying to bring everyone together . I have included radio as well. I believe they are in this with us and maybe if they are on Twitter they can chime in too. They are losing jobs at a frequency close to that of the newspapers and DJs are being replaced by voice tracks and MP3 files. People are turning to their Ipods instead of the radio.
This should be an interesting thing if everyone shows up and is involved in the conversation.
Can you give me suggestions on how to make this a great event? What do you suggest for a first time event planner? HELP!!
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Posted in The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Internship 1/2009, tagged 1950s, Cadillac, Detroit, Detroit Institute of Arts, DIA, GMBlogs, GMHeritageCenter, JacquelineKennedyOnasis, Jacqui, Jacqui Kennedy, Leukemia, Leukemia Ball, LeukemiaBall, LLS, LLS_MI, Lymphoma, MichelleFranzenMartin, MichelleMartin, Motorcityvirtuallibrary, Norb Promo, NorbPromo, OfficeofAlumniRelations, Photos, RobynHenderson, Society, WayneStateUniversity on April 13, 2009 |
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May 30, 2009 Join LLS at the Leukemia Ball! Please contact Norb Promo: Norb.Promo@lls.org
I thought I would pay homage to my former employer The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Norb Promo. I learned a lot when I was there and had great opportunities to gain some valuable experience.
This is where I found a niche with Twitter and managed to start my networking rolling. My friend Michelle Martin from the Office of Alumni Relations referred me to the Motor City Virtual Library and through Twitter I found a connection with Robyn Henderson from GMBlogs. She helped with a signature photo which is really classic.
Through this experience I also found the great things we might have lost about Detroit. Detroit was beautiful in the 1950s and the city was a happening place. I hope we find this again. I hope you enjoy a trip down memory lane with these photos.
If you would like to be a part of the Leukemia Ball email Norb at Norb.Promo@lls.org or call him at (248) 581-3903.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis Photo Exhibit
Detroit 1950s pic donated by Motor City Virtual Library at Wayne State University
Boy of the Year
Top photo donated by Motor City Virtual Library at Wayne State University, Bottom donated by GM
Donated by Motor City Virtual Library at Wayne State University
I hope you are excited about the good the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is doing and would like to learn more. Please Contact Norb I am sure he would love to hear from you.
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Posted in Detroit Red Wings, tagged Coach Babcock, confidence, Cup, Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Franchise, Mentor, Scotty Bowman, Shadow, Stan Bowman, Stanley Cup, team, team work, Todd McLellan, Training Wheels on December 22, 2008 |
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Everyone in life needs a mentor. The path in which they come in and out of our lives is a journey that can be short or long. Scotty Bowman was with the Red Wings since 1993 and he has always been in the shadows to help every coach after him if they needed some guidance. Every year until this year when he decided to leave for Chicago. His Son, Stan that is an Assistant GM, is documented for having cancer, so he went to be with his family and to help grow the franchise that has a long suffering tradition.
Scotty was a Coach and Mentor for the Detroit Red Wings since 1993!
With the training wheels off it seems like the Red Wings have lost their drive and lack the urgency to get things done and they are NOT acting like the team that had won the Cup last year. Some say that it is the well documented Cup Hangover that most Cup winning teams suffer. Which I do agree could partly true but I also think the Bowman factor could be another factor that is not well documented. They also are not acting like a TEAM. Where did the TEAM go? That is a mystery that we are waiting to find out.
When you have a well established coach that has been with the team in some for since 1993. Some of the members of the team were coached by him, and Coach Mike Babcock, used to have talks with him everyday or almost everyday and then he is gone. You lack the person from the other side that sees the ice and how you document things differently then from someone that is inside the organization.
I think these slow starts might be a combination of two things. Todd McLellan leaving and Scotty Bowman not being in the shadow. When the training wheels get taken off and you have to go solo that has to have some kind of trickle down effect on the team that has been used to him being in the shadows for so long.
What do you do when your mentor decides that it is time to take a different path? Do you have the confidence to pull things out or do you change your way of thinking? These things can be applied to life and NOT just the Red Wings.
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