The Problem with Influenster, PinchMe and BzzAgent

You get a chance to get free stuff, eh? Well you never complain! Oh but in these cases, you do. You really have to. It’s just not fair.

PinchMe

I was initially contacted by them to sign up. It took me a while before I got anything. Mostly because I kept missing those freebie Tuesdays. I did get a magazine subscription. But I hardly read print anymore. Sad. Then I finally got hold of some stuff they were giving away. From the looks of their Instagram account, it seems like full-size products in boxes were being dished out.

But little did I know. I would fill up my box with samples. They said it would take time to arrive. It sure did. It’s like they must choose the cheapest postal service that also happens to be the slowest. In all that time as I wait for my free stuff to arrive, I get emails about completing my feedback and the deadline for the feedback. Ok I get it but I still don’t have the stuff.

Well I finally get my first freebie, I honestly was disappointed. It wasn’t a full-size bottle of mayo, it was a small sample. Luckily the sample included a coupon for a freebie. Ok cool, why would they send a full-size bottle of mayo in the mail? It would melt anyway in this wretched heat, so I reasoned.

So I trek out to get it. Take my fancy photo and post it. Turns out, it’s the best mayo I’ve ever tasted. So I am finally able to post feedback but that’s not all. I get another email stating that I need to post my review on the retailer’s site or else… No more freebies for you! 😀

During that time, I manage to fill my box up with the Whole Blends Shampoo and Conditioner (golly I’ve been wanting to try those in forever) and the Garnier Fructis Hair Mask.

Yup you guessed it. I wait. And I wait until a small envelope arrives. It’s the Garnier Fructis hair mask which is so tiny, I don’t know how I could possibly effect a review on the nothingness that it did for my hair. I mean it smelled great. Smelled like bananas but it was the avocado one. Go figure. And this one had NO COUPON towards the purchase of one or any dollar amount off. Bummer.

And lastly I recently got the Whole Blends sample, I just knew it’s not going to be a bottle (or bottles) but just seeing a blank paper to which it was attached and no coupon, I’m like falling fast into disappointment. Plus the sample is not enough for my length of hair. I mean maybe for a buzzcut but not for long hair.

I’m still getting emails about whether I bought the product and that I need to complete my feedback.

Yea it’s cool to get free stuff but I don’t think this is worth the hassle. You really don’t know what you’ll be getting. Well now you know by my experience. The only thing good out of all three was the mayo because you got to not only try it, but get a bottle of it.  Heck even if there was a dollar off coupon, it still would have meant something! Plus I’ve purchased a bottle since getting the free one.

I mean I think that it boosts a consumer’s vote of confidence in a product. If said company or marketing dude believes in the product enough, they’ll send you the actual product. It’s a rather lame attempt to sell stuff through YOUR social media efforts. Sending a miniature sample then having you rave about it and post a pic by default that you got if for free. Boy are these guys saving billions on advertising costs.

BzzAgent

It took them forever to offer me a campaign or have me “qualify” for one. They kept saying that I never completed the questions and that I didn’t connect my social media accounts. Which I did. And if I didn’t do that, I would be marked for deletion. Is this starting to sound like some dystopian science fiction flick with Shailene Woodley?

I seriously wonder how much of these marketing companies are run by bots.

I forgot how much time I spent answering survey questions. But yea after a year, I finally qualified for a campaign. I get the email “You’re in!” Whoa! And for what am I in? Wait for it.

Downy Unstoppables!

Yep I already use these well used to use them. I got a new washer and actually don’t really need them since the washing method is just different. But yea same story, I get emails about how I have to start posting how wonderful these are.

But I haven’t gotten the product yet!

Until today. I finally got them today. How do you pretty up sample packets of laundry detergent? Any flat lay suggestions? Are they not able to sell this stuff and are doing campaigns? Makes you wonder.

Oh and those emails about completing surveys to get points so you can get your free Naked palette? The surveys that never end. Ever. There must be a surplus of Naked palettes in a warehouse somewhere!

Maybe I’ll just let my candidacy for these amazing campaigns die in the internet waste heap of marketing nonsense.

An update:

I logged into Bzzagent for this campaign. I tried to complete a task but had it rejected. They wanted you to type up who you talk to and what you talk about which I did. Then I see they have specific photos they are looking for. You MUST take a slo-mo video or a Boomerang video of the product and other specifics or they will reject it. Flat-lay or box pics are not acceptable content. I’m really turned off now. This product has been on the market for few years now. I can’t really muster up excitement over a product I’ve used and it’s not even my favorite scent. I’m sure there are people out there who have not used it and should be the target for this campaign. Again I am not posting detergent on my makeup account. WTH?!

I’ll repeat the last sentence above: Maybe I’ll just let my candidacy for these amazing campaigns die in the internet waste heap of marketing nonsense.

Influenster

What can I say? It used to be good. It was exciting. But I’m lost. I haven’t gotten anything since last year. The last thing I got I remember, the VoxBox had a can of corn. I don’t blog about corn but they sent me corn. I guess from the metrics and social media accounts that I connected to in order to sign up to Influenster, they somehow came to the conclusion that I needed to be sent a can of corn. To this day, I still get likes on my review (I know because I get email notifications, quite a fan club starting there if you ask me, Duchess of Corn). I had to make the review or else! No more VoxBoxes for you! I never knew my review of corn could effect so many in such positive ways. I’ve made a difference! Yippee!

So what was great? Well I was getting makeup. I remember the KVD products, the YSL mascara and the Loreal moisturizer (which was poorly executed I think). I was so turned off by it. You can’t just throw somebody a new face cream and expect them to drop what they’re using. Reaction? Allergies? Takes a while to adjust and I never did like that cream! I’m happy if it worked for you.

The rest were food products of which the can of corn was the most memorable.
And I can’t seem to find that fancy picture of corn. Never ever got lipstick. 😀

So you’re ranting here? No not really just being brutally honest in the most acerbic way. You usually keep it lighthearted and short. Yes I do. Why ramble on and on about a lipstick? It’s either the bomb or it sucks.

But this is my commentary on the rise of marketing sites. There are flaws to them all. I see so many comments of people who follow them and post reviews in hopes of even getting their first box but they never do!

Free stuff is limited. And it’s only for a few select hence why PR lists are so small. You either have it or don’t. Just like in the days of modeling agencies, if they like “your look”, they’ll sign you on and the world of opportunity will open up. I remember those days but I was told I was fat (only 115 lbs. then) and didn’t have “the look”.

With so many folks who blog about products, I guess these sites help distribute the crumbs to the rest of us.

So how do you feel about marketing sites?
~Duchess

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