3 Business Mobile Broadband: Rantings

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Please cover your ears and eyes, your childrens’ ears and eyes, and probably the dog’s too.

Friggin’ stupid marketing moronic idiotic moronic loser bonehead marketing dipstick dummy moronic wallys – did I mention moronic? – marketing jerks that 3 Business Mobile Broadband employs.

I wanted to find out about “Make your workforce more productive with $29 mobile broadband” – it’s not a whitepaper full of research goodness, not an invite to a private launch, not anything of value other than sales information. And this is the hoops I have to jump through. (Click on this to see the bigger picture, or click here to register.)
Why such a big barrier of entry to get information that might result in a sale? Am I, the moronic business person, clearly not to be trusted with a sales brochure unless I reveal a tonne of stuff about my company? It’s bad enough I have to fill in these forms when it’s useful to me – such as when I join a social network or a social media site – but seriously, not when I just want the sales guff. No, I didn’t fill the form in – they can go take a running jump…

And yes. I know. its how we are always treated online. I am just so not in the mood for it right now. Cat’s coming over to buy me an afternoon coffee and cake. I might come back feeling guilty about slanging off and delete this post. But right now, it stays.

Some clever clogs tell me why it’s so important to find out all that background before sending me the sales brochure, and I’ll apologise. Nicely. And mean it. But you had better wait until after the post-4pm latte/cake. And keep out of my way in the meantime. Grrrr. 😛

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

6 thoughts on “3 Business Mobile Broadband: Rantings

  1. I couldn’t agree with you more. It’s tolerable when you’re getting something useful — like survey information — so you’re swapping your privacy for something interesting. But to have to do that just so they can try to sell you something is nonsense.

  2. You’re back on my good books, Steven. 😛

    Exploding Chocolate Cake at Spring Cafe in Challis Avenue does wonders to restore equilibrium in this crazy online marketing world. Try some. 🙂

  3. 3 mobile are not my favourites atm, either. First I’ll tell my story. I lost my 3Mobile phone 2 weeks ago (yes, there was alcohol and taxis involved). Got the service switched off as you should do, but, no, I can’t access my voice mail or get message because it’s ALL THE SAME PLATFORM. Once off, all off. I had effectively disapeared.

    In case my phone turned up I had to wait before replacing it. Since the network is some fancy new one, all my old phones (all 4 of them) don’t work, so couldn’t just pop a SIM card in. So I went to Telstra and got a prepaid SIM and new number.

    Even though I’ve had exploding chocolate cake too, I’m not calm about 3mobile and their stupid questions.

    ah, that’s feels better. (justified) rants are good for you (and so is chocky cake)

  4. Disclaimer: The above respondent (cat)is my dealer. Citron tart, exploding chocolate cake – she’s da man with da connections. Preying on my emotional highs (and lows) cat feeds my addiction. Bless her. 😛

  5. Laurel – don’t delete the post – send it to “the consumerist” website (and maybe someone at 3 as well!)

  6. That consumerist site is interesting… I had a poke around.

    I’m not sending it to 3 – someone there approved it. In spite of the flaws being really bleeding obvious… It’ll be like dobbing in a corrupt cop to a corrupt superior. i.e. a waste of time.

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