• Report: #825054

Complaint Review: eGumball TRUSTED BUSINESS | Ripoff Report Verified Safe™ …businesses you can trust. eGumball, Inc. has top-notch customer service team that works one-on-one with each customer to find the right keywords & optimization plan so their business can be found online. eGumball, Inc. is always innovating & working to introduce new services to their customers. eGumball, Inc. is dedicated to the Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction program.

  • Submitted: Thu, January 19, 2012
  • Updated: Thu, October 01, 2015

  • Reported By: Mikeaclothinginc — United States of America
Egumball Inc
Internet United States of America

eGumball, Inc. REVIEW: Customer Satisfaction Commitment: eGumball, Inc. is dedicated to 100% customer satisfaction. They continue to focus on finding new ways to assist clients' in optimizing their online presence.
*UPDATE: Recognized by Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Program as a safe business service. eGumball, Inc. pledges to always resolve any issues: feel safe, confident & secure when doing business with eGumball, Inc., recognized by Ripoff Report Verified™ as a safe business service.

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EDitor's UPDATE: Positive rating and recognition has been given to eGumball, Inc. for its full commitment to quality customer service.

Ripoff Report's discussions with eGumball, Inc. have uncovered an ongoing dedication by the company to total client satisfaction. This means that clients can expect that the company will work towards finding a mutually satisfactory resolution to any concerns. eGumball, Inc. listens carefully to client concerns and sees them as an opportunity to learn from past mistakes and become more efficient as a company in the services offered and the support for those services.

eGumball, Inc.'s owner and founder has informed us that his personal philosophy is that his clients success is at the heart of the business. He feels it critical to listen to his clients and respond properly in every situation. [continued below]....
..... By always putting customers’ first, he hopes to maintain eGumball, Inc. as a successful enterprise both now and for many years to come.

eGumball, Inc. is Ripoff Report Verified
Ripoff Report Verified™ .. part of Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program.A program that benefits the consumer, assures them of complete satisfaction and confidence when doing business with a member business..

The information provided in this report below is based on comments made by the CEO, John Bauer during an onsite inspection held by a third party verification company with no biases toward eGumball, Inc.

eGumball is a Local Search Marketing provider based out of Southern California. John Bauer, CEO, stated the following in regards to his company, "we are an outsource destination for small businesses who provide local online advertising for their business." With the growing market of online promotion eGumball exceeds the competition by offering multiple services to their clients including: Google and search engine optimization, website development, and promotional products.

Leads for eGumball are primarily acquired through cold calling methods. Once initial interest has been placed Mr. Bauer explained the sales process, "once a contract is provided, signed, and returned there is a three day right of recession period provided at the time of the contact which has to expire before moving forward. The active contract is emailed to them along with their own online portal which they have to agree to our terms and conditions when they get in to the portal." Communication is a valued process for eGumball while developing relationships with their clients, "we strive to get the business the right way. Therefore, we strive to ensure our customers are clear as to what to expect going forward."


During the onsite interview, Mr. Bauer was asked to describe some of the common complaints that they receive. Mr. Bauer explained that their most common complaint is the turnaround results are not fast enough. In order to combat this, "we educate the client as to what we do as a company. We lay out how long it typically takes Google to show those results, we provide updates, walk them through the steps and try to put the puzzle pieces back together so that they can get a full picture of what's going on."

When asked to comment on complaints posted on Ripoff Report's website Mr. Bauer explained that most complaints were in reference to miscommunications about their service. Mr. Bauer went on to state, "if a salesperson misrepresented our services to a potential customer, we have recordings of the phone call to go back and verify all escalated customer complaints. We will listen to it, and if the complaint is valid we will rectify it immediately through the appropriate channels. If we find that the customer is not understanding, then we will go through the process of educating the client so that a full understanding and resolution is achieved." In addition, their accreditations include being partners with Google Adwords, and being accredited through the BBB.

eGumball is proud to be a part of Ripoff Reports Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program. Mr. Bauer further stated, "I think that 3rd party advocacy is great for business."


Traci helped me with my password to access my control panel. We went through the entire panel thoroughly and I even saw the way my advertising was performing through my statistics tab! I understand everything more and I really appreciate all the help! - Bailey - Washington, DC Review Date: 8/14/2015

My experience was excellent today with Rosanna! She was extremely patient with me as I created a Google listing years ago and I completely forgot how to access my own listing. She was able to take charge and get into the listing to make all the necessary changes. Way to go Rosanna! - Lisa - Old Saybrook, CT Review Date: 8/14/2015

So far so good! Customer service team is courteous and helpful! Temeca went over the phone calls and emails I would be receiving which included the log in to my control panel. eGumball's team has gone over strong points to set up my account. I really like the way its all going so far! - Brad - Jackson, MI Review Date: 8/14/2015

Quick Fast and Easy service today with eGumball! Ashley got to the point and was able to update all my search terms! Thanks - Michael - Kansas City, MO Review Date: 8/5/2015

Lynne opened my eyes to things I didn't even know I had online through eGumball! She was so helpful and knew exactly what she was talking about! She turned my frown upside down and made me happy! Five stars for her great customer service today - Tim - Overland Park, KS Review Date: 8/3/2015



""We are one of the top local search marketing providers in the nation. With us, you'll always receive a complex and customized approach to optimizing your online presence and improving your overall marketing plan."

eGumball, Inc.'s team have expressed that they feel very confident doing their job, and enjoy working one-on-one with customers every day. eGumball, Inc. takes employee satisfaction seriously as well.

Employee feedback and surveys reveal comments such as this,

"This is the best company I have ever worked for. Thank you eGumball for all you continue to do for me and my family. Thank you again."

Ripoff Report was pleased to learn that eGumball, Inc.'s past and current approach to business is focused on its pledge to total commitment towards client and employee satisfaction.


eGumball, Inc. recognizes that complaints posted on Ripoff Report (whether true or not) are issues that need to be addressed, not ignored. If handled correctly, complaints can be valuable learning opportunities. With the feedback generated by Ripoff Report's review, eGumball, Inc. has made organizational changes allowing its clients and employees a more streamlined approach to problem resolution and a commitment to a great client experience.

In summary, after our review, which included discussions with the employees and management of eGumball, Inc., Ripoff Report is convinced that eGumball, Inc. is committed to quality delivery of services resulting in total client satisfaction.

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Ripoff Report has determined that eGumball, Inc. meets Ripoff Report Verified’s standards which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. Members of the Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction program do pay a fee for our on-site review, 24 hour monitoring and for support with customers to resolve any disagreements.

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Egumball Inc Egumball Egumball takes your money and provides little of whats promised Internet

Egumball..... I can't begin to tell you how bad of an experience I have had with egumball.  As soon as I signed with them my listing was off the map for months, while I paid their fees.  I was told to hang in there that it could take months.  I kept asking them are you even monitoring our site.  Then I changed their tracking link that they make you put in the listing and waited to see if they would pickup the loss in traffic.  I waited over a week and no call or email.  I called them and they said well we may or may not pick it up.  My response was you told me you were monitoring it.  Next I re-established my pin code from google so they can't continue to manage my account, and waited to see how long it would be before they noticed.....guess what still no call or email.  My question is what am I paying for.....Their answer......  there silly site that draws little traffic.  Not worth that kind of money.  Its a shame because its a 6 month contract.  i have heard others get bullied into paying a large fee, which is fine, but to post a false and misleading site is not.

I am considering doing a class action law suit as my wife works for a lawfirm.  Any or any lawyer interested? 

Client for 1 year
Industry: Clothing Retail
Canceled: 8 months ago

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#1 REBUTTAL Owner of company

It Would Have Been Best To Have Left The Listing Alone

AUTHOR: eGumball Inc. - (United States of America)

When we/you claim your Google Places listing for the first time it is Google standard policy to remove a listing from competitive searches for an average of 4-6 weeks until a listing is authenticated. Though your listing is visible to the public within 72 hours it is limited to searches by your company name.

It is interesting to know that over the six months of service you claim to have a) replaced our domain name and b) reclaimed your listing by entering your pin code. This is against our terms of service as it interrupts service. One reason we do not guarantee results.

Important Note: It is Google standard to remove a listing from competitive searches for 4-6 weeks after a listing is verified.

Here is what we see.

1) We claimed your listing on (date unknown). Your listing is not available for competitive searches for 4-6 weeks from (date unknown). LISTING DOWN FOR 4-6 WEEKS

2) You claimed to have replaced our domain with another domain name to see if our traffic reports would flag the change. Since this action would require a separate claim, this action would indicate that your active Google Places listing was interrupted and reverified, which would require another 4-6 weeks of verification from Google. LISTING DOWN FOR 4-6 WEEKS

3) You claim to have had to re-establish a pin code. This action would remove your Google Places listing for another 4-6 weeks. LISTING DOWN FOR 4-6 WEEKS

As you can see we were playing tug-a-war with your listing. Although we can appreciate your testing of service, you cannot reverify your listing within a six month period three times. This created 3-4 months of down time.

Our template product is a "template" for those who need a quick template site who an immediate website presence while a new website is in development. This website meets Google Places NAP requirements which helps improve your confidence score. Pulling this site off reduced your overall confidence score.

We do monitor our Google Places listings and we rely on a number of reports not just server traffic. It would have been more productive to ask us for a traffic report illustrating keyword and referrer traffic as opposed to working against us.

You are paying for citation development, video marketing and Google Places maintenance. The citation service takes time to update through our gateway which channels your information throughout a rather robust list of local directory subscribers. This process takes time.

If you could post back your customer information we would be more than happy to post back more specific and detailed information which can help answer your issue. Alternatively you may contact our customer support manager at 800-890-8940.

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