• Report: #1087494

Complaint Review: Vertical Search Works

  • Submitted: Thu, September 26, 2013
  • Updated: Sat, November 23, 2013

  • Reported By: Anonymous — New York New York
Vertical Search Works
336 W 27th Street New York, New York USA

Vertical Search Works Michael Salzman, Ian Newfeld, Kevin Van Lenten and EVERYONE FRAUD, RIPOFF, AWFUL MANAGEMENT, DON'T WORK WITH THEM New York New York

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Before working with Vertical Search Works, please read this carefully:

Vertical Search Works is an AWFUL place. They are the definition of a boiler room, chop shop sales floor. The VP of sales, Ian Newfeld, is constantly running around like a headless chicken yelling at the whole floor. Everyone heard it multiple times a day... "GET ON THE PHONES!' "GUYS IT SOUNDS LIKE A LIBRARY IN HERE!" 'IT'S TOO d**n QUIET!' "LET'S GO GUYS!!" It's terrible. Not to mention he sends his sales managers 75 emals before LUNCH!. They all say the same thing.. 'WHAT'S COMING IN!!!!???" Even though they answer him every time, he keeps sending them. Ian came from a staffing company and is now a VP os Sales?

That guy couldn't sell food to a rich person who hasn't eaten in a week. Ian is really unintelligent too, not only that, but he's extremely intimidated and threatened by people that are smarter than him. That's why he weeds out the smart ones, he promotes the ones he can control like his puppets. He's kind of like HITLER (no I'm seriously not going too far, this actually might be an understatement). There's not many people out there that are all around awful people, he's one of the select few. An awful manager, an awful leader, and just an unpleasant thing to look at.

On to Michael Salzman... He's the "leader" of the company's agency relations team. I put "leader" in quotes because this idiot can't even manage himself. He thinks he owns the company when he's been here less than a year. He's a pompous, self-loving, power tripping a*****e. He literally looks down on everyone in the company thinking he's better than them. He doesn't speak to any employrees nor has he ever introduced himself formally to the companys inside sales floor. He's jsut gone around puffing up his chest, looking like a moron and trying to be intimidating and authorotative. The guy is a loser and is the least bit intimidating. It's pathetic.

There's another report on this site about him. TOTALLY TRUE. The guy talks down to people all day long. He really has brought a lawsuit to VSW from AdMarketplace. He really did get demoted at AdMarketplace from their Director of Sales to an inside sales person because guess what!... he didn't do anything there either. Everyone from AdMarketlpace HATES this idiot too. What a jerk off. He "hired" a team of agency reps and by hired, I mean he brought all of his buddies from AdMarketplace into VSW on a ridiculous salary to do absolutely nothing. One of the guys got hired at the VP level even though he is just another sales person with no authority.

This was just for a flashy title and a 130k salary for his old friend. He travels all over the place with them on the company's budget and has absolutely nothing to show for it. He complains all day long and bitches and moans about who knows what. He has an extremely annoying voice and his face just disgusts everyone. He sucks at his job, sucks as a person, sucks as a father and sucks as a husband. He is always talking about other girls in a disgusting manor when he's been married with 2 kids for some time now. i really do feel bad for those poor children, they'll realize as they grow up that they have a terible father. Everyone in the company hates him. I could go on and on about this piece of garbage but he isn't worth the time at all. 

Next is another scum bag Kevin Van Lenten. This is the part of the article that current and prospective ADVERTISERS should be reading. Kevin was brought in as an svp of publisher sales. He has since been promoted to the chief revenue officer. Kevin was brought in to help monetize the unspent budgets of advertisers. Since the company has no contracts, advertisers can sign up for 15,000 a month, spend 500 before finding out it doesn't work, and then cancel. SO the company pithes their relationships and ad placements on all these great websites (HGTV, Better Homes & Gardens, FoodNetwork, MotorTrend, Ladies Home Journal etc..). They do have placements on these sites and their pitch is tht they utlililze their semantic search technology to place your company on these sites ONLY next to sites relevant to your business.

Here's the CATCH... when Kevin Van JerkOff was brought into the company to monetize, he went out and started purchasing REALLY CHEAP and thus REALLY SH*TTY inventory first from  company called BlueLink marketing. This would blow through people's budgets and place them on AWFUL sites. So they'd still cancel their $2000 accounts, but not before spending the majority of it on awful digital real estate. When bluelink failed, kevin went out and bought inventory from InfoLinks which is comprised of all SH*T sites. Literally, you'll be places on POOP.com and porn sites. They sell a flat rate CPC of about $1 on average. They buy these horrible placements at under 10 cents giving them a gigantic margin. Kevin is a scum bag and has made this company look awful. Their retention rate is somewhere around 3-5% AT BEST. They lose clients ALL DAY every day.

This company is going way down. If you are cold called by them, DO NOT WORK WITH THEM. You'll be promised premium placements on great sites, but you'll appear on the worst of the worst on the internet. They are stupid enough to show you where they place you so you'll be able to see all the awful sites. HEADS UP VSW: TRANSPARENCY ISN'T A GOOD THING WHEN YOU PLACE YOUR ADVERTISERS ON POOPSHOOT.COM AND THEN SHOW THEM THAT. None of what I said here is a guess. No, I'm not a disgruntled former employee. Just someone that knows EXACTLY what is going on there. They have a whole list of rebuttles when they get the objection "You guys are on riipoff report". First they'll say that RipOff Report is owned by a criminal. Then they'll say half the reports are written by disgruntled former employees. Let me tell you this, everyone that has left there is SO HAPPY afterwards, it's mind blowing

Next, all of the facts about these employees are al true, Ian Newfeld = D*ck Head, Terrible Leader, Clueless dumb a*s.... Michael Salzman = A**hole, self centered, rude, ignorant jerkoff.... Kevin Van Lenten = Scum Bag, Know it all, d****e bag, he might as well call himself an advertising con artist. ALL OF YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF WHAT YOU DO FOR A LIVING, all the people you take advantage of daily, all the employees you treat like complete trash. There's other terrible employees in the compant, but this is to show the readers what their upper management is made up of. Think of how the rest of the company is structured with these idiots leading the force.

This company is stealing advertiser's money. They can't capitlize on agencies, because agencies know not to advertise wth scum bags who have a s**t product and sh*t placement and overprice their inventory. They can't capitlize on large brands, because large brands aren't stupid enough to buy crap little ads on the right hand rail that are ALWAYS below the fold. Half their advertisers are selling supplements and using Dr. Oz's name and photograph to illegally endorse their products. Credible advertising companies won't work with them... but guess what... VSW will! So they pray on small and medium sized businesses that know nothing about the digital landscape. Poor companies, at least they learn their lesson and are more carefull with their hard earned dollars when it comes to advertising.


This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 09/26/2013 08:40 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Vertical-Search-Works/New-York-New-York-10018/Vertical-Search-Works-Michael-Salzman-Ian-Newfeld-Kevin-Van-Lenten-and-EVERYONE-FRAUD-1087494. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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To the author of report number 1087494:

Vertical Search Works, Inc. (“VSW”) commenced a lawsuit against you to remedy acts of commercial disparagement, false statements, and misrepresentations caused by your malicious disparagement of VSW. Vertical Search Works, Inc. v. John Does, I-10, CV2013-053176, Maricopa County, State of Arizona.  VSW served a subpoena on Xcentric Ventures, LLC to discover your true identity. Once your true identity is discovered, VSW will amend its complaint pending in Maricopa County to include you as a named defendant. You have 14 days from the date of this message to object to VSW’s subpoena. You may serve VSW with your objections by sending them to Xcentric Ventures, LLC or to VSW’s counsel Michael McKay, Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky, 8501 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 270, Scottsdale, Arizona 85253, Telephone: (480) 428-0145.

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