Report: #839993

Complaint Review: Ripoff Report | Egumball

  • Submitted: Thu, February 16, 2012
  • Updated: Tue, September 29, 2015
  • Reported By: 1tallguy — San Luis Obispo California United States of America
  • Egumball

    United States of America

eGumball, Inc. REVIEW: eGumball, Inc. clients feel safe, confident & secure when doing business with eGumball. eGumball is dedicated to 100% client satisfaction, exceptional client experiences, & success.Commitment to Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program, a program benefiting consumers, ensuring complete satisfaction & confidence when doing business.
*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.

Be sure to contact us with your questions and comments about any business that is part of the Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program. Your questions, comments and suggestions are always welcome and will be considered even if we don't agree with them. Please realize Ripoff Report is chartering in new territory, working to make a change for both consumers and businesses alike.


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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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As a matter of policy, when a business becomes a member of the Corporate Advocacy Program they agree to allow Ripoff Report to contact every client who filed a complaint so they can make things right with them. In order to confirm that the complaints were resolved, Ripoff Report is copied on all responses so we can insure that the member business did right by their customer.



Egumball Severely wounded my online reputation with Google Places Internet

I own a small automotive shop that needs to advertise to stay alive. Period. Internet marketing is the best bang for your buck I know, so I had a web site made. Then I found a company to make it come up on the first page of Google. It worked so well that after a year I had to stop advertising because I couldn't handle any more work. Then about two years later I was too busy for my present location so I moved, to a much more expensive location that is also much bigger. OK Time to expand.

I get a call one day from a rep saying that they're some sort of partners with Google and that is the leading Search Engine Optimization (SEO for short) company right now. The timing was right for me and I managed to read only good reviews about them so I went with it. I Signed a year contract too. Which I regretted. 

They were slow on all their work and after I had actually signed up they wouldn't provide any timeline for progress. Months go buy and I find online a totally different website (with several weird characters in it that were a horrible type-o) that they had made me without my knowledge that was just a template site that had a link to my official page. When I called to complain that this wasn't what I had been promised, that I wanted my website, and about the type-o's they said that they would fix the type-o's and never did. Then they said they weren't getting the results they wanted with my site so they made this one for me.  They also couldn't figure out how to access my Google places account so they set up another.

They set up another Google places account. With my website's name! This is the most important part. When Google sees two or more Places accounts for the same Website they group them together and give them one of their more severe penalties. THIS SEVERELY DAMAGES YOUR ONLINE REPUTATION WITH GOOGLE!!! Meaning for me? No front page and lots of wasted money. 

I ended up talking them into letting me out of the contract in 6 months instead of 12 because they screwed up so bad. The biggest problem now is that I'm using an automotive focused SEO company now that really takes the time to describe to me whats going on, and I find out how very, very badly this can effect my overall ranking. Even with more good reviews than anyone else in my town I'm still not on the front page because of this. Whats worse is that if I quit paying to have the SEO done then the damage will never be undone.  

Makes me wonder if others have this same complaint. This has been very costly for me in actual money plus no new customers after the move. I'm moving into an RV now so I can keep the bigger shop. I can't help but think that this could have been easily avoided by using a company that actually knows what they are doing, and cares. I know the economy is horrible, but the phone should be ringing more and I think this is a big part of why its not. 

I hope this post educated at least someone in how to help yourself not have this happen to you and your company. Please don't let do your SEO. Find someone local and small who actually cares.
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#1 REBUTTAL Owner of company

eGumball is an Adwords Certified Partner...

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

Although eGumball is an Adwords Certified Partner (soon to be SMB Partner) your post about the exclusivity of being an SMB partner has no relevance.   This post is about a Google Places issue *not* Google Adwords.

Here are the eligibility requirements for the SMB Program from Google:

  • Large existing customer base of small / medium sized businesses.

  • Tele / field sales force with the ability to sell Googles advertising products

  • Commitment to provide phone and/or email customer support to their advertiser base

  • Existing operational infrastructure (billing, reporting, etc) to service thousands of customers
eGumball meets and exceeds these requirements.

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#2 Consumer Comment

Partners with Google?

AUTHOR: Jeff - (United States of America)

When a company tells you they are partners with Google the first thing you should do is check them out, and see if they are telling the truth. Go to and type in premier SMB partners in the search bar.  

These premier partners have been hand picked by google due to their long standing history of delivering results to various businesses.  

As you will find out there are only 15 of these businesses in the U.S.  eGumball is definitely not one of them.  
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#3 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Google Doesn't "Severely" Penalize Duplicates

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

Where are you getting this information?  Duplicates need to be corrected.  A simple task.

Did you read your agreement?  If so you should understand why we ask you to disclose your Google account.  You didn't.  Having two accounts will create duplicates which will prevent first page placement. 

When you moved did you update all local citations for your business?  Did you take the time to ask/understand how long it takes Google to aggregate data for clustering?  No.

There is no damage and Google Places is a completely separate sport than SEO - which your service agreement is not.

Since we are not the search engine we can only estimate turnaround.
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