• Report: #1125800
Complaint Review:

Hi Def Advertising

  • Submitted: Sat, February 22, 2014
  • Updated: Fri, May 09, 2014

  • Reported By: frankserpico — ft myers beach Florida
Hi Def Advertising
1560 mathew Dr suite D Ft Myers, Florida USA

Hi Def Advertising Ashley G. Martin Another Smart Circle Scumbag Ft Myers Florida

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: nice

*General Comment: In Sarasota they're called Sharper Advertising, and in Clearwater they're called Innovate Industries

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Thief!

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Hi Def Advertising is a local direct sales firm selling Directv and specializing in dishonesty, short pay and unethical conduct. It's owner, Ashley G. Martin, has been abusing your brothers, sisters, sons and daughters for many years.

He is a manager for a company called Smart Circle and is responsible for running it's Ft. Myers Market. The market consists of 8-9 stores (Best buy and Sam's Club) and needs 8-9 reps to stay viable. You might assume that maintaining a sales force of 8-9 reps would be an easy task but Ashley posts on craigslist and other job sites with such frequency that you can't help but wonder whether there is something sinister going on.


Sell DIrectv In store (No B2B, No Door 2 Door,No MLM), Sales and Marketing Account Reps Needed, SALES (hourly base pay), Sports Minded Sales Reps- Full Time, First Time Sales & Marketing **Full Training**, In store Sales!! Hourly Pay Available!, 5-7 Full Time Sales Positions, Entry Level Sales and Marketing--Little or no experience required!, Customer Service & Sales experience- Paid training to Management, Retail Sales Account Rep- No Seniority!


Rookie Manager, Entry Level Assistant Management, Rookie Manager (*Paid Training*), Recent College Graduate-a career not entry level, Entry Level Positions With Directv-Management Trainee, Team Management Position- Marketing & Events_Will Train_, Athletes Wanted: Sports Minded Sales/Marketing


Full Paid Training-Customer Service Position, Entry Level Management, Customer Service and Sales Openings, Customer Service and Sales ($400.00-$500.00 weekly), New Division Opening-7 Positions Available-Immediate Hire, Now Hiring!! $400-$500 a week, Customer Service Positions Open-Hiring Entry Level and Experienced Reps, Entry Level Sales /Management, Entry Level Account Rep**Paid Training**, Energetic Sales Reps*Great Atmosphere with Career growth,

All the above mentioned titles have appeared on Craigslist in the past 35 days! That's 26 postings and it doesn't take into account his ads on other job/career sites or posts on other craigslist categories. He is the undisputed champion of job postings in the Ft. Myers area.

Please take a moment to consider that fact. Why would anyone need to post all of those ads in just over a month?


Regardless of what Ashley writes in his ads or tells you during the interview process, the only job available at Hi Def Advertising is direct sales. Once hired, a new rep has a week or two to turn a profit or be fired. Those that sell can expect to be ripped off on a regular basis.

So why would anyone stick with the company?


In the few years that Ashley has been running the Ft. Myers market, he has succeeded in burning hundreds of locals. Ever wonder why you never see the same guys selling Directv at Best Buy and Sam's Club?

Although pages could be witten about Ashley G. Martin and the depths of his depravity, it would be best for all interested parties to do their due diligence. With just a brief Internet search you will find hundreds of complaints and testimonials about the cancer which is Smart Circle.. [continued below]....


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#1 UPDATE EX-employee responds


AUTHOR: anonymous - ()

Looks like this liar is finally getting what he deserves. 

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In Sarasota they're called Sharper Advertising, and in Clearwater they're called Innovate Industries

AUTHOR: Concerned for the little guy - ()

As the title of my rebuttal says, these pyramid schemes are everywhere and and go by very generic names.  In Sarasota, it's called Sharper Advertising and in Clearwater they are Innovate Industries.  The 'president' or 'owner' or whatever he calls himself at any given time is Nick Hooge.  They don't sell Direct TV, but they do door-to-door Verizon FiOs Sales.   They advertise all over the place, Craigslist, Indeed.com, Career Builder, etc... all with fancy positions available: Junior Marketers, Account Managers, Public Relations, Administrative.  No Degree no Experience?  No Experience, but have Degree?  No Problem.


Here's what will happen when you submit your resume'.

1.) you will get an email or phone call within 24 hours... maybe even sooner
2.) they will have a phone interview with you, which is just to make them seem more legitimate.
3.) they will advertise that they are hiring many positions, but when you actually go in to interview, they will tell you all they have is door-to-door sales, BUT you can move into management, or become your own business owner within a year and make six-figures!
4.) The office will be very sparsely-furnished and staffed. Maybe two desks and a conference table in another room.

If you do apply, and you do get a phone interview, ask them the following questions to save yourself the gas money of actually going in.
1.) What is their Better Business Bureau Rating?
2.) Do they offer mileage reimbursement?
3.) Do the offer benefits?
4.) Are they part of Smart Circle Multi-level-Marketing?

They will say the keep advertising for positions because they're expanding so quickly.  That's BS.  They have to keep advertising because anyone with half a brain in their head will know that it's just a pyramid scheme.

I report these types of companies anytime I get the chance.

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AUTHOR: Anonymous - ()

I worked for hi def and was ripped off by ashley.  Every word that came out of his mouth turned out to be a lie.  He will tell you anything so long as it gets you out making sales.  He makes more money on installs than reps even though the reps do the work.  he then steals from his reps by ripping them off.  He needs to do this in order to maintain his lifestyle.  Cocaine is not cheap!  Ashley stole more than $900.00 from me.

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