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Sales & Marketing Group, Inc. | Ripoff Report Verified™ …businesses you can trust. Dedicated to 100% customer satisfaction. SMGI's goal to generate new revenue and customers for clients through creative sales and marketing solutions. SMGI provides solutions necessary to meet marketing needs. Relationship Management, Event Planning, Market Research, SEO, New Product Launch, Brand Management, Public Relations, Social Media

  • Submitted: Thu, December 09, 2010
  • Updated: Sat, August 24, 2013

  • Reported By: scghl — United States of America
National Sales and Marketing Group
Atlanta, Georgia United States of America

Sales & Marketing Group, Inc. (SMGI) REVIEW: SMGI has one of the highest employee satisfaction ratings in the industry. Sales and Marketing Group, Inc “Best Place to Work winner, Philadelphia Business Journal.” SMGI employees thrive in a fast-paced environment that offers constant development, education, and training.
*UPDATE: Sales and Marketing Group, Inc pledges their commitment to always improving their operations by joining Ripoff Report’s Corporate Advocacy, Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program. A program that benefits the consumer by increasing their confidence when doing business with a member business. Sales & Marketing Group is 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 Sales & Marketing Group, Inc. (SMGI) for its commitment to excellence in client and employee satisfaction.

Sales and Marketing Group, Inc and its diverse workforce provide world-class marketing solutions to its Fortune 500 clients. SMGI empowers their people, and cultivates them to help them develop into future leaders. It is because of this commitment to employee growth and retention that SMGI has enjoyed double-digit growth and geographic expansion every year it has been in business.

Sales and Marketing Group, Inc employees work hard and play hard, and every corporate employee is afforded 2 hours of daily personal development time to take them to the next level of their career. [continued below]....
..... While the projects SMGI undertakes are challenging, and client expectations are high, SMGI supports and rewards its people with top pay, incentives, and frequent travel opportunities. Because the company in growing rapidly, employees hit the ground running quickly and are given significant autonomy from day one.

Ripoff Report’s discussions with SMGI have uncovered an ongoing commitment by the company to total client and employee satisfaction.

All prospective employees are required to spend one full day with the company before an offer is extended to join the team. “We look for someone who is dynamic, flexible to our Fortune 500 clients’ needs, and who desires to move up the ladder quickly,” said Tim Koontz, Director.

With our expert teams and diverse capabilities, we can offer a variety of solutions to satisfy your organization’s marketing and brand management needs. Contact us for a free consultation so we can show you the value of teaming up with SMGI.

SMGI offers a higher compensation and bonus structure than any of its competitors, and it is important that its new hires understand its clients’ goals and their role in fulfilling them. Not all of their client projects involve glamorous ad campaigns or corporate event planning, and SMGI makes sure that the job and the potential new hire are a perfect fit for each other. The hiring process involves 3 rounds of interviews, which gives the potential employee a comprehensive process to ask questions and get real answers to evaluate the job they will be doing, and the compensation package SMGI offers. This type of hiring process is unparalleled in the marketing industry, and makes for happier, more engaged employees who get a chance to not only be interviewed for a position, but also to interview the company that is looking to hire them.

Once an employee is hired, he or she is able to roll up their sleeves and get to work right away. Landon Atkinson, Director of Marketing, is a former entry-level Account Executive and knows just how much opportunity is available. “Opportunities are endless at SMGI. There is a lot more experience to be had compared with entry-level positions elsewhere.”

SMGI listens carefully to client and employee concerns and sees them as an opportunity to learn and become more responsive. By always putting its employees first, SMGI has been able to grow rapidly and respond quickly to client needs. “Marketing is a demanding field,” said Tim Koontz, “And client demands can change quickly. Our employees are given the best training and tools in the industry so they can execute on behalf of our Fortune 500 clients.” Because of its commitment to employees, SMGI won the prestigious Best Place to Work award from the Philadelphia Business Journal.

The information provided in this report is based on comments made by Tim Koontz during an on-site inspection held by a third party verification company with no biases toward Sales and Marketing Group, Inc.
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Sales and Marketing Group, Inc. deals extensively with outsource sales, marketing and advertising projects. Their clientele include companies such as Verizon and AT&T, as well as several energy corporations. In addition, they also deal in brand management and event planning.

SMGI begins their sales process by first contacting the key decision maker. For example, if their client were an apartment complex, they would contact the property manager or leasing agent. From there, they plan an event in which they pre-market, host, and follow up in order to close the sale.

When dealing with a complaint, SMGI provides 24 hour customer service and promises a one week turnaround.

During the course of the onsite interview, Mr. Koontz described an instance when a client was not satisfied with the level of service they received: “A client claimed he did not get all the services that was described when they signed up for cable service. I gave the customer back their money for that time period and he was satisfied with the results.”

When addressing the complaints that were made by former employees about not receiving proper payment for work, Mr. Koontz said that in order to resolve these issues: “[Employees] were paid out commission whether [they] were owed or not.” He went on to say that: “Service is number one and this is communicated to our clients during the first sentence that a sales person speaks.”

In order to reduce complaints against SMGI, Mr. Koontz explains that: “[The company has] taken on the attitude that if someone brings up a claim, it must have some validity to it.” In addition, they are more focused on the relationships they form with their employees, knowing that disgruntled workers are more likely to make complaints upon leaving the company.

When asked what SMGI’s relationship with CXN looked like, Mr. Koontz stated: “On paper none. They are out of business. 6 people from CXN work for SMGI.”

SMGI is very appreciative to be a part of the Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Consumer Satisfaction Program. They believe it will give customers a true picture of their brand.

As a leader within SMGI, Mr. Koontz most often advises employees on how to make their clients happy. When asked how he provides this guidance, he explained: “If there is a complaint, we figure out what it is. We conduct internal audits and follow up with compliant. In addition, we aim to create policies that will eliminate the problems for good.”

Sales & Marketing Group, Inc. (SMGI) / Management Statement

Sales and Marketing Group, Inc employees have expressed that they feel valued working for Sales and Marketing Group, Inc. The company’s headquarters are structured in a way that fosters collaboration and teamwork, with lounges set up in common areas so that employees can share best practices. Employees who have private offices always leave their doors open, encouraging spontaneous conversation and collaboration.

One thing that is great about working here is that all employees get together every Thursday after work to celebrate company successes,” said Landon Atkinson, Director of Marketing. Employee feedback and surveys reveal comments such as this: “If you’re serious about your career, great place to get foot in the door. Amazing experience so far. First job position taken after college graduation, and I advanced within 7 months of being in an entry level position. Four years with company, still growing in upward mobility.”

This kind of employee satisfaction drives client engagement. Unlike other companies who struggle with employee performance, happy and productive employees have been SMGI’s DNA since inception. The company’s event marketing division is now responsible for 34% of all sales for a major multi-national Fortune 50 client, with better results than its internal marketing teams."

We thrive off a competitive, structured environment on all levels,” said Tim Koontz, Director. “This belief has allowed us to expand our company from a small start-up team to a nationally recognized organization making a very large footprint in the marketing community.”

Ripoff Report was pleased to learn that SMGI’s past and current approach is focused on its pledge to total commitment towards client and employee satisfaction.


Sales and Marketing Group, Inc recognizes that if handled correctly, complaints can be valuable learning opportunities. With the feedback generated by Ripoff Report’s review, SMGI has made organizational changes allowing its clients and employees a more streamlined approach to problem resolution and a commitment to a great employee and client experience.

In summary, after our review, which included discussions with all top SMGI management, Ripoff Report is convinced that SMGI is committed to an enhanced and comprehensive complaint review and resolution process, resulting in total satisfaction.

Read more about why consumers should feel confident when doing business with a member of Ripoff Report's Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program. Yes, it’s a long name for a program that does a lot for both consumers and businesses alike.

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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.

------------------------------------------------ NOW TO THE ORIGINAL REPORT THAT WAS FILED

National Sales and Marketing Group NSMG Sales, No Payment, Scam, Steal Services, Marketing Atlanta, Georgia

E.L. Griffin is the Director of this company. He is a scam artist. Hired a recruiter to scout appoinment setters for his sales and marketing group. After contracts were exchanged, he made up an excuse of not to pay. He didn't even pay the employees that were hired after their 3 weeks of employment. He has been called, texted, and emailed about paying for services rendered. He either dodges the contacts or pretend to say that "corporate" has a hold on his money. Yet he has time to get his home repaired.  He abuses employees and have them call on businesses to set up credit services for No Credit Check 90 Day Payment Plan. However, he rips everyone off by not paying them! He must be stopped and pay everyone as agreed.  Do not do business with this man if you want to avoid embarassment and not get paid for your efforts!!

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#1 Author of original report

Never Personal Always Professional

AUTHOR: scghl - (United States of America)

The recruiter NEVER had a personal relationship with E.L. Griffin of National Sales and Marketing Group. All work was accomplished virtually. Meaning, the recruiter only met E.L. Griffin via email and over the phone as many of their past clients have been.  The recruiter was referred to him by a colleague from Louisiana. The request was to assist with hiring Appointment Setters for The No Credit Check Finance Program. E.L. Griffin NEVER paid the recruiter for the services rendered. Two employees were hired, but Griffin NEVER paid even as simply through PAYPAL as was previously asked. Regardless, the recruiter has had more positive opportunities from new clients that stemmed from this negative experience. Please see contract for services signed by both parties ATTACHED to this rebuttal. So...who is lying here? Why would the recruiter go through posting negative info against someone or business, thus risking their own reputation, nothing to lose but a bad client!

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#2 UPDATE Employee

This is a woman that said she would do what ever she can to hurt my name ,we had a personal relationship, but things went bad.


There is not much to say when anyone can place what ever they want without proof of what they claim to be true. all they have to do is get one or more person to place a complaint on a site like this one and if the readers is not knowledgable of how easy it is to place a complaint on this site they will think it is the Gosple Truth. thats all I have to say about this matter and to let let a sleeping giant sleep. I prefer not to stir up a angry bee nest If they went this far.the question is how far will they go to make me to be what they say I am. NOTE: no customers have a complaint and unlike other complaints they used my name because that was their main purpose.All I ask Is don't convict me without proof,My name is envolved.
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AUTHOR: Concern - (United States of America)

Mr. Griffins is exactly the way whoever wrote this complaint said he is. I use to work for E.L. Griffin, don't think I'm writing this because I no longer work for him, I Quit. Mr Griffin is as underhanded as they come. Always making promises, but never follow through. What legitimate business man, doesn't have enough money to pay the people he employees!!! I know I wasn't doing charity work!! I have spoken to E.L. Griffin on multiple occasion, & the conversation always ends with a promise to pay, but I have yet to see one cent. The sad part is that I still entertain him when he calls, in hopes that I will get my money. Whoever is reading this stay far, far away from NSMG, E.L Griffin, Eddie Griffin & his real name Eldric Griffin. Please don't get involved with this Con Artist, its just going to leave you Broke!
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