Report: #929206

Complaint Review: Phoenix Media Corporation

  • Submitted: Sat, August 18, 2012
  • Updated: Sat, November 24, 2012
  • Reported By: Former Customer — Chicago Illinois United States of America
  • Phoenix Media Corporation
    79 West Monroe St., Suite 400
    Chicago, Illinois
    United States of America

Phoenix Media Corporation Schofield Media Still Scamming Honest Business Chicago, Illinois

*General Comment: Ethical Company, unfair criticism

*General Comment: Beware of Phoenix Media

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These people are un believable. They continue to pillage small business in the united states for advertising in their magazines. They charged us to advertise in Construction Today and we paid over nine thousand dollars to run ads and after I did some investigating, I found out that the magazines are not audited or tracked for any sort of readership. 

I found out that the company is run by two brothers from England Their names are Chris Schofield and Andrew Schofield. I spent some more time tracking down former employees and they had a lot of interesting things to say about the company. Their so called "president" is named Brian Reshefsky Brian is the one who calls all the shots and reports back to Andrew who resides in England.

Basically, all of the magazines are created by a handful of people and so called editors. They have hoards of sales people who all day long call company after company selling ads. If you look at their websites, they are all the same and you can even see by clicking on the video section on each site that they run the same videos all from you tube and all have nothing to do with the magazines topic.

Chris has a handful of sublieutenants that scour the web every day looking for negative recourse concerning the company and the try and prop up their names by thus creating fake social media accounts. I have been told that these people will stop at nothing to make sure their name is in good standing when a vanity search is run on major search engines. 

I contacted our attorney and we as a company are at the losing end of the contract our PR person signed. I post this as a warning to other companies who are contacted by Phoenix Media Corporation  to steer clear of their unethical business practice. 
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#1 General Comment

Ethical Company, unfair criticism

AUTHOR: RG Developers - (USA)

Let me first state that our company has had great experiences with phoenix and two of its publications. Why are consumers shocked that advertising costs money?

This is a trade publication house, trades like construction and the like have a hard enough time reaching new clients to showcase. We got 4 new clients in our region based on the article ran on our owner, whats the issue with capitism working well?

Why is it that these whiny knee jerk customers complain for receiving calls? Are calls to request an interview with your sacred owner or president really such a disruptive huge deal, or am I missing something? 

Seems that as these reports are not verified that any tom d**k or harry who either is a craptastic company or bitter former worker who couldnt take it in the industry can scream about random crap nonstop.

Stop hating on captilism, if you didnt see value, just say no. But dont dare start talking about lawyers, scams etc, thats a huge smear tactic that speaks more to either crappy companies who dont have money to advertise, or people who fail to see the value in trade advertising and the business it can bring.

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#2 General Comment

Beware of Phoenix Media

AUTHOR: Anonymous - (United States of America)

If you are ever contacted by this company and are solicited to run an ad in one of their pathetic publications...hang up the phone! 
If you are an executive of a company and are solicited to partake in an interview for a 'Feature Article'....decline immediately.  You will be badgered to provide a vendor list.  Your vendors will then be contacted to buy an overpriced ad. 

If none of your vendors buy an ad...your interview for a feature article will never make it to print. 

If you are contacted by a 'Research Editor' please know  that person is not an Editor.  All he/she does is cold call companies 8 hours a day in order to secure these interviews as a means to get vendor lists.

Yes...this is all about Editorial for Ad Dollars...very unscrupulous.  Keep in mind..they are not audited so how many people who actually read the magazine cannot be proven. 
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