Here is something that will annoy many people but I am not gonna start by saying sorry. I won’t say sorry for calling your “favorite wow awesome greatest” tool a piece of sh.t (I will only be polite with my spelling).
I will probably make many people (and my dear bloggers) angry. Everyone is saying this is the greatest thing after sliced bread but I am telling you that Market Me Suite is worse than a rotten tomato.
I tried it out cause I wanted to test a “strategy”, “theory” or what ever, suggested by some of the bloggers I follow.
I also wanted to try it out to see if it is worth promoting. Not only that, but I created another Twitter account to test the tool and the suggested strategies.
After using this thing, I went back and read some reviews on some of my favorite blogs and started thinking if I am crazy. All the wooow reviews talk about stuff that MarketMeSuite promises. But MarketMeSuite didn’t deliver and that is what is the most important for me.
For those who don’t know, Market Me Suite is a tool that is supposed to help you get more Twitter followers, brand you on Twitter and Facebook, and so on. Yeah, right.
Here is a little disclaimer before I start hating on this piece of crap: I am sure there are some features that I didn’t discover while using MMS but I don’t care. Everything I tried sucks so don’t try to persuade me I am completely wrong :)
The only thing I was smart enough to do is not purchase the yearly subscription which was 30$ at the time (full price is 80$). I decided to go with monthly payments, I believe around 6$ a month.
OK, let me begin!
Why isn’t MarketMeSuite a more professional service?
I have to mention this one before I go on. When I bought MMS, I downloaded the software, installed it and starting going through the options one by one.
Guess what… I got in the middle of beta testing of a new version and wasted 10 days of the subscription because the sh.t didn’t work.
What kind of company will let a new customer use a beta version, when they can provide a working version and update it later?
Also, I sent many tweets with questions, and didn’t get answers to them (read on).
The beta version had so many bugs that I actually could not get anything to work! Nothing!
A few days after I bought this thing, they added a button to MMS that said “Report a Bug”. So I tried. It didn’t work.
Till then, I have already sent tweets to MMS on Twitter and didn’t get any response to any questions. How would I know they didn’t care.
I believed the DM I got from them, saying that I can ask questions if I have some…
But this time, after asking why is the bug report buggy, I got a reply that it has to be my internet connection. Wow, never knew I had internet problem, especially that we are paying for the best and highest priced internet in the area.
Guess USA isn’t perfect when it comes to internet, cause obviously, mine is not good.
Wonder how it didn’t occur to them that their sh.t isn’t working!
MarketMeSuite branding sucks
MMS is proud of it’s branding feature. What it means is that instead of your tweet saying it was sent from web, HootSuite, TweetDeck or other place it will say it was sent from your blog (for example).
OK, so you can see it, right? No branding on Twitter. It does not exist.
You can see it in my TweetDeck screenshot but it does not exist on Twitter. I thought this is the main feature they are promoting!
MarketMeSuite sucks, proof one.
Not to make a separate point out of it, but clicking on the link in my TweetDeck never opened my blog. I just can’t get the link to work. So what is the point of it?
Here is a question for you, and please be honest: How many times did you even notice if there is a branded link there? Have you ever clicked on it?
My answer is: No, I have never paid attention to that and I have never clicked a link in the signature.
MarketMeSuite Facebook branding looks lousy
Now, this is something really ugly. It is so much into your eyes and looks so lousy that I have posted twice like this: first time I tried it and now to make a screenshot for the post.
What the heck is with the line? That looks ugly to me. Sucks.
Oh, do you see something else. They didn’t forget to include a link to their application into your status update. The word “MarketMeSuite” is a link of course.
MarketMeSuite keyword search
I guess this is supposed to help you find like minded people on Twitter or people in the same niche. You do a search for a keyword and MMS brings back results for people that mentioned that word in one of their tweets. You can choose who to follow or just follow all of them.
Remember my post about terrible Twitter users and the one that followed me a bunch of times and unfollowed after I would not follow back? Well, I know how it can happen easy with this tool.
Let’s say you search for the word SEO. It will bring back a lot of people that mentioned SEO in one of their tweets. You will follow all of them. After a while you will unfollow those who didn’t follow back. You will do another search for SEO (because that is your market). You will follow the same person again because they mention SEO (because it is their market, too) and guess what happens.
Yes, you can prevent this by going through one by one and remembering which ones did you follow, unfollow… are you keeping up??? Yes, too complicated and it sucks.
You can always say that you would not follow and unfollow a big batch of people. Really? Then why did you buy MMS. Because this tool is for big-numbers-loving-people only.
If you are using Twitter like Patricia or Ingrid, you sure don’t need it!
And how useful is this search actually?
If you are in a dog niche and you search for a “puppy” you will eventually end up with completely untargeted followers. People you follow for mentioning “puppy” in their tweets (that follow you back) are not targeted. Most of them are not in your niche, they just tweeted about “My puppy peed on the carpet”, “I saw a cute puppy on TV”, “I got a stuffed puppy for Valentine’s”…
MMS has unfollow feature where it lists all those who are not following you back and you can select them all and unfollow them. Guess what… It isn’t working! I prefer Tweepi.com over that crap any time.
MarketMeSuite RSS Feed
I am guessing that this is supposed to tweet RSS feeds you add. I tried to add a RSS for the first week, every single day. Never could add it. I hope they fixed it. I don’t even wanna bother with that anymore.
MMS scheduled tweets
I tried to test this at the beginning. What happened it that this piece of crap published all the tweets after a few minutes. So no scheduling there I guess. I think they fixed it by now but guess what – there are many free and functioning tools you can use to schedule tweets (TweetDeck is great for this).
Automatic direct messages
Now this could be a separate post all together. Automatic direct messages are probably the worst thing you can ever do. I will try to make this section short and help you avoid making a mistake with DMs.
I have never sent automatic DMs before. I wanted to see if it will have any effect on my Twitter presence. So I created automated DMs to use on my niche site account. The messages are something like “Thanks for the follow. If you have a question feel free to @ mention me”. There are actually 10 different messages that rotate and none of them has a link.
Guess what… People can smell an auto DM. Most people hate them. A lot of people will unfollow you because you send an automatic DM. If you are lucky they won’t even see it because they don’t read DMs.
Oh, more interesting things… After one, I must say ass-y, person received a DM like the one above, he actually called me a spammer, publicly on Twitter. I had the luck that people know I am not, so they actually slammed him back with some messages. I understand he might have been aggravated, but I have never, in 2 years I have that account, been called a spammer!!!
Lesson learned – never send automated direct messages on Twitter.
I actually went back to read some of the DMs I received from people that recommend MMS, and yes, they sure are auto DMs.
MMS reply campaign
You know when you get an annoying tweet saying “Check this out”, then there is a link and 10 more people mentioned in the tweet. Well, that is an easy thing to achieve if you are using MMS.
They have this thing called Reply campaign, where you basically search for a word and get tweets containing the word so you can @ reply to the tweet. The search never brough more than 3 results for me.
Why would you use this and pay for it, when Twitter search will bring back hundreds of results?!
Are you drawing a conclusion yet? Yes, MarketMeSuite is most likely the tool that all those annoying Twitter spammers we hate and talk about, use.
You can add a “signature” to your tweet. Basically it is a #hashtag. OK, so what is the big deal? It will save you time to type a hashtag. Wow, that is worth 80$ a year for sure. C’m on…
When I, so unfortunately, got in the middle of that beta version, that thing didn’t work. So when ever I sent a tweet it was ending in this “#No signature”. Talk about embarrassing.
The thing that pissed me the most about MMS
I am proud of my lap top and my hubby paid big money to get me a rockin’ machine so I can do my stuff without any worries. I have never crashed it, unlike all the other computers and lap tops I’ve had. It is running just great.
Well, imagine my mood when I realized that this piece of sh.t called MarketMeSuite blocked my lap top and was playing games on me!
Every time I open it, it says there is a new version available. So I allow it to update hoping they fixed all the mess they are selling. Of course, update after update, there are bugs everywhere.
So the other day, I let it update and after a few minutes I saw that it wasn’t updated yet! It was blocked. Somehow, the thing got blocked while updating (never had such a problem with anything!). I closed my browser, giving that stupid thing more memory (so I was hoping). After 10 minutes nothing.
I tried to CTRL+ALT+DELETE, open a Task manager and close the app, but for the first time in my life I can’t open the Task manager! I press the Restart on my Start menu, nope, nothing changed. The MMS update window is still there, “updating” but not really.
I try Shut Down button on my Start menu. No, wouldn’t shut it down. Well, to make the story short, after a few more things I tried, I actually had to take the battery out of my lap top to finally shut it down.
No, this was not a rant. This was a serious review of a crappy product that is not worth your money.
I believe some people are making this piece of crap work and some are making money by being affiliates.
But my honest opinion is that you should not even think twice about buying this. Simply don’t buy it!
You think you can’t do your business without it, think twice and save some money:
- branding sucks, looks bad and isn’t really working
- no professional service should allow new users to use beta version
- I never had a bug in TweetDeck
- you can use TweetDeck (free) to do most of the stuff MMS offers (I think HootSuite is like TweetDeck)
- you can search for related users in your niche by doing a Twitter search for keywords, same goes for reply campaigns
- there are many free services you can use to tweet RSS feeds
- TweetDeck can post scheduled tweets too
- automatic DMs suck
- you are capable of typing a hashtag yourself
Here are a few more things to make you smile:
Algorithm my a$$. Find highly targeted followers means search and follow and hope for follow backs. Unfollow those who aren’t enriching your account is a pile of you know what. I am yet to see this magnificent algorithm!!!
Find users in your niche means that you do a basic Twitter search and see who you can @reply to. The hilarious part is “completely user controlled to maintain the highest quality”. Yeah, you have to do everything yourself, so I guess it is user controlled.
Wow, big words and everything… Well, my free TweetDeck has these two features as well.
Twitter, although a great way to get new visitors to your blog, is not the only way to do it. You should promote your blog on Twitter, but not spend a lot of money on different tools.
Build your Twitter following the natural way. Getting retweeted by the people you connect with is going to get you new traffic, without paying for it and being marked as an annoying spammer.
Use free Twitter tools and spend your money on stuff that actually work.
Calculate what is the return of investment when it comes to tools like this, how much are you getting or loosing by using it.
This is definitely the worst product I have ever tried and I would never recommend it to anyone I care about.
Your turn… Please share this post and tell me about your experience with MMS. I wanna here your opinion on this subject.