I’m not sure how on-topic this is but, from my standpoint, it’s spot on.
Seems Seven Eleven created what I think is a pretty neat traffic generator. This morning, they offered free coffee for coming in to “vote”. Voting was done by selecting either an “Obama” (blue) cup or a “Romney” (red) cup.
I tried it. I have to tell you, at this particular outlet, it was a terrific customer experience. Greeted when I entered, seven or eight different types of coffee brewed, hot, and waiting, lids and every associated item in place and available.
Then, politely asking what the charge was, I was told, “No. No. No. It’s free. Thanks for coming in.” Then one of the folks asked if I wanted a sample of their breakfast sandwich. I passed, but there was a blueberry muffin on the counter that seemed to have an aura around it. I, of course, bought it.
Ate the muffin, drank the coffee while walking home. I have to say both were great. All around, one fine, well-built promotion.
At home, finishing the coffee, I looked at the side of the cup. “Satisfaction Guaranteed! 1-800-255-0711.”
Cool! I thought, “I’m gonna give them a call and tell them what a neat promotion they’re onto.”
It was at that point that all of the good will generated during my visit went down the tubes. I mean from, “Wow!” to “Yuck!” in less than thirty seconds. Here’s the Cliff’s Notes version:
· They put you through the “our menu options have changed…” lie.
· They use the same number for employees and customers…you have to press 1 to tell them you’re a customer. Are you kidding?
· The first prompt as a customer is, “If you are calling in regard to funds being held by your bank…” Are you kidding me? I understand that this could be important. But it’s an important negative that needs to be tucked somewhere else. Is that the first thing you want every customer calling to think about - that Seven Eleven could bring about an issue with funds being held by their bank?
· When you finally tree your way through to info about leaving a comment, you hope for a live person. But, just in case, you start rehearsing your message in case there’s a beep. Surprise! After you get through the tree and listen to the message, you’re sent to the website for any comments. The same is true for complaints
· As you would guess – it doesn’t mention that on the cup. In fact, the web address isn’t even given on the cup
Ah! More smart marketing and ops guys/women (or a combination thereof) who don’t talk to one another.
Now, somewhere out there is/are the brains behind this. So to you, let me just say, kudos for the promotion. Now – take a hike! You blew it.