BEST of SCAMS

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Idaho, USA

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP STOP THE DEFRAUDING OF IDAHO’S COMPANIES & CONSUMER COMMUNITIES?

Start by reading the following information to better understand the problem and the propaganda put in place to misguide and mislead us all. Then at the end of this article there are links to file reports to lawmakers and other industry entities that are there to protect us from being defrauded from false representations who profit from “Best of” scams across the Country.

 

 

 

 

 

Q: Are “BEST of” Awards and Contest SCAMS

Well folks we decided to find out with the help of the World Wide Web and a little research via Google and simply compare the BAD with the so-called GOOD schemes and breakdown how some of the RULES may be a bit different but the underlying goal and true achievement here is making a profit of course just like every other for-profit business.  

In order to ANSWER the question above we’ve taken the time and effort gather some articles written by respectable experts and journalist regarding this matter, some definitions from the dictionary and other statistical information and then we did a detailed analysis of some of our local “BEST of” award and CONtest schemes here in Idaho.

Our findings aren’t illogical or absurd folks in fact they’re quite logical and reasonable and we believe this issue needs to be brought to the attention of not only the local community consumers but more importantly to the small business owners who fall prey to this fraudulent format that’s goal is not to actually prove and provide an honest metering or monitoring rom unbiased sources to render an honest result and promote a true winner but rather garner free co-promotion of themselves from those so-called selected nominees and eventual winners being fleeced by the company, it’s platform promotion and putting on the entire misleading messaging and the misguiding of hard working business individuals everywhere. 

If the TRUTH hurts those pro porting this process but HELP educate the PUBLIC and the BUSINESS community then we’ve achieved our GOAL to reduce the defrauding of both here in Idaho. 

 

 

 

 


Why Most Business “Awards” Are a Scam, Preying on Pride

Photo adapted from “2015 Stevie Awards 0215” by mikeg44311 (Flickr, Creative Commons).

Years ago, one of my clients used to pridefully boast that he’d been recognized as one of the top consultants in his field. Here’s how that sort of thing usually transpires:

• First, you get a letter and/or a call with the exciting news — you’ve been selected!

• The letter goes on to say that only a small percentage of people in your field have been so recognized.

• As a result, your company is going to be listed in a published source (usually a business magazine).

• The listing is free!

But… “Why not hype the honor?” they ask.

I should have saved the 2015 one, eh? It would make for a nice collection. Of course, no award is ever sent to winners — unless they pay for it. Here’s their language on that:

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Here’s why you involve the BBB in your CONtest

BBB Tip of the Week: “Best of …” lists may be business scam

Sun., July 10, 2016

Veronica Craker

There’s a new trend with lists honoring the “Best Small Towns,” “Best Place for Happy Hour” and even “Best Cup of Coffee.” Some of these “best of” lists even send prizes to the destination or business getting the award people and businesses who do exemplarity work in the area.

Unfortunately, even fun competitions such as these have attracted scammers hoping to profit from businesses wanting to claim the “Best of” title. In the past few months the Better Business Bureau has received multiple reports from organizations across the country stating they received a suspicious email claiming they won top billing. But in order to claim their prize they were asked to pay up. Fortunately, the email recipients were smart to report the email —as there is no such award.

In less than a month BBB Scam Tracker received 24 reports from potential victims in the Northwest. Some of the reports claim they were asked to pay anywhere from $149 to $229 to claim the honor and receive a personalized plaque. One of these scam emails even had a Seattle, Washington address as its place of business. However our investigators believe that is likely false information meant to deceive email recipients.

The company names attached to these emails include: The Award Program, Business Recognition and Award Connections. So if you get an email from any of these businesses, be skeptical.

To avoid being taken in by these CON artists BBB recommends the following tips:

Ask questions. Learn everything you can about who is giving the award. If it is coming from a mystery company, chances are they simply want your money. Businesses and organizations that offer legitimate awards will usually be willing to provide detailed information on why a specific company received the award.

Know the nomination process. Find out who nominated your business for the award. If you didn’t apply for it or the group cannot tell you how you were nominated, chances are the award is not legitimate.

Don’t pay. Most legitimate awards do not come with costs to the recipient. If there is a cost, scrutinize it closely. If there is a fee for winning or for receiving a certificate or plaque it could be a SCAM.

Do your research. Check the company’s BBB Business Review at bbb.org to ensure the offer is legit. Many of the business owners who reported the SCAM to BBB did their own investigating and found we’ve reported on this SCAM in the past.

Companies that have fallen victim to these or other SCAMS are encouraged to report their experience to Better Business Bureau at 206-431-2222 or at bbb.org.

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You Won An Award, Now What

Hey Rob I got an email saying my business won an award…is this real?

Yes and No…let me explain.

The award itself is real…the winning is not.

There is no committee in your town that goes around determining who gets this particular award.

The company behind the false awards makes their money by preying on companies and selling them awards.

Yup, they are in the award selling business.

And that beauty of an award pictured above is selling for about $200.

Hey, showing off fancy awards gives fans, friends, followers, clients and your momma a belief that you’ve achieved something…I get it.

But buying an award is NOT the way to go about building authority and trust.

And when consumers realize that the awards you are displaying have been bought for the sheer purpose of building authority and trust…well, your credibility is shot and no amount of money or awards can restore that.

Stay away from this type of award SCAMS.

Here’s what to look for if and when you get the email saying you were selected as a winner of this so-called coveted award.

I am happy to tell you that (Your Company Name) was chosen for the 2018 Best of (Your Town) Awards in the category of Advertising Agency. The Best of (Your Town) Award was created to acknowledge the best businesses in our community. For additional information please visit us at: (website that goes to the award scam website)

If needed for reference – your code is: DKMV-UBCQ-2EBB Congratulations, Blake Thompson Best of (Your Town) Awards
Phone Number: 888-207-3442

Directly from the Award Scam website…

How does this award help my company?

Displaying this award in your place of business has several benefits for your company:

• Strategic Value

Today, small businesses and entrepreneurs are facing the challenges of an increasingly competitive local economy. While many businesses have taken on various initiatives to continue to grow, a select few have been able to benefit from the strategic value of business awards.

• Sales Tool

Paula Arnold, owner of SmarterTech Business Systems, learned firsthand from a former manager that a business award can be an account executive’s ace-in-the-hole. “Used effectively, business awards are yet another sales tool to aid in the close of business,” says Arnold.

Free Publicity

Steven Anderson, manager of Devon Health Corp. understands the value of award competitions. Anderson says, “We believe it (business awards) helps validate what we do in the company and enhances our ability to keep good people.” PR might be difficult to measure on the bottom line but it is invaluable.

As you can see, not only did we receive an offer of an award, but the same offer was made to one of our clients, a martial arts studio just a few miles away from us. Same wording in the email as we received, same look and feel to the award itself and same promises made. Nope, not a legitimate award…just a legitimate way to sell awards. 

Yes, all of that mumbo jumbo is true to an extent. The strategic value, the sales tool and the free publicity. But it’s all based on a false sense of achievement

Then it goes on…

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the (Your Town Here) Award Program?

Each year, in and around the (Your Town Here) area, the (Your Town Here) Award Program chooses only the best local businesses. We focus on companies that have demonstrated their ability to use various marketing methods to grow their business in spite of difficult economic times. The companies chosen exemplify the best of small business; often leading through customer service and community involvement. For most companies, this recognition is a result of your dedication and efforts as well as the work of others in your organization that have helped build your business. Your team is now a part of an exclusive group of small businesses that have achieved this selection.

There is an error in my company information – how can I fix this?

Changes to your company’s name, city, or category can be submitted to us via our Company Information Change page.

Do I have to pay for an award to be a winner?

No, you do not have to pay for an award to be a winner. Award winners are not chosen based on purchases, however it is your option, to have us send you one of the 2018 Awards that have been designed for display at your place of business.

Shouldn’t my award be free?

No, most business organizations charge their members annual dues and with that money sponsor an annual award program. The Best of (Your Town Here) Award Program does not charge membership dues and as an award recipient, there is no membership requirement. We simply ask each award recipient to pay for the cost of their awards.

Where can I find my Award Code?

Your Award Code is: DKMV-UBCQ-2EBB. This Award Code has been provided for you that may be used for direct access to your award options and press release posted on our website. Please reference this Award Code with any correspondence or calls to us.

Am I the only winner in my business category?

Yes, only one winner is selected per category for each town.

Where can I see the list of this year’s winners?

Notification to other award winners in (Your Town Here) will be made over the next several weeks. After all award recipients have been notified, we will post the complete list of winners on our website.

Can the award be for a larger area than my town?

All 2018 Awards are issued based on the location of your corporate headquarters even though your service area may extend beyond that town.

How do I view the press release?

Your press release is available here: (Your Company Name) Receives 2018 Best of (Your Town Here) Award.
You may use, reproduce, distribute, and display the press release in any media formats and through any media channels you choose.

How can I contact you?

We offer various ways to get in touch. The most efficient is via our contact us page. Emails sent to us via this page are prioritized first by our customer service staff. Alternatively you can call us at 888-509-9915. Select option 1 and reference your award code: DKMV-UBCQ-2EBB.

As you can see the toll free number given in the original email doesn’t match the email in the contract information in the last question. The whole thing is just a giant ruse to get you to shell out monies for a fake award and there is absolutely zero credibility in getting this type of an award.

Just ask Rob! 

Rob is affectionately known as “Mr Sarcasm” to his friends – to everyone else he’s a Certified Digital Marketing Strategist, a Foremost Expert On Specialized SEO, a Best Selling Author, Podcaster, Speaker and Authority Broadcaster who can help amplify YOU to your audience. Rob has authored, coauthored or produced over 30 books covering social media, search engine optimization, podcasting, copywriting, personal injury law, weight loss, military law, life lessons, scams, customer service and more. His book clients include lawyers, speakers, doctors, real estate professionals and more. Rob is also host of The E-Heroes Interview Series available on Apple, Amazon, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify & many other podcast channels. Rob works inside corporations across the globe, helping companies generate new revenue and capture online business. Rob is also available to share talks and give interviews. To learn more and to get started visit www.AnspachMedia.com or call Anspach Media at (412)267-7224 today.


 

Definitions:

Defamation: the action of damaging the good reputation of someone; slander or libel.

Defamatory: (of remarks, writing, etc.) damaging the good reputation of someone; slanderous or libelous.

Slander: the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person’s reputation.

Slanderous: (of a spoken statement) false and malicious.

Liable: 1) (of a spoken statement) false and malicious. 2) likely to do or to be something.

Fraud: 1) intentional perversion of truth in order to induce another to part with something of value. 2) an act of deceiving or misrepresenting.

Defraud: illegally obtain money from (someone) by deception.

Malice: the intention or desire to do evil; ill will.

Malicious: characterized by malice; intending or intended to do harm.

Unscrupulous: having or showing no moral principles; not honest or fair.

Unprofessional: below or contrary to the standards expected in a particular profession.

Unethical: not morally correct.

Morality: 1) concerned with the principles of right and wrong behavior and the goodness or badness of human character. 2) holding or manifesting high principles for proper conduct. 3) a lesson, especially one concerning what is right or prudent, that can be derived from a story, a piece of information, or an experience. 4) a person’s standards of behavior or beliefs concerning what is and is not acceptable for them to do.

Immoral: not conforming to accepted standards of morality.

Mislead: a person’s standards of behavior or beliefs concerning what is and is not acceptable for them to do.

Misleading: giving the wrong idea or impression.

Misguide: 1) to lead astray. 2) to guide wrongly; misdirect.

Misguided: led or prompted by wrong or inappropriate motives or ideals.

Scam:

Gimmick:

Deceit:

Deceitful:

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Let’s Analyze Idaho’s Best an assumed business name used by Inbound Systems

(The following content and information below was obtained from Inbound Systems website on 3/8/2022)

About Us

Inbound Systems (formerly Dox Marketing) was founded in 2008.

Ever since, we’ve been on a steady path of growth helping companies from all over the world.

From our office located in beautiful Meridian, Idaho, we have assisted clients from Seattle to Miami and from Canada to Australia.

We are a for-profit marketing company that specializes in inbound and online marketing to a variety of industries and business sectors.

We offer our clients a range of services, from website design to content creation to link building.

Our Purpose

Our inbound marketing systems help companies grow by freeing them to focus on what their business does best.

Our focus is simple. . . to get more clients, patients, or customers for our clients. Based in beautiful Eagle, Idaho but we have assisted clients from Seattle to Miami to Australia. We have created a work environment we are very proud of. We truly enjoy coming to work everyday. We are a dedicated team with a dream!

What makes us different?

We treat your marketing budget as if it was our own by constantly asking ourselves, “If this was our business, would we do this marketing?” Ultimately, our aim is to help your organization become more profitable through inbound marketing.

Let’s discover if our companies are a good fit for each other.  Contact us to get started with your inbound marketing campaign.


Inbound Marketing Services

Rest assured… Our inbound marketing services will help your company grow by allowing you to focus on what you do best.

Why Inbound Systems?

1. We don’t outsource overseas like other agencies do.

2. Your campaign will be personalized to meet your marketing goals, not our revenue goals.

3. We’ll track results to help make sure you’re making a profit from your inbound marketing.

Depending on your needs and goals, below is just a handful of the inbound marketing services we’ll assist you with:

Strategy

Planning

A profitable marketing campaign starts with a plan. Inbound marketing is our primary area of expertise, so we’ll consult with you to develop a comprehensive inbound marketing action plan to meet your objectives. Once we’ve delivered your inbound marketing plan, the next step is to determine whether or not we’re a good fit work together on an ongoing basis. If we are, then great!

Campaign Manager

Breathe a sigh of relief… You don’t have to worry about which inbound marketing strategies to implement throughout the year. As an ongoing client, you’ll be able to take advantage of regularly scheduled consulting sessions with your Campaign Manager. After each call, you’ll walk away with a specific set of action items to implement. And if you need help with implementation, we may be able to assist you with that as well.

Consulting

Anyone can run an inbound marketing campaign. But not just anyone can run it to consistently improve visibility, drive traffic, captures new leads, and nurtures sales opportunities. Your Campaign Manager will be there every step of the way.

Attraction

Blog Topics

Your online presence grows with each new blog post you publish. We’ll help you develop an easy plan for blogging, complete with new and intriguing topics for each post.

Social Media Strategy

We’re not talking about the joke-of-the-day here. Our approach to social media is one that is aimed to drive results (i.e. relationships, visitors, leads, and sales). We’ll consult with you on how to streamline your social media strategy.

Reputation Management

Whether you manage it or not, you have an online reputation. With the ReviewJump web application you’ll be able to automatically manage and get more 5-star reviews on local directories like Google and Yelp. This is a must-have for brick-and-mortar businesses.

Press Releases

Some of our competitors will send out press releases because it’s on a checklist they’re required to complete. We, on the other hand, encourage doing them with a strategic purpose, thus generating optimal media exposure for our clients.

Local Optimization (SEO)

Want more visibility in Google’s local search results? The strategy of optimizing your online presence is tedious and constantly changing. We can manage this painstaking process for you in a worry-free fashion while helping you to get more phone calls from the local search results.

Link Building (Off-site SEO)

Expand your online exposure beyond your own website and boost your search engine optimization. We’ll help you get published on other websites to increase both referral and organic search engine traffic.

Pay-Per-Click (PPC)

Adding a pay-per-click campaign to your inbound marketing strategy can not only drive targeted traffic to your website, but it can also provide valuable keyword data otherwise hidden by Google. Using this information, we can also enhance the effectiveness of your SEO campaign.

Conversion

Funnel Development

Are you methodically leading your website visitors and leads down a specific marketing funnel? First, we’ll help develop the strategy for your marketing funnel. Then, we’ll direct the content strategy and help you implement it. The result: A predicable flow of leads.

Lead Magnets

Once visitors arrive at your website, are you capturing their information with anything other than a “contact us” type of form? This gap between the time visitors arrive at your site and when they are ready to contact you is a marketing fail. Most visitors will leave as strangers unless you give them a reason to tell you who they are! We’ll help you develop lead magnets to overcome this and convert more of your visitors into leads.

Book Publishing

We’re talking about real-life, printed books here. Not only will authoring a book improve your authority and reputation, but it can also be used as an effective lead magnet.

Landing Page Content

An optimized landing page is a tool that includes intriguing copy, an offer for a lead magnet, and a form that captures your visitors’ information. The entire goal here is to convert your website traffic into leads. Best of all, we can show you what to do.

Website Content

Original text and images are crucial to converting your website traffic into leads. If needed, we’ll direct an expert writer to write your optimized website content.

Engagement

Webinars

Call it a virtual seminar or an online training, a webinar can be an effective tool for your inbound marketing campaign. We help arrange everything from the webinar’s outline, to the writer of the script, to the screen recording and publishing.

Autoresponder Emails

Once you have a lead, now what? Are you diligently following up with them and staying top of mind throughout the entire buying process? We can strategize with a copywriter to create an automated email campaign that will nurture your leads until they buy from you.

eNewsletters

Yes, they work. And they can work well, If your eNewsletter content is interesting enough. We’ll help you develop a custom eNewsletter to make it easy to keep in constant contact with your audience.

“Our inbound marketing systems help companies grow by freeing them to focus on what their business does best.”


Clearly we can see that Inbound knows how to use various marketing techniques to entice consumers and companies alike to garner interest in their messaging.


Inbound Marketing Pricing

Although we don’t have one-size-fits-all pricing, we do offer pre-defined, inbound marketing solutions that are as flexible as an Olympic gymnast! Pricing for our inbound marketing services fall into 4 distinct categories:

#1: Plan

INVESTMENT: $500-$4,000 (one-time)

A builder isn’t going to build your custom home without a set of plans, right? Well, the same should go for your inbound marketing campaign.

First, you need a plan. And you don’t need to create one either because we have an available done-for-you solution. To get going, just contact us today at (208) 246-8982.

#2: Software

INVESTMENT: $200-$800+ per month

True, you can walk from New York City to Los Angeles, but why when you can ride a bike? …drive a car? …fly a plane? Software can take your business where you want to go much more efficiently. Even then, some tools are better than others.

WordPress, HubSpot, Infusionsoft, MailChimp, LeadPages, OptimizePress, and so on. There are countless software tools available to manage your inbound marketing campaign. We’ll help you decide which ones to utilize and, in the process, provide access to discounted rates as available.

#3: Consulting

INVESTMENT: $500-$12,000+ (no contract)

At the core of any profitable inbound marketing campaign is a sound strategy. This is where Inbound Systems steps in. Even if you implement your entire marketing strategy in-house, you can utilize your Campaign Manager as a resource and to guide you every step of the way.

Best of all, our interests will be aligned with yours. As consultants, we’ll have to continually earn your business because we don’t require long-term contracts. You know as well as we do, that’s rare when it comes to marketing agencies!

#4: Services

INVESTMENT: $200-$13,000+

An inbound marketing campaign would not be complete without the creation and publication of optimized, engaging content.

Whether it’s SEO, PPC, CTA’s, LP’s, LM’s, or other strategies, if we’re not able to provide you with the services required by your campaign, we’ll help you hire a reputable service provider who can.


We can also see that Inbound Systems is in the marketing business and charges various pricing for it’s services which are not free. 


Inbound Marketing Action Plan

Alan Lakein once said, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.”

That’s smart thinking. So, we developed a smart place to begin… our Inbound Marketing Action Plan, or IMAP for short.

Simply select the package that suits your company the best and we’ll get right to work on developing your custom plan.

Local IMAP

One Time Investment: $995
Best For: Local small businesses

1. Marketing Evaluation

We’ll analyze what you’re doing right and what you can improve upon to get a better return on your marketing investment.

2. Personalized Checklist

An easy-to-follow checklist that anyone can implement, developed just for your company.

3. Live Training

A personalized live call where we’ll share our desktop with you and show you first-hand how to make your marketing more profitable.

Order your Local IMAP today. Call (208) 246-8982.

Enterprise IMAP

One Time Investment: $4,000
Best For:  National companies

1. Initial Discovery Call

After conducting our own extensive research, we’ll schedule a conference call and learn all we can from you and your team about your business and goals.

2. Inbound Marketing S.W.O.T Analysis

We’ll provide a detailed report that reveals your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats when it comes to your inbound marketing.

3. Third-Party Surveys

We’ll conduct short, harmless surveys and phone interviews with a variety of people who interact with your business. This will allow you to get a fresh, third-party perspective on opportunities you never knew existed.

4. Inbound Marketing Funnel

This built-for-you plan will shorten the path to a profitable inbound marketing campaign. It will include ideas for approaching blog posts, social media, calls-to-action, lead magnets, landing pages, etc.

5. Live Strategy Call

Take advantage of a final call with a Certified Inbound Marketing Advisor to review your IMAP and answer any and all questions.

Order your Enterprise IMAP today. Call (208) 246-8982.


So when exactly and why did Inbound Systems decide to file the DBA of Idaho’s Best and begin their “Best of” scam action plan (IMAP) here in Idaho? 


Contact Us

New Clients:

If you are interested in hiring us to help you with your inbound marketing, the place to start is with an Inbound Marketing Action Plan.

Call us to order yours today!

Current Clients:

Get in touch with us by email, mail, or by phone. All in-person meetings must be scheduled in advanced.

Boise

6700 N. Linder Rd #156-143

MeridianID 83646

Phone: (208) 246-8982

Salt Lake City

32 W. 200 S #142

Salt Lake CityUT 84101

Phone: (801) 336-1526


There’s absolutely NO mention on this Idaho site nor the Utah site whatsoever about their “Best of” marketing plan and how the two companies function together. Why you might ask? Also notice they have a location and the same similar scheme going on in Salt Lake City Utah.

https://www.bestofslc.com


Here’s the Nomination Claim Form found on the SLC site (3/8/2022) which was recently removed from the Idaho’s Best of website.

Note the statement at the bottom of the form that states:

Are you interested in sponsoring Best of SLC this year?*

We are unable to put on these awards without the support of our sponsors. In return for their generosity, we heavily promote them on our website, social media, emails, and our Best of SLC Magazine.

Let us know if you’re interested and we’ll provide you with more information. Thanks in advance!

(The “*” just after the question means this is a required answer that must be answered when claiming your nomination solicitation)


Here they also make a claim that they’ve somehow partnered with the BBB in SLC giving you the feeling that the CONtest is approved and certified by the BBB.


Here’s the so-called list of Nominees and the businesses chosen by the local residents which was actually a list created by Inbound System and then disseminated to a narrow and limited portion and number of the public that were encouraged by the Inbound solicitation list of Nominees to participate and vote in the propaganda polling process.

(This page was also not visible from the Idaho’s Best website on the date of this article creation 3/8/2022)


Here’s a look at what’s on the Idaho’s Best website as of 3/8/2022 and you don’t see the BBB claim or ad here.


2022 Business Award Finalists to be Announced Soon

We’re recognizing the best businesses and places in Idaho.

You’ve known Idaho’s Best for running the biggest and most credible “best of” business awards program in Idaho. We are pleased to announce that our Idaho’s Best Business Awards are back for 2022!

And just as you would expect from Idaho’s Best, we do things a bit differently—better, if you will.

Free participation, fraud prevention, online reviews, BBB ratings… These are just a handful of ways we change the game for business awards.

Learn more about our business awards and keep any eye out for the nominees that we’ll be announcing in January.

Special Thanks to Our Platinum and Gold Sponsors!

Would You Like to Get Involved As Well?

Whether or not you’re an Idaho’s Best finalist, perhaps you can join us as a sponsor for our next awards.

If you’re interested, please contact us.


Just come right out and say the obvious, would you like to purchase an Award for your business? It’s very clear that these high end sponsors have been mightily rewarded with “Idaho’s Best” business Awards whether they were mislead or misunderstood that the entire process is flawed and fraudulent. You can’t claim fraud protection when your promoting it and for sponsors to participate. There should be disclaimers for the publics protection that explain and define this false claim and the unscientific manner in which winners are chosen.

(Below is the sponsorship page for Idaho’s Best on 3/8/2022) 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Sponsorship Packages

THANK YOU!  It takes more resources to run these awards than you may expect. Offering your generosity by sponsoring helps to keep the entry fee at $0.00 for nominees.

We packed as much value as possible into these packages. If you have any questions, please contact us. Just note, although sponsorships do not guarantee placement in the final results of the awards themselves, they do guarantee access to purchase event tickets and exposure to our audience throughout Idaho.

Purchase Policies

Thank you for being a client of Inbound Systems! The policies and Agreement outlined on this page apply to you when making a purchase from us.

Return Policy

If for any reason you are not satisfied with your purchase, please notify us first and immediately. We are willing to do whatever we can to make sure you are happy. This may include repair, upgrade and replacement of the product or service. Shipping, labor, artwork design, software, and other charges may or may not apply depending on the options that we are able to provide you. Since our products and services are either customized, involve labor and/or are digital, all sales are final and are not refundable or returnable unless otherwise advertised. Special exceptions to this rule may apply at our sole and exclusive discretion. Please, before making your purchase with us, be confident the product or service fits your needs.

Cancellation Policy

Depending on your purchase, your cancellation terms will differ.

Products & Services: You may request to cancel your order at anytime, however, acceptance of such cancellation is at our sole and exclusive discretion. Any refunds associated with your cancellation will also be decided at our sole and exclusive discretion.

Recurring Subscriptions: These include recurring search marketing services, web hosting, email marketing, text marketing, newsletters, software, and other ongoing services. Terminating your subscription service requires an advanced 30 day email notice to [email protected] from the email address on your account with us and a confirmation that we have received your notice. If the start of a new billing period falls within this 30 day period, the full amount for the billing period will still be due and payable. We will continue to provide your ongoing service until the final day. If you are on a multi-month Agreement and wish to terminate it early, a cancellation fee will be due and payable equal to 25% of the remaining fees in the Agreement unless otherwise specified in writing. The 30 day email notice policy still applies.

AGREEMENT FOR INTERNET MARKETING SERVICES

1. PURPOSE

a) The purpose of this Agreement is to engage Inbound Systems and its affiliated companies (“Company”) as the exclusive Internet Marketing (“IM”) firm to perform services for you (“Client”) in exchange for valuable consideration and mutual covenants hereinafter set forth.

2. PARTIES

b) The parties of this Agreement are the Company and Client and all correspondence should be directed to the party’s respective representative at their address, e-mail, and telephone number.

3. COMPANY’S SERVICES

a) Company specializes in a variety of web services, web consulting, search engine optimization, online advertising, social media, email marketing, content creation, internet marketing services, and other technical services. The Client understands and permits Company to exercise its best judgment and good faith to utilize any of its services to perform the requested services according to the terms and conditions of this Agreement with the goal of improving the traffic to the Client’s website.

b) The Client understands that IM is a dynamic and ever-changing process that requires Company to utilize many different services, at different times and with different frequency, in response to changes in the marketing environment.

c) Some, but not necessarily all, of the services which may be utilized for the Client are enumerated below. Actual services utilized will be listed in the invoice(s) from the Company.

i. Search engine optimization services for Client’s website visibility on Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engines.

ii. Campaign management of pay-per-click and other online advertising methods.

iii. Social media and blog content creation and/or management.

iv. Research keywords and phrases to target appropriate and relevant search terms.

v. Edit text for various html tags, meta data, page titles, and page text as necessary.

vi. Analyze and implement website structure, navigation, HTML code, etc..

vii. Provide reports for the website and performance of IM services.

viii. Some websites offer expedited listing services for a fee. If Client wishes to engage in said expedited listing services (e.g., paid directories), Client is responsible for all paid-for-inclusion or expedited service fees.

ix. Additional Services not listed herein (such as copywriting, email marketing, etc.) may be provided at an additional cost and shall be invoiced by the Company.

4. CLIENT RESPONSIBILITIES

a) IM requires cooperation between the Client and Company. The Client will use good faith and fair dealing in providing the following to Company:

i. Payment of fees as set forth within this Agreement and payments of fees for applicable third party organizations (e.g. Google AdWords for advertising budget).

ii. Administrative/backend access to applicable websites for analysis and optimization of content and strategies.

iii. Permission to make changes to the Website for the purpose of the IM services.

iv. Unlimited access to existing website traffic statistics and other applicable internet-based platforms for analysis, tracking and implementation purposes.

v. Authorization to use client pictures, logos, trademarks, website images, pamphlets, content, etc., for any use as deemed necessary by Company for IM purposes.

vi. Any other natural and foreseeable permissions, authorizations, and uses which are associated with any service provided by Company.

5. REFUNDS

a) All fees are non-refundable unless specified in writing and signed by Company.

6. CONFIDENTIALITY

a) Company and Client agree that all fee arraignments, services, documents, recommendations, and reports are confidential and are to be used solely by the intended party.

7. DISCLAIMERS

a) The Client acknowledges that Company has no control over the policies of third-party websites and search engines or their enforcement with respect to the type of sites and/or content that they accept now or in the future. The Client relieves Company of any and all liabilities or claims which may occur due to actions taken by outside parties which result in the Client’s website being excluded from any website or search engine at any time.

b) The Client acknowledges the risk that search engines have been known to hinder the visibility of websites (or pages) and/or drop listings for no apparent or predictable reason.

i. In the event that a listing be dropped during the term of this Agreement but does not reappear within 30 days, Company will provide additional IM services to help in the relisting of the site. Client agrees to hold Company harmless for ranking/traffic/indexing issues related to such occurrences.

ii. Linking to “bad neighborhoods” or getting links from “link farms” can seriously damage all IM efforts. Client agrees to hold Company harmless in the event the Client or a third-party chooses point links from any particular website to the Client’s website without prior consultation.

c) Company is not responsible for changes made to the website by other parties which adversely affect the performance of the IM services being provided.

d) Company is not responsible for Client overwriting changes made to the Website. (e.g., Client/webmaster uploading over work already provided/optimized). Client will be charged an additional fee for reconstructing fixing such changes.

8. COPYRIGHT AND TRADEMARK

a) Client guarantees all elements of text, graphics, photos, designs, trademarks, or other artwork provided to Company for inclusion on the website above are owned by Client, or that Client has received permission from the rightful owner(s) to use each of the elements, and will hold harmless, protect, and defend Company and its assignees from any and all liability arising from the use of such elements.

9. ASSIGNMENT

a) Company reserves the right to assign subagreementors to this project in order to insure a satisfactory and timely completion.

10. PAYMENT

a) Initial and recurring payments shall be paid by Client via credit card or, if accepted by Company, check and/or electronic check. Recurring payments shall be processed on an automatic and regular basis as invoiced by the Company.

11. LATE PAYMENTS

a) In the event a payment is late, Company will notify the Client via e-mail of their delinquency and allow a ten (10) day grace period “Grace Period” for Client to bring their account current without penalty.

12. FAILURE TO PAY

a) If Client fails to pay the balance due on their account after the Grace Period, Company is authorized to take down any web page developed or designed and uploaded to a web hosting server. This includes the work completed and links acquired on external sites for optimization purposes.

i. Files will be re-uploaded after the balance is paid.

b) If Client cannot bring their account current then Company is authorized to seek collection of any unpaid amounts, including any usury rates, fees, attorney’s fees, or other cost by use of a collection agency.

13. TERM AND TERMINATION

a) The initial term of this Agreement shall be agreed upon in writing or specified on the invoice from the Company. If no term is specified, the default initial term of this Agreement shall be for a period of 12 months.

b) After the initial term of this Agreement, the services being provided by the Company, the payments being made by the Client, and the terms of this Agreement shall remain in effect until cancelled by either party.

c) Termination by Company:

i. Company will have the option to terminate this Agreement at any time without refund of paid fees to the client or damages.

d) Termination by Client:

i. Client may terminate this Agreement at any time with thirty (30) days written notice to the Company by sending an email to [email protected] If such termination is prior to the last day of the initial term of this Agreement, Client agrees to pay an early termination fee equal to 25% of the remaining balance of this Agreement.

14. INTEGRATION

a) This Agreement reflects the full and entire understanding of the parties at the execution date of of this Agreement. No additional previous documents or verbal communications may be used to supplement any terms or conditions of this document.

15. MODIFICATION

a) Client may at any time add to this Agreement services provided by Company with an electronic confirmation of such services being added with an updated fee schedule.

b) This Agreement may be modified at any time, in writing, and signed by both parties.

16. BREACH OF AGREEMENT

a) A breach of Agreement occurs when:

i. Client fails to pay bills when due (including grace period).

ii. Client fails to perform their responsibilities within this Agreement.

Whether through written or electronic communication, by making a purchase from Company, Client acknowledges, understands and agrees to the terms as outlined in this Agreement, that any dispute shall only be submitted to arbitration in the State of Idaho in Ada County and that the Client has had the opportunity to consult with an attorney before entering this Agreement.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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