February 24, 2017 — In many nations around the world the idea of having a ‘free press’ — whereby any government agency or business cannot obstruct, block or restrict the dissemination by a news service from reporting on matters important to the populace — is a pretty darn good idea. However, in other countries and with other businesses the idea of speaking one’s mind and the notion of a ‘free press’ is an abomination. And no, this is not about the U.S. President and his recent assertions that many U.S. media outlets are “the enemy of the American people”. Nope, the following is all about the Land of Time.
So Here’s The Scoop: I recently received a scathing and “confidential” e-mail from a C-Level Executive in our industry whose name seemed familiar to me and who accused InsideTheGate.Com (ITG), yours truly and our Google ranked # 1 timeshare blog section (The GateHouse) of being a “tabloid”, that we are “irresponsible” and what we publish is, wait for it –– “fake news!”
Yep, ITG timeshare news and information service is being accused of and/or apparently perceived by some folks in our industry as a card-carrying ‘enemy of the people’; and as that person wrote some also seem to believe: “…you ought to be shut down.”
Before making that statement we had exchanged a few other e-mails back and forth and when I finally pointed out that after 8 years of publishing six (6) days each week (Sundays excluded) and millions of ‘eyeballs’ later ITG has published nearly 10,000 POSITIVE industry PR’s (press releases), news stories, specialized columns and opinions, etc. — well, this person didn’t wanna hear anything about that little reality.
I also explained that for our audience’s benefit everything we’ve ever published was archived, fully searchable and retrievable (free of charge) to anyone interested in a particular timeshare company, a person or industry-related products/services, etc. Again, that didn’t matter to this person.
I also shared that the only negative ‘stuff’ we’ve published from time to time over the years has been some opinion columns (like Scoop), some reader comments, and some critically important news stories that, based on the feedback ITG receives each week, continues to be appreciated and of great interest to many within our audience.
Especially, I said, the vital news about the international ring of professional con artists who are operating resale scams from several countries and bilking millions of dollars each month from unsuspecting N. American timeshare owners/members with the old “…we’ve got a buyer for your timeshare who will pay you twice what you paid for it…”
Well, my new acquaintance didn’t want to hear any of that either and also told me, “I would never advertise in a miserable failing rag like yours…” – and soon thereafter we stopped chatting.
But that specific remark about not advertising in ITG stirred my curiosity so I used the ITG search tool, entered that person’s company name, hit search, and guess what?
Not once in the past 8 years have we ever published one negative item about this C-Level Exec, the company, their products, services or their personnel, etc. AND we’ve actually published a little over 40 of their POSITIVE company PR’s.
Now I won’t suggest this Exec is a little slow on the uptake for not even understanding that a PR is actually a commercial –– designed and used successfully by many companies in all industries to keep their targeted market (aka: audience) informed on their progress or new developments, etc. You know – advertising.
Then, just for general kicks, I also Googled the company name and OMG there was no shortage of complaints about them on all the ‘boards’ out there, including a less than stellar BBB (Better Business Bureau) ‘grade’ – an ‘F’ to be precise.
I then ran a search of all the private e-mails I’ve saved over the years containing tips, etc. and wouldn’t ya know it but this particular ‘disgruntled’ C-Level Exec’s name (and company) came up a handful of times containing less than positive issues, claims, assertions and allegations etc. that a “tabloid” would have published in a heartbeat.
However, NONE of that negativity, regardless of the source, can be found in ITG, and the fact of the matter is that of all the less-than-glowing tips, leads and rumors ITG receives from our readers about developers and/or industry personnel, etc. – well, almost none of that ‘stuff’ ever sees the light of day in ITG.
And that includes a plethora of negative information that can be found online via a simple Google search, some of which is sensational enough that a few ITG readers might enjoy reading and knowing a little more about the ‘company’ they keep, so to speak.
Good Luck Out There
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