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While I've been a bit of a downer on Fox Soccer, I'm always excited when a new season starts, providing a new opportunity to right some previous wrongs.
As a Liverpool supporter, that goes without saying this season.
So, when the email from Fox Soccer 2Go arrived in my inbox this week, I was excited. Yes, I recently criticized their communication efforts - even after receiving assurances from their PR & Communications Manager - but I'm an optimist.
The email I received was good. A little wordy. My suggestion is to drive home a single message and don't make me think. Click, and go. That's it. But whatever, that's just me.
I click the link (one of seven links in the body of the email. SEVEN!!!). And here's the page I land on:
Where's the registration link? I clicked on a link in the email to register for a free 7 day trial. WHERE IS THE FREE 7 DAY TRIAL LINK?
(Yes, that's a rotating image. And guess what? Not one of the images has anything to do with the free 7 day trial. That's why I am on this page, yes?)
So, I find the page where I register for the free 7 day trial. (It's here, in case you are looking.)
There's a short form I have to fill out and I can even test to make sure your machine can watch the video. Probably a good move, given previous experiences.
So, I view the test video.
In case you didn't have the opportunity to do so, I took two screenshots. I have strong feelings, but I'd like to hear what your thoughts are on these...
Ok, here are mine:
- Why use "Hi" and not "High"? I mean, you didn't use "Lo"
- This is the difference between "Hi" and Low? Um, what's the difference?
- This is "Hi"? Wow!
It's akin to writing a blank check.
Speak of, here's the payment piece (I chose PayPal, because that's how I roll):
So, what am I paying for here? Am I paying $19.99 for the 7 day free trial? Or, do I get the free trial, then you charge me the $19.99 monthly fee?
A little frustrating. And think what I've had to do just to get to this point!
So, maybe I missed something in the email. Maybe there's a link there that I can find the details I'm looking for. (Details! The dreaded "D" word!)
I click on the "If you cannot see the images in this message please view online version" link in the email, which lands me here:
Hmm...Perform Group. Where have I seen that name before? Oh, right.
Ugh, another start to the season, another disappointment.
At least we have Rodgers, right?
My conclusion: Fox Soccer does not care about the user. They
have had this untenable lead and could do whatever they pleased, without listening to those folks who actually paid / used the service.
They do not regularly communicate with end users. (Maybe because they don't handle their own support or / and marketing?)
They do not care about the details.
Now, with more competition flooding in, they are late to get their stuff together. This is a seasonal business. If they turned the corner this season, they would have stayed in front of these newcomers.
Me thinks they are in a bit of trouble.
04/25/13: Updated EPLTalk link above (thanks @kimahlberg!)