Disturbing marketing

Posted on May 29, 2019


angry person

Normally I’m a “live and let live” type of gal. But something happened last weekend that I just can’t forget.

I’m in my exercise room, deep into my yoga practice and enjoying the beautiful scenery of Greece. All of a sudden I hear this loud pounding on our side door. Now normally I would ignore this, but I thought it might be Mr. Ken. Mr. Ken tends to forget his keys when he goes out for a walk. He is so focused on what type of donut he is going to get, that he tends to forget everything else.

I had some more(!) foot surgery a week ago so I don’t move too quickly. The pounding continues and gets more urgent. So I hobble upstairs fully expecting to see Mr. Ken’s smiling face. Instead, I see the face of a stranger. Stupidly, I open the door. I hear a cheery, “Good morning; how are you today?” Immediately I realize it’s a scummy salesman. So, I just say, “Not interested” and slam the door shut.

The scummy salesman was from Rove. I had to do some digging to find out exactly what type of company this is. There are several companies called “Rove.” This one is a pest control company located in Southborough, Massachusetts.

When will companies learn they won’t win any customers by annoying people? If they are so desperate for business that they have to pound on people’s doors early on a Saturday morning, there is obviously something wrong with them.

Shame on you Rove Pest Control of Southborough!

I didn’t take this sitting down. I wrote this blog post; I called them out on Twitter; and I filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. Interestingly enough, this company only has a B+ rating. I wonder why?

What annoying sales tactics have you been exposed to lately?