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Another quick Brand Experience Project post today, after an unfortunate experience with a brand that is new to me.

During the Olympics, I became enamored with Sarah Robles, a badass weightlifter from the US, who won a bronze medal!  As is standard procedure now, I searched for her and started following her on Instagram. I was even more excited when I saw that she had a brand partnership with 360 Stretch Denim by Svoboda. (Total props to Svoboda for this. 1, Sarah is an amazing example of a plus-size woman killing it, and 2, having her lift in the jeans to show their stretch power is genius.) I couldn’t remember having heard of the brand, but I made a note to check them out, since I am fairly obsessed with finding the perfect pair of jeans.

I went on their website and was sold on the shape and the dark wash. The website was standard, so I won’t review that, but the shipping experience is where I start to have issues.

My order is shipped! This is great.

It starts to go downhill when 6 days later, the tracking link tells me that USPS hasn’t received the item yet, and I expected it to have been delivered.

More upsetting is that no one writes me back until September 2 – after I send another email, and then post a comment on one of their Instagram photos asking for someone to get back to me.

“I got this series of emails now. They were in junk. Sorry.” This is not the tone I would expect after having to reach out to a company multiple times about where my items are in the shipping process. You’ll note also that while the first email indicates that I will receive an update in an hour, I do not receive said email until the following day. An update email with a message of “My apologies again for the delay, I am now waiting to hear back from USPS and will get back to you as soon as I hear from them” would be preferable.

The second email is much friendlier. I appreciated the second shipment, but was surprised that Jessica didn’t indicate to me that the shipment had been upgraded to priority, which meant that I received my jeans in 2 days.

In addition to this unfortunate correspondence, I went back to Instagram to get a screenshot of my question, only to find that my question has been deleted.

This is the image I commented on. It isn’t there anymore, because it was deleted. My question was pretty innocuous, so I am baffled as to why they deleted it, instead of taking the opportunity to show how quickly and well they could respond to a customer issue.

In my work for Noritake, we have only ever deleted one Facebook comment, and that’s because it was HIGHLY offensive and inappropriate. I am a strong believer in addressing customer issues publicly – not only because it is vital to answer customer complaints, but it creates a public record of service. In addition, if I was irritated enough about a deletion, I would probably feel compelled to post MORE about my experience, creating a bigger issue. This is a miss by the Svoboda social team.

Tweet me with your thoughts on companies that delete customer questions!






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Flickr Stats: Better, But Still Room for Improvement.

by Jamie Sanford on March 23, 2009

I made a big giant image showing my Flickr stats – I had a massive stats day once I posted my photos from the Britney Spears concert (the big spike there), and it took me a few tries to really get the hang of the new Flickr stats.  They seem to have answered my immediate issue which was the frustration that came from being a day late in checking Flickr stats, where I would miss my window for seeing the referring sites for those views.  This was especially frustrating a few weeks back when I had a big stats day.  (Continued below the image.)

So good job, Flickr, thanks for giving me an extra day to get in, see the stats, see where the views came from.  However, this new referrer called “unknown source” has suddenly appeared.  I had a HUGE stats day on March 16, 795 views!  I know they were mostly coming to photos I took at the Britney Spears concert, but over 400 of the views came from an “unknown source!”  This is incredibly frustrating as I am trying to get an idea of who the audience is for my public photos on Flickr.  In addition, these photos were tagged with a Creative Commons license, so I would REALLY like to know where these people are coming from!

Anyway, yes, I’m happy for these improvements to the Flickr stats, I will be renewing my account for many years to come.  However, I would love to know if I am the only one who would STILL be willing to pay more for more detailed stats, the ability to choose a day and view the stats for that day a month later, 6 months later. 

Do you use Flickr stats?  What do you think about the stat reporting?

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