Published on 2021-04-02
Did you recently receive a phone call from a kind but pushy representative from Mapidea of Ireland? If so, beware!
A company under the microscope
Mapidea is currently conducting an aggressive telemarketing campaign among Canadian businesses to offer them Google My Business profile management services. This company is subject to several complaints that have been reported on the Google My Business discussion forum.
Here are some comments about the company Mapidea:
"Yes, this is a scam. Please do not accept this offer, they will then force you to pay them under the threat of closing your listing. You can search for what has been reported by other users about the practices of this "company". I recommend that you turn down this request. "
"I too was contacted by Mapidea and was scammed out of $159 US! I never received an invoice and the follow-up I was supposed to receive by phone never came! I made a report suggested by a community member, I think! Do you know if there is any recourse? "
Fear as a strategy
Mapidea seems to use fear as a sales strategy. They are leading entrepreneurs to believe that their Google My Business profile is not visible on Google Maps. This statement is inaccurate since Google Maps uses the information from Google My Business to power its platform. Mapidea's personnel will ask their clients to transfer the sole administration of their GMB profile, which is not a good practice. In addition, Google+ is included in their package, which Google shut down in 2019. Another indication that questions the provider’s reliability is the poor translation of their website into French.
It is a great idea to outsource the management, animation and monitoring of your mechanic's or auto parts store's Google My Business profile. However, choose a local company authorized by your banner like Mechanic Web Services. This way, you ensure constant and direct communication with your supplier that complies with best practices.
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