Weddingwire - No leads, they are very deceptive
I personally, am very unhappy with the services provided by weddingwire.com. I feel I was duped into signing up for an advertising contract with weddingwire.com. They are an online wedding site that caters to bride's and grooms, as well as wedding vendors. After 6 months, and $700+, I have received almost no leads from them. They claim they have all this traffic that you will get to your site if you join. I have gotten 3 "inquiries" from them, and then no response back from these supposed inquirers, (which I now believe were possibly faked). I get over 20 inquiries a week from other listing advertising sites, and when I send people information and then a subsequent follow up email, I usually always hear something back like, "your too expensive," or "we need time to think about it," or "we choose someone else." These three leads from weddingwire? I never heard a thing, which is why I believe they were fake. Also, these three inquiries had nothing more for info than an email address. If you contact me through my site, it requires you to give me atleast 10 different fields of info about your event to even make an inquiry. How is it that weddingwire's inquiries contain so little info?
I am really pissed because on top of getting no traffic from them, I never actually signed any contract with them and now they say I have 6 months left on my advertising agreement. I never received any terms of the agreement until I tried to cancel, and never signed a contract.
I have found hundreds of angry vendors, on plenty of other sites who all feel they were deceived by this company, on so many levels.
They set up their site to look like brides actively use this site, and review vendors on the regular, when in reality, it is the vendors that keep the site flush with reviews. Weddingwire encourages you to send reviewers to the site, so that you can win awards from them, and build your brand. Looking back at it now, I realize if I had not pushed my clients to write reviews on this site, then I probably wouldn't even have any reviews. Which makes me wonder about all the reviews of other businesses. It is businesses sending their clients to review them. Not weddingwire having legions of brides on their site wanting to write reviews. When they are selling you on joining, they give you the perception that people are actively reviewing vendors all the time, on their own, and that their is all this traffic on the site. All the traffic is created by the vendors sending people there. I don't think anyone hires a vendor off weddingwire.
Part of the deception is they even give you tools to bug the heck out of your past clients to review you on the site, and then offer your clients gifts to review other vendors they used on the site. This seems deceptive to me. If the vendors didn't send their clients, I don't think they would have 10% of the reviews that are on their site. It is evident to me that weddingwire is just an advertising machine ripping off vendors of their hard earned money.
Review about: Weddingwire Leads.
Monetary Loss: $1600.