Hibu - Lies, deception and handcuffed to a “contact” for services that clearly do not meet the need of my business.
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I posted a job on Upwork looking for someone to manage my social media advertising for my e-commerce business. A Hibu representative reached out and sold me on their social media marketing product claiming they were a preferred company with Facebook received discounted rates and I could essentially do more with my current ad spend.
I clearly stated my objectives were to increase conversions and have experts managing my social media campaigns to optimize conversions. They convinced me that this is what they do, and I agreed to hand over my entire $1500/month advertising budget to them. Once I got to speak with the advertising specialist that was assigned to my account, I learn that I am only able to run reach and traffic ads in one region at a time. I clearly stated my intention was to have someone manage ad campaigns that would optimize conversions to market my E-COMMERCE business.
Why would an online business want to run regional ads with their previous advertising budget?!? I was lured into a 6 month contract with the promise of services this company does not provide. When I emailed and called the first week to cancel stating that the product I am receiving does NOT match the product I was sold, I was passed around from person to person with absolutely no one willing to do anything because I verbally agreed to a contact over the phone. Their only answer is to say that the ads are receiving clicks and I should be happy with that.
I WAS NOT ASKING FOR PROFESSIONAL MARKETING HELP TO GET CLICKS. I specifically stated upfront that I was looking to create targeted conversion campaigns to increase sales.
I have had ZERO sales and in one month my company has lost 80% of its revenue. Great ads are the lifeblood of successful e-commerce businesses, and Hibus deceptive sales practices are going to destroy my new small business that I have poured every spare second of my time for the past year. It was a big leap for me to outsource any part of the efforts to grow my business and I fear the decision to work with Hibu may be the nail it its coffin.
I was getting a decent ROI when I was running my own ads and now I am losing the steady income I count on to pay my mortgage and care for my family. I am not only out $1500 a month for advertising that does not fit the needs of my business, but I am out the income I made prior to handing over my advertising budget to Hibu.
User's recommendation: Please, please, please do yourself a favor and do NOT do business with this company.
Monetary Loss: $5000.
Preferred solution: I would like my contract cancelled. .
Hibu Cons: Lack of empathy, Deceitful sales practices, Awful customer service.
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