(Closed) What do you think about vendors commenting on messageboards?

posted 9 years ago in Weddingbee
Post # 3
222 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I enjoy vendors posting when their comment actually pertains to the thread. Sometimes I notice that they just post to get their info out there. I usually like to see things like your #3 (once again, as long as it pertains to the thread). Ultimately, if they sound like they truly want to help the bride rather than promote their business, then it is fine in my book! 🙂

Post # 4
327 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - Holy Family Catholic Church, reception: National Infantry Museum

If they had something constructive to say, or wanted to just comment like we do, that seems ok to me, but I don’t like the idea of them just pushing their services/products shamelessly. 

Post # 5
1246 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Honestly, I like these forums because they consist of brides chatting with other brides. Most of the time, I find vendor posts aggravating because they’re promoting themselves and they seem to have an agenda behind what they say. If they want to link to their business in their personal profile, I think that’s ok; if they chime in with "Hey, look at this neat thing I offer," I think it distracts from the overall ambience. 

For example, a vendor recently solicited input from brides about a certain topic, then used each response as an excuse to post an example of what he/she sells. To me, that’s soliciting business, not engaging in constructive conversation. 

P.S. I’m glad you’re writing the Pro blog post to shed a little light on this topic and hopefully reach some sort of consensus about what is and isn’t acceptable.

Post # 6
5823 posts
Bee Keeper

I get annoyed when it’s obvious that they’re just there to promote their business.  The threads are supposed to be there to support the users, not peddle products.  If I’m looking for a {vendor} I’ll search for them on Pro.

I prefer if they give advice but leave their business out of it unless asked.  Like:

Vendor: "You know organic crocheted frogs would be a great gift!" (End of post)

Bee: "Really?  Where could I find organic crocheted frogs?"

Vendor: "We sell them at http://www.somesuch.com or e-mail me…." etc

Post # 7
5399 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

1) I like when they comment, as long as it doesn’t seem like an advertisement.  I know they want to get their info out there, but there’s a tasteful way to do it. E.g. "When I take engagment pictures for my clients I recommend they wear bright solid colors."  If you are curious about their work, you can always click over to their profile to check the link to their site…which leads me to the next question…

2) I really don’t like when vendors link back to their sight, it’s like they are trying to advertise for free and it just seems too pushy for my tastes.  For sure I don’t like the e-mail signatures or them saying people should read their post on their blog.  Just way what you have to say here and if you don’t want to bother, then don’t say anything at all.  Just my little opinions anyway.

Post # 8
2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I really hate it when vendors comment with links, but the absolute WORST are those that pretend to be a bride "recommending" their company. It’s really obvious too. If a business was really that good, they wouldn’t need fake positive reviews! I personally blacklist companies who post fake reviews and never do business with them. I don’t want to do business with shady people!

Post # 9
1379 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I know I’ve been directly approached three times by the same vendor with a personal message and that was super annoying!!  I had mentioned on the Boston board that I was looking for offciant recommendations from other Bees and this vendor wrote me a bunch of times.

I agree with what most people say — your example 3 is totally cool, especially if the vendor has been on the boards often enough. If those are their only types of posts it’s not cool. As the Hive Hostess I would love an officiant to come on and make comments here and there, but randomly pushing is def annoying. 

Post # 10
1238 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I think that it is okay if a vendor posts comments if they have something constructive to say and it is not shameless self-promotion.  That said, I don’t have issues with a link below or as part of their signature.  It is up to the person reading to decide if they want to click on it or not.  I am also guilty of leaving links to my own blog, though I am not a vendor, simply because I can write the short version here and then let readers know that they can go to my blog for more detailed info or for pictures.

Post # 11
754 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I think a vendor should register with their company name.  I would never want to be contacted via the website by a vendor, but I sure don’t mind them mentioning their services in a post, they just have to be honest in every post where they are promoting.  They need to a member of the community, as in a participant in discussions, not just to promote.  I can’t stand email signatures in any way, so they would certainly not be able to promote a company in them (this is in my perfect world, if you hadn’t guessed).

Post # 12
37 posts
  • Wedding: April 2008

There really is a fine line.  I am a newlywed who loves helping out future brides, as well as a person that does provide services in the industry. For the most part, vendors on here should be aware of proper decorum when existing on here as a poster. I think it’s very obvious when vendors have an agenda to sell their products. I think most readers ignore those particular posts anyway. 

For me personally, I tend to stay away from responding to posts related to my field unless there is a technical question that I can answer or can provide any crafty tips to make brides lives a little bit easier.  But I really do enjoy posting in areas where I can share my own wedding experience.

Post # 13
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I like vendors commenting when their comments actually are there to help the poster.  Especially when the question is about, say, how a business should be run or a technical question.  They can use terms to explain how they run their business, but I hate when they link back to their website at the end. 

 Sometimes, it’s okay if they link back to a specific post that they have written about the question the poster put forth.  As long as they don’t do it on a regular basis.  I don’t want to read say 10 board questions in one night and find more than one of them with links from the same vendor.  That is unacceptable use of the boards. 

Post # 14
225 posts
Helper bee

I aggree wholeheartedly with what Lillindy wrote – fine as long as it doesn’t seem like advertising, which is why linking doesn’t work.  If a bride asks specifically I think they should PM her.

Post # 15
48 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

As long as a vendor is not blatantly shilling his or her goods, I am okay with them commenting on threads.  If they are just trying to sell their specific brand of product, I don’t want to hear from them.

Post # 16
5823 posts
Bee Keeper

I was just thinking…I did write a post looking for a {vendor} in a {city}.  I think it’s ok if they post links to their sites for those posts.  Because that’s what you’re asking for, right?  You need vendors, they post to your thread.  But sending you a ton of private messages?  UGH!!  HOW ANNOYING!!

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