I’ll repeat, Elitemarketing are crap that’s www.elitemarketinguk.com for the avoidance of doubt since there are other organisations with similar names, it’s the one at that domain name I’m talking about.
Why are they crap? A small UK business started sending me email via a mailing list. I’d never bought anything from them and unlikely to sign up for their products so complained and it turns out they bought the list data “It was our belief that the data provided was from a database / company which people have registered their details in the knowledge and acceptance of receiving emails based upon their given interests which they willingly provided”. This isn’t the case for me, so sadly that small business has been mislead and they wasted their money.
If I’m giving permission it’s only given to the exact company I’ve bought something/services from – I never,never,NEVER knowingly give my permission for my details to be shared with other organisations beyond the one I’m dealing with. How are Elitemarketing giving the impression to clients that they have obtained consent when they clearly haven’t for me? I of course recognise that I may have been duped by a default opt-in at some point but not of course to them directly so will definitely be pursuing this further to get to the sources.
Some unusual entries in their domain registration
Registrant Name: James Potter
Registrant Organization: Elite Marketing
Registrant Street: 704 N. King Street Suite 500
Registrant Street: PO Box 1031
Registrant City: Wilmington
Registrant State/Province: County of New Castle
Registrant Postal Code: DE 19899
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +44.8438860406
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Their website displays a Swansea (UK) address for contact but their domain name postal contact is Delaware,USA? Hmn, I smell fishiness, not helped by the inclusion of a PO box, hardly inspires confidence. But UK phone number and email contains ‘cardiff’ so might reinforce a Wales connection. But email isn’t anybody @elitemarketinguk.com instead a gmail address. Again, doesn’t give a good first impression for any kind of reputable business in the UK.
They don’t print a company number on their website so I try a search at Companies House for the name “Elite Marketing” to see if they are registered. Interestingly there are some Welsh entries “ELITE MARKETING DATA LTD” and “ELITE MARKETING SOULUTIONS LTD” the former seems closest but neither of those exactly match the details given on the website.
“Elite Marketing is the UK’s leading data supplier and we use our vast experience, knowledge and commitment to achieve the most accurate data in the industry…”
so as the self-described ‘leading’ *cough* data supplier clearly trading in the UK and taking money from other businesses they themselves don’t appear to be listed as a registered Company? Is it a sole trader or business partnership? Or if they are a company they aren’t displaying the correct legally required company details on their electronic communications on their website. See irony?
OK so maybe their service is so good the web is full of links to their site with happy customers singing their praises and blogging about their great service (other than on their own website!) ? Or how about other industry news sites talking about them?
Nope, not there either. Quelle suprise.
Overall smells so fishy I wonder if they’re run by Captain Birdseye.