This is me complaining about lack of support again.
I have a client who has a problem with his account. His conversions are taking two to three days to show up in AdWords. (They're showing up as usual in Analytics - it's only AdWords that's way off) This has been the case for several months. There is apparently NO WAY I can get any assistance on this. I was told by someone last time I had support to call the number and give MY id rather than the client id, and I'd be put through. Well every time I try that, the recording says they are unable to talk to me, I have to go visit the support pages. The support pages won't let me even START an inquiry, because even though I'm IN MY GOOGLE ACCOUNT, and I use another tab to start the process, it tells me to sign in. I click on sign in, and I get the same page back again, telling me to sign in.
Seriously, how long can this go on? I can't SELL this horrible service to clients, which is why I haven't been able to convince anyone other than my legacy clients (and new clients whose accounts are screwed up) to try AdWords even with a free $100 voucher. Google just sent me 20 of them last week. I deleted the email.
I find myself using the "Google is broken" line more and more when explaining crazy results to people. I am not sure they believe me, as it's such a huge technology company. However, it's become much easier to point out that "Big Companies Can Screw Up" now that the iPhone 4 is out. :)
Their support algo has determined that that they don't need you so they want you to go away and don't you dare try to bother them again.
Google should add the impact of 'mavens' (a type of epidemic participant via Gladwell's Tipping Point) to their "support algo." Netmeg's influence is not measured just by her client reach, but also expanded by those (like me) that read/follow her updates. She can be a powerful evangelist, as she has been in the past, or an equally powerful detractor, as she's being forced to become.
I find myself using the "Google is broken" line more and more when explaining crazy results to people.
I find myself just rolling my eyes and telling them Google is so yesterday when they ask me what's wrong, and they need to try Bing. Most people don't know Bing is MSN so they eat it up and end up liking it better anyway.