Last night I received an email from a restaurant and bar owner in town titled, Thought You Should Read This…
“Not sure who it’s from, as they deliberately put no return address. Mailed from Denver. Anyway, probably some chickenshit you gave a bad review or a competitor.”
Attached was a scanned copy of this letter.
“WOW. Thank you so much for sending this over to me and giving me the heads up. This is unbelievable. I appreciate the courtesy,” I replied.
They replied back. “No kidding. Came in today’s mail. Totally f*cked. Sorry, my French is a little rough these days. Be well.”
This came from somebody that I have no relationship with, but they saw the importance of letting me know ASAP. Because this was mailed out to an unknown number of restaurants in town, and done so anonymously (and I’m sure we can put two and two together as to what inspired this chain of events), I’d like to clear up the errors from this smear campaign.
1. Does Feasting Fort Collins take bribes?
No. I never have and I never will.
2. Are the reviews you read on Feasting Fort Collins legit?
Yes. I visit each restaurant and pay for every meal with my own money. I’m never comped and never use gift cards. Over the course of four years, I’ve been joined by many people on reviews – from friends to readers I’ve never previously met – and they’ve been able to witness the process first hand for themselves.
3. Owners are offered mafia-like ‘help’ with a bad review.
No, they aren’t. In fact, if a restaurateur asks for an updated review or second chance, the request is deferred saying that every restaurant reviewed will have a chance for a follow up review in the future, but that time is unknown.
4. Good luck finding anyone on the network payroll
You can find the list of bloggers in my network on every blog in the network. We each have a Scoop Blogger page on our top menus. And listed them all in my weekly newsletter. It’s not a secret. You can also read about their qualifications in their bios.
5. Or why they write a good or bad review
They write their opinions and stories of shared experiences for Fort Collins residents to read and discover on their own.
6. Is Feasting Fort Collins deleting posts from their Facebook page?
No, I’m not. I never have and I never will (unless it’s spam).
7. Does Feasting Fort Collins favor friends or those that giver her money?
No, each review is fairly balanced with pros and cons. I’ve given friends in the industry average and balanced reviews. Advertisers are not given a review after they join as sponsors – ever.
8. Did you know that the owner of Feasting Fort Collins owns a marketing company named Four Course Marketing?
Yes, and that has never been a secret. There’s the Four Course Marketing page at the top of the blog that lists our clients – both past and present. It also links to the full disclosure post when we first launched last year. We do not accept clients who haven’t first had a fair review published, just like the advertising standards.
I hope that clears up anything addressed in this anonymous letter. Feel free to ask me anything about it – I have always answered questions and I always will. I have always been an open book with nothing to hide and I put my name by everything I put in print.
It’s a shame our anonymous mailer didn’t have the balls to that, too.