Given that our online community exists in order to help others learn from other’s mistakes, share advice, provide answers, we felt it’s important to share an experience we had – albeit a working relationship than family, friendship or love – in order to help other businesses avoid the same mistakes.
We do not have a team dedicated to selling ads. Instead, we allocate our resources to maintaining a caring community for our members. For this reason, we signed up as a publisher with Media Mayhem Corporation and work with Scott Messick, President of Media Mayhem Corp, to have representation managing some of our advertising.
Our excitement for working with Media Mayhem turned into huge burden and the only way to make something positive in this situation is to help prevent another growing company from making the same mistake. We started working with Media Mayhem Corp. and Scott Messick about a year and a half ago on some advertising campaigns but are yet to receive our payment for displaying these advertisements.
We have been very patient in terms of payments with Media Mayhem. Even though the payment terms was 90 days, we have not received the payments for more than a year now. To receive payments for the campaigns Media Mayhem was able to secure, we have sent countless emails, left voice mails, etc. for more than nine months. First Scott Messick told us that the advertisers had not paid Media Mayhem because they were working together to resolve a reporting discrepancy. After about 6 months we requested to talk to advertisers directly to request our payment at which point we were told by Scott Messick that advertisers did now pay but there are other discrepancies. Our outstanding balance is about $3,700 for Media Mayhem and Media Mayhem was paid by advertisers months and months ago according to Scott Messick.
At the 1 year mark with no visible progress and waning communication (all of which was filled with false statements and broken promises) we were finally sent a check for only 15% of the total amount owed, which we took it as in good faith and told Scott Messick that we can have a payment plan since it sounds like they are in financial trouble. However we quickly found out that the check bounced and we had to pay bounced check fee.
Why the public review/disclosure for Media Mayhem
After some research on the Media Mayhem Corp and Scott Messick we found out that there are many publishers out there like us, who are not paid by Media Mayhem Corp. An example is here where many publishers who are on the same boat with us and left comments. We should have been more careful in choosing Media Mayhem Corp to work with, so this is good lesson for us for future. We have shown high flexibility to Scott Messick and Media Mayhem by agreeing on a payment plan which we ended up with a bounced check, waited now almost 1.5 years in good faith and even offered to settle for a lower amount than what’s owed. But after all we found out that these are all delay tactics with broken promises (We probably have tens of emails from Scott Messick saying he is putting a check in the email that day)
At the time, our options were limited and we genuinely liked and trusted Scott Messick and his team at Media Mayhem. Nevertheless, we are embarrassed by such a rookie mistake. We hope that Publishers and other business owners running an Online Community can learn from my experience and avoid making the same mistake. Scott Messick still gives different excuses in terms of why payments are not being sent but $3,500 is not a major loss or gain for GirlsAskGuys or any growing online community. What is a major loss is the time and resources spent trying to collect those payments. We place utmost importance on being honest, fair and ethical. Our efforts to hold Media Mayhem to the same standards have been unsuccessful. To make the best out of a bad situation, we hope our story (candid, honest and a little embarrassing!) can help other publishers select the right (and avoid the wrong) advertising agency or advertising representative to help fuel their growth and reach their goals. We currently work with top-notch ad networks and have great relationships with them.
It’s very sad to see many websites are victim of MediaMayhem and Scott Messick. I think we can do something about it together through legal channels or just informing others. For many publishers its probably not worth dealing with legal fees for the amount owed by MediaMayhem but, considering we all have the same complaint, we can act together.
One of the ideas I have is getting a domain name, something lime mediamayhemfraud.com and putting our compalints there vene with links to individual blog posts like this one. With many publishers we can even get that domain name ranking high in search engines for certain keywords. I’m even willing to advertise on adwords for the terms like “scott messick”, “media mayhem” and send people to this domain.
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