A couple of weeks ago we reported about a review of Loquax made by a competitor competition site. MyComps Reviews Loquax – What They Do & Don’t Tell You gave our rebuttle and our users the opportunity to comment on their unsavoury attempt to try and discredit this site. The good news is that Oxfordshire Press, who run MyComps along with Simply Prizes, Just Comps, National Compers Alliance, Coffee Break Winner and Competitions Club, have re-reviewed Loquax.
The sad news is – they’re still trying to be underhand. In our opinion, a decent company would have pulled the content and quietly apologised for pulling a petty stunt like that.
So once again, as they don’t have the courage or the conviction to allow their users or our users to comment on their “review”, we’ll set the record straight for their beleaguered “comping experts”.
Well, this is a fairly good start except Loquax was founded by Jason Dale AND Kirsty Darbyshire. Perhaps MyComps didn’t bother reading about Loquax before conjuring up their latest missive?
Well we hold our hands up about the banners, although a maximum of three per page isn’t exactly intrusive. Yes, there are gaming elements on the site, as there is on MyComps who own Simply Bingo, but we do have a “no bingo” option for users.
Do the presence of these things effect people wanting to find and enter competitions? No!
The sea of marketing emails is a completely nonsense statement. Where are these emails coming from because Loquax doesn’t send them. People who enter competitions will get emails from the promoters. It’s a fact of comping life.
Talk about over dramatic. It makes out like we mugged them for all sorts of information and services before they could enter a competition. Wrong! Yes, we have links to our cash for old mobiles section, offers, bingo and other sections on the homepage.
You don’t have to use them to use the competition part of the site.
Many of our users have banner blockers, use cashback sites, use voucher code sites, opt in to block bingo on their listings etc. These impact our revenue – but guess what? Loquax is still free to use! To use MyComps you have to pay for “the biggest listing of competitions in the UK” – which incidentally is significantly smaller than those you’ll find on most free sites/forums.
The first thing you receive from MyComps is a 28 day free trial followed by a bill. No competition listing site can guarantee that the only thing you receive from entering competitions is prizes. Of course they want you to think they’re wonderful as they want your money!
Most of our listings our done by our dedicated research team that does work around the clock. They are checked to their best of our ability. As are the submissions by promoters and users. If we’re unhappy with a listing we don’t include it. If we think it’s a duplicate, we don’t include it.
If there’s something we think a user should know about a listing (e.g. it’s currently live but needs to be checked, entry may result in phone calls, or it’s a payday loan site) then we include that information for you. As some Oxfordshire Press editors have been on Loquax in the past, we’re actually quite surprised by just how little they know about the site.
Users can also feedback/review any site listed on Loquax so any issues can be highlighted to fellow compers.
MyComps may well pride themselves with their efforts – and for £100 a year you’d expect a quality service, not one so desperate that it has to write substandard commentary about Loquax – yet they happily included a Scottish Power sponsored competition that we know can result in marketing emails and phone calls (Subscription Service or Free Competition Listings?). Just saying!
Of course a site costs money to run, and we’d be surprised if anyone expected us to work for nothing. We are a business and we have a business focus – but we also have a user focus. We’re in a fortunate position where we can be selective with how we operate. We don’t have to advertise marketing sites like MyOffers and Win4Now to you like some competitors do.
We had banners from our ad agency on Loquax last week for a “marketing competition site” that we weren’t happy with, so we switched off the banners (forum post). Very few sites would do that as it costs them money, but we do! We most certainly aren’t so low as to advertise an automated competition entry service to you (Subscription Service or Free Competition Listings?).
Also no competition site can guarantee what happens to your data other than within their own four walls. We don’t sell data, we don’t send a sea of marketing emails, we don’t even rent our lists out (Medialabgroup).
Any site that makes claims that the only thing you get from comping online is prizes, or that they’re checking and double checking to make sure your data is safe are just desperately seeking your money for a subscription.
We don’t know why Oxfordshire Press have decided to attack Loquax. Because, that’s what it is – it’s an attack on this site, it’s owners, it’s users and it’s community.
It’s sad, it’s underhand and it demonstrates quite clearly their lack of respect for this comping community, some of whom who use MyComps, Simply Prizes, Just Comps, National Compers Alliance, Coffee Break Winner and Competition Club on Facebook.
Are Oxfordshire Press being fair? Do you get spam mail from them? Have you been awash with marketing emails from Loquax? Is there another site called Loquax we don’t know about? As ever we’d like to hear your views! Who knows, perhaps someone from Oxfordshire Press will post to substantiate their claims?