Moto 360 giveaway fails: was it Motorola or Yo's fault?

Moto 360 giveaway fails: was it Motorola or Yo's fault?
Today was supposed to be a big day for 20 Moto 360 fans, because Motorola ran a giveaway promotion through the Yo app. The contest was simple: when you received the Yo message from Motorola, follow the link, and the first 20 people to complete the form won a Moto 360. Unfortunately, the giveaway failed and that wasn't what happened.

What actually happened is that a lot more than 20 users were shown a screen saying, "Yo! You won a Moto 360!" But, once they put an email address into the form, users were then greeted with a more somber message saying, "Yo, unfortunately all Moto 360 watches have been claimed..." If you check on Twitter, you'll find that far more than 20 users were shown this message. We received word from one of the disappointed users who said that they called Motorola directly about the issue, and Motorola said that it had simply "paid Yo to run the promotion", so the disgruntled user had to contact Yo to get some sort of confirmation before Motorola would do anything about the problem. 

*Update* Yo sent a statement to The Verge, which puts the blame back on Motorola, saying:


This seems like Motorola is already trying to distance itself from another mess of a giveaway, and put the blame on Yo. If you remember, last year Motorola ran a giveaway through its own website offering discount coupons for the Moto X, and the same kind of issues came about where users were told that they won, but never received a promo code. We can't say why Motorola seems so bad at running promotional giveaways, but one more issue and this is officially a trend for the company. 

Moto 360 giveaway fails: was it Motorola or Yo's fault?

source: The Verge

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21 Comments

1. j3ss323

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

Yo' it was my fault!!!

2. TTGCEO

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

I received a message too but they "ran out" of the watches.

12. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

I can't even sign up for the f*cking yo service. Just keeps giving me try again. This company is horrible. Complete garbage.

3. hellonerds

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

I never enter this giveaway stuff.. specially on youtube lol..

4. Doakie

Posts: 2470; Member since: May 06, 2009

Lol. I'm glad I didn't get that message. I would have been heartbroken. I just two days ago finally won an invite to buy a OnePlus One from the Summer Pics contest. Because I never win anything I felt like a winner just for winning an invite for the stupid raffle to buy. ☺

14. engineer-1701d unregistered

sorry wish i had know i got to oneplusone invites because i was in the top 6k to sign up with them but i dont want the phone any more they wasted my time with the invite crap and the tech is now old so i declined and sent them back.

5. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I got that message...

6. salaal

Posts: 109; Member since: Dec 08, 2013

I've got the one plus one invite is it worth getting or not? Or are there better offerings under 450$?

15. engineer-1701d unregistered

i will get the new nexus way better then opo i got 2 invites they only last 24hrs so hurry if you want one

16. hurrycanger

Posts: 1754; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

In that price range, I would get one of these: - LG G2 (T-mobile in the US has it for $400 now) - Sony Xperia Z1 Compact ($350 on ebay) - Sony Xperia Z Ultra GPE (less than $350, on expansys-usa) Well, in term of specs, none of them beats the OPO. They are cheaper though, and I personally trust LG and Sony better than that new crazy company called Oneplus. xD

7. wkm001

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

I really like my OnePlus One!

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Motorola botches another promotion.

10. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

And you have a negative post in a Motorola article. Guess which of the two happens more often.

11. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

soo... hard... to... argue! can we call it square?

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Prove me wrong then.

18. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I never said you were wrong, I'm saying if there's a Motorola article, you will be there to s#%t on it. It doesn't matter if it's them doing something wrong or something right, as far as you're concerned they can do no right. Remember when they announced upping their game on updates? You called BS on them, and then when they made good on it, even beating the Nexus series to the punch, all you did was clam up. If I'm proven wrong, I'll admit it, but all you do is avoid the subject when it happens to you. I think everyone here knows you don't like them because of an apparent bad experience with the Droid Bionic. Sorry, but if you didn't see the signs with that situation, you got what you deserved. They scrapped the model and completely retooled it in 4 months? Yeah, can't see what could go wrong there. But just because they screwed it up, doesn't mean they'll screw everything up.

19. Mxyzptlk unregistered

What you claim as negativity I call the truth. Every time Motorola does a promotion they end up botching it. Unless you plan on proving me wrong, spare me the nonsense about the bionic. That's irrelevant to this discussion.

21. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

And that's another thing, the past is not irrelevant, it shows your motives for doing something. I'm also not talking about just their promotions, but anything they do, you seem to find a problem with it, and when you're proven wrong you simply go away. As far as their promotions, they had entry that went off without a hitch. When they offered discounts on the Moto X and accessories they went fine. The only time there was trouble was the first time because some didn't understand how it worked. And because they don't have the workforce for the X like that of larger OEMS (maybe because they're offering completely custom phones which no one else is doing) they can't just offer it up like a sale because they'd be backed up until Christmas. But hey, I'm sure if you were running things it'd be going much smoother right?

9. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Motorola must've hired the same guy who does OnePlus One's promotions.

17. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

I was once a lucky millionth visitor to a website. I'm still waiting for my free iPhone.

20. Jack58221

Posts: 157; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

I'm still waiting for the girl to the right of that free iPad pop-up to talk to me. She just keeps repeating the same story while fixing wardrobe problems. Internet is full of disappointments.

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