Wow, what a way to respond to a long-time, loyal paying customer! Instead of apologizing for the serious problem and relaying what steps are being taken to avoid it happening again (a simple reminder in the calendar system of your choice would suffice), it's being thrown back in the customer's face.
Regarding the question of increasing prices for service agreements, that has no bearing on a current customer who has already paid the fees. Such customers should expect the service they paid for to be rendered. Failure to do so is a breach of agreement on Declude's part. While we are all human and problems can occur, this is a serious failure, and the tone of the response being putative instead of apologetic makes customers less forgiving, not more. To be frank, many customers are asking what they are paying for, when fix and feature requests take months to be released, or not at all. I understand the situation may be frustrating, but it's often best to step back for a moment, vent elsewhere if needed, then respond professionally to customers. Clear, open, and honest communication also helps. Please don't take this email as incendiary. It is meant to be constructive. Darin. ----- Original Message ----- From: David Barker To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Wednesday, June 03, 2009 11:07 AM Subject: RE: [Declude.Virus] Declude Virus inoperable for 13% of th year? Andy, a. Declude Virus does not have a built in system to report this error as with this specific example. What happened here is not the norm but an exception. It was not our choice to hard code the expiration date but a requirement from AVG. In this instance the specific persons who we had been working with at AVG are no longer with the company and the process of having this renewed took longer than usual. b. I am not sure if you are being facetious, but if it makes you feel better, sure you can schedule a reminder for me, please email me at least 3 month prior of the new expiration date 2010-12-31 c. Yes AVG was not working as it should have been since 2009-04-10 I agree with you - this is totally unacceptable, intolerable, painful and should not be brushed aside lightly. You are correct in your observations, we should increase our prices dramatically so we can hire more developers to ensure unfortunate incidents like this don't happen again. Considering the market and what other vendors charge how much more are you prepared to pay for your service agreement so that we can meet this type of requirement ? David Barker VP Operations Declude Your Email security is our business 978.499.2933 office 978.988.1311 fax dbar...@declude.com From: supp...@declude.com [mailto:supp...@declude.com] On Behalf Of Andy Schmidt Sent: Wednesday, June 03, 2009 9:08 AM To: email@example.com Subject: [Declude.Virus] Declude Virus inoperable for 13% of th year? Importance: High Sensitivity: Personal Hi, Dave - so now that we have a working Declude Virus again, what can be done to prevent this from recurring. a) Apparently Declude Virus has no error tracking in place at all - otherwise it would have REPORTED to us (or your own Declude to your own mail server) that the AVG API was no longer performing scans? b) Do the customers need to set a follow-up reminder for December 2010, which is when your new renewed AVG license will expire? The old DecludeProc had THIS AVG License String: LicBeg, Ver=1.0, Name="Declude", Exp=2009-04-10 So this implies, that the product was inoperable since April 10th for every customer because Declude didn't obtain a new annual AVG license and had to wait a few days for this "transaction" to complete? That means the product was unusable for 13% of the year? This can't just be brushed aside quietly. Best Regards, Andy --- This E-mail came from the Declude.Virus mailing list. To unsubscribe, just send an E-mail to imail...@declude.com, and type "unsubscribe Declude.Virus". The archives can be found at http://www.mail-archive.com. --- This E-mail came from the Declude.Virus mailing list. To unsubscribe, just send an E-mail to imail...@declude.com, and type "unsubscribe Declude.Virus". The archives can be found at http://www.mail-archive.com. --- This E-mail came from the Declude.Virus mailing list. To unsubscribe, just send an E-mail to imail...@declude.com, and type "unsubscribe Declude.Virus". The archives can be found at http://www.mail-archive.com.