Trend: Companies Begging Clients for Diggs?

I recently received an email from a company that we use for some tracking and analytics services (company name withheld, sorry). The email appeared to be your typical email blast with updates about the company, new services, etc. Then came this paragraph (again, identifying details withheld on purpose):

“We’ve posted a couple new blog articles you might enjoy. Today’s article is about a Google bombs. This one is pretty fun and should be educational as well if you don’t know what a Google Bomb is. Also, if you are on Digg (or want to sign up) this article already has over 20 Diggs in the first hour, so additional votes are appreciated.”

Really? I am paying them for services and they are asking me for Diggs? I find it pretty ridiculous for them to blatantly beg for clients to Digg their articles. I would have no problem with them simply sending the links in the email since I may be interested in what they say. As Rebecca Kelly said in her Stop Spamming Me for Votes post, if I choose to Digg the article it should be on the merit of the article, not because they got “20 Diggs in the first hour” and want more.

Has anyone else experienced this? Does it bother you?  Are you a vendor that asks your clients for article votes?  Is it effective?

One Response to “Trend: Companies Begging Clients for Diggs?”

  1. Lyndoman says:

    It’s always tempting to do that, but who wants clients to know about what each other are up to. I only ask if clients are players in digg and ask me to send them stuff.

    Quid pro quo

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