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Mike Potillo – How Personality Can Hurt Your Business

January 4th, 2008 posted by · 7 Comments

Mike PotilloIf you’re big into internet marketing and searching for a new way to make money I’m sure you’ve heard of Mike Potillo and his Crave Energy Drink shenanigans.

Watch this YouTube video and then I’ll continue…

Here’s my beef with the system and the dude pushing it down my throat. I’ve had my share of salesmen pitch me things before. The thing about Mike is that he’s hurting the success of his own business with his style of preaching marketing. I was semi-interested in Crave a while ago and wanted to get more information about it. I filled out the sign up form to become a seller and that was it. I thought maybe I’d get some kind of confirmation in my e-mail recognizing my sign up, but got nothing. A few days later I’m sitting on my couch when I get call from a loud, fast talking, hyped-up guy named Mike Potillo. After he introduced himself and asked if he was speaking to Chris Jacobson, I said I wasn’t interested and hung up.

Why did I hang up? Because by this point I was already turned off that I didn’t get an form of confirmation or e-mail saying I was a seller or affiliate for that matter. Three days had gone by and I was already on to other things, not to mention I don’t appreciate being yelled at over the phone.

Mike holds weekly conference calls where he sends out an e-mail an hour (or sometimes 5 minutes) before the call actually starts to let you know about it. I gathered a few marketing buddies of mine last week to listen in to one of these calls and the sound of laughter easily overtook Mike’s voice. I’ll tell you this – I’ve been pitched everything under the sun and I’ve never been turned off from a product this fast before. I’m sure Crave Energy Drink is fantastic, but if drinking the stuff is going to make me as wired and fast paced as Mike… well, no thanks. The video isn’t that bad compared to one of the conference calls.

Another method of marketing Crave would help too. I don’t feel like annoying my friends, neighbours and colleagues with material and worry about signing up people “under me” to make myself more money. Does that sound familiar? Perhaps you’ve heard of Monarch Health Sciences or Usana… yep, same kind of old fashioned marketing used there that only ends up pissing people off (me included).

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7 Comments so far
  1. Ryan MyAvatars 0.2

    Where did you get that picture of Mike? He looks like a crook. lol

  2. Chris Jacobson MyAvatars 0.2

    It’s a freeze frame from the YouTube video. 😎

  3. MarketingDeviant MyAvatars 0.2

    I don’t like guys that talk really loud and hyped up. I’m like are you on drugs!?

  4. MarketingDeviant MyAvatars 0.2

    By the way, I don’t like usana. Too much like a pyramid scheme and a lot of bad vibes and youtube movie about them making people lose money.

  5. Mike Potillo MyAvatars 0.2

    Hi Chris,

    Nice of you to give me some publicity. You may want to find out who you are bashing before you name them and bash them on your blog. Most people think I am a great guy. I have helped 1000’s of people over the last 9 years in this business. You are probably a great guy, who knows, but before you bash someone, may want to REALLY do some research. But, I do appreciate you posting this. I was starting to think EVERYBODY liked me. Out of all the searches on my name, there’s not ONE bad one in over 7,000 results. So, thanks for that 🙂 Now I can tell people when they call and want to know about me, that there this one guy in Canada Named Chris Jacobson that doesn’t like me, however he hasn’t ever talked to me either so not sure what his deal is. Here’s the reality Chris. Can personality hurt your business? I personally don’t think so. I think we all want to work with people LIKE us. So if my “style” of excitement isn’t your cup of tea…..then that’s cool. I wish you the best. Happy New Year.

  6. Chris Jacobson MyAvatars 0.2

    Just an update to this post… I’d like to make clear I hold nothing personal against Mike Potillo himself. He’s a great guy making a living by helping out other folks earn an income from home. Mike is a marketer, just like I am, but uses an over the top, in your face approach that I’m not particularly fond of in attracting new customers. Be that as it may, I even linked his site above for reference. Feel free to make your own decisions when deciding what business ventures to get involved with.

  7. David C. Mandelstamm MyAvatars 0.2


    What can I say? I actually like Mike’s marketing stance. That said, his approach is totally the opposite of MY personality. No problem — everybody is different! (And no, I don’t think Mike is necessarily wired-out on Crave. Rather, he exudes enthusiasm. 😀 )

    I’m looking into this biz. Why? Because the parent company is solid and well-financed. And the compensation plan makes more sense to me than the binary plans used by some of the competitors.

    No, Mike didn’t pay me to say this. I’m sure he’ll do just fine, with or without me, or any of you guys either.

    And Mike, phleeeze take something to calm down! 😉