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Green Giant? Giant Pain

Monday, January 28, 2013

Every once in a while, SparkPeople puts advertising on the site which is actively intrusive, which slows me down in navigating and which interferes with my ability to use the trackers quickly and conveniently.

The current Green Giant Side Dish Swap is one of these intrusive ad campaigns.

I've used Green Giant products for years and years. I eat lots and lots of vegetables. They're "main dish" and not "side dish" for me . . .

But: I don't like this kind of advertising.

Sure I understand: advertising keeps the site free. But my time isn't free. And if I have to interrupt my process to close out an ad three or eight or ten times within a very few minutes . . . . it doesn't make me want to buy the product. It makes me actively not want to buy the product. When I see Green Giant at the grocery store . . . it's going to make me growl!!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JOPAPGH 1/30/2013 12:06PM

    Yup, 100% agree. Ads are fine, intrusive ones are not.

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CARRAND 1/29/2013 9:19PM

    I'm with you on this!

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KALIGIRL 1/29/2013 9:31AM

    Saw the ad, but it didn't slow me down (fast fingers I guess). I agree - if I hadn't made so many friends here, not sure I'd use the site - certainly not like the 'good ol' days'...

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PROVERBS31JULIA 1/29/2013 8:36AM

    Will have to look for firefox's add-on ad blockers. My nutrition tracker end-run had been to just use the SP iPhone app. It doesn't have ads and is much faster. Of course, this isn't helpful if you don't have an iPhone ( no clue as to android apps?).


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NUOVAELLE 1/29/2013 8:33AM

    I use firefox, too and I never have to close ads on SP. Maybe you should check the settings on your browser. This must be extremely frustrating! And definitely a counter-productive way of advertisement. I would growl, too at the sight of any product that keeps interrupting me all day!

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ISHIIGIRL 1/29/2013 7:58AM

    O, I so agree! Your spot on there!

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KANOE10 1/29/2013 7:25AM

    I don't get many ads on firefox. Could you use ad blockers? I csn see why it would be frustrating.

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CRYSTALJEM 1/29/2013 7:19AM

    Yep advertisers have to realize this. I have Seen a number of ads lately in various places for different products that have the same effect on me. More is not always better when it comes to food or advertising.

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_LINDA 1/29/2013 1:26AM

    Unfortunately so very true, I struggled with tracking my food because that Green Giant ad kept sweeping across my page even though I was trying to gingerly navigate around all three ad locations :( Rather overkill. They did this once before and got a backlash. Hopefully, the same thing will happen and it gets toned back down. I rarely use canned goods, prefer fresh if I can get them, or frozen sometimes, so I won't even be in the aisle where I can see it lol.

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FREELADY 1/28/2013 10:10PM

I was going to write a blog about this. You expressed it better.
It has been a huge step for me to get consistent using the nutrition tracker. For this infuriating obstacle to deter me seems outrageous.
Thanks for articulating this for us all.

I put this feedback on the message boards under the slot which asked for responses about the site:
"I depend on the nutrition tracker. But the current Green Giant ad continually pops up and HINDERS recording food . It is not effective promotion, because the interference is so severe, I feel only resentment toward this company. Even in recording only one meal, the pop up BLOCKED entering food Six or seven times. On my full size desktop it is still inconvenient to try to get it closed and finish tracking. I understand ads keep the site free, but this level of hassle is outrageous. Administration needs to know this is not acceptable."

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JOHAL52 1/28/2013 9:29PM

    I was just as frustrated tonight trying to enter my nutrition.

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SLENDERELLA61 1/28/2013 9:02PM

    I agree. 100%. I had to repeatedly close it in order to log my food. Huge annoyance. Wonder who to complain to. SparkGuy??

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PHEBESS 1/28/2013 8:57PM

    Yeah, occasionally there's an ad that open when all I did was zoom my cursor over it on the way to something else - very annoying! And I agree, makes me want to boycott the product!

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REBECCAMA 1/28/2013 8:43PM

    Yup! Agree 100% and in particular these kinds of ads can accidentally add food to your tracker. I had that happen with another advertisement. Suddenly things were showing up in my snack area for weeks at a time because the ad had gotten in there somehow. Bad, bad,bad.

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PHOENIX1949 1/28/2013 8:41PM

    Non-techie here that has never run into pop-up ads at SP. I think my answer found in BOSS61 reply below.

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MEADSBAY 1/28/2013 8:41PM

    I must have some good kind of filtering or something because I don't see a lot of the ads I've heard folks complaining about.
I use Mozilla Firefox for my browser.

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DALID414 1/28/2013 8:30PM

    So very true!

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BOSS61 1/28/2013 8:15PM

    Use ad-blocker add-ons. Running firefox? It's easy. I never see ads on Spark.

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/28/2013 7:49PM

    And if that's not enough, all weekend I couldn't even get to my blog posts to read the comments the site was so slow loading! But now I'm indulging in Spark-bashing, a path I don't like to drag myself down.

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LYNNJ1976 1/28/2013 7:48PM

    I agree!

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