Mythic Entertainment – End of Subscription
(subtitle: EA/Mythic forces themselves into commercial failure)
8 months ago, I tried to play Warhammer Online.
This was after releasing press announcements and running a big campaign trying to get people like me to play. They’d been too lazy / stupid to remove the “you cannot play this game” message from their own website, even several days after the marketing campaign started.
Net result: I never got around to playing. They made it such a pain in the ass that even when offered this *for free*, I never got that far.
So, I got this message today. And this just double-underlines my previous point. Read this message, and ask yourself: does it entice me into the game?
Throwing away money, one customer at a time
End of Subscription Notification
Your subscription for Mythic Entertainment Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning for Game Account [username] has ended for the following reason:
* Subscription is not set to renew
If you did not authorize this, please contact support at (650) 628-1001. Phone support hours are 10:00 am – 10:00 pm eastern time, Monday through Friday. You can find further information on account security at http://help.warhammeronline.com.
This is an automated email from the Account Management site for Mythic Entertainment.
Games Workshop, Warhammer, Warhammer Online, Age of Reckoning, and all associated marks, names, races, race insignia, characters, vehicles, locations, units, illustrations and images from the Warhammer world are either ®, ™ and/or © Games Workshop Ltd 2000-2009. Used under license by Electronic Arts Inc
Let’s do a quick analysis. Here you have a DIRECT contact with the consumer – moreover a consumer who isn’t yet paying you any money, and who you know has NEVER logged-in to the game.
- 36% of the message is an IRRELEVANT copyright notice that shouldn’t be there
- 30% of the message is an INCORRECT security advisory
- 12% of the message is “this is an automated email”
- …leaving a mere 22% of actual content
Let’s look at the content, as any good marketing person would.
- What’s the Call To Action? (we’re talking to a customer; what are we asking them to do?)
- How easy do we make it to respond to the CTA? (the easier we make it, the more people will do it)
- Where’s the Appeal – a.k.a. what do we do to make the CTA attractive? (the more attractive it is, NOT ONLY will more people do it, but a great percentage will follow-through by paying money / engaging after the CTA)
- Make a international phone call – at cost! – to an unrelated department
- Technical language with no hint of “game”, or welcome. Wording is both appallingly bad English ( “is not set to renew”), and also fundamentally negative (implies that I *shouldn’t* want to renew, even if I do want to)
As I said 8 months ago, someone ought to deploy the PlayFish folks onto the smoking remains of Mythic. I very much doubt they’d allow such terrible excuse for marketing to go on…