Name: Rocket Driver
Price: $199 + $99/month 30 days after
Overall Rating: 65/100
Let’s get something out of the way right off the bat. There is a distinct possibility you are reading this off of your mobile device.
It’s okay. We all get bored at a bus stop or at lunch, and have inevitably pull out this magical device that fits in our pockets that has an entire universe of knowledge, yet we use it to watch the latest YouTube videos and laugh at rednecks falling of ladders.
I am not the only one, this thing is too big for it to me just me, so do not dare judge.
But what if you could make money with this device? What if with just a little bit of time and effort you could just post a little mobile site and wait for people to touch a screen and put a few bucks in your bank account? But how real is that possibility?
Well, the nice people at RocketDriver claim to be able to do just that. Offering over 30 hours of video training, they claim that they have the “content” and “products” that you need to get your engine running. And I mean that literally, if you go to there site there is footage of engines, race cars, even a jet just to get your blood pumping. They even refer to their help desk as their “pit crew”. What more could you want from quality mobile site service?
Well, how Good is Their Quality?
If you look at the facts, there isn’t much. You spend $199.99 to start and only $99 a month 30 days after sign up. To be fair, they claim that this is $400 off the original price, but even for over half off, what is it that they provide?
Training & Support
Other than the before mentioned 30+ hours of video training, a CRM (that’s short for a Customer Relationship Management, a sort of communication and management tool), and a state of the art marketing suite! Sounds amazing right?
Do yourself (and your wallet) a huge favor and go ahead and google a little site called weebly.com. Now look at the templates they provide for a fraction of the cost. This is exactly what you are paying nearly $200 for.
Yes, of course RocketDriver provides you with support and training, but let’s talk about exactly what type of training they offer. Since you have already geared up google, might as well leave it out and just search “marketing strategy”. See that list you have there of article and YouTube videos you just pulled up for nothing more than the cost of your internet connection? That’s just about the exact training they will give you.
Yes, they are providing you a service, but the question is, is this a service that you necessarily NEED them for?
Not only have they basically ripped off Weebly and are using very EXTREMELY basic marketing training, but the marketing material they DO provide is riddled with spelling and grammar errors. Believe me, it’s a bit difficult to be professional while having a site that teaches you “teh umportance of teh moneys”.
Okay, it’s not nearly that bad, but you get the idea.
So do they provide a service at all, or are they simply running a scam all around? Well, the truth is, they DO in fact provide the exact services they say they do.
However, at a 199 sign up and 99 a month after, what are you really paying for, exactly? While, yes, they do provide what is essentially a weebly clone, you DO in fact have total control over your site. They do not lie about that and you will have the ability to customize at will. So once you have your site, you can do whatever you think is necessary to attract the most traffic and make it as user friendly as you’d like.
After all, you WANT the person bored at the bus stop or lunch to look at their phone ready to give you their money.
But, again, it IS a weebly clone, so why would you want to pay $99 a month AFTER a $200 start up fee when you could get literally the exact same thing for just around $25? Do you see how this is started to make less and less sense?
Okay, so what about the videos and training that is provided?
Well, yes, they are there and, yes, it is over 30 hours, but, yes, these are pretty much all found on YouTube and Google.
So, what ARE you getting then?
To quote directly from the website itself “Businesses need to get mobile faster than ever, reselling mobile web solutions is one of the most lucrative offline businesses seen since the dot-com days of the 90’s.”
While that is in fact true, there was something you should probably keep in mind about the dot-com bubble of the 90’s…
Now, the good people at Rocket Driver mean well. They are all extremely polite and as helpful as can possibly be…that is until you bring up the whole Weebly thing, they tend to not like that.
Other than that, however, they actually are a good group of people who are relatively easy to reach and will in fact answer most if not all questions you have.
The issue here is not with the employees so much as the company itself.
Why charge so much for something someone could get so easily for so little? I mean, other than to make money, of course.
So, please, don’t judge this company on merit, they really do seem to be decent folks just making a dollar, just be aware that there ARE more effective and much MUCH cheaper ways to go about setting up a mobile site.
Always stay informed, and remember…if you ARE reading this while you are bored, please keep your credit card in your wallet. Eating is far more important that frivolous internet shopping…
…depending on the food.