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Bitcoin Break 3000 Do Not Miss This

The price of bitcoin topped $3,000 for the first time in history today, according to the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index (BPI).

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After spending much of the last week seeking direction in the $2,700 to $2,900-range, the average price of bitcoin across major international exchanges edged up over this threshold finally at roughly 17:00 UTC.

The new record comes at a time when alternative digital assets are seeing robust inflows, with ethereum's ether token setting a new all-time high of more than $300 today as well.

Indeed, analysts spoke to the ongoing broadening of the cryptocurrency market as a tide that is benefitting bitcoin.

"The inflows into 'alts' are greater than those into bitcoin. In other words, bitcoin is growing at a very nice pace, but non-bitcoin cryptocurrencies are growing even faster," cryptocurrency hedge fund manager Tim Enneking told CoinDesk.

Jehan Chu, managing partner at cryptocurrency fund Jen Advisors, agreed, noting that bitcoin is likely benefitting from new investor interest and the surging interest of "cryptos like ether".

Still, Arthur Hayes, founder of Hong Kong-based digital currency exchange BitMEX, stated that bitcoin is still the "most talked-about cryptocurrency", even as returns become more substantial in other areas of the market.

Hayes told CoinDesk:

"As investors marvel at bitcoin's historical returns and the returns of altcoins, their natural first purchase is bitcoin. Bitcoin has under performed other coins this year, it is now playing catchup."

Investor Sean Walsh largely agreed, pointing to bitcoin's growing price as a sign of its place in the market as the first stop on a road to other assets.

"Bitcoin still seems like the dominant gateway to [alternative digital assets]. So, many first purchase bitcoin in order to then trade their bitcoin for altcoins," he noted.

The development coincides with signs that the cryptocurrency market is maturing to support new inflows and increasing interest.

As noted by CoinDesk research analyst Alex Sunnarborg today, the cryptocurrency exchange market has never been more globally diverse or buoyed by such an array of possible inflows.

Such tailwinds have combined in recent weeks to bring new investor attention to bitcoin, with expectations for bitcoin's growth becoming more and more exuberant. Danish investment firm Saxo Bank went so far as to publish a forecasting report in which it placed the possible value of bitcoin at $100,000 in the next 10 years.

Chris Corey 

CMO Markethive Inc

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The Problem with Network Marketing and Multi-Level Marketing (MLM)

By Scott Allen
It never ceases to amaze me the extreme polar views on the topic of network marketing and MLM. Some people are passionate about it in the extreme, and there are even top celebrity authors like Robert Allen, Mark Victor Hansen, and Robert Kiyosaki doing it and advocating it. Yet, in many circles, you might as well declare yourself a leper as admit to being in network marketing.

So, what is the problem with MLM and network marketing?
Maybe it's the pyramid structure?

But you can't really take issue with the tiered compensation structure. Almost every large sales organization in the world has that. Salespeople get commission and sales managers get overrides or bonuses on top of that, and sales directors on top of that, and VPs on top of that.

Or maybe it's the fact that you have to pay to participate in it? But that can't be it. That's a standard franchising model. And I assure you, the franchise fee of most traditional franchises dwarf the sign-up cost of any MLM program by comparison.

Now certainly, there are illegal pyramid, or "Ponzi", schemes. This is where the money is all being made off of signing up other people, with little or no real product ever being delivered. But in spite of whatever perceptions people may have, the fact is that Amway, Excel, Melaleuca, PrePaid Legal, USANA, and many others have sold millions upon millions of dollars of products to happy customers, many of whom are NOT also reps.

So, there may be a perception problem here, but if so, the perception is out of line with the reality.

But surely the bad reputation MLM'ers has some more basis in fact than the occasional illegal pyramid scheme?
The real problem with MLM is not MLM itself, but some of the people it attracts. Network marketing is just a business model, and it really amounts to "micro-franchising".

Its upside is that it has a very low cost of entry, with the potential for exceptional revenue, and there are those who achieve that.

But those same things that make it attractive make it attractive to many who are NOT really qualified or prepared to become business owners. The salient characteristics of MLM make it attractive to people who:

have not done well in their business or profession and have little money saved up to invest
have no previous experience owning or running a business
have no previous experience in sales
have little or no experience developing business relationships other than that of employer/employee/co-worker
are not satisfied with their current level of income
have unrealistic expectations of the amount of work involved compared to the revenue realized
Don't get me wrong—I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with any of these things, or that this describes even a majority of network marketers—only that it describes a disproportionate number of network marketers, and that many of them never do anything about it.

As a result, many network marketers end up:

over-selling the opportunity
inappropriately discussing business in social situations
coming across as desperate

over-focused on new recruits and neglecting existing customers as a result
being either inaccurate or deceptive when talking about their business
Again, I'm certainly not saying that this describes a majority of network marketers, but it does describe enough of them to tarnish the reputation of the rest. To pre-judge someone based on the basis of a small minority of people in that group is horribly unfair, but we must realize that most prejudices have some basis in reality, even if it has been distorted.

So What's the Solution?
There's a first time for everything. And network marketing/MLM is a great opportunity for people to have their first business, their first sales role, etc. My point is this—recognize it for what it is: it's a business, and you are a business owner. And if you've never owned a business before, if you've never done sales before, if you've never networked before, you need to learn about how to do so, not just from the network marketing/MLM experts, but from established experts in those fields.

Network marketers who are serious about building a business should be reading and learning about business fundamentals, the latest sales and marketing techniques, strategies for networking and business development, etc., not just swapping tips at your team's weekly or monthly meeting. Act like a small business owner, and people will treat you like one.

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10 MLM Home Business Success Tips

Navigating an MLM Business Can Be Tough — Follow These MLM Success TIps
Many people are scared away from network marketing, also known as multi-level marketing (MLM), because of all the myths and misunderstanding about this business type. Part of negativity comes from low MLM success rates. However, a multi-level marketing business isn't destined to any more unsuccessful than any other business. No matter what business you start, you need to build it to be successful.

To enhance your multi-level marketing (MLM) and recruiting efforts within the world of direct selling, consider using these MLM Success tips:

1) Brush Up on the Realities of MLMs
To stay safe from pyramid schemes and MLM scams, arm yourself with knowledge. Learn about the industry as a whole, research MLM companies carefully, and determine if you're a good match with your sponsor. The truth is, while you can get rich in MLM, statistics show that less than one out of 100 MLM representatives actually see MLM success or make any money. However, that's not necessarily the business or MLM industry's fault. Most athletes never make it to the Olympics, but that's not sports or the Olympics' fault. Any great feat requires knowledge and action. 

2) Find a Company With A Product You Love
You can’t sell something or share your business if you don’t genuinely have pride in what you are representing. Do your MLM research and partner with a company that has a product you can get excited about.

Don't forget to look into the company's compensation plan before you join and make sure it is favorable to you.

3) Be Genuine and Ethical
One reason that direct selling gets a bad rap is that many representatives use hype and sometimes deception to lure in new recruits. This leads many to believe that the MLM companies themselves condone this behavior, but in truth, they don't.

Legitimate MLM companies encourage you to be honest in your dealings with customers and potential recruits. If you love your product, your enthusiasm is enough to promote it. Just make sure you're not over-the-top or making exaggerated or false claims. Good business conduct will ensure that your customers and recruits don't feel duped, and as a result, will stick with you. 

4) Don’t Barrage Your Friends and Family
Nothing will annoy your family and cost you friends more than constantly pestering them about your business. There's nothing wrong with letting them know what you're doing and seeing if they have an interest, but if the answer is "no," let it go. Many companies suggest making a list of 100 people you know, and while that's not wrong, you should consider that most successful MLMers have very few people from their original list of 100 people in their business. In most cases, friends and family who are in the business often come AFTER seeing the MLMer's success. Success in MLM comes from treating it like any other business, in which you focus on the people who want what you have to offer.

5) Identify Your Target Market
One of the biggest mistakes new MLMers make is looking at everyone (including friends and family #4) as a potential customer or recruit.

This is one area where the MLM industry gets it wrong. Like any other business, you're going to have greater success and efficiency if you identify your target market and focus your marketing efforts at them. Someone who doesn't care about vitamins or health and wellness isn't a good person to pester about your business. 

6) Make an Effort to Share Your Product//Business Plan Everyday
Many MLM sponsors will have you focus on recruiting new business builders; however, your income, in legitimate MLM, comes from the sales of products or services. Further, customers who love the products or services can be more easily converted into new business builders. Just like any other business (home-based or otherwise), getting the word out about your product or service can benefit your target market is the key to generating new customers and recruits.

Some ideas include sharing a product sample, inviting a neighbor to host a product party, or starting a website or social media account.

7) Sponsor, Don’t Recruit
One of the benefits of MLM is the ability to bring in new business builders and profit from the sales they make in their business. While some see this as "using" others, the reality is that you're being rewarded for helping others succeed. But for them to succeed, you need to see your role not as racking up as many recruits as possible, but in being a leader and trainer. The focus then is on the success of those you help in the business, not on you. That means you need to take time to train them, answer questions, celebrate their successes, and be a support when things are tough. 

8) Set a Goal for Parties or Presentations
MLM is a person-to-person to business. While many people don't like that aspect, especially in the digital age, the reality is that it's the personal touch that sells the products and business, and retains customers and business builders. Based on your compensation plan and goals, determine how many people you need to show your products or business to reach your goals in the time you want. Doing so will ensure you grow your business rather than just sustain it.

7) Listen and Sell the Solution
Many companies provide scripts to help you sell the product or service. While these can be helpful in teaching you about your product and dealing with objections, sales is all about being a solution to what a customer needs. By qualifying your contact first, and then listening to their needs, you can tailor your pitch so that you're the solution to their problem. 

8) Learn How to Market
MLMers often stick to the three-foot rule (everyone within 3-feet of you is a prospect) and other traditional marketing tactics. But direct sales is like any other business. It can and should be marketed in a variety of ways that takes into consideration your target market, what it needs, how you can help it, and where it can be found. To that end, you can use a variety of marketing tools including a website (check your companies policies about websites), email,​ and social media to increase product sales and interest in your business. 

9) Stand Out from Other Distributors
One of the challenges of MLM is convincing prospects to buy or join with you as opposed to the other reps that live in the neighborhood or they know online. You're selling the same stuff as thousands of others, meaning consumers have a choice. So you need to do something that makes you unique compared to everyone else. Give people a reason to choose you over other reps.

While you don't want to pester and annoy people, in many cases, with good follow up, you can make the sale or recruit at a future time. Sales is often about timing, and 'no' in sales doesn't always mean 'never.' If someone tells you no, but there was something in the dialogue that suggested they might be interested in the future, ask if you can put them on your mailing or email list, or if you can call in six months to follow up. Many will give you their email or phone number just because they want to be nice. Even so, use your calendar or contact system to remind you when to call. 

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The Coin Club? (No Thanks)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade Coin Club?
(Not with a 10 foot pole!)

There are several digital currency 'deals' going around right now. Some of them are being touted more successfully than others and some might be more legitimate than others.

But some are clearly very suspicious looking if you look at them closely at all. One such deal is Trade Club Coin (TCC).

But don’t believe me. I’m not the only person who thinks so. Just take a look at the

this article recently appearing in in BehindMLM.com which calls TCC an “exchange club ponzi”.

Every cautionary admonition in that article makes total sense to me. Every post-game bad report that I wrote about MLM scams, crypto and otherwise, while I used to write for an MLM online magazine mentioned all the signs of a scam that I see in my research about TCC.

Frankly, I think anybody who would get into a program with no verifiable product to sell other a membership intangible… deserves to get screwed.

Anybody who would get into a program which clearly pays on recruiting only (because it has no real product)… deserves to get screwed.

Anybody who would get into a brand new MLM program that purports to have the kind of ultra-expensive computers and software that mega-banks use to trade currency, yet doesn't even list on their website who their owners are or where their headquarters is… deserves to get screwed.

Anybody who thinks that a company which could do what they claim to be able to do would need to 'go MLM'… deserves to get screwed.

The BehindMLM article also concludes:

"On their own, Trade Club Coin's recruitment commissions make the company a pyramid scheme. Combined with the daily ROI and you're looking at a Ponzi pyramid hybrid."

And….

"Once recruitment dies down and the daily ROI collapses, best of luck getting your bitcoin back from the anonymous Trade Club Coin scammers who stole it."

And by the way, that last comment should remind you of OneCoin. You know about their problems, right?

And don’t forget about TelexFREE and uFunClub. Look them up on Google.

They bear a striking resemblance to TCC with the only difference being that the former sold a crappy VoIP long-distance telephone call product that never really worked.

But both of those deals made many millions of dollars until they got shut down and the owners and/or key players were thrown in jail.

And don’t forget another thing: If you’re buying into a ‘deal’ with an untraceable bitcoin, what kind of recourse do you have if something goes ‘south’?

I’ll tell you… You’ve got NONE.

You’ve got no paperwork to refer to, no regulators to appeal to, no company owners to appeal to or pursue, no nothing except maybe…”I never said that!”

Actually, before I remembered that I had seen the article about TCC in BehindMLM, I already had reservations about it based my perusal of their website.

And you know the thought I immediately had?

Their product and commission description reminded me of the Universal Life or cash-value insurance policies I used to analyze for customers back when I was an agent with A.L.Williams.

Those policies were never what people thought they had. That’s always happened. Those kinds of insurance programs were, until cryptocurrency MLM scams came along, the most dishonest product ever sold the the general public.

But I digress….

When I looked at the TCC website, all I saw was Fees, fees, and more fees. And complexity, complexity, and more complexity.

Didn’t somebody write a book a few years ago called “Hooked”…. something about creating pleasant, beneficial, positive customer experiences?

Looking at the TCC website, I can’t imagine why any rational adult would seriously consider purchasing any product with so little information to back it and and with what information there was being almost totally useless.  

As I said, I used to sell mutual funds, and term life insurance, and their fees and commissions weren’t even that complicated.

But when you see those kinds of fees and/or commission plan in an MLM, you know what it means, right?

Yeah…it means you better bend over and get ready for a “Royal Reaming”.

The article also brought up another very critical point which I had failed to notice when I first read the site:

Who owns TTC and where is their company? Are they domiciled in Outer Mongolia? Kazakhstan? Estonia? Arkansas? In a Trailways station in Memphis, TN?

It does make a difference, you know. Yet people are actually recruiting people into a company which claims to be leading edge yet can’t or doesn’t want to provide the most basic but essential consumer information….i.e. who are the owners, how do you contact the company, and where is their headquarters?

I’ve said it before but I think it bears repeating: Cryptocurrency has become the Dr. Frankenstein’s Laboratory of MLM scams. Anybody who looks at all the dumb-ass deals being advertised on Facebook or covered in BehindMLM already knows that.

Really sounds like a reputable company, doesn’t it?

Assuming that this characterization of TCC is true (and I strongly suspect it is) I would hate to think that Markethive’s reputation could be corrupted by being associated with such a disreputable program.

Nor do I think it would be advantageous to endanger the success of Infinity Economics by being associated with TCC. Unless they’re both scams of course.

But I know one thing: currency is simply a commodity…. just like pork bellies, wheat, corn, crude oil, copper, cocoa, etc., and only an idiot would buy a commodity at anything other than the very cheapest price.

The problem with all these MLM companies who are flocking into the cryptocurrency niche like pirana fish on a Thanksgiving turkey is that they drive down the value of their commodity by adding fees (and commissions) to their commodity.

Even if it is a real cryptocoin with a real blockchain. I just do not believe the MLM model is compatible with a cryptocurrency. You cannot have a competitive product (i.e. the coin) and competitive MLM commissions. The two qualities don’t go together.

If you're thinking about getting into one of these MLM cryptocurrency deals just because cryptocurrency and blockchain is something new, and because you heard about it from "a friend" or somebody you respect and because 'the product' looks and sounds like it has some degree of credibility from supposedly credible media and other sources…those are not the right reasons to get into any opportunity.

In my opinion, you need You've still got to do your own due diligence, look past the hype, turn down the emotion, and put your rational 'cap' on.

I well remember the times when I lost money trying to make money. In all cases, it was because I either (a) I thought somebody was smarter than it turned out they actually were or (b) I trusted somebody I shouldn't have trusted in the first place.

Crypto is like honey to a bee for opportunists because they hear about something "new" and they think, "Wow..now this is something people will pay attention to me about. I can make a lot of money with this!"

And they get even more energized if they think their dreams are more important than somebody else's.

Most of the people pitching cryptocoin MLM scams are just opportunists who don't know any more about crypto and blockchain than somebody who watches YouTube videos for a few hours but I think it's naive to think you can ever get a good deal on a commodity that's peppered with fees, commissions, and hidden ‘gotchas’ associated with an MLM model.

You would never buy any other commodity with the mindset that most people use to select an MLM opportunity….yet people make dumb decisions like that all the time.

Of course, an opportunity is sometimes hard for a prospect to resist because the prospect doesn't have anything to compare it to or any standard by which to evaluate it. All they know is that it's new and it's their friend or somebody they respect telling them about it.

But…seriously. Would you buy a mutual fund that way from a company that you knew as little about as you know about TTC?

And what's morbidly funny about these situations is that these scammers are very often the same people who complain about how MLM only sells "Hopes and Dreams". And then they turn around and do that very thing.

I guess what apparently makes it "OK" is that they're at the top.

The new crop of crypto-scammers are like Jim Jones. Remember him… that scammer preacher who killed all those people in Guyana by getting them to drink poison Kool-Aid?

That's where the phrase, "drank the Kool-Aid" comes from. These kind of people are experts at motivation, telling people what they want to hear, posturing, intimidation, bluffing, and sometimes even a bit of bullying…. but no questions are ever allowed during their sermons.

People like this think nothing of raping their friends Suddenly they 'see the Light'. They have a new Mission:

"It's going to change the world!!" "We give 5% of every dollar of profit to the "Save The Lab Rats Fund", "We scrape one piece of bubble-gum off the sidewalk of Times Square for every $10 in profit we make", "We'll plant a rose bush on Mt. Everest"…etc., etc., yada, yada….

And then when the deal craters….or doesn't turn out exactly the way they told everybody it would… suddenly they're silent, it's not their fault, or…"we never said that!"

I can understand somebody making an honest mistake. We all make mistakes. We're all sinners. But what I find repulsive and disappointing is when these same people won't admit they made a mistake or they even deny they made a mistake. (Ex: Dead Parrot)

Now…back to TCC….

For one thing, look at this article from BehindMLM.com which calls it a "cryptocurrency exchange ponzi".For me….I say, 'no thanks'. Sure, I'd like to make some big money. But I don’t think TCC is a legitimate program. It doesn’t have any of the characteristics of one.

I just browsed the TCC website and I defy anybody to tell me that they really understand how that compensation plan works. But one thing is pretty obvious. It's complicated while really not saying very much of any substance.  

As I see it, a person will be able to make money in TCC only if one or both of two things happen:

(a) the cryptocoin market continues to go up… and go up a LOT and/ or (b) they recruit a lot of people.

To elaborate further, your cryptocoin will have to go up a lot in order to compensate for all the commissions and fees built into the product.

In MLM that's sometimes called 'slippage'. Would you buy anything else that's loaded down with complexities like that?

Also, are you a good recruiter? Were you ever a good recruiter? Do you really want to get back into that game?

If you were never really good at it, isn't it rather naive to think you are suddenly going to be good at it now just because "…this one is different!"

People haven't changed. You haven't changed. Cryptocurrencies, in my humble opinion, is not going to be any easier a 'deal' than anything else ever was for you.

As an MLM opportunity…it's just a fad. The same people will make money in it that make money in all the other deals. And the same people will lose.

Also…remember what I said about 'money' up above.

Cryptocurrency is a commodity. That's it. And only an idiot pays more for a commodity than they have too buy buying with all the extra charge TCC throws into the mix.

Yet I marvel at how MLM detractors can be so holier-than-thou to criticize traditional MLM companies for having over-priced products and yet be willing to get their friends into what essentially (in it's MLM iteration) is just the unregulated MLM version of Universal Life insurance (or at least the investment side of the product).

And what trying to objectively evaluate the strength of TCC with questions such as, "OK…who's in back of this deal? What's their MLM background and track record? Do they have a real history of helping average people make money in their last deal?”

Or did they get run out of the last program they were in… or did they leave on short notice because they knew they were going to get fired anyway?

If you were going to hire somebody to work for you in a traditional company, wouldn't you check their past employer and references?

I think that would be a smart thing to do the next time (or maybe this time) somebody pitches you about a 'new deal'.

The bottom line on Trade Coin Club is that it boils down to being careful and using some common sense. Think with your head rather than your wallet.

Read the fine print. Ask the tough questions. Take a careful look and consider if you can handle the worst case scenario. Hoping that 'this one is different' won't make it different.

If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. Don't get into dark waters (something you don't know anything about). Don't trust anybody who you know has lead other people down the 'garden path' in previous deals. If they lied once, they’ll probably lie again.

Don't be afraid to work a legitimate MLM if you find one you like. Find a good product that delivers real value to the end-user. And stick with it.

As for TCC, I think it’s a scam. Yes, some people who will make some money…. but most won't and there will be a lot of friendships ruined because of it.

 

 

Art WilliamsS
Freelance Copywriter
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Trade Coin Club? (No Thanks)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade Coin Club?
(Not with a 10 foot pole!)

There are several digital currency 'deals' going around right now. Some of them are being touted more successfully than others and some might be more legitimate than others.

But some are clearly very suspicious looking if you look at them closely at all. One such deal is Trade Club Coin (TCC).

But don’t believe me. I’m not the only person who thinks so. Just take a look at the

this article recently appearing in in BehindMLM.com which calls TCC an “exchange club ponzi”.

Every cautionary admonition in that article makes total sense to me. Every post-game bad report that I wrote about MLM scams, crypto and otherwise, while I used to write for an MLM online magazine mentioned all the signs of a scam that I see in my research about TCC.

Frankly, I think anybody who would get into a program with no verifiable product to sell other a membership intangible… deserves to get screwed.

Anybody who would get into a program which clearly pays on recruiting only (because it has no real product)… deserves to get screwed.

Anybody who would get into a brand new MLM program that purports to have the kind of ultra-expensive computers and software that mega-banks use to trade currency, yet doesn't even list on their website who their owners are or where their headquarters is… deserves to get screwed.

Anybody who thinks that a company which could do what they claim to be able to do would need to 'go MLM'… deserves to get screwed.

The BehindMLM article also concludes:

"On their own, Trade Club Coin's recruitment commissions make the company a pyramid scheme. Combined with the daily ROI and you're looking at a Ponzi pyramid hybrid."

And….

"Once recruitment dies down and the daily ROI collapses, best of luck getting your bitcoin back from the anonymous Trade Club Coin scammers who stole it."

And by the way, that last comment should remind you of OneCoin. You know about their problems, right?

And don’t forget about TelexFREE and uFunClub. Look them up on Google.

They bear a striking resemblance to TCC with the only difference being that the former sold a crappy VoIP long-distance telephone call product that never really worked.

But both of those deals made many millions of dollars until they got shut down and the owners and/or key players were thrown in jail.

And don’t forget another thing: If you’re buying into a ‘deal’ with an untraceable bitcoin, what kind of recourse do you have if something goes ‘south’?

I’ll tell you… You’ve got NONE.

You’ve got no paperwork to refer to, no regulators to appeal to, no company owners to appeal to or pursue, no nothing except maybe…”I never said that!”

Actually, before I remembered that I had seen the article about TCC in BehindMLM, I already had reservations about it based my perusal of their website.

And you know the thought I immediately had?

Their product and commission description reminded me of the Universal Life or cash-value insurance policies I used to analyze for customers back when I was an agent with A.L.Williams.

Those policies were never what people thought they had. That’s always happened. Those kinds of insurance programs were, until cryptocurrency MLM scams came along, the most dishonest product ever sold the general public.

But I digress….

When I looked at the TCC website, all I saw was Fees, fees, and more fees. And complexity, complexity, and more complexity.

Didn’t somebody write a book a few years ago called “Hooked”…. something about creating pleasant, beneficial, positive customer experiences?

Looking at the TCC website, I can’t imagine why any rational adult would seriously consider purchasing any product with so little information to back it up. And what information that was there was almost totally useless.  

As I said, I used to sell mutual funds, and term life insurance, and their fees and commissions weren’t even that complicated.

But when you see those kinds of fees and/or commission plan in an MLM, you know what it means, right?

Yeah…it means you better bend over and get ready for a “Royal Reaming”.

The article also brought up another very critical point which I had failed to notice when I first read the site:

Who owns TCC and where is their company? Are they domiciled in Outer Mongolia? Kazakhstan? Estonia? Arkansas? In a Trailways station in Memphis, TN?

It does make a difference, you know. Yet people are actually recruiting people into a company which claims to be leading edge yet can’t or doesn’t want to provide the most basic but essential consumer information….i.e. who are the owners, how do you contact the company, and where is their headquarters?

I’ve said it before but I think it bears repeating: Cryptocurrency has become the Dr. Frankenstein’s Laboratory of MLM scams. Anybody who looks at all the dumb-ass deals being advertised on Facebook or covered in BehindMLM already knows that.

Really sounds like a reputable company, doesn’t it?

Assuming that this characterization of TCC is true (and I strongly suspect it is) I would hate to think that Markethive’s reputation could be corrupted by being associated with such a disreputable program.

Nor do I think it would be advantageous to endanger the success of Infinity Economics by being associated with TCC. Unless they’re both scams of course.

But I know one thing: currency is simply a commodity…. just like pork bellies, wheat, corn, crude oil, copper, cocoa, etc., and only an idiot would buy a commodity at anything other than the very cheapest price.

The problem with all these MLM companies who are flocking into the cryptocurrency niche like pirana fish on a Thanksgiving turkey is that they drive down the value of their commodity by adding fees (and commissions) to their commodity.

Even if it is a real cryptocoin with a real blockchain. I just do not believe the MLM model is compatible with a cryptocurrency. You cannot have a competitive product (i.e. the coin) and competitive MLM commissions. The two qualities don’t go together.

If you're thinking about getting into one of these MLM cryptocurrency deals just because cryptocurrency and blockchain is something new, and because you heard about it from "a friend" or somebody you respect and because 'the product' looks and sounds like it has some degree of credibility from supposedly credible media and other sources…those are not the right reasons to get into any opportunity.

In my opinion, you need You've still got to do your own due diligence, look past the hype, turn down the emotion, and put your rational 'cap' on.

I well remember the times when I lost money trying to make money. In all cases, it was because I either (a) I thought somebody was smarter than it turned out they actually were or (b) I trusted somebody I shouldn't have trusted in the first place.

Crypto is like honey to a bee for opportunists because they hear about something "new" and they think, "Wow..now this is something people will pay attention to me about. I can make a lot of money with this!"

And they get even more energized if they think their dreams are more important than somebody else's.

Most of the people pitching cryptocoin MLM scams are just opportunists who don't know any more about crypto and blockchain than somebody who watches YouTube videos for a few hours but I think it's naive to think you can ever get a good deal on a commodity that's peppered with fees, commissions, and hidden ‘gotchas’ associated with an MLM model.

You would never buy any other commodity with the mindset that most people use to select an MLM opportunity….yet people make dumb decisions like that all the time.

Of course, an opportunity is sometimes hard for a prospect to resist because the prospect doesn't have anything to compare it to or any standard by which to evaluate it. All they know is that it's new and it's their friend or somebody they respect telling them about it.

But…seriously. Would you buy a mutual fund that way from a company that you knew as little about as you know about TCC?

And what's morbidly funny about these situations is that these scammers are very often the same people who complain about how MLM only sells "Hopes and Dreams". And then they turn around and do that very thing.

I guess what apparently makes it "OK" is that they're at the top.

The new crop of crypto-scammers are like Jim Jones. Remember him… that scammer preacher who killed all those people in Guyana by getting them to drink poison Kool-Aid?

That's where the phrase, "drank the Kool-Aid" comes from. These kind of people are experts at motivation, telling people what they want to hear, posturing, intimidation, bluffing, and sometimes even a bit of bullying…. but no questions are ever allowed during their sermons.

People like this think nothing of raping their friends Suddenly they 'see the Light'. They have a new Mission:

"It's going to change the world!!" "We give 5% of every dollar of profit to the "Save The Lab Rats Fund", "We scrape one piece of bubble-gum off the sidewalk of Times Square for every $10 in profit we make", "We'll plant a rose bush on Mt. Everest"…etc., etc., yada, yada….

And then when the deal craters….or doesn't turn out exactly the way they told everybody it would… suddenly they're silent, it's not their fault, or…"we never said that!"

I can understand somebody making an honest mistake. We all make mistakes. We're all sinners. But what I find repulsive and disappointing is when these same people won't admit they made a mistake or they even deny they made a mistake. (Ex: Dead Parrot)

Now…back to TCC….

For one thing, look at this article from BehindMLM.com which calls it a "cryptocurrency exchange ponzi".For me….I say, 'no thanks'. Sure, I'd like to make some big money. But I don’t think TCC is a legitimate program. It doesn’t have any of the characteristics of one.

I just browsed the TCC website and I defy anybody to tell me that they really understand how that compensation plan works. But one thing is pretty obvious. It's complicated while really not saying very much of any substance.  

As I see it, a person will be able to make money in TCC only if one or both of two things happen:

(a) the cryptocoin market continues to go up… and go up a LOT and/ or (b) they recruit a lot of people.

To elaborate further, your cryptocoin will have to go up a lot in order to compensate for all the commissions and fees built into the product.

In MLM that's sometimes called 'slippage'. Would you buy anything else that's loaded down with complexities like that?

Also, are you a good recruiter? Were you ever a good recruiter? Do you really want to get back into that game?

If you were never really good at it, isn't it rather naive to think you are suddenly going to be good at it now just because "…this one is different!"

People haven't changed. You haven't changed. Cryptocurrencies, in my humble opinion, is not going to be any easier a 'deal' than anything else ever was for you.

As an MLM opportunity…it's just a fad. The same people will make money in it that make money in all the other deals. And the same people will lose.

Also…remember what I said about 'money' up above.

Cryptocurrency is a commodity. That's it. And only an idiot pays more for a commodity than they have too buy buying with all the extra charge TCC throws into the mix.

Yet I marvel at how MLM detractors can be so holier-than-thou to criticize traditional MLM companies for having over-priced products and yet be willing to get their friends into what essentially (in it's MLM iteration) is just the unregulated MLM version of Universal Life insurance (or at least the investment side of the product).

And what trying to objectively evaluate the strength of TCC with questions such as, "OK…who's in back of this deal? What's their MLM background and track record? Do they have a real history of helping average people make money in their last deal?”

Or did they get run out of the last program they were in… or did they leave on short notice because they knew they were going to get fired anyway?

If you were going to hire somebody to work for you in a traditional company, wouldn't you check their past employer and references?

I think that would be a smart thing to do the next time (or maybe this time) somebody pitches you about a 'new deal'.

The bottom line on Trade Coin Club is that it boils down to being careful and using some common sense. Think with your head rather than your wallet.

Read the fine print. Ask the tough questions. Take a careful look and consider if you can handle the worst case scenario. Hoping that 'this one is different' won't make it different.

If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. Don't get into dark waters (something you don't know anything about). Don't trust anybody who you know has lead other people down the 'garden path' in previous deals. If they lied once, they’ll probably lie again.

Don't be afraid to work a legitimate MLM if you find one you like. Find a good product that delivers real value to the end-user. And stick with it.

As for TCC, I think it’s a scam. Yes, some people who will make some money…. but most won't and there will be a lot of friendships ruined because of it.

 

 

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OK so…How’s that MLM Working Out?

 

OK…So, How's That MLM Working Out?

 

Your MLM — How’s It Working Out?

I’ve always been a believer is scripted sales and prospecting. It just always seemed logical to me that the professional sales person, by virtue of repetition, should be better at selling than the average customer should be at resisting the sell.

This is an important topic in prospecting for recruits in the the MLM business because, as anybody will know who is trying to build an MLM organization, if there’s one thing most people resent more than being ‘sold to’… it’s being recruited into an activity that statistically the vast majority of people have a bad attitude about.

That being the case, it seems to me that the people ‘we’ (i.e. those of us trying to build an MLM organization) will encounter two kinds of people:

  1. Those who have been in MLM but are currently not.

  2. Those who have been and still are in MLM.

  3. Those who don’t even know what MLM is.

Type 3’s are pretty rare nowadays.

Nowadays, I think we’re more likely to encounter Type 1’s simply because MLM has been around for over 50 years and has burned through a lot of people… and those people have spread ‘fear of MLM’ among most of their friends.

Those are the people for which the opener, “Hey Clyde…ever done any MLM? (WFA) So.. you’ve probably discovered that MLM sucks, right? (WFA).

At that point, the approach originated by Markethive CEO Tom Prendergast, i.e. the three magic questions, is appropriate.

(NB: WFA= wait for answer)

But how do you approach the Type 3’s, the people still laboring under the delusion that their MLM is somehow different or better even though their products barely retail (if at all) and the average person in their 'deal' seldom makes any money?

This is an important question because, as Ryan Gunnison, founder of MLMRecruitsOnDemand says, it just makes more sense to build an MLM business with people who know something about it than people who don’t.

And think there is a growing number of recruit candidates out there, Type 2’s, because (a) MLM’s have gotten better at marketing their ‘Busted Hopes and Broken Dreams’, and (b) more people are being forced to try MLM because there simply aren’t any better options (or at least it seems that way to them).

So, if it’s foolish to hit those people in the face with the statement, “Can we agree that MLM sucks”, because their defences are immediately going to go up, what can we say to get and keep their attention long enough to point out that if they are in just about any company except Valentus, they are (1) making a bad business decision and (2) not treating people like they themselves would like to be treated?

I think it’s something along the lines of:

  • You’re doing an MLM business now, right?

  • Are you still in that MLM company you were telling me about?

  • What’s that MLM company you were telling me about the other day?

  • Etc.

In other words… asking a seemingly innocent question. In most cases, if they still are in that particular MLM they’re going to be eager to have somebody ask about it rather than hold up a Cross.

And here’s where we get the real vaccine that we’re trying inject into their infected mind. I already mentioned it above but I’ll do so again, in slightly different terms, and then back it up.

MLM does suck. Tom is right.

Tom is right because MLM products rarely if ever compete ‘in the real market’. 99.5% of the time MLM products are something that nobody really needs, very few really want, very few can easily afford, and pretty much nobody wants to sell.

This type of consumer advantage very rarely, if ever, applies to MLM products. In almost every instance, people get into MLM companies and knowingly buy overpriced products which they often don’t even want or need on the carefully encouraged expectation that they’ll be able to get rich by recruiting an army of other similarly short-sighted consumers into doing the same thing.

The full FTC report on Herbalife noted that Herbalife had (and probably still has) a turnover rate of approximately 50%!! What’s doubly sad is that these statistics (for public companies) readily available in SEC-required financial reports. But..nobody knows it.

What moral, ethical person would knowingly do such a thing? And my point is, doesn’t the Golden Rule say, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”?

Sure it does. So…since when is it Kosher to screw our friends by getting them into something which directly harms them. The summary of the recent $200 Million settlement between the US Federal Trade Commission and once-mighty Herbalife pretty much said that hardly anybody made any money with Herbalife.

But Herbalife was just an obvious target for the FTC. The FTC could have grabbed a random name out of a hat of the top 20 MLM’s and probably prosecuted the same case successfully.

So we can rest assured that those Type 2’s we talk to are most likely not making any money. And even if they are, it’s very difficult. Our challenge is to trigger their pain-points and get them to think about it without taking it as a personal attack.

I think we can do by simply saying, “How’s that working out for you?”

If they spout any of the motivational, public relations B.S that they’ve been conditioned and/trained to say, we need to dig a little deeper. And I think one of the best ways to do that (especially for us in Markethive), is to ask:

“What’s your biggest problem in your business right now?”

That sounds pretty innocent, doesn’t it?

How could anybody object to that question?

It seems to me that almost any reasonable or hypothetical answer to that question can be turn to a discussion pointing to Markethive and/or Valentus.

Why?

First of all, those of us in Markethive know that even though our system is still being polished in a few areas, it still works pretty well and beats the hell out of any other online marketing tool that any MLM company has.

Secondly, we can prove that our weight loss coffee product meets any and every criteria for being a good business decision.

Let’s look at that issue a bit:

Valentus’s great tasting coffee, even for a consumer with no interest in the business side of Valentus and who only buys 3 boxes a month (not the lower cost per box Ruby pac of 16 boxes that ‘we’ talk about most of the time), is still less than the $2.70 per cup that this article last year in US News and World Report cited as the US average.

The numbers aren’t rocket-science. You buy eggs by the dozen, nails by the pound, milk and gas by the gallon, and coffee buy the cup. Even buying just the 3 box pac of Valentus coffee, the consumer pays approximately 20% less.

20% day in and day out, for something that many people consider a habit…it’s nothing to sneeze at. Can Herbalife or Amway or Shaklee or NuSkin or any of those other companies do that for their customers?

And that doesn’t even factor in the fact that Valentus coffee isn’t just coffee…it’s healthy coffee that is proven to help people lose weight and/or inches.

Plus, which opportunity is easier to ‘sell’.

  • Opportunity A — “Yes, it costs more and you don’t really need it but you’ll make your money back and even more… by romancing and hyping all your friends and joining ‘us’ in the NFL Club (No Friends Left) on our great trips where we celebrate our psuedo-success with all our other self-centered friends. Or….

  • Opportunity B —  Take that money you spend now of regular coffee, drink ours (which is better, healthier, and cheaper), plus… get ‘in the business for a measly $20, pass out a few samples on a regular bases, and/or ask people, ‘Who do you know who likes great coffee and would like to lose a few pounds and/or inches?’

It’s not a hard conclusion to reach for the average mind. I’m thinking that many people, regardless of where they are with their present MLM company, will realize that they don’t have a Unique Selling Proposition (USP) anywhere near that powerful.

I’m thinking that the average MLMer knows that their products are hard, if not impossible, to retail. But most of them are getting a lot of pressure from their upline and their company to retail more and it’s making them very uncomfortable because it’s simply not practical for 99.9% of the MLM companies in the industry.

In Summary:

  1. We need to carefully consider our approach to people and nuance it to whether they are Type 1’s, 2’s, or 3’s.

  2. We need to understand human nature and not antagonize or scare away our prospects with the ‘ice bucket challenge’ of assaulting the integrity of their present MLM company (if they have one).

  3. We need to emphasize that Valentus coffee is priced right to dominate a huge market (i.e. single-serving retail coffee) and, because it sells on eBay, it's a Total No Risk proposition.

Getting involved with the business opportunity side of Valentus makes sense from a business and an ethical perspective.

 

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Make your Savings work For you

Interest ratesRecord low interest rates in the UK is causing a headache for savers. Keeping money in the bank with a paltry return is questionable, yes your money is secure but it will produce little growth.

You could of course take a risk and invest in stocks and shares, which despite the Britexit are still performing well but are you prepared to risk you hard earned savings.

I am something of an entrepreneur and in the last few months have been experimenting by using some of my savings and purchasing a diet product online and then reselling it at a profit on the likes of Ebay

Unlike most MLM products this one is priced at a level the market can bear and allows for a small profit after taking into account packing, posting and delivery cost. I purchase the product for $500 and for every $500 I spend I make $65 or 0.13% which compares favourably with the 0.01% I would receive from my bank.

Many people, myself included, are wary of joining an MLM which have a bad reputation due to high costs and the real possibility that the products are too expensive and are difficult to sell to even friends or family.

 

The company has a great compensation plan and in the first month I received $100 bonus.

The weight loss Coffee also produces results for its customers

My first exposure to this coffee was about three months ago.  Before I had never heard of such a product but apparently there have been other attempts from other companies that didn’t do so well.

A good indication that a weight loss product is not effective is when you are encouraged to eat and exercise differently.  Not that there is anything wrong with that advice but you will lose weight anyway doing that.

So when I found out this coffee had no extra suggestions for its use other than drink it everyday I must say I was intrigued.  So I tried it and I found it to be very effective at assisting you to lose weight.  I say assisting because this product doesn’t contain any unknown magical ingredients it’s just formulated very well.

The main ingredient that gets results in the coffee is garcinia Cambogia.  A supplement derived from a fruit called tamarind.  It effectively kills your appetite especially if you have it first thing before eating anything else.

So my results went like this.  I lost weight on average every week for four weeks at about 5 lbs per week.  I plateaued at 185 in about six weeks and began to think the ride was over.  But I think maybe because I do some exercise (I attend Krav Maga classes once a week) I may have been gaining muscle mass while I was slimming down.  I also noticed my waist shrunk down about three inches.

You will find in testimonials that different people will have different results.  I think the body has its set point where it just won’t lose weight anymore and me being 5’9 perhaps healthy for me is around 185 lbs.  The point is my waist is smaller and I don’t mind being in public with my shirt off now because I shed most of the fat that made me feel uncomfortable.

So I still use this coffee daily just to maintain my current weight and it is very effective.  I have seen testimonials of people losing up to 55 lbs!  My guess is they were pretty obese.  I was not terribly overweight I just needed something to keep me comfortable.
Chuck Reynolds

 

Marketing

Now many people know very little about marketing, however if you would like to join me at business level (Ruby) you will receive your own marketing site (called Markethive). It is the most powerful Inbound Marketing platform similar to HubSpot and Pardot. However, it also is a Social Network and geared towards entrepreneurs and marketers. The entire system is free and uses advertising to build revenue and pays out up to 50% on advertising purchases to you*. When you join Valentus with us at the Ruby level (Remember there is no risk) we give you the top of the line Affiliate position. It is called Alpha Entrepreneur and normally sells for $5000 and delivers over $10,000 in advertising credits. Another win win for everyone.

Other perks include receiving leads, receiving traffic from major press releases and receiving enrolments from massive marketing campaigns conducted by the group via Markethive.

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Today’s MLM Industry – Turned by The Dark Side

Today’s MLM Industry – Turned By The Dark Side

Yes, it’s true. The MLM industry has been under a lot of fire lately and justifiably so. If you know anything about the industry you know that the FTC recently slapped Herbalife with a $200,000,000 fine. But does that mean the MLM model is fundamentally wrong?

No, it doesn’t.

The only thing that’s ‘wrong’ in the MLM industry is the attitude that has pretty much permeated it over the last 20+ years, i.e. the attitude that it is OK to sell hopes and dreams instead of real value and results and the attitude that it is OK to sell overpriced crap as long as the top guys and gals got rich doing it.

Is there a better way?  

Is there a way that’s a win-win-win for the consumer (most importantly)-the Distributor- and the Company?

Yes there is.

And would you like to know what that ‘secret sauce’ of MLM success is?

The answer is that above all a successful MLM company must:

  1. Have a superlative and affordable product that brings real value to the consumer.

  2. The consumer must want to purchase that product regardless of whether there is an opportunity connected with it or not. And….

  3. The company must consider the customer first and foremost.

In other words, if it won’t sell at retail in the ‘open market’ for more money than the distributor pays the company for it at wholesale, it’s not a good deal for anybody and it’s certainly not a smart business opportunity financially or ethically, for the Distributor.

At Markethive, we coined a term for these characteristics (and several others).

We say that these kinds of MLM companies are ‘customer centric’. We believe that the MLM companies who survive the increasing government regulatory scrutiny(as evidenced by Herbalife’s fine) and an increasingly more savvy consumer will be few and far between. Those MLM companies which continue to operate with the ‘Old School’ MLM mentality won’t be around much longer.

We know of only one company which today is truly customer centric. More about that company below.

Network Marketing is in trouble but it’s not likely to die overnight.

Here's why the industry is in trouble: 

First of all, millions of people still realize they don’t have any other viable choices. And the fact is that while most MLM opportunities do ‘suck’, Network Marketing done-right (!) is still a fair shot at success for more people than any other business model.  

Secondly, it is unfortunate but true that the traditional Network Marketing industry has gotten pretty good at selling ‘hopes and dream’… even though that’s about all they have to sell. But still, the hopes-and-dreams model of recruiting still for them. At least for now.

They know that the average person is going to recruit one or two people and then they’ll be gone. And then the company will recruit more starry-eyed newbies and the cycle will repeat itself over and over and over.

But is this really success and are these companies really successful?

Many informed observers think that they are not. And we tend to agree.

Here’s how to spot an MLM company not likely to make it:

  • Claims to ‘sell’ a product but hardly any retail sales are actually made and the ratio of Distributors to actual customers is 9:1 (or worse!)

  • Distributors buy products mostly to maintain commission rank and not for real retail sales or voluntaryor preferential consumption.  

  • Only the top leaders make big money and hardly anyone even breaks even.

  • The company spends lavishly on Hollywood type ‘events’ rather than helping the Distributor.

  • The company does not encourage or support the Distributor in using modern technology to sell effectively in the digital age.

Those are just a few of the signs of a ‘bad’ MLM company.

The fact is that the vast majority of traditional MLM companies have forgotten something which is truly critical to their own survival and it has nothing to do with how many distributors the company has or how big their distributor teams are.

The really important metric is, ‘how many people really buy their product because they like it and how many of them keep buying it regardless of whether or not they have any interest in the business opportunity or not? If a product won’t sell on it’s own, at retail, and if average distributors can’t make money in the opportunity, it is neither a sustainable market nor is it a sustainable business opportunity.

In fact, one of the biggest reasons why there are so many X-MLM distributors floating around, with their horror stories about their past ‘MLM opportunity’, is because they were all told that their first priority should be to recruit more distributors rather than make retail sales. I’ve been through that and probably YOU have too, right?

Of course, if you’ve been in Network Marketing before you know that few if any Network Marketing companies have affordable products that people really want to buy irrespective of the business opportunity.

MLM distributors have always been told that high turnover was normal and that the reason they couldn’t large organizations was that they didn’t really try, they didn’t ‘want it bad enough’, or that it was supposed to take a long time to ‘make it up on the stage with the superstars’ getting the big checks.

You’ve probably heard that too, right?

Sadly, many people ‘bought’ that line of thinking and kept trying and trying and getting more and more frustrated until not only all their money was gone but so were the vast majority of their friends. Maybe you know what the NFL club is. That’s the “No Friends Left” club, right?

The reality in the MLM industry is that very few MLM products are truly an essential or highly valued part of the average person’s lifestyle. And those that do have some unique features are almost always so expensive that they qualify as luxuries that don’t fit into most people’s budget especially in these financially stressed times. 

And that’s not to mention that some MLM products are complete hoaxes OR there are cheaper versions of the same product available on the open market.

That’s why the image above is the image that most people associate with Network Marketing or MLM opportunities. How many times have you and your friends made jokes about this? It’s also the reason why many people only dream about but never expect to find a really good Network Marketing company.

This is the image that turns people off about Network Marketing and drives so many sincere, enthusiastic, hard-working distributors out of the industry. But this is NOT Valentus!

Indeed, sometimes a really remarkable company does come along. A company that has a truly ‘life style’ product, that the distributor can buy in bulk, sell at a legitimate retail profit, have a happy customer base, and (if they so chose) build a network of other happy and successful distributors.

When you find such a company, it really is possible to build a sustainable, profitable business and a family legacy to be proud of.

Another good thing about a good MLM business model is that, if you chose to, you can build your business regionally, nationally, or globally and you can even do most or all of it online (just like Amazon or eBay) if your company is truly progressive. You’re running a real business instead of a recruiting mill.

Companies which focus on only on ‘Hopes and Dreams’ and recruiting are doomed to fail.

The number one goal of every real business since the beginning of time has been customer acquisition… i.e. the ability of the business owner to acquire and retain customers throughout the lifespan of his/her business. An honest Network Marketing company should have the same priority… as Valentus does.

The vision of my group of network marketers is to have more customers than distributors at all times… although we are at the present stage looking for leaders to build an international distribution network of key leaders to take our unique line of weight loss coffee and other great products to the consumer.

And by the way – our almost daily flood of testimonials prove that our products do not disappoint.

Do YOU know anybody who likes coffee and who might want to lose a few excess pounds and/or inches?!

I’ll bet you do 🙂

Let’s sit down and talk about it… (╥︣﹏᷅╥)

Seriously, network Marketing can work for you if you work with the right company like our group of community members here at Markethive, are doing right now. We buy into the supplier company, Valentus, with a business builder pack for $499. This qualifies us at the Ruby level and allows us to buy and sell our products at low, wholesales prices on a monthly basis and maintain a positive cash flow.

Customer Centric Ideas For Network Marketing

Our customers are having fantastic results with our products. Just look and listen to the testimonials on my website, here. With results like these it’s no wonder that our Distributors who simply ‘Sample and Invite’ are doing incredible volume, advancing rapidly, and making money in our organization. Many for the first time ever in MLM.  

It’s a beautiful thing. You’ll be amazed at how your attitude toward Network Marketing will change when you finally start making repeat sales, making real money, and recruiting new team members because if they loved it at retail they knew they’d love it better as a distributor.

As you sell product to your customer base, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that there are lots of people not only who are very receptive to a great tasting coffee that helps them lose pounds and inches but who also are X-MLM veterans who haven’t lost their “Why” or their Dreams and are interested in making some extra money or a replacement income within your team.

There’s no science to explain. It’s just, “You like coffee? Here…Drink this.”

And imagine not being afraid to ask your customers, “Hi! How much weight or inches have you lost?” It’s really exciting to make money with a product that works. No more hoping you won’t have to face your X-Distributors or X-customers. 

We even have proprietary technology, within Markethive, which you can use to create an automated system that drives leads and sales to you or even into your distributor organization. We believe in building deep and strong (and not wide and greedy).

But don’t think that our business opportunity doesn’t require some form of work. It does. Hard work is required no matter what you do in life to reach success. We do run a business but we are very supportive within our team because we believe that ‘a rising tide floats all boats’.

If you’d like to listen to some of our recorded conference calls, you can. And you’ll hear incredible stories of success in short periods of time that are unheard of in other Network Marketing companies…stories that certainly are unheard of for a company like ours that’s only 2 years old (but we’re already approaching $3,000,000 @ month in sales volume).

If you do nothing — you earn nothing. But if you can say, “Do you know anyone who likes coffee and might like to lose weight and inches?, our business is not hard. All you need to do is ask that magic question, give some samples, and follow up.

If you have experience in Network Marketing, you know that companies which have highly demonstrable, affordable, and consumable products (and are well managed) always do very well. We are a company like that.

Matter of fact, our senior leader is Tom Prendergast, CEO of Markethive.com. Tom is a remarkably capable but relatively silent MLM superstar who in his prior MLM company almost put them out of business by recruiting 141,000 customers in just a few months. In his first MLM company several years before that he actually did recruit so many customers that his company did go out of business.

But now we need to talk about YOU

Have you been involved in Network Marketing before?

If so, how long have you been involved in the industry and how many companies have you been with?

How many companies have you been with?

Do you still a Big Dream?

What kind of options do you see in your future right now?

And last but not least, are you open to learning a whole new, customer centric way of building a profitable, fun, and sustainable business with an affordable, high-demand, high-quality product and a record-setting team?

If your answer is "yes" to at least most of these questions, especially the last one, then I would like to talk to you and see if you would be a good fit for our team.

My first requirement is that you need to join me and our team at Markethive. Even if you’re in another MLM company, you can still benefit from the free Markethive membership although you will not get a special extra benefit that we extend to Valentus members… as described below.

Once you’re in Markethive, you’ll need to set up your account and go through the easy and free Alpha Trailblazer upgrade. Then follow the instructions to set up your profile page.

Once that’s done I will connect with you through social media (facebook, linkedin etc.) to exchange phone numbers to discuss our business opportunity with you and ask you to join our Valentus business group within Markethive.

We prefer to go through these steps, just like a job interview, to find those individuals who really qualify. We are real business people who want to make sure that the people who join our business will be ín synch’ with our values and our business model.

We require the purchase of the business builder pack within our organization because you can’t sell from an empty cart and people WILL want the product.

Also, you receive a free Markethive Inbound Marketing platform, along with full training, to promote your Valentus business (and any other business you might be involved in) online. There is no other Inbound Marketing Platform on the internet as powerful as Markethive. Yet, amazingly, it is totally free.

We can do this because Markethive is advertising supported (just like Facebook, YouTube, and many other popular social platforms). No training, tools, or support are withheld even though amazingly our top competitors with Markethive (e.g. companies like Pardot, Marketo, or Eloqua) cost $1,000 or more per month.

Benefits of Joining Our Business at the Business Builder Level

There are reasons and benefits to our Ruby level requirement. The main reason is that as a Ruby Distributor with Valentus you earn higher commissions. You also will advance more quickly and you won’t lose sales by not having inventory. You will get sales if you Sample and Invite.

Note: our product actually sells at a profit on eBay too… if you set it up like we can show you. For that reason, there is zero risk of losing your money with this opportunity and no other company can make that claim and back it up with proof.

But wait…it gets even better!

Remember that ‘extra benefit’ I mentioned?

We also reward those team members who purchase the Ruby Level business builder pack with the affiliate rank in Markethive known as Alpha Entrepreneur! This package is valued realistically at $5000!

When you join our team, we will match your effort 110% as long as you are actively involved in trying to build your business. We won’t give up on you if you don’t.

For myself and our team, I look forward to welcoming you into two remarkable and unique companies… Markethive and Valentus. Buckle up!

Art Williams
Markethive Alpha Legacy Member and Developer
Valentus Ruby Team Leader
Skype: atwill4

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Markethive and Valentus: Organic Leads and Coffee Partnership

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The apex of automated marketing blogging platforms and “weight losscoffee” known as Valentus Slim Roast are ready to launch; however, only those who recognize this unique opportunity are really wanted.

Au Naturale, Markethive and Valentus have joined forces to create a symbiotic relationship between two business entities that are fed up with traditional MLM Industry.  Yes, Marketing & weight loss Coffee are about “empowering both the little guy and gal” to market and sell a product the World consumes daily only after water.  Try going 72-hours without H-2-0 and watch your body breakdown.  Guess what, people feel the same way if, they don’t have their “daily fix” and react like they’re going through withdrawal. 

The Digital Age is here and entrepreneurship continues to explode thanks to technology and those innovators who embrace risk, while providing a solution to a problem.  Guess what you’re one of them because you became a renegade and willing to face the unknown, while incurring the costs in business.  Respect is given to you but, not the industry (MLM), due to its dubious reputation and need for change.     

Yes, it’s time for a change because MLM doesn’t have the best reputation as indicated by the recent Consent Decree Settlement between Herbalife and FTC .  Hey, $200 million dollars isn’t chump-change and sends a message to the industry that “product and consumers” must exist and not “product and distributors”.  Yeah, verification will be needed in the future and old business models will no longer be accepted unless, they can prove that their product is being retailed to the masses.  Guess what, old methods of marketing like “Outbound Marketing” are increasingly ineffective in generating sales and more importantly, establishing a trusting business relationships between consumers and proprietors.  New business models and new marketing methods like “Inbound Marketing” have emerged and increasingly becoming the norm because educated consumers like Millennials, who have purchasing power of $200 Billion dollars are sick and tired of being sold. Yes, these kiddies are tech- savvy and research everything before digging into their debit/credit-cards (nobody uses cash, anymore) and if, your product or service doesn’t address their needs or resolve a problem then, they happily tell you, “hit the bricks”.  Well, if you want to avoid the proverbial MLM Cemetery for Dead Dealers who, operate a Non-Profit Agency then, you better embrace “Customer-Centricity”, like the industry leader Amazon.     

Yes, in the Digital Age of Technology for a business to succeed then, it must embrace the idea of the customer being the priority and less so, shareholders, which is a revolutionary concept among corporate profiteers.  However, Amazon valued at $230 Billion dollars realized that success was centered upon "focus relentlessly on our customers."  Needless to say, title of World’s Largest retailor isn’t by chance.

So, do you want to be part of the “customer-centricity’ trend and be at the forefront of a new era of Ecommerce where relationship building is key to creating a WIN-WIN for both owner and customer.  To learn more I invite you to rcontact me.

Contributor,

David Ogden

Helping People Help Themselves

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9 Survival Essentials For The MLM Industry

9 Survival Essentials For The MLM Industry

 

If you’re in the MLM industry, by now you’ve undoubtedly heard of the $200 million fine the FTC just slapped on ‘once mighty’ Herbalife. I’m saying, ‘once mighty’ because this fine was very possibly the beginning of the end for Herbalife and also a wak- up call for the vast majority of the rest of the MLM and Direct Selling industry that has abused the public’s trust for so many years.

What have they done that is so naughty, you ask?

It's simple. Basically, they just got greedy. If you want more detail…here it is:

  1. Overpriced products

  2. A faulty and misrepresented opportunity

  3. A lack of technical innovation that has resulted in a system that doesn’t meet the needs of today's consumers or home-based entrepreneurs.

The FTC, in effect, said that Herbalife was a pyramid operation, even though they refrained from using those exact words. This was probably because they didn’t want to rock too severely an already fragile US economy but it’s clear that ‘pyramid’ was exactly what they were describing.

So, what’s the fallout going to be?

Here at Markethive, we think that Herbalife is probably ‘toast, dead meat, Big Casino, swimming with the fishes’ for all intents and purposes. Their brand will linger for a while longer but probably will never fully recover.

The sad fact is that Herbalife, and the countless other companies which operate in a similar manner, are too entrenched in the ‘old school’ MLM methodology to make the necessary changes in time to move into the new age of the home-based entrepreneur. And a lot of distributors who needed the opportunity these companies promised are going to be left with nothing but an I.O.U. for the time and money they spent.

>More and more of the public is too savvy now to fall for the ‘hopes and dreams’ MLM pitch now. That’s why the vast majority of MLM companies are losing approximately 50% of their distributors every year.  In fact, MLM companies have little if any political or social ‘capital’ left to spend not only with the public but also with regulators.

Up until now, the MLM industry has always had it’s detractors and its promoters but MLM companies, leaders, and so-called interest groups like the Direct Selling Association have been able to maintain a charade of propriety by various means. Obviously there was rot ‘below the decks’ that was never properly addressed.

But, with this latest FTC decision, the cat is officially out of the bag now and the MLM industry traditionalists need some new thinking.

In trying to learn from the past (and especially these recent events) and move into the future, the present question is: Where does the MLM and Direct Selling Industry go now and where can aspiring home-based entrepreneurs find the opportunity they seek in today’s promising but uncertain digital age?

In Markethive, we think we’ve got some answers. Here are our 9 Survival Essentials For The MLM Industry:

  1. Companies must have superlative products or services. In fact, truly next-generation MLM must be characterized by superlative products and services that have no competition in their respective market. That market supremacy will not rely strictly on price but rather on superior value. And… companies will not expect everybody to want to be ‘in the business’ but rather will have a clear retail-only distribution channel for people who have no interest in their business opportunity. Indeed, these customers might not even be aware of an opportunity. This will give stability to those who do choose the business-builder route within their respective MLM company. Example: Just because I want to drive a Chevy truck doesn’t mean I want to be pitched on buying a dealership.

    Question – How can you tell if an MLM company’s products are competitively priced?

    Answer – If their products won’t sell in the public marketplace, e.g. on eBay, for more than you, the Distributor, pays the company for them, then they are not good products and you are being ripped off. And you’re ripping off your friends who buy those products.

  2. Companies must have virtual warehouses for their distributors in order to relieve them of the burden of stockpiling inventory in their homes or garages as has often been the traditional MLM model. In fact many MLM companies still load their distributors with inventory that will never be sold. Amazon has proven that the ‘virtual warehouse’ concept works. MLM companies need to adopt the same idea. This one innovation alone will likely at least double product sales, increase distributor retention, and finally make home based MLM and Direct Selling businesses competitive with local retailers.

  3. Companies must engage in cooperative advertising and marketing with their distributors, wherein companies match advertising funds from distributors and also run ads which drive prospects and/or customers to a distributor’s 800 phone number or to the top of some other type of sales funnel. Other industries have been doing this for years. One MLM company did this in the past and was extremely successful as a result however they ceased this practice and reverted to the old-fashioned ‘hopes and dreams’ model… a move which they probably regret now as their business continues to decline. However,  MLM companies which do this correctly will enable distributors to build very successful businesses.

  4. Companies must enable their distributors to E-retail. Once the virtual warehouse function is set up a distributor, companies must give them an online interface whereby they can log into their ‘business center’ and perform any desired marketing or business management function, i.e. send samples, fill and ship product orders, and reorder inventory…all while simultaneously carrying on a live text or voice conversation with a customer or prospect. This contributes tremendously towards removing the unprofitable burden of back-office paper pushing from the distributor and enables him/her to focus on bonding with the client or prospect.

  5. Companies must provide a robust 800 phone number telemarketing platform. This is an affordable and very effective marketing tool which starts with distributor getting an ID# from the company. The ID# resides on company servers and is used for all manner of tracking. The operator talking to the customer or prospect may or may not be the distributor but the operator interface displays the source of the call. The stimulus for the call could be any type of media ad, event, or call to action. Operators receive and handle the calls and have the ability to make notes on the account, forward the call, or 3-way the call as appropriate.

  6. Companies must use API’s (Application Programming Interface) to enable their distributors to establish a smooth presence on online stores. This is where they can ´meet’ the customer when they shop on eBay, Amazon, Alibaba, or any of the large number of ecommerce sites that are popping up today. In the past, MLM companies have ignored the advice of qualified experts and have resisted authorization of API use by their distributors, claiming they (the companies) would lose control of prices and selling policy. In fact, properly constructed API’s do allow the company the control they are unnecessarily worried about.

  7. Companies must develop, allow, and encourage a robust retail presence, in the form of retail-only websites for distributors. One of the FTC’s specific complaints concerning Herbalife was that Herbalife did not actively encourage retail sales by their distributors. Thus contributing to the fact that Herbalife had almost no retail sales. Instead, Herbalife and other MLM companies have insisted on cramming ‘Hopes and Dreams’ propaganda about their worthless opportunities onto distributor sites. And they wonder why they don’t have many retail sales. This is a huge ‘turn-off’ to many retail customers. To reiterate, legitimate business retail product irrespective of ‘ownership’ (or pseudo-ownership) opportunities. And they don’t distract buyers with money in their hands with ‘a great opportunity’.

    NB: here is it also noteworthy that no current MLM company encourages their distributors to build their own database of customers… which any smart distributor should do. Some companies even expressly prohibit it.

  8. MLM companies need to provide the marketing systems for their distributors to win in today’s modern digital marketplace. This includes such items as autoresponders, social broadcasters, social media tools, conference rooms, blogs and other publishing platforms, brandable and replicable PDF’s, video marketing platforms and tools, co-op advertising support and software, and (of course) high-quality training. No MLM company, other than the emerging joint venture between Valentus and Markethive, have even attempted to do this.

  9. Because business is competitive and technology is rapidly evolving, MLM’s need to provide constant, quality, live and archived video training. A few MLM companies have attempted to do this but the overwhelming majority of that training has been mostly motivational ‘hopes and dreams BS’ rather than information which actually enables a distributor to win in the marketplace.

Final Thoughts and Summary

A look across the MLM and Direct Sales landscape today reveals a dismal scene of the majority of companies hooked, like an addict, into Old School methodology and philosophy which did work briefly in the early days of the industry but in fact no longer does. It’s clear that the reputation of the MLM industry has gotten worse and not better.

Even worse, the landscape is littered with battered and broken dreams and self-images…interspersed with the crafty, grinning, minority who have made huge fortunes in MLM at the expense of not just the aforementioned X-distributors but also millions of consumers who did not get the product and/or service they deserved.

There are two companies, Valentus and Markethive, who believe this situation needs to change and are doing something about it. Valentus has a great tasting, weight-loss coffee that’s very reasonably priced, a strong retail reorder rate of 80%, and an excellent compensation program. Matter of fact, experts agree that Valentus is currently entering momentum.

The other half of this unique equation is Markethive, an innovative inbound marketing platform, free for all. Markethive is supported by advertising…similar to Facebook or YouTube and is actually better than similar platforms from better known and longer established companies like Hubspot and Pardot which start at $200 and rapidly escalate into thousands of dollars per month.

Markethive’s platform is rapidly becoming the new ‘Platinum Standard’ automated marketing system of choice for home-based entrepreneurs and is perfect for almost any business.  

Just coincidentally, (some would say, ‘by fate’) the principals of these two companies (Dave Jordan, CEO of Valentus and Tom Prendergast, CEO of Markethive), share a common vision for a New Age of The Entrepreneur and the contribution that their respective companies can bring to the MLM industry.  

For more information on anything discussed in this article, or to get involved in the discussion yourself, you are encouraged to register for a free Markethive membership, here. If you are an aspiring or disgruntled home-based entrepreneur looking for a great opportunity, click here. Or….if you just love great coffee and/or want to lose some weight, click here.

 

Art Williams
Markethive Developer and Case Study Writer

 

 

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