Of Energy Water, Sleep, Spray and MLM

Article excerpt about the travails of an Indian MLM that promotes energized water, health benefits including help for sleep, spray on applications and distasteful marketing techniques:

“Biophoton light,” you are told, will energise liquids faster and more efficiently “via the wave-form produced” by a set of rings imprinted on the surface of a silicone rubber disc. This is a phenomenal ‘Bio Disc’ whose “flat-base” design allows a glass placed on it to be able to stand “more steadily than before”. Just the very act of keeping your glass – full of water – on top of this remarkable disc makes it more harmonized, according to the marketing material at a company called QNet. “The Amezcua Bio Disc was introduced in 2006 as a revolutionary new product which redefines and harmonises the energy of water to maximise its positive effects on the human body. Over the years, numerous independent scientific studies have verified its effects and millions of satisfied customers have testified to the benefits of using the Bio Disc.” You can supposedly use this “energized water” in any way to get its “health and lifestyle” benefits: drink it, spray it on yourself, or just place it under your bed at night.

QNet is now shrouded in controversy because, as some of you might have realized, the above claims are too fancy to be true.

But the deal is hardly about the product. Just like fairness creams are allowed to say that the level of skin pigmentation directly influences a woman’s acceptance by her mother-in-law, or that certain forms of toothpaste can claim that salt will make your teeth whiter, saying what is not quite true is rampant in ordinary marketing. However, if you combine this with a particularly distasteful method of marketing – multi-level marketing or MLM – you get the combined impact of initial euphoria and eventual disappointment and anger.

MLM is about using your customers as your agents, instead of a traditional distribution network like agencies and wholesalers. The idea is that if your customers like a product, they can refer other customers, and when those customers buy, a referral commission can be paid, thus eliminating the middlemen. In addition, customers are sold the idea that they have to only do this in their spare time, and thus earn a steady stream of “recurring” income when their referrals buy. Those you refer can further refer others, and you form a long “downline” which guarantees you future riches.

This is good in theory. In practice, the kind of sustained effort that is required to sell goods to a large population makes such MLM companies take dubious shortcuts. Each person is required to maintain a certain number of sales every month to be in a “level”, without which your benefits might lapse or fall to a trickle. Given that products are expensive, it is more lucrative to enlist new downlines than to get your existing network to buy more; so you spend your time hardselling the brilliant future income concept to unsuspecting friends and relatives. The hardsell eats up good relationships; you find that your friends no longer want to speak with you, and the few that were sold the idea are bitter that the income is next to nothing…

More at: https://in.news.yahoo.com/how-qnet-pulled-it-off-092323475.html

MLM and Fat Loss Products—Worth the Price?

Note: From a FOX examination of fat supplement items (such as the best foskolin or green tea pills) as promoted by MLM companies. The story is negatively biased in several ways (e.g., it falsely declares there are no academically trained experts who advocate for alternative dietary approaches) but does provide a caution about the claims of the pay-to-join MLM and supplement industries. The credibility of the best network marketing companies might be enhanced if its opportunities were offered on a free entry basis, making them less vulnerable to charges they are gouging their marketers. 

…In programs that operate under MLM marketing, participants hear about the product at hand through an ambassador or distributor who sells them the product then acts as their adviser throughout the program, like the relationship between Vargas and her coach.

While legal MLM companies can resemble fraudulent pyramid, or Ponzi, schemes, it is likely legal if it meets certain criterion outlined by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). According to the SEC, pyramid schemes and legal MLM companies both suggest participants can profit when they recruit new followers and often require a “buy-in” or fee of some amount to become a seller. Kaitlyn Iannuzzi, Vargas’ coach, said the sign-up cost to become a Plexus ambassador is $150, which includes the ambassador’s first month of products.

Some of the key characteristics of pyramid schemes are that they don’t offer a real product, promise a “get rich quick” model with little to no work required, and have a complex commission structure, according to the SEC. While some of the commission structures of popular cleanse programs could be considered complicated, companies like Plexus, Isagenix and AdvoCare do offer products and require their ambassadors to actively recruit new members to earn money.

The SEC monitors those companies that are publicly traded, while those that are privately owned may list their financials online.

Depending on his or her level and the program at hand, an ambassador for a popular cleanse program can earn between about $700 to over $1 million per year. The aim is that the more they sell, and the more people they recruit, the greater their earnings.

Laura DeAngelis, a 41-year-old personal trainer based in New York City, bought a supply of Isagenix’s 30-Day Challenge products last February and talks openly about her experience, but she isn’t an official, paid ambassador for the company.

DeAngelis said she felt the program helped kick-start her metabolism and lose problem pounds she wasn’t able to shed on Weight Watchers, a program whose tenets she has followed since 2004. When all was said and done, she lost 10 pounds in 30 days, and the program’s rules against consuming caffeine, alcohol and processed foods helped her refocus on what she was putting into her body afterward. DeAngelis said she paid about $300 for the 30-day supply of Isagenix products.

“Some people may look at the price tag and say, ‘That’s a lot of money,’” DeAngelis told FoxNews.com, but “when I broke it down, it was fiscally responsible for me, so I think people need to sit down and see what they’re spending on junk food and other things.”

“For me, it was [worth it],” she added. “It was an investment for my feeling better.”

Iannuzzi, Vargas’ Plexus coach, would not disclose how much she earns as an ambassador for the company, but she said that income covers her student loans and mortgage in Orange County, N.Y. Iannuzzi, who is 30 and lives in Greenville, said she’s on her way to becoming a full-time ambassador for Plexus.

“I’m so passionate about the company,” Iannuzzi, currently a nuclear medicine technologist and a bartender, told FoxNews.com. “When you believe in something and believe it works, you want to share it with the whole world.”

Mangieri has met people like Iannuzzi who are ambassadors for cleanses because they support the product they’re promoting, but she said the absence of their formal education and certification in nutrition and dietetics concerns her.

“It’s not safe, and unfortunately the knowledge is not there to be teaching proper nutrition,” Mangieri said. “I don’t want to put out that these people selling it don’t care because I’m sure some of them do care about helping others,” she added, “but it is a business, bottom line. It’s about making money and getting other people on board.”

Both Vargas and Iannuzzi said they know Plexus’ products aren’t FDA approved, but that doesn’t concern them.

“No supplements are FDA approved— whether it’s the vitamins you’re taking, the protein shakes you’re taking, even the probiotic your doctor is prescribing,” Iannuzzi said. “I knew people in the health care field using these products and selling these products.”

Heller, also the author of “The Only Cleanse,” which outlines a 14-day cleanse based on whole-food and lifestyle choices, said one of her biggest qualms with many popular or fad cleanses is their lack of sustainability.

“[These programs] take the decision making piece out of it, and then the person doesn’t have to think about what they’re eating, they don’t have to plan ahead, they don’t have to cook, they just have to follow the program, and for some people that can be attractive for a short period of time,” she said. “But the reality of it is life happens … and then all of that goes down the tube because the person has not learned the strategies they need to manage real life.”

“Real life is a rollercoaster,” she said. “We keep hoping it’s going to be a nice, smooth easy ride, and for the most part it’s not. So we want to learn how to manage that in mind, body and spirit in a way that helps optimize our health and our coping skills.”

But for Vargas, Plexus’ TRI-PLEX program has done just that— in a way that no other approach she’d previously used had.

Last spring, after being hospitalized for irritable bowel syndrome, doctors discharged her with an antacid prescription. Vargas returned to her poor eating habits and her digestive issues returned. She then tried a 10-day, $250 celebrity cleanse that included shakes, multiple probiotics, and only an organic apple for whole food.

“You were literally starving yourself for 10 days. It was cleaning me out, but then I still felt like crap,” Vargas said. “So I started working out. Then I changed my workout regimen and did weight lifting to give me some energy or something. Nothing was working for me, not until I tried Plexus.”

An Anointed Trend? Christian Women and Essential Oils

Note: This excerpt from Christianity Today discusses the market for essential oil products, and touches on a few of the best network marketing companies catering to this niche. Despite the promise of this industry, the article notes the role of hype or abuse that attends this opportunity (and note the companies cited are not free to join), which suggests a opening is available for an oil program to emerge that is a free MLM, and provides better value to consumers. 

…The recent resurgence of essential oils—concentrated plant-based liquids used for their aromatic, healing, or cleansing properties—has found an interesting home among Christian women.

These oils are championed as natural remedies, appealing to homeopaths, organic shoppers, young moms, and faithful believers, who note their use throughout Scripture.

“In the very first image of creation, there’s a tree of life in the middle of a garden. Then, on the very last page of Scripture, another vision of the Kingdom is this heavenly city where there’s the same tree of life…,” said Becca Stevens, an Episcopal priest in Nashville. She found 400-450 examples of ancient essential-oiloils used for healing and anointing in Scripture, from the cinnamon-olive oil blend God prescribes to Moses in to the oils poured on Jesus by women in the Gospels.

Today’s top oils include familiar scents like lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, and chamomile, but there are hundreds of other varieties and blends. Enthusiasts declare a plant or herb for seemingly every ailment, mess, or mood. Menstrual cramps? Try clary sage. Mildew in your shower? Spray a blend with lemon. Even frankincense, one of the gifts famously bestowed upon the baby Jesus, is popular again, this time marketed for its calming and immune-boosting qualities and its light woodsy scent.

Google searches for “essential oils” quadrupled over the past three years, as bloggers and sellers promote the benefits of various oils and debate the best brands—and skeptics voice their doubts. With their use in cosmetics, cleaning products, aromatherapy, and healthcare, essential oils grew to a $1 billion global industry in 2013, according to researchers.

At Thistle Farms, a non-profit Stevens founded, survivors of trafficking and prostitution make products featuring lavender and other essential oil blends. Their lotions, lip balms, candles, and soaps are branded with the motto Love Heals. The company brought in $1 million in 2013, fueled by their inspirational story and the current popularity of essential oils.

Influential evangelicals from Money Saving Mom blogger Crystal Paine to author Shauna Niequist have mentioned their love of oils and related products. Much of the recent fervor over essential oils can be attributed to two major companies: Young Living and doTerra, both Utah-headquartered operations (and rivals) that distribute oils through individual sellers across the country.

The market for essential oils is overwhelmingly female; a doTerra spokesman said that 97 percent of their customers are women, since they’re typically the ones overseeing healthcare in their homes. Plus, many women learn about oils through their friends, who rave about benefits or invite them to Mary Kay-style essential oil parties, where they can learn more about the oils, test them out, and place an order.

doTerra does not have a religious affiliation and does not provide distributors with information on essential oils’ religious history or spiritual benefits, “so they must be finding those things for themselves,” said the company’s senior director of corporate marketing, McKay Brown.

Especially among young women and stay-at-home moms, multi-level marketing has become trendy again, not only with essential oils, but also products like Scentsy fragrances and Thirty-One gifts. It remains a contentious enterprise, as many ultimately lose money in such ventures…

MLM Rankings With CBD Hemp Oil?

Note: The below is a release by a company that merges the prospect of entrepreneurs obtaining MLM rankings via an intriguing new industry (namely, legal cannabidiol, or CBD hemp oil based products). While the concept is innovative, it is presented here to show how the typical network marketing company compensation plan is not free to join, may require a person to auto ship, or to promote products that are overpriced (compared, in this case, to other leading cannabis oil vendors). The concerns raised by those who left such a company may be worth a look.

Kannaway, an MJNA Company, Innovates the MLM Industry With New Comp Plan and Proprietary Hemp Oil CBD Products

The Award-Winning Relationship Marketing Company Announces Resources for Brand Ambassadors to Significantly Grow Their Businesses

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 26, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Kannaway, LLC, the first award-winning hemp lifestyle relationship marketing company to offer proprietary natural hemp oil products is proud to announce a new compensation plan that is significantly different than any other in the industry. The Company is also launching two new products: Revive OS and an improved formulation of Revive Pro.

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Kannaway has significantly enhanced their compensation plan to place an emphasis on customer sales and customer acquisition. The 33396award-winning relationship marketing company is incentivizing their Brand Ambassadors to create a large base of customers with it. The Kannaway leadership team believes that these changes will create additional stability in their businesses.

Jeff Rogers, Chief Executive Officer of Kannaway, states, “We are extremely proud to announce that Kannaway Brand Ambassadors now have the opportunity to earn up to three times the normal Direct Sale Bonus for life and we also enhanced the monthly residual compensation on customer sales. These changes will allow our leaders to help their teams without fear of lowered commissions even if one of their team members surpasses them in higher rank.”

Kannaway also announces two new products:

Revive OS: a three-step system that combines Kannaway’s proprietary 13th century East Asian Bibong® herbal formula with hemp oil CBD. The unique formulation naturally supports awakening, balancing and restoring the mind and body.

Revive Pro: a foundation for overall wellness is now available in syrup form. Revive Pro contains the same concentrated Bibong® herbal formula, organic medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, and 1500 mg of CBD from hemp oil per bottle. This new formula gives consumers a convenient way to easily dispense their desired serving size.

Kannaway is recognized by the Academy of Multi-Level Marketing (TAMM) as the 2014 recipient of their Start-Up of the Year Award. The Company has thousands of Brand Ambassadors and offices located throughout the U.S. and in Puerto Rico. Kannaway’s cannabidiol (CBD) hemp oil products were the first introduction to openly available cannabis products on the island.

For more information on Kannaway™, visit the Company website.

About Kannaway, LLC

Kannaway, LLC, is a network sales and marketing company specializing in the sales and marketing of hemp-based botanical products. Kannaway currently hosts weekly online sales meetings and conferences across the United States, offering unique insight and opportunity to sales professionals who are desirous of becoming successful leaders in the sale and marketing of hemp-based botanical products.

About Medical Marijuana, Inc.

Our mission is to be the premier hemp industry innovators, leveraging our team of professionals to source, evaluate and purchase value-added companies and products, while allowing them to keep their integrity and entrepreneurial spirit. We strive to create awareness within our industry, develop environmentally-friendly, economically sustainable businesses, while increasing shareholder value. For more information, please visit the company’s website at: www.MedicalMarijuanaInc.com.

Entrepreneur Mindset Like Robert Kiyosaki

Note: An article by Emmy Guo that shows how, applying the insights of Robert Kiyosaki, network marketing can improve as an industry, and marketers can better realize their entrepreneurial goals.

Found this phase in Facebook, under pages of Robert Kiyosaki.
“From my new book, An Unfair Advantage: The next world power must select students with true entrepreneurial talents and get them out of traditional schools and into a school system that encourages entrepreneurial genius.”

Robert-Kiyosaki-Mindset2This is a very interesting topic raised by Robert Kiyosaki. I believes in education. Did you ever wonder can Entrepreneurship be train or inherited?

Entrepreneurial requires what kind of mindset? What are the benefits can we receive if we own this mindset? Entrepreneur started by a willingness attitudes. if we lack of a heart of trying it will never happen. The willingness starting from mind, by action.

Most people still have a conservative mind, they usually think being entrepreneur will never works. Why is it so?

We should be thankful to those who owns this brave mind, thank you those who dare to show us the difference. The brave minds to lead the different path.

Just like many years ago, when people started the business thinking of MLM or network marketing. Are there any negative people around them?

Can we make the difference apart from the others? How to lead others to understand the concept of network marketing? Publicity? Education? Marketing or through more social media channels?

Many people are asking the others how they are able to make money online. You might be the one who asked or shared. The ability to share is one way to educate the public.
The path might not be a smooth one, therefore we need more people like Robert Kiyosaki, Donald Trump and others who are willing to show us how to be a entrepreneur. How successful they can be as a entrepreneur person. Sharing their passionate and inspiring thoughts, their great vision, their courage and etc.

If you believes and loves what you are doing now is RIGHT. Do continue with a sincerity, convey your messages with words by sharing to people around you or through blogging.

Entrepreneur thinking started with a Right Mindset. Are you ready to build and grow your entrepreneur mindset like Robert Kiyosaki?

ACT NOW!
To Your Success,
Emmy Guo

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Seek Free MLM–the Key to Picking The Best Network Marketing Companies

When choosing between moneymaking opportunities like the top internet marketing methods, or the best network marketing companies, it’s easy to get caught up into conforming to  the condescending attitude many people have towards the latter. Why all the hate towards MLM? When you are the pot, it’s always silly to complain about the kettle. As in:

95% of people in MLM = make little or no money
95% of people in IM = make little or no money

The MLM people look at all the IM failures, and proclaim it’s a sucker-born-every-minute crock, too. Just because something is difficult, doesn’t mean it’s a scam. In general, sales related business, of whatever kind, is a high failure rate, high turnover rate industry.

The Best Approach

It is highly suggested that you look at multi-tier affiliate programs online and explore treating it like a network marketing program. That way you don’t spend anything, yet you still get to recruit others012 onto your team and make money in a manner that is internet-based. Despite the name ‘network marketing,’ the emphasis of most of these companies is on offline direct sales, as in in-person presentations or closing of customers. If your company tries to insist upon offline personal labor as your main source of sales, they will steer you away from passive online systems for selling, because they prefer that your direct labor be involved in getting a sale.

Marketing and sales can be merged, or entirely separated functions depending on a particular business, but marketing in my eyes is finding new prospects (e.g., through a car commercial), while sales is closing the prospects (e.g, at a car dealership). The normal internet process is to get people to a website (marketing) whose copy and funnel will lead to the visitor buying something (sales). You will have to decide to go with an internet-based MLM that is okay with this process, or others that demand in-person active sales as the heart of your networking activity.

Free is the Key

Stay away from old-school companies that emphasize a recruiting fee, the high pressure sales session, the whole old-school MLM cult set-up, or other traditional markers of the worst network marketing ops ever. The modern, or best network marketing companies don’t have the pyramid aspect of a recruiting bonus, and are friendly towards letting the sales reps use current IM methods to generate sales and a downline. Several are free to join, so there is no ugly prospect of manipulating friends or family by roping them into spending money, while knowing most will fail. Some examples of the next-generation companies are RegenerationUSA, and NAP.