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Is it smart to get into a MLM BEFORE they launch?

Poll ended at Mon Apr 06, 2009 11:48 am

Yes
1
17%
No
5
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Total votes : 6

New to MLM . . . Need advice . . .

Postby qivanateam » Sat Mar 07, 2009 11:48 am

Hello,

I am currenlty a student going for pre-med. My dad got a tip about this company called Qivana. He convinced me to sign up, as I know our upline. He tells me he is #3 from the TOP and I am #4. It is a binary/Hybrid system (whatever that means), and he says our upline will help fill in our lines.

From what I am told, they have already signed up 4,000 people since the pre-launch opened on the 4th. My thing, is that I have never done this before and don't know how to generate leads and such.

I do know that some of the top people from other MLMs are the founders of this company (Xango, Noni, NuSkin, etc.) but these names don't mean much to me. I mentioned them to some people and have already gotten 3 people to sign up since yesterday with just the name dropping.

What do you recommend I do to get good, solid leads, as I know at this point it is all about business when you are that close to the top.

ANY advice will be good, as I know NOTHING when it comes to this stuff.

Thanks in advance for all of your help!
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Postby lindastacy » Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:49 pm

In this case, I'd have to say getting involved with this pre-launch might not have been the best choice for you.

First you say that you were convinced to join because you know your sponsor, which I'm assuming means you know him personally. Do you know how long he's been in business, whether or not he's been successful, and how much he'll be able to help you succeed?

It sounds like he's not providing much training and that you are not in a position to train your team. It doesn't matter how big your "line" is, or who is in your upline... if no one is producing, no one is succeeding. You and your team need a plan.

And what about the product? Have you had a chance to try it? Do you know enough about it to know that you will be able to wholeheartedly use and endorse it? Will there be sufficient production to fill the first orders? How is the pricing compared to similar products?

I think there's often many unknowns in a pre-launch that make it more risky than joining an established business. But others think that the potential benefit of getting in early is worth the risk. It's up to you to decide how much risk you're willing to take.

Of course all of that is not to say that you can't learn quickly and make a go of it. It's a great start that you recognize that you need some training and that you are looking for help.

I strongly recommend that you learn how to generate your own leads. My expertise is with the more traditional party plan type direct sales opportunities, but some of my material may be applicable. However, the person I would go to for training if I ever joined an MLM is Paul Cooley. Find him at http://www.paulcooleymarketing.com
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Postby Paul Cooley » Mon Mar 09, 2009 5:47 pm

Thanks for the recommendation Linda! :)

Hi Tiffany,
I would have to agree with the questions Linda asked...

I would have to ask if your heart is in it or not... Believe me, I have been in the Industry way too long and have seen many people lose money because they got pushed into something they really didn't know anything about.

So, my advice to you is, if you are looking to make money online with this opportunity, keep track of your ROI (Return on Investment) is with your business.

I can honestly say, depending on your personality, there are easier ways to make money online.

As far as generating leads go, I have had my best return with putting up a capture page and using Google Adwords. With that method alone I was able to accumulate a down line of over 1000 people in less than two months.

I highly recommend getting some training with PPC or Google Adwords before you try it out. It will save you a lot of money. If you would like help with Google Adwords, let me know.

There are also many other ways to generate leads, including social media, social networking sites, blogs, and many more.

I have a recorded webinar I did recently for a Network Marketing group all about generating leads, if you are interested I can get that to you.

I hope that gives you some direction, let me know if you have any questions.

:)

Have a great day!
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Postby annalaurabrown » Tue Mar 10, 2009 1:16 pm

As an experienced network marketer as well. I would have to say that you may want to reconsider. I find it best for most people to wait and only join a company after it is at least 3 years old. This gives the company stability that pre-launches do not have.
Just because you know the person does not mean you should join in fact, maybe it is better to join with someone you do not know. I did not know my sponsor prior to signing and up and now we are great friends.
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Postby Maa » Thu Mar 19, 2009 5:28 pm

I have to agree with Linda, Paul, and Anna. It is hard to sell something that you yourself haven't had a chance to try. It's no harm in trying the product first before you join a business. Becoming a customer is a great way to start out. Than if you still want to get involved in the business then you can do that.

You don't want to be pressured into joining something that you don't want to. Since, your dad signed you up he should be helping you get started. Listening to the conference calls. (I know I have found them to be very helpful) Because in network marketing you do need guidance that's why so many people don't make it because they don't know what to do or they are not doing it.

You want to focus on getting people that are genuinely interested in the business, because if they are not they will drop out. Network marketing is just not about signing people up it's about helping them get started and building a business.

I hope that this was helpful. Wishing you the best!
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Postby Tony Williams » Thu Mar 19, 2009 9:39 pm

Network Marketing is about people.

Not how many you can sign up but how many people's lives you can make better.

Learn about your comp plan and how it can help someone fulfill a need.

Like a few extra hundred dollars to pay their mortgage so they don't lose their home or a couple of hundred so they can watch their kid play ball.

Too bad many don't see this and end up giving Network Marketing a bad rap when they fail.
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Postby Larenz02 » Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:32 am

Hi,

Multi-level marketing is rapidly gaining ground and most businesses are operating purely through this method. This way, they are able to expand their market to include those who have no access to the mainstream media. In order to record success, you need to give it seriousness, dedication and planning, as you would any other business.
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what's in a name...

Postby mlm prelaunch » Sun May 31, 2009 3:47 am

Although names of great personality matters, we should not solely depend on it. (Apply initiative to know the company's background.)
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Postby Harris06 » Thu Jun 25, 2009 5:11 am

Well,

Multilevel marketing is a skill that takes time to learn. If you have spent years perfecting your business offline it can be scary to learn the new skill of conducting business online. There is no need for you to feel alone in this venture though. If you want to make money from home these days the internet can make it much easier than it ever was in the past.

Turning your business into an online business is just the smart thing to do. Doing business off line is becoming less popular every day. You have to keep up with the changing times.
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Postby kirsten06 » Thu Jun 25, 2009 5:52 am

Hi,

Network marketing is a multi-billion dollar industry involving millions of independent business people around the globe. Network marketing is a 'BIG' small business, which offers everyone, with or without business experience, the opportunity to start and run a home-based business that works.
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Re: New to MLM . . . Need advice . . .

Postby relyonhim7 » Sun Jul 19, 2009 2:50 pm

Hey Tiffany, congrats on joining a MLM company. The first thing you may want to do is align yourself with the
necessary tools needed to generate your own leads. Do your diligent research on marketing tips and ideas
and feel free to check out my blog for some sound tips. Also, find a place where you can get mindset training because that is where it all begins. Let me know if I can be a help to you.
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