Is Network Marketing Success Luck or Skill?

Network marketing otherwise known as multi-level marketing (MLM) is one of the fastest growing yet most misunderstood methods of moving products in use today. It has been in existence since 1960 starting from the United States of America. The first network marketing company that started in history is known as AMWAY which is the short form for American Way. Presently Amway is quoted on the stock exchange and their annual sales turnover is in excess of $200 billion. Certain people see this industry as a resort for persons who could not get a place in the traditional corporate business world i.e the white-collar job. But network marketing just like every other product/service distribution model is an honorable means of livelihood and business model. What is network marketing? It is important you understand what network marketing is so that you can correct the negative uninformed knowledge that is planted in the minds of so many people who were listening to those who could not wait to understand how this industry works before they quit in their network marketing business. Let us start from the basic. Marketing simply means moving a product or service from manufacturer or provider to the consumer. Network marketing refers to the system of compensation provided to those persons who are causing the products to move or the service to be provided. Multi-level marketing or network marketing means more than one (network) level.

There are only three basic methods of moving products. The first is wholesale/retailing model. This is the traditional distribution model which uses the advertisement media and wholesaler to move their products. It is the most common model but it is aimed to enrich the already rich wholesalers and advertisement agencies. The second is direct Sales. This just like network marketing is a model where the manufacturer or service provider sells the product direct to the consumer. But sales instead of sharing are emphasized. The third is network marketing. This is a model where the manufacturer or service provider offers their products and services direct to the consumer at the cost price and also pay them compensation for buying their products/services and at the same time for sharing the products/services with their friends, associates and relations.

Most objections that people have about getting into network marketing are due to not realizing the difference between network marketing and direct sales method of marketing. Network marketing does not necessary mean door-to-door selling of products but sharing of valuable products and services. What I mean by this is that you use the product which is of more quality than their rival in the market and at the same time share same with others. (Mostly family, associate and friends)The most significant difference between MLM and direct sales is that you are in business for yourself. But in direct sales you are not for yourself but for the company you are representing. Being in business for yourself, you are buying the products wholesale from the company you are representing. This means that you can (and should) use these products for your own consumption. Note that many people get involved in a company at first for this reason alone, to buy wholesale. And many of those will get serious in building a business along the line. Since you are buying your products at wholesale, you can, if you wish to, sell those products at retail band make a profit. The most common misunderstanding about MLM is the notion that you have to sell retail to be successful. The most important point is that you should let your sales come as the natural result of building the organization. More people fail than succeed by trying to do it the other way around, i.e they try to build the organization by emphasizing selling.

The word selling triggers negative thoughts in the minds of about 95% of the people. In MLM you don’t need to sell the products in the traditional sense of the word. However, PRODUCT DOES HAVE TO MOVE or nobody gets paid. I define selling as calling on strangers and trying to sell them something they may neither need nor want. Again, product has to move or nobody gets paid! To understand this, I will adopt Metcalfe’s Law which states that a network’s economic value equals to number of users squared. (Robert Metcalfe is one of the people credited for creating the ethernet, the earliest form of internet) Stating Metcalfe’s Law in simpler terms, if there exist just one telephone, that single telephone really has no economic value. The moment there are two telephones, according to this law, the economic value of the phone network is now squared. That is, the economic value of the network would go from zero to two squared which is four. Add a third phone and the economic value of the network is now nine. In other words, the economic value of network goes up exponentially, not numerically. Similarly, in MLM when you build an organization, you are building a network through which you can channel your products. Retailing is the foundation of network marketing. Sales in MLM come from members sharing with their friends, neighbors and relative. They never have to talk to strangers but what they do is to consciously make more friends and in share their products with these friends.

The 3 Elements Of A Solid Direct Mail Campaign

Are you looking to add direct mail to your marketing mix. If you’re an offline business owner, direct mail is almost a prerequisite if you want to expand your customer base and get fresh new people onto your customer list. In my opinion, the thorniest part of the direct mail process is buying postage.

If you’re on a budget, this can severely limit how many packages you can send out at a time. But despite the mailing costs, there are other factors also that play a part in your direct mail campaign. This includes your list, your offer, and your sales letter. All 3 of these elements have to be in-line with each other if you want to get the maximum effect from your campaign.

So for starters, how do you go and acquire a mailing list to mail to? Well, you start at your local library with the SRDS. The SRDS stands for the standard rate and data service, and it contains a wide variety of lists to mail to. This is where you’ll want to begin your search.

Never make the mistake of mailing letters randomly to people in your neighborhood. This is ineffective, and you will hardly get any response. Instead, go and rent out a niche specific list in the SRDS, so that you will have a higher chance of making money with your campaign.

The next thing to consider is your offer. Is your offer unique? Is it something that can’t be acquired somewhere else? What makes your offer unique?!? Well, a unique offer can come in a variety of forms. The uniqueness of your offer could be a 12-month money back guarantee. It could be overnight shipping. Or it could be simply that nobody has access to the product that you’re selling. In short, no one has the product that you’re selling.

If the latter part from the above is true, then you’re in a competition free zone. You could offer your products day-in and day-out, and make a hefty profit. So think about these things before you start mailing out letters.

The last thing to consider is your sales message/sales letter. Even though you’re not a world-class copywriter, there are many sales letter templates out there that you can follow and emulate right away. In fact, if you don’t know anything about writing sales letters that sell, I suggest you start with a swipe file.

A swipe file is a collection of winning ads and sales letters. It’s called a “swipe” file because you can emulate the successful parts of a sales letter and put them all together in a format that would make the copywriting task easier. There are many free swipe files on the internet. In fact you can download something called the “Magnetic Sales Letters” package for free – and it contains a lot of different winning sales letters and headline for you to choose from (hope that makes sense lol…).

So as you can see, all 3 aspects of your direct mail campaign has to be put together in order to achieve a cumulative goal. And if you can do that with your direct mail campaign, you’ll stand to have success with the mailings.

Good luck with marketing your business with direct mail today.

Your Mind’s Operating System / Online Marketing Part Two

This is part two of the same article. If you have not read Part One, please go back and do so, as the information is being developed from a basic position to a more advanced stage.

This article gives you basic online business ideas that can help you with your personal growth and development. Use it to generate positive movement through your personal endeavors and life path.

Remember to stay focused on “Happiness is your birthright.” For simplification let’s label any information affecting and entering our mind as message units. It is said today we receive over four hundred thousand of these message units daily. Think about not only what you consciously choose to read, watch, touch etc., but the many message units that bombard you without your conscious control. These units include words, thoughts, pictures, emotions, etc. that have created our personal files.

The human being receives message units or information into the conscious mind through four sources. The first source is the external environment, which are things like the music you are listening to, television you may be watching, or anything affecting you from everyday surroundings. The second source is the body itself; pains, discomforts, movements of the body, all sending information about these things to the brain. The third source is the conscious mind, handling our thinking process, our logic, decision making and all the factors affecting our conscious thoughts. The fourth source and probably the most important is the sub conscious mind, which receives and holds without accepting or rejecting the many message units we receive from our religious, social, and genetic backgrounds, and the many conflicts we face daily surrounding these areas.

You may be thinking at this moment, “How is all this information going to help me, to allow change in my life, to become useful and applicable?” Based on the explanation presented earlier of how the human mind has developed over thousands of years and how it operates in theory today, accept the following statement as a basic starting point. The larger part of your mind, the sub conscious, which is approximately 88 per cent of the whole mind, is where changes need to be made related to things put into its file system over many years. The sub conscious mind drives our behavior automatically, and reacts the way it has been programmed to do just like the computer mentioned earlier. It is the old cliché “Garbage in, garbage out.” Whatever you put in, you get out. This programming occurs in our infantile years through approximately the age of eight, before we are able to distinguish between right and wrong. A key point to be made is that the child’s sub conscious has no critical factor or logic. It will accept as truth any data entering its file system. This is why we as children are so quick to believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy. As children the message units go directly into the file room or the sub conscious mind. Remember the sub conscious mind has no logic or reasoning ability. It just accepts information given to it. Example: if you as a child were constantly teased about having big ears, and as an adult hear someone talking about big ears, even though they were not talking specifically about you, those words will trigger emotions in your mind about how you felt as a child hearing statements like that about you. Even though as an adult we can rationalize, that our ears were larger as a child as many of our body parts take some time to balance with one another, and as an adult know they are not any bigger than anyone else’s, you will still react mentally to that statement on a personal basis. Another example; as a child your parents constantly told you what a bad person you were, that you would never amount to anything. You hear this enough times and it creates a file. The file drives your behavior as you feel less than you should and ultimately creates the reality around you. Today as an adult you can consciously rationalize that you are doing well and have probably forgotten many of those negative situations, but if you were to critically evaluate your life, my guess would be that you are not who you want to be and probably question yourself as to why you do not seem to get the lucky breaks that others seem to.

The point being made is many of us, because of the poor direction given to us as children, with poorly worded and emotional statements repeatedly made to us, bombarding the mind in the form of message units have created what are called “files” in the sub conscious file system. These files of information drive our behavior automatically in many cases, and sometimes not in our best interests. The point to remember is that the file room has both positive and negative files of information. It depends on your specific life circumstances as to the ratio of one to the other. The function of the conscious mind is evaluation and comparison of the new idea to previously accepted information thus checking its credibility before allowing entrance into the file system or sub conscious mind. The sub conscious mind will only accept what the conscious mind believes at the time the suggestion is given. Since the sub conscious mind is the dominant and driving force, we generally follow what the sub conscious mind believes. This is another key point. Eighty eight per cent of the time, you are on automatic pilot, as you react to life, based on information in these files that started at birth and which developed through the formative years, birth through approximately eight years of age, creating your own and unique value system for decision making. The sub conscious is the storehouse of information related to desires, emotions, and the energy driving you to satisfy them. We always do what our sub conscious mind believes. In addition to storage of data, the sub conscious regulates the involuntary body functions such as circulation, breathing, digestion, etc. Understanding that our emotions govern the strength of our desires, we are literally at the whim of our sub conscious mind, unless we learn to control this strong part of our mind. The sub conscious mind in housing the emotions that regulate our desires, make a case for understanding that its input decides our path in decision making. The sub conscious has no discrimination and accepts information given to it as truth. It is also where our imagination resides, thus imagining or believing in failure, will produce that certain failure. Repetition of good or bad habits will instill in the sub conscious the files that will generate the automatic behavior we sometimes question.

Habits are also organized in the sub conscious where activities such as driving a car, playing sports, walking are all good examples of not needing to be in conscious mode to perform the specific activity. In fact these are all done easier and better if we do not think consciously about them. Do you think of which foot to place first as you start down a staircase? Of course not, if you did you would probably fall. The sub conscious mind does it automatically for you. Remember the sub conscious does not rationalize. It basically reacts using the data in the files. Another example of sub conscious behavior is driving a car. How many times have you been driving, say on a long trip, and found yourself day dreaming, to find you have gone some distance before you realize you were not mentally awake and rational in this experience, occasionally missing an exit due to this condition? Many of us can say yes to this question, as it is not an unusual occurrence. It is not unusual to enter this state and frame of mind two to three times a day based on today’s high stress levels and the environment around us. The knowledge that we were not involved in any kind of accident is based on the fact we were on automatic pilot, with our sub conscious driving for us. Let us throw some additional information into the mix, before we focus on the application of all this valuable information to literally change who you are, and where you choose to go in life. As the human mind evolved and developed over time, an important area, called the critical filter, emerged and gradually began to hold information from dumping directly into the sub conscious. This control allowed less information from going directly into the sub conscious mind without conscious mind involvement. This filter holds information or message units for approximately twenty four hours and will allow penetration into the sub conscious file room only if there are matching “knowns” in the file system. This filter develops approximately by the age of eight, and helps handle the multitude of message units we are bombarded with daily. For an easy approach in understanding the importance of the critical filter, look at the filter as a personal secretary that gathers information before taking the time to search out the corresponding files in the file room. Once the secretary gets involved and starts to search out matching files and adds information to them, the file becomes thicker. In cases where the secretary finds no matching file to deposit information, the information is rejected. The message units or information not relevant to the file system are discarded; many in the form of dreams. We are going to rely heavily on the critical filter or secretary to help us as we start the actual Training Wheels for Mental Fitness Program, using our training wheels approach. You will see later as we progress into the actual process of Mind Fitness development, how this programming tool works with the secretary or the critical filter, in opening and allowing entry into the sub conscious file room on a direct basis. Bear in mind, it is the sub conscious we want to interact with directly. This is the part of your mind where changes need to be made for long term use and benefit. The paradigm or working model works in this manner. Message units enter the conscious mind first, and are then held in the critical filter area. Remember this as your personal secretary’s desk where information is held for filing. Here they accumulate and are on hold for use. This area is both conscious and sub conscious because we have been educated to develop an analytical sense for evaluation on the conscious level. At the same time we have learned on the sub conscious level to avoid anything that is critical or threatening to us. The critical area or personal secretary will not analyze message units as long as the conscious mind is present, only when sleep takes place and the conscious mind is off will the process develop. This is the only time when the conscious mind will not try to hold on to them. Interestingly, if too many message units accumulate in the critical filter, you will find your body getting tired and sleepy. The more emotional traumas a person is undergoing in their life, the stronger the tendency will be to be tired and sleepy. Sleep is an integral part of this total process as this is when the mind vents or releases needless information.

Much of the information that could not be filed because matching files were not found will be discarded in the form of dreams. You may not always remember your dreams, but it is known that all of us dream. Dreams are known to be a venting process that helps eliminate or discard the many message units that are not matched up within the file system, or needed by the mind. During sleep, the accumulated message units are then dropped into the sub conscious mind for analysis. Here the secretary is hard at work looking for the matching file. Keep in mind that the sub conscious mind has no rationale, thus allowing both positive and negative message units to be filed in their respective files. This works to your benefit with a program such as ours that allows you to program the necessary information for positive mind development and the achievement of long term success.

All of the previous information is designed to give you a grass roots foundation for understanding the basic theory of your mind’s dynamics. It is designed to help you lay the groundwork for the system of positive change that will bring more success to your life. The basic premise is “Happiness is your birthright”. If you are one of those who have not reached the levels of success aspired to, if you wish you could become a stronger, more confident person, if things do not always go the way you would want them to, then what follows is paramount to understand. “You can be whomever you want to be, you can achieve any level of personal or business success you desire, and you can do most anything you can visualize because you have the ability to set up your own file system for success”. Understanding the material presented earlier gives you the foundation to change what is called your life script, or the file system within your sub conscious mind. Follow through on “Happiness is your birthright”. It is within your personal control through planning, dedication, and the responsibility to follow through on the achievement of your goals.