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SFI Milestone: 250,000 Posts at new Forum!

Wow! The new SFI Forum is less than a year old and we’ve already got more than 250,000 posts from SFI Affiliates covering 21,935 SFI-related topics.  With such rapid growth, the SFI Forum is sure to continue to be one of SFI’s most valuable resources for you and your team!

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At the SFI Forum you can:

– Brainstorm with your fellow SFI affiliates.
– Get your questions answered 24-hours a day.
– Discuss business strategies and ideas.
– Find a mentor.
– Help other affiliates.
– Share concerns.
– Become a forum guru.
– Learn about exciting new corporate developments.
– Search, using keywords, to find information on almost anything related to SFI.

The SFI Forum is a perfect place to get the education, encouragement, and inspiration you need to help you make your SFI business into a true success. Learn more about using the SFI Forum HERE.


August’s TC Music “Song of the Month” contest is now up and running

i_tc-musicAugust’s TripleClicks Music “Song of the Month” contest kicked off Saturday, August 1st, and we’re off to an awesome start with 23 great contenders in several music genres. Help us make this month’s contest the best ever by welcoming these competing artists, listening to their songs, voting for your favorite and helping choose the month’s best song at:

http://www.tripleclicks.com/music/contest.php

About the contest: Each month, TripleClicks challenges independent artists worldwide to compete for the best song of the month–as chosen by our members. And as a W3 Member, you get a FREE download of the month’s winning song!

Artists: Enter your song for September’s contest now FREE for major exposure & benefits. Learn more at:

http://www.tripleclicks.com/music/gateway.php

DON’T FORGET: You earn bonus AVP (Action VersaPoint) for each song you vote on and download–for up to 50 VP per month.  You’ll also earn 5 MRP (Member Rewards Points) for each downloaded song–with unlimited MRP.


One week ONLY: Get your Uber-Picks Premier Player badge!

To mark the big occasion and so that you can show the world that YOU were there on the day Eager Zebra’s new game Uber-Picks launched, we’ve created a special “Premier Player” badge:

Uber-Picks Premier Player badge

This exclusive badge can only be acquired during the next 7 days.  To add this very special badge to your personal badge collection, simply play Uber-Picks between now and Monday, August 10, 2015.

 


New TripleClicks features and policies

 Effective immediately, we are testing some new features and policies.

1. All ECAs can now accept MRP as a payment option!  Yes, you can now spend your MRP on virtually every product listed at TripleClicks!

2. ALL Pricebenders auctions are now open to ALL bidders from ALL countries!  Here are the details:

For physical items, the auction item will be available for shipment only to US and Canada members (see silver/gold exception in FAQs).  If you live in any other country, you may now bid on any auction item, but if you win the item, you will be offered your choice of a TC gift certificate or a quantity of TCredits (each of which can be redeemed on virtually any product at TripleClicks).

Here’s an example: You bid on a tablet and win.  But because you live in Germany, when you check out, you’re offered your choice of a gift certificate or a quantity of TCredits.  You choose the gift certificate.  You can now purchase a tablet from a local ECA.  Also, because it’s local, shipping time is likely greatly reduced.  In addition, many truly messy issues we’ve had to deal with–like shipping restrictions on the shipment of electronics (and other products), going through Customs, etc.–are also greatly minimized or eliminated altogether.  Yes, a gift certificate greatly streamlines Pricebenders for our international members!

Special Notes:

A. No exchanges (either gift certificates or TCredits) will be available on digital items.

B. All auctions winners will be required to pay the ending (winning) price before choosing to accept a gift certificate or TCredits.

C. The value of TC gift certificates will be our approximate cost for the item and will expire after 180 days (Pricebenders gift certificates must be used within 180 days).

D. US and Canada members who win auctions for physical products will actually have three choices.  You may choose to take the item won, a gift certificate, or TCredits.

Big opportunity for ECAs

We are very excited about our new gift certificates program for Pricebenders and we think it’s going to provide a much, much better experience for our international winners.  But we’re not stopping there.  To truly empower this program, we want to align the program with our ECAs in a way that makes the experience even better yet–while boosting the sales opportunity for our ECAs around the world, too.

What we want to see is our ECAs stocking many of the same or similar products that we’re auctioning at Pricebenders. For ECAs that accomplish this (and are proven and reliable of course), we will refer winners of gift certificates directly to you!

Example: You live in South Africa and you are the winning bidder for a premium cookware set.  At checkout, we would provide you with a list of ECAs in your region that have this or a similar cookware product available.  With just a couple clicks, you can place an order with the ECA of your choice for the product (or similar product) you won using your gift certificate…and potentially receive it in just a couple days!  Slick!

Big opportunity for ECA REFERRERS too!

Know any businesses that might like to have potentially hundreds of gift certificate winners sent their way with a big gift certificate in hand and anxious to spend it?  That’s the opportunity for businesses that are willing to carry and ship “Pricebenders-approved” products.  To learn more about the ECA referrals opportunity (which can include handsome lifetime royalties for you for EVERY sale your referred ECAs make), go HERE.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: How do I redeem a gift certificate?
Simply choose “gift certificate” as your payment option when you check out.

Q: Can gift certificates be saved up and/or combined?
Yes, this is a great way to earn big, highly-coveted items such as a fast, new computer for your SFI business!  Note, however, that gift certificates won at Pricebenders expire in six months (180 days).

Q: How long will it take before ECAs can be listed with products to redeem my gift certificates on?
The timeframe is unknown as it’s dependent mostly on our ECAs, but we’ll start spreading the word with our ECAs now…and you can do the same.  In the meantime, we recommend that you patronize the top-rated ECAs in your country as listed on our ECA tab at TripleClicks or on the ECA tab at the Affiliate Center.

Q: Can I redeem a gift certificate on a digital SFI product such as PSAs To Go or a Prestige Custom Domain?
Yes.

Q: Could I use a gift certificate on a non-auction physical TC Direct product that can be shipped to my country?
Yes, however, you would be required to pay the shipping cost in such an instance.

Q: I’m an ECA that would like to have gift certificate winners directed to my ECA store.  How do I get listed for this?
You may submit a ticket at support.sfimg.com with your proposal.  If we like what we see from you, we will contact you when we are ready to incorporate this component of the program.  You can “apply” now or whenever you’re ready.

Q: What about silver and gold auctions?  Even though I’m in a country that you’ve been able to ship these items to previously, am I now out of luck?
No, you are not.  We will continue to ship silver and gold to you should you win one of these auctions (pending any future changes in shipping laws of course). This is the only exception to the new “Physical items are available for shipment to US/CANADA members only” rule.

Forum DiscussionDISCUSS IT!  Log in at the SFI Affiliate Center, then head over to the FORUM–to the SFI NEWS DISCUSSIONS section–to discuss this announcement with your fellow SFI’ers.


New Eager Zebra game, UBER-PICKS, for sports fans!

The latest creation from the Eager Zebra game laboratory, UBER-PICKS, is here!

UPlogoIf you love sports, you’ll love playing Uber-Picks!  By playing Uber-Picks alongside your favorite sports, you’ll add even more excitement and enjoyment to being a sports fan!

The objective of Uber-Picks is to tally the highest score possible by correctly picking the winning teams in a sport of your choice, but that’s only the start.  You’ll maximize your score by strategically assigning “Confidence Points” to each of your picks (the more confident you are of a pick, the more points you should assign).

For each game you pick correctly, you’ll earn the number of points you assigned to that game.  Uber-Picks also features five “Sidekicks”–which you can use to boost your score even further and add even more fun to playing.

Uber-Picks is available (when sport is in season) for:

  • FIFA-Europe
  • FIFA-North America
  • Cricket
  • MLB (Major League Baseball)
  • NFL (National Football League, American)
  • NBA (National Basketball Association)
  • NCAA Football (American college football)
  • NCAA Basketball (American college basketball)

Win shares of the big weekly Zackpots by posting one of the 50 highest scores.  Also earn cool badges, MRP (Member Rewards Points), and compete for the top spots on the Uber-Picks Leaderboards!

There are also over 15 great badges that can be earned playing Uber-Picks.


UBER-PICKS KICKS OFF WITH FIFA!

Uber-Picks kicks off today, August 3rd, for FIFA-EU and FIFA-NA. Get your entry(s) in NOW

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On Monday, August 10th Uber-Picks CRICKET debuts!  And on Monday, August 17th, Uber-Picks MLB (Major League Baseball) debuts!  Additional sports will debut as their seasons start and will be announced so you won’t miss a game.


10 GREAT REASONS TO PLAY UBER-PICKS EVERY WEEK:

  • Simple and fun to play!
  • Adds a new and exciting layer of challenge and enjoyment when following your favorite sports (makes every game matter)!
  • No purchase necessary to win and your first Uber-Picks contest is free to play each month!
  • Eight different major sports categories including FIFA and Cricket!
  • Win shares of the big weekly Zackpots!
  • Every TCredit used playing Uber-Picks earns you 5 MRP (Member Rewards Points)!
  • Earn 1 Action VP for each non-free entry (200 max. AVP from EZ games/per month)!
  • Earn great badges and dominate the Uber-Picks Leaderboard!
  • Through the new W3 program, challenge friends to play Uber-Picks and win hundreds of FREE Member Rewards Points, FREE TCredits via Zackpot Matches, bonus entries in the Daily Crown, and MORE!  Every entry earns you a new Friend Challenge link to share with friends and build your base of PRMs!
  • Coming soon: Create and be the commissioner of your own league for any Uber-Picks sports category, complete with free league website, automatic tracking, awards, and more.

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Start playing Uber-Picks now HERE

NOTE!  Before you start playing, make sure to first
read our Uber-Picks TIPS article HERE.


DISCUSS IT!  Log in at the SFI Affiliate Center, then head over to the FORUM–to the SFI NEWS DISCUSSIONS section–to discuss this announcement with your fellow SFI’ers.


New Internet Income 2.0–Lesson #13: Flow

We continue with our revised course with Internet Income 2.0, Lesson #13: Flow. Course author, George Little, discusses what online “flow” refers to, how to use it, and how to maintain it when placing your Internet ads for maximum effectiveness and results.

About Internet Income: Each new lesson of SFI’s revised, exclusive course contains updated tips, real-world advice, and in-depth, step-by-step instructions on setting up your Internet-based business. Author George Little uses plain English to explain the ins and outs of starting and running a profitable online business in today’s ever-changing global market.

Forum DiscussionDISCUSS IT! Log in at the SFI Affiliate Center, then head over to the FORUM–to the SFI NEWS DISCUSSIONS section–to discuss this announcement with your fellow SFI’ers.


Introducing…the CSA Exchange!

Did you know that matching up co-sponsors and CSAs by country has been shown to increase activity in CSAs due to better communications and compatibility in regards to language, culture, etc.?

It’s true!  And with our new CSA Exchange, you can now actively harness the power of this in your team.  Yes, you can now exchange all your CSAs from other countries…for CSAs from your own country!

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Using the CSA Exchange is simple.  Here are the steps:

Step 1: Go to http://www.sfimg.com/MyAccount/CSAExchange

Step 2: Choose the ELIGIBLE CSAs view.

Step 3: Select all the CSAs you wish to exchange.  You’ll, of course, want to keep your active CSAs.  So only select the CSAs that you’re okay with exchanging for different CSAs.

Step 4: Save your selections by clicking the “Add selected CSAs to Exchange pool” button.

That’s it!  Exchanges will begin automatically–usually within 24 hours, depending on what CSAs are available currently.

Special Note: As you acquire additional CSAs, be sure to visit the CSA Exchange every so often to add them to the CSAs you want to exchange.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Why should I exchange my CSAs?
People of course like working with those that understand their culture and speak their native language.  By exchanging your CSAs that live in other countries for CSAs that live in YOUR country, you can put this dynamic to work for you.  It’s a win/win!  Your CSAs will have a co-sponsor that they can work better with…and you’ll create more active CSAs that can grow your commissions!

Q: Which CSAs are automatically excluded from my list of CSAs eligible for exchange?
Our system automatically excludes CSAs if they:

  • Are from your own country
  • Have a current Standing Order
  • Are red-flagged in your Genealogy
  • Have a confirmed bad e-mail address
  • Were EA this month or last month

Q: Will exchanging mean I’ll get active CSAs?
There’s no guarantee that exchanging CSAs will change anything, but we’ve seen good evidence of CSAs becoming active after being reassigned to a co-sponsor from the same country.  But the bottom line is there’s nothing to lose.  If you’re exchanging your CSAs that are inactive currently, you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain by bringing in new CSAs from your country and seeing how they might respond to a new, same-country co-sponsor.

Q: Does this new program have any impact on my PSAs?
Yes!  In fact, it could have a VERY positive impact on getting your PSAs more active, and reawakening PSAs that have been long inactive.  This is of course because all of your PSAs are also someone else’s CSAs.  As they get assigned to new same-country co-sponsors–persons that can personally guide them in their native language and who are aligned culturally–activity could increase substantially!  Yes, a significant boost to overall activity for your entire organization–for every generation under you–could be brewing!

Q: How long will it take for my CSAs to be exchanged?
This will depend entirely on how many CSAs you have to exchange and how many CSAs from your country that are available. Exchanges can potentially start within minutes of choosing your eligible CSAs, but it could take several hours, days, or even weeks to fully exchange all.

Q: Will I be able to see how many of my CSAs have been exchanged?
Yes, these statistics will be provided at the CSA Exchange web page, so you can always see the results of your exchanges, how many are pending, etc.

Q: When I receive CSAs from my country, am I allowed to call them and/or meet with them?
Yes, feel free to work directly with all your CSAs.  This is one of the best ways to get your CSAs actively engaged and grow your business.

Q: Will exchanged CSAs know they’ve been assigned a new co-sponsor?
Yes, immediately upon reassignment, we send each person an email letting them know they have a new co-sponsor from their own country.  This notice included the full name and email address of the new co-sponsor and invites them to make contact.

Q: How can I identify the new CSAs I’ve received through the CSA Exchange…so I can introduce myself?
The easiest method is through your Genealogy report.  Use the “CSA Assign Date” for your first filter, then “CSA Source = CSA Exchange” for your second filter to pull up your new exchanged CSAs by date.  You can then use the Genealogy’s group messaging tool to send them your message.

Q: What should I say in my introduction message?
It’s up to you, but here’s a suggestion:

Subject: I’m your new co-sponsor in SFI!

Hi,

I’ve just received the great news that I’ve been assigned as your new co-sponsor in SFI!

Like yourself, I live in <country> and I would love to work with you to help you build a successful business.  SFI is a powerful and proven business platform, and I would be honored, as your new co-sponsor in <country>, to help you in any way I can.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Your Name
Your email address

Q: Won’t exchanges be slow at first?
It could be, yes.  Until significant numbers of affiliates join the exchange (with lots of CSAs), there won’t be a large enough pool of CSAs for exchanges to happen rapidly.  However, we expect the program to be well received and thousands of exchanges to be happening daily within a few weeks.

Q: Won’t my CSAs be hurt that I’ve given them up to another co-sponsor?
It’s possible, yes.  That said, the exchange has been created to provide a mutually-beneficial situation.  You may not be able to significantly help many of your CSAs that live in far-away parts of the word due to language and cultural differences.  But by them getting reassigned to a same-country co-sponsor, you may be giving them a huge gift–a gift that may allow them to really take off and find success and financial freedom in SFI.

Q: Should I stay in contact with the CSAs that I’ve allowed to be reassigned to new co-sponsors?
No.  Once they’ve been exchanged, contact should cease.  If they contact you, you should advise them to contact their new co-sponsor.  Note that if you’ve got CSAs that you’ve become friends with and don’t want to lose contact with, just don’t exchange them.

Q: Does the CSA Exchange take into account how long the CSAs have been in SFI?
No, it’s only looking at their country of residence and matching by country.

Forum DiscussionDISCUSS IT!  Log in at the SFI Affiliate Center, then head over to the FORUM–to the SFI NEWS DISCUSSIONS section–to discuss this announcement with your fellow SFI’ers.

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