The year in review...and what's coming in 2011
2010 was a fantastic year for SFI and our affiliates! We welcomed nearly 300,000 new affiliates and TripleClicks members from all around the world, exponentially expanded our product offerings, and added several new commissionable opportunities and program enhancements.
For your review, here's a list of just a FEW of the big items launched in 2010 (for more information about each item, just click the links to access our original announcements):
* ECA (E-Commerce Associates) Program http://news.sfimg.com/index.php?entry=e ... 128-163121
The ECA program allows businesses from around the world to market their products side-by-side with products at TripleClicks.com--one of the fastest growing e-commerce sites in the world. You can also earn lucrative, lifetime royalties by simply referring merchants to the program.
* PSA Mailer http://news.sfimg.com/index.php?entry=e ... 114-112236
With the new PSA Mailer Webpage, simply enter your message, and hit submit to instantly send a message to all your PSAs (personally sponsored affiliates)...AND earn 30 VersaPoints.
* TC Booster Club http://news.sfimg.com/index.php?entry=e ... 329-160049
Designed to leverage SFI's "strength in numbers" to grow TripleClicks, the TC Booster Club comes with lots of goodies for members, including special product offers and exclusive access to sales, an additional 5% off the regular price of the TC Deal Of The Day, special recognition, access to deeply discounted Booster-only closeouts, and 100 free VersaPoints every month.
* Fast-Track program http://news.sfimg.com/index.php?entry=e ... 421-141807
Fast-Track awards special bonuses to any new affiliate who joins the TripleClicks Booster Club within their first 15 days in SFI. Bonuses include a generous allotment of co-sponsored affiliates (CSAs), VersaPoints, Member Rewards Points, and TCredits.
* "Success Builder" Co-op http://news.sfimg.com/index.php?entry=e ... 520-151304
SFI's international advertising co-op available to all affiliates. Plug in for just 72 cents a day and receive a share of HUNDREDS of sign-ups being generated daily by the co-op.
* SFI Pay-Per-Action program http://news.sfimg.com/index.php?entry=e ... 701-124850
An optional, supplemental income program available to all SFI affiliates. Earn bounties by getting others to take actions–such as filling out online forms.
* TConnect Member Websites http://news.sfimg.com/index.php?entry=e ... 831-180722
Personalized Websites for TripleClicks members.
* SFI Rules Of Success http://news.sfimg.com/index.php?entry=e ... 820-163724
We distilled our rules for success based on our 12+ year history and the investment of literally millions of dollars and hours by our company and our affiliates down into the ABSOLUTE MOST VITAL tenets--rules that when followed bring success.
* Pricebenders penny auctions http://news.sfimg.com/index.php?entry=e ... 901-124829
TripleClicks sub-division, Pricebenders, features live penny auctions of the hottest new products at prices that are far below typical retail. The average price paid by our winners to date has been an astounding 92.9% off the regular retail price!
* New "Real" SFI gateway http://news.sfimg.com/index.php?entry=e ... 922-110339
This new, hybrid gateway combines our popular /free and /real gateways. It features listings of our latest enrollments and earners, brief info on TripleClicks, and includes a built-in registration form so everything is all in one nice, compact page.
* "Pick-the-Price" Contest http://news.sfimg.com/index.php?entry=e ... 014-112923
The Pick-the-Price contest lets you guess what the final bid price will be on each Pricebenders auction at TripleClicks.com. Win up to 200 TCredits, with multiple chances to win every day.
* Bonus TCredits program http://news.sfimg.com/index.php?entry=e ... 001-114954
For every 500 VersaPoints affiliates earned (min. 1,500 VP), you receive a free TCredit, which you can use for bidding on Pricebenders auctions, for listing stuff for sale at TripleClicks, TuneFlow music downloads, and more.
* Member Rewards Program http://news.sfimg.com/index.php?entry=e ... 122-103438
Every Pricebenders auction bid at tripleclicks.com earns the bidder 5 Member Rewards Points (MRP). And every product at TripleClicks now lists an MRP value next to the price. Once you've accumulated the needed MRP, all you have to do is put the item you want in your shopping cart, choose MRP as your payment option, and check out. It's that simple, and you pay only for shipping (if any).
* Pricebenders SFI-Exclusive auctions http://news.sfimg.com/index.php?entry=e ... 111-102009
These auctions feature business products, services, and resources designed just for SFI affiliates, including S-Builder Co-op units (to date, the average saved on S-Builder Co-op units has been 95.9% off!).
* New Key Affiliate Center pages http://news.sfimg.com/index.php?entry=e ... 223-121750
The Affiliate Center's log-in screen, Alerts Page, and homepage redesigned to be more helpful, cleaner, and user-friendly, and we added a cool, new SFI Scoreboard page too.
* WAVE3 http://news.sfimg.com/index.php?entry=e ... 201-204755
We're in the process right now of transitioning our EyeEarn (EE) program to an exciting new replacement program we've named WAVE3 (W3).
With so many great additions (and the above are just a FEW), it's not surprising SFI enjoyed a great year in 2010...and 2011 will, no doubt, be even bigger. In fact, many of 2010's accomplishments are simply the foundations for even more powerful improvements in 2011 . Yes, we are continually building, building, building. One piece at a time. Building the most powerful program of its kind in the world!
So what might be coming in 2011? Here are just a FEW of the items planned:
- WAVE3 (official launch in next 10 days)
- Thousands of additional new products and ECAs at TC
- New SFI marketing tools, promotions and programs
- A new, redesigned TC homepage and more
- Local selling for member listings fully enabled
- Will-call local pick-ups for ECAs fully enabled
- TC Product and ECA ratings/reviews
- Expanded Pricebenders auctions
- New weekly/bi-weekly newsletters for W3 members, SFI affiliates, and ECAs
- Several powerful new features at the SFI Affiliate Center
And we've got some MAJOR new additions to the family coming too. We can't share any details today, but they could be as big as anything we've ever done...so stay tuned...and GET READY for the opportunities that are on the way.
ONE MORE THING...
Our "secret sauce"…the reason SFI continues to grow...the reason SFI is now in it's 12th successful year...the reason tens of thousands of would-be competitors have come and gone over the years while SFI continues to flourish...is because of YOU, our affiliates. You make SFI go...and for that we THANK YOU SO VERY, VERY MUCH! Let's all now go make 2011 SFI's greatest year yet!
DON'T FORGET! Today is the deadline for...
Today is the last day
...1. To get in on the December S-Builder Co-op.
Just plug in to our global advertising co-op and within a few weeks begin receiving signups (both SFI affiliates and TC members). Just 72 cents a day gets you on your way; it's one of most economical ways to build an online business ever! For complete details, extensive FAQs, and an order link for S-Builder, see the S-Builder central info page
.2. To retain your Executive Affiliate status for December.
If you're under 1,500 VersaPoints for this month, get to your SFI Homepage
at the Affiliate Center right away and see your SFI To-Do List for a list of ways to acquire the points you need.
SFI office closed Dec. 31st
The SFI corporate office will be closed this Friday, Dec. 31st, in observance of the New Year holiday. We will resume normal business and customer service hours Monday, January 3.
A safe and happy New Year's to all SFI affiliates!
New Affiliate Center Pages Debut!
The SFI Affiliate Center is now sporting four major new/updated pages:
1. LOG-IN SCREEN
We've completely overhauled the log-in screen. It now tells more about the SFI opportunity and also features a cleaner look.
2. ALERTS PAGE http://www.sfimg.com/Alert.sfi
After logging in, you'll automatically land on our new and improved Alerts Page. We've added some new features that we think you're going to like. In addition to general alerts and reminders, the latest SFI News, and the latest SFI Power Tips, we've added:
A. VersaPoints section keeps you up to date on how many VP you have for the month and the amount needed to move up to the next commission level. It also lets you know where you currently rank in regards to the VP Top 300.
B. Pricebenders Auctions section provides the scheduled starting times for the next Feature Auction and SFI Auction.
C. TeamTalk. Located in the right sidebar of the page, similar to Twitter, SFI's new TeamTalk allows you to instantly send brief messages to your PSAs, CSAs, and/or your entire downline. Conversely, you'll be receiving messages here from your sponsor, upline Team Leaders, and SFI Corporate.
How might you use TeamTalk with your team? The possibilities are endless, but here are a few ideas (Note: we recommend you post a TeamTalk message at least once a week and more is better):
- Words of encouragement
- Reminders of deadlines, contests, etc.
- Announcements of your team promotions
- Weekly or daily recaps
- Tips and ideas
- Motivating quotes
- Weekly and/or monthly goals
- Recognition of firsts in your team
- Recognition of your team's top achievers
Tip: To reply to a TeamTalk message you've received, click on the sender's name, then use either the email link or the TeamMail icon located in the sender's Affiliate Snapshot.Note that TeamTalk is for your SFI business only. Using TeamTalk to spam will result in suspension of your account.
3. SFI SCOREBOARD http://www.sfimg.com/MyAccount/Scoreboard.sfi
This is a brand new page that consolidates several components that were previously located on 2-3 others pages, and adds several new additions too. Think of the SFI Scoreboard as your one-stop spot for tracking your own progress and other important SFI statistics as a whole.
At the top of the page is the information specific to your own business and where you compare with other SFI Affiliates. The left column lists your VP information. The column to the right lists your Power Rank status (how you rank among all SFI Affiliates, those in your country, and those who joined SFI on the same day you did). The bottom part of these columns lists the top 50 VP Affiliates and top 50 Power Rank affiliates, respectively. And below them is the SFI panel which includes yesterday's top 10 enrollers, recent enrollment totals, and more.Tip: To learn more about any affiliate listed, just click his or her name. Note that small checkmarks appearing beside affiliate names mean they have included one of their best business tips for you.
At the far right of your SFI Scoreboard, you'll see the SFI badges you've earned so far (e.g. Executive Affiliate, Team Leader, S-Builder, Fast-Track, Wave3, TC Booster Club).
Below your badges, you'll see information boxes listing statistics for TripleClicks members, product, and ECA totals and more. Below those boxes, and in the same right column, you can view the names, locations, and join dates for our newest SFI EA, Team Leaders, and TC Booster Club, Fast-Track, and Wave3 members. Finally, at the very bottom of this column, you'll see the number of our Facebook and Twitter followers.
P.S. So as to avoid confusion, we have changed the name of the former VP Scoreboard to "VP Ledger." From now, when we're talking about "the scoreboard," we're talking about the new universal scoreboard at: http://www.sfimg.com/MyAccount/Scoreboard.sfi
4. HOMEPAGE http://www.sfimg.com/Home.sfi
Just some minor changes here. VP and Power Rank information has been moved to the new SFI Scoreboard, which means the primary, tabbed homepage panel locates right at the top of the page.
We've also programmed the homepage to default to different tabs depending on how long you've been in SFI.
- For your first 5 days in SFI, it will default to the SFI BASICS tab.
- For your first 6-30 days in SFI, it will default to the SFI TO-DO LIST tab.
- After 30 days, it will display one of the five tabs at random each time you hit the homepage (so as to make sure you are reviewing and utilizing the valuable information in all five).
Note that you can of course select any tab at any time; we've simply put this special programming in place to help assure that all affiliates see what we feel is the most important homepage information for them based on when they joined SFI.
One more important note: Effective immediately, you now earn 2 VP daily for visiting your Alerts Page, 1 VP daily for visiting your Homepage, and 1 VP daily for visiting the new Scoreboard.
SFI office closed Dec. 24th
The SFI corporate office will be closed this Friday, Dec. 24th, in observance of the Christmas weekend. We will resume normal business and customer service hours Monday, Dec 27th.
A safe and happy holiday to all SFI affiliates!
Update on W3 Starter Kits
We're running a little behind on the new W3 kits. And with the Christmas vacations approaching, it looks like we will not be able to start shipping the kits until the end of the month. We apologize for any inconvenience. However, it may be for the best, as the marketplace historically does not "wake back up" until at least a few days into the new year. So perfect timing to introduce W3 in a fresh, new year!
Pricebenders specials and special schedule this week!
We're doing some special things this week for Pricebenders auctions:1. Winners bid FREE
For all Pricebenders Auctions this week, if you win an auction, all the TCredits you've bid on that auction will be returned to your account at the end of the day! Bidding begins with our first Feature Auction this morning at 11 AM CT at http://www.tripleclicks.com.
Today's second Feature Auction is scheduled for 2 PM CT.2. Boost your 2011 SFI commissions now
One of the easiest ways to boost your SFI earnings in 2011 is by adding CSAs (Co-Sponsored Affiliates) to your group now. How? At our SFI-Exclusive auctions, we will be auctioning off groups of CSAs this week. These will be brand new, just-joined affiliates. As their co-sponsor, you can earn up to 24% commissions on ALL their purchases (PLUS an additional 4% to 8% on all their sales) MONTHLY! The auction for our first group of 100 CSAs begins at noon CST at: http://www.tripleclicks.com/pbSFI.php3. Special holiday schedule
So that our staff may enjoy time with their families during the upcoming holiday, our last auctions this week will be Thursday, December 23rd. Auctions will resume on Tuesday, December 28th.
By the way, if you haven't checked out Pricebenders recently, the bargains have gotten CRAZY. To date, after nearly 400 auctions, the average savings has been 92.9%! That is, Pricebenders winners are taking home some of the hottest products in the marketplace today for almost 93% off the regular retail price! We're talking about Apple iPods, Amazon Kindles, Sony Blu-ray Players, Garmin GPS Navigators, Canon digital cameras, and much more. See: http://www.tripleclicks.com/PBlatestWinners.php
for a complete list of results to date. Be prepared to be amazed at the prices!
Make sure you're watching your Genealogy
carefully for red "<500" flags. This flag indicates your affiliate has generated less than 500 VersaPoints in the last 90 days and, hence, is in jeopardy of having their SFI affiliateship canceled at the end of the month.
Please note that starting on the 15th of each month, SFI sends all such flagged affiliates a series of e-mails to let them know that they are under 500 points and need to take action quickly. However, our e-mails may not get through, so we encourage you to be pro-active and contact your flagged affiliates yourself too.
What should you say? Here's a sample letter:
My Genealogy is indicating that you have less than 500 VersaPoints in the last 90 days. This is less than SFI's Minimum Activity Requirement, so your SFI affiliateship could be canceled at the end of this month.
You are an important member of my team and I'd really hate to lose you! So how can I help? Are there questions I can answer for you? Is there anything I can assist you with?
I'm extremely excited about what SFI is doing. With their new E-Commerce Associates program, for example, the SFI opportunity has just taken a huge leap forward. I'm going to be very active with SFI personally and I would really like to be able to work with you as a key member of my team.
Please drop me a quick e-mail and let me know what I can do to help you get the points you need before the end of the month.
Thank you! I look forward to hearing from you.
Your contact information
For quick, easy points, TCredits are one of the best values and can even be tax-deductible if used for attracting new TC members. One TCredit is just $1.99 and comes with 110 VersaPoints. Two TCredits is just $3.98 and comes with 220 points. Three TCredits is just $5.97 and comes with 330 points. Four TCredits is just $7.96 and comes with 440 points. What can you do with TCredits? See TCredits FAQs HERE
Note also that many additional uses for TCredits are coming to TripleClicks. Order TCredits at TripleClicks.com. Just log in at TC and search for "TCredit."
What's your best tip for business success?
Now, at the Affiliate Center, you can submit your best tip
for business success with SFI--and help your team and the entire SFI community!
Your tip will appear on your Affiliate Snapshot (available to your downline through upline reports, and to all SFI affiliates via leadership boards, etc., by clicking your name).
We'll also be collecting these tips into a new SFI database to provide every SFI affiliate with thousands of valuable, business-boosting tips and ideas. Affiliates will be able to view and rate these tips from the Affiliate Center to create a "best of the best" listing you and your team members can access. Note: So that you know which affiliates have a tip, we'll soon be adding a visual cue to name displays. Click on names with cues to read their tips.
The more successful SFI is, the bigger your SFI opportunity becomes. Do your part by submitting your best tip now (you can edit your tip at any time):https://www.sfimg.com/MyAccount/MyBestTip.sfi
PLUS...If you open a snapshot for an affiliate who hasn't submitted a tip, you'll see a note encouraging you to register a request for them to submit their best tip. The more tips our affiliates submit, the stronger our SFI teams will become!NOTE: Affiliate Snapshots are created for affiliates who have uploaded a photo of themselves. If you haven't already done so, submit your photo now.
Speaking of Affiliate Snapshots, we've just added two bits of information to this feature that you'll want to check out:
1. If the affiliate is in your upline or downline, you'll see the affiliate's e-mail link and a TeamMail icon, which you can click to instantly send the person a TeamMail message.
2. Badges indicating the affiliate's rank, Booster Club membership, etc.
Here's how you can try it out: Log in at sfimg.com. On the right side you'll see links to our VP Top 300 and Power Rank Leaderboards. Just click any name to see the person's snapshot with the new info.
November's VP Rewards Winners
Congrats to November's VP Rewards winners!
Winner, first place, $1,000 cash*:
Christian Niederkircher from AUSTRIA 10 runner-up winners, $100 cash* each:
Ron Rost from Texas USA
Valka Nikova from GREECE
Arthur Sample from Alaska USA
Attila Patocs from HUNGARY
Sun Pacific from AUSTRALIA
Mustafa Jangbarwala from INDIA
Herianto Herianto from INDONESIA
Richard Jackson from Indiana USA
Peter Sherman from Florida USA
Brenda Hays from Missouri USA10 third place winners, 100 TripleClicks credits (a $39 value):
Michael Comeau from Texas USA
Teng Ah Hua from SINGAPORE
John Piper from Florida USA
Ruth Obaldo from Texas USA
Toye Networks from California USA
Laurence Lamarre from Ontario CANADA
Rick Gunter from Maryland USA
Rick Childers from Colorado USA
Chinwe Agulefo from NIGERIA
Verna Binns from JAMAICA
About VP Rewards: Each month, SFI awards cash and other valuable rewards to the top 300 VersaPoints earners of the month. For every 100 VersaPoints they score, affiliates receive one entry in the drawing. Twenty-one (21) winners are then drawn on or about the 10th of the following month. For details, see this page
* Cash prize to be used at TripleClicks.com
Head over to http://tripleclicks.com
at 2 PM CT to bid on a brand new, latest generation Amazon Kindle. The new Kindles are amazing and make a great gift for the upcoming holidays! And while you're there, also enter the Pick-the-Price Contest to win up to 200 FREE TCredits!
In addition to our 2 PM Kindle Feature Auction, you can also bid on 200 CSAs at our 2 PM SFI Auction (at http://www.tripleclicks.com/pbSFI.php
). Instantly boost your potential earning power with 200 newly joined SFI affiliates--assigned to YOU as the co-sponsor! Earn up to 24% commissions on ALL their purchases (PLUS an additional 4% to 8% on all their sales) MONTHLY! And enter the Pick-the-Price Contest here too to win up to another 200 FREE TCredits!
TripleClicks Saves Your Cart
Shop with ease and compile your items for purchase at your leisure at TripleClicks. Now, TC customers no longer have to worry about having their shopping cart items disappear should they take a break from their shopping at TripleClicks. The store system will automatically save all your items in your TC shopping cart until you either purchase the item(s) or remove them manually.
TWO special Pricebenders auctions tonight!
At 8 PM CT, come bid on 200 CSAs (at http://www.tripleclicks.com/pbSFI.php
). Instantly strengthen your team & boost your potential earning power with a group of newly joined SFI affiliates--assigned to YOU as the co-sponsor!
Each of the affiliates in this auction have joined SFI within the past 72 hours (or will join in the next 72 hours) and will appear in your genealogy report within 72 hours after the end of the auction so that you may contact them and begin working with them. As their co-sponsor, you'll be eligible to earn up to 24% commissions on ALL their purchases (PLUS an additional 4% to 8% on all their sales) monthly!
Then, scheduled for 9 PM CT for our feature auction at http://www.tripleclicks.com
, open a new window to bid on a new Sony Blu-Ray w/Streaming Internet Player!
Help us make Pricebenders even better!
Help us create the best auctions possible by completing a quick survey at:http://polldaddy.com/s/32F2A6E824455A78
For all who complete our survey, we'll also draw one lucky winner, who will receive 100 free TCredits (deadline for your entry is December 15, 2010).
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Our new Pricebenders penny auctions at TripleClicks have been a huge hit. But we've observed a lot of bidders engaging in counter-productive actions that are actually costing them auction wins! Fortunately, many of these actions boil down to common--and avoidable--mistakes.
One of the biggest mistakes we're observing is people waiting too long to bid. Connectivity issues, computer crashes, latency (network delays), and other factors may interfere with your bid. If you wait till the last few seconds to bid, you're running the risk that your bid won't go through in time. And make sure you understand that when you bid, it just resets the auction clock, so being the last one to bid before the clock hits zero may just keep you from winning if your bid is delayed by one of the afore-mentioned technical issues. If your strategy is to wait until the "last possible moment," we recommend bidding with NO LESS THAN 5 seconds remaining.
Of course, as mentioned, this is just ONE of the mistakes that many are making. To help everyone out, we've gathered a list of 15 common sense do's and don'ts to help you win Pricebenders auctions. It's a quick but essential read for anyone wanting to participate successfully in our penny auctions. Access the article at:http://www.tripleclicks.com/PBTips.php