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New Years message from Gery

screenshot_980To: All SFI affiliates
From: Gery Carson, SFI President & Founder

Are you ready…to build something GREAT in 2016?

We are!

It should be obvious, but we have an incredible team here at SFI Corporate…and in 2015 our guys and gals delivered more goodies in a single year than I can ever recall.  And after more than three decades in business, that’s saying something!

Seriously, if you’ll page through all of the (many!) announcements for 2015 here at news.sfimg.com…and really take the time to digest each addition…you’ll conclude, like I have, that 2015 was truly a banner year!

And look an what we’ve added already for 2016!…

Is there any other company out there delivering more–and more often–for their partners (that means YOU, our affiliates) than SFI?  Yes, I’ll put SFI up against any other company in our industry!

I hope you don’t mind me tooting SFI’s horn a bit, but I’m truly, truly proud of our team here and the work they do to make SFI such a great company. If you get a chance, such as with a Support Ticket, please say “THANKS!” and let them know that you appreciate their efforts, too!

So what’s in the 2016 pipeline? Well, here’s just a small taste:

  • A major overhaul of TripleClicks, including making the entire site fully mobile-responsive/mobile-friendly
  • A big, new focus on ECAs, ECA tools, and bringing in more ECAs with thousands of quality, salable products
  • More exciting new Eager Zebra games
  • Innovative new marketing aids
  • Bigger, better Pricebenders features
  • More fun and powerful team building tools at the Affiliate Center

Of course there is MUCH, MUCH more in store, but I can’t give away ALL the goodies.  Some things, especially the really major developments, we have to keep under wraps until they are fully baked and ready for primetime.  But one thing I can assure you of; there’s a LOT of innovation in the pipeline, a lot of stuff that makes it hard for me to sleep--that you’re going to LOVE!

By the way, how do you like our new 2016 theme?  If you didn’t guess, it’s BUILD SOMETHING GREAT.  Yes, building a great business, building a great income, building a great life…these are all fantastic goals, and I hope that each and every one of you will make those words–BUILD SOMETHING GREAT–really mean something and make it one of your top resolutions for 2016 and beyond.

Build it!There’s an old Chinese proverb that I love:

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The second best time is today.”

If you’ve been building something great for weeks, months, or years already…well done…you rock!  But if not, that’s okay, because, like the Chinese proverb, the second best time to start building something great is TODAY.

Yes, today, January 1st, 2016, the first day of a fresh new year is an absolutely GREAT time to start building something great!  Will you grab this opportunity TODAY?  I hope you will!  And you can count on me and my awesome team here to support you every step of the way.

LET’S GO BUILD SOMETHING GREAT!

Gery Carson

Forum Discussion


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.


Are you excited?!

Are you excited about all the incredible recent announcements?

Do you feel like shouting from the rooftops?!…or at least making sure all of your downline members haven’t missed all the fabulous news? 🙂

If so, then you’re going to love our new “I’m Excited!” E-Cards!

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Our new “I’m Excited!” E-Cards are designed specifically for you to share your excitement about newly-announced SFI features and programs, new TripleClicks products, and other business-boosting developments–now and in the future.

Just pick a card, choose your recipient, and then let them know in the message portion of the e-card WHY you’re excited! Hearing it from you may make all the difference.  You’ll typically want to include the URL of the announcement, but also put it in your own words, and explain to your team members why they should be excited too!

In all, there are 12 “I’m Excited!” E-Cards to choose from featuring fun people, animals, and more.

We hope you enjoy using these new cards!

HOW TO USE E-CARDS

  1. From any of your affiliates’ Affiliate Snapshots, just just choose an E-Card category and then click the blue “GO” button.
  2. OR…you can send E-Cards directly from your Genealogy. Next to the name of the affiliate of your choice, click the paper airplane icon–located on the right side of the page,  Next, select the E-Card category you want from the dropdown menu, and click the GO button. TIP: Use your Genealogy filters to select specific groups of people who you want to send a specific card and message to.

After choosing your E-Card design, you’ll then be directed to the E-Card preview screen, where you can enter your greeting and personal message. Then just select the Send Message button when you’re ready to send your E-Card!

Remember: E-Cards provide an unlimited number of ways to welcome, inform, congratulate, thank, and recognize your team.  E-Cards are free to use, but there is a sending limit of 200 per day, and you may not send any one affiliate more than one card a day. Get more information about using E-Cards HERE.

Forum Discussion


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.

P.S. Want MORE excitement?  Be watching for a special New Years message from SFI president Gery Carson later this morning.


New simpler VersaPoints rules!

Simpler is always better, and that’s why were pleased today to announce that we’re no longer requiring our affiliates to distinguish between AVP (Action VP) and SVP (Sales VP) for their qualifications.

All points are now simply VersaPoints!

If your rank goal is EA (Executive Affiliate), you simply need to, as always, generate a minimum of 1500 VP using any combination of actions, sales, and/or purchases as listed on your To Do List.

If you’re a Team Leader, you’ll still be required to have a minimum of 1500 VP each month from any combination of sales and/or personal purchases.  But that’s as complicated as it gets now…which isn’t very complicated at all!  For the rest of your VP requirements, it’s completely up to you!  You can use any combination of actions, sales, and/or purchases as listed on your To Do List.

And for Team Leaders, there are no longer any MAXIMUMS for VP from sales/purchase either!  So long as you have the minimum 1500 VP from sales/purchases, and you have the minimum total VP for your rank, and you have fulfilled the first-level PSA(s) requirement (e.g. Two BTLs for the rank of STL), you’re all set!

To recap, here are the new SIMPLER Team Leader requirements as of January 1, 2016:

Bronze Team Leader (BTL)

  • Minimum 3,000 VersaPoints (1,500 min. from sales/purchases)
  • Minimum (1) first-level EA2
  • Maintain Leadership Page
  • Minimum 3-star sponsor rating from PSAs (not required if you receive less than 5 ratings)

Silver Team Leader (STL)

  • Minimum 4,000 VersaPoints (1,500 min. from sales/purchases)
  • Minimum (2) first-level BTLs
  • Maintain Leadership Page
  • Minimum 3-star sponsor rating from PSAs (not required if you receive less than 5 ratings)

Gold Team Leader (GTL)

  • Minimum 5,000 VersaPoints (1,500 min. from sales/purchases)
  • Minimum (3) first-level STLs
  • Maintain Leadership Page
  • Minimum 3-star sponsor rating from PSAs (not required if you receive less than 5 ratings)

Platinum Team Leader (PTL)

  • Minimum 6,000 VersaPoints (1,500 min. from sales/purchases)
  • Minimum (4) first-level GTLs
  • Maintain Leadership Page
  • Minimum 3-star sponsor rating from PSAs (not required if you receive less than 5 ratings)

Diamond Team Leader (DTL)

  • Minimum 1,500 VP from sales/purchases
  • Minimum (5) first-level PTLs

Forum Discussion


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 for 2016: Milestone Shares!

fejbbije.Effective today, January 1st, 2016, for every 10 personal VP you earn, you also earn up to 18 bonus shares of the TripleClicks Executive Pool that will be paid to you upon reaching the milestones of SFI’s five Team Leader ranks!…which are:

  • Bronze Team Leader (BTL)
  • Silver Team Leader (STL)
  • Gold Team Leader (GTL)
  • Platinum Team Leader (PTL)
  • Diamond Team Leader (DTL)

You will bank:

  • 10 Milestone Shares per 10 VP if your rank is Affiliate or EA
  • 12 Milestone Shares per 10 VP if your rank is BTL
  • 14 Milestone Shares per 10 VP if your rank is STL
  • 16 Milestone Shares per 10 VP if your rank is GTL
  • 18 Milestone Shares per 10 VP if your rank is PTL

Shares that you bank each month are reflected in a new Milestone Shares counter we’ve added to the Affiliate Center header.  Your Milestone Shares will also be displayed in the My Earnings panel on your Scoreboard tab.

IMPORTANT NOTES: 

1. We want Milestone Shares to provide a significant and meaningful bonus–commensurate to the effort invested to earn them.  However, it’s also vital that the TripleClicks Executive Pool not become rewarding only to some but not to others.  Therefore, quarterly, the quantity of Milestone Shares award per 10 VP may be adjusted up or down (with the rate increase or decrease effective starting with the new quarter).

2. Milestone Shares earned expire after one year.

Each time you hit a milestone, all non-expired shares you’ve banked to date are added to your monthly commissions as a one-time bonus.  That is, you’ll earn these special bonus shares of the TripleClicks Executive Pool when you achieve the rank of BTL, and then each time you advance your Team Leader rank (up to five times total).

Q & A

Q: How do I start earning Milestone Shares?
Just keep doing what you’re doing!  For every 10 VersaPoints you now earn, you’ll automatically be banking up to 18 Milestone Shares!

Q: What do you mean when you say that shares are “banked?”
It just means that we’ve put those shares into a special account for you, to be paid to you upon reaching your first/next milestone.

Q: Is there any limit to how many Milestone Shares I can earn?
Nope.  In fact, we hope you’ll substantially increase the amount of personal VP you’re earning each month so that we can pay you tens of thousands of extra shares of the TripleClicks Executive Pool each time you hit a new milestone!

Q: I can earn tens of thousands of extra shares of the TripleClicks Executive Pool?
Yes!  Let’s say that, through your personal actions and sales, you’re collecting 6000 personal VersaPoints each month for a year.  That would be 72,000 (minimum) and up to 129,600–depending on your rank–extras shares of the TripleClicks Executive Pool added to your commissions as a bonus upon reaching a new milestone!

Q: Does the new Milestone Shares program help me meet the new Team Leader requirements?
Absolutely, YES!  There’s now a great new incentive for every one of your PSAs to be more active than ever (the more VP they earn, the more Milestone Shares they receive!).  Milestone Shares also will firmly put your PSAs’ focus on THE PLAN–which can of course be instrumental in boosting YOU to SFI’s highest-earning rank–Diamond Team Leader!

Q: Why expire Milestone Shares after one year?
Two reasons.  First, you don’t want the affiliates in your group purposely not advancing in rank just to earn more Milestone Shares.  Secondly, the one-year expiration creates urgency and sharpens the focus of your affiliates towards advancing since no one will want to lose the Milestone Shares they’ve banked.

Q: Is there a place where I can keep track of Milestone Shares that have expired or will be expiring soon?
Yes, we will be adding a Milestone Shares Ledger with full details for you, as a new report located in the My Account area.

Q: What if I achieve a Team Leader rank, then lose that rank, and then achieve it again at a later time?  Do I earn the Milestone Shares each time?
No, you can only earn Milestone Shares one time for each Team Leader rank.

Q: What if I’m already a Team Leader?  How does the program work for ME?
If you’re already a Team Leader, you won’t be able to earn bonus shares for all five Team Leader milestones, but you’ll be able to earn for all the Team Leader ranks you’ve not yet achieved.  And you’ll be earning your bonus shares at a higher rate (see above chart) if you’re a BTL or higher ranked Team Leader. And don’t forget all that Matching VP you can earn as a Team Leader when your affiliates and CSAs are all earning more VP due to the Milestone Shares incentive!

Q: If I’ve been earning Milestone Shares at the 10x rate as an EA and then advance to BTL a few months later (which bumps the rate up to 12x), how are the total Milestone Shares due to me calculated?
Looking back one year, you’ll receive shares at the 10x rate for the months you were an EA…and at the 12x rate for the months you were a BTL.  If within that year you advanced further yet, say, to STL for a couple months, you would earn some shares at the 14x rate, too.

Q: Do I earn Milestone Shares for all the Matching VersaPoints I earn?
No, Milestone Shares are banked only on the PERSONAL VP you earn.

Q: What happens to my Milestone Shares bank once I achieve the top rank of Diamond Team Leader?
Once you reach Diamond status and are paid your banked shares, you’ll no longer be earning Milestone Shares, your Milestone Shares account is zeroed out and it will no longer be displayed to you.

Forum Discussion


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.

P.S. Be watching for a special New Years message from SFI president Gery Carson later this morning.


New for 2016: Designated Diamonds program!

abhabhag.We are very excited today to announce a new program we’ve created for all our affiliates who have the goal of becoming a Diamond Team Leader.

The Designated Diamonds (DD) program is directly aligned with THE PLAN–which prescribes identifying five serious PSAs and working together towards the mutual goal of becoming a Diamond Team Leader.

What the new DD program does is formalize this process by providing you a method to officially designate select PSAs as the persons you’re going to work the closest with.

Here’s how it works: 

On your Genealogy, we’ve added a new tab titled “Other.”  The “Other” tab contains a DD column with “Send Invite” links for eligible affiliates.  Click these links to issue invitations to your PSAs.

  • Up to 10 invitations may be issued if you are an EA2
  • Up to 12 invitations may be issued if you are a BTL
  • Up to 14 invitations may be issued if you are a STL
  • Up to 16 invitations may be issued if you are a GTL
  • Up to 20 invitations may be issued if you are a PTL

The invitations will come to your chosen recipients as a special email from SFI Corporate and will direct the recipient to a special new DD Invitation page.  This page includes your photo and full information on what the requirements and commitments are for agreeing to be one of your DDs.  To accept the invitation, the recipient need only agree to the terms of the program and click the “I ACCEPT” button.

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As a special bonus for agreeing to be one of your DDs, an additional $200 will be added to their Signing Bonus account.  You commit to your DDs…your DDs commit to you…and SFI commits to both of you by investing $200 into each of your DDs to help them and you build a great business!

As an added bonus, the standard 18-month maximum for Signing Bonus payments is automatically extended to a full five years (for your affiliates’ entire Signing Bonus account balance).

PRESTIGIOUS, NEW BADGE!

Those accepting your DD invitations and making the required commitments will also receive this prestigious new DD badge for their SFI homepage, Affiliate Snapshot, Join My Team gateway, etc.  It’s theirs for as long as they remain in the DD program (until it’s replaced with the actual Diamond Team Leader rank badge).

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CONFIRMATIONS

Each time one of your PSAs accepts an DD invitation from you, you’ll receive an immediate email notification from us so that you can begin working with them right away towards your mutual goal of DTL.

CONNECTING

  • All of your confirmed DDs will automatically appear, at all times, on your My Movers page (identified by a special diamond icon in front of their names) for at-a-glance monitoring of activities and easy communications.
  • On your Genealogy, your DDs can also be identified by the special diamond icon in front of their names.  There’s also now a “My Designated Diamonds” QuickFilter in the Genealogy to initiate live chats; do quick, easy group mailings, etc.
  • SFIM (SFI Instant Messaging) also now includes a “My Designated Diamonds” filter.
  • “My Designated Diamonds” has also been added to the Stream “who to send message to” list.

LIMITS/RESTRICTIONS

  1. You must be at least EA2 yourself, but not already a DTL, to issue invitations.
  2. You can only issue invitations to PSAs–whom have the rank of at least EA but are not already DTLs.
  3. When an invitation is issued, the recipient has 72 hours to accept.  After that, it’s forfeited.
  4. Once your invitation limit (up to 20 invitations) has been reached, no more invitations can be issued–unless one of your DDs drops below EA–which would cause them to lose their DD status and a slot would be freed up.
  5. The $200 Signing Bonus (or remaining balance of) is forfeited if the DD drops below EA rank.  Similarly, the $200 Signing Bonus (or remaining balance of) is PAUSED if the DD fails to meet the pledge dates for the various milestones (see below).

Q & A

Q: What is a DD committing to?
A DD pledges to maintain a minimum rank of EA every month, to keep the channels of communication open, and work with their sponsor.  Additionally, there is a pledge for achieving each of the Team Leader ranks:

  • DD pledges to achieve the rank of BTL within 6 months of the current date
  • DD pledges to achieve the rank of STL within 18 months of the current date
  • DD pledges to achieve the rank of GTL within 3 years of the current date
  • DD pledges to achieve the rank of PTL within 4 years of the current date
  • DD pledges to achieve the rank of DTL within 5 years of the current date

Q: Who should I invite to be my Designated Diamonds?
This is VERY important!  Do not issue invitations willy-nilly!  Consider carefully each and every invitation because, if accepted, you’re making a probable multiyear commitment to that person, so make certain they are someone that you can work closely with! Conversely, do not issue invitations to anyone who has not already demonstrated that they are serious about SFI. Be especially careful about issuing invitations to new affiliates.  Unless they are the rare exception to the rule, you may actually scare them away asking them to make such a serious commitment before they even fully understand what SFI is about.

Q: What about existing PSA Team Leaders?  Should I invite them to become DDs?
That’s up to you.  If these are persons you’re already working with or that you see as persons who you would like to work closely with to achieve the goals of THE PLAN, it’s probably a very good idea (and they’ll probably really appreciate the recognition, badge, and the $200 Signing Bonus addition).

Q: Does this new Designated Diamond program help me meet the new Team Leader requirement that went into effect on January 1, 2016?
Definitely, yes!  Start designating DDs for the program now.  Each one accepting your invitation will be committed to being a minimum of EA every month!  Moreover, they will be on the path to BTL, then STL, then GTL, PTL, and DTL.  And as they advance up the ranks, they’ll be helping YOU become a DTL.

Q: What’s the biggest benefit of the DD program?
We feel the big, big benefit is that, for sponsors, its helps them get their best affiliates focused on THE PLAN, while at the same time providing the infrastructure for sponsors and their best PSAs to work closely together for mutual success.

Q: Can I send more invitations than is limited by my rank (e.g. up to 12 if I’m a BTL)?
No.  However, any invitation not accepted within 72 hours is voided.  When an invitation is voided (i.e. after 72 hours without acceptance), you can issue another.

Q: Can I reissue an invitation to someone who did not respond previously?
Yes, you can issue an invitation to the same person more than once.  There’s currently no maximum limit.

Q: Why are up to 20 invitations allowed, when the requirement of the THE PLAN is only five PSAs?
This is simply to provide a margin of error for sponsors.  Not every person who accepts a DD invitation is going to stay the course.  By allowing several extra invitations, your chances are much higher that you’ll find your key five PSAs per THE PLAN.

Q: SFI is putting up $200 for each of my DD invitations.  Is there any cost to me?
No, that’s our commitment to you and to your DDs!

Q:  Should I save some invitations for future affiliates?
Yes, we strongly advise you to keep at least one or two available at all times.  You never know when a superstar affiliate might show up and it would be a shame if you could not reward them with a DD designation.

Forum Discussion


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.

P.S. Be watching for a special New Years message from SFI president Gery Carson later this morning.


New for 2016: The Biz Quiz!

bg-biz_quizWe’ve just added a fun, new, little addition to SFI.  We call it The Biz Quiz!

Each day, The Biz Quiz (TBQ) will feature a new question about SFI or TripleClicks.

Some answers you may already know, some you’ll have to hunt down the answer from various parts of SFI and TripleClicks, including:

  • Training articles
  • TripleClicks product details pages
  • Ask SC answers
  • Forum posts
  • LaunchPad lessons
  • Blog posts & announcements
  • and more!

To access the daily TBQ, just click the link located on the Tips tab or Win It tab on your SFI Affiliate Center homepage.

When you click the link, the day’s quiz question will open in a new window.  Once you’ve read the question, use the parent window or another window to do your hunt.  Once you’ve located the answer, copy the answer from the webpage (be sure to copy JUST the answer and with no extraneous spaces or punctuation).  Then submit your answer by pasting your answer into the entry box on the quiz page.

 

If you supply the correct answer, you’ll earn THREE things:

1. A cool new Biz Quiz badge for your homepage:

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2. You’ll be entered in our daily drawing; each day, one lucky winner will get $50 added to their Signing Bonus account!

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3. Last but not least, you’ll be increasing your SFI IQ every day to help you grow your business and your monthly earnings!

To make The Biz Quiz even more fun, each day we’ll let you know your current grade (e.g. B+) and other statistics based on your answer history to date.

Special Notes:

1. You’ll get three chances each day to enter the right answer.  So if you have a typo, for example, don’t panic; just fix the typo before submitting your answer again.

2. Your Biz Quiz badge is good for 48 hours only.  To keep the badge, you’ll need to submit a correct answer at least every other day.  But if you do lose your badge, you’re just one correct away from getting it back.

3. We’ll display your grade only if your grade is at least a “B.”

4. You are not allowed to give away the answer to other affiliates, even in your own group.  That would be considered cheating!  Everyone must figure out the answer each day on their own.

Forum Discussion


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.

P.S. Be watching for a special New Years message from SFI president Gery Carson later this morning.


More VersaPoint opportunities!

Effective immediately, we have significantly increased the limits on VersaPoints that can be earned at TripleClicks.

You can now earn, every month:

Altogether, that’s 750 extra VersaPoints you can now earn monthly!

BRILLIANT white stamp text on green*More good news: Effective a little later this month, you’ll earn a VersaPoint on EVERY TCredit you spend playing Eager Zebra games–not just on game entries!  So whenever you spend a TCredits on a Sidekick or on other in-game help, you’ll now earn a VersaPoint (up to 500 VP total)! Be watching for the official announcement coming soon.

There’s one more change on VersaPoints to be aware of: Effective immediately, we’ve moved the links to check out the latest TripleClicks products from the To Do List…to within the TC Tab at the Affiliate Center, and consolidated these into a single daily VersaPoint.  This streamlines this part of the daily actions and eliminates what has been an area of confusion for many new affiliates.

Forum Discussion


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.