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2017 New Years Message from Gery

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To: All SFI affiliates
From: Gery Carson

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  It’s with great excitement that I get to address you here on this first day of the new year…2017!  I LOVE the start of each new year, because it’s such a great opportunity to “hit the reset button” and start fresh, with a new list of goals and resolutions, and with renewed vigor and energy.

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But before we move onto and start talking about what’s in store for 2017, let’s (briefly) give 2016 it’s due!  In 2016 MUCH (and I mean MUCH) was accomplished and achieved.  Following is a list of just some of our 2016 additions and improvements:

Tip: If you’ve been with SFI for less than a year (or just need a refresher), this is a great list to go through, to make sure you’re taking advantage of our newest features and programs.

Yes, my team here was definitely “on fire” in 2016, and I’m SO proud of the great, great effort and how many important pieces we were able to put in place for our affiliates.

But, of course, just like riding a bicycle uphill, if you want to keep climbing, you can’t stop pedaling (or soon you’ll be rolling backwards).  So just like I hope each and every one of you are, we are ready to hit the ground running in 2017!

Today and over the next couple days you’ll see the first evidence of this with three major announcements (see the first of these three here).  But these will be just the tip of the iceberg!


Year of the Sale

smiling young man in blank black t-shirtIn 2016, our major focus was on SFI.  In 2017, our main focus will be on TripleClicks.  More specifically, our focus will be on improving TripleClicks in ways designed to substantially accelerate sales.  Hence, we’re calling 2017, “Year of the sale!”

To that end, we will be aggressively addressing:

  • ECA quality
  • Shipping & delivery
  • Product selection
  • Site user-friendliness

We want to greatly expand product offerings and improve shipping and delivery.  We want to improve the experience of all persons visiting TripleClicks.  We want to make all parts of TripleClicks mobile-friendly.

And our long-time plan to bring in restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores, and other local merchants to TripleClicks should also finally become a reality in 2017!  Imagine being able to earn all the VersaPoints you need each month by simply patronizing your favorite local merchants!  Yes, if we do this right, this one program alone could be the biggest thing we’ve ever done!

We also have plans to open up engagement opportunities between affiliates and their PRMs!  That is, we want to give you more ways to directly engage with and impact the activities of your PRMs.

If we can accomplish these objectives, 2017 will indeed be a banner year for sales at TripleClicks…and I, for one, am planning on exactly that!

Why it’s so important

Why is making TripleClicks better and creating more sales so important?  Well, it’s like this, folks:  No matter how great we make the SFI side of things, no matter how good our gateways are, no matter how good are SFI training, tools, and leadership is, no matter how many tens of thousands join SFI, if we don’t have great products behind it, we’ll never be any more than a shadow of what we could be.

But if TripleClicks has the products, prices, features, and other amenities that attract and keep today’s online customers, the SFI affiliate opportunity has almost no limits in its potential…and the emergence of future SFI affiliate millionaires becomes a real possibility.

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In short, SFI’s foundation has to be about our products.  So in 2017, let’s all work together to take TripleClicks to a new level.  Let’s truly make 2017 the “Year or the sale!”


In closing

SFI Nation is huge.  Our community numbers in the hundreds of thousands, made up of men and women from virtually every country in the world.  And so it requires only some simple math to know that tens of millions of hours were invested by our affiliates in 2016.  Tens of MILLIONS of hours!  I’m humbled by this.  And I’m enormously grateful that so many invest so much to make SFI go and continue moving into the future.  THANK YOU!!

And speaking of that future, it’s truly never been brighter.  2017 holds incredible promise, with unprecedented opportunities.  But that promise will not be realized without real and true commitment, without rolling up sleeves and doing the hard work that building great things requires.  For myself and for our corporate team here, rest assured that we will leave no stone unturned in 2017.  Indeed, we will out-work and out-hustle our competition every day of the year, and we will not rest until SFI has changed the world.  Who’s with us?!

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.


Spotlight Merchant Directory is here!

Today we are excited to reveal the first of THREE big announcements for the new year.

Back on December 7th we introduced you to the Spotlight Merchants program and our first merchant (Fat Brain Toys).  Today we’re introducing 27 additional merchants to the program, representing thousands of great new products in over a dozen different categories!

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Spotlight Merchants are online sellers from around the world that we’ve hand-picked for our affiliates.  To browse these new merchants and products, we are debuting today our SPOTLIGHT MERCHANTS DIRECTORY at TripleClicks.

In the directory, each merchant has his/her own panel, that looks like these:

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As you can see, each panel provides great at-a-glance information.  Plus, you can designate your favorite merchants by clicking on the heart icons to make repeat shopping trips even easier.

Clicking the blue “SHOP” button will open the merchant’s website in a new window—ready for you to start shopping.

The “VP Gauge” icon gives you a general idea on the amount of VersaPoints available.  And we’ve color-coded them as follows:

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Additionally, at the top of the directory, there’s a handy category menu, plus time-saving filters and sorts.

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Easy & Ample VersaPoints!

By simply shopping at these merchants’ sites, you’ll be able to earn easy and ample VersaPoints, up to 500 VP monthly!  And it’s so simple, too!  Once you’ve placed an order with any merchant, simply submit a Points Claim Form.  We’ll verify your order with the seller and your VersaPoints will be awarded to your SFI affiliate account (usually within just one business day)!

But that’s not all! As you know, as an SFI affiliate, TripleClicks Executive Pool shares are an important component of your compensation.  The higher the share value is, the larger your commissions can go.

The Spotlight Merchants program is designed to actively and aggressively boost share values.  That is, a large portion of every Spotlight Merchant sale goes directly into the TripleClicks Executive Pool.  And because much of this will go in “unencumbered,” ALL shareholders can see higher share values.  Remember: For each VersaPoint you earn, you get paid one share of the TripleClicks Executive Pool (minimum 1500 VP/month).

Example: You place a $50 order with a Spotlight Merchant.  For this, you immediately receive 300 VP.  A portion of the $50 you paid pays for your 300 VP of course.  But a portion is also simply deposited into the pool for all qualified SFI affiliates to share in.  Now imagine thousands of SFI affiliates patronizing Spotlight Merchants each month.  Pool shares values could soon begin to grow rapidly!

Over time, we hope to add hundreds of popular merchants, representing tens of thousands of products and services…in about every category you can think of!


Start shopping and earning VP TODAY!

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You can start browsing all 28 Spotlight Merchants now at:

http://www.tripleclicks.com/spotlight

IMPORTANT: To receive VersaPoints from a Spotlight Merchant purchase, you MUST: 

  1. Use the link from the official Spotlight Merchant Directory at TripleClicks.  If you do not access the merchant from the Spotlight Merchant Directory, we will not have a record of the order and so no VersaPoints will be able to be awarded.
  2. Submit a Points Claim Form.  Once you’ve submitted your claim, we’ll verify your order with the merchant and your VersaPoints will be awarded to your SFI affiliate account (normally within 1 business day).

Also remember that there is a limit of 500 VP per month from Spotlight Merchant purchases.


Q & A

Q: Where do I find the Points Claim Form?
HERE at the Affiliate Center.

Q: After submitting a Points Claim Form, how long before I receive my VersaPoints?
Upon verification of your order, points will normally be awarded within one business day, and will be recorded in your VP Ledger.

Q: How many total VersaPoints can I earn through the Spotlight Merchant program?
Currently, the limit is 500 VP per month.  But remember that every order placed with a Spotlight Merchant–whether you receive VP or not– is adding revenue to the TripleClicks Executive Pool, which can increase the value of each share and, hence, your overall earnings and the earnings of your group members and every other SFI affiliate!  Therefore, we strongly encourage all of our affiliates to patronize all of the Spotlight Merchants that they can, whenever they can.

Q: Why should I patronize Spotlight Merchants?
For starters, it’s a terrific way to earn VP on stuff you really want or were going to buy anyway (i.e. Transfer Buying).  But it’s much bigger than just VP!  If every SFI affiliate actively patronizes our Spotlight Merchants, the TripleClicks Executive Pool can mushroom in size…which can mean much higher commissions for every SFI affiliate!

Q: What kind of stuff can I buy through Spotlight Merchants?
Categories right now include health/nutritional products, clothing and accessories, computers and electronics, travel, pet supplies, food, personal care, jewelry, gifts, toys, business-related products, and more.   And this is only the beginning.  Throughout 2017, we hope to expand the Spotlight Merchant program to hundreds of merchants and tens of thousands of not only products but services, too!

Q: Will there be international Spotlight Merchants?
Absolutely, yes! We’re just at the very start of building our database of merchants, but we intend to have Spotlight Merchants from countries all over the world!

Q: Are there any Direct Commissions earned on sales from Spotlight Merchants?
No.  At this time, 100% of CV is going into the TripleClicks Executive Pool to boost share values (very important!).

Q: Can we promote Spotlight Merchants to the public or our PRMs?
You may NOT directly promote Spotlight Merchants in this way, no.  This is because our licenses with these merchants do not transfer to our affiliates.  You can, however, of course, promote TripleClicks in general or Eager Zebra games or Pricebenders auctions, for example.  And if those promotions wind up generating sales for a Spotlight Merchant, the TripleClicks Executive Pool will receive the revenue–which can result in larger share values and higher commissions for all SFI affiliates.

Q: Could this policy change in the future?
We hope that, as the program grows, there can be some merchants where you’ll be able to do direct promotions, yes.

Q: How can we know exactly how much VP we’re going to receive when shopping these merchants?
At this time, we can provide only general guidance.  The “VP Gauge” lets you know the “good, better, and best” VP options.  You can figure that on the “best” ones, you’ll earn roughly 50 VP for every $10 spent (excluding shipping & handling, taxes, etc.).  Note that within a short time after submitting an order and its Points Claim Form, you’ll receive the VP and this exact amount will be listed in your VP Ledger.

Q: Shouldn’t we know exactly how much VP we can get for every Spotlight Merchant purchase before we order? 
It’s simply not feasible to provide this info at this time.  Moreover, we really want you buying from Spotlight Merchant because you want their products. The VP you receive in addition to the product(s) should only be consider icing on the cake.

Q: The Spotlight Merchants program sounds GREAT.  Any other big announcements to kick off the new year?
YES!  Watch for another big announcement on January 2nd…and another big one on January 3rd!  Let’s get this party going!

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.


Be UNSTOPPABLE in January!

January (and 2017 too) has arrived, and with it our latest UNSTOPPABLE contest!

UNSTOPPABLE is a one-month contest featuring hard cold cash for the top prizes (and some cool consolation prizes, too).

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OBJECTIVE:

  • Develop the most new (first-time) EA2 PSAs

CONTEST PERIOD:

  • Qualifying for the January 2017 contest are all new (first-time) EA2s developed from January 1st through January 31, 2017.  Note that all of your PSAs are eligible—regardless of when they joined SFI; they just need to gain EA2 status for the first time in January.

CASH PRIZES:

  • 1st place = $500 cash
  • 2nd place = $250 cash
  • 3rd place = $100 cash
  • 4th-10 place = $50 added to your Signing Bonus account

Total cash & Signing Bonus prizes of $1200

OTHER PRIZES:

  • Top 10 = Exclusive “UnsTOPpable TEN” T-Shirt (limit: 4 T-Shirts/year)
  • Top 50 = 10 TCredits
  • Top 50 = “UNSTOPPABLE” badge for your SFI home page and JMT gateway
  • 50 TCredits for 10 randomly chosen of those who entered and developed at least 1 EA2

screenshot_1695Develop just two new (first-time) EA2s in January and you’ll automatically win, as a special bonus, one of our exclusive SFI “Awesome Sponsor” squeezies!

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Get your healthy fix of stress release with this “awesome” stress reliever—just squeeze to release tension!  And when you’re not feeling stressed, it’ll remind you of your exceptional sponsoring prowess!


GET ENTERED NOW

The first step of being named an UNSTOPPABLE AFFILIATE is to enter!  Go now to the WIN IT tab to enter.  Once you’ve entered, all you need to do is start developing new EA2s!

TIP:  For ideas on getting your PSAs to EA2 status, see this training article.

By the way, just for entering, you’ll get our new UNSTOPPABLE “In it to win it!” badge for your SFI homepage.  Note: A minimum of one new EA2 must be developed within 15 days of entering to keep this badge.


TEAM BUILDING TIP

Hey, Team Leaders, here’s a great tip to help you grow your group and get your members more active: piggybacking!  That is, we strongly encourage you to run your own contest concurrently with our UNSTOPPABLE contest.

While we’re running OUR corporate contest, you can be running, at the same time, YOUR contest with your own prizes and recognition.  In doing so, you’ll help us get more people involved in our contest…and we’ll help you get more of your members active and in yours!  Meanwhile, everyone entering gets more opportunities to win prizes and recognition.  An awesome win/win/win for all!

We will post at the end of each month (after commissions are processed), a list of the top 100 finishers.  Hence, we recommend that you design your contest to award prizes/recognition for coming in first, second, third…and/or in the top ten, top 20, top 50, and/or top 100.

For tips for successful contests, check out these Ask SC threads:


HELP US MAKE UNSTOPPABLE EVEN BIGGER

We’d like to substantially increase the amount of cash and prizes we’re giving away each month!  Help us make this a reality by actively promoting the contest to your team.  The more participation, the bigger the prizes can go!  Thank you!


OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.
The UNSTOPPABLE contest is sponsored by SFI. This contest is governed by these official rules (“Official Rules”). By participating in the contest, each entrant agrees to abide by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements, and understands that the results of the contest, as determined by SFI and its agents, are final in all respects. The contest is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law.
ELIGIBILITY
The Contest is open to legal residents of their respective countries where not prohibited by law, who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry who have Internet access and a valid email account. SFI has the right to verify the eligibility of each entrant. SFI employees and members of employees’ immediate family are not eligible to participate.
CONTEST PERIOD
January 1st, 2017 through January 30, 2017
HOW TO ENTER
Enter from the WIN IT tab at the SFI Affiliate Center. No purchase is necessary to enter or win.  Some restrictions may apply.
WINNER SELECTION
The winners of the UNSTOPPABLE contest are the entrants with the top 50 most new (first-time) EA2 PSAs developed during the contest period.  In case of ties, the affiliate with the most total VP for the month is the winner.  If necessary, the second tiebreaker will be the affiliate with the least number of PSAs who are NOT EA2.  All winners will be named on the UNSTOPPABLE Leaderboard at the Affiliate Center upon finalization of results for each contest period (on or about the 15th of the month following contest month). Prizes will then be automatically awarded to the affiliate’s SFI account.  Upon request, the potential winner may be required to return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Release and Prize Acceptance Form and IRS W-9 form. If a potential winner fails to comply with these official rules, that potential winner will be disqualified.
PRIZES
All contestants placing in the top 50 will receive cash and/or a signing bonus and/or a t-shirt and/or TCredits.  See prize list above.  Terms and conditions may apply. Incidental expenses and all other costs and expenses which are not specifically listed as part of a prize in these Official Rules and which may be associated with the award, acceptance, receipt and use of all or any portion of the awarded prize are solely the responsibility of the respective prize winner. ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OR USE OF ANY PRIZE IS SOLELY THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER.
PLAY & WIN LIMITS
Contestants are limited to one entry per UNSTOPPABLE contest.
ADDITIONAL LIMITATIONS
Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. SFI and its respective parent subsidiary companies, agents, and representatives are not responsible for any typographical or other errors in the offer or administration of the contest, including, but not limited to, errors in any printing or posting or these Official Rules, the selection and announcement of any winner, or the distribution of any prize. Any attempt to damage the content or operation of this contest is unlawful and subject to possible legal action by SFI. SFI reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole discretion, to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the game or the Website; to be in violation of the Affiliate Agreement; to be acting in violation of these Official Rules; to be acting in a unethical or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person, as determined by SFI at its sole discretion. SFI reserves the right to terminate, suspend or amend the contest, without notice, and for any reason, including, without limitation, if SFI determines that the contest cannot be conducted as planned or should a virus, bug, tampering or unauthorized intervention, technical failure or other cause beyond SFI’s control corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper play of the contest. In the event any tampering or unauthorized intervention may have occurred, SFI reserves the right to void suspect entries at issue. SFI and its respective parent and subsidiary companies, agents, and representatives, and any telephone network or service providers, are not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate transcription of entry information, or for any human error, technical malfunction, lost or delayed data transmission, omission, interruption, deletion, line failure or malfunction of any telephone network, computer equipment or software, the inability to access any website or online service or any other error, human or otherwise.
INDEMNIFICATION AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
BY ENTERING THE SWEEPSTAKES, EACH ENTRANT AGREES TO INDEMNIFY, RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS SFI AND ITS PARENT, AFFILIATES, AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES, ADMINISTRATOR, ADVERTISING AND PROMOTIONAL AGENCIES, AND ALL THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES AND AGENTS FROM ANY LIABILITY, DAMAGES, LOSSES OR INJURY RESULTING IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, FROM THAT ENTRANT’S PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST AND THE ACCEPTANCE, USE OR MISUSE OF ANY PRIZE THAT MAY BE WON. SFI AND ITS PARENT, AFFILIATES, AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES DO NOT MAKE ANY WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO THE CONDITION, FITNESS OR MERCHANTABILITY OF THE PRIZE. SFI AND ITS PARENTS, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, ADVERTISING AND PROMOTIONAL AGENCIES, AND ALL THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES AND AGENTS DISCLAIM ANY LIABILITY FOR DAMAGE TO ANY COMPUTER SYSTEM RESULTING FROM ACCESS TO OR THE DOWNLOAD OF INFORMATION OR MATERIALS CONNECTED WITH THE CONTEST.
PUBLICITY
By participating, each entrant grants SFI permission to use his/her name, likeness, or comments for publicity purposes without further notification, payment of additional consideration, except where prohibited by law.
SPONSOR
The UNSTOPPABLE contest is sponsored by:
SFI
A division of Carson Services, Inc.
8251 Northwoods Drive, Suite 200
Lincoln, NE 68505 USA
Phone: 402-434-8480 | Fax: 402-434-8483
Any questions regarding this contest should be directed to SFI Support at: support.sfimg.com