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!
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:
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:
Additionally, at the top of the directory, there’s a handy category menu, plus time-saving filters and sorts.
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!
You can start browsing all 28 Spotlight Merchants now at:
IMPORTANT: To receive VersaPoints from a Spotlight Merchant purchase, you MUST:
- 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.
- 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!
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.