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Bitcoin is back at TripleClicks!

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We are very excited today to announce that, effective immediately, we’re accepting Bitcoin again at TripleClicks!

Yes, we’re excited indeed to join thousands of other forward-thinking businesses already accepting Bitcoin, such as:

  • Microsoft
  • WordPress
  • Overstock.com
  • Subway
  • Reddit
  • Virgin Galatic
  • Intuit
  • Dish Network
  • Whole Foods
  • Expedia
  • Dell
  • Tiger Direct

Yes, like these companies and many more, we believe that there is a major transition underway.  The Internet has dramatically changed the world…and digital, decentralized currency like Bitcoin appears to be the next revolution.  SFI intends to be an active participant in this revolution (both with Bitcoin and potentially other cryptocurrencies as well)!

Nicholas Cary, CEO of Blockchain.info, describes the power of Bitcoin like this:

“People everyday of their lives use email, they probably have no idea how it works under the covers, but they use it because it’s simple, free, easy, and allows them to send messages anywhere in the world for free. It’s the same thing with Bitcoin, send money anywhere in the world for free.”

And especially for SFI and its million+ affiliates all over the world, Bitcoin has the potential to be a real game-changer.  Right now, billions of people around the world cannot get a bank account and cannot make international transactions.  Bitcoin changes all this.  If you have access to the Internet, you no longer need a bank account, credit card, or other legacy payment method.  Indeed, armed with just a basic smart phone and a free Bitcoin wallet app, you’ve got everything you need to start sending and receiving money right now.  And, yes, we’ll be looking at paying out commissions in Bitcoin, too—paid instantly to your Bitcoin wallet!


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Using Bitcoin at TripleClicks is EASY

To spend your Bitcoin at TripleClicks, when checking out, simply choose Bitcoin as your method of payment and follow the simple directions provided.   That’s it!

Don’t have any Bitcoin?  Learn how to get Bitcoin HERE.

Note: Using Bitcoin is 100% optional.  Just think of it as another payment option offered by TripleClicks to give our customers as many choices as possible.


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FREE BONUS TCredits when you use Bitcoin!

Yes, we’re pretty excited about making some waves with Bitcoin this year! And that’s why we’re also introducing today a new BONUS TCredits program for when you use Bitcoin.

Here’s how it works:

On any purchase of a TCD (TripleClicks Direct product) paid with Bitcoin, we will automatically deposit FREE BONUS TCredits into your TripleClicks account:

  • Receive 10 FREE TCredits ($5.90 value) with any $20 order
  • Receive 20 FREE TCredits ($9.80 value) with any $35 order
  • Receive 25 FREE TCredits ($12.25 value) with any $50 order
  • Receive 40 FREE TCredits ($19.60 value) with any $75 order
  • Receive 60 FREE TCredits ($15.20 value) with any $100 order
  • Receive 100 FREE TCredits ($32.00 value) with any $150 order
  • AND for any order of $200 or more, you’ll receive 1 FREE TCredit for every dollar spent!  Example: Place an order for $262 and you’ll receive 262 FREE TCredits ($83.84 value).

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  1. The bonus TCredits you receive will be based on the amount of your order paid with Bitcoin.  Example: If you pay part of your order with MRP, you will not earn Bonus TCredits on the portion paid with MRP.
  2. At this time, Bitcoin is not eligible as a payment option for Auto-Delivery orders (though we hope to add this in the future).
  3. Again, remember, ONLY orders for TripleClicks Direct products qualify for the Bonus TCredits.

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Not clear on what Bitcoin is and how it works?  Here are some informative articles for you:

What is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin Basics

Getting started with Bitcoin – the Internet of money

99 Major companies that accept Bitcoin

Over 100,000 places where you can spend Bitcoin (Directory)


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Localvantia Pre-Launch!

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We are very excited today to unveil a powerful and groundbreaking new program for SFI affiliates.

For years, we’ve been working towards a way to allow our affiliates to earn unlimited VersaPoints by simply shopping at their favorite local merchants.

Imagine earning all your rank-qualifying VersaPoints each month by simply buying your groceries, fueling up your car, or dining at your favorite restaurants!

Better yet, imagine earning earn all these VersaPoints with no additional expense whatsoever; just buy what you already buy!

Yes, that’s exactly what our new program, “Localvantia,” aims to do!

But Localvantia won’t be just grocery stores, gas stations, and places to eat.  On the contrary, Localvantia is designed to cover essentially ALL merchants with products and services consumed locally.

Here are some of the categories planned:

  • Accountants/Tax Professionals
  • Appliance Installation & Repair
  • Attorneys
  • Automotive
  • Bakery
  • Bars/Pubs
  • Beauty/Hair Salons
  • Books
  • Carpentry
  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Childcare
  • Clothes
  • Coffee
  • Computer, Phone, & Electronics Repair
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Electrical Installation & Repair
  • Flowers
  • Fun & Entertainment
  • Gasoline/Fuel
  • General Contracting
  • General Home Repair
  • Groceries
  • Health & Wellness
  • Heat & Air Conditioning
  • Home Security
  • House Cleaning
  • Interior Design
  • Landscaping
  • Locksmith
  • Movers
  • Music
  • Notaries
  • Painting Services
  • Pest Control
  • Pet Care & Grooming
  • Photographers
  • Plumbing
  • Pool Specialists
  • Printing Services
  • Roofing & Siding
  • Restaurants
  • Self Storage
  • Sewing & Alterations
  • Snow Removal
  • Sports
  • Theaters/Shows
  • Trash & Junk Removal
  • Tree Trimming

How you’ll earn & receive VersaPoints

  1. Simply make a purchase at a participating merchant…and get a receipt for your purchase.
  2. Go to localvantia.com and fill out a simple Points Claim Form and attach (upload) a photo of your receipt as proof of your purchase.
  3. We’ll invoice the merchant for the cost of your points.
  4. Once the points have been paid for by the merchant, they will be added to your account.

That’s it!  Simple and easy for you…and simple and easy for the participating merchants!


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While the opportunity in the near future to earn unlimited VersaPoints just by shopping at your favorite merchants is BIG, the biggest news today is the Localvantia pre-registration program.

Starting today, all SFI affiliates with the minimum rank of Executive Affiliate (EA), can start pre-registering their local merchants.

It’s this simple:

  1. Visit your favorite merchant(s).
  2. Take a good picture of their storefront.
  3. Go to https://www.sfimg.com/MyAccount/lv_prereg and complete the pre-registration form for the merchant and upload the photo you took.
  4. Monitor your list of registered merchants and results at: https://www.sfimg.com/MyAccount/lv_mymerchants

Then, this fall, when the Localvantia website/search engine goes live, the merchants will be contacted directly to confirm their registration and formally opt in to the program.

Note: Follow-up contact with the merchant may involve SFI and/or you—the affiliate who pre-registered them—so do not pre-register any merchants you’re not willing to follow up on later.  What form will the follow-up take?  It could take many forms, including mailing literature, leaving a brochure for the owner, phone calls, or meetings.

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For your accounts (the merchants for which you are the Account Manager), your reward is the opportunity to earn unlimited Bonus VP (each worth one share of the TripleClicks Executive Pool)!

That is, for each VersaPoint dispensed by your merchants, you’ll earn one Bonus VP!

Imagine you’ve signed up a popular restaurant or grocery store that SFI affiliates shop at, who earn themselves 50,000 VP a month from their purchases there.  That’s 50,000 Bonus VP (shares of the TripleClicks Executive Pool) for you each month, just for introducing the merchant to the Localvantia program.  And that’s just for ONE merchant; you could have dozens or even hundreds of merchants!

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Note: For quality control reasons, you will be limited to a nominal number of pre-registrations per day to start (just one per day to start).  We will review all submissions daily.  Once you’ve demonstrated that your pre-registrations are accurate, error-free, and include a quality photo, your limit will be raised…and we’ll keep raising your limit so long as a high level of quality is maintained.


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When Localvantia is launched in the fall, we’d like to have a minimum of 10,000 merchants pre-registered.  With approximately 125 days until launch, that means we need to average 80 pre-registrations a day.  We’re counting on everyone to help us reach our goal.  Let’s get started!


Question and answer

Q: When will Localvantia go live and be available to customers?
We hope to launch Localvantia no later than the end of October.

Q: Why do a “pre-launch,” why not just launch Localvantia now?
Because for Localvantia to succeed, we need our army of affiliates around the world to get to work NOW…pre-registering thousands of local merchants, so that when Localvantia is ready to go live to the public it can have thousands of merchants confirmed and participating.

Q: Won’t taking a picture of the purchase receipt and uploading the picture to receive points be hard to do?
No.  Simply take a quick picture of the receipt with your phone’s camera.  Then, at the Points Claim Form, you’ll be able to quickly and easily click a button and choose the picture you took and upload it.  That’s it.  Very simple and easy.

Q: Will merchants be able to see the photo of the receipt?
Yes, that’s the primary reason for uploading the photo, so that merchants can confirm your purchase and pay the points due.

Q: Is Localvantia only for SFI affiliates?
No.  For TripleClicks members, MRP (Member Rewards Points) can be earned.  So VersaPoints for SFI affiliates, and MRP for TC members.

Q: Will there be a Localvantia app for my smart phone?
Localvantia will be fully mobile-friendly and should work great on your smart phone.

Q: Why will merchants want to participate in the Localvantia program?
Because it will be one of the easiest ways to increase their sales.  Think about it:  Are YOU more likely to shop at the local merchants in your area that reward you with free VersaPoints?  Of course.  And what about the dozens, hundreds, or thousands of other affiliates and members in the area?  They too will have a great incentive to buy from “Localvantians.”

Q: Is Localvantia expensive for merchants to participate in?
Definitely not.  In fact, for most merchants, the sales they’ll get from being in the Localvantia network, will cost them but a few cents.  Compared to the cost of advertising in newspapers, on radio, etc., Localvantia may be THE best bargain in advertising and customer retainment they will EVER see.

Q: If merchants have to be invoiced for points, does that mean it will take a long time to get my VersaPoints?
For merchants brand new to the Localvantia network, it may not be real speedy at first, but we plan to streamline the process so it’s very quick and easy for the merchants to pay their invoices.  And we hope to get as many merchants as possible on a prepaid plan where they’ll actually deposit funds into an account and we’ll draw from that account immediately when a points claim is submitted.  That is, for merchants on the prepaid plan (which will be less expensive for them too), you’ll be able to receive your VersaPoints within hours or even minutes.

Q: I’m an SFI affiliate.  Can I get MRP instead of VersaPoints?
VersaPoints will be the default for SFI affiliates but, yes, we will likely make it so you can choose to receive MRP instead.  There may other options available in the future too.

Q: Will Localvantia make it easier to recruit new affiliates and keep them active?
We sure think so!  Your PSAs can now qualify as Executive Affiliates each month just by buying what they normally buy around town.  That’s huge!  Add to that that they can be earning shares of the TripleClicks Executive Pool doing this, and earn even more money by just letting others know about it, too.  Yes, Localvantia could very well be a game-changer!

Q: Can I pre-register merchants outside of my area?
No.  We want all merchants to have a LOCAL contact.  Therefore, you are limited to merchants in your area.

Q: How will merchants be convinced to opt in to the Localvantia program?
For starters, Localvantia will clearly be seen as one of the easiest, most affordable methods available for them to create new customers and sales.  Being a Localvantia merchant will also give them access to great free tools to help them increase their sales.  And then there’s this:  All prospective Localvantia merchants will be advised of the number of current SFI affiliates and TC members in their area.  Imagine being a merchant and being able to sign up for Localvantia and immediately tap into dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of area affiliates and TC members hungry for free VersaPoints and MRP!  And we’ll make sure all those affiliates and members are aware of every Localvantia merchant in their area.  That is, we’ll prominently and directly promote Localvantia merchants to all our affiliates and members!

Q: Can my PSAs earn 1500 VP (for Executive Affiliate status) just by shopping at Localvantia merchants?
Yes!  And not only that, but as an Executive Affiliate they’ll earn one share of the TripleClicks Executive Pool for each VP.  In other words, not only can your PSAs earn EA status each month without adding anything to their budget, but they’ll also earn income from SFI…meaning they can get all their groceries, gas, etc. at a discount price!

Q: Will there be a way for affiliates, TC members, and the general public to easily discover the Localvantia merchants in their area?
Absolutely!  Localvantia.com will feature a searchable directory of every Localvantia merchant.  Every merchant will have a “profile page” with extensive information, photos, ratings and reviews, and more.  Example: Looking for Localvantia restaurants?  You’ll be able to quickly pull up just these merchants in your area, view photos, read reviews, and more.

Q: What if one of my PSAs is looking for, say, gasoline stations in his area?
Your PSA can go to localvantia.com, do a search on the gasoline/fuel category.  Each found merchant will have a profile page so that your PSA can compare the stations, find the one closest to him/her (will include a Google map), and see how much VP they’ll earn by filling up their tank there!

Q: What should the storefront photo look like that we need to take and upload when pre-registering a merchant?
Here are a few examples:

Q: What if it’s a business that doesn’t have a storefront?
You should, as a general rule, target businesses with storefronts, but if there is no storefront for, say, a local photographer who operates from his or her home, we suggest photographing the owner of the business, perhaps posing with his or her camera.

Q: Once Localvantia launches, will there be literature, brochures, X-Cards, etc. available to give to prospective merchants or for following up?
Yes, there will be a nice array of marketing aids available, both of the printed and digital variety, but remember that pre-registering them is the first step—which you can start doing right now.

Q: What about brand new SFI affiliates?  How will they know about the merchants in their area that offer VersaPoints for shopping with them?
It will be part of the SFI system once Localvantia is launched.  When a new affiliate comes aboard, we’ll let them know about all the Localvantia merchants that they can shop at to earn easy VersaPoints.  As their sponsor, you can help make sure they know about Localvantia merchants, too.

Q: Are the merchants I pre-register permanently mine?
That depends on you.  All merchants you pre-register need to be thought of as accounts, accounts that must be maintained and cared for.  For most merchants, we expect them to opt in to the program without a lot of fuss…and there may be little, if any, ongoing care needed by you, their account manager.  However, there will absolutely be some merchants that will require follow-ups by you, which could include direct mail, phone calls, or personal meetings.  If you’re not willing to be active in this way, you should not pre-register Localvantia merchants.

Q: What is the point of following up on the merchants I pre-register?
First, and most importantly, a follow-up is the mechanism for getting the merchant to confirm the information you’ve pre-registered and formally opted in to the Localvantia program.  Without the merchant doing this, the pre-registration means nothing.  Beyond this, we of course want the merchant to be fully aware of ALL of the program’s potential  benefits so that they are active participants.  This benefits you, the account manager, of course, because it can mean a much higher volume of VersaPoints being dispensed by the merchant–which of course means more Bonus VP and commissions for you.

Q: Are there other aspects of Localvantia for merchants besides just gaining new customers because of SFI sending its affiliates their way?
Yes!  Localvantia merchants will have a slick and easy way to create special discounts and deals to bring in existing customers and attract new customers too.  And we’ll help them promote their special offers, too, such as by alerting every SFI affiliate and TC member in the area—at little or no cost to the merchant!  Other powerful free and inexpensive sales boosters are also planned for Localvantia merchants.

Q: How do I pre-register a merchant for Localvantia?
Here are the simple steps:

  1. Visit your favorite merchant(s).
  2. Take a good picture of their storefront.
  3. Go to https://www.sfimg.com/MyAccount/lv_prereg and complete the pre-registration form for the merchant and upload the photo you took.
  4. Monitor your list of registered merchants and results at: https://www.sfimg.com/MyAccount/lv_mymerchants

Q: Will the merchants that I pre-register have the opportunity to edit their listing, submit a new photo of their storefront, etc.
Yes. The idea is that by pre-registering them you make it easy for them to get started, but they’ll have the opportunity to replace the photo you took (and add more photos if they want to).  They’ll also be able to update/edit what you’ve entered as well as add much more information to “fill out” their store’s profile in our directory.

Q: What if I don’t do the follow-ups and/or don’t continue to manage my accounts?
If you’re negligent in these areas, your accounts will be eventually reassigned to another account manager in your area, typically one that has demonstrated prowess. The fact is, Localvantia will not be successful if merchants are simply pre-registered and then left to “wither on the vine.”  With the Localvantia program, proactiveness by those referring the merchants is key.  If we want results, if we want to create a truly powerful and beneficial network of merchants where all SFI affiliates can earn their VersaPoints at, we can’t be bashful or demure. If we want to build something truly great here, we need our merchant accounts in the hands of our most productive affiliates.  Ultimately, this is best for everyone.

Q: How do you pronounce Localvantia?
“Low-cull-VON-tee-uh”

Q: What does the name Localvantia mean?
Think of it as “local advantage.”


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Nikolina K. wins $1887.09 in Badge Quest!

With the winning number of…

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Nikolina K.
is the winner of the $1887.09
May Badge Quest Bounty!

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We congratulate Nikolina on her big win and we thank all of May’s contestants! Nikolina’s cash prize will automatically be added to her May commissions.


Get qualified for June’s cash prize now!

If you didn’t win, don’t fret…because a new Badge Quest Bounty is already underway.  To earn your entry in the drawing, simply advance your Badge Quest level by the end of the month (or maintain your Grand Master or Grand Master Elite status). Check your current status on your Badges tab.


logo-bqABOUT BADGE QUEST: Badge Quest is an exclusive game for SFI affiliates with five levels of fun and achievement.  With each advancement, you’ll earn valuable prizes, recognition, and the opportunity to earn hundreds of dollars in the big monthly Badge Quest cash drawing!  Get complete details on Badge Quest and the Badge Quest Bounty drawing HERE.


New Visual Genealogy

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We’re excited today to debut a brand new tool for team building, the Visual Genealogy.  The Visual Genealogy performs many of the same functions as the regular Genealogy, but it’s much simpler…it uses the account photos of your team members!…and, most importantly, it’s designed to align precisely with the objectives of The Diamond Plan.

That is, the Visual Genealogy is designed to help you visualize, manage, and build a 5-wide organization, just as The Diamond Plan recommends (and also what Opti-Build and Builder Bundles were created to support).

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If you’re new in SFI, the new Visual Genealogy can help you identify your five future Diamond Team Leaders.  Or, if you’re a more experienced SFI Team Leader, and you already have one or more Designated Diamonds on your first generation (identified by the diamond icon in front of their name), they will automatically populate the up-to-five first-generation slots on your Visual Genealogy (with your other top PSAs—selected by rank/activity—automatically filling in any slots not occupied by Designated Diamonds).

Special Note: A non-Designated Diamond occupying one of the five slots does NOT mean they’ll become a Designated Diamond.  Similarly, it does not mean they’re persons you must embrace as your future stars.  Rather, we’re simply using an algorithm here to identify for you your most active persons (as we do on your Movers tab) to help you see who could be a top-five person.  Ultimately, this will be up to you and them if they become one of your actual Designated Diamonds.  In fact, one or more of your future five Designated Diamonds could be persons who haven’t even joined your team yet.

The initial screen of your Visual Genealogy will display YOU at the top of your team and up to five PSAs (your top five Personally Sponsored Affiliates).  From here, you can “step down” generation by generation by clicking on any person’s name.  When you click on a name, the screen will automatically redraw and now display that person’s front line.

TIP: To see a person’s Affiliate Snapshot, click on their photo.

You’ll find the new Visual Genealogy listed on your My Account/Reports index. Or go to it direct at:

https://www.sfimg.com/Genealogy/Visual


Icons of people with speech bubbles..Head over to the FORUM–to the SFI NEWS DISCUSSIONS section–to discuss this announcement with your fellow SFI’ers now.


53 new marketing aids!

We’re pleased to debut today a profusion of new marketing aids and themes for all SFI affiliates.

  • 9 new web banners
  • 20 new memes.  Learn more about SFI memes here.
  • 24 new Facebook Cover Photos  What’s this?

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All 53 new items are available now from the Marketing Center.  Check ’em out!


 

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.


April Badge Quest Bounty rolls over!

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It’s official; no one had the winning number (99863) for the April Badge Quest Bounty cash drawing.  Therefore, by rule, the April pot of $1,331.84 will automatically be added to the May pot, meaning it will exceed $1830.00! 

Qualify for your chance to win $1830 or more now!

Be sure you qualify for an entry to win the big pot by advancing your Badge Quest level this month (or maintaining Grand Master or Grand Master Elite status)! For more information on the Badge Quest Bounty cash drawing and choosing your Bounty Number, see this Knowledge Base article.


April Badge Quest Bounty winning number!

The winning number for the

April 2017 Badge Quest Bounty is…

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If your Badge Quest Bounty number has ALL five numbers, 99863, in the order shown above, you just won $1331.84 (or will share the pot if there are more than one winner)!

If you didn’t win, don’t fret…because a new Badge Quest Bounty is already underway.  To earn your entry in the drawing, simply advance your Badge Quest level by the end of the month (or maintain your Grand Master or Grand Master Elite status). Check your current status on your Badges tab.


logo-bqABOUT BADGE QUEST: Badge Quest is an exclusive game for SFI affiliates with five levels of fun and achievement.  With each advancement, you’ll earn valuable prizes, recognition, and the opportunity to earn hundreds of dollars in the big monthly Badge Quest cash drawing!  Get complete details on Badge Quest and the Badge Quest Bounty drawing HERE.