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Localvantia Invitation Letter now available in three more languages

In addition to the multiple languages already available for printing, the Localvantia Merchant Invitation Letter* is now available in Arabic, Macedonian, and Swedish.

Here’s how to choose and print your invitation letter:

1. From the My Merchants report (the list of all your pre-registered merchants) at the Affiliate Center, click the CONTACT link beside each merchant’s name, located on the right side of the screen.

2. In the open modal, select your chosen language from the dropdown menu.  These include:

  • English
  • Spanish (Spain)
  • Spanish (Latin American)
  • French (France)
  • French (Canadian)
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Bosnian
  • Serbian (Cyrillic)
  • Croation
  • Nepali
  • Bengali
  • Arabic
  • Macedonian
  • Swedish

The languages listed above reflect a majority of languages spoken by SFI Affiliates; however, we may add more languages in the future. Note that each letter has been professionally translated and reflects business-related conversation norms for that language.

3. Click the PRINT INVITATION LETTER link to print out this letter (preferably using a color printer and on a nice grade of paper). Then sign it above where your name appears.

4. Next, put it in an envelope and mail it.  Or, you can personally deliver it (walk into the merchant’s store and hand them the letter). TIP: for details on how best to use the Invitation Letter with your pre-registered Localvantia Merchants, see this article

By presenting your local merchants with a professional looking invitation letter in their own language, you can SIGNIFICANTLY increase the likelihood of getting them on board and actively participating in Localvantia and the Rewardical Loyalty Program!

Be on the lookout in the coming weeks for more translations of Localvantia marketing materials you can use in your local market.

* formerly referred to as the Close Letter

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SFI Builder Bundle now comes with Rewardicals!

Effective immediately, Affiliates who purchase an SFI Builder Bundle will receive 350 Rewardical Tokens! These tokens replace the MRP previously included with the bundle. That means that now, Builder Bundle purchasers will receive:

  • An EA-qualifying 1500 VP each month!
  • 100 Mighty TCredits!
  • 8 freshly-generated PSAs and 2 CSAs each month to grow your group!
  • 350 Rewardical tokens!

Affiliates who sign up for a monthly Builder Bundle auto-delivery get:

  • An EA-qualifying 1500 VP!
  • 100 Mighty TCredits!
  • 20 fresh PSAs and CSAs (8 PSAs and 12 CSAs) to continually infuse your group with growth and momentum!
  • 350 Rewardical tokens!
  • A prestigious badge that comes with 500 Badge Quest points!

This change is in concert with our companywide move toward awarding Rewardical Tokens for games, contests, and more. As you know, you can exchange Rewardicals for a variety of goodies and cool stuff at Rewardical.com.

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2018 message from Gery

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To: All SFI Affiliates
From: SFI Founder & President Gery Carson

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Yes, a brand new year has arrived, and with it, fresh opportunity!  We finished up 2017 in strong fashion; now it’s time to grab that momentum and turn it into a BIG, BIG 2018!

REWARDICAL
Leading the way will be our powerful new Rewardical program.  So far, we’ve only shown you the tip of the iceberg.  But there is much, much more to come, including lots of new ways to earn and win Rewardicals.

LOCALVANTIA
Of course, Localvantia will also be a big part of 2018.  Already dozens of merchants from all over the world have officially signed on, but we’re just barely getting started!  If we all work together, we can be celebrating thousands of merchants in the Localvantia network one year from now!

EAGER ZEBRA
We know you love our Eager Zebra games, and we know you want more and different games.  Well, our next great game is on the way…and if everything comes together like it should, it’s just the start of  a big expansion of the Eager Zebra universe.

BITCOIN
Bitcoin was one of the most talked about things in the world in 2017. Well, not only can you make purchases at TripleClicks with Bitcoin, you’ll soon be able to get paid in (receive your commissions) in Bitcoin, too!  Tip: Until this is officially available, you can set your commissions to accumulate on account.  Then, when Bitcoin is available, you can simply change your settings and receive all of the commissions you’ve accumulated into your Bitcoin wallet!

MORE
And, of course, the “Ideas Machine” at SFI (empowered by suggestions from our awesome affiliates around the world) is PROLIFIC, and the current Projects Pipeline is burgeoning…so there’s no doubt we’ll be surprising and delighting you with many other great developments throughout 2018!  Tip: Subscribe at news.sfimg.com and you’ll receive an email of each new development the second it’s announced.


ONE MORE THING…

Even though it was one of THE biggest new developments in 2017, Opti-Build sort of got lost amongst many, many other big developments.  Well, we’d like to see a whole lot more people discover the power of Opti-Build (learn more) in 2018.  And what better way than to introduce some new badges!

Effective January 10th, we’ll be rolling out two prestigious new badges (with four levels each) for those participating in the Opti-Build program and generating POAs (Personally Originated Affiliates).

Generating 25 POAs earns you the basic “Opti-Builder” badge.  Upon generating your 500th POA for your downline, you’ll be awarded the prestigious “500 Club” badge.  Become an Opti-Builder PRO with 750 POAs.  And 1000 POAs puts you in truly rarified air with the gold Opti-Builder ELITE badge:

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In addition to the above four badges, we’re also introducing an Opti-Build leaderboard that recognizes our top Opti-Builders. You’ll sport the basic leaderboard badge by being in the top 200.  Move up to bronze with a leaderboard ranking of 51-100.  Advance to silver with a ranking of 11-50.  Sport the highest leaderboard badge (gold) by making the top 10.

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Watch for full details on our eight new Opti-Build badges (including Badge Quest point values) next week.

That’s it for now.  Time to get to work!


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Localvantia Invitation Letter now available in multiple languages

You can now print out the Localvantia Merchant Invitation Letter* in multiple languages!

Here’s how:

1. From the My Merchants report (the list of all your pre-registered merchants) at the Affiliate Center, click the CONTACT link beside each merchant’s name, located on the right side of the screen.

2. In the open modal, select your chosen language from the dropdown menu.  These include:

  • English
  • Spanish (Spain)
  • Spanish (Latin American)
  • French (France)
  • French (Canadian)
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Bosnian
  • Serbian (Cyrillic)
  • Croation
  • Nepali
  • Bengali

The languages listed above reflect the majority of languages spoken by SFI Affiliates; however, we may add more languages in the future. Note that each letter has been professionally translated and reflects business-related conversation norms for that language.

3. Click the PRINT INVITATION LETTER link to print out this letter (preferably using a color printer and on a nice grade of paper). Then sign it above where your name appears.

4. Next, put it in an envelope and mail it.  Or, you can personally deliver it (walk into the merchant’s store and hand them the letter). TIP: for details on how best to use the Invitation Letter with your pre-registered Localvantia Merchants, see this article

By presenting your local merchants with a professional looking invitation letter in their own language, you can SIGNIFICANTLY increase the likelihood of getting them on board and actively participating in Localvantia and the Rewardical Loyalty Program!

And we’re not stopping there! Be on the lookout in the coming weeks for more translations of Localvantia marketing materials you can use in your local market.

* formerly referred to as the Close Letter

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TC Direct products now come with Rewardicals

Effective immediately, instead of receiving MRP as a “rebate” with orders for TripleClicks Direct items, you’ll now receive Rewardicals instead. This change is in concert with our companywide move toward awarding Rewardical Tokens for games, contests, and more. As you know, you can exchange Rewardicals for a variety of goodies and cool stuff at Rewardical.com.

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Localvantia has launched!

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Our new division, Localvantia, is now officially live and open for business!

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Note: As this announcement is being written, there are NO merchants yet officially registered, and official registrations may only come in as a trickle for a while.  So you’ll of course want to defer any assessments of Localvantia for at least a few weeks, until the search engine has begun to be populated. With every affiliates’ help, however, this should not take long!  Let’s get to work!

What you should do now

  1. As soon as our first merchants begin appearing, you’ll be able to start seeing how the Localvantia search engine works and how you can use it to find popular businesses in your area (or in regions where you might be traveling).  We have some really cool features including mapping, integrated Yelp and Foursquare reviews and pictures, coupons, punch cards, and more (and more to come).
  2. As soon as a merchant appears in your area (you’ll automatically receive a notice each time this occurs), check out their profile page at Localvantia and then go visit them, make a purchase, and let them know you found them thanks to Localvantia!  Tell them you like earning free Rewardical tokens, too!  This is REALLY important!  If lots of affiliates will do this, the merchants will of course be that much more excited about their participation in the program—which means they’ll be more likely to consider paying out higher rewards, offering more Localvantia-exclusive money-saving deals, and so on.  It will also act as an incentive for the merchant to set up their Localvantia account with Auto-Reward…which means you can walk out the door after a purchase with your Rewardicals already paid to your account!  Learn more about this in the next section.
  3. If you haven’t already, you’ll want to start pre-registering merchants in your area now.  Learn how to pre-register merchants HERE.  Then carefully study how to close your pre-registered merchants HERE.  Let’s all get after it!  Let’s make so much noise with Localvantia that they’re writing articles about us in blogs, newspapers, and magazines in 2018.  Let’s make Localvantia a world brand, known and loved by hundreds of millions of people!  We can do it if we all work together!

How to earn Rewardicals at Localvantia merchants

One of the great benefits of Localvantia, for merchants, is that they don’t have to do anything other than pay for the rewards they dispense.  There’s no software to install, no hardware to install, and there’s no requirement to change anything about how they check out customers.  In fact, the merchant doesn’t even need to know when a customer is earning Rewardical tokens with their purchase!  Yes, WE do all the heavy lifting, which makes being a Localvantia merchant virtually hassle-free and quite possibly the most powerful loyalty program for businesses yet!

As a Rewardical member (all SFI affiliates have a Rewardical membership by default), however, you need to know how to claim rewards when you shop at a Localvantia merchant. There are TWO methods:

Method A
CLAIM FORM

Here’s an example of how this method works:

  1. You’ve just enjoyed a fine meal with your family at your favorite local restaurant.  You pay for your meal as you would normally (making sure to get a paper receipt).
  2. Upon leaving the restaurant, log in at Localvantia.com, open the merchant’s profile page, and click the “Verify Purchase” button. Choose the “UPLOAD A RECEIPT” option.
  3. Upload a copy of the receipt (as proof of your purchase) and complete the rest of the simple Rewards Claim form.  The easiest way is to take a picture of the receipt with your smartphone.  Tip: The Localvantia.com website is mobile-friendly, so you can take your picture, then submit your claim form with the picture of the receipt quickly and easily—all right from your smartphone.
  4. Our system now immediately sends the merchant an invoice (via email) for the cost of the Rewardicals due you for your purchase.  As soon as the merchant confirms your purchase and the invoice is paid, you’ll receive your Rewardicals.

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Method B

POS (POINT OF SALE) APPROVALS

Here’s an example of how this method works:

  1. You’ve just completed your shopping at your favorite local grocery store.  Before entering the checkout lane, log in at Localvantia.com on your smartphone, open the merchant’s profile page, and click the “Verify Purchase” button.  Choose the “VERIFY IN STORE” option.
  2. The cashier informs you of the total cost of your groceries and you pay for them as you would normally.
  3.  Hand your phone to the cashier.
  4. The cashier will enter the amount of your purchase and the merchant’s payment confirmation code number and then hand the phone back to you.
  5. Our system now immediately sends the merchant an invoice (via email) for the cost of the Rewardicals due you for your purchase.  As soon as the invoice is paid, you’ll receive your Rewardicals.  Alternately, merchants can choose to set up their account with Auto-Reward.  If Auto-Reward is in place, you’ll receive your Rewardicals instantly, literally before you walk out the door!
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Have the VERIFY IN STORE screen open, then hand your smartphone to the cashier.

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The cashier will enter the amount and the merchant’s confirmation code to verify your purchase, and then will hand your phone back to you.  Done!

The Point-of-Sale method (Method B) is of course the preferred method.  It means that you can get your claim approved right then and there…clean, simple, easy, and no receipt required.  However, please note that some merchants may choose to only use Method A (at least until they’ve become accustomed to being a Localvantia merchant).

Auto-Reward is of course also the preferred method…for invoice payments.  When you make a purchase from a merchant on Auto-Reward, you’ll receive your Rewardicals instantly, and all you had to do was get the merchant to enter their verification code on your smartphone! Auto-Reward is also actually the best and easiest way for the merchant because it’s the least expensive and is virtually hassle-free.  See more about Auto-Reward in the Q&A section.


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Q: How do I know how many Rewardicals I will earn from each merchant?
In the top right corner of each merchant’s profile page is a Rewardical symbol followed by a number.  The higher the number, the more Rewardicals this merchant dispenses.  The number actually represents the amount of Rewardicals you will earn for each $10 spent (excluding taxes).

Q: Do we earn Rewardicals on taxes included in bills?
No, Rewardicals will be paid on the total amount of your purchase minus any taxes or other similar fees.

Q: What’s a cashier?
A cashier is the person normally found behind the cash register in a store who checks you out when you’re finishing shopping.  A cashier handles payments and receipts in a store, bank, restaurant, or other business.

Q: If Auto-Reward is best for merchants, why isn’t it the default method?
Auto-Reward requires two small “leaps of faith” from the merchant: 1. They must pre-pay (fund their account with a minimum of $25).  2. They must have enough trust in the system to not feel it necessary to first review a copy of the customer’s purchase receipt before paying an invoice.  While our parent company, Carson Services, Inc., has a 33-year track record, Localvantia and Rewardical are both brand new.  Therefore, we are happy to first win that trust with our individual invoicing option, where invoices are paid after the merchant has reviewed and approved the customer’s rewards claim.  Or perhaps the merchant simply wants a “trial run” before committing to any kind of pre-payment.  Regardless of the reason, we want to give our partner merchants a great experience, starting from the very first day, and we want them to have options and not feel pressure to be more aggressive with Localvantia until they’re ready.

Q: Wouldn’t a merchant always want to review a customer’s proof of purchase (i.e. purchase receipt) before paying an invoice?
At first, probably, but most invoices will be for very nominal amounts, usually less than a dollar each (unless the merchant deals in high-end, very expensive products).  Is it worth the merchant’s time to review every little $.27 invoice?  Also, we have to tack on a processing fee when individual invoices are paid manually, whereas there is ZERO processing fees when invoices are paid via Auto-Reward.  In short, Auto-Reward makes a lot of sense when you factor in that it’s virtually hassle-free (just fund your account when you want), requires almost no time, there are no processing fees, and perhaps most importantly, is the best way to keep their customers happy due to the fact they will receive their Rewardical tokens instantly and without delay.

Q: What if a merchant identifies fraudulent activity (someone trying to gain Rewardicals for purchases they didn’t make)?
Merchants are provided a simple mechanism to report such cases and receive credit.  Any member shown to be engaged in fraudulent activity, however, will have their account immediately terminated, any Rewardicals on account or pending redemptions forfeited, and they will be permanently banned from earning Rewardicals.

Q: When you email a merchant an invoice for a rewards claim, is a copy of the purchase receipt attached?
No, the email only provides basic details, such as the customer’s name, date of purchase, amount of purchase, etc.  Then, a link is provided so that the merchant can click it and review the claim in full detail—including copy of the uploaded purchase receipt—at Rewardical.com.  From here, they can also pay the invoice.

Q: So can I ever receive Rewardicals BEFORE a merchant pays an invoice for my rewards claim?
No.  We will always require that payment from the merchant be received before you can receive your Rewardicals.

Q: What types of payment can merchants use to fund their Auto-Reward account?
They can pay with whatever forms of payment we can accept from their country (just like we do for TripleClicks).  For most countries, this would include credit cards, debit cards, and PayPal.  For virtually ALL countries, we will accept payment in Bitcoin.

Q: What if I’ve earned some Rewardicals but the merchant doesn’t pay the invoice so that I can receive them?
Merchants will receive multiple notices for each invoice issued.  If an invoice remains unpaid after 1 week, their merchant account will be suspended.

Q: If a merchant’s account is suspended because of one or more unpaid invoices, is there a way to activate their account again?
Yes, such merchants may reactivate their account by setting up their account for Auto-Reward (which requires funding their payment account in advance, minimum $25, and paying all pending and future invoices automatically from said account).

Q: What’s the minimum amount a merchant has to pay to participate in the program?
Currently, for grocery stores, gas stations, and automotive businesses, they can participate for as little as 1/2% ($.005 per one dollar in sales).  For all other types of businesses, the minimum is 1% ($.01 per dollar in sales).  Of course, it is in the best interests of the merchant to participate at the highest rate that is feasible for them, as this means a higher number of Rewardicals they’ll be putting out to attract and retain customers.

Q: Do we still pre-register merchants?
Yes, our program is designed to always operate with a pre-registration being the first thing that happens.  The pre-registration is what locks you in with crediting, so that if they end up a Localvantia merchant, YOU will be listed as the person who referred them.  Pre-registration also plays a very important role in making it so merchants can get started quickly and easily.  That is, when the merchant receives the close letter, he/she can go to Localvantia.com and they will already be 80% ready to go (because their business listing is almost entirely already pre-populated).  With just a few quick clicks, they can be off and running, live in the Localvantia.com search engine, and attracting new customers because of it!  We consider this to be critical…and that’s why you will continue to pre-register merchants.


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Update for Localvantia merchant referrers

With Localvantia going live later today, we wanted to clarify and update some things pertaining to merchants that you’ve pre-registered:

1.  The “Close Letter” (as discussed here) that you’ll print out to begin the closing process is a key component.  To accommodate merchants around the world, we are developing versions of this letter in several popular languages.  We hope to make these available by the end of December.  Watch for the announcement.

2. Within a few days we will be making available versions of the recently-announced Localvantia brochure and Rewardical brochure…that you can print yourself from your own printer.  A little later, these will be made available in multiple languages, too.  These new, optional flyers can accompany the Close Letter to provide more information to your merchants on Localvantia and Rewardical.

3.  If you’ve wondered how merchants will learn how to get started and how the whole Localvantia and Rewardical programs work, we are pleased to let you know that, with today’s launch of Localvantia, we are also rolling out an extensive “getting started” guide for merchants.  Similar to LaunchPad’s role for SFI affiliates, the Localvantia Merchant Guide will provide complete information on all aspects of Localvantia and Rewardical so merchants can get started quickly and easily…and can maximize their participation in our program.  Additionally, we’ll be distributing regular updates, newsletters, tips, and more, via email, to all Localvantia merchants.

4. As discussed in this earlier announcement, we are developing a variety of promotional aids for merchants that they can use to attract new customers and and create new sales from existing customers.

We are developing signs, flyers, X-Cards, table tents, window stickers, and more.  Many will be customized for the merchant and the feature he/she might want to spotlight.  For example, merchants can get signs highlighting that their customers can now earn free rewards in the form of  Bitcoin with every purchase. All items will be available free to the merchant (pay only for shipping).  We will be advising all new merchants of the availability of these items, but you may wish to mention it too it if you are discussing the Localvantia with your merchants.  And, yes, we also plan to make signs, flyers, and more available that they can print themselves (making them 100% free and available instantly).  And, yes, we’ll make these items available in multiple languages, too.

That’s it for now.  Be watching for the official notification of Localvantia’s official launch later today…and then let’s get the party started!


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