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34 new E-Cards debut!

Check it out! We just launched 34 new Affiliate cards in several categories, including BIRTHDAY, CONGRATS, GREAT JOB, DON’T GO, and HERE TO HELP.

HOW TO USE E-CARDS

  1. From any Affiliate Snapshot, just just choose an E-Card category and then click the blue “Send” button.
  2. OR…you send E-Cards directly from your Genealogy. Just click the Communications tab from your Genealogy report. In the Send E-Card column, select the type of E-Card you want to send from the dropdown menu for the affiliate of your choice, and click the Send button. TIP: Use your Genealogy filters to select specific groups of people who you want to send a specific card and message to.

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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. Just select 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, 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.

 


11 Eager Zebra League E-Cards debut!

We’re pleased to make available today 11 new cards designed to help you invite your Affiliates, friends, co-workers, and others to join your Eager Zebra leagues!

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Sending e-cards is easy. Just follow these quick instructions:

1. As the commissioner of a league, grab your league invitation URL (for pasting later) from your Eager Zebra league page.

2. To send E-Cards to your friends, family, and co-workers, select an Eager Zebra league E-Card HERE, and click the Send this E-Card link. To send EZ league E-Cards to your affiliates, just click the little paper airplane icon to the far right of each Affiliate’s name in your Genealogy, select the Join My League category from the drop down menu, and click Go. TIP: Use your Genealogy filters to select specific groups of people who you want to send a specific card and message to.

3. After choosing your E-Card, you’ll then be directed to the E-Card preview screen, where you can enter your recipient’s e-mail if necessary, your greeting, and a personal message. Be SURE you include the invitation link in the message, so your recipient can click and join your league. After proofing your E-Card, click the Send Message button when you’re ready to send.

Remember: E-Cards provide an unlimited number of ways to welcome, inform, congratulate, and recognize your team.  E-Cards are free to use, but there is a sending limit of 200 per day to affiliates and 10 per day to non-affiliates; additionally, you may not send any one person 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.

 


46 new E-Cards debut!

NewAtSFI-FBWe’re pleased to make available today 46 new Affiliate cards, and three brand new categories!

The new categories are:

  • “GREAT JOB!” (4 new cards)
  • “HOLIDAY” (28 new cards representing a wide variety of holidays)
  • “HELLO” (5 new cards)

Additionally, we’ve added 9 new designs to the “WELCOME” category. We hope you enjoy using these new cards!

HOW TO USE E-CARDS

  1. From any Affiliate Snapshot, just just choose an E-Card category and then click the blue “Send” button.
  2. OR…you send E-Cards directly from your Genealogy. Just click the Communications tab from your Genealogy report. In the Send E-Card column, select the type of E-Card you want to send from the dropdown menu for the affiliate of your choice, and click the Send button. TIP: Use your Genealogy filters to select specific groups of people who you want to send a specific card and message to.

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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. Just select 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, 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.

 


Sample letter now available for Uber-Picks sports league invitations!

We’re making it easier than ever to create your own private Uber-Picks sports league with a new sample invitation letter available HERE.

You can copy and edit the sample letter to suit your own preferences and tastes before sending it off to your prospective league participants. IMPORTANT!  Be sure to replace the text in red within the sample letter with the specific information (the sport, dates, etc.) for your own league.

Forum DiscussionDISCUSS 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 Genealogy feature: Send E-Cards directly to your affiliates

You can now send E-Cards directly from your Genealogy! Just click the Communications tab from your Genealogy report. In the Send E-Card column, select the type of E-Card you want to send from the dropdown menu for the affiliate of your choice, and click the Send button.

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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. Just select 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, 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 DiscussionLog 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.

 


All-new SFIM (Chat) is here!

screenshot_181We are very excited today to unveil our brand new SFIM (SFI Instant Messaging)!  SFIM has been completely rebuilt from the ground up to provide a plethora of great, new features.

NEW FEATURES INCLUDE:

  • A visual alert is displayed in the top right corner of every Affiliate Center page letting you know when you’ve received a message.
  • Initiate chats even when the the other person is not currently online (they’ll be alerted to your chat attempt the next time they visit the Affiliate Center).
  • SFIM automatically includes your sponsor and co-sponsor and your complete A2A friends list.
  • The FAVORITES list allows you to add and remove upline and downline members whenever you want
  • SFIM remembers who you’ve chatted with most recently.  These persons are automatically displayed on your RECENT list.
  • Engage in simultaneous chats with different persons.
  • For a personal touch, all chats feature the SFI account photos of the persons chatting.
  • Change your status whenever you want from Available to Unavailable (use Unavailable when you are online but need to stay focused on something other than chatting).
  • Turn on audio alerts to hear when someone has messaged you…turn it off with a single click when you want quiet.
  • All chats are now stored so they can be referenced later.
  • Easily set blocks on anyone who you do not wish to further engage in chats with.
  • Is someone violating SFI policy?  Use the Report Abuse link located next to the person’s name.
  • Relationship flags (located behind names of upline and downline members) are embedded with tooltips to let you know what their relationship with you is (e.g. Co-Sponsor, PSA, or a member on your 10th generation).  Hover your mouse over the flag to see this info.
  • Emojis!
  • Review the person’s Affiliate Snapshot in a new window by selecting the option from the “Arrow Menu” located behind their name.
  • Minimize the chat window by clicking on the upper bar area (great for when you need to see the screen behind the chat window).
  • All chats follow you anywhere you go at the Affiliate Center.  Great for when you need to visit a certain page or resource at the Affiliate Center and reference it in your chat.
  • Smart “Chat Status Balls” next to names let you know instantly if the person is offline or online (green).  An exclamation mark in a green ball means the person is online and has initiated a chat and is waiting for you to reply.  An exclamation mark in a gray ball means the person is no longer online, but has messaged you (you can reply now and they’ll get your response the next time they visit the Affiliate Center).

 

screenshot_199Tip: Helpful tooltips are embedded in many of the elements of SFIM.  Just hover your mouse over the element to display the tooltip.

Tip: When you receive an email notification from SFI about a new PSA, it means the person is probably currently online at the SFI Affiliate Center and you should initiate a live chat immediately to welcome this person to SFI and help your new affiliate get started.  To initiate these chats, you can click the link provided in the email notification or, alternately, just locate the person in your Genealogy and click the Chat Status Ball located in the far right column. Note: If if they’re not online now, leave a friendly note anyway so it’s waiting for them the next time they visit the Affiliate Center.


HOW TO START CHATTING

SFIM is always available; just click the bubble icon that appears in the top right corner of the Affiliate Center to open.

A great way to get started with the new SFIM is to initiate a chat with one of the persons on your included Favorites or a2a Friends list.  Note the “Chat Status Ball,” which indicates…

  • Gray outlined (hollow) ball = not online
  • Green ball = online
  • Green ball with exclamation point = online and chat initiated/waiting for you to respond
  • Gray ball with exclamation point = offline and chat initiated/waiting for you to respond

To initiate additional chats, there are five additional methods:

  1. In your Genealogy, located in the far right column for each name, is the chat status ball. Click it to start or join a chat.  Key Tip: Select “Online Now” from the QuickFilters menu to instantly view everyone in your genealogy who is currently online and available for chat.
  2. Located on your My Movers page, located in the far right column for each name, is the chat status ball. Click it to start or join a chat.
  3. On any Affiliate Snapshot, located under the person’s picture, is the chat status ball. Click it to start or join a chat.
  4. At the Forum, located under the person’s picture, is the chat status ball. Click it to start or join a chat.
  5. You can initiate chats with other members of your UPLINE (Team Leaders) by clicking the chat status balls located behind their names on your Upline Team page

As we cover in LaunchPad lesson #17, communication is HUGE in building a successful SFI business.  Be sure to add the new SFIM to your communication strategy now!


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.