I know and can emphatize ... the dirty 3 letter words ... "MLM"!!!
When my friend (we have been best friends since we were 13 years old!) told me about this fabulous MLM company, I told her please do not "destroy" our years of friendship. She obligingly said nothing more ... until I saw her 5 months later - and noticed her facial skin improved dramatically ... and I mean, DRAMATICALLY!!!
I had to "eat" my earlier words, and said to her, tell me more ... about the products, that is. Hey, I wanted to save some face ... I have pride, too, you know ;-)
And so it began, my journey into a legitimate MLM company that has been around since 1999; birthed in Japan. And within a young 5 years, Naturally Plus became a top MLM company in Japan, with a SINGLE Product only, when it hit it's first HIGH! Yes, you read correctly - it climbed to the TOP with only one GREAT Product!
Hear me out, why MLM isn't a dirty 3 letter word, but could legitimately be of service to you ...
First, let's check out what MLM is ... understandably some of you might already know ... but what can MLM really do for us?
"Multi-level marketing (MLM) is a
marketing strategy in which the sales force is compensated not only
for sales they personally generate, but also for the sales of others
they recruit, creating a downline of distributors, and a hierarchy of
multiple levels of compensation." -Wikipedia-
Other names : Pyramid Scheme, Network Marketing, Referral Marketing, "word-of-mouth marketing", "interactive distribution", and "relationship marketing". (source: Wikipedia)
Based on Wikipedia's explanation, MLM is one type of Direct Selling, as there are other types of Direct Selling (such as, the sales persons at the stores). Additionally, Wikipedia explains that Multi-level Marketing describes also the form of compensation, whereas Network Marketing describes the distribution system.
I have been looking for an description of MLM and I kinda like the description given by Wikipedia:
The Growth of MLM
"The Direct Selling Association (DSA), an American industry body, reported that in 1990, 25 percent of members used MLM, growing to 77.3 percent in 1999. Companies such as Avon, Electrolux, Tupperware, and Kirby, all originally used single level marketing to sell their goods and later introduced multi-level compensation plans. By 2009, 94.2% of members were using MLM, accounting for 99.6% of sellers, and 97.1% of sales. The DSA has approximately 200 members while it is estimated there are over 1,000 firms using multi-level marketing in the US alone."
-source : WIkipedia-
Love it or hate it, MLM is here to stay!
Honestly, MLM itself is not a
bad thing. It is the abuse of this marketing system that has given it
its infamous stories.
These said, MLM cannot itself be a bad thing, right?
Yes, other Direct Selling systems provide the same good points as well, but we are focusing on MLM for the moment, and it is "another avenue" as the points above emphasized.
Since it's inception in 1945 (source: Wikipedia again), MLM has come through much transformation. Admittedly, some not good, giving this form of marketing a bad name. A couple of bad apples will spoil the whole basket load, I'm afraid.
I, like most, have often avoided it for the same reasons, it's historical infamous stories. However, the same brush should not tarnish the real good schemes or companies out there. There are still some good apples in the basket -- if you are prepared to sort them out.
At times, MLM is the only form of marketing for a particular company, such as Naturally Plus. What if the company's products are really good, does it mean we shun these products due to some marketing methods' infamous histories? Do we need to hamper ourselves from consuming these good, or even great, products just because we don't believe in its marketing method? Personally, I think not! If the products are good (or great!), we can and should consume them, regardless of how we purchase it. We don't necessarily have to take an active part in the marketing scheme. Well, that's what's happening now in this era of online purchasing!
Many people are purchasing online, and then there's the loyalty rewards system ... plus "tell a friend" system ... isn't this a form of MLM?! Hmmm ... something to think about ...
I belong to a few MLM companies just for the sake of consuming their products as I like and believe in their products, but I don't take an active part in the marketing scheme, with the exception of Naturally Plus. You might ask "Why Naturally Plus?".
As these companies only sell their products via MLM marketing, that is the only way I can consume their products. And that's ok with me. In any case, the MLM companies I am involved in, only sells supplements and household products, relatively small dollar value products-- relatively low risks, if any. Personally, I stay away from MLM companies involving high investment of funds - but that's my choice.
Having said that, I do do my research to ensure that I am supporting a good organization in terms of other aspects of the company.
We are now in the age of Online Shopping, and online information, and online this and that ... why not online MLM?! Indeed, why not?!
That's exactly what I am doing!!!
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What you need to look for in assessing and finding the good MLM companies:
Even the United States Federal Trade Commission advised to "do your own research" and suggest the following areas (as a minimum, I suppose) to look into (source: Wikipedia) :
Even non-MLMs organizations have their infamous stories, and regardless, MLM or not, the general advice are :
In the world of MLMs, there are Good Apples out there and if you find them, you should treasure them.
I tried to look for a list of types of MLM but I am not able to find any
distinct list that's "agreed". Some authors defined them by structure,
some by what's sold (Goods, Service, Membership) and some a combination.
In any case, all MLM companies would have all or a combination of these :
With the mix of the above characteristics, theses are some of the more common systems adopted by some MLM organizations:
There are, of course, pros and cons of each system.
Naturally Plus adopts a hybrid version of the Binary System.
Pros of Binary
Disadvantages of Binary
As bonus entitlement is based on "balancing" the Left and Right Line/Legs, member must be keep track of how new members are positioned. (With Naturally Plus, the Matrix built into the system helps members to balance their Group).
Because of Binary System, each member/account has only 2 Lines/Leg. As
the Group Grows, there is a natural tendency for the members within the
system to support each other:
This is inevitable as within each group or subgroup, they will share one common Line/Leg - be it the Right or Left.
This is a Win-Win-Win system !
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