network marketing: trends
IT’S TIME FOR AN INDUSTRY-WIDE REVOLUTION
It has happened again, not once, not twice, but three times, in just the past two days. I cringe at these current reminders of why people hate network marketers. It makes me want to scream out for all of you ethical, relationship-oriented network marketers out there, to stand up and demand professional standards, no different than any other industry or professional organization. That is an important step in professionalizing any emerging industry. When a code of conduct is laid out, and association standards agreed upon, the industry finally gains the credibility it deserves.
10 NETWORK MARKETING BEHAVIORS THAT HAVE TO GO…
1. The Big Guy breathing in the background
Yep, it is still happening, and it just happened to me. I received a call from someone who claims to have a business card from me from several years ago… I don’t know her. This is the fourth time in one year she has called me, for four different businesses, even though each time, I have made it clear I am not looking. I am not sure she remembers our previous conversations. Just before I said hello, I caught the tail-end of the conversation she was having with her “big guy” , who was on the phone waiting to jump in, I guess, if things looked promising. But no one alerted me to the additional person on the phone. WRONG MOVE, GUYS.
2. Spamming social networks
Signing on to a social network, thinking this will be a fast way to get thousands of people into your “pipeline” quickly and easily is a … WRONG MOVE, GUYS. Great place to meet and build new relationships, bad place to spam. There is something called trust and honesty, and if you can’t bring that to this industry, you need to look to organized crime.
3. Spamming Twitter
I recently read a blog from someone lamenting that Twitter, the fastest growing hot thing on the Internet will likely not survive the mlmers. The meaning of which is, they anticipate network marketers who have been trained to “throw enough mud against the wall” , will step into this forum and plug it up with pitches for your business to tens of thousands of people in just one blast… sounds like a quick way to become successful? – WRONG MOVE, GUYS.
4. “A doctor has recommended this…”
Surely, I don’t even need to say… WRONG MOVE GUYS…this is soooo tired-I don’t even want to say more.
5. “Some lady in Kansas had cancer and now she walks on water…”or variation on the theme… my doctor doesn’t know anything about this but it is an amazing cure…”
ditto as above…and, as an aside, as the mother of a surgeon who is well-aware of the rigor of the medical discipline, I find it hard to believe that someone who has a couple of hours of product pitch given to them by their company, can possibly believe they know more about the human anatomy than someone who has spent 12 -16 years of post graduate study… your doctor may not be on top of everything – nor are you …so you had best not assume you have the cures they were unable to discover in all their years of study.
6. “It’s the best pay plan out there but we cannot post it for you to see - I have to present it for you to understand it…”
I don’t care if it is a network marketing business – or any other plan… if you can’t give it to me in writing and encourage me to reflect on it, for whatever time I need to make the right decision for me, then I don’t want to hear about it…WRONG MOVE, GUYS.
7. “I am calling you because you are such a sharp guy (gal)…”
You likely don’t even know me … or haven’t even bothered to talk to me in decades… sigghhhh….
8. “The pay plan pays out more than… 60%, 75%, 80%…guaranteed…”
To the company perhaps … any plan that pays out much more than 50% per cent is not planning to stay in business. The industry average is more like 35%. You need to know there are unethical companies setting themselves up with that express purpose… not to stay in business. After you do all your hard work, they take those profits, before having to start paying out that huge amount… and run. BUYER BEWARE.
9. “You don’t have to sell anything…”
It amazes me how many people will bite on this one. Maybe humans are hot-wired for greed and laziness… WRONG MOVE GUY – any business takes work, so expect to work – that is why it is called Net WORK marketing.
10. “We will build your downline for you…”
Now, wouldn’t that be nice! Can you imagine any other industry… “hey, you can open up this franchise – and don’t worry… you don’t even have to show up!… we do it all for you and give you ALL the money!… does anyone smell the coffee?
If you are willing to buy into any of these “pitches”, you deserve to get a call from someone from Nigeria looking to give you a million dollars… and if you are making them … well, maybe you need to move to Nigeria.
WHAT THE TRULY SUCCESSFUL ARE DOING
The truly successful people in this industry know it is a business and they treat it like a business. They would never be caught picking up the “100 pound phone” and cold calling people to get into their business. They know networking is about relation-shipping. They are skilled in building relationships, both inside and outside their business, and that is how they become the huge successes they are in the industry.
Before visions of sugar plums start dancing through your head, and you lose your normal good judgment, ask yourself, “How would I like to be treated by someone seeking to share some products, services or a business with me?”
In that moment of sanity – I know you will do the right thing - regardless of what someone may have told you to do.
Do you have a pet peeve about the way network marketers do their business? Let us know. Let’s start a dialogue and change this image FOREVER! The model is too good to be throwing out the “baby with the bath water”.
Organizational Behaviour Consultant
Network Marketing Consultant and Trainer
author: Imagine Your Soul Abundant: Attracting Success, Fulfillment and True Happiness
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