A new insight on the ECA opportunity
The following was posted on the SFI Forum today by JD:
"I own a 1965 Ford Thunderbird and I am constantly ordering restoration parts as it is an ongoing project. If you go on one of TC's biggest competitor's site and search for 1965 Tbird you find at least 500 different items every week. Folks you are missing out on a HUGE category of items to be sold on TC. There are literally 100's of car parts dealers out there.
So here's another tip for you. Do all of us car lovers a huge favor and PLEASE print off the free flyers that SFI gives you to promote the ECA program, and send them to classic car parts dealers around the world.
I'd LOVE to be able to buy my parts from an ECA that you signed up! I would be placing multiple orders every week.
One of the dealers I had contacted was concerned about the minimum 15% received by TC upon every sale. I just informed that I'd be happy to pay 15% ABOVE their regular retail (catalog) price to be able to order from them on TC. All they need to do is add 15% to their regular price.
One more thing on this....the more members who send out flyers and brochures to these dealers, the more chance there is that they will become an ECA (once they see how popular TC is becoming). Don't worry about "saturation" or sending a flyer to a business that someone else has already sent to...the more the better. Let's saturate!!
Again, it's win-win-win: They make money selling on TC, you make overrides, and I get to earn VP's while restoring my Bird!"
Are lightbulbs going on in your head? They should be. The opportunity to sign up ECAs right now is quite possibly the biggest opportunity SFI has ever offered its affiliates, not just for auto parts of course, but for MILLIONS of products and services worldwide. Make sure YOU are not missing out. To get up to speed on the ECA program, start here:https://www.sfimg.com/HelpDesk/ECAFaq.sfi
Putting a stop to frequent Affiliate Center log-offs
Are you experiencing frequent log-offs when surfing your SFI Affiliate Center (www.sfimg.com)? Most likely, the issue is a result of security settings on your computer and is easy to fix.
First, a little background: SFI's system requires ONE login per session, set at 45 minutes (an established standard duration for secure sites such as ours). So long as an affiliate does not remain on any one page longer than 45 minutes, he or she will remain logged in to the Affiliate Center indefinitely. NOTE: An infrequent exception (normally less than once a week) is when SFI Administration needs to restart the system.
If you're experiencing frequent log-offs, it is probably due to one of these common causes for failure to access secured SFI pages:
* SSL 2.0 and SSL 3.0 must be checked in your Internet options. In Internet Explorer, you can access these settings via the Tools menu, then Internet Options and the Advanced tab.
* Firewall programs, especially Norton, frequently block access to SFI's secure pages. If you are running a firewall on your computer, check the program's settings to ensure SFI pages are allowed.
* If you have disabled third-party cookies in your browser, you must specify in the cookie settings/permissions to allow www.sfimg.com.
QuickTip: Focus on your affiliates' concerns
Did you know recent surveys of workers and retirees show more than 25% of workers and retirees say they have less than $1,000 saved for their "golden years"?
What does this mean to you as a business leader and SFI Affiliate Sponsor? Discussing the disparity of your affiliates' retirement dreams with their possibly low current retirement savings can motivate them to take action NOW with an SFI business of their own.
You can focus on the contrast of today's retirement savings and lifelong dreams in your ads for prospective affiliates. SFI has made this easy with these handsome financial- and retirement-focused banners
you can start to use immediately.
Additionally, consider broaching the topic in a segment in your next communication or newsletter with your team. Point out the extra-income benefits of an SFI business of their own and refer them to the SFI Affiliate Center for assistance and resources. Access your Genealogy
and click the "Send an e-mail/team mail to this group" link for an easy way to send e-mails to your team. You could also use the PSA Mailer
to send your message to just your personally sponsored affiliates.
Quicktip: Market with ECA Postcards
Designed for prospecting ECAs (E-Commerce Associates), these full-color, 4"x6", professional-looking postcards make connecting with ECAs easy. Not familiar with the ECA program and opportunity? Go HERE.
Recipients of your ECA Postcards are instructed to learn more at http://www.tripleclicks.com/ECA
, where they will be asked to enter the ID number in the gray box on side two. Upon entering this ID number, they are redirected to your ECA Gateway where they can learn about the ECA program and apply. You will receive an e-mail notification each time one of your applicants is fully approved as an ECA.Order your ECA Postcards HERE.
To use the ECA postcard…
1. Print or stamp your SFI ID number in the box located on side two.
2. Address the card (either by printing your recipient's name/address or by affixing a mailing label).
3. Add a postcard-rate postage stamp and drop in the mailbox.
A powerful resource: Tap into your upline!
Have you introduced yourself to your upline Team Leaders? If not, you could be missing out of one of the most powerful business-building resources at your disposal.
Go now to your SFI Upline page
at the Affiliate Center and contact your upline team. Contact each upline member and start a conversation, present your goals, etc. Your upline may be able to assist you in achieving your goals, have co-ops in which you can participate, and more.
Sponsoring Tip: Framing your communications
Sending out consistent, weekly messages to your PSAs and those you co-sponsor is a great way to keep the lines of communication open and encourage your team to take action.
One quick, time-saving method for finding content for these messages is to simply frame SFI news and tips--as well as ideas, book reviews, blog posts, and other content from the Web--within your own comments. In this way, you have a ready supply of fresh information to include in your newsletters and e-mails to your team each week.
Here's an example e-mail:
As your sponsor in SFI, I wanted to make sure you heard about this new feature SFI just announced:[insert news, tips, or idea blurb here]
I'm really excited about this because [insert your explanation here]
As always, if I can assist you with anything, don't hesitate to contact me.
[YOUR CONTACT INFO]
NOTE: This tip would work great in conjunction with the PSA Mailer
, which enables you to quickly and easily send newsletters, training, tips, and other messages to your PSAs.
For more tips on effective SFI Affiliate Sponsoring, see this Marketing Methods
QUICKTIP: Easy method for earning daily VersaPoints!
You and your team members can earn two points a day for checking out the latest additions at TripleClicks. Here's how:
Just go to your SFI Affiliate Center (www.sfimg.com) homepage. On your SFI To-Do List, under Daily Actions, you'll see the link for checking out TC items. Click it, and you'll be taken to a special page at TripleClicks and earn your points for the day.IMPORTANT:
Don't just click the link! When you arrive at TC, take the time to actually peruse through the latest listings. We have great new products coming in now daily; you're sure to find products that you want and/or that are perfect for gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, etc. And we all need to be actively patronizing our new ECAs (and our members who are listing their items on TC too of course).
If we all do this–and not just hope everyone else does–we'll attract even more ECAs, more great products and even better prices and deals, which will of course result in more traffic, more TC members, and bigger commissions for everyone!
And you'll of course earn VersaPoints (VP) on every purchase that you can use to increase your SFI perks and payout, boost your Power Ranking, and qualify for valuable VP REWARDS, too!
Tip: To see JUST the ECA listings, click on the "ECA listings only" link in the TC store sidebar. And don't forget that you can use the various other sorts and filters located in the sidebar to quickly find what you're looking for.
The recently overhauled Marketing index
at the SFI Affiliate Center helps you find the marketing methods and aids you and your team members want. Look for "Mktg" (replacing "R&S") in the main menu. The Marketing index organizes Marketing Methods and Marketing Aids into categories for Referring Members, Sponsoring Affiliates, and EyeEarn, as well as the E-Commerce Associates (ECA) and ClickBucks Supplemental Income Programs.
As part of the re-organization, EyeEarn marketing aids and methods are now separated from the Refer and Sponsor marketing sections. This change lets affiliates interested in using EyeEarn to simultaneously sponsor affiliates and refer TripleClicks members easily find only the EyeEarn aids and methods they're looking for. Note: Though encouraged, participation in the EyeEarn Co-op is NOT required to use EyeEarn marketing aids.
Many new affiliates who join SFI get overwhelmed. "Information overload" or sometimes just the perception that there is so much to read and learn "paralyzes" some affiliates and stops them in their tracks.
To help with this, SFI Founder Gery Carson has written an article, "The Essence Of SFI," which boils SFI down to three basic actions.
Read it now at: https://www.sfimg.com/EssenceOfSFI.sfi
Or, for an audio version, in which you can hear Gery recite the article, just click the audio icon in the top right corner of the article.
Tip: If you're sponsoring affiliates, you're undoubtedly hearing from people saying they are confused, stuck, or don't know what do. When this happens, be sure to point them to The Essence Of SFI article.
QUICKTIP: TC Advanced Search lets you find the products you're looking for.
The TripleClicks Advanced Search
lets you narrow your search results at the store to generate a list of only the types and kinds of products you're looking for.
You can access the TC Advanced Search
by clicking that link at the top of the TripleClicks.com page. Once there, you can locate and generate a list of products using one or more of the following parameters:
* ECA Name
* Item Number
* Free or Standard Shipping
* New or Used Items
* TC Direct, ECA, Member Listings
* Ship-from Country
* Ship-to Destination
* Date Added To Store
* Environmentally-Friendly Products
* Standing Order Eligible
* VersaPoints (VP)
* Customer Commissions
Be sure to access the advanced search to save time when browsing TripleClicks.com...and be sure to encourage your SFI Affiliates to do the same!
Quicktip: Easy method to find items to list at TripleClicks
For an easy way to find items to list at TripleClicks.com, grab your digital camera and take a walk around your home, garage, yard, etc. Chances are, you'll find lots of items you no longer need or want that would be ideal for listing at the TC store. Take a picture of the item(s) and go to TripleClicks.com
to quickly and easily list that item within minutes.
Quicktip: Get the latest SFI text ads for your marketing
As you probably know, SFI offers lots of text ads that you can use for classified ads, in blogs, on personal Websites, and more. What you may not know, though, is that we regularly add new ads submitted by SFI Team Leaders. To see the latest submissions that you can use in your marketing, check out Customer Referral Text Ads
and/or Sponsoring Text Ads
at the SFI Affiliate Center.
Clear, Easy SFI Instructions
Check out your SFI Homepage
for a clear, easy to-do list to follow, as well as a handy outline of points you've scored this month. Especially helpful for new affiliates, the to-do list page is definitely one to point your incoming team members to!
QUICKTIP: A good word can go a long way
Check out the Recognition section
at the SFI Forum and post a good word about your PSAs, upline members, and other SFI Affiliates for their good works, milestones, and more. This recognition is a quick, easy way to give kudos and encouragement to your active team members to remain active in their businesses and provide an example to your other affiliates.
You can access the Recognition Forum HERE
TIP: After you've made a recognition post, be sure to let the person(s) know so they can see what you've said about them.
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SFI Affiliate Question Of The Week
What are the best actions to focus on for earning VersaPoints?
The ones that create income for you of course! You create revenue in your organization from sales and purchases made at TripleClicks.com
by the customers you REFER
and the affiliates you SPONSOR
...and then you MAXIMIZE the commissions you earn on that revenue by achieving the maximum number of VersaPoints you can each month. In this way, by focusing on referring and sponsoring, you can both create AND maximize your earnings with SFI.
You will, of course, want to complete all the Training and Business Set-Up Actions on your To-Do List, but the income you earn ultimately comes from your referring and sponsoring activities.