Thread Of The Day (10/22/09) 



Check out SFI affiliate Roy J. Keller's excellent article on free advertising methods:

https://www.sfimg.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=1304&start=0

And don't forget...there are lots of other great tips from affiliates located in our Training area HERE.
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SFI Affiliate Question of the Week  



Looking for an easy way to spread the word about TripleClicks to your potential customers? You can post free or inexpensive classified ads about the store on a variety of Websites. Choose from these text ads. To learn more about how to get a classified ad campaign going, click HERE. You can also learn more about free advertising methods in Internet Income lessons #23 and #24.
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Tweeting TripleClicks 



Spread the word about a favorite TripleClicks item to all your Twitter followers. It's super easy. Log into the store, then click the "Tweet About This" button in the details page of your chosen product. A new window will open to your Twitter account. Log in to Twitter and you'll see the product description and a special URL ready to post.

IMPORTANT: Make sure you're logged in to the TripleClicks store when you click the "Tweet About This" button so your ID will be attached to the link and you'll be credited for any purchases made by customers you refer there.

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Increase your momentum...with My Movers 



My Movers is a powerful tool you need to get to know and USE DAILY.

Found on your SFI Homepage, the My Movers section provides you with an up-to-the-minute list of your 10 most active personally sponsored affiliates–based on VersaPoints. Rather than having to wade through your Genealogy to locate your "movers and shakers," we've put them right on your homepage for you so you can easily interact and assist them!

My Movers includes:

- Each affiliate's photo (if provided)
- All contact information provided (including phone numbers and instant messaging)
- Join Date (the date he/she joined SFI)
- Last login date
-Overall, country, and class Power Rankings
- VersaPoints so far this month

To help you coach your movers, we've also included the number of VersaPoints they need to advance to the next earnings level in SFI. SHOW THEM how they can earn the points they need and you'll help them...and you'll help yourself!

How? Click on their VersaPoints total for the month. You'll now see a listing (in a new window) of all the actions they've earned points for so far and all the actions that they can do to earn even more points. For many of your affiliates, you'll probably see a number of "easy" actions that they can grab quick points for–which can advance their Power Rank, payouts, and perks. Point these actions out to them and offer helpful advice where you can. For example, maybe they don't understand how to get set up to follow SFI on Twitter, but YOU do. Show them!

And if you need even more information, just click their SFI ID number to access our even-more-detailed Affiliate Manager screen in a new window.

Note that, by default, we'll display the 10 most active affiliates from your entire organization. However, if you prefer to identify movers from within your newer affiliates, you can click the link in the top right corner and it will display for you only affiliates who are in their first 30 days with SFI.

Tip: Identifying rising stars in SFI hasn't always been the easiest thing to do, but with VersaPoints, that's no longer true. With VersaPoints scores, you're looking at everything an affiliate does, not just narrow activities like recruiting affiliates. Indeed, you wouldn't want to overlook an affiliate who may be "soft" in other areas but who's generating big sales!

Using VersaPoints totals, it's now super easy to see who's active and who's not, who's moving up and who's an up-and-coming star. And once you've identified a star, you've identified a potential goldmine. See this "Ask Gery" article for more on this important topic.

By the way, your genealogy has also been updated to now include VersaPoints columns: "VP(M)" provides THIS MONTH's VersaPoints. "VP(T)" provide ALL VersaPoints accumulated to date.

Another neat feature of My Movers is the ability to add comments about each affiliate. Just click on the pencil icon to the right of the affiliate's name and you'll be able to add comments and notes for your own use (no one but you can see these notes!). The pencil icon changes to green to let you know that you've made previous notes. This same notes feature has also been added to the Genealogy!

Tip: We haven't determined the cause yet, but sometimes when you click the My Movers tab, you'll get fewer listings than there should be. If you experience this, just click on one of the other tabs like My Goals, then click on My Movers again and you'll likely have everything. Of course, if you do not have any personally sponsored affiliates yet, My Movers will not be able to display anything regardless.

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Using the TripleClicks advanced search option 



The TC Advanced Search can make it super easy to find exactly what you're looking for at TripleClicks.com.

You can access the Advanced Search by clicking the link next to the standard search box on the TripleClicks homepage. From there, you can choose the parameters of your search, such as keyword, item number, department, price range, condition, country of origin or destination, date added to the store, Standing Order eligibility, and more.

Special note: Be sure you are logged in to access ALL Advanced Search features.

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SFI Affiliate Question of the Week  



Q: Should I contact the co-sponsorships I've received?

A: One of the reasons we created the co-sponsorship program is so that every affiliate has another support member to assist them. So, yes, we encourage you to reach out to the co-sponsorship affiliates you've been assigned, especially if their sponsor is not actively supporting them. Your Genealogy contains contact information so you can contact them directly (see COMMUNICATIONS format) or via the Genealogy's Group Messaging feature.

Here is a sample letter you can use to welcome a new co-sponsored affiliate to your team:

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Hi FirstName,

My name is FirstName LastName and I've recently been appointed as your SFI co-sponsor.

What's a co-sponsor? This is a brand new position SFI created in August 2009. As your co-sponsor, I'm here to assist you and support you in building your SFI business.

By the way, co-sponsors aren't the only thing that's new at SFI. If you haven't looked at SFI lately, you definitely need to check them out again! With the changes made in August, SFI is exploding with growth. SFI is now much simpler, easier, and more profitable than ever before. I LOVE what they've done!

You can read about all the exciting August announcements at news.sfimg.com (see August 5th news and the first and second week "report cards").

You'll also want to log in at the SFI Affiliate Center (www.sfimg.com). When you get there, you'll see the new SFI Homepage, which now features a to-do list personalized just for you. This makes everything so simple because all you have to do is start completing the tasks on your to-do list. Each task earns you points and positions you for higher and higher payouts!

That's it for now. Be sure to log in at the SFI Affiliate Center as soon as you can, and if I can answer any questions or assist you in any way, just let me know.

I look forward to working with you!

Your First & Last Name
You SFI title (e.g. SFI Silver Team Leader)
Your contact information (e.g. email, phone, IM)
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Gift Certificates for your TripleClicks customers 



SFI makes it easy to issue gift certificates to your TripleClicks customers and prospective customers.

To issue a gift certificate to an existing customer:

1. Go to your TC Customer List (https://www.sfimg.com/MyAccount/TCCustomerReport.sfi).

2. Click the "Issue gift certificate" link beside the name of the customer you wish to award a gift certificate to.

3. In the popup that appears, enter the amount and the expiration date for the gift certificate you wish to issue to this customer and submit.

4. We immediately send an e-mail to your customer alerting them to the gift certificate you've awarded them and with directions for how to redeem it.

Note that SFI provides special tracking so you can see, at a glance, who you've previously issued gift certificates to.

To issue a gift certificate to a prospective customer:

1. Go to the Gift Certificate Manager (https://www.sfimg.com/Resources/GiftCertificateManager.sfi).

2. Click the "HERE" link under the "TC Customer" column.

3. In the popup that appears, enter the name, email address, and country of the person you wish to issue a gift certificate to. Also enter the gift certificate's amount and the expiration date. Submit.

4. We immediately send an email to your prospective customer alerting them to the gift certificate you've awarded them and with directions for how to redeem it.

A POWERFUL MARKETING STRATEGY FOR YOU!

The ability to issue gift certificates to customers and prospective customers can be a powerful marketing strategy. Giving an existing customer a gift certificate is a great way to get them to make their first purchase (or buy again if they haven't made a purchase in a while). Likewise, giving a prospective customer a gift certificate is a great way to introduce them to TripleClicks, get them on your customer list, and create an immediate sale.

And you can do it very inexpensively, too! This is because you set an expiration date on every gift certificate you issue. If the gift certificate is redeemed, you just picked up a new sale or a new customer! And, of course, in many cases, the customer is going to make a purchase larger, perhaps significantly larger, then the gift certificate amount, hence ensuring you a profit on the transaction or at least breaking even (while acquiring a buying customer!).

If the gift certificate is NOT redeemed, the money goes right back into your account upon expiration and you can issue it to someone else. In other words, it's a win/win for you!

Marketing Tip: To start generating interest, consider a "Ask me about a free gift certificate" promotion (we'll create some cool T-Shirts if enough affiliates are interested). When someone inquires about your offer, you simply need to get their first and last name, email address, and country of residence. You then can go to the Gift Certificate Manager and issue them a gift certificate instantly. To really impress them, you could do this right in front of them using your iPhone (or other Smartphone with a Web browser), literally entering their name, email, etc. and issuing the gift certificate while they watch!
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SFI Sitemap 



Can't find what you're looking for at the SFI Affiliate Center? Try the SFI Sitemap, which outlines all the site pages within the categories and sections at the site.

You can access the Affiliate Center Sitemap here.
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SFI Affiliate Question of the Week  



Q: What are the best actions to focus on to earn commissions?

A: You create revenue in your organization from sales and purchases made at TripleClicks.com by the customers you REFER and the affiliates you SPONSOR. In other words, you CREATE revenue in your organization by referring and sponsoring...and then you MAXIMIZE the commissions you earn on that revenue by achieving the maximum number of VersaPoints you can each month. Therefore, by focusing on referring and sponsoring, you can both create AND maximize your earnings with SFI. Learn more about referring and sponsoring here.
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Contacting co-sponsored affiliates 



Find out when and how to contact your newly acquired co-sponsored affiliates. Check out this thread in the SFI Forum for tips and advice from fellow SFI Affiliates:

https://www.sfimg.com/forum.sfi?/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=785&start=0
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Affiliate Manager tools and tips 



A couple of new additions to the Affiliate Manager lets you better track your affiliate's progress in the SFI program.

Look for the pencil icon beside your affiliate's e-mail listing. Click it for a small popup "notes" window, where you can record your specific notes about this particular affiliate. These notes are private and for your eyes only--your affiliate will NOT see them. Click Save Note when you're done.

Second, we've added information about the VersaPoints needed for your affiliate to advance to the next point level. Armed with this data, you can send off a quick e-mail letting your affiliate know how close he or she is to the next level and include a few suggestions for actions to close the gap.

These are just two of the MANY tools available for you at the Affiliate Manager. To access this resource, simply click the SFI ID number of a given affiliate in your Genealogy report. The Affiliate Manager for that affiliate will open in a new window.

And be sure to check out "Affiliate Manager Tips: Getting the most from your Affiliate Manager" for details on using the Affiliate Manager.
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QUICKTIP: Co-sponsor search on Genealogy 

Need to select JUST your co-sponsored affiliates from your SFI Genealogy? It's easy to produce a list of just your co-sponsored affiliates for group messaging and more. Simply select "Generation" as your filter, then "CS" as the filter option.
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Get the most from the SFI Forum 



You probably already know that the SFI Forum is a great place to get answers for your questions from SFI affiliates worldwide (and if you DIDN'T know that, you owe it to yourself and your team to check out this valuable free resource now!).

But to get the MOST from the forum, you and your affiliates will also want to check out the "SFI Forum Tips" article HERE. Located in the Getting Started section of the Training index at the Affiliate Center, this tutorial outlines a simple, easy orientation of the forum, from basic setup to posting questions to creating polls.
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SFI Affiliate Question of the Week  



Q: What do I have to do to secure the co-sponsorship affiliates I've been assigned?

A: To secure all the co-sponsorships that are being assigned to you, you must achieve 1,500 VersaPoints within your first 15 days in SFI. For a complete listing of actions you can do to earn these points, see your To-Do List on your SFI Homepage.
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Tracking your TripleClicks order 



Want to know when your TripleClicks order will arrive? Just login to TripleClicks.com, click Customer Care, and select the "Check on the status of an order you've placed" link.

From the TripleClicks Order Status page, you'll see your open and completed orders, the order dates, shipping addresses, shipping status, and more.
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