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Am I missing something?
Created on November 11th, 2010

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Ian McKenzie
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Nov 11th 2010 at 22:26 PM
Hi

I think IMfacebook is a great networking site. In fact I think it is the best around..., certainly for me anyway!

I have been on the site now for less than a week, but during that time I have used it extensively. And, I have promoted it extensively. I have sent out in excess of 100 tweets and today I have sent out 16,000 e-mail promoting the site.

It would seem that to-date, three have joined as a result of my promotions..., but I do expect many more.

"Am I missing something?" is the title I have chosen for this posting. I have had a pretty good look around the site, and I have not been able to find if there is any direct financial incentive for obtaining referrals.

Now, don't get me wrong. I am altruistic..., I am a "good bloke". This is a great site and I shall continue promoting it regardless.

However, money is a really good incentive for me and for most other people. And, I reckon if there was some sort of financial reward for getting referrals, then I would try a bit harder, and I reckon others would also.

Regards
Ian


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GT Bulmer
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Nov 12th 2010 at 11:24 AM
Hi, Ian: I hear what you are saying. Referral commissions would certainly be a big motivator for many of our members. However, there is no provision for such commissions here at IM faceplate.

In a way, that is good because we want members joining because they see the true value in it, not because some enthusiastic marketer over-hyped the value and got them to join under inappropriate assumptions. I know not all marketers would resort to that level of hype, but some do, and a monetary incentive only serves to fan the flames.

It is great that, even without a financial incentive, you have sent out so many tweets and emails! Marketers who try to enrich the lives of others without the hope of direct compensation will be rewarded in other ways in the long run. Keep spreading the word!

GT :-)


drkelp
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Nov 13th 2010 at 2:50 AM
Hi ian
I use this site to get my face known. You get benefit by having referrals in that If you are upgraded you get your links embedded in the Clickbank advertising. I use my articles here to drive traffic to my moneymaking ventures.


Ian McKenzie
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Nov 13th 2010 at 18:34 PM
Thanks for your responses Gt & Dr.
Cheers
Ian


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GT Bulmer
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Nov 14th 2010 at 15:13 PM

Hi, Ian: You may have already read this, but IM faceplate owners Tyler and Kramer have been teasing us lately with impending news about a big announcement that looks like it may include an extra income-producing element to it. Here is the IM faceplate news story: http://www.imfaceplate.com/news/a-special-announcement-plus-a-video-preview

I have no insight, other than the part in the news story that mentions "We are going to... provide a special early registration period that will allow you to preserve your current IM faceplate referrals." I don't know exactly how this relates to the impending announcement, but I include it here as something that may potentially be relative to your initial question, once the full details are revealed.

GT :-)


Troy Wray
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Nov 15th 2010 at 1:02 AM
Hi Ian

Promoting this to your 16k list should result in more than 3 signups if you 'sold' it the right way - and depending on the kind of members on your list and your relationship with them.

It's a very good site, particularly for people that have no website and no 'about me' kind of page.

But I would never try to promote IMFP directly other than to your list, even if there were commissions involved - it would just never be cost/time effective to do so IMHO.

Get them into your circle of influence first (ie add them to your list) and then just provide this as a recommended resource.

You don't say how many twitter followers you have so can't comment on that. In my experience tweets need to offer something for free to get significant response. E.g. free report on how to use IMFP to xyz... and that includes your referral link.

Troy


Tyler Huculak
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Nov 15th 2010 at 9:58 AM
I was just poking through the discussion groups (as an owner I feel it is very important to keep your finger directly on the pulse of your membership), and I thought I should leave a quick reply here.

To answer the initial question "am I missing something?" ... no Ian you're not ... but some people are. How's that for an answer :)

Let me clarify. You are not missing something in that we do not offer commissions directly for promoting IM faceplate. I know that there are several other social networks where this is their driving force and as owners we feel very strongly against this. The reason we don't have commissions tied to the promotion of IM faceplate is because as soon as you do that, you end up with most people just using your program as a way to make a quick buck. And when you change people's focus to "promotion for money", many will stop using the program for what it is really intended. Then, if they don't see a commission check in the first few weeks, many of them will just close their account altogether.

IM faceplate is all about making connections and building relationships. The money will naturally follow if you use a tool like IM faceplate to it's fullest extent ... and the payoff can be a lot better and much longer lasting. So if somebody were to say to me "What! you don't offer commissions! ... then I am outta here!", I would tell them that they are missing something ... the bigger picture.

I hope everyone can see that what we are doing is really in the best interest of this program. Over time, IM faceplate will become VERY big (I have no doubt about this ... and will do everything to ensure this reality), and it will have been built up by members that are actively using it for what it was intended ... social networking. This will create an amazing business building platform of tremendous value rather than a ghost town where people once came looking for a quick buck.

Now, having said all that ... most people here ARE looking for ways to make some money online and we certainly recognize that. We hope that as this network grows, the members of IM faceplate will be able to really establish themselves and tap into several sources of income they maybe didn't have before. We are always conscious of the fact that our members are looking to improve their financial well-being so we are always on the lookout for ways to help make this happen.

And as GT eluded to ... one of these ways may just be around the corner :)


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GT Bulmer
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Nov 15th 2010 at 11:16 AM
Hey, Tyler! I always appreciate seeing your comments and contributions in the discussion groups. Thanks for popping in and responding to Ian's question.

I particularly like your reference to the issue with social networks that pay direct commissions for sponsoring new members. On the surface, it sounds like a good idea, but in practice, it works exactly as you have described: Skilled recruiters make money, but most of the members they recruit quickly fall away, having no basic interest in the community.

When that happens, it serves nobody's interests (except the recruiters who made money!)

I like and support the direction you are going with IM faceplate. Keep up the good work!
GT :-)


TerriLPattioMLMmento
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Nov 15th 2010 at 12:59 PM
Ian,

You are missing what IMFaceplate is all about. It's not like Facebook or Twitter or any other social site, it's definitely different and that's why I joined. This is a very good site that won't stand for spamming people with your offers. I know I like the discussion groups, they are great and I have met some very nice people here.

You see the thing is, you get a chance to get to really know people instead of trying to make money off of people that join you in your latest business ventures. It just doesn't work for business. I do hope that you understand.

Looking forward to getting to know you better.
Have a great day!


Judy Helm Wright
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Nov 15th 2010 at 16:56 PM
Hello from Montana, ( I know, I know, everyone gets tired of seeing this, but we are glad that we chose to live in Montana and are very proud of our state.)

I really appreciate the comments and connections here. It is fun to read the articles and see the ones that resonate with my thoughts and ideas.

This is a fun place to interact with others and I appreciate the work that goes into keeping it up.

Looking forward to the new things coming and the new friends I have yet to meet.

Judy Helm Wright


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