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Oct 12, 2011

MonaVie Provides Answer to Economic Downturn

The New York Times reported this week (http://tinyurl.com/3zdw5a6) that household incomes continue to decline two years after the recession was declared officially over. As the economy continues to struggle, millions of people are seeking for an opportunity to either replace or subsidize their income as a result of corporate lay-offs, reduction in pay or the threat of a pending job loss. Often, additional income of $500 a month is the difference between someone keeping or losing their home, according to the Direct Selling Association.

Perhaps there has never been a better time for the direct sales industry to come to the rescue of individuals and families in need. Direct selling represents a recession-proof job and a unique opportunity for motivated individuals to start and substantially grow their own direct sales business.

In an October 2010 issue of Network Marketing Business Journal, veteran industry expert Dr. Keith Laggos identified the characteristics that someone should look for when seeking to join a direct sales company. Not surprisingly, the MonaVie opportunity features all of the important traits he mentions:

  • Low cost fees to enter
  • Low initial monthly financial requirements
  • Products and services that are of superior quality, but competitively priced
  • A compensation plan that allows beginners to obtain profitability quickly
  • A compensation plan that lets distributors earn fast start and other bonuses early so that they can earn a positive income fast

But these features alone don’t begin to explain the MonaVie phenomenon. Starting with the acai berry sourced from the depths of the Amazon Rain forest, MonaVie has produced a line of premium nutritional products made from the rarest of ingredients on earth that offer solutions to the most pressing health issues facing people today.

On top of that, MonaVie has coupled its line of exceptional products with the most innovative and dynamic compensation plan in the history of direct sales that features 10 ways to earn income and 50% of the sales volume paid out in distributor commissions.

Measured by any standard, MonaVie represents the right opportunity at the right time. The evidence of this can be gauged by its success. In 2009, four years after its founding, the Inc. 500 listed MonaVie as the No. 1 fastest-growing private company in the Food & Beverage category, and Ernst & Young named Dallin A. Larsen, MonaVie’s founder, chairman and CEO, Entrepreneur of the Year.

More than a million MonaVie consumers and distributors in 19 countries have discovered a more meaningful life as they have used and marketed MonaVie product. At a time when governments and organizations of all kinds are struggling to find solutions for the one billion unemployed and underemployed worldwide, MonaVie has led the way in effectively elevating the lives of people in just about every socioeconomic situation imaginable.

And, Dallin Larsen says this is only the beginning of what MonaVie will become. “We have a vision of becoming a multi-billion dollar company led by world class executives and distributor leaders who will take the benefits and blessings of direct sales to the four corners of the world,” he says. “We don’t just want to be the best company in the world; our goal is to be the best company for the world.”

Sincerely,

Jeff Cohen

Chief Marketing Officer

Oct 10, 2011

To Retire, or Not to Retire; That is the Question. Is Community Commerce the Answer?

 

Check out the above snapshot USA Today posted recently. Now, let’s discuss.

Baby boomers everywhere are feeling the economical crunch and social security slip that may keep them in the work force well past retirement.

Why not look for an alternative; a way to build a highly residual income working in the after hours until you can drop the 9-5 gig for greener pastures and retirement haven?

Enter community commerce, aka direct selling, aka the only scalable business model to address the nearly 1 billion people globally that are unemployed or underemployed.

MonaVie is leading the way, by heralding the community commerce mission, providing opportunities for residual income, as well as the tools to grow your network.

Are you worried about retirement? What’s your (back up) retirement plan? Let me know by leaving a comment below.

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Shante

MonaVie Chief Blogger

Oct 6, 2011

Randy Larsen at the International Ruby Fly-in

Quite a crowd formin' at the International Ruby Fly-in in Phuket, Thailand this past week.

Say hello to Randy Larsen and our international Ruby's and above!

Oct 5, 2011

Get Your Google+ Going

Ah, Google, you rock star search engine with the elusive algorithm that can make or break a company’s online reputation again and again. I see you doing cool things.

I’m a total fan of your work, from Google Maps (who knew seeing a 360-degree street-level image of my residence would be like Christmas in July?), to Google Translate – with your help I am now multilingual, or “fjöltyng” in Icelandic.

Google Calendar is no doubt every college student’s best friend with your pretty color systems and event-sharing capabilities. Oh, and the part of it being free is a perk, too.

Gmail chatting is my favorite way to conversate online.

And of course, Google Reader is the best way I’ve found to keep up on all my favorite sites.

I’ve shared how to put yourself on the map with Google Places.

So, when you decided to fully embrace the social networking world I couldn’t help but pay attention.

Enter stage right: Google+

Google+ aims to make sharing on the web more like sharing in real life.

Just like with the introduction of social media way back when, it’s important for entrepreneurs like you to at least know what it is and how it works. According to experts, it will save you time and, unlike Facebook and Linked in, it is indexed by Google (duh) which has an impact on search engine optimization (online visibility), which in the wide world of online stuffage, is kind of a big deal.

Plus you get Circles and Hangouts and Sparks and Huddles and Streams, which just sound super cool. Google says this is the just the first phase of the Google+ project. The easiest way to learn about all the features is to take a tour.

Here’s a quick guide to Google+ on About.com, “Google+ 101: A Quick Introduction to Google’s Social Network.”

Get your account set up today – here’s a snapshot of your beginning blank canvas:

Check it out and then check back and let me know what you think.

QUESTION: Would you like a tutorial on any of the Google+ content? Let me know by leaving a comment below.

 

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Shante

MonaVie Chief Blogger

 

Oct 3, 2011

Call Me! Telephone Time and Other (Similar) Business Building Tools

“No matter how old you are, no matter how tough you think you are, if a toddler hands you their ringing toy phone…You answer it.”

The telephone.

Invented in 1876 by Alexander Graham Bell, the telephone is recognized as the most valuable patent in history. I doubt there are many who wonder why…

Telephones have come a long way in the last 135 years, certainly in the last 10 years, have they not? Gone are the days when children “played” telephone with a couple soup cans and cast away piece of yarn. Have I just dated myself?

Now even “land lines” and “pay phones” are fast becoming a blast from the past.

Yep, from babies to baby boomers and beyond, nearly everyone has a telephone (aka cell phone, mobile device) or access to a telephone and certainly everyone knows how to use a telephone.

So, how do you use your phone in your business?

Here are couple questions and/or references to get this conversation started:

What type of phone do you use? From a smart phone (iPhone and/or Android) to a simple push-tone with voice mail capability to an old school rotatory phone – how important is telephone technology to your business building efforts?

How much do you use your phone in your business building efforts? Do you call to confirm attendance at your next home tasting? How much time do you spend talking product orders and other transactional topics with MonaVie Distributor Support?

What about conference calls with your upline?

Are you an avid texter?

What about Skype? This is a great way to make Internet calls for free – a popular option for our international audiences and globe trotters in general…oh and poor college students who do not want to use their valued texting minutes on telephoning Mom and Dad back at the ranch (ask me how I know).

Did you know you can now Skype from your home phone, as well as, your smart phone? You can also video call using this service.

Oh, oh oh! I can’t believe I nearly forgot my newest discovery – you can actually accept credit card payments with your mobile phone. Check out the Square at squareup.com for more details.

Want to save some time on the telephone? Here’s one idea:

Are you aware of MonaVie’s GetSatisfaction team; a new and growing online community monitored and administrated by a host of MonaVie Distributor Support representatives with the sole purpose of answering questions. Distributors can ask questions, share ideas, report problems and give praise all in one social media savvy forum.

Check it out: MonaVie GetSatisfaction.

What other ways do you use your telephone to keep you connected, grow your business and make life a little less crazy? Leave me a comment below – I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas.

 

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Shante

MonaVie Chief Blogger

 

Sep 29, 2011

Black Diamond Kathleen Deggelman on MonaVie’s Income Disclosure Statement

The MonaVie Income Disclosure Statement (IDS) is much more than a legal document. Yes, from a legal standpoint, it's important to point to the Income Disclosure Statement when you discuss the money part of the MonaVie opportunity. This document keeps our message grounded, preventing  false financial rumors from running wild. The IDS is important to the integrity of our growing distributor base, and I appreciate it for that.

What I really appreciate about the Income Disclosure Statement, though, is that this little document is one of the most powerful marketing tools available to us. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve seen the lightbulb go off for someone when I point my finger to the weekly or annual income column on the IDS.”

FIVE ways to leverage the MonaVie Income Disclosure Statement.

 

Sep 28, 2011

FYI: Facebook Timeline

"Facebook has unveiled Timeline, a major re-imagining of user profiles that allows users to build what’s essentially a visual scrapbook of everything they’ve done on the site." Mashable

I’m a fan…not only is it pretty to look at, but it’s a great alternative to scrap booking, which saves loads on fancy paper and teeny tiny embellishments – am I right, or am I right?

Now, some may say that privacy will be even more of an issue – if you agree, then make sure you get to know your personal privacy settings. They can be your best friend or worst enemy.

Oh, and as a random side note, I recently read serving tacos in North Dakota is quite the paying gig, so should this chief blogger thing not work out…I’m gonna need me a camper trailer stat (you'll have to read the linked article to get it).

 

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Shante

MonaVie Chief Blogger

 

Sep 23, 2011

Weekly Round Up: September 23, 2011

It’s been a busy week for us here at MonaVie corporate! Here’s a round up of this week’s activity.

You first heard about it on the September 2011 North America Organizational Call with Jeff Graham, and as promised, MonaVie was featured in USA Today. Not only that, but MonaVie offered free product to new contacts wishing to know more about the MonaVie opportunity.

Well, no one could have predicted the numbers of people who would jump at the chance for free product and an opportunity to learn more about MonaVie, in that our initial supplies sold out in less than 24 hours and with over 20,000 requests received in less than 48 hours, we decided we had no choice than to allow new contacts to pre-register for our next promotion.

In case you’re wondering, MonaVie Essential was the most requested product, followed by Active, (M)mun and Pulse.

If you didn’t get the paper, MonaVie’s marketing team created a download to print and share of the full USA Today insert.

Not to distract you from the phenomenon that has been the USA Today insert, MonaVie announced a major discount to MonaVie RVL product with a dollar-for-PV value on 3-Day Sample Packs and Single Serve Pakcets.

Read all about it here.

Oh, and to finish off the action-packed week, MonaVie unveiled the “1 Billion” Ad, featured in USA Today, which states that “there are nearly 1 in 6 Americans living in poverty, according to the new Census Bureau report.”

The ad comes on the heels of a CBS News report, aired September 22, 2011, on recession and the impact on young adults, who according to the report, are at risk of living in poverty more than others.

MonaVie further states, “Community commerce (or direct selling) is the only business model truly scalable enough to address the issues at hand.”

What do you think? Let me know by leaving a comment below.

Read more about the USA Today “1 Billion” ad and the CBS News Report on recession here.

As for the social media specific sphere, are you seeing all the new changes Facebook unveiled this week? Did you notice? Is Google+ gaining on the networking superstar site? Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.

Until next week!

 

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Shante

MonaVie Chief Blogger

 

Sep 15, 2011

FYI: A List of Our MonaVie Market Fan Pages

Are you a fan of MonaVie' Facebook page? I'm assuming yes, if you followed the link posted on our Facebook page. What about MonaVie on Twitter? Great! Next question - are you a fan of MonaVie's market specific Facebook pages? No? Would you like to be? Yes? Okay then, for your ease and comfort, I have provided a list of our markets who are engaging via social media - become a fan and get of-the-moment updates across the globe.

MonaVie Australia/New Zealand

MonaVie Brasil

MonaVie United Kingdom

MonaVie Poland

MonaVie Israel

MonaVie Germany

MonaVie Malaysia

MonaVie Portugal

 

And a few of our executives you may wish to follow:

Jeff Graham

Randy Larsen

Randy Schroeder

 

Oh and one final group page you'll definitely want to friend:

The MORE Project

 

The list is growing quickly, so check back often for additions. You can also find me on Facebook and/or Twitter.

www.facebook.com/ShanteSchroeder

www.twitter.com/ShanteSchroeder

Feel free to friend me and follow me - I'm here to field your questions and fulfill my duties as MonaVie Chief Blogger. How's that for alliteration.

 

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Shante

MonaVie Chief Blogger

 

Sep 11, 2011

Reminder to read the "Latest & Greatest" on BlogMV

 

 

 

 

 

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