Q&A with Nu Skin President of Asia-Pacific Melisa Quijano on Direct Selling

Q&A with Nu Skin President of Asia-Pacific Melisa Quijano on Direct Selling

interviews, Q&A
Q1: Prior to your promotion as the Asia Pacific President of Nu Skin, you were their regional marketing director for Southeast Asia, general manager for Thailand and Malaysia, and vice president for global market services based in Nu Skin's headquarters in Utah, USA. What achievements are you most proud of? A: Over the course of the 18 years I have been with the company, Nu Skin has consistently given me a platform to do what I love, and it’s been quite a journey filled with exciting challenges and numerous accomplishments. More than any number though, our company places high value in measuring success by the number of lives that we are able to transform through this business. One instance this number rose significantly would be Nu Skin Southeast Asia going…
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Waters Philippines: Keeping You Healthy While Saving You Money by James Humarang

Waters Philippines: Keeping You Healthy While Saving You Money by James Humarang

Product, Special Features
Waters Philippines is the market leader in home water purifiers in the Philippines and has started operating in Indonesia through a subsidiary, PT Noah Health in 2015. Founded by best selling marketing author Josiah Go, it is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Josephine Recto, Waters' general manager, shares her thoughts about how the company has grown and why it attracts independent entrepreneurs to be distributors of the Korean-made Waters Bio Mineral Pot. Q1: Waters Philippines started MLM in the Philippines in 1995 even ahead of Amway and Herbalife. It has not just survived but grown despite being a consumer durable company. What made it an outlier? A: Waters Philippines has always been the opposite of the traditional MLM companies. A few common beliefs regarding direct selling and MLM success…
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Q&A with Direct Selling Association of the Philippines (DSAP) Officers  on Understanding Pyramiding Scams

Q&A with Direct Selling Association of the Philippines (DSAP) Officers on Understanding Pyramiding Scams

interviews, Q&A
Q1 Question to Max VP for Asia Joey Sarmiento: Using layman's terms, what is pyramiding and what's the main difference between legitimate multilevel marketing (MLM) and pyramiding? Answer: Network marketing or MLM is a legitimate mode of business wherein products are sold via person to person selling instead of the traditional way of selling from a fixed retail location; the objective is to sell products to the end consumers. The difference between MLM and direct selling is in the commission system wherein participants in MLM generally benefit from the sales made by people under their line of sponsorship even if they are several levels deep (e.g. an independent distributor in an MLM earns commissions not only on his/her personal product sales, and not only on the sales of a person personally recruited by him/her, but also on…
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The curse of MLM by Josiah Go

The curse of MLM by Josiah Go

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MLM is an acronym for Multi-Level Marketing, also known as network marketing. It is a form of direct selling but with the compensation plan as its core innovation; rewarding sales from people directly and indirectly recruited. The MLM compensation plan is designed in a way that network members will recruit their own downlines, which used to be the never ending job of personnel department. Mere recruitment alone gives no compensation. The grand old daddy of the MLM compensation plan is known as the stairstep-breakaway. It was adopted and proven legitimate by Amway in the USA in 1979 when it was questioned by the Fair Trade Commission (Click http://www.antipyramiding.8m.com/article3.htm for the decision). Another one of the 5 types of MLM compensation plan is the binary plan. In a binary plan, only…
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Q&A with Mary Kay Philippines Country Manager Tente Alday on Direct Selling

Q&A with Mary Kay Philippines Country Manager Tente Alday on Direct Selling

interviews, Q&A
Q1: You have been with Mary Kay for 6 years. During this period, the company's business size under you grew by 255% while total number of active sellers grew 335%. What did you do to get these remarkable results?" Women from all walks of life enjoy selling Mary Kay products because of the rewarding opportunity and flexibility offered by our home-based business model.  Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants are entrepreneurs representing every woman – she’s your best friend, the driven stay-at-home mom or the multitasking corporate professional. While all Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants can make more money by selling products to their customers, there are some Independent Beauty Consultants who decide to maximize the earning potential of having a Mary Kay business by taking leadership roles within the independent…
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Pyramiding & Unregistered Investment by Josiah Go

Pyramiding & Unregistered Investment by Josiah Go

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My article, “Identifying Pyramiding Scams”, has become the most popular entry in my blog www.josiahgo.com to-date.  As network marketing or multi-level marketing (MLM) becomes more popular, so are the numbers of unscrupulous companies calling themselves ‘MLM’ increasing, when they are actually scams. Some readers may be curious about binary plans that balance the number of recruits on your right and left sides, a scam that is masking as a legitimate MLM. To become legal, a binary plan must balance sales volume instead of the number of recruits. Others are interested to know about the 7-headers investment wherein a recruit is convinced to pay for seven business centers as they sign up with a company, an unregistered investment being peddled as a non-investment. Koscot Interplanetary was sued by the U.S. Fair Trade Commission…
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Identifying Pyramiding Scams by Josiah Go

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Among the multilevel marketing (MLM) or network marketing compensation plans being used (and abused) nowadays is the binary plan. This kind of plan allows distributors to have only two direct or first-level distributors. Any additional distributors sponsored have a "spillover" effect, meaning, they are placed at levels below the sponsoring distributors' first-level. Compensation is paid based on balancing volume on the right and left leg. There is no law that states that a binary compensation plan is illegal or is a pyramiding scheme, however, binary plans, being one of the five more popular types of network or multilevel marketing compensation plans, operate under the same laws that govern other multilevel marketing schemes, specifically the provision that disallow the practice of pyramiding schemes. Article 53 of R.A. 7394 of the Consumer Code of the Philippines states "Chain distribution plans or pyramid…
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Q&A with Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation President Dr. Anton Mari Lim about Business with a Heart

Q&A with Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation President Dr. Anton Mari Lim about Business with a Heart

interviews, Q&A
Q1: Congratulations on your leading Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation (YBHF), which started as the Zamboanga Fund for Little Kids, can you share a brief history how this boat advocacy was born? This boat advocacy started when Juljimar Gonzales shared the story of how he saw a group of kids at Layag Layag with one hand holding a plastic bag and another hand swimming towards the "DUNGGUAN" As his boat gets nearer the kids, he noticed that plastic bag contained uniforms and school supplies. At that time he recalled he did not know if he will laugh or cry. He related this story to Jay Jaboneta who was in Zamboanga at that time upon the invitation a group of bloggers for the Mindanao Bloggers Summit. Jay related the story to me and…
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