American Imperialism (corruption and Obama) has finally destroyed America

Barack Obama may have finally destroyed America’s #1 advantage

In July 1944, just weeks after the successful Allied invasion of Normandy, hundreds of delegates from around the world gathered in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire to determine the future of the global financial system.

The vision was simple: America would be the center of the universe, and every other nation would revolve around the US.

This arrangement ultimately led to the US dollar being the world’s dominant reserve currency which still remains today.

Whenever a Brazilian merchant pays a Korean supplier, that deal is negotiated and settled in US dollars.

Oil. Coffee. Steel. Aircraft. Countless commodities and products across the planet change hands in US dollars, so nearly every major commercial bank, central bank, multi-national corporation, and sovereign government must hold and be able to transact in US dollars.

This system provides a huge incentive for the rest of the world to hold trillions of dollars worth of US assets– typically deposits in the US banking system, or US government bonds.

It’s what makes US government debt the most popular “investment” in the world, why US government bonds are considered extremely liquid “cash equivalents”.

As long as this system continues, the US government can continue to go deeper into debt without suffering serious consequences.

Just imagine being totally broke… yet every time you want to borrow money there’s a crowd of delighted lenders eager to replenish your wallet with fresh funds.

This may be the US government’s #1 advantage right now.

You’d think that they would be eternally grateful and take care to never abuse this incredible privilege.

But no… not these guys.

In fact, they’ve done the exact opposite. Over the last eight years the US government has gone out of its way to eliminate as much of this benefit and alienate as many allies as possible.

They’ve abused the trust and confidence that the rest of the world placed in them by racking up record amounts of debt, waging indiscriminate wars in foreign lands, and dropping bombs on children’s hospitals by remote control.

They’ve created absurd amounts of regulations and had the audacity to expect foreign banks to comply.

Plus they’ve levied billions of dollars worth of fines against foreign banks who haven’t complied with their ridiculous regulations.

(Last week, for example, New York state financial regulators fined a Taiwanese bank $180 million for not complying with NY state law.)

And they’ve threatened to banish any foreign banks from the US financial system who don’t pay their steep fines.

Abuse. Deceit. Extortion. Not exactly great ways to win friends and influence people.

It’s as if Barack Obama pulled together the smartest guys he could find to make a list of all the ways the US government would have to screw up in order to lose its enormous financial privilege… and then he went out and did ALL of them.

The US government is practically begging the rest of the world to find an alternative to the US dollar and US banking system.

Even the government of France, a key US ally, called into question continued US dominance of the global financial system after the US government slammed French bank BNP Paribas with a $9 billion fine.

There have already been some attempts to displace the United States in the financial system.

China has been aggressively setting up its own competing financial infrastructure, something called the China International Payment System.

It’s been a slow start for the Chinese, but they’re building momentum. Though I’m not sure China is the answer in the long run.

While banks around the world may not care for the long and strong arm of the US government, the Chinese government doesn’t exactly inspire trust either.

But now there really is an alternative. Technology.

Ripple, a blockchain-style protocol that’s funded by Google Ventures (among others), is now being utilized by international banks to send and receive transactions directly.

The way international bank transfers work now relies exclusively on the US financial system.

Large foreign banks have what’s called a “correspondent account”, typically at a major US bank like JP Morgan, Citibank, etc.

A correspondent account is essentially a bank account for other banks. Our company holds funds at a bank in Singapore, for example, whose US dollar correspondent account is at Bank of New York Mellon.

Foreign banks’ US dollar correspondent accounts are typically at major Wall Street banks because that’s the epicenter of US dollar transactions.

So when a bank in Australia sends US dollars to a bank in South Africa, that payment actually flows from the Australian bank’s correspondent account in the US to the South African bank’s correspondent account in the US.

The entire transaction effectively takes place using the US banking system.

Again, this gives the US government enormous power over foreign banks. Any foreign bank that doesn’t do what Uncle Sam commands can be excommunicated from the US banking system.

And without access to the US banking system, a foreign bank will be unable to transact in US dollars, and hence unable to conduct any global business.

This is a death sentence for a bank. The US government knows this and has been blackmailing global banks for years.

But now technology is providing another option.

Banks don’t have to use the US banking system anymore; they can send real-time payments internationally using the Ripple protocol.

Two months ago a Canadian financial services company sent the first-ever institutional cross-border payment to a German bank.

This isn’t some wild theory or conjecture. It’s actually happening.

Just this morning a group of 15 banks in Japan signed up to start using Ripple, and dozens of banks plan to use the protocol within the next six months.

The technology is cheaper. Faster. Superior. And it doesn’t come with any US government strings attached.

So it seems Uncle Sam may have finally shot himself in the foot for the last time.


Original Article appeared here:
BY: Simon Black
August 23, 2016
Santiago, Chile

Inbound Marketing For Dummies

Inbound Marketing For Dummies "or"

When Out Bound Marketing and I separated our ways for good!

In 1996 or there about, I was approached by a well-known marketer, David D’Arcangelo. We were associates at that time in the Network Marketing business and we both lived in San Diego. He pitched me on a new deal he felt was a considerable advantage in the industry, had an organization begun (He has a large sphere of influence from his radio shows). He was proposing he run major ads in papers like USA Today, etc. and round robin the incoming leads to the new distributors. He felt that he and I could work together on this and build a sound solution for the ‘rank and file” recruits. With his name and advertising and the advantage I had because I owned a big marketing system (which came to be known as Veretekk).

I enrolled about 10 people based on this agreement and we scheduled our first tele bridged conference call. My wife Annette (my girlfriend at the time) and I were excited before the call began. On the call nothing was said about a Co-op distribution round robin. What did transpire, was David took control of the call from me, then quickly introduced his friend John Green and pitched the leads John Green was selling from CuttingEdgeMedia (This is my recollection).  John Green and David claimed they were awesome pre interviewed leads and cost $20 each.

Annette immediately expressed her anger that we had been baited and switched, and the call was a disaster. I was also angered as I have always found buying leads a foolish pursuit. Ho9wever, this time< I wanted to use these leads to conduct a real survey.

I paid for 100 leads, about $2000 for the 100 super hot, pre interviewed hot ready to join my business leads. I also bought the USA Today white pages on CD Rom as a control subject.

I spent 4 weeks and tracked the results in an Excel Spread sheet. I called every lead in that database. I called everyday of the week. At 3 different times for each lead at 10am, 2pm, and 6pm. I also called Saturdays at 12 noon and 8 pm in their time zone until I actually talked to someone.

Of the John Greene leads 80% of the list was contacted. 20% never answered or numbers were disconnected or wrong numbers. Of the remaining 80% I was able to talk to 80% said very nasty profanity at me, demanded I remove them from the list, and were extremely angered and some threatened me with legal action. Even when I explained I was doing “lead” research, told them who sold them and that they were supposedly interviewed.

Not one was interviewed. Either they called me a liar or the provider a liar or said they had no recollection of being interviewed. There were 2 out of the 100 who expressed some interest in the business, but further calls were never answered and nothing ever came from these halfhearted interests.

USA Today leads

In sharp contrast I must report on the 100 names and phones numbers I pulled from the USA Today white pages disk as a control to the research. Of the 100 I called on the same routine, 97% connected. Not one of them expressed anger, called me names or hung up on me. Most of them were still not interested, but I did get 12 very interested to join and 3 actually did join.

This is Outbound Marketing

This technique to cold call is a daunting process even back in the days, even for professionals. Today it is virtually a total waste of time. When people do answer and don’t know who you are 96% just hang up. The others usually take some time to insult you. It is over. Outbound marketing is now a total waste of time and money.

It is time to understand Inbound Marketing

So I have produced this blog and video for the Dummies out there. It is Inbound Marketing for Dummies. If you are ever going to find success, you are going to have to embrace, understand and intitiate the process called Inbound Marketing.

You are in luck, because Markethive is one of the top state of the art, “Inbound Marketing” platforms in the world and it is the only one that is free!

Inbound Marketing For Dummies

By now you probably heard some of the buzz about inbound marketing. But just what exactly is it?

Inbound marketing is like marketing with a magnet vs. a megaphone.  Its marketing based on quality content, that attracts a steady stream of qualified leads.

At this point and time outbound marketing has completely lost it edge. Did you know that the average person sees anywhere from 3000 to 20,000 outbound advertisements per day? No wonder no one is paying any attention.

Shouting at your audience with a megaphone is no longer the most cost-effective or productive way of marketing your business, Inbound Marketing is.  The cool part is that inbound marketing methods are almost always less time-consuming and less expensive than traditional lead generation methods.  

Not only are they cheaper but they are more effective.  Inbound leads are eight times more likely to become customers, and close at a much higher rate.  In fact while outbound marketing has an average closing rate of 1.7%, inbound marketing has an astounding closing rate of 14.6%.

All that savings means the companies that Focus primarily on inbound marketing, typically spend 62% less per lead than companies that don't.  So how does it work?  

Think of it like a giant funnel, prospects come in at the top, happy customers come out the bottom.  Today 88% of consumers are conducting their own product research online before making a purchase.  

Therefore the key to being found and trusted on the web is generating relevant content to what people are searching for.  This is the first part of our inbound marketing funnel.  Once you have their attention we need to capture their information.  

Generally this is done with more awesome content in the form of digital media such as free offers, articles, case studies, videos, free services and more.  The next part of our marketing funnel is where we create an automated system, by which we turn these qualified leads which came in from our offers into Happy paying customers, who refer more new customers because of all the awesome content you're putting up.  

At Markethive we deliver inbound marketing methods such as SEO, Broadcasting, Capture Pages, Social Media, massive reach, Work Groups, Co-op Advertising videos, and so much more, to establish you as the authority in your industry, and create a client magnet that will generate a constant stream of qualified leads just for you.  Let us help you to establish an online presence, attract new leads, and convert prospects all on autopilot.

Marketing Manager Staff




Is Content Marketing Really Important (and if so…why)

Is Content Marketing Really That Important (and if so…why?)

Let’s think this question through thoroughly for a moment, shall we?

Over the last several years we’ve heard a lot of talk about Content Marketing. There was a time when everybody and their grandmother was talking about content marketing, writing articles about it, and claiming to be an expert in it. And it’s still almost that way although the temptation to flog the buzz-word seems to have died down a little.

I myself was never very much in Content Marketing. Or at least in making it a religion.

For one reason, I am never at a loss for something to blog about. Whether or not my blog had many readers wasn´t big concern to me because, frankly I didn’t care (and mostly still don’t). I wrote almost for fun… about the things that satisfied and interested me. And my opinion was that if everybody else liked the same things that I did then I wouldn’t be the unique guy that I think I am.

But, assuming that content marketing is a reality in the online world….is it really useful and  important?

I think it is… and here’s why (illustrated with  a recent event)?

Because of the unique blogging (i.e. publishing) system we have in Markethive, I do all my article publishing from there. From within Markethive, my articles syndicate out to which ever WP blog I select from the several that I own (our system allows us to do that) as well as whatever social media accounts I have connected (e.g. Facebook and Twitter) to our system.

We also have a 3rd party Facebook plugin (we are currently developing our own) which further syndicates those Facebook posts out to an almost infinite number of FB Groups (if I have set it up). Some of our publishers have ‘reaches’ for their content approaching a million or more.

We (at Markethive) think our system is pretty nifty system and, considering that it’s integrated with a lot of other useful features within our platform, we honestly don’t know of anything similar or better…and certainly not a system which is ‘FREE’ like ours (we’re ad-supported).

So what’s connection between this Markethive functionality (which we call BlogCasting and BlogSwipe) and the question I raised about content Marketing?

The connection is that it’s hard to get people’s attention today. It has to be done with great finesse. People are busy, they don’t like their privacy being disrespected, and it’s very easy for them to slam a digital door in an intruding marketer’s face.

Most people have taken a while to learn the skills they have and they naturally resist having new ideas, products, or services shoved down their throat. It’s not that they’re not interested in new things. They’re simply busy, they’ve got their own bills to pay with the skills with the skills and systems they currently have, and they usually don’t have the luxury of idle chat.

Plus, nobody likes the feeling of being swept into and down somebody else’s sales funnel when they’re busy trying to manage their own.

Back to content marketing.

People do read. It’s like putting a Salt Lick out in the forest to attract deer. If people stumble across content cleverly placed there by a savvy Inbound Marketer, and they read it, and it resonates with them…..what’s their natural impulse?

They’re going to make an executive decision and follow up on that content until their interest is satisfied, right? And hopefully that pulls them willingly into your or my sales funnel and it makes us a few bucks and/or a new friend, right?

That’s why the other name for Content Marketing is ‘Attraction Marketing’. Yes, it is unfortunate that we usually can’t proactively approach people and get some of their time…  but that’s just the way it is. It happens in dating all the time.

So, if content marketing is important, the next question is how to do it.

I think there’s two parts to the answer to that question (and the real point of this article):

  1. Do it in massive quantity.

  2. Do it with superlative quality.

I believe that #2 is a factor of either our own experience or being able to somehow leverage the experience of others (e.g. hiring someone or using some sort of tool that ensures quality content).

#1, I believe, is a problem more readily solved with the right tools. One such tool is the Markethive Inbound Marketing platform. Markethive is not yet a household word but is equatable, and we believe superior, to better known Inbound Marketing platforms such as HubSpot, Pardot, Eloqua, and others which commonly cost well upwards of $1,000 @ month.

Markethive was specifically designed for the small to medium sized online entrepreneur who wanted the quality and effectiveness of the inbound marketing platforms used by much larger companies with big budgets but who simply could not afford the hefty cost.

Markethive solved that problem by making many unique features available through an ad-supported model similarly to Facebook, YouTube, and others. Plus, Markethive has one unique viral advantage that no other inbound marketinng system has — our global community of entrepreneurs who use Markethive on a daily basis and give it incredible viral reach. Many of these community members date even back to 1998 and Markethive’s predecessor company, Veretekk.

In summary, Content Marketing is necessary because it’s really the only way to consistently get the attention of today’s busy online decision maker. However, up until recently the average home-based entrepreneur simply couldn’t afford a system like Markethive.

Now that Markethive has been thoroughly field-tested for over two years by it’s international community of independent, online entrepreneurs, the greater, global market has the Markethive total marketing system at its disposal.

Markethive is currently preparing a global launch. Watch for it and prepare to be delighted, amazed, and empowered.


Art Williams
Martkethive Developer, Case Study Writer, and Networker
713 701 1853
Skype: atwill4


Today’s MLM Industry – Turned by The Dark Side

Today’s MLM Industry – Turned By The Dark Side

Yes, it’s true. The MLM industry has been under a lot of fire lately and justifiably so. If you know anything about the industry you know that the FTC recently slapped Herbalife with a $200,000,000 fine. But does that mean the MLM model is fundamentally wrong?

No, it doesn’t.

The only thing that’s ‘wrong’ in the MLM industry is the attitude that has pretty much permeated it over the last 20+ years, i.e. the attitude that it is OK to sell hopes and dreams instead of real value and results and the attitude that it is OK to sell overpriced crap as long as the top guys and gals got rich doing it.

Is there a better way?  

Is there a way that’s a win-win-win for the consumer (most importantly)-the Distributor- and the Company?

Yes there is.

And would you like to know what that ‘secret sauce’ of MLM success is?

The answer is that above all a successful MLM company must:

  1. Have a superlative and affordable product that brings real value to the consumer.

  2. The consumer must want to purchase that product regardless of whether there is an opportunity connected with it or not. And….

  3. The company must consider the customer first and foremost.

In other words, if it won’t sell at retail in the ‘open market’ for more money than the distributor pays the company for it at wholesale, it’s not a good deal for anybody and it’s certainly not a smart business opportunity financially or ethically, for the Distributor.

At Markethive, we coined a term for these characteristics (and several others).

We say that these kinds of MLM companies are ‘customer centric’. We believe that the MLM companies who survive the increasing government regulatory scrutiny(as evidenced by Herbalife’s fine) and an increasingly more savvy consumer will be few and far between. Those MLM companies which continue to operate with the ‘Old School’ MLM mentality won’t be around much longer.

We know of only one company which today is truly customer centric. More about that company below.

Network Marketing is in trouble but it’s not likely to die overnight.

Here's why the industry is in trouble: 

First of all, millions of people still realize they don’t have any other viable choices. And the fact is that while most MLM opportunities do ‘suck’, Network Marketing done-right (!) is still a fair shot at success for more people than any other business model.  

Secondly, it is unfortunate but true that the traditional Network Marketing industry has gotten pretty good at selling ‘hopes and dream’… even though that’s about all they have to sell. But still, the hopes-and-dreams model of recruiting still for them. At least for now.

They know that the average person is going to recruit one or two people and then they’ll be gone. And then the company will recruit more starry-eyed newbies and the cycle will repeat itself over and over and over.

But is this really success and are these companies really successful?

Many informed observers think that they are not. And we tend to agree.

Here’s how to spot an MLM company not likely to make it:

  • Claims to ‘sell’ a product but hardly any retail sales are actually made and the ratio of Distributors to actual customers is 9:1 (or worse!)

  • Distributors buy products mostly to maintain commission rank and not for real retail sales or voluntaryor preferential consumption.  

  • Only the top leaders make big money and hardly anyone even breaks even.

  • The company spends lavishly on Hollywood type ‘events’ rather than helping the Distributor.

  • The company does not encourage or support the Distributor in using modern technology to sell effectively in the digital age.

Those are just a few of the signs of a ‘bad’ MLM company.

The fact is that the vast majority of traditional MLM companies have forgotten something which is truly critical to their own survival and it has nothing to do with how many distributors the company has or how big their distributor teams are.

The really important metric is, ‘how many people really buy their product because they like it and how many of them keep buying it regardless of whether or not they have any interest in the business opportunity or not? If a product won’t sell on it’s own, at retail, and if average distributors can’t make money in the opportunity, it is neither a sustainable market nor is it a sustainable business opportunity.

In fact, one of the biggest reasons why there are so many X-MLM distributors floating around, with their horror stories about their past ‘MLM opportunity’, is because they were all told that their first priority should be to recruit more distributors rather than make retail sales. I’ve been through that and probably YOU have too, right?

Of course, if you’ve been in Network Marketing before you know that few if any Network Marketing companies have affordable products that people really want to buy irrespective of the business opportunity.

MLM distributors have always been told that high turnover was normal and that the reason they couldn’t large organizations was that they didn’t really try, they didn’t ‘want it bad enough’, or that it was supposed to take a long time to ‘make it up on the stage with the superstars’ getting the big checks.

You’ve probably heard that too, right?

Sadly, many people ‘bought’ that line of thinking and kept trying and trying and getting more and more frustrated until not only all their money was gone but so were the vast majority of their friends. Maybe you know what the NFL club is. That’s the “No Friends Left” club, right?

The reality in the MLM industry is that very few MLM products are truly an essential or highly valued part of the average person’s lifestyle. And those that do have some unique features are almost always so expensive that they qualify as luxuries that don’t fit into most people’s budget especially in these financially stressed times. 

And that’s not to mention that some MLM products are complete hoaxes OR there are cheaper versions of the same product available on the open market.

That’s why the image above is the image that most people associate with Network Marketing or MLM opportunities. How many times have you and your friends made jokes about this? It’s also the reason why many people only dream about but never expect to find a really good Network Marketing company.

This is the image that turns people off about Network Marketing and drives so many sincere, enthusiastic, hard-working distributors out of the industry. But this is NOT Valentus!

Indeed, sometimes a really remarkable company does come along. A company that has a truly ‘life style’ product, that the distributor can buy in bulk, sell at a legitimate retail profit, have a happy customer base, and (if they so chose) build a network of other happy and successful distributors.

When you find such a company, it really is possible to build a sustainable, profitable business and a family legacy to be proud of.

Another good thing about a good MLM business model is that, if you chose to, you can build your business regionally, nationally, or globally and you can even do most or all of it online (just like Amazon or eBay) if your company is truly progressive. You’re running a real business instead of a recruiting mill.

Companies which focus on only on ‘Hopes and Dreams’ and recruiting are doomed to fail.

The number one goal of every real business since the beginning of time has been customer acquisition… i.e. the ability of the business owner to acquire and retain customers throughout the lifespan of his/her business. An honest Network Marketing company should have the same priority… as Valentus does.

The vision of my group of network marketers is to have more customers than distributors at all times… although we are at the present stage looking for leaders to build an international distribution network of key leaders to take our unique line of weight loss coffee and other great products to the consumer.

And by the way – our almost daily flood of testimonials prove that our products do not disappoint.

Do YOU know anybody who likes coffee and who might want to lose a few excess pounds and/or inches?!

I’ll bet you do 🙂

Let’s sit down and talk about it… (╥︣﹏᷅╥)

Seriously, network Marketing can work for you if you work with the right company like our group of community members here at Markethive, are doing right now. We buy into the supplier company, Valentus, with a business builder pack for $499. This qualifies us at the Ruby level and allows us to buy and sell our products at low, wholesales prices on a monthly basis and maintain a positive cash flow.

Customer Centric Ideas For Network Marketing

Our customers are having fantastic results with our products. Just look and listen to the testimonials on my website, here. With results like these it’s no wonder that our Distributors who simply ‘Sample and Invite’ are doing incredible volume, advancing rapidly, and making money in our organization. Many for the first time ever in MLM.  

It’s a beautiful thing. You’ll be amazed at how your attitude toward Network Marketing will change when you finally start making repeat sales, making real money, and recruiting new team members because if they loved it at retail they knew they’d love it better as a distributor.

As you sell product to your customer base, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that there are lots of people not only who are very receptive to a great tasting coffee that helps them lose pounds and inches but who also are X-MLM veterans who haven’t lost their “Why” or their Dreams and are interested in making some extra money or a replacement income within your team.

There’s no science to explain. It’s just, “You like coffee? Here…Drink this.”

And imagine not being afraid to ask your customers, “Hi! How much weight or inches have you lost?” It’s really exciting to make money with a product that works. No more hoping you won’t have to face your X-Distributors or X-customers. 

We even have proprietary technology, within Markethive, which you can use to create an automated system that drives leads and sales to you or even into your distributor organization. We believe in building deep and strong (and not wide and greedy).

But don’t think that our business opportunity doesn’t require some form of work. It does. Hard work is required no matter what you do in life to reach success. We do run a business but we are very supportive within our team because we believe that ‘a rising tide floats all boats’.

If you’d like to listen to some of our recorded conference calls, you can. And you’ll hear incredible stories of success in short periods of time that are unheard of in other Network Marketing companies…stories that certainly are unheard of for a company like ours that’s only 2 years old (but we’re already approaching $3,000,000 @ month in sales volume).

If you do nothing — you earn nothing. But if you can say, “Do you know anyone who likes coffee and might like to lose weight and inches?, our business is not hard. All you need to do is ask that magic question, give some samples, and follow up.

If you have experience in Network Marketing, you know that companies which have highly demonstrable, affordable, and consumable products (and are well managed) always do very well. We are a company like that.

Matter of fact, our senior leader is Tom Prendergast, CEO of Tom is a remarkably capable but relatively silent MLM superstar who in his prior MLM company almost put them out of business by recruiting 141,000 customers in just a few months. In his first MLM company several years before that he actually did recruit so many customers that his company did go out of business.

But now we need to talk about YOU

Have you been involved in Network Marketing before?

If so, how long have you been involved in the industry and how many companies have you been with?

How many companies have you been with?

Do you still a Big Dream?

What kind of options do you see in your future right now?

And last but not least, are you open to learning a whole new, customer centric way of building a profitable, fun, and sustainable business with an affordable, high-demand, high-quality product and a record-setting team?

If your answer is "yes" to at least most of these questions, especially the last one, then I would like to talk to you and see if you would be a good fit for our team.

My first requirement is that you need to join me and our team at Markethive. Even if you’re in another MLM company, you can still benefit from the free Markethive membership although you will not get a special extra benefit that we extend to Valentus members… as described below.

Once you’re in Markethive, you’ll need to set up your account and go through the easy and free Alpha Trailblazer upgrade. Then follow the instructions to set up your profile page.

Once that’s done I will connect with you through social media (facebook, linkedin etc.) to exchange phone numbers to discuss our business opportunity with you and ask you to join our Valentus business group within Markethive.

We prefer to go through these steps, just like a job interview, to find those individuals who really qualify. We are real business people who want to make sure that the people who join our business will be ín synch’ with our values and our business model.

We require the purchase of the business builder pack within our organization because you can’t sell from an empty cart and people WILL want the product.

Also, you receive a free Markethive Inbound Marketing platform, along with full training, to promote your Valentus business (and any other business you might be involved in) online. There is no other Inbound Marketing Platform on the internet as powerful as Markethive. Yet, amazingly, it is totally free.

We can do this because Markethive is advertising supported (just like Facebook, YouTube, and many other popular social platforms). No training, tools, or support are withheld even though amazingly our top competitors with Markethive (e.g. companies like Pardot, Marketo, or Eloqua) cost $1,000 or more per month.

Benefits of Joining Our Business at the Business Builder Level

There are reasons and benefits to our Ruby level requirement. The main reason is that as a Ruby Distributor with Valentus you earn higher commissions. You also will advance more quickly and you won’t lose sales by not having inventory. You will get sales if you Sample and Invite.

Note: our product actually sells at a profit on eBay too… if you set it up like we can show you. For that reason, there is zero risk of losing your money with this opportunity and no other company can make that claim and back it up with proof.

But wait…it gets even better!

Remember that ‘extra benefit’ I mentioned?

We also reward those team members who purchase the Ruby Level business builder pack with the affiliate rank in Markethive known as Alpha Entrepreneur! This package is valued realistically at $5000!

When you join our team, we will match your effort 110% as long as you are actively involved in trying to build your business. We won’t give up on you if you don’t.

For myself and our team, I look forward to welcoming you into two remarkable and unique companies… Markethive and Valentus. Buckle up!

Art Williams
Markethive Alpha Legacy Member and Developer
Valentus Ruby Team Leader
Skype: atwill4

Lead Nurturing according to Markethive

Our Lead Nurturing System

is the only system that does not violate good email practices

Companies that excel at lead nurturing generate 50% more sales-ready leads at 33% lower cost. (Forrester Research)

(Or, how to build an effective email auto responder campaign primarily attracting your outside leads via capture pages, to join through you in Markethive’s Social Network. Then we, as a team, continue to turn your leads into raving advocates and your best friends. Remember, Markethive is your partner)

What we are not and never will be

Let me explain what the traditional nurturing systems do and how we do not utilize their spying bad email practices. First, let me illustrate how traditional email nurturing works. A typical corporate inbound marketing email system uses hidden image pixels within their email that reports back to the server, the IP address, email address, geo location and when that email is opened and how many times it is opened and the dates and times it is opened.

Now what Lead Nurturing is really all about according to Markethive

Selling in today’s market isn’t for the timid or inexperienced marketer. Today’s prospects are researching according to their needs and on their terms, and they expect treatment accordingly and with respect. They are drawn towards companies and services that are personalized, friendly and timely. As marketers we must be ready to meet each prospective customer on their terms their way.

How can you make sure you are sharing the right information at the right time, and getting it to the right person? Markethive’s lead systems automate this process for you. As an entrepreneur seeking to attract likeminded entrepreneurs, Markethive’s Alpha Workshop systems, gently coach your leads (your children) through a learning and awareness program. This program rewards your “leads” (your children) to expand their profiles (IE: Phone numbers, Skype address, multiple Social Networks, keeping the email current, etc.)  This process wields you to your leads, prospects (now you know why we call them children) for life.

Unlike the “other” traditional vertical systems, Markethive’s workshops, tools, and social networks, develop your prospects into well educated, integrated members of your own social network within the Markethive overall system.

When your “campaigns” bring in “leads” at the core of your custom Markethive auto responders, should always include an invite into the Markethive environment via your automatically “dripping” relevant messages to your leads over time.

The Markethive system can address various products of interest, pain points, common objections during the sales cycle, and more, depending upon your targets and goals, the number of campaigns you build the crossover of these campaigns and your eventual goal being to turn prospects into subscribers, subscribers into customers and those customers into lifelong friends.

With Markethive’s campaign systems, your system’s customers are placed on a track based on what we know about them. You’re learning more about your customers every day — as they learn more about you — so the nurturing process is a two pronged arena, both from your customized systems and the Markethive Social Network. Eventually all your leads become associated with you becoming your “children” or family for life, obviously you becoming the “parent”.

Stop wasting time.

If you engage a “child “lead too early, you have to spend a lot of time explaining what your solution does and pitching the value. Nurturing has the power to significantly speed up your connected cycle by taking care of some of that education before a lead even becomes active within the Markethive Network. It’s effective for both those actively evaluating your brand, and those who aren’t quite there yet — just make sure you use data to deliver the right message.

Markethive sees to it your leads are raised up effectively preparing them to embrace working with you and appreciating the power of the Markethive system and the incredible ease of the learning venture.

No longer deal with Dormant Leads

Today we are strapped for time and resources. If you’re balancing multiple priorities and doing everything manually, it’s easy to go too long without checking up on your leads. Markethive fills the gap with our constant offering and rewards for our automated and live marketing workshops. These workshops address all the power of the Markethive platform, turning your "lead“" (children” into virtual marketing warriors.

When you add your own flavor to this process, your “children” become loyal lifetime clients, friends and associates for life.

So it makes sense to add the invite to join your Markethive family to all your autoresponder campaigns with Markethive capture pages and widgets.

Building your own Campaigns to nurture your array of leads

Markethive’s core focus is building your portfolio of Markethive “children” leads into powerful allies joining you to improve your overall marketing effectiveness and reach.

Depending on the type of capture lead you develop; here are a few examples to build your capture page leads into members of your business, team, agenda, etc.

Welcome Campaign

Welcome emails in response to a particular offer are highly anticipated, frequently opened, and simple to automate. By turning your welcome emails into a nurturing campaign, you can begin to establish a lasting relationship. In the initial email, remember to remind them why they converted, confirm their opt-in, and let them know what to expect from your program. Then, start providing them with light, educational content to build awareness and keep them interested. Be sure to keep it targeted based on the offer they converted on and especially invite them to join Markethive as your special member offering them the many incentives Markethive offers. Invite them to your Markethive blogs and Groups to join and experience the power and family of the Markethive experience.

Top-of-Mind Campaign

The top-of-mind drip is designed to engage with your leads at regular intervals, preventing leads from forgetting about your company and getting swooped up by your competitors. This drip takes place over a longer period of time, providing sales with consistent touch points, and uses content primarily focused on value to the prospect. For early-stage leads, make sure to choose the right content. Start engaging them with interesting Markethive blog posts, helpful third-party content, and other content around related topics, and watch for key activities that indicate they are interested in learning more about your actual offering. Engaging in your blogs or joining your groups signals your leads are ready to upgrade to the culture of the Entrepreneur and join you in Markethive as a premium lead (we call them childen).

Re-engagement Campaign

Have an old list on Aweber or another email service? Here is an idea. Not all of your prospects will make it through this process. But by consistently inviting your lead databases on the other email systems, to engage in your Markethive blogs, join your Markethive groups or come subscribe and experience the difference with the first Market Network called Markethive. Markethive’s workshops make your leads become family. And that makes for a loyalty program that lasts a lifetime.

Product-focused Campaign

As prospects progress through the sales process and begin to seek out more product-focused content, you’ll want to make sure they’re getting the right product information from your series of auto responders, instead of a competitor or biased third party. Focus on your prospects’ pain points, how your product can address them, and the key features and benefits that will help along the way. For this type of drip, you’ll want to invite them to Markethive Groups regarding the case studies, customer testimonials, data sheets, and more in-depth white papers found there. Be sure you have visibility into all touchpoints with your customers so that you can tailor your conversations based on activity history. Remember; produce auto responders that engage your leads to continue the reading via your Markethive blogs (In other words, do not tell the whole story in your email). This is where you will be able to convert many of your leads into raving maniacs!

Competitive Drips

This type of campaign focuses on differentiating your product or service from your competitors by highlighting the advantages of using your product, as well as the disadvantages of not using it (note: you’ll want to refrain from harping on the disadvantages of your competitors’ products, since this can come off as distasteful). Focus your content on the priorities of your prospects and the competitors that come up in deals with your company. A general differentiator campaign can be effective, but if you know that a customer is currently using or evaluating a particular competitor, you can really position your product to win. Invite them to a special Group that is being set up to evaluate the different products and reporting within that Markethive Group. Access to the Groups does require Markethive (free) subscription and this is exactly what you want with all your contacts. To work within the Market Network of Markehive.

Industry Expertise Drips

As prospects move closer to the middle of the funnel (register for a Markethive account), it becomes important to reinforce that your company is the right choice. Pass on any helpful press releases, industry reports, or high-traffic content as part of this drip to establish your company’s authority. For example, if your company was recently covered by an analyst report, be sure to share it with your prospects and put your own spin on the review. Make sure all relevant information is available in Markethive Blogs and Groups.

Promotional Drips

As your prospects near the purchase stage of the sales funnel, a well-timed promotion or special discount can be just the catalyst they need. (Markethive has numerous services to offer for this) Consider offering special pricing or additional features based on their individual needs, especially if you’re working with bigger accounts where closing the deal is critical to growing your business. This also works well for companies that use a free trial model. The right offer near the end of the trial can help encourage customers to commit. (Like I keep saying, with Markethive’s Hive Portals and other powerful services for free, building a huge organization of customers, clients, friends and advocates, is real easy)

Onboarding Campaign

Onboarding a new client will always be a high-touch and manual process, and rightly so. However, nurturing campaigns allow you to automate some of the more repetitive tasks involved in onboarding, like providing introductory training resources, a list of next steps after close, timelines for product kickoffs, and frequently asked questions. These helpful resources can help your new clients get started on their own, without having to wait on a customer service rep for assistance.

Upsell Drip

The upsell (or cross-sell) campaign is designed to capitalize on your existing clients. By providing your clients with information and incentives to expand the list of products they are using, you can drive more revenue with little effort. Just be sure to focus your message around the benefits of the new offering, and remember to use a tone that feels friendly and approachable to your customers.

Renewal Campaign

Renewal nurtures can be a convenient way to remind your existing customers that it is time to renew their contracts. This drip can be triggered a month (or more) before the renewal date, send multiple reminder emails over a specified period of time, and notify the assigned account manager if no action takes place. This makes it far less likely that your clients will miss the renewals on their contracts, and takes the tedium out of the process for your service reps.

How Lead Nurturing Usually Works

The benefits of implementing a lead nurturing program are pretty self-explanatory, but how does nurturing actually work? Let’s take a look at some of the mechanics behind nurturing to see the steps involved in setting up a successful nurturing program.

1. Choose the type of campaign you would like to run. As discussed in the previous chapter, there are several different types of programs you can run based on what you want to accomplish. Are you hoping to revive inactive leads? Remind your current clients that renewals are fast approaching? Your next steps will hinge on this initial decision.

2. Choose the list you would like to nurture. Lists and segmentations are the reason that drip emails can be so highly targeted. If you want to nurture a specific segment of your database, sort these prospects or clients onto the same list. Need some inspiration to get your wheels turning? Try segmenting by specific locations, certain product segments, new users, or leads who have been cold for longer than six months. You can use logic rules to filter your prospects accordingly; this will also ensure any new prospects entering your database are evaluated and added to the campaign automatically.

3. Build up your flow and decide on your content.

Once you’ve decided which list to target with your campaign, you’re ready to develop your drip campaign and choose your content. There are several items to consider here:

• How often will you be sending drip emails to this list? This will depend on the type of campaign you’re running. If you have a long sales cycle and are targeting a list of inactive leads, consider spacing emails further apart. Other emails, like training emails or time-sensitive renewals, might be spaced closer together. As a general rule of thumb, we recommend sending emails between six and 30 days apart (to prevent sending more than one email in one week, or going more than a month between touch points).

• How complex do you want your drip campaigns to be? Your nurturing tracks can be as simple or as complicated as you want — it all depends on the drip logic that you create. Nurturing campaigns can be set up linearly, where prospects will progress through them in straight lines, offering different action points to different capture pages, groups, blogs, profile page to eventually bring them all into the social environment of Markethive where the ultimate nurturing occurs.

• Don’t forget Markethive. With capture widgets that can be embedded into blogs, capture pages, landing pages, etc. any auto responder can easily branch but should always lead to your leads (that are not Markethive Members) to become Markethive Members, where the extreme nurturing takes place.

• What will trigger each prospect to move to the next stage of the drip program? Lead nurturing is a type of trigger-based marketing, a technique that allows marketers to deliver highly relevant messaging based on a prospect’s response or reaction to an offer. Marketers can use many differing incentives to pull from your flat leads list (limited to a name, email), whether in Markethive, Aweber, Get Response, Mail Chimp, etc. to come into the extreme nurture environment of Markethive.

Markethive the ultimate Lead Nurturing environment:

You invite a list of customers to register for an upcoming webinar. Those who register are thanked and sent a related blog post. Those who do not open their email or respond are undetected. Markethive uses only good email practices. Put spying agents into an email to determine if it gets opened goes against our privacy policies and good email practices.

A prospect on an early-stage education nurture accesses your latest e-book offer, views several key pages on your Markethive blog, or registers into your Markethive capture page to view a video. Their value shoots up quickly as they finally enter into the Markethive environment! Email drips should always include invites to join Markethive Membership. You get the upgrade notification, and quickly connect with her, seeing her activity history so you understand exactly what she’s interested in.

Markethive invented Inbound Marketing. We did this back in the 1990s with a company called Veretekk. Our primary drive was we found spam, telemarketer calls and email violation (bad email practices) wrong, distasteful and not effective. Back then the standard procedure was to buy a database, spam them, cold call them and beat them over the head. This did not work, violated my “Do Good” policies in general.

In building the first Inbound Marketing, I focused on attracting traffic and offering them valuable services for free in return for their contact information. Once subscribed to a traffic portal we nurtured them to subscribe to the “whole enchilada” the Veretekk membership, where we trained and empowered them and most upgraded there to become paying subscribers and advocating zealots.

That was 20 years ago. A lot has evolved, but the underlying principles of integrity and good practices still remains foundational to Markethive.

Thus we built the Inbound Marketing platform (Markethive) to always result in the “lead, prospect” to ultimately enter into the Markethive community where true nurturing can occur in the social environment. We offer this alternative so we can avoid utilizing email sniffing techniques that in the opinion of email security companies like SORBs and IronPort are violations of privacy and considered bad email practices.

How does an email sniffer work? When an email is sent it will have a 1 pixel coded image that alerts a script on the mother server when it displays. All image displays draw upon the server and live a log footprint, IP address, date stamp as well as other information transferred that is  found in that image name string.

This is akin to spying and is why email clients like Gmail default your email to NOT display images. The only thing an email sender should tract in an email is its deliverability or if it bounced and why. (ie: Spam, Mail Box Full. No such client “server to server codes”). And we do report that data in our system.

This is an example tracking image link:

Enough said? Markethive offers Good Practices and a better Lead Nurturing environment and solution. There are no shortcuts with Markethive. We always do it right.

Thomas Prendergast
CEO  Markethive Inc.

Market-Network: A New Type of Business Model

Market-Network: A New Type of Business Model

Social network. Marketplace. SaaS. These buzzwords are no longer synonyms of massive business opportunities.

The gold rush has already happened.

But a new business model has emerged.

Market-networks are hybrid animals: part social network, part marketplace, part SaaS. [1]

It’s a social network. Professionals use profile pages to showcase their work and demonstrate their credibility. They also connect with each other and build relationships.

It’s a marketplace. Professionals come online together to find other parties with whom they can do business.

It’s a SaaS tool. Professionals use the tools on the top of the marketplace to negotiate, do the job, or manage the paperwork.

Social networks are designed to connect people. Marketplaces are built to sell simple products and services at scale. SaaS tools are here to make your job easier.

Market-networks focus on more complex services; the types of services that are not easily scalable and require more human collaboration. [1]

So get your pick-axe and prepare yourself for the next gold rush.

Think about the number of opportunities in M&A, scientific research, construction, management consulting, marketing, media production…

[1] Thanks to James Currier for sharing his thoughts on this emerging business model.

[2] Here are a couple of examples:

AngelList is a market-network.

It’s a social network for startups and investors. It’s a marketplace where business angels can find startups to invest in and startups can post job openings. It’s a SaaS tool that helps business angels create syndicates and startups get introduced to business angels.

Contently is a market-network.

It’s a social network for freelance writers. It’s a marketplace where companies can find writers to create content—articles, eBooks, and other kinds of marketing collateral. It’s a SaaS tool that helps content marketers organize their editorial calendar, manage the writers’ work, and track the performance with analytics.

Article originated here:

Meet Writer Guerric

Guerric de Ternay is an entrepreneur
and digital & marketing strategist. A large
chunk of his work focuses on behavioral
science, customer experience, and digital
strategy. His passion?
Helping people and businesses level up.



When Markethive discovered herself

From Social Networks to Market Networks


Markethive is a full suite “Inbound Marketing” platform integrated with a full scale “social network” targeting the 800 million “Entrepreneur” global populations. Like Facebook meets Pardot. This new revolution of the next wave of progressions is known as Market Networks, compared to the last wave of Social Networks. Even MarketHive’s name reflects this new revolution. Experts predict the “Market Network” will dwarf the “Social Network” market.

1. Founder (Thomas Prendergast): 40 years’ experience in Ad Agency and Marketing professional. Educated and developed technology awareness from 1982 – 1992 in the Silicon Valley. Visionary, skilled programmer, innovation 1sts, Stanford and UCSD Super Computer Center foundations and over 20 years building marketing innovation on the Internet.

2. Pardot, a full scale Inbound Marketing Platform (very similar to Markethive's platform) sold for $95 million to complete the ExactTarget platform in preparation to be sold to Sales Force for 2.5 billion Using these metrics it is easy to assign a value to Markethive of a minimum of $100 million. see story:

3. The experts (like Nir Eyal) and many bloggers (like Guerric de Ternay) are recognizing the new emerging systems called Market Networks.

  1. Market-networks are hybrid animals: part social network, part marketplace, part SaaS.
  2. It’s a social network. Professionals use profile pages to showcase their work and demonstrate their credibility. They also connect with each other and build relationships.
  3. It’s a marketplace. Professionals come online together to find other parties with whom they can do business.
  4. It’s a SaaS (Software as a System) tool. Professionals use the tools on the top of the marketplace to negotiate, do the job, or manage the paperwork.

4. Hooked: Systems that improve with age are the sought after prizes as they retain growth and are considered monopolies, not commodities. Markethive possesses this trait on 4 serious levels.

  1. Leads (called children) from the profile pages advance organically and improve with time
  2. Blog subscribe organically builds subscribers (automatically publishing) to top social networks
  3. Profile page improves with organic advancement in workshops, blogging and groups
  4. Increased reputation builds via blogs and profile page growth

5. Markethive is the indisputable full platform Market Network and has the distinct advantage of ready to launch and be "First to Market".

6. At least three patentable products; Blog Subscribe, Blog Swipe and 1Click Subscribe Widget

7. Projected funds of minimum $1 million with 20% to polish the system in preparation to officially launch and the remaining 80% to drive the marketing and crowd funding to record breaking status.


see story:

Social Networks Were The Last 10 Years. Market Networks Will Be The Next 10.

First we had communication networks, like telephones and email. Then we had social networks, like Facebook and LinkedIn. Now we have market networks, like HoneyBook, AngelList, Houzz, DotLoop and Joist.

You can imagine a market network for every industry where professionals are not interchangeable: law, travel, real estate, media production, architecture, investment banking, personal finance, construction, management consulting and more. Each market network will have different attributes that make it work in each vertical, but the principles will remain the same.

Over time, nearly all independent professionals and their clients will conduct business through the market network of their industry. We’re just seeing the beginning of it now.

Market networks will have a massive positive impact on how millions of people work and live, and how hundreds of millions of people buy better services.

“Markethive has the ability to be an incubator (hive) to produce more strategic “Market Networks” as well”. 


Thomas Prendergast
Founder and CEO Markethive, Inc.


The "Market Network" Illustrated
(Do you see Markethive?)


Definition of Hive (Curious aint it?)

hive (hīv)

1. A place swarming with activity.

2. To work with many others in a close network.
3. a network showing signs of great industry
4. a teeming crowd; a network

State of The World From A Coffee Drinkers Point of View

State of the World From a Coffee Drinkers Point of View

This article is admittedly not extremely focused. At least…not in the traditional sense. But I think it does make 'sense'. This morning after getting my cup of great tasting, weight-loss coffee I went to scan the news. First I noticed an interesting article from basically saying that Patriots and Christians could lose the upcoming POTUS election if the sissy Christians and 'Never Trumpers' don't vote (which it seems that a lot are inclined to do). (Sorry I can't find the article in my digital trash).

Next, I read this article from one of the regular writers over on one of my other favorite sites, In that article, the writer described how history shows clearly that market-makers (i.e. the 'professional' money-managers) will indeed spread stupid advice, even though they actually know better.

They do it because (1) everybody else is doing it and (2) they don't want to miss out on the profits of a rising market (even though the fundamentals clearly point to the opposite decision).

So just step back and look at that situation for a moment. We've bad guys circling the camp, hungry for our blood, in front of us…AND we've got idiots on your own side hanging out sitting at home watching Archie Bunker re-runs instead of being out piling boxes on the barricades where they should be.

Is it any wonder that the number of people saying, "Hey…fuck this shit. I'm moving to Camincreasesincreses every year. NB: Fill in the name of your favorite expat destination…mine is Colombia right now but Cambodia would be a good option too from what I've read.

I'll tell you one thing is for sure. Most of 'the professionals' have gone totally bonkers. The peaceful, relatively rational society we used to know no longer exists. There isn't any such thing as just minding your own business and going to work and doing your job anymore. Traditional jobs don't exist and your neighbors are all illegal immigrants, or would be if our Great Deceiver or his protege Hillary had their way.

One of the anti-moron, anti-poverty strategies mentioned in the article mentions investing in fundamentally sound business. But if Big Business is all nuts…where can a person find a fundamentally sound business?

The answer, in general terms is…become an entrepreneur and plant multiple flags for residential, taxation, and passport purposes. Don't get caught in a situation were a corrupt, tyrranical government has you by the short hairs.

In more specific terms, one excellent strategy (although admittedly somewhat contrarian) is to find a good MLM opportunity, something that can be done from anywhere in the world with only an internet connection, and get busy building it.

Key Point: It's got to be the combination of the Right Product and the Right Distribution Method.

I don't know if there is a lot of those kinds of situation but I do know of at least one ….. the one that I do. It can be summed up in this thought-provoking question:

"Who do you know who likes coffee and would like to lose some weight?"

If you had a product that would actually do that, do you think you could make some money?

You'll find the entrepreneurial answer to that question in the unique, once-in-a-lifetime alignment between two companies: (1) Valentus, an MLM company with a unique, affordable, weight-loss coffee product that even sells very well on eBay, and (2) Markethive, the world's first, fully combat-ready Market Network.

And don't think your situation is not going to get any better either. It ain't.

You've got two choices: Watch the world go up in flames and join the fleeing crowds in the street, or (2) watch it all in the news on your satellite TV from someplace peaceful, safe, and fun where you'd really like to be.

We're recruiting and training the Next Generation of no-base, progressive, MLM industry leaders right now. It's a rare combination of the right products, the right companies, the right leadership, and the right tools. Join us (for free) in Markethive and learn more.

Fake Lead Generation Helpers?

Fake Lead Generation Philanthropy

You know, I'm getting really pissed off at the duplicitous copywriting and lies I see casually thrown around the internet by people and companies who try to pass themselves off as caring about MLM'ers and how they'll show you how to generate leads.

Case in point:

I recently signed up for an introduction to a brand-name Lead Generation system which I knew has been around for a few years. I've finally found an MLM program I can respect so I thought it might be worthwhile to check out what these lead generation guys had to offer.

But… long-story-short….it almost immediately became apparent that their offer was just 'bait' to get me into their sales funnel. It reminded me that businesses which claim to try to help MLM'ers are often just as two-faced as most of the core MLM industry is.

The problem is that, just like in the real world, it's considered OK for salespeople to spin words and lie to create the false impression that they are going to help you but then turn around in the next OTO or email or webinar and say something different. 

A perfect example of that was the follow-up email I got from this same company tonight with the heading, "Art, we'd like to send leads to you tomorrow!"  

Well…you want to send me some leads?!

Hell yeah….knock yourself out!

But upon reading the actual email it sure didn't seem like that's what was going to happen.

Read this…and YOU tell ME what the chances are of me getting leads tomorrow´´ from these guys as they implied:

*************************their email starts here****************************


Having a free attraction marketing website like the one available through the Rock Stars is great, but wouldn't it be even better if you could see your first batch of leads come through the system tomorrow? It's very possible (It starts to sound fishy here!).
Art, I promise that we won't hold anything back. We're going to teach you the exact methods that we use in our business. No bull, no holds barred. Here's how you can get started:

1.) Create your free account (Gee, I wonder how long this will take?)

OR Login to your existing account

2.) Go to the back office and check out the free training ("Check out??" If I'm a trainee, don't I want positive leadership?)

3.) Watch the Facebook PPC training (Yeah sure! PPC. I'm going to become a PPC Ninja by tomorrow, right?)

4.) Jump in and get started building your own list! ("Get started"?! That doesn't sound like a finite period to me.)
Just because you've failed in the past doesn't mean that tomorrow can't be different. Are you ready to suspend your disbelief and make a positive change for your future??

P.S. –  Once you see how easy it is to generate leads with our system there will be no holding you back. Remember, our 50% revenue share means that all you need to do is refer 2 other pro members to our service in order to put your MLM Rock stars website "in the black". (We know what this game is too, don't we?"

Your MLM Rock Stars Sponsor,

***********************their email ended here*************************************

And that's also where my interest ended.

No, I don't mind work. But I've seen a hundred times on the internet where there is always more to the offer than the vendor says at first. Most of these guys have their carefully planned sales funnel and objectively that's not so bad. But…don't imply that something is going to happen tomorrow, or could happen, when it plainly isn't.

That kind of sales approach really hacks me off. I don't do that and nobody in Markethive (my favorite online community and lead generation source) does it either. Nor does the other lead supplier I'm been testing lately do it.

And BTW, the difference between these two above-referenced lead programs is:

  • Program A comes with a TON of unique tools that nobody else has… whereas the Program B has really only one tool (a pretty good contact manager).
  • Program A actually has a real social community whereas Program B doesn't.
  • Program A is not an MLM or even an affiliate program. It's a free Market Network that integrates a marketplace, a social community, and highly unique software for any internet entrepreneur. It's primarily ad supported like Warrior Forum or Facebook. Program B actually has a pretty sweet little income angle to it…. but entirely fair. NB: Learn what a Market Network is in this article

There are at least two other lead generation rip-offs, both of which are very expensive. In fact, I can spot their ads a mile away. IMHO, people who really know how to make money on the internet…they're NOT wasting time supposedly showing other people how to do.

In fact, if you read between the lines, they actually say that they created those programs not to help YOU but to help them maximize the money they make FROM you. In that regard, I have a much higher regard for the Warrior Forum model that I do most of these other guys.

And…in the case of Markethive and its predecessor company Veretekk (which you can Google by the way), the owner of both of those companies (the same guy… Tom Prendergast) put hundreds of thousands of dollars of his own money and constant 18-20 hours days into development, perfection, and training to make sure that those programs delivered results for the community members.

Program A (Markethive) requires considerable work and time to get going but it's an Inbound Marketing Program that actually works and it's still a lot better than somebody spending 20 years at a company only to get laid off.

Program B is basically just a service that provides me names and phone numbers of people with MLM experience. I call'em up and ask'em if they still have a Dream and would they like to take a look at what I'm doing. Some do, some don't, no problem… but it works.

So….OK sales CMO's. Enough of the duplicitous copywriting, OK? Say what you mean and mean what you say.

Series B – Say What!?

"Series B – Say What!?"

I hate it when people assume I know something I could easily understand if they'd just get out of their own little world and get into mine. Such an instance occurred just a few days ago with this article which discussed the new buzzword, 'market network'. 

Notice that at the end of the very first sentence you see the phrase, "…HoneyBook announced a $22 million Series B*.

My very first reaction to that was, "Whaaat??!!" But as I read through the article I sort of got the general idea of what they were talking about…"Series B"….yeah, sure. Like…money and investiing and stuff. But frankly I don't like it when writers use terms that their readers probably aren't familiar with. It's very frustrating to people who actually read. NB: Some people talk that way too… but that's another article. 

It's frustrating because written communication doesn't have the benefit of the spoken word and face to face contact….i.e. visual signaling through eye contact, body language, and trial closes. For that reason, a writer who wants people to understand and appreciate what they're writing will seldom, if ever, use terms the reader isn't likely to know.

As the inquisitive guy I am, I did some research on the term Series B. That term simply refers to one of the earlier stages in the equity funding of a company (NB: "equities" usually refers to stock ownership, i.e. ownership interests or positions in a business entity).

Here is an informative page with some text which explains what Series B means and also has a very short video explaining the term. If you're a Markethive community member you would be wise to have an interest in such things because we´´ might be closer than most of us realize to being involved in such a thing…i.e. we might be doing our own Series B in the near future.

Another item from the article that I thought worthy of reiteration and illustration is the following diagram:

It thought it would be worthwhile to remind readers that the green circle is a type of site that most of us are already very familiar with. The green circle is social sites like Facebook. Our fearless leader, Tom Prendergast, CEO of Markethive, has recently pointed out something that many us already knew, i.e. the world doesn't need another Facebook. The majority of content on Facebook and similar sites is worthless drama, meaningless sabre-rattling and posturing, pontificating, and bullshit. The world really doesn't need any more time-wasters like Facebook.

The other type of site, the 'marketplace' type of site on the left side of the diagram, is a more recent development on in the internet environment. We know those too. They are sites like AliBaba, Amazon, and Etsy, and other, where vendors sell stuff. People go to these sites because they have a regard for the quality and/or service they get there.

The third circle, the blue one, is represented by a term that few people outside certain niches of the internet know… "SaaS" or 'Software as a Service'. This is simply a useful functionality of some sort which you use via your computer. The difference is that the software that makes it happen isn't on your computer. It's somewhere else.

What is unique about 'market networks', as represented by the confluence of these three circles, is that it uses SaaS to facilitate the connection between the networks of people (i.e. the consumers) to the marketplaces that have something they're looking for.  

The market network also removes most of the burden of traffic generation from the vendors on the marketplace too. Traffic that they have previously had to acquire on their own, by more circuitous and laborious means, is now facilitated by the interconnection with the 'networks'.

For example, eBay, Amazon, and AliBaba sellers previously had to hustle to get attention to their 'stalls' in their respective marketplace. As I understand, on a market network site, the presumption is that their value proposition will be a bit more apparent and they will be able to focus more on their own quality and service and less on 'getting traffic' with the presumption that the consumer, i.e. the average dudes from the green circle, will have a better buying experience.

In my view, the most unique factor in this new marketplace paradigm is the software itself and the design elements of the systems themselves. Conceivably there could be some differences between various market networks relative to what product or service they actually deliver, i.e. consumer goods vs. travel services vs. financial services, etc.

One this is certain: People or organizations who can figure out and actualize these ideas will make a lot of money. In fact, considering that the term itself is brand-new, it might even be that there are some entities on the internet that are closer to already being a functional market network that even they themselves realize (

It's even conceivable that there could be market networks specifically for home based business opportunities…. keeping in mind that it is no longer true that a legitimate business has to even have a centralized geo-presence anywhere. It doesn't.

So, we see how the face of business is changing as the ways that buyers and sellers connect with each other. The internet has made this possible. Basic fundamentals indeed are changing and this is a good time for entrepreneurs who see it for what it is and/or are interested in pushing boundaries.

And it's also easy to see that these changes are probably pretty scary to established players who aren't very excited about having to go back to work to reinvent their business model.

To project a bit further into the future, just imagine what a new definition of 'money' itself will do the nature of entrepreneurship, business, and society. I'm referring of course to cyber currency.

If you're a home based business entrepreneur you will recall that over the last few years there have been several cyber currency scams in the MLM niche. All of them have gone down in flames. People apparently really 'ate it up' what they were offering.

I was one who wrote in several articles (with a previous employer) that I would never consider any cybercurrency centric MLM opportunity. But what would happen if somebody was able to really pull it all together, do it correctly and legally, and make the idea of cyber currency work in a Denentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) encompassing Market Networks?

Depending on your perspective, these ideas are either fascinating and exciting or scary and foreboding.

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