business womanWe have all heard the following claims in the zeal of promotion and recruitment.

  1. Multi-level marketing (MLM) classes are taught at Harvard Business School.
  2. Network marketing has produced more millionaires than any other type of business.
  3. MLM will dominate the economy in the 21st century.

Unfortunately, these statements are “urban” MLM myths that are over the top and damage the credibility of distributors and companies, as they promote the truly positive opportunities of direct selling.

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This Video Explains Which Statement is True: Celebrity Endorsements Improve Marketing or Celebrity Endorsements are a Double-Edged Sword.

In the conventional advertising world, celebrity endorsement is very effective. Among the factors for effectiveness includes the fame of the celebrity, the connection with the product or service, whether or not the celebrity is a user and whether or not the statements of the celebrity appear as truly authentic or merely a “pay for endorsement.”

The use of celebrity endorsement is far less successful in the direct selling industry. In fact, the advertising model for MLM is quite different than conventional advertising. In conventional distribution, such as retail stores, internet or broadcast media, companies pay advertising dollars and endorsement fees to promote the brand. However, in direct selling, the commissions and rewards paid to distributors are effectively the advertising

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There are a lot of outspoken bloggers and critics online, as well as negative opinions floating around the social networks, but the positives drown out the negatives. It’s not hard to find a loud voice criticizing the direct selling industry through a quick Google search. And it is true… there are many pyramid/Ponzi schemes, primarily internationally based, that parade themselves as MLM/direct delling… and they are not. They are merely pyramid headhunting recruitment schemes that often use bogus products and services as an excuse to move money. The entire emphasis of such organizations is to cause investors to pay money and cause others to do the same, with a thin veneer of an actual product or service. In fact, the revenue to pay commissions instead comes from distributor payments and not sales to the ultimate user.

Despite this, the facts remains MLM and direct selling are a major part of the fabric of commerce. Statistics on 2014 sales, compiled by the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations, indicate global sales of $183 billion and 100 million distributors. In the U.S., there are 18 million distributors posting $35 billion in sales. Numerous direct selling companies are traded on the NYSE.

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The Direct Selling Association (DSA) Names the 2015 ETHOS Award Winners (DSA Image Trademark of the DSA), by www.mlmattorney.com.

The Direct Selling Association (DSA) Names the 2015 ETHOS Award Winners (DSA Image Trademark of the DSA)

During an annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas, the DSA named the 2015 ETHOS Award Winners for 2015, honoring the DSA-member companies with excellence in marketing and sales campaigns, product innovation, salesforce development, technology innovation, vision for tomorrow, and rising star and partnership categories.

The overall winners include, Mary Kay, Inc., LifeWave, Inc., Scentsy, Inc., Rodan + Fields, Nu Skin Enterprises, All’asta, and Step Into Success.

Read the sub-category winners and the press release from the DSA.

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What’s the difference between MLM, network marketing, party plan, and direct sales?

Actually, they all fall under the general umbrella of “direct sales.” Historically, direct selling only involved direct person-to-person sales, often door-to-door. In the 1950’s companies such as Amway, Shaklee and Mary Kay introduced to the direct seller the ability to sponsor other sellers, to build a sales organization, and to receive an override commission on the sales in their sales organization at multiple levels. This is the origin of MLM, multilevel marketing and network marketing, which are all the same thing; i.e., direct sales with a multiple-level

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Most direct selling, network marketing, MLM companies will be lucky if they can retain 15 to 20 percent of their recruited consultants on a long-term basis. Therefore, MLM company owners and their consultants should consider this information of great importance.

How do you retain your distributors? Special treatment can make all the difference in whether a consultant or customer stays or leaves the company. It’s important to encourage upline distributors to give their downline consultants and customers attentive treatment and service in order to ensure that they will stick around. The handling of people through quality service is priceless where advertising and marketing costs may not produce the same effect.

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Jody (Coughlin) Greene argues in her Forbes article titled “Is MLM a Bad Word?” that MLM has had a bad reputation because its structure is similar to pyramid schemes and its negative image isn’t deserved.

Not only is network marketing a proven business, being one of the longest-running business models in the United States, but its marketing strategy has also proven successful. Distributors create income through their personal sales and the sales of those who they’ve recruited in their downline. Because of its pyramid-like structure, MLM has in some cases gotten a bad name.

Ms. Greene explains just some of the criticisms faced by network marketing companies:

Criticism has focused on their similarity to illegal pyramid schemes (hence the “scheme” reference), price-fixing of products, high initial start-up costs, emphasis on recruitment of lower-tiered salespeople over actual sales, encouraging if not requiring salespeople to purchase and use the company’s products, potential exploitation of personal relationships which are used as new sales and recruiting targets, complex and sometimes exaggerated compensation schemes, and cult-like techniques which some groups use to enhance their members’ enthusiasm and devotion.

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According to an article at MSN’s website titled “Queen Elizabeth’s eating habits revealed,” former royal chef Darren McGrady states that Queen Elizabeth enjoys a bowl of cereal every morning topped with fruits or nuts from her garden, which are stored in one of the most popular direct selling products, Tupperware. Perhaps even the Queen of England owning and using Tupperware products shouldn’t be a surprise considering Tupperware was ranked the seventh largest direct selling company in 2010, with $2.3 billion in net sales.

As one of the largest MLM companies in the world, Tupperware operates in over 100 countries and has over two million salespeople. Tupperware’s top five consumers are Germany, America, Mexico, France, and Australia. The company itself was founded in 1945 by Earl Tupper and grew to be quite competitive with its “burping seal” technology.

The top ten largest global direct selling companies include 1) Avon Products, Inc., 2) Amway,

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This blog post is the companion post to the video: Success Stories in the MLM, Direct Selling, Network Marketing Industry, in which MLM Attorney, Jeffrey Babener, discusses the successes of leaders in the direct selling industry.

There have been many studies done in regards to what makes successful direct selling companies. Many case studies have been done about Mary Kay and her leadership, which have been cited at schools like the Harvard Business School and the Wharton Business School. Many schools have lectured on the institution of direct selling. Many people have added business modules on entrepreneurship in an effort to understand what it is about these renegade, visionary and charismatic individuals that cause people to flock to them, follow them and build this type of business for themselves.

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What MLM, direct selling, network marketing, party plan companies have the most name recognition out of Direct Selling News (DSN) list of the Top 100 Direct Selling Companies in the World? We’ve picked ten companies that we believe people in the MLM industry will most likely recognize in the United States. If you think we need to add or remove a company from this list, let us know by commenting on this thread!

We can’t imagine that anyone that hasn’t heard of Avon. Avon is our first pick because of their massive annual net sales in the billions and the fact that the company has been around since the 1800s. Not only are Americans today aware of Avon, but so were the generations before us. Avon has become symbolic of the direct selling industry. Here is Avon Products’ statistical information provided by DSN:

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