The term “pay to play” is actually a negative term in the direct selling and MLM field. It is used to reference a program which encourages independent distributors to make purchases to qualify for commissions and rank advancement. Obviously, personal use is not unusual in the direct selling industry. However, programs in which distributors are driven to purchase product or service, more by the desire to qualify than by a genuine desire to use the product for personal use, are sometimes referred to as dominated by “pay to play” and this may suggest that the product or service does not stand on its own in the marketplace.

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So far, 2015 has been a fantastic year!! For instance, three year old granddaughter of Jeff Babener, Ani, reluctantly learned how to paint.

So far, 2015 has been a fantastic year!! For instance, three year old granddaughter of Jeff Babener, Ani, reluctantly learned how to paint.

So far, 2015 has been a fantastic year!! For instance, three year old granddaughter of Jeff Babener, Ani, reluctantly learned how to paint.

And, our newest addition, Luka (son of Charity Dunning — Editor of MLMAttorney.com), has unenthusiastically learned to swim.

And, our newest addition, Luka (son of Charity Dunning -- Editor of MLMAttorney.com), has unenthusiastically learned to swim.  What else is new?

And, our newest addition, Luka (son of Charity Dunning — Editor of MLMAttorney.com), has unenthusiastically learned to swim.
What else is new?

What else is new? Well, hold your breath! MLMLegal.com is launching 63 new videos on MLM education to our already-expansive video library and Youtube Channel! Mr. Babener will address a wide range of commonly-asked questions as expert-host in our upcoming video additions. You can look forward to a great expansion of our video library very soon!

The following are just some of the topics that will discussed in our new videos:

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Our conference is not a vendor event. It’s an educational event. Our conference offers you the chance to speak with all of the industry experts at one time and walk away with a wealth of information.

Our conference is not a vendor event. It’s an educational event. Our conference offers you the chance to speak with all of the industry experts at one time and walk away with a wealth of information.

Did you miss the February MLM Startup Conference? In attendance were over 100 people, representing 65 companies from 20 states and five countries (Canada, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, and the United States). The companies in attendance represented the entire spectrum of company ages, from startups to established companies. All attended to learn more about the network marketing industry, to grow their companies, to meet experts in the industry, and to educate themselves on the MLM industry.

If you didn’t get a chance to attend February’s conference, don’t fret! Our next conference takes place May 14 and 15, 2015 in Las Vegas. At the conference, you will learn how to structure your compensation plan, build a legal MLM company, recruit key consultants, write a business model, generate leads, find funding, build your website, develop your back-office software, and so much more.

In addition, attendees get the opportunity to chat one-on-one with industry experts representing their specific field (i.e. legal, software, technology, recruiting, etc.). You choose who you’d like to spend valuable one-on-one time with and they will answer the questions you have that are specific to you and your company.

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We wish you success and longevity in the New Year!

We wish you success and longevity in the New Year!

Happy New Year from MLMLegal and the Babener & Associates family!

We hope you had a fantastic 2014! Here at our headquarters in Portland, Oregon, we have a lot to celebrate! From our long-standing clients to our new arrivals, thank you for being a part of our team. We wish you success and longevity in the New Year. We pride ourselves in having loyal relationships with our clients and plan on continuing to help forward your success in 2015!

In other news: We’ve added a member to the Babener family! Baby Luka was born in September and his mom (the person who writes all these blog posts) has finally returned to work!

2015 has arrived, so let’s not waste any time, shall we? Our first blog discussion of the New Year will cover common myths in network marketing. Enjoy and Happy New Year!

What Are Some Network Marketing Myths?

We 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.

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The MLM Startup Conference for Executives of Startup and Existing Direct Selling Companies takes place February 26 & 27, 2015 in Las Vegas. This is the 70th annual, two-day conference, featuring industry experts and invaluable tools for the MLM startup entrepreneur. Call our office to register or for additional information: 503-226-6600 or 800-231-2162.

The Next MLM Startup Conference Takes Place March 5 & 6, 2015!

The Next MLM Startup Conference Takes Place March 5 & 6, 2015!

HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE?

Visit the website:

www.mlmlegal.com

Or, read visit our blogs:

http://mlmlegal.com/MLMBlog/ and http://mlmattorney.com/blog/

Extensive information about the conference can be found here.

Watch the MLM Startup Conference videos:

MLMlegal Releases New Film on MLM Startup Conference – Produced by Networkingstar.com

The MLM Startup Conference in Las Vegas

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The issue of levels has not been the focus of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or state attorneys general in the enforcement of pyramid laws.

The issue of levels has not been the focus of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or state attorneys general in the enforcement of pyramid laws.

The issue of depth of levels seemed to be a major focus prior to the internet and other non-postal (mail) means of communication. In the late 1980’s the United States Postal Service (USPS) examined numbers of levels to make a determination of whether or not, in its opinion, the depth of levels created a “lottery” element under U.S. Postal lottery laws that forbid payment based on chance. Various cases and consents sorted out a safe harbor (at least from the U.S. Postal Office standpoint) for at least four levels (not necessarily agreed to by the direct selling industry). Separately, the Postal Service looked for evidence of “supervisory requirements.” Most companies adopted specific supervisory requirements of sponsors to demonstrate some managerial activity by distributors. For the past 25 years, little recruitment activity is conducted by U.S. mail and it has been a long time since the U.S. Postal Service has expressed a serious interest in this subject. The issue of levels has not been the focus of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or state attorneys general in the enforcement of pyramid laws. Instead, the focus for the last two decades has been on the whether or not product/service

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Incentives absolutely increase sales. However, sales incentives go by many names, shapes and sizes.

Incentives absolutely increase sales. However, sales incentives go by many names, shapes and sizes.

Incentives absolutely increase sales. However, sales incentives go by many names, shapes and sizes. Obviously, the understood and expected incentives are bonuses and commissions. Since companies are trying to incentivize different types of behavior, the compensation plans of companies are often complex and multi-task to provide incentives for retail selling, preferred recurring customers, building wide, building deep, working with immediate downline and deep into a downline, time sensitive personal and group sales production, personal and group sales, longevity, quick start, etc. Beyond cash incentives, most leading companies understand the power and inspiration behind noncash incentives that

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It depends on which hat you are wearing that day as to whether they are to be considered MLM professionals or MLM junkies.

It depends on which hat you are wearing that day as to whether they are to be considered MLM professionals or MLM junkies.

The answer here is somewhat “tongue and cheek” and should be taken with a “grain of salt.” This question is often asked of people who are starting network marketing companies. The majority, if not all of them, respond that they want to recruit MLM professionals to their companies. An industry observer once commented wryly that, too often, “junkies” and “professionals” are merely flip sides of a coin. The commentator said, “A MLM junkie is someone who will raid your distributors and take them to another company while a MLM professional is someone who leaves their company, raids the distributors and brings them to your company!” It depends on which hat you are wearing that day as to whether they are to be considered MLM professionals or MLM junkies.

In all seriousness, the above comment too often contains more than a kernel of truth.

Lastly, companies that pay people to bring recruits with them to the new company are not conducting good business strategy. They will often claim to recruit thousands of individuals and only bring a few, yet still get their money. Unfortunately, this happens time and again and it is not an ethical way to do business.

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Tthe advertising model for direct selling is quite different than conventional advertising.

Tthe advertising model for direct selling is quite different than conventional advertising.

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 direct selling 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 dollars that would be paid in other channels of distribution. Instead, the branding, in direct selling, is accomplished by the promotion of the sales network of the direct selling company. Looking at the success of major companies such as Avon, Mary Kay, Tupperware, Herbalife, etc., the branding task has been accomplished by the consultant force, and generally without the use of celebrity advertising.

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The Next MLM Startup Conference Takes Place October 23 & 24, 2014!

The Next MLM Startup Conference Takes Place October 23 & 24, 2014!

The next Starting and Running the Successful MLM Company Conference will be held October 23rd & 24th, 2014!

For more than 27 years, leading industry experts have educated the executives of starting and existing MLM, direct selling, network marketing, and party plan companies on how to structure their compensation plans, legalize their companies, recruit key employees and top-ranking distributors, develop business models, generate leads, fund their business, establish their website and technology platforms, better understand the direct selling industry, and so much more.

The next MLM Startup Conference takes place held October 23rd & 24th, 2014 in Las Vegas. View the conference flyer page at http://www.mlmlegal.com/srs2.html to learn more.

This is the original MLM Startup Conference – responsible for launching many industry-leading companies – perfected over the course of a quarter of a century to ensure the highest quality of information, the most knowledgeable experts, and the most practical advice from qualified experts.

Over the course of two days, attendees will hear from scores of industry experts, and if they choose, can sign up to meet with the speakers for individual one-on-one time. A full list of speakers and their biographies/credentials can be found at http://www.mlmlegal.com/bio.html.

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