Multi-level marketing (MLM), also called pyramid selling, network marketing, and referral marketing, is a marketing strategy for the sale of products or services where the revenue of the MLM company is derived from a non-salaried workforce selling the company's products/services, while the earnings of the participants are derived from a pyramid-shaped or binary compensation commission system.
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Think back to when you were recruited and consider if it was primarily as a customer, with just a mention of "income opportunity," or if the primary pitch was for the business opportunity. The ethical way to build a downline is to sign up people as customers first, and then if they like the product, they'll be drawn to becoming a rep. A hard sell on signing up as a rep right at the outset should send up a red flag for you.
Taking business prospects to a meeting is a way to acquaint them to the details of the MLM and other distributors who are excited about the opportunity. Meetings can be any size, from a few individuals in someone's living room to a large gathering of distributors at a convention hall. If you are new to network marketing, you may not be able to answer all the questions prospects pose or to convey the professionalism and support found at the corporate level. Meetings help you market the business to your contacts and introduce them to successful distributors in the area. Call your prospects the day after a meeting to gauge their level of interest and answer additional questions or objections.