Welcome to the 2016 Market America International Convention! The Greensboro Coliseum was on fire from the minute MAIC opened with and excited and energized crowd full of UFO’s ready to learn. This morning we kicked off Day 1 of MAIC 2016 with an incredible rendition of the National Anthem by Marlana Vanhoose. She moved the crowd of over 20,000 entrepreneurs eagerly awaiting a powerful weekend filled with knowledge, new business building techniques, the launching of new products and so much more.
Let’s recap all the information we just heard this morning:
Welcome to the 2016 Market America | SHOP.COM International Convention – Loren Ridinger
Andrew Weissman made a fashionable entrance to lay down some household tips to maximize your time at this year’s Market America’s International Convention. Take notes, gain valuable insights, learn from the community at MAIC, just to name a few. The highly anticipated welcome speech by our Senior Executive Vice President, Loren Ridinger took the crowd by storm. Loren, always inspiring, called to all attendees to live out our dreams and reminded us that only we have the choice to decide what we want to become. “Today we see opportunities together not obstacles,” Loren shared!
Loren walked us through the agenda for the weekend – a FOUR day long event this year. It is action packed with learning and growing opportunities and will help you support and grow your business alongside your teammates and fellow business owners. She talked about your why asking the crowd to think about the reasons that drive their passion and the reason that they started this business. “Only YOU can change your life, only you make the decision! What is your WHY”
She shared that we will hear stories that will remind us that anything is possible from top UnFranhcise Owners and executives that are eager to share the successes they’ve had in this business.
“Life is about doing what you love,” Loren told us to look forward to the weekend ahead where we will learn all about the endless possibilities that can be OURS with the Shopping Annuity and the UnFranchise Business.
Tools for Duplication- Andrew Weissman & Jim Winkler
As the company continues to evolve and grow, we make the effort to also grow and learn to stay ahead of the business current. Andrew Weissmen and Jim Winkler introduced all new tools now available to UnFranchise Owners, but focused on the same business core values and basics that keep this business running. Keeping the Basic 5 in mind and continuing to pursue the result producing activities, you will naturally have the right mindset to grow your business. Building with the Shopping Annuity is a lifestyle, this will naturally cause an influence on those around you.
“Tools work for you, if you use them that is.” – Andrew Weissman
The importance of completing a Shopping Annuity Assessment cannot be stressed enough. The two stressed that this assessment is a key component to success. It is important that you build with the foundation offered to you in the Getting Started guide on UnFranchise.com. “Everyone should be maximizing it to have a strong foundation and start your business strong,” said Jim. The Basic 5 diagnostic is a great way to see where you are in the business so that you can have a roadmap of what you need to do to build a stronger business. This is all updated in your back office.
The new tools available will only be successful if you use them and learn how to use them. The new UBP presentation is available and ready to use. They told us that it is a great goal to aim to show the plan twice a week. “Remember the old flip chart,” Andrew asked? A new flip chart is now available (code 700), and new UF presentation videos that will be available in a few weeks. New updates, including global annual reports, are now available in 4 languages (code 18000). Most of this new technology is available for download right now! “Our entrepreneurs are chasing dreams, not Pokemon,” Andrew joked. The crowd seemed very please about these new updates.
Jeremy Fennema joined the duo briefly on stage to further explain some of the additions and improvements to these tools. He described the concept of Gamification and the new UnFranchise Virtual Partner App encouraging UnFranchise Owners to engage in friendly competition with their teammate to hold each other accountable for reaching new business levels.
Successful UnFranchise Owners, Brett Portelli and Kevin Doung came up next as backup to further a point that Andrew & Jim were driving home: attending Moving Up Seminars, a huge part of being successful in this business. This is a secret key to duplicating the business and implementing the tips that we heard on stage from the group during this presentation.
To learn more about these updates head to the breakout session tonight in the Victoria Ballroom of the host hotel at 9pm
Shopping Annuity Resources and Online Shopping Annuity Assessment – Jeremy Fennema & Chris Peddycord
Chris Peddycord and Jeremy Fennema graced the stage next to continue the topic of updates and enhancements. “How many of you love the Shopping Annuity Assessment,” Jeremy asked? Wel they were excited to share with the crowd that it has not only been simplified, but enhanced!
They walked us through the new features of the assesment and what you can find when you head to UnFranchise.com to check in out – including international features! The list went on and on about the recent updates to UnFranhise.com, MotivesCosmetics.com and SHOP.COM, after Jeremny wrapped some really unique features that are just perfect for prospecting, Chris showed us some of the new community and catagegory pages that have been recently added to the 3 sites as well as social media with a new partnering company, Curalate. These tools allow us to create shopable social sites (SHOP.COM & Motives) and great user generated content that will now be on the different sites. These tools are crucial for prospecting and selling in this business, which the power to sell right on your cell phone.
Additional updates include: Updates for non-profits, lifestyle surveys, home shopping lists, and many additional Shopping Annuity resources.
Marketing and Branding Your UnFranchise with the Shopping Annuity – Elsi Pacheco
Director of UFO Marketing, Elsi Pacheco jumped right into one of our favorite topics: the power of social media and using it to grow your business. “We want you to believe in your brand and share it online to as many as you can reach to build your network!”
Not only is social media an important part of spreading the word of your business, but learning how to brand yourself and how to use the tools available to you is equally important. There are a few things that differentiate consumer marketing from UnFranchise marketing, and understanding how to build you own UnFranchise Brand in important. The Shopping Annuity team is concerned with helping UFO build their brand by listening to their request and the request of their customers in different countries. Branding means a few things: Quality, Trust, Business, Product, Loyalty, Trend, Advertise, Identity. The ambassadors of the Shopping Annuity (listen up, UFOs!), need to understand the importance of building their brand. The best way to do that is to lean on the UFO & Shopping Annuity teams that are generating material and resources on a daily basis. Head to ShoppingAnnuity.com and all of this can be found. Everything from FAQ’s asked from UFOs, business building tools, resources, branding essentials – everything you need to understand and properly promote the Shopping Annuity and build your business.
There are some other fun things available to you on ShoppingAnnuity.com like contests, guest bloggers, social shopping and more! Head to the site today, familiarize yourself and take advantage of the tools available.
There is much more to come this weekend from main stage and at breakouts on all things Shopping Annuity! Stay tuned!
All the Way Up – Fat Joe
It’s no secret that Fat Joe’s presentation is a highly anticipated one at every Market America Event. And this time was absolutely no different. The President of Urban and Latino development just has a special way of touching our hearts and inspiring us. Joe shared some of his personal experiencing from the past year and the hard work that he has been putting into his business and personal life. Joe told us about working on one of his latest hit songs All The Way Up, with friend and music partner DJ Khaled. Joe’s comical story was entertaining, yet educational on using social media and the influential people around to to change your life and take your life “all the way up!” This awe-inspiring story from Joe on how to build your life and flourish in success had the crowd on its feet.
“I just hit the number one record and I am still here talking to you, just like I promised, because not only do I believe in this business, but I live this business.” Joe explained how it will NEVER matter the successes that he sees in his other business endeavors, but that Market America and the UnFranchise Business is the end all-be all for him. “You will not find another place like this on earth where people go and can share their life story and passion with you in an elevator and touch your life. There is no Fortune 500 company that has what we have.” Joe continued to share how precious International Convention is to him and how much he values and appreciated the Market America experience.
“We’re not going anywhere guys! We are here to stay!” Fat Joe closed with a snip of his song All The Way Up, telling us that Market America, SHOP.COM and The Shopping Annuity are all the way up!
Power Profile – Field Leaders
To close off the afternoon, we heard from Marian and James Kuo on their successes and the reason that they believe in this business! They stressed the importance of attending events and the power of the knowledge that you gain at both World Conference and International Convention. They encouraged everyone to hurry and get there three tickets during lunch for World Conference in February of 2017 to keep progressing in their knowledge of the UnFranchise Business.
Day 1 of MAIC 2016 was empowering! Stick around for more business building tips in this afternoons power-packed session!