I’ve been surfing. A lot. More even than when I qualified for Expert Status at CTP way back in the day. It’s also a lot more fun than its ever been.
I’m on a team, We surf together for common goals. We are getting to know each other through PM’s at CTP and the Team Blog for CTP Masters…we even have a private page to post secret messages.
Because I’ve been surfing more…I’ve had time to observe and compare what goes on from a different point of view: The point of view of a team surfer…which is different from the old days when I surfed and chatted in a more self-centered way. It’s not just about me any more it’s about the 24 other exciting people in our team.
So for what it’s worth:
Respecting Your Field:
When a TE buys a Challenge at TimTech…it now comes with some very high expectations for those of us who are going to surf there. We are going to be in their surfing like demons to complete the challenge and we want smooth sailing. It’s our time here…two hours or more depending and we don’t have time to fuss around will silly impediments like:
No One at the Helm
You would think when you have the Daily Challenge, you would respect the surfers flocking to your door. You would have someone on a 24/7 watch for that day to make sure its smooth sailing and you don’t make people wait for your email verification code to be approved and not have some way for surfers to find the owner and get them out of bed. Crashes and things happen…but the competition is fierce and that’s standing out in the wrong way. (Fortunately there is a lady name Sunny, who saved the day.)
Variable Timers (these are a nightmare in tab surfing.)
Don’t like tab surfing get over it. If you’ve done team surfing you know it doesn’t take hours to absorb an ad…and the ones that do truly stand out still get noticed. Plus a lot of the ads are repetitive.
Kore 4, like hello…the same ads over and over, that same video with what’s his name. Some people are using a branding program which is a wee bit better but soon those ads all look the same because they are a plug and play format. You can build your own splash page from scratch at AdKeator make your own video, do something different, have fun. It’s more important than ever to stick out. (and yea I will admit, in this regard I’m not standing out enough either…but I’ve got my next original video coming down the pike.)
Timers over 5 seconds
Basically the same as above… tab surfing makes timers pretty much irrelevant but when you are doing the Challenge and you focus only on that one TE you are not making friends by making people sit through ridiculous timer lengths. Three seconds is enough. As a Te owner you don’t agree. Do you want me as a regular member or not?
I love to get referrals, I think that’s part of the fun. New TE’s….and we’ve seen so many new launches…this is either the golden age of TE’s or we have a sudden rash of insanity, really need referrals to become viable as a business. So yeah I get a referral, and I dash off to send them a welcome letter only to find out I can’t contact them. This is a really big issue with me. When I launched Learn with Nick I hated that my members who referred people couldn’t contact them. A quick chat with Sunny and she had a simply way to make it possible for my members to talk to their downline. All the really big important, successful exchanges allow you to talk to your downline. Some like Easy Hits 4 U make it possible to email your entire downline, just like in CTP.
I’m sure there are fears by owners over spamming and the like…or there is this perception that they own the downline and not the wee affiliate who managed to get some sign-ups for them. The issue of random referrals comes up here as well…but you decided to do random referrals and when you give them away as a bonus to an up graded member it doesn’t do much good…except perhaps optically, if they can’t communicate with them.
It ought to be a basic. You get to talk to your own referrals. And it should be as easy as “send a message’.
The reason the Legacy Team sets the standard as far as credit sales go…is because they make offers you simply can’t refuse. And they do it all the time…and they do in small packages that almost anyone can afford and they sell lots of credits. Others do this too, TE Racing League is another fine example.
This week I’ve bought lots of credits from TE’s either in the Sub Game, the Daily Challenge, or the Vault and Keys, but many offers are laughable….I mean really…you aren’t Easy Hits 4 U yet! I know you need to earn a profit…got it. But first you gotta get my attention and make me a returning customer with prices that make me sing…instead of laugh.
Out of Site Out of Mind
With so many new TE’s coming on the scene…if you aren’t grabbing my attention, I’ve forgotten about you. Really…I’m not seeing your ads in circulation…I’m not seeing you.
That said I am thrilled with some of the new exchanges I’ve surfed and come to really appreciate and look forward to using . It’s got to be one hell of a tough market to make your way in, and my hat is off to you for the effort and for some of the great surfing and chatting that’s been going on. (I’d name names, but I’m afraid I’d leave one ,I really like, out.)
The mould is broken. I love the new landscape as a surfer and an advertising and I love the connections I’m making, especially those team connections.
I literally had to find a new way of conducting business…and the stretch has been good for me…and I hope you’re stretching too. It’s called growth, it’s called change.
When you grow and change you know things can never be the same.
It’s a good thing.
I have to admit…I was getting bored.
Now…well it’s exciting.