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BEWARE OF BELLS and WHISTLES and UNFOUNDED CLAIMS SOME HOME TRUTHS ABOUT ONPASSIVE AND “PASSIVE INCOME”

BEWARE OF BELLS and WHISTLES and UNFOUNDED CLAIMS
SOME HOME TRUTHS ABOUT ONPASSIVE AND “PASSIVE INCOME”

 

At one time or another in our online journey, we’ve been led to believe we can get-rich-quick or live a luxurious lifestyle on passive income for very little to no work involved. Even more now than ever, there are millions of people looking to make an income online and are spellbound by the so-called limitless potential of the internet especially when someone tells you you don’t have to do a thing, it’s all done for you, so just pay the money and let the money roll in passively. 

Although some of us learn that this is just fantasy, others, particularly the tens of thousands of newcomers to the online world are sitting ducks for any so-called company promising great riches with no real evidence of the amazing proprietary technology they endlessly spruik about and the passive income promises they make. 

 

Passive Income Is A Risky Fantasy

Online technology has greatly evolved since the dot.com era with automated marketing and AI and although it has its place, there’s a lot more to building a business than relying on automation or other people to work it or bring in new recruits for you.  What makes a business work is by creating value on a personal level. If you're going into the business with the intention of having it magically provide money for you while you sip margaritas on the beach, then you often get roped into dubious companies making unfounded claims. 

The majority of people I see who are only interested in passive income haven't learned how to create value in the first place. They're just going along with the gimmicks, tricks, and formulas, basically wanting and believing they will get the lifestyle promised to them without doing anything to the point where it becomes a cult. 

 

Too Many To Count

There have been so many companies that have failed due to pyramid structure or matrix compensation plans which is the primary structure that pays the thousands of people their promised millions of dollars. Either intentionally or unintentionally they failed. 

Then there are the ones that intentionally create a business with no products on the back end, in fact, the websites never existed.  Just one example is PRSI. William Caudell offered people a wholesome internet business that turned out to be a bogus marketing scheme, which cheated them out of $13 million was sentenced to 11 years in jail, originally 14 years, however, it was reduced after Caudell cooperated with the authorities by giving up his co-conspirators. 

PRSI made its money by charging a $295 "application fee" that qualified users for the "Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) System" that would provide them access to their own site in an Internet shopping mall.

But there were no Web sites, nor any intention to provide them. PRSI was "selling air". Instead of providing Internet shopping sites, PRSI recruited "CyberManagers" who would recruit others to buy into the plan, and the new recruits would find more participants to pay the fee – a classic, illegal pyramid scheme that hooked 48,000 people globally. The company's Web site advertised that the company was dedicated to protecting children and creating a pornography-free e-commerce site that would spark the interest of any humane individual. Great hook! 

Tugging On The Heartstrings 

The latest current program, as it stands at the moment, and similar in nature to PRSI is GoFounders/Onpassive which hone in on the heart of people. Everyone wants to belong to something. They play on peoples’ sense of community and tug at their heartstrings, literally brainwashing their victims. GoFounders.net seems to be the matrix program and the funnel to access Onpassive.com, (awaiting launch), which is purported to be the marketing suite with proprietary products. (Although it states on their website that GoFounders is the product. See image below) 

One of the catchphrases is “Artificial Intelligence with heart”. AI is defined by its very name, it has no heart, it’s artificial. The heart comes with the human aspect of a business that provides value and personal experience the customer receives from a living person. So if the main feature that sells this concept is to automate everything so the business owner doesn’t have to do anything but rake in the money, they are doomed from the very start. Any professional, experienced marketer will tell you there is no such thing as “completely done-for-you systems”.

While I was researching this topic I found that GoFounders.com, the domain, is up for sale for $31,700. You can buy this domain from Epik Inc. Copyright © 2020 by Epik Inc. All rights reserved. Whois Privacy services provided by Anonymize.com. Obviously too expensive to acquire for the company that boasts two luxurious offices – one in Bangalore, India, and the USA headquarters in Orlando, Florida, USA. These two locations actually rent temporary (by the hour) office space to any business, and thanks to another scam researcher, Robert Preston, who went to the Orlando Office only to find Onpassive is not there. 

Ash Mufareh is going to great lengths to make ONPASSIVE seem like it’s growing into an IT tech giant, yet it suffers from a lack of quality control. For  example, the video says “In the heart of Disney Land.” First, Disneyland is one word, and in California, not Florida where Walt Disney World is.

NOTE: Ash Mufareh has also registered another Orlando, FL address for ONPASSIVE that is not the same as this office building. This other address is, 9924 Universal Blvd., 224-320, Orlando, FL 32819. When you Google that address, it comes up as The UPS Store.

On one hand, they proclaim you will earn $2 million a month passively for a one time fee, so unsuspecting people sign up, pay the fee, only to find they are now saying you must “work hard and smart” to achieve that, along with financial disclaimers according to Ashraf (Ash) Mufareh, the founder and CEO of GoFounders/OnPassive, in a zoom meeting held last week by a group of leaders that invited him to speak. In that same webinar, he stunned the attendees with his new and latest announcement of implementing an Onpassive Academy for school kids, due to the COVID19 situation. I wonder if this will delay the launch yet again! 

 

The Perpetual Prelaunch

This program has been taking money from people while in prelaunch now for over 2 years with nothing, no sign of any marketing software, except for the promise of “never been done before” automation and AI technology, but to keep these members placated, it had provided a URL shortening tool which you can access for free anywhere. Personally, I refuse to call it a company until I see proof of their claims and products.  

The normal procedure for a real startup company has 3 stages. Telling members they are holding off the launch till everything is perfect while stipulating a joining fee is a RED FLAG. 

  1. In the Prelaunch stage, a company starts to build an audience so it can actually have a product for people to try.
  2. Private Beta is where a company has products that members can use and do use. It can still be buggy at this stage and this is where the company continues to develop and fine-tune its systems while still continuing with member development.
  3. Public Beta is when a company can take on more members because it knows it has delivered and continues to deliver value as well as introduce and roll out further upgrades and services that are stated on the white paper and road map. 

Marketing should start at pre-launch and carry through to all stages. All genuine companies that integrate and use the latest technology have an official whitepaper and road map. In all my research I have yet to find an Onpassive White Paper or Road Map.  

Notably, I found only four videos. Three of them were hyped up videos of roughly around 90-seconds in length each, that belonged to Ash Mufareh himself, but not of himself on his YouTube channel that had a total of only 420 subscribers. The one other video was a presentation by one of his recruits. You’ll only ever actually see him on a few webinars of his top leaders in Onpassive at which he has been an invited guest. 

All meetings seem to be very Kumbaya with very little substance and all very vague of what is actually promised to the members in terms of its “seismic revolutionary technology” and marketing tools. The rest is excited hype. Transparency doesn’t seem to be one of Ashraf Mufareh’s fortes. All of the webinars are still there on YouTube with the repetition of the exact same things said a year ago, always being equally “excited” and “blown away” by all the wonders Mufareh keeps talking about, during these webinars – but of course, that’s all “proprietary”, so he can only hint at it. (the guy seems to think “proprietary” means “confidential”).

Video Compliments of Julian Leahy

The Matrix Of Infinity

Onpassive’s compensation plan was until recently, a 3 x 10 matrix, and since been changed to a 3 x infinity corporate matrix. Every individual has their own matrix they need to fill within the corporate matrix. Below I do the math on a 3 x 12 level matrix then go on to 20 levels for those that haven’t taken that into consideration up to this point. 

The initial joining fee of $97 upfront, locks you into the infinity corporate matrix. Then at launch, you need to become a customer initially, pay one of four levels $25, $125, $250, $500. This is a monthly fee, which the leaders claim will become self-funding, therefore not out of pocket once you fill your matrix.  Each level has a finite amount of tools available for use. If you want them all to complete your marketing suite, you need to pay for all 4 levels upfront totaling $950 monthly. Once you have your back office, with a click of a button you become an independent reseller even though it’s touted that you just pay a one-time joining fee of $97 now before it goes up to $997, then sit back and earn $2 million a month. 

What is noteworthy is that for any MLM company to be a legal entity, it needs to have retail customers yielding retail sales separate from the distributors or resellers.

There are no qualifications needed, just join up and get paid by every new member that comes into your team. According to one of the leaders, Mike Ellis, This comp plan is “revolutionary” and “really really cool, really really ingenious” as you as a member get your level 4 monthly membership (once you’ve reached level 4) paid by the “profits of the company.” (in other words, the money from the people that have come in after you that are in your personal matrix within the corporate matrix.)  

Revolutionary? No, it’s been done and failed too many times before. This matrix program is just hiding under the guise of the latest technology of the products (that no one has actually seen yet) that most people know very little about. Any real AI company will tell you it is very expensive to implement and maintain to keep it running at top-notch. 

 

Let’s Do The Math

In a 3 x 12 matrix pyramid scheme in which the top 3 people recruit 3 new people. Those 9 recruits 3, the 27 beneath them bring in 3,  81 beneath them, 243 beneath them, 729 and beneath them, 2,187 beneath them 6,561 and so forth down to just the 12th level is 4,782,969 recruits. 

On the 20th level, it equates to 10,460,353,203 people which is more than the current population on earth. Unfortunately, everyone that comes in, even the last person to be signed up thinks they are at the top of the matrix. (Psst… you are! – The top of YOUR matrix with nobody under you until you make the effort to recruit, and until then you pay the monthly fee for the tools.) but wait, there are no more people left in the world to recruit. 

What about spillover? Unless you come under a hotshot recruiter and particularly if you come in at a lower level there is no spillover, it dries up as the people who have been told they don’t need to recruit come in before you have their infinity matrices to fill before they even get close to you. Let’s face it, most people that are drawn into a program that promises to make them a millionaire don’t know how or even want to work for their dreamy lifestyle. 

 

Genuine Customers Who Want The Purported Services Of Onpassive Are Waking Up

One of many members that joined over a year ago, had this to say,

“I, unfortunately, joined this company over a year ago "yea I know stupid me" but I didn't believe the bullsh*t about making all that money with the matrix plan doing little work but instead was trying to find a marketing system that would help me with advertising my affiliate programs and other business ideas. For the last year, I have been hearing the company's mouthpieces talk about we are "just about to launch so get in now". 

Since that time the "Founders'' have gone from around 25,000 to now well over 110,000 and still, we are "just about to launch". I just wanted the services which were promoted in the beginning but now it's all about creating an online meeting platform like Startmeeting which is going to be "bigger than Zoom or Google". Well, I DON'T CARE about that. I just want to have a marketing system that works and doesn't cost an arm and a leg which I am beginning to see now is next to impossible. 

I have given up on the $97 sign-up fee but it just pisses me off the way people can so blatantly promise a service(s) and then just put off providing it because they are some sort of MLM marketing company in prelaunch. I wish I had done more research and looked for other videos like yours back then, but I was just so eager to find something that might work for me that I just went in blindly. Maybe eventually this company might prove me wrong and actually launch but then again maybe golden raindrops will fall from the sky the same day I win the lottery too.”

Or there’s this one…

This guy seems to know what he’s talking about… 


 

About Ashraf Mufareh – The Last 10 Years

Ash Mufareh has been involved with different work at home endeavors that have been shut down almost as soon as they start. In 2010 Mufareh founded a recruitment-based matrix scheme called AshMax

Mufareh stipulated AshMax was NOT MLM but on the contrary, has a 5×5 sales matrix, with each new member required to recruit 5 additional members within 20 days. If someone does not meet this requirement, the person is forced out of the matrix. The full 5 x 5 matrix comes into effect after 100 days (5 x 20 day periods), at which point the first level member can reportedly expect to earn in excess of $22,000 per month, recurring, for life.

According to one ex-member of AshMax, 

“things were well organized over there (AshMax), for a while – weekly webinar meetings, training sites, upline/sponsor communications on point. The crux for me, the goal post kept moving, things got shaky and no one was giving disclosure.  Long story short, things went pear-shaped, never got sorted, refunds never happened, etc.” 

In 2012 he became involved with a Ponzi scheme called TelexFree using his TelexMax. TelexFree had legal troubles in Brazil. In 2014 the SEC shut it down revealing TelexFree U.S. investors lost in excess of $3 Billion.

A couple of years later Ash Mufareh became involved with another Ponzi scheme based out of Brazil called PayDiamonds. That endeavor didn’t last long either and in mid-2018 it was closed down. It was at that time when Ashraf Mufareh started GOFOUNDERS/ONPASSIVE. 

Here is one of the three videos on Mufareh’s official YouTube channel. The title of the video is, “Ash Mufareh – The Visionary Behind the World’s Best Online Business Solution”. With a title like that, wouldn’t you expect to see or hear Ash saying something about his AI-Tech baby? How about footage of him working with his team? I certainly did and was left disillusioned when I viewed them. There was nothing but self-aggrandizing and hype. Ash is not the person in the video.

Absolutely none of the ONPASSIVE videos show footage of Ash Mufareh. You would think that if someone was creating the next best thing, that person would want to get out there and promote his new creation. Wouldn’t you expect that after 2 years of promoting and collecting an accumulative total of $11,640,000 from 120,000 GoFounder members at $97 a pop, he would be able to and want to reveal the progress to date?  You will always find a genuine owner of a startup out there in full view with updates and progress reports every step of the way.  

Trustpilot, as its name suggests, should be trustworthy about its reviews (you would think) however, a multitude of reviews look very suspicious to me… here are just two,

How can this be if they haven’t launched the marketing suite yet?

A Few Tips To Recognize A Scam 

Adapted from the FTC website

  • If a plan purports to sell a product or service, check to see whether its price is inflated, whether new members must buy costly inventory, or whether members make most "sales" to other members rather than the general public.
  • Beware of any plan that makes exaggerated earnings claims, especially when there seem to be no real underlying product sales or investment profits.
  • Beware of any plan that offers commissions for recruiting new distributors, particularly when there is no product involved or when there is a separate, up-front membership fee. At the same time, do not assume that the presence of a purported product or service removes all danger. 
  • Beware of any program that claims to have a secret plan, overseas connection, or special relationship that is difficult to verify.
  • Beware of any plan that delays meeting its commitments while asking members to "keep the faith" and keep taking on new signups that must pay a joining fee.  Many pyramid schemes advertise that they are in the "pre-launch" stage, yet they never can and never do launch. By definition pyramid schemes can never fulfill their obligations to a majority of their participants. To survive, pyramids need to keep and attract as many members as possible. Thus, promoters try to appeal to a sense of community or solidarity, while chastising outsiders or skeptics.
  • Finally, beware of programs that attempt to capitalize on the public's interest or naivety in hi-tech. Every investor fantasizes about becoming wealthy overnight, but in fact, most hi-tech companies only yield substantial profits after years of hard work. 

Summary and Reality Of So Many Team Building Pyramids

The victim, like the first investor, thinks of himself at the top of the pyramid but suddenly realizes that he is actually at the bottom, unable to find people interested in the program to build out his downline. He is not alone because mathematics shows that MOST investors will find themselves at the bottom of the pyramid when it collapses. The very structure of a matrix dictates that whenever the collapse occurs, at least 70 percent will be at the bottom level with no means to make a profit. 

The GoFounder members will be quick to say that ONPASSIVE is an AI & IT company and not an MLM. If that is true, why is a matrix-based multi-level compensation plan used to build a team? Those are MLM hallmarks!

In my opinion, it shouldn’t be frozen in a prelaunch for over 2 years while taking people’s money. It should have reached the BETA stage by now so those 120,000 members that have paid their money can start tinkering with it at least, with ongoing updates and reports from the engineering department and corporate body, not just avid over-excited members who have only been in it for 15 months, taking the lead and have obviously drunk the kool-aid. 

Right now the only thing that may attract a naive marketer is its claim of being “100% Hands-Free Completely Done-For-You Automated Online Success” and for the people who want to believe that there’s money-for-nothing ogle over the proposed passive earnings in the compensation plan. 

If you apply some simple logic to their claim against the actions of a member aggressively promoting and recruiting, it contradicts itself. It’s clear to me that anyone who joins has been swept up by the thought and promise of making millions passively. 

A successful business that brings real value does not put making money a personal priority and just wait for the money to roll in while you sleep. An excellent article explaining why “passive income” is a dangerous fantasy and points out 4 reasons why,

1. You Can't Stay Ahead of Competition Passively
2. You Can't Maintain a Loyal Tribe of Customers Passively
3. You Can't Lead Great Teams Passively
4. You Can't Create Meaning, Passion, or Purpose in Your Life Passively

 

My Final Thoughts

The evidence and timelines in this article are correct at the time of researching and writing. It certainly makes sense to me to BEWARE & to look out for RED FLAGS and apart from doing your own due diligence, logically think about what is really happening here. 

What Onpassive is promoting is nothing new or special in the technical aspect, in fact, at the moment it’s fresh air until it launches (if it ever does). Automated marketing and AI technology are already being used along with blockchain and cryptocurrency in the marketing arena for far less money and there’s been no need for a pyramidical recruitment matrix. 

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, a very successful entrepreneur revealed that Tesla has had a spectacular run this year despite the COVID 19 impacts. In a recent interview, he offered some advice to other entrepreneurs, suggesting that any company of any caliber put their investments first into engineering and developing a product that is superior before investing in Marketing,

“My advice, you know, to corporate America or companies worldwide is spend less time on marketing presentations and more time on your product. Honestly that should be the number one thing taught in business schools. Put down that spreadsheet and that PowerPoint presentation and go and make your product better.”

What Musk says speaks volumes to me. To be a legitimate company, there needs to be “a product” long before it starts taking money from interested parties. Even in the initial stages, you won’t see any investor just hand over the money on promises or without seeing at least the blueprint (or white paper) of the startup company’s products which should be available to the public. They need to see that it’s a viable company and marketing hype incessantly and publicly just doesn't cut it for savvy investors.

Before the claims of how “mind-blowingly, nothing out there like it” system is broadcast to the world, the company needs to be transparent with its products and after 2+ years, it should be well into a BETA phase and not continuously delaying the launch, repeatedly saying you still have time to get in at the cheaper price. Food for thought.

 

 

ecosystem for entrepreneurs

 

Deb Williams
A Crypto/Blockchain enthusiast and a strong advocate for technology, progress, and freedom of speech. I embrace "change" with a passion and my purpose in life is to help people understand, accept, and move forward with enthusiasm to achieve their goals. 

 

 

 

TP

Get the Alexa Toolbar Extension for your SEO

The Alexa Toolbar: Why You Need this Piece of "%#*&%@#".

Google Uses Alexa’s Information For Ranking and Indexing!

One of the worst toolbars is Alexa’s. It slightly slows down browsing, it’s Spyware (Spybot Search and Destroy will remove it unless you tell it not to), and it has an unremovable icon link to Amazon?

So you’re probably wondering why I have the Alexa Toolbar Installed on my browser and why I tell my fellow marketers, webmasters and SEO gurus to do the same.

It’s not the “pop-up blocker” – we already had one of those – right? And it’s not that it displays related links, site contact info or site traffic stats – although that’s not completely worthless i guess. . .

It’s simple. The Alexa “spyware” toolbar monitors all my surfing and collects information about what domains I visit. They don’t know that it’s “me” – they collect it as anonymous user data and use it to rank web sites. Not only does Alexa use this information for determining where people surf on the web but so does google. Let me repeat that fact so it sinks in:

Google Uses Alexa’s Information For Ranking and Indexing!

Installing the Alexa toolbar and surfing your own site will absolutely help you get your sites indexed by Google more quickly. I just started this blog today, and the googlebot has already come by without any inbound links!

Because the Alexa toolbar is such a pile, no one ever keeps it installed. So just by updating and surfing your own site daily, (assuming NO ONE else does), you can get your Alexa ranking from 5,500,000 or “no data” to around 300,000 in under a month and to 100,000 in 3 months.

Alexa Rankings and Google PR are two of the main factors uninformed people look at when considering link exchanges. (Page Rank is completely useless BTW we have a white hat PR 4 site that gets 20 visitors a day and unranked sites that get several thousand per day).

If you remember the Nielsen Company, famous for the Nielsen Ratings, you understand that what is put on television was once determined by what a minute fraction of TV viewers watched: The people with a Nielsen box on their TV Set – The Nielsen Families. Having the Alexa toolbar installed on your browser is like being a Nielsen Family for the web. Your surfing habits will determine what is most “popular” and what sites should be ranked higher in the SERPs.

That was reason enough for me to install the Alexa Tool Bar. Download it for yourself, and watch your Alexa Rankings Skyrocket over the next several weeks. We know Google looks at the Information, which means that Yahoo and MSN are probably looking at it too.

Alexa’s Toolbar is a Great POWERFUL SEO tool.

Just a reminder to make sure you have the Alexa tool bar plugin installed. It is an important tool among others. But I consider the Alexa tool the most important plug in for Internet Marketers.

Install Alexa Tool Bar

TP

The Five Steps to Startup Success – Markethive/Deb Williams

The Five Steps to Startup Success – Markethive/Deb Williams

  
     The first social/market network built on blockchain technology

CEO of Markethive Thomas Prendergast announces,

“We are now ready and on the verge of launching the first ultimate Market Network with a social media interface. This has never been done before. Markethive is well versed in identifying its market, and we now offer our experience and expertise to everyone aspiring to build a business online.

We have purposely integrated blockchain technology for your security, privacy and give you the ability to create a universal income all on one platform. What this means is you cannot be shadowbanned. Giving you freedom of speech, your data is your data and cannot be used by the company or anyone else. You can work safely in an autonomous environment with everything you need to achieve your goals.”

The Next Generation – The Next Level

You will now be able to sharpen your entrepreneurial skills with state of the art inbound marketing tools in a collaborative fluid culture achieving the five steps to startup success with Markethive. Even if you have just a slight entrepreneurial itch, you will be able to learn and grow with the system positioned to be the next generation of social/market media. And you get paid to learn!

CEO of Markethive, Thomas Prendergast says,

“Markethive has built and adopted a proven strategy over the last 20 years. The foundation has been laid which puts us in the top 1%. We already have the three pillars of viability: community, technology, and liquidity, all of which are needed in equal portions to have viability in the digital money sphere.” 

  

As predicted by the visionaries of Silicon Valley

The CEO states,

“As predicted by the visionaries of Silicon Valley, the Market Network is the next logical replacement of the social networks. They spoke about the Market Network being the next unicorn of trillion dollar companies over the next 10 years. They were talking about Markethive. We are a marketplace and a network, and we have all the inbound marketing tools for workflow.

We are the ultimate Market Network. Markethive is rising up to be the next generation social (market) network bringing sanity to privacy and universal income to the entrepreneur.”

The early vertical market networks are

1. A marketplace – transactions among multiple buyers and sellers

2. A network – identity and communications

3. Workflow – SAAS, Software as a service

Markethive is an outstanding platform with huge upend potential in both the markets. Revenue generation is solid with income revenue already underway, as well as funding revenue.

  

It’s fully operational as a beta platform

CTO and Co-founder of Markethive Douglas Yates says,

“It’s fully operational as a beta platform. The coin has been created, the blockchain is in place, and every milestone in the white paper has been met on time.”

Tim Moseley, one of the many veteran associates, says,

“Markethive represents the future to me. It offers the most significant opportunity of my lifetime. Because of the vision and hard work relentlessly performed by the CEO Thomas Prendergast and his team, Markethive will launch into the future to become the premier inbound marketing network of our time. I can envision Markethive becoming the standard by which other market networks will be judged by.”

Another satisfied associate, Mike Sheehan, states,

“Having had the opportunity to meet and speak with Tom provided me with the vision that this platform is going to be unique and beneficial. With limited tech knowledge, Markethive gives me a platform where I can learn from both members and the training videos. And finally, given the option to have free access to 75% of the platform or, for only $100 monthly, having access to 100% of the platform, I know that everything is available for me to use without surprises of ‘up-sells’.”

All five steps to startup success have now been executed by Markethive. Now it’s your turn. Join Markethive and be ready to receive the first of many infinity airdrops of 500 MHV coins just for subscribing. And it gets better.

To find out more about Markethive, please visit.


Article Produced By

Deb Williams
I am a freelance writer for the Market Network and crypto/blockchain industry. I’m a strong advocate for technology, progress, freedom of speech, and I embrace “Change”.

My background is in state management, also sales, service and business development consulting in the corporate arena, which involves training and coaching clients from front line through to management in the financial services and real estate industries. For the last 18 years I have been an owner/operator, developing offline and online businesses.

Adelaide, Australia

TP

Markethive expansion seeks professional article writers

Markethive expansion seeks professional article writers

FROM SOCIAL NETWORK TO MARKET NETWORK

As Markethive prepares to become a leading social network for entrepreneurs, next to the vision implementation, developing the marketing and engineering departments is primary in focus.News provided by Markethive,SHELL, Wyo., Aug. 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Douglas Yates CTO of Markethive quotes, "As Markethive's pre-launch crowdfunding has begun to bring funds into the company, the engineering department has been grown to 100s of engineers and significant headway has begun. This weekend Markethive releases it first dashboard upgrade as promised when we released our first Crowdfund draft in April 2018."

He also adds, "Now we are focused on growing our marketing department."

Thomas Prendergast CEO and acting Marketing Director had this to say, "As we prepare to fully launch Markethive's crowdfunding campaign, in preparation, we are building out our Marketing Department like we have built out our Engineering department. We are looking for creative talent. Right now we are putting out this call for creative writers. Writers for articles and press releases. To work in our virtual department under my supervision until we have a fully functioning Market Manager to take the helm."

Thomas also added, "So I have produced this Press Release as a cattle call for talent. If you feel you have what it takes, determination, inspiration, talent and a drive for excellence, then contact me for a full interview, our Marketing Group Telegram link will be found below. Markethive will become a huge success and story and I am offering a handful of gifted talent the chance of a lifetime to ride this train to glory with the rest of us."

Thomas also summarised his statement by adding, "After several weeks trying to contract writers through the various services out there like the text-broker's, free-lancer's, sites that operate from the failed concepts of closed and controlled systems. I discovered issues trying to work with their anonymous writers restrained by their regulations and rules preventing true open collaboration that Markethive needs and represents. Therefore, publishing this press release and our direction to deliver a truly open source commerce platform that allows complete disclosure and freedom of communication has become another facet to our story."

Markethive is a forward-looking enterprise utilizing blockchain to deliver a secure, private alternate solution to today's aged and controversial social networks. Markethive is the next generation Market Network built to become the leading advocate and solution for entrepreneurs worldwide. https://markethive.com

Apply to join the Marketing Team at Markethive via Telegram
https://t.me/markethive_marketing_group

Contact:
Thomas Prendergast
3072549329
ceo@markethive.net

Article Produced By

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/markethive-expansion-seeks-professional-article-writers-300702399.html

TP

Is The Current Email Marketing Old Technology?

Is The Current Email Marketing Old Technology?

    

After 47 years since Email’s inception,

this technology is still going strong. It’s one of the most widely used and trusted channels for communication today, particularly with entrepreneurs, marketers and business owners. It’s helped many startups grow into multi-billion dollar companies. The unfortunate side of email is spam and although spam filters do a good job of detecting junk and send it straight to the spam folder, many organizations legitimate emails end up in the spam folder. If your subscribers don’t see your emails, they can’t open, click or convert.

Primarily, email campaigns and autoresponders use a capture page opt-in form to collect data, being a name, email and often times a phone number. This takes time and usually a number of steps to complete. You then in some cases need to go to your email to verify it. It is well documented that the more steps in the signup form process, the more likely prospects will be lost for lack of follow through. Email verification can reduce lead conversion up to 50%, delayed verification and delivery to spam folder reduce conversion up to 90%.

Alternatively, there is a capture technology which uses OAuth to capture the data of a potential lead or subscriber. This virtually guarantees the data is legitimate and the email is clean and not from a spam trap often acquired through website harvesting. Autoresponders and email advertising tools are probably the most essential parts of your business. You utilize it to follow-up with clients. To keep individuals returning to your site. To build loyalty. To create sales.

Email deliverability rates can really make or break an email marketing campaign. Here are 5 email and autoresponder tools with prices and deliverability percentages. Although rates can fluctuate over time, there does, however, seem to be some consistency between those that perform the best, and those that perform the worst.

Aweber

Aweber has a free 1 month trial period then priced as shown below. Aweber doesn’t really allow you to add leads from offline sources. Online lists are captured using online opt-in forms requiring name and email address.

Pricing:
Starting from $19/mth for 500 subscribers up to $149/mth for 25,000. Get a quote if over 25,000 subscribers are required.

Deliverability: Main Inbox 71.5% Spam 18.6% Tabs 8.2% Missing 1.7%

MailChimp

MailChimp has a “forever free” plan that allows you to create a list on MailChimp for free as long as your list is under 500 users. Although MailChimp offers a free trial, their autoresponder feature is only available in paid accounts and lists are built through single or double opt-in forms.

Pricing:
It has different pricing plans for Growing Businesses, Entrepreneurs and High volume senders. Grow Membership from $10/mth?—?Pro Membership starting at $199/mth.

Deliverability: Main Inbox 57.8% Spam 13.6% Tabs 24.7% Missing 3.9%

GetResponse

GetResponse is a web-based email marketing system for beginners right through to high-end businesses wanting scalable, high-performance solutions.

Pricing:
Starting from $15/mth for email marketing up to Enterprise at $1,199/mth.

Deliverability: Main Inbox 74.7% Spam 17.0% Tabs 3.4% Missing 5.0%

Constant Contact

Constant Contacts is an email marketing service, created to strengthen email marketing practices of small businesses, associations, nonprofits organizations, etc. It uses templates requiring email data from subscribers. Constant Contact provides monthly plans measured by the number of contacts.

Pricing:
Basic Email starts at $20/mth?—?Email Plus Starting at $45/mth. Both subscriptions are based on the number of contacts.

Deliverability: Main Inbox 86.1% Spam 2.2% Tabs 6.9% Missing 4.8%

Markethive

The Markethive email and autoresponder system are built for beginners through to Entrepreneurs and Business Owners at any level. It has utilized the OAuth technology to capture data via capture widgets through a choice of Social Media Sites situated on your capture pages, blogs and profile pages. Pricing: Free when you subscribe to Markethive. There are no limitations on the amount or size of your list or subscribers and no upcharges.

Deliverability: Main Inbox 99.97% Spam 0.0% Tabs 0.0% Missing 0.03%

The advent of the blockchain adds several new twists and may serve to be the disruption that has been overdue for marketers and advertisers that are looking to take their targeted campaigns to the next level. As we move forward, it will be interesting to see how this new technology could be used as a basis for a distributed email system. We are in for a ride over the next couple of years as technologies like blockchain slip into every facet of our lives. It’s not the strongest who survive or smartest, but the most adaptable.

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Deb Williams

I’m a freelance writer for the Market Network & crypto/blockchain. Stong advocate for technology progress & free speech https://markethive.com/creativemarketing

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Decentralized Identity Systems and the Future of Marketing

Decentralized Identity Systems and the Future of Marketing

What if SSI evolved into more freedom for Content creators and influencers that resulted in an Ad-free blockchain internet?

Instagram stories have become intercepted with Ad-spam,

it’s a pretty terrible user experience. As Facebook seeks to monetize Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram?—?since Facebook’s flagship app is a dying app; the message is clear. Centralized Ads are polluting the internet. Whatever you believe self-sovereign-identity is, blockchain needs to decentralize identity systems on the internet to ensure consumer privacy, control and freedom.

The Emergence of the Next Web Based on Blockchain

A digital identity that’s accountable to human rights, is that so much to ask? Digital creators and influencers need to have full-rights to their creations just as consumers should have full rights to their data, which they can then barter or sell or trade via tokens with advertising platforms. Facebook and Google’s model is all wrong, it’s the past.

I’m following a lot of crypto projects related to UBI and the decentralized identity systems that reward people better. One of the terms I like the most is called “self-sovereign marketing”, where several startups are looking into creating more fairness in content and referral traffic for influencers in a more transparent way.

Everytime I post on LinkedIn, in the back of my mind I’m wondering why I don’t get paid. On Medium, I can put my articles behind a paywall and make a living wage. Why would I ever post again on Instagram or Twitter without some measurable return on investment? I need social media to work for me. If I have 195,000 followers on LinkedIn, that has to mean something.

Human Rights on the Internet

What people do should matter, and their digital rights not just to privacy, but to empowerment is key for how we build the internet and restart it with blockchain. SSI should not just serve Governments in how they track citizens on centralized blockchains. There must be an aspect of decentralization where the peer-to-peer aspect empowers people globally. Imagine if LinkedIn actually worked that way, and wasn’t just a spin-off of Microsoft? Imagine if Facebook stood for something more than a “family of apps” that is just an advertising machine?

SSI should complement existing advertising and government digital identity systems, just as Bitcoin and over 2,000 digital assets already complements how fiat transactions, investment, trading and assets work. Decentralization is about bringing the internet a new era of freedom, stability and alternatives to what’s not working. Let’s be honest, Google and Facebook should probably be broken up. (We don’t need the inventor of the Internet to tell us that). They are too centralized and have become corrupt.

In a future world of decentralized identity,

consumers will have more rights and advertising and
brands will open up a new era of ethical influencer marketing.

The Sociology of Decentralization

As mistrust of centralized tech companies grows, in proportion the movement towards decentralization syncs with our collective values.

At the same time now you have people like JP Morgan saying they are behind Ethereum. We can only assume the rise of digital assets and a token based economy will herald new options and alternatives for consumers on the next phase of the internet. We can’t stay on Facebook family apps and think it’s okay anymore. Consumers will demand better experiences, just like I as an indie journalist need incentives that motivate me and don’t just exploit me for my creativity.

Decentralization is the Key in How we Transition Past Advertising to the Next WebSelf-sovereign identity platforms need to scale with the future of how the internet will work. Their dApps need to empower consumers where new ecosystems of value can emerge that create more level playing fields.Capitalism without trust and blockchain might have trouble sustaining its value based on the old tricks (like vanity metrics for instance).As Instagram itself becomes saturated with stories that no longer have relevance to our fleeting attention, a new generation of apps will take its place.Many of those will have self-sovereign marketing built into them. This is already happening with many micro-video apps, you just might not be aware of it yet.

Self Sovereign Marketing will scale a new model of advertising

and change the internet forever.SSM will Hardcore Opportunity and Authenticity in the next Era of Social Marketing Advertising just like physical retail, needs to adapt to the values of the new consumer. Decentralization identity systems will augment how consumers participate in the future of advertising. Any blockchain startup that’s pioneering better incentives for these apps is ultimately contributing to the future of self-sovereign identity and self-sovereign marketing, SSI and SSM respectively. One day I’ll do a survey covering the main ones.

In a world of cryptoeconomic freedom, social platforms won’t own our data, we will. We’ll be driven by economic incentives to collaborate and create, in an open-source and permissionless manner where we’ll have unparalleled self-governance to explore our interests and abilities online compared to the enslavement of the internet today. Digital assets are pointing to a new model of how the internet of the future will work.

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Michael K. Spencer

Medium member since Apr 2018

Blockchain Mark Consultant, tech Futurist, prolific writer. WeChat: mikekevinspencer

https://medium.com/futuresin/decentralized-identity-systems-and-the-future-of-marketing-c6e1fde04552

 

 

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Markethive + Social Network = Market Network

Markethive + Social Network = Market Network

Markethive is what is now being identified as a Market Network, evolving from the aging Social Network platforms. In the example below, THE FUTURE is shown as SOCIAL BUSINESS. This equals what we are referring to as a MARKET NETWORK, where the social media platforms have evolved and are continuing to do so. The focus NOW is shifting to BUSINESS and COMMERCE: local, national, global, all of which are seen as markets. The key to note here is that the FUTURE is HERE NOW! Markethive is right on target, with the best possible timing.

Markethive also recognizes the importance of absolute privacy and security. This is of the utmost importance and priority. If you register for FREE @ http://markethive.tv, you can see what Markethive is all about and have access to the entire system, and you can also read their privacy policy there.

We also support a total neutrality regarding your issues, politics, religions, sexual orientations and anything else I have failed to mention.

Our greatest mission is to end the tyranny and rape of your data from #deletefacebook.

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Facebook: More API Restrictions and Shutdowns

It feels as if we are witnessing a very slow, painful, debilitating demise.

Seems every day there is more news that Facebook is spinning out-of-control without a parachute. The downward spiral Facebook is on has turned into more of a slide that is picking up speed and momentum as it goes.

Following the Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal and the more recent discovery of a Facebook app that had been leaking data on 120 million users, Facebook is today announcing a number of API changes aimed at better protecting user information. The changes will impact multiple developer-facing APIs, including those used to create social experiences on the site, as well as those for media partners, and more.

Some of the APIs are being shuttered for low adoption, while others will require app reviews going forward, Facebook said.

The company said the following API restrictions were now being put into place:

  • Graph API Explorer App: Facebook will deprecate its test app today. Developers will need to use their own apps' access tokens to test their queries on the Graph API Explorer going forward.
  • Profile Expression Kit: This let developers build apps that allowed people to decorate their profile photos or create profile videos. This one seems to be lumped in the group of shutdowns not because of misuse potential, but because it had low adoption. It will shut down October 1st.
  • Media Solutions APIs: On August 1, Facebook is shutting down Topic Search, Topic Insights and Topic Feed and Public Figure APIs due to low usage. It already deprecated the Trending API and Signal tool for journalists, the Trending Topics product, and the Hashtag Voting for interactive TV experiences. Going forward, Facebook says public content discovery APIs will be limited to page content and public posts on certain verified profiles.
  • Pages API: Developers can search using the Pages API again, but will need feature permissions to Page Public Content Access, which can only be obtained through the app review process.
  • Marketing API: Developers will have to go through an app review before they can use this API.
  • Leads Ads Retrieval: Facebook is introducing new app review permissions for this, too.
  • Live Video APIs: Will also have new app review permissions.

The changes were detailed in a post published the Facebook Newsroom, which hinted they would not be the last.

Credits and for more on this article. Originally appeared in TechCrunch: https://tcrn.ch/2IKza9A

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Company Aims To Become ‘Amazon Of Sharing Economy’ With Blockchain App

Company Aims To Become ‘Amazon Of Sharing Economy’ With Blockchain App

A company is building a Blockchain-based system

to eliminate fragmentation in the sharing economy – and creating a single app that gives users access to “any available asset they wish to rent, borrow or share.” ShareRing claims the current market is extremely inconvenient for consumers. Although thousands of companies exist, many of them are specialized in one particular niche, such as caravans or office space. This forces users to go through the arduous process of registering multiple accounts – and, given the fact that some of these small businesses only operate in a heavily localized area, there’s no guarantee that the items they need to borrow will be available where they live.

The Australian company has the goal of becoming the “Amazon of the sharing economy,” enabling users to lease “assets” from a broad range of categories through a single smartphone app. They would be connected to individuals nearby who have items they are willing to share, while rental companies would be able to develop their own “mini” app within ShareRing to reach greater numbers of prospective customers. ShareRing is already exploring deals with big brands, and the latest partnerships will be announced on its website.

In its white paper, the company lists areas where its technology could prove useful. Some examples include renting cars, trucks and trailers, as well as booking delivery drivers, sharing gardens, swapping books, co-housing, car sharing and social dining. ShareRing’s Blockchain platform, known as ShareLedger, is already in development. “Highly customizable” smart contracts will be used to complete transactions, with the company stressing that typical users are not going to require advanced technical knowledge in order to use the platform.

“Taking things to the next level”

The team behind ShareRing already have experience in this industry after starting the vehicle-sharing brand Keaz in the middle of 2013. Offering solutions for both corporate users and consumers, the company now has offices in five countries – and its main technology, KeazACCESS, was launched in May 2015. Executives say they have “decided to take things to the next level” through Blockchain because a company is yet to help this industry achieve its full potential. Their white paper argues that most people are even unable to name five businesses operating within the sharing economy – and the two examples most commonly used as answers, Airbnb and Uber, only cover two types of assets available to the public.

ShareLedger is also going to feature a dual token mechanism. Whereas SharePay is the currency that customers will use to rent assets, ShareToken allows providers to pay for access to the Blockchain. All users will be able to access their balances for these tokens in a lightweight wallet accessible from PCs and smartphones. “Small transaction fees” are charged to providers who use ShareRing. There are one-off charges whenever individuals or businesses add an asset to the platform. Providers are also charged if “attributes” need to be added, allowing extra bits of information such as a Vehicle Identification Number to be linked to the asset. Finally, they will pay a fee every time their asset is rented out to a ShareRing user.

Growing the ecosystem

At the heart of ShareRing’s system will be a “clever, integrated app” which uses geolocation to show users which services are available nearby – and within two years, the company hopes that up to 1 mln assets will be available to share around the world. Its Blockchain system will be publicly available by Sept. 2018, and KeazACCESS will be the first “client” integrated into ShareLedger. ShareRing’s token sharing event is set to take place in May, with the company planning to run token hunts and several other competitions to spread the word and raise awareness of the project.

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Vexanium, a Marketing Platform To Benefit Both Retailers and Users

Vexanium, a Marketing Platform To Benefit Both Retailers and Users

—SINGAPORE, April 11, 2018

An innovative decentralized marketing ecosystem called VEXANIUM, which helps to cut costs and improve efficiency and transparency for commercial businesses, is being launched by Danny Baskara and team. The blockchain based ecosystem which VEXANIUM creates will solve the major pain points that this industry faces today. The VEXANIUM platform will also naturally serve existing blockchain businesses in their user acquisition, activation and retention. This makes it attractive for both businessmen, crypto-enthusiasts and ordinary users.

In Asia, a majority of retailers use online promo marketing platforms such as Groupon, Dianping or Meituan to win new customers. Promo marketing strategies rely heavily on campaigns on these platforms which provide substantial traffic and sales. These platforms charge an average of 15% – 20% in commission per transaction through a CPA (Cost Per Acquisition) or CPS (Cost Per Sale) structure. An increasing number of retailers struggle because these commissions together with the discounts offered represent too high a proportion of their margins. To protect margins, retailers often end up giving lackluster promotions that are either unattractive or with unrealistic terms. Meanwhile, customers are often frustrated when trying to utilize a voucher or redeem their gift cards and coupons. Common difficulties include using vouchers that have already been utilized, expired, are lost or with unreasonable T&C requirements.

“By using the VEXANIUM platform, companies can create points in loyalty program applications in the form of digital tokens, "said Danny Baskara. "Typically such incentives are rewards to customers in Cost Per Acquisition (CPA) activity. The tokens can also be converted into coupons or points that can be used in corporate applications, " A study conducted by GfK concluded that 49% of consumers would gladly switch brands for savings in the form of a coupon. In the retail market, South-East Asia and Indonesia, in particular, are some of the fastest growing markets globally, with the latter boasting a population of over 260 million people. The importance of vouchers and coupons for retailers to attract new customers in those regions is significant.

VEX token will be listed on Tokenomy upon launching of the platform. Partnering with fIndodax.com (former bitcoin.co.id), the biggest digital asset exchange in Southeast Asia, Tokenomy helps VEX access to 1,000,000+ potential investors and traders. The VEX app features an integration with selected crypto exchanges in order to allow users to directly trade their VEX token balance on the exchange. Also, the VEX Exchange will allow consumers to trade vouchers among themselves and set their own prices. Customers will be able to store and redeem their voucher tokens via VEXANIUM app.

One game-changing use case of the VEX Platform is the lucrative “airdrop” market, which will allow blockchain companies to create airdrop campaigns for acquiring new customers and rewarding existing ones, using the VEX token. "For companies that want to take advantage of the VEXANIUM platform and want to create digital tokens on their applications are required to purchase a large number of VEXANIUM digital tokens, VEX, because each transaction is using the token, included in transaction fees," Danny states. This will be facilitated via the VEX web and mobile apps.

In an exciting move,  the VEXANIUM marketplace plans to be fully functional and open to merchants and individual users in Indonesia by Q4 2018. VEXANIUM will complete the establishment of the ecosystem by launching VEXchange and VEXplorer by Q2 2019. Merchants and enterprise users can create voucher tokens and start their marketing campaigns all seamlessly via the one-stop mobile app. VEXANIUM founder and CEO Danny Baskara previously built and sold Indonesia’s largest voucher and couponing platform Evoucher, which was with more than 2 million active users. After 7 years of building Evoucher, the founders realized that the blockchain can solve the fundamental problems of this industry. The idea for the VEXANIUM ecosystem was born.

VEXANIUM will revolutionize this space by bringing the voucher and couponing industry on-chain. The immutability, liquidity and decentralized nature of VEXANIUM will revolutionize this market while introducing a whole new wave of retailers and users to the blockchain era. A number of angel investors are already backing VEXANIUM, such as Marcus Yeung, founder and CEO of SEAbridge, and Joseph Aditya,  CEO of Ralali, the largest B2B marketplace portal in Indonesia. VEXANIUM VEX token pre-sale starts on April 14th, 2018.

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