They want you to believe that they came up with all the wealth "gamit lang ang kanilang laptop at internet". Of course, there's nothing wrong in bragging about something you earned. As they say, if you got it and worked hard for it, why not tell the world about it. Unfortunately, in the world of network marketing, most of the cash and cars you see are not real. Sure the money is real and the car works fine but in most cases, these are only used for photo-ops.
Not all people involved in network marketing operate in shady ways. There are great and legit networking companies out there who offer valuable products and valuable services for both their clients and distributors. And they encourage their affiliates to engage new customers using ethical and sustainable marketing practices.
However, looking at the network marketing industry in the Philippines today, the bad apples outnumber the good ones. And in some cases, making matters worse, great networking companies are being tainted if not ruined by the shady practices of their distributors.
With that said, we give you some of the most annoying habits that we often find among Filipino network marketers. Needless to say, these are habits they should stop doing because they are hurting an industry that's already reeling from so much bad press.
1. Spamming people on Facebook and other social media sites.
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They also don't care if what they are posting is relevant or not to the topic of the page or group they're posting to. This is why you see "business opportunities" being aggressively and regularly posted in pages where they don't belong. And they don't read the rules. Even if a rule directly states that no business-related posts are allowed, they post anyway. Yes, they often ask for permission to post but it's meaningless because they post their stuff anyway, permission granted or otherwise. Network marketers are probably the most banned people in Facebook groups and pages.
2. Misleading people.
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The problem with network marketers is that they often mislead customers into believing that their products have been tested or proven to be effective in treating or alleviating certain illnesses and conditions. They claim that their products can cure cancer, prevent heart diseases, improve sexual drives, etc. And they proclaim these without batting an eye. This practice can be very dangerous as it can keep ill-informed people from seeking real medical treatment.
3. Inviting people to dinners then ambushing them with business opportunities.
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What makes this worse is the awkwardness of it all. You feel duped but you often don't have the courage to tell it to the person who invited you. Worse, you might even buy into the business fearing you might hurt his/her feelings. Network marketers are aware of this and this is why they do it. It's easier for them to get sign-ups this way. They do something for you, make you feel like you are indebted to them, and then they drop the business offer on you.
4. Posting pictures of random people drowning in cash, cars, and houses.
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What's worse is that they are usually unethical when posting the photos accompanied by their links. As we mentioned earlier, they post their stuff on almost empty space that they can find. In short, they love to spam.
5. Defending the unethical practices of some network marketing company owners and staff.
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They'll start showing you registration forms from the Securities and Exchange Commission as if this is sole proof that the business is legit. They'll start telling you how awesome or reputable or successful the founders are that they can't do wrong. And it goes on. One thing they don't do however is address the criticisms you have of the company's practices.
So if you are a network marketer, please don't engage in any of the annoying habits discussed above. It's understandable that we all need to make a living. But we should do it without spamming and misleading people.
And to people out there who want to enter the network marketing industry, be careful where you invest your resources. Only invest in networking companies who engage in ethical marketing practices and who have good track records when it comes to delivering high-quality products and services.
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