Thursday, 16 November 2006

Net Marketing: Covergence of Buying and Selling

One of the most fascinating changes is happening around us. The way we search for information has had a staggering impact on the way we shop. But why is this so interesting? Simple. The changes that are happening, are happening so fast that most of us aren't even noticing.

Quite uncannily, in 1996, a man named Robert Poe predicted this revolution in his best seller book "Wave 3: The New Era in Network Marketing". (This book is available for about 1 cent on Amazon, if you're interested!)

He stated, quite confidently, that technology - and the internet in particular - would change the way many of us shop and earn our livings through the convergence of buying and selling patterns. Specifically, that it would be possible for marketers to earn commissions by referring sales and for consumers to gain discounts as members, or affiliates if you prefer, of this new breed of cutting edge company.

In fact, although the book was written with network marketing in mind - and let me go on even if you think "Oh no, here we go again!!!" - the curious fact of the matter is that the imperceptible change towards what Poe called "Wave 3" has been adopted by literally thousands of the biggest corporations in the world.

The proof is in the pudding! How many times have you seen promotions that offer you $10 off your next purchase of a book if you refer a friend, or $5 credit in your DVD-rental account or whatever? This form of referral marketing has become the norm and it is now possible for the astute person to make a very good living from this new wave.

What was once an industry renowned for scams and crooked deals - ever meet anyone with a garage full of water-filters they couldn't sell ;) ??? - has now become a dynamic industry with literally masses of legitimate organisations catching the "Wave" predicted by Richard Poe.

But what are the guises of this industry? Easy! Affiliate Marketing and Cashback shopping schemes have replaced the old-school MLM industry. "I know, I know, I hear you cry! - I'm getting spammed with this crap all the time but where to turn next to make a decent living?" Well, that's the difficult part. There are so many options out there that it's easy to be blinded by the deals offered by each one.

It is interesting to consider is to realize is that Cashback schemes, Affiliate Marketing and Network Marketing are all using common techniques which help shift massive amounts of products and services.

Network Marketing has become inreasing like Affiliate Marketing and - although most Affiliate Marketing companies don't like to admit it, they are increasing using tried and tested selling methods that were pioneered by MLM systems decades ago.

Additionally, online shopping systems such as Better Universe are using referral techniques as a means of giving customers the chance to make cash - or even a fat wad of cold hard cash - by promoting their goods. Also they offer fantastic cashback schemes in partnership with over 1200 online retailers.

Richard Poe was right about Wave 3, Wave 4 and beyond. But what does this really mean? Well, essentially, it's pretty obvious. Net Marketing in whatever form it takes is here to stay. Do you want a piece of the action before it's too late?

After so much research I nearly went crazy, I came across the system that I use to generate revenue through the internet from the comfort of my own home. It's a turnkey system with everything you need to get involved right now - including a free website to get started. It's called Check it out!

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