Product Name: Talk Fusion
Costs: $30, $125, $250, $1499
What Is It
This is a pyramid style MLM. Their products are all video related, their flagship product being video email.
Video in email is as simple as uploading your video to YouTube and pasting a link into Gmail. This is free, so I don’t see any reason to buy a product that focuses on Video Emails except for small businesses.
Talk Fusion has way to much emphasis on their compensation plan and recruiting. Although they are a member of the DSA, it’s clear that this is an MLM recruiting company, AKA pyramid scheme.
The main product they emphasize through sales videos and on their main website is video email. However, you can see from the screenshot below, that YouTube and Gmail are able to do this without a problem, and for free. If privacy is an issue, there are privacy settings on your videos that you can change, including not allowing public access, or requiring a password to get watch.
This basically makes this service completely obsolete except for business use.
I actually do think that video in small business email could be fun, engaging, and useful. But as I was watching their examples, I couldn’t think of one time that I actually watched a video in a promotional email.
I suppose it’s possible that Talk Fusion is so cutting edge that no businesses I’ve ever associated with have even considered using email. However, I think it’s more likely that there are other issues not being addressed like data usage, click stats, and actual minutes watched. Just a guess though.
Video conferencing is another product that’s pushed, but again, there are alternatives. Skype is free, so basic users will probably not even consider paying the $750 + $30/month for access to the video conference software.
As far as businesses go, why would they pay those fees for an unpopular, unknown, MLM company when they could use a trusted name like Adobe, Citrix, or Cisco? Perhaps there are some reasons, but Talk Fusion certainly hasn’t addressed this. Are you prepared and knowledgable enough to pitch Talk Fusion’s video conferencing software to real businesses?
There are also other products which are video based like mobile video messaging, but honestly, with stuff like snapchat, FaceTime, and the hundreds of other apps that do the same thing, you are entering an uphill battle with convincing people that your product is best.
In a nutshell, yes, there are real products to market from Talk Fusion. No, they are not cutting edge. It was clear to me after reading the literature on their website and on other places around the web that the focus of Talk Fusion is recruiting people into the system to be distributors.
Typical of MLM, Talk Fusion has an extremely complicated compensation plan that takes an entire 15 page document to explain the rules of how you make money with them. That’s insane. I actually do make money online and I can explain what I do in one or two sentences.
This unbelievably long document is full of pictures of lavish vacations, sports cars, and other incentives. If it’s starting smell a bit like a scam, my suggestion is to trust your instincts.
Making Money With Talk Fusion
They are very clever to give their payment levels cute names. You start off as Bronze, and work your way up all the way to Royal Blue Diamond (One step up from Grand Blue Diamond, WOW).
Along the way there are various hoops you have to jump through to get paid. However, your basic commissions are very easy to understand: You get paid 8% of sales.
Fast Start Bonus (8% commissions)
- Starter: $10
- Executive: $20
- Elite: $60
- Pro Pak: $120
About The Global Cash Card
Apparently this is the “World’s First Instant Pay Compensation Plan”, but there’s more than meets the eye (as we’ve come to expect). This is basically a debit card that can be used to withdraw money. But anyone who’s used an ATM card knows that many ATMs will charge you fees for a withdrawal if it’s not native to their bank. You are also charged $.25 each time a commission is paid to you.
That’s not much, but if you make a $20 commission that’s a 1.25% fee. Yeah, that was in the fine print.
So far this opportunity isn’t looking so spectacular.
To start off, there’s a $30 fee just to be an affiliate, but it doesn’t allow you to be part of the network marketing opportunity. You’ll need to pay for that stuff you’re selling, which is how this pyramid really starts to take shape.
Can’t remember how much this stuff is going to cost you?
- Starter Package $125
- Executive Package $250
- Elite $750
- Pro Package $1499
Now you’re officially paying to sell stuff. Better start making some conversions quickly. And don’t forget, there are caps on your commissions.
- $500 a week
- $1000 a week
- $25,000 a week
- $50,000 a week
About ‘dem Bonuses
A huge part of the compensation plan for Talk Fusion relies on hype around bonuses and activities you have to do to get them. The details really aren’t that important, but in general, most of them involve recruiting X amount of people and achieving a certain level of membership.
Then you need to maintain that level of membership, or achieve a 2nd milestone to actually unlock that bonus. Bonus fees range from $20 to a $600 payment on a luxury car of your choice.
Bronze Maker Bonus: Recruit a recruiter on left/right of your binary tree, and make sure each of those people recruits a person on the left/right of their binary tree. If you do that, you get $20.
Team commissions: Make 100 sales together, earn a $25 bonus. Make 1000 sales make $250 (there seemed to be some other rules to this I didn’t quite follow)
Other bonuses include:
- Mega Matching Bonus
- Advancement Bonus
- Leadership Pool
But this begs the question – why would you put all these odd restrictions on us instead of just teaching us how to sell more of your PRODUCTS.
The Pyramid Taking Shape
Taken from their own guide, they tried to get clever and hide the pyramid shape.
I will correct this and show you the true nature of Talk Fusion.
It’s clear that this company is focused on recruitment, and not developing great products. They also have a HUGE number of complaints on Ripoff Report, the BBB, Glassdoor, and other personal blogs.
MLM VS Affiliate Marketing
Why not leave all this silliness of bonus vacations and Mercedes bonuses behind and start a real business?
The fact is, if you join an MLM company like Talk Fusion for the money benefits, you are a recruiter. If you wanted to be a sales person, you could make a LOT more money doing affiliate marketing.
You choose the products and you do not have to limit what you promote to just one company.
For example, if you truly wanted to promote video email, you could do it via your own website and compare the top 3 brands. Instead of giving a hard sell for a company you’re obviously affiliated with, you could let the consumer decide, and make money off of ANYTHING they buy.
You could build a reputable brand online separate of any company, and based on your own personal interests.
Hate video email and don’t care about video conferencing? That’s fine. Start a website about video games or making smoothies. Create a business about gluten free diets or traveling Costa Rica.
There’s no reason to limit yourself to one company or a small set of products just to unlock “bonuses”. Do what you love, and make money doing it.
Whatever type of product you decide to promote, it's important to own your own website to grow your business.
Parties only work if you have a network of friends with money in their pockets. Network marketing only works if your friends are interested in joining business opportunities.
With a website you can reach the entire world, and only promote great products to people interested in what you have to say. Plus, you open up doors to multiple streams of revenue like affiliate sales, ad click revenue, paid advertising, and even selling your own digital products.