Hey there sea changers, and welcome back to my series of MLM reviews. Today we are going to a take look into the extremely lucrative and popular world of health and wellness supplements with my Emris International MLM Review. Supplements as an industry has exploded over the past few years with many making a good living selling these products via online stores and affiliate marketing. Added to this obviously is the ever growing array of health and wellness based multi level marketing programs that are available. So, what is the Emris International MLM program all about? Let's have a look and see…
What is MLM?
Multi-level marketing (MLM) programs are the traditional mainstay of the ‘party plan' world of products such as Tupperware, Mary Kay and Amway etc. and, of course within the Supplements market. As mentioned above, it is an industry that has really boomed in the last decade or so and as MLMs have become more popular – mainly due to the fact that much of the sales and marketing is now being managed online – more and more companies within this niche are starting to get in on the action.
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The ‘multi level' aspects of MLM come from its hierarchical nature in which you make commissions based not only on those that you sell to, but also the sales of those whom you ‘sign' into membership arrangements as well.
In short, the process works as follows:
- You join the program, either via referral from another person (known as your up line or sponsor) or directly through their website.
- You promote the products of the company via parties, workshops or online.
- As you make sales, you offer incentives to your customers to sign up as a member of the program (there are different names for this but they all mean the same thing).
- That new member is then placed ‘underneath' you in a hierarchical arrangement (known as your down line).
- You, and a number of levels of your up line, then gain extra commissions for everything they sell as well.
- If they manage to refer their customers into memberships, they also become a member of your down line allowing you to make up line commissions as well.
The number of levels of your up and down lines will vary depending on the program you have joined. Commission rates will also change as your down line grows or contracts and many will also offer other incentives such as total company sales percentages and/or access to membership prizes as your own business grows.
Who are Emris International?
Emris International (Emris) was founded in 2019 by Matthew and Ilean Harris as an entity that is “more than a company, it is a movement”. Focusing on the #thedroughtisover hashtag, the company is committed to ” strict testing, superior results, innovation, and excellence in all that we do”.
Emris is based in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa.
What do they Sell?
Emris offers a smaller range of health and wellness products. All products are based on plant and herbal ‘superfoods' to aid weightloss, metabolism, immunity, digestion, toxin removal and so on. These include:
- ENIOLA Tea – Energizing skinny tea
- Renew – Metabolism booster
- Vida – Super greens supplement
- Vitality Plus – Health booster
MLM Program outline
The Emris MLM program calls their members ‘Brand Ambassadors' (BAs) who are part of what appears to be a modern yet simple program with a standard retail and downline commission structure and a good number of bonus options included. Their compensation plan is available on their website so here are the basics as I have found them…
Base Commission rate: 20%
Down line commission rates: 8 – 15% binary commission on the lesser leg volume (LLV)
Minimum monthly spend to qualify for commissions
To qualify for downline commissions, BAs are required to meet monthly Personal Commission Volume (PCV) targets of at least 40 over a five-week period. This can be made of personal or customer sales and is required for all commissions and bonuses.
Payment terms: Weekly and Monthly.
Application required?: Yes, Application form on website.
Purchase requirements to join: Yes
From what I can tell, new BAs have the opportunity to purchase Business Starter Packs at time of enrolment as follows:
- Income Builder Kit – R2,600 (approx. $170 USD)
- Challenger Kit – R3440 (approx. $220 USD)
- Legacy Challenger Kit – R7,500 (approx. $500 USD)
Marketing materials provided: Personalised website, Backoffice.
As with most MLM programs, rankings and commissions are determined by the total PCV generated by the BA and their down line within a calendar month with points assigned to each product. These point allocations can range from 50 to 100% of the retail price of each product (before tax and shipping) and vary from item to item and currency of sale.
In the case of the Emris MLM program, I was unable to locate any direct calculation information in regards to PCV however the compensation plan states that commissions are paid in Rand at a rate of 14.6 per $1USD worth of product sold. Exchange rates vary but this is close enough in my opinion to accept that PCV in this case is calculated at around 100% of the VIP sales price less shipping and taxes. Please do not hesitate to comment below if this is inaccurate.
How can I get paid?
Ok, so from what I can garner from the compensation plan, there are 10 ways in which BAs can make money when they promote and sell Emris products. These are fairly straight forward (although the compensation plan does take some reading) and there are a few of the extra bonuses found in many other MLM arrangements within this niche.
The 10 payment options for the Emris MLM program are outlined as follows:
1. Retail Profits
These are the base commissions earned by the general day to day retail sales that BAs can generate via their personalized website. The 20% is earned when a customer buys products directly from the BA with the profit being the difference between the BA price and the retail customer price.
As above, to qualify for the 25% retail commissions, BAs are required to maintain Active status via a minimum sales target of 40PCV or above over a 5week period.
2. VIP Customer Bonus
Any customer to Emris has the option to become a VIP which entitles them to 20% discount on all products. If the VIP customer is personally enrolled by a BA, then they receive a 10% commission based on the purchases made. I.e. All sales generated from the personally enrolled VIP customer earn the sponsoring BA a 10% commission on their PCV.
3. VIP Power Bonus
The VIP Power Bonus is designed to entice BAs to generate greater sales via their VIP customers. This bonus is paid as follows on the total sales from personally enrolled VIP customers (PCCV). These are paid as follows:
- 250 – 499 PCCV = 10%
- 500+ PCCV = 15%
Both added together means that BAs generating 500+ PCCV per month earn a 25% VIP Power Bonus on those sales.
4. Global Customer Bonus Pool
This is a variation on a common bonus option within many MLM programs where BAs can earn a percentage of the total company PCCV for that month. BAs are paid a share of 1% of the company PCCV for every 1000 PCCV they generate via their VIP customer list. An example is as follows:
To qualify for the Global Customer Bonus Pool, a BA must maintain a status of ‘Active' as well as having at least three (3) personally enrolled VIP customers in their downline who have generated at least 40 PCCV within the current payment month.
5. Fast Start Bonus
The Fast Start Bonus is another common MLM payment option that rewards sponsors for enrolling new BAs who make starter kit purchases at time of sign up. In this case, these payments are as follows:
6. Team Bonuses
Team Bonuses are Emris' version of the tradition binary downline commissions paid to BAs for building and maintaining downline legs. The compensation plan does not provide a table for these payments as such however commissions are calculated at a rate of 8 – 15% of the lesser leg volume (a common MLM practice) on a weekly basis.
Commission rates are determined based on rank (see below) and are capped at R1,095,000 (approx $72000 USD) per week. To qualify for Team Bonuses, BAs must be Active and maintain at least 2 Active personally enrolled BAs within their downline (one in each leg).
7. 20% Generational Check Matches
Another common MLM payment option is the 20% Generational Check Match. This commission is designed to entice growth within the BA's downline and paid once they reach the rank of Star Executive and above. In this case, payments are earned on the total Team Commissions of personally enrolled BA's downlines once they reach rankings as per below:
8. Director Bonus Pool
These bonuses are another where a percentage of the total company sales is paid to those who reach the higher ranks as a reward for maintaining sales targets. In the case of the Emris program, each week 1% of the PCV of all global BAs is placed in the Director Bonus Pool.
Once BAs meet their targets for each rank, they can earn shares in these pools as follows:
9. Vice President Bonus Pool
Additionally, a further .5% into the Vice President Bonus Pool and distributed as per below:
10. Trips and other incentives
As per many MLM programs, Emris also offers additional incentives such as trips, special cash bonuses, electronics and more.
Emris, as with most MLM programs, uses ranking structures on which to base commission payments and other bonuses upon. Rankings for the Emris MLM program are as follows (note personal and team sales qualification targets as well as Team Commission rates):
Again, as is common with almost all MLM programs, rank progression is determined by both the number of members within the BA's downline, and the total sales made by those members per month. Ranks can rise and fall based on the ability (or dis-ability) to reach the required member and sales targets.
What is good about it?
So, after a good look around the site and looking at all the options I could find, I do like the following:
- Commission rates for entry level sales are good.
- Program is simple and easy to follow.
- Large array of bonus options.
What is no so good about it?
There are also some things to be aware of including:
- Minimum sales targets are required for all commissions.
- Whilst not mandatory, there are some joining costs.
How much can you make?
Emris International does not provide an income disclosure statement on its website (I would say due to the fact that due to infancy of company that data would not yet be available) however as with most MLM programs, it has to be assumed from the compensation plan that the percentage of members making the upper rank levels – and hence earning a living – is very low (usually less than 1%).
My final thoughts
Look, MLM is not an easy platform to make money in and there is not much that I have seen here to put this program above the many others I have seen. The company is definitely one that has been built as a MLM first and a health and wellness provider second however the compensation plan is pretty straight forward with common commission arrangements and the ability to make sales online. So if you are passionate about these products with a large customer list at your disposal and the ability to generate good sales via online processes, then the 20% base commission rates might just appeal here.
Once you have joined, there are not the usual financial pressures of needing to make minimum personal purchases in order to qualify for commissions as long as you can make them within your down line. Although from what I can see, I think if you are going to succeed within this MLM program, you will need to have a good array of demonstration stock on hand. You may also need to bump up your personal purchase quota if customer sales alone are not enough for you to remain ‘Active' and qualify for commissions and/or discounts within a particular week or month.
As mentioned the company is relatively new so I was unable to locate any negative reviews in terms of non-payment etc. although there were some negative comments (not as many as most others however) about the quality of customer service and the MLM program itself – although it was not really anything that is uncommon in regards to MLM programs or products within this niche.
So there you have it, my honest review and appraisal of the Emris International MLM program. I hope it has been of assistance but as usual, if you have any questions or experience with this program please do not hesitate to reach out by commenting below – especially if any of my information is inaccurate.
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