Hey there sea changers, and welcome back to my series of MLM reviews. Today we are going to a take look into another network marketing site with a bit of everything to offer with my Noni MLM Review. Based on the Tahitian Noni fruit, Noni offers a range of products within the supplements, beauty, essential oil and CBD oil niches having “unlocked the many benefits of this ancient health wonder, and made it available to wellness-seekers around the globe”. So, what is the Noni MLM all about? Let's have a look and find out…
Note: I am not a member of the Noni MLM Program (and hence make no commissions from any of the links included within this post). The reason for this is that I prefer to write these posts based on what a newbie would be seeing if they were interested in joining – that way I feel I can make a better judgement on what it is that these companies are offering within their programs.
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 beauty/cosmetics, supplements, CBD and essential oils markets. They also appear to have become more popular in recent times – mainly due to the fact that much of the sales and marketing is now being managed online – with companies in other niches 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 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 Noni?
Noni by Newage started in 1996 where they “disrupted the health supplement industry with the introduction of Tahitian Noni Juice”. Since that time, they have grown into a multi-billion dollar industry with a mission to “bring Noni – the unquestioned embodiment of the Power of Paradise – to the world”.
Noni is based in American Fork, UT in the United States.
What do they Sell?
As mentioned earlier, Noni offers a number products across the supplement, beauty, essential oils and CBD markets based on the Tahitian Noni (morinda citrifolia) fruit. Their range of products/brands includes:
- Tahitian Noni® Juice dietary supplement
- Tahitian Noni Max health supplement
- Noni Seed Oil
- Essential Oils
- Body and Joint creams
- Noni Leaf Serum
- Tahitian Noni Oatmeal Soap
30 Day challenge pack that includes:
- 30-Day Supply of Shape
- Challenge Guide
- Private Challenge Group
- Challenge Tracker
- Completion Gift
- Temana Collagen
- Temana Brightening skin care products
- Temana Silk Anti Aging serum
- Temana Beauty lipstick
- Hiro Energy Drink
- Hiro Rapid Fuel
- ‘Nhanced health supplements
- ‘Nhanced CBD – Gel, Oil and Body Cream
MLM Program outline
The Noni MLM program calls their members ‘Independent Product Consultants (IPCs)' who are part of what appears to be a fairly standard program with a common retail and downline commission structure and a good number of bonus options included – that said their compensation plan does take some reading to understand how it all works (and to be honest, I am not totally sure I have it all right below so please comment at the bottom of this post if anything is inaccurate).. I was unable to locate the compensation plan directly on their website however it is available via a simple online search so here are the basics as I have found them…
Base Retail Commission rate: Not clear
Down line commission rates: 1 – 8% to 8 levels (level 1 down line is 1%)
Minimum monthly spend to qualify for commissions
To qualify for retail and downline commissions or bonuses, IPCs are required to maintain an ‘Active' status by generating at least 60 total QPV accumulated in the current and prior two calendar months as well as:
a. Having at least one placement sponsored IPC on the first level with at least 60 total QPV accumulated over the current and prior 2 calendar months, or
b. Having at least one personally sponsored IPC with at least 60 total QPV accumulated over the current and prior 2 calendar months.
QPV can be made of personal or customer sales.
Payment terms: Monthly.
Application required?: Yes, Application form on website.
Purchase requirements to join: Yes
New IPCs are at time of sign up required to purchase a starter kit with prices ranging from around $145 – $365. These are based on the brand or product categories as outlined above. There is also a once off $20 IPC Registration fee as well.
Marketing materials provided: Training materials, automated emails, personalised website, TrūAge Scanner.
Within most MLM programs, rankings and commissions are determined by the total Qualifying Personal Volume (QPV) generated by the IPCs and their down line within a calendar month with points assigned to each product. Commissions are then paid based on the Commissional Volume (CV) which are again calculated on point allocations that 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.
From what I can tell within the Noni MLM program, CV is calculated at around 75 – 80% of the USD retail sales price meaning that downline commissions (non personal sales) are paid on 75 – 80c per dollar only. This means that if a product is sold for $100 with a CV of 75, then payments are calculated on $75 of the sale cost not the full $100. Hence, then if a downline commission rate is 5% then the payment to the IPC would total $3.75 (i.e. 5%of $70) – Again, please comment below if this information is inaccurate.
How can I get paid?
Ok, so from what I can garner from the compensation plan, there are 10 ways in which IPCs can make money when they promote and sell Noni products. The compensation plan is quite confusing with a degree of ambiguity around some commission amounts however the payment options themselves are fairly straight forward and there are a few extra bonuses as well. As is common, these are split into three earning classifications as follows:
- Immediate Growth
- Growth Income
- Wealth-building Income
The 10 payment options for the Noni MLM program are outlined as follows:
1. Retail Profits
These are the base commissions earned by the general day to day retail sales that IPCs can generate by purchasing the products at the special IPC price and selling the products to friends and associates at the suggested regular price. I am unable to find the exact percentage rates for Retail Profits.
To qualify for retail profits, IPCs are required to meet a minimum sales target of 30QPV or above.
2. Unilevel Plan
The Unilevel Plan is Noni's version of the traditional unilevel commission structures prevalent within many MLM programs. Within the Noni MLM program, commissions are paid to 8 levels based on the rank of the IPC as follows:
Personal Rebate: This is a 20% rebate of the CV for products that is paid to any IPC for personal orders in any month that exceed 120QV (See option 7 below).
3. Dynamic Compression
Dynamic Compression is a promoted payment strategy used by Noni to ensure that there is no ‘breakage' within the compensation plan. Breakage is where members no longer qualified to receive commissions from their program (usually by failure to reach minimum targets etc.) leaving unpaid commissions to be filtered back to the company.
Not a real lot of programs do this however Noni has removed all breakage possibilities by ensuring that in the case of an IPC not qualifying for their commissions, their up line is searched until all volume for Fast Start Bonuses or Unilevel royalties are assigned and paid to qualified up line IPCs. An example of this is as follows:
4. Qualifying Compression
Qualifying Compression is designed to remove a common MLM complaint in that the income and progression of Sponsors is penalised if they have inactive members within their down line. In this case, IPCs achieve and maintain Unilevel leadership titles by compressing qualifying volume (QV) over Inactive IPCs. This is managed as follows:
5. Premier Membership Program
The Premier Membership Program is simply the establishment of ‘autoship' arrangements to the equivalent of 120 QPV per month. IPCs who establish themselves within the Premier Membership Program receive the following benefits:
- Eligible to earn quick income with the Fast Start Bonus program
- Have the opportunity to receive additional commissions and bonuses within the compensation plan
- Receive qualifying volume for Unilevel Commissions, title advancement, and bonuses
- Are eligible for New Age/Morinda’s worldwide bonuses
- Receive 20% personal rebate on any personal rebate commissionable volume
- Receive Premier Membership pricing on New Age/Morinda products
- Make sponsor changes within your own Organization (according to sponsor change policies)
- Receive a waiver of yearly renewal fee
- Opportunity to participate in trainings and events
- Receive personal access to www.Morinda.com
6. Fast Start Bonus Program
The Fast Start Bonus is a commonly utilised payment option within MLM Programs in that it is designed to entice sponsors to assist new IPCs to hit the ground running with sales. With the Noni program, sponsors receive an accelerated bonus on commissionable volume from newly sponsored IPCs for their first 60 days (in lieu of the base Unilevel plan above). This is paid to 5 generations as follows:
A second generation refers to IPCs that are sponsored by the lead IPC's personally sponsored IPCs, the third generation refers to individuals sponsored by their second generation of personally sponsored IPCs and so on down the line.
7. Personal Rebate
As stated above, any new or existing IPC enrolled on the Premier Membership that sells more than 120 QPV in any given month qualifies for a personal rebate. Once this is achieved, the IPC will receive a 20% personal rebate on the second commissionable order (these are visible within the Unilevel and Fast Start Bonus outlines above).
8. TruPerformance Bonus
This is a further bonus within the program designed to reward IPCs who are earning commissions and increasing their ASQV4. The bonus pool is 2% of total CV for the month and distributed as follows:
To qualify for the TruPerformance Bonus, an IPC must:
- Become 120 QPV Premier Membership qualified
- Increase the ASQV4 over the benchmark by 35% or more (Benchmark begins with March 2013 ASQV4 (min 741))
- Maintain ASQV Gen4 greater than 0 (0 ASQV Gen4 amount will not generate a pro-rata payout)
ASQV4 – AutoShip (Premier Membership) Qualifying Volume through four generations per personal link with inactive IPC compression. ASQV4 counts the first 140 QPV ordered monthly by an IPC or Referring Customer account, provided the account is currently enrolled in the 120 QPV Premier Membership program.
9. Infinity Bonus
The infinity Bonus pays 3% of the total company CV to those who meet and maintain the rank of Diamond Pearl Elite, Double Diamond Pearl, Triple Diamond Pearl or Platinum Diamond Pearl.
Payments are calculated as follows:
- Diamond Pearl Elites—25% of CAS20
- Double Diamond Pearl—50% of CAS20
- Triple Diamond Pearl—100% of CAS20
- Platinum Diamond Pearl—150%+ (based on number of personally sponsored personal paid as Pearls) of CAS20
CAS20 – 120 QPV Premier Membership Volume through 20 levels per placement link with inactive IPC compression.
The Black Pearl Shared Success Bonus is 3% of total company CV and designed to reward for those IPCs who build strong down lines through eight levels (CAS8). The Black Pearl Bonus pool is divided into three distribution levels as follows:
- Black Pearl share – 60% of the Black Pearl Bonus pool is shared on a pro-rata basis among those at the rank of Black Pearl. The pro-rata shares are determined using their CAS8.
- Diamond Pearl share – 24% of the Black Pearl Bonus pool is shared on a pro-rata basis amongst those at Diamond Pearl rank determined using their CAS8.
- Pearl share – 16% of the Black Pearl Bonus pool is shared on a pro-rata basis amongst those at Pearl rank using their CAS6.
Noni, as with most MLM programs, uses ranking structures on which to base commission payments and other bonuses upon. Rankings for the Noni MLM program are as follows (note personal and team sales qualification targets as well):
Again, as is common with almost all MLM programs, rank progression is determined by both the number of members within the IPC's down line 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:
- Good range of commission and bonus options.
What is no so good about it?
There are also some things to be aware of including:
- The compensation plan is quite difficult to follow.
- Some commission payment amounts (such as base retail commissions) are unclear or ambiguous.
- Minimum sales and recruitment targets are required for almost all commissions and bonuses.
How much can you make?
Noni provides an income disclosure statement on its website which outlines that as with most MLM programs, 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 if I am being honest, this one does appear to be one of the harder ones that I have seen. There are two main concerns for me here:
- The compensation plan is quite confusing (I have read a lot of them in my time) and I am not totally clear on earning capabilities for base retail sales.
- To remain active, not only must minimum sales targets be maintained (common with most MLM programs) but there are minimum recruitment levels also, meaning that even if you can make sales, you will not generate commissions if you do not add to your downline as well.
That said, there are plenty of bonus and commission arrangements with the ability to make sales online. So if you are passionate about the products with a large customer list at your disposal and the ability to generate good sales via online processes, then this one may appeal – although I would be looking to clarify a few of the commission amounts first…
I was unable to locate any negative reviews in terms of non-payment etc. (the site even boasts about not having missed a commission payment in 20 years) although there were some negative comments 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 Noni 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.
Are there any other programs you have been looking at but want to know more about? If so, please comment below and I will do my best to get some details for you.
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