Multiple Programs Integration Options – Child Parent / Linking / Upgrading
Unlimited MLM Programs (Levels) & Ways To Tie Them Together:
When running multiple programs, by default, each program is independent of all others, meaning members will not earn in a particular program, unless they are paid in that program. The only exception to this rule is when a program is set up to compensate unpaid members for sales on one or more tiers (levels), and or it has been set to allow unpaid members to pass up one or more sales, in order to earn an Active status.
Although the programs are independent, we can loosely tie them together, using the following options:
1) Child / Parent Programs
2) Auto Qualify Members in Child Programs
3) Linked Programs
4) Upgradable Programs
1) Child Programs – You may make lower cost programs “child programs” of higher cost programs, so when members purchase a higher cost program level, they also get a free “comped” (complimentary paid membership) status in all lower cost “child” programs. This complimentary membership in the child program(s) will last as long as the member remains active in the parent program. Any program can be a child of any other program, regardless if their compensation plans match or not.
NOTE: You may have an unlimited number of child programs within a parent program, and you may also have unlimited parent programs listing the same child programs, as well as other parent programs. You may also have programs be both parent and child of each other at the same time, thus allowing a free “comped” membership into either program, when the member becomes Active in the other program.
NOTE: If the program is a one time fee, then the member will have a lifetime membership in the program they purchased in, as well as all the child programs of that program. If the program is subscription based (meaning any of the required payments are recurring), then the member will keep their membership in the child programs, only as long as they continue to remain an Active member (continue to pay their subscription each period) in the parent program they joined. In other words, if they stop paying, and their subscription (and grace) period expires, they will lose their Active membership (and Active downlines) in that parent program, and all child programs of that parent program.
To create a child program, simply add the program number(s) within the Add or Edit Program settings of the “parent” program. The field is called “Child Program ID”
2) Auto Qualify Members in Child Programs – When using child programs, you may optionally choose to make members qualified in all child programs. This applies only to powerline compensation models, meaning the members joining a parent program, will not need to pass up any sales in child programs, when this feature is used. They will still need to qualify in the parent program.
To auto qualify members in child programs, click the checkbox “Enable Giveaway” (within the Add or Edit Program settings of the “parent” program), and in the input field “Giveaway File Name” enter “Qualify.give.php” without the quotation marks.
3) Linked Programs – You may also link the programs, which allows members in a lower priced program to earn, when they refer members into higher priced “linked” programs, but only at the level they are entitled to earn, defined by the highest level program they are currently Active in, which is linked to the program in which they referred the sale. The remaining amount paid by the joining member will roll up to the next Active and Qualified member in the higher priced program. Linked programs must share the same exact compensation plan, and subscription period, if any; only the prices may vary.
To create a linked program, simply add the program number within the Add or Edit Program settings of the “parent” program. The field is called “Linked Program IDs”.
4) Upgradable Programs – You may also make Linked Programs “Upgradable”, which allows members to upgrade to a higher cost program, for the cost of the difference between the two programs.
To make programs upgradable, within the Add or Edit Program settings of the parent program, set the value of “Upgradable Programs” from “No” to “Yes”.
NOTE: It is important to remember, that while any program may list any other program as a child (even if the parent program is also a child of the child program), only programs that share the same comp plan (and subscription period, if applicable), may be linked and upgradable. The prices can vary, naturally, but the comp plan must be the same.
Multiple Programs Integration Options – Child Parent / Linking / Upgrading
Real World Considerations / Examples Q & A
Why would I want to create a child program?
If you are running multiple programs, and wish to give members a free membership into one, when they purchase in the other, you would want to use the child program feature. A typical scenario is where programs are set up as “levels”, with increasing price points. Members can be rewarded with free memberships into all lower level programs, when they join a higher level program, thus ensuring they will not lose any sales they refer into those lower level programs.
Why would I NOT want to create a child program?
Perhaps your programs are selling different services (or are unrelated), which members should purchase separately, such as lead capture pages, and leads or traffic, or you wish to stair step members through programs, and “earn” their way into higher level programs.
Why would I want to automatically qualify members in child programs?
Let’s say you are running 3 powerlines programs. If a members joins the highest level program, they will still need to qualify (by default), in each of the lower level programs, i.e. they would need to qualify separately in all 3 programs. With the Auto Qualify option running (as described above), members only need to qualify in the parent program. In other words, all sales they make in the child programs will be paid directly to them, from the first sale to the last sale. It effectively makes the child powerline programs “1 tier” (for such members), meaning direct sales always go to the referring sponsor.
Why would I NOT want to automatically qualify members in child programs?
Perhaps you want more leverage in the network. By forcing members to qualify on each level, there is more leverage, and thus greater overall earning potential. However, keep in mind everything is perception. Think about your audience, and what best responds to them.
Why would I want to link programs?
By default, all programs run independently of each other. This means a member in a lower priced program, who refers a sale into a higher priced program, will earn nothing, by default. Many members will not like this set up, and think it unfair, since they made the referral. linking programs offers a solution to this problem, by allowing the member to earn the amount they are entitled to, defined by the comp plan of the highest linked program in which they are Active.
Why would I NOT want to link programs?
Fear of loss is an excellent motivator. If the member knows they will lose sales into higher level programs, they will definitely want to be in the highest level program, so they will not lose those sales.
Why would I want to make programs upgradable?
If a member cannot immediately afford your highest program level, yet still wishes to join at a lower level, and “earn” their way up the ranks, i.e. upgrade to a higher level when they can afford to, this option will not penalize the member, by forcing them to pay full price for the next level program they join. Instead, it allows them to upgrade for the cost of the difference, between the 2 programs. In this way, members can stair step into higher priced programs over time, yet never be required to pay more than the full price of the highest priced program when upgrading.
Why would I NOT want to make programs upgradable?
Again, fear of loss is an excellent motivator. If the member knows they will have to pay more to upgrade later, than they would if they joined the higher priced program first, they may be more inclined to join the highest level program from the start. This assumes they can afford it, of course.