A couple of weeks ago, I introduced the Network Marketing Monthly review.
These reviews will provide a personal perspective of various MLMs, (meaning I tried it myself), as well as, a business evaluation of the products and various factors that make an MLM a good one.
Why will this help ‘you?’ Maybe you’re not interested in an MLM or network marketing company?
Because many of your friends or associates may be interested in a particular MLM and you will be able to provide them with valuable information.
You then become a valuable resource to your associates and/or customers!. So with that said …
The first Monthly Network Marketing Review is a relatively new MLM called Le-Vel!
I personally tried these products so you’ll get some good input here! I assess certain criteria and then determine if the company is one I might want to promote or recommend to others who might be interested.
I get approached often and I had to learn to evaluate these businesses with a critical eye so these upcoming monthly reports will be based on my knowledge of the industry, of the company, the compensation plan, the products, and a little bit of common sense.
I believe an MLM should have the following and this is what I look at:
- Good, bad, or great products (would I use it myself analysis?)
- Marketable products (is it something people will use or makes sense to buy?)
- Good to great compensation plan
- Good team leaders (supportive easy to talk too, easy to get in touch with?)
- Accessible Training
- Good websites – easy to use for reps and customers
- Good to great representative customer service to get issues resolved or answers to various questions
- Personal review of the product(s)
Here is my own story and evaluation.
A high-level leader in a prominent MLM called me a couple of weeks ago and told me about a new company and its products.
As she was a leader in a well-known company, has millionaire status, has built both international and national teams, and being very, excited about this new MLM, I decided I better listen? 🙂
Le-Vel is new in the market place, started in 2013. It promotes what they call a “Premium Lifestyle”. Sidebar: Nothing new, right? There are lots of health and wellness MLM’s.
The products have different nutritional formulations for men and women based on “lifestyle.”
Le-vel encourages people ‘to take the products for an eight week “THRIVE Experience” in which time a person can experience their peak performance physically and mentally” using their products.
The products have the typical health and wellness claims but this one peaked my interest for a couple of reasons that have to do with my own health issues which I will discuss below. But first – let’s evaluate some criteria.
Perks and Draws To The Company: Score 8
Join as a Free Customer – One thing I did like about Le-vel is that a person can become a free customer – yes!
What that means is you can go to the site of someone who is in the company and literally sign up as a free customer, then purchase at your leisure. No pressure sales – I like that!
Of course, the ultimate goal then is to get you to purchase something. How do they do that? If you get 2 active customers you get your own products free. That’s kinda sweet too!
Join As A Promoter – You can join as a Brand Promoter starting as low as the $100 level and earn commissions, but you have to be a rep that is both “qualified” and “active.” (similar to other MLMs – nothing new here)
Qualified means you have purchased at least $100 worth of products.
Other price points are comparable to other MLM’s I’ve investigated. There’s usually a $100 to $499 price points with an exchange of products for the costs.
Compensation Plan – Score 7
The comp plan I thought was comparable to my present company.
This MLM has an unilevel team commission plan that pays up to 8% on the business volume of each level in the Brand Promoter’s placement tree, up to eight ( 8 ) levels deep.
Le-Vel promoters may also earn 20% on their business volume on each of their personal customer’s web orders for Le-Vel THRIVE products.
There are also Fast Start and Matching bonuses as well. All in all this is one of the better comp type plans.
Training – Score 4
A defined process is in place for people to follow, although I’m not sure I’d call this training. But I like the idea that a training process is defined and it’s personal (working directly with the upline with 3-ways calls and such).
A lot of conference calls with the same old hype (as far as I’m concerned), but the information would be valuable if you are a promoter and have never done an MLM before. You get to start somewhere and that’s important.
The training follows old school style network marketing which I’m not too keen on. I follow a Soft Sell Strategy which has been very successful. Get my free report on How To Soft Sell Your Product, a stress-free sales strategy – on website sidebar.
The companyl has its typical promotional calls – get someone to the calls, get someone to the ‘secret meeting’ places which were not revealed until … (I never found out the ‘until’).
This I didn’t like. Secret meetings? Com’ on! Gheeesh – you either want the people there or you don’t. Are they recruiting??
Products – Score – 8
Here’s my story and what happened with noted ‘good points’ and ‘bad points’ documented along the way!
I ordered the product, Thrive for Women. It arrived a few days later (within 5 days) and I waited until the next day to start. Two pills and a mixture for a shake. (good point) – quick turnaround time and delivery.
The product’s are described as all natural and according to its promotion and would help with many of my current health issues. My interest in these products was the following: Sleep, Arthritis, Weight Loss
I don’t sleep – at least not well and not for long. I had a sleep study done a few years ago; diagnosed with chronic insomnia and I’ve tried all the medications the doctor prescribed to help me sleep. Nothing worked for long.
I had to eventually stop taking medication when I had quite a scare where I was driving (totally asleep (sleep driving))! So no more medication for me! 😯
Let’s go natural – hence I wanted to try Le-vel’s Thrive for Women because I’m stuck with little to no sleep on a regular basis and I’m always extremely tired and I wanted to try it for it’s proposed energy.
I also wanted to try it because it was supposed to help with joint & inflammation and pain as I have degenerative arthritis which can be painful at various times.
Finally, a number of people were discussing some phenomenal weight loss stories and I needed to lose about 12 lbs (or so my doctor says) to keep my cholesterol and blood pressure down.
So excitedly I open the package and couldn’t wait to try the products! Since there is a 30 day money back guarantee I figured it couldn’t hurt and there’d be no loss if it didn’t work out. (good point)
The Energy Boost!
Fricking FANTASTIC! First off, this stuff is kickbutt stuff! I took the nutritional supplement as prescribed – 2 pills and then the shake – Day One. Within 10-15 minutes…and I mean literally 10 minutes, I was feeling a jolt like an instant shot of adrenalin!
I was shocked, amazed and happy! I was buzzing around the house getting all kinds of things done. Concentration was intense and I can’t tell you how crazy delirious I was that it happened so fast.
I drove to work wide awake and accomplished so much more stuff than I normally do in the first ¾ of the day because I’m normally am so tired.
Other people I talked to have found the energy boost to be much later – 2 or 3 days in or maybe a week. You see Le-Vel wants everyone to try their 8 Week Experience so that a person may experience the results in a designated timeframe.
Well, for me, it was almost instantaneous. For my husband, not so much an instant effect. His was more subtle.
I noticed, although he didn’t – he didn’t fall asleep immediately after Sunday dinner. He was also up and about helping with the cleaning of the kitchen and in general, moving around and working in the house although he says he didn’t notice this difference. 😉
The Joint & Inflammation Support
Generally, I deal with the aches and pains of arthritis in specific areas, lower back, hips being the main ones. I have to be careful how I pick up certain things and can’t sit on low level couches or chairs for too long or I can’t get up without some pain.
On the day I took Le-Vel, all pain was GONE! No lie – truth! Another amazing thing! I felt like a kid again. Never during this whole time did I feel an ounce of discomfort!
It wasn’t until later in the day that I realized it, but it was awesome when it struck me. I picked up my computer bag (which is way too heavy by the way) and hefted it into the car, carried groceries into the house, bent up and down, no issues, no pain. Amazing!
That’s two for two! (Good point!)
I didn’t feel any hunger ALL day! I took the supplement at about 7 a.m and at lunch I had to force myself to eat.
Not only did I not have an appetite, but food didn’t even seem appealing to me. Even at the end of the day, I didn’t feel like eating. I ate, but had no ‘desire’ for food.
Twelve hours later, I still didn’t want any food and I didn’t eat much of anything until the next day. The following day I didn’t want anything either so I could see why it works for weight loss. If you’re not hungry, you won’t eat.
Energy Boost – Yes – provided great energy pretty much throughout the day for myself (and for four weeks for my husband).
Alleviate Arthritis and Other Pains – Yes – It definitely works for joint support cause I felt no pain from my arthritis. That was also great!
Weight Management – Based on the ‘no hunger’ feeling, it works for weight management. I had absolutely no appetite for almost 1 ½ days. Didn’t try it long enough to lose weight.
I’ve talked to some very good friends of mine who have used it and they felt nothing….nothing at all. No impact to them at all – no energy kick, no difference whatsoever. Hence why Le-Vel wants you to try it for 8 weeks. Give it time to kick in.
To Promote Or Not To Promote – Is There A Downside? There’s Always Is A Downside.
Yes, for me there was a downside as there will be for others and because of this I couldn’t really decide to promote or not.
I think this product is an absolute kick-butt product! I tried it! I liked it! A LOT! But then …
The Crash and Burn – What Happened Next Will Amaze You!
… the rest of the story – around 1 p.m. I started feeling a ‘crash’ – very tired all of a sudden – then a bit dizzy with heart palpitations.
It was severe enough that I went to the Medical department at work as I am on high blood pressure medication although my BP has been controlled for years now.
But I felt funky enough to go see the medical folks. They were on lunch so I went back to my desk waited. When I didn’t feel any better, I went back approximately 2 hours later.
Long story short – they took my blood pressure and it was 198/151 which is unheard of for me! Typically it is around 98/70 or so.
Heart palpitations, hands shaking, nausea – I was a mess. Why? What Happened?
The work facility monitored my blood pressure, made me lay down and rest, called my doctor and basically after about an hour or so of forced relaxation, I felt well enough to drive straight to my doctor’s office at her request.
At the doctor’s office, we pulled up the ingredients and found that the product (capsules) are packed full of ‘natural’ caffeines (5 of them). Yikes! That affected me because I don’t drink coffee for a reason.
I’m one of those people who gets the jitters from caffeines (hands shaking, stomach upset, heart palpitations) and here I am ingesting almost 5 times the amount of one cup of coffee!
My girlfriend also took the product, but she drinks 4 cups of coffee a day and guess what?! No impact, no issues, no problems, nothing! We talked about this in depth.
Five different types of caffeine?! I didn’t even know there were different caffeines. In other words, Le-vel has a Caffiene Extravanganza that knocked me on my butt!
Additional ‘Natural Products’
In addition, she found 3-4 ingredients that are ‘natural’ aspirins which accounts for the ‘no pain’ in the joints and the decrease in inflammation when I took the supplement.
All of this combined with various other ingredients helps people lose weight, gain energy (yep that’s true) and feel no pain.
I guess it works for weight management as I didn’t have any appetite for at least 16 hours after taking it! Take it every day and yes, I guess you would lose weight.
My doctor’s prognosis after I dragged myself into her office was “if I had not been taking my BP medicine, I would have been in the hospital for at least 3-4 days!”
The BP medicine was controlling my pressure and even then it was incredibly high. That huge dose of caffiene was going against the BP medicine. Whoa!
The doctor took me out of work for 3 days! Bed Rest and a note for my job. OMG!
Would You Promote The Product?
At the end of the day, I had a decision to make. Promote Le-Vel as a distributor OR take advantage of the 30 day return policy and move on?
My honest opinion – It’s a great supplement if you are used to caffeine- like you drink coffee – lots of coffee!
Good thing is most people around the world do. If you want to take advantage of a 30 day supply and see if it works for you for appetite suppression, weight loss and energy click here.
As I said, it is some kick butt stuff! Definitely works with reservations.
Reservations – What To Look Out For:
If you don’t have high blood pressure or an aspirin allergy, this may be the supplement for you! I’d check it out with your doctor firs though, for sure!
As noted I thought the products were great but you MUST take your previous medical conditions and medical history into account.
Most people take nutritional supplements without a second thought. We’re told they are safe, so we take them and the FDA does not monitor nutritional supplements.
But there are many stories to beware the ingredients in supplements because they can harm you.
My story was one of them. I had that experience at the end of the first day when I took the products.
Now above is only MY story and as I noted I still think it’s a great supplement for energy, pain and joint inflammation.
Even, the next day I was even tempted to take it again when I woke up tired. But noooo, I like to live. 😆
I’m being totally honest. This product will work for a whole lot of people and I see great potential for weight loss, arthritis and joint pain elimination and energy! You can get more information here.
Final Evaluation – Scores
- Perks and Draws To The Company: 8
- Marketable Products – 9
- Compensation Plan – 7
- Good Team Leaders – 8 (head of the company called me when he heard what happened to me)
- Training – Score 4 (same old, same old)
- Good Websites – ease of use for rep and customers – 6. Although they’re using Cloud as new technology and as a draw.
- Customer Service and support – 3 – I haven’t found a customer service telephone number yet
Let me thank you for your patience in reading this long post! Hope you got some very important information from this. I’m also available to discuss my Le-vel experience if you are interested in this MLM.
So what do you think of the first network marketing review? Helpful? Important information? What do you think about this whole experience? Please let me know.
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