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Update News for September 2015
Here is a quick run-down on what you will find in this bulletin:
These topics will be dealt with in more detail throughout this bulletin.
The new data changes went live on www.term4sale.ca on August 27th. The site functioned normally. The new data changes then went live for our Mobile Quote Service and that checked out. When then went live for our Web Quote option customers. We encountered no bugs.
Just to review the process, the monthly update for September, which we released on August 31st, is still relying upon the old data structure. However, on September 7th the midmonth update will convert our subscribers to the new data structure.
The new data structure will not affect subscribers to our Windows software as the new version of the Windows program will be released at the same time as the new data. Subscribers shouldn't notice or see a thing. That being said, the old adage is "the last bug is never found", meaning something could have crept in that has been undetected. As always, if something appears suspicious, call us ASAP at (800) 798-3488 or (888) 798-3488. If you can't get either Jeremiah or Bob by phone, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you include your phone number in the email.
As explained, the September monthly update, released on August 31st, is still using the old data structure.
IMPORTANT: There will be a new mid-month update September 7th or shortly thereafter. The September 7th update will rely upon the new data format. At the same time as you obtain that mid-month update, and place the new data files on your server, you will need to activate the new engine.
When we say Internet Engine Users, we are referring to those who pay us $960 for the version of Compulife that lets the customer run our comparison software from their own server. This does not affect the vast majority of Compulife subcribers.
Instructions for the new engine were in the package that was emailed to engine users, assuming that they completed the new "Internet Engine License Agreement". If you are an Internet Engine user and have not yet received that email, then you need to contact Compulife ASAP. We have been sending emails to Internet Engine subscribers, including an email requiring that the new "Internet Engine License Agreement" be signed prior to us providing the user with the new engine.
Once again, if an internet engine user attempts to place the September midmonth update onto their server, without the new internet engine, the new data will not work with the old engine. If this happens the thing to do is to go back and get the August monthly update again, and NOT get the midmonth update. Put those files on your server and you can continue to function until you get the new engine.
We have a NEW referral program that you need to pay particular attention to.
If you introduce a new subscriber to Compulife they will get some FREE STUFF and so will you.
For your referral: FREE Compulife (including web quotes and 3 free postal codes listings) for 6 months (instead of the usual 4).
IMPORTANT: The standing offer of 4 free months is what we offer on our site. If you do not use this referral form to order the trial, then your referral will NOT get 6 free months:
Your REWARD for the referral: A FREE postal code listing at www.term4sale.ca until the end of 2017. That's a $28.00 value ($1.00 X 28). You need to keep reading for more information about why this is more valuable than just $28.00. The sooner you get the referral started, the longer you will have benefit of your additional free postal codes.
How does this work?
First, you must give us the referral using THIS FORM:
Second, your referral must install the 30 day free trial and complete the tutorial. If your referral does not complete the tutorial, you do not get your additional free postal code listing to the end of 2017.
Therefore, it is important for you to make the referral and then follow-up with your referral to make sure that they do the tutorial. Remind them that they get Compulife free for 6 months, which includes 3 free postal code listings at www.term4sale.ca. They also get the webquote option for free for 6 months.
And folks, if the agent won't take the time to spend 10 minutes to learn to use software that will make them money, then they aren't worth our time or bother. That's why we need you to "ride herd" and get them to do that tutorial.
That may sound harsh but we have learned, after many years, that if people don't learn how to use our software (or any software) then they won't use it. And if you don't use Compulife, then you won't realize that it will MAKE YOU MONEY.
And those who use our software, KNOW IT MAKES THEM MONEY.
The ability for you to add FREE postal code listings is VERY important. FREE postal codes (you already have 3 free postal codes with your subscription) are important because they can BUMP paid listings in your local area.
Bumping postal codes is ONLY allowed in the first week of November. If you purchased a postal code listing that listing is secure to the end of that year. However, you may not be able to renew that listing the following year should that listing get bumped by someone who is in the local area of that postal code and who elects to use that postal code as one of their FREE postal codes.
Once again, bumping can only occur in the first week of November and will only take affect at the beginning of the following year. When you bump a paid listing, we do not renew that listing for the person who previously paid for it. When there is more than one paid listing in a postal code, we bump the newer subscribers first. Those who have been with us the longest have seniority.
IMPORTANT: To ensure that Donna isn't overwhelmed with this process, Compulife will not be accepting new postal code purchases during November and December. This will freeze our current postal code listings to the end of December.
During the first week of November we will process the changes as a result of bumping. We will remove bumped postal codes from subscribers paid listings prior to the invoicing of renewals for 2016. Those who ask to have their free listings moved into those other postal codes will have the other postal codes appear in January, not before.
Further, after the first week of January we will remove those listings that were not renewed (paid) and post the new list to the www.term4sale.ca web site. At that point you would be well advised to check the site to see if there are listings that you want, that have now opened up.
That's why the referral program is SO IMPORTANT. If you can ADD free postal codes to your account, which are then paid to the end of 2017, it means that you can use those additional FREE postal codes, in the first week of November, to bump paid listings. And making referrals to Compulife is the ONLY WAY you can add additional FREE postal code listings.
For example, let's say that you refer 10 new agents to Compulife, and they all do the tutorial to get their free subscriptions to the end of 2015. You will receive 10 FREE postal code listings to the end of 2017 (a $300 value). For the balance of 2015 you can only select postal codes that are available. You can check to see what is available here:
IMPORTANT: In the first week of November you can ask to move those 10 FREE postal codes and BUMP 10 paid postal code listings which you would rather have (ONLY in your local area). Those free postal codes will be FREE to the end of 2017.
VERY IMPORTANT: When you come to 2018 you will have the right to keep those postal codes by paying to renew them.
Do you UNDERSTAND the value of this offer?
If it hasn't hit you by this point, try reading it again. If you still don't get it, call me (Bob Barney) at (888) 798-3488.
In becoming a part-time sales person for Compulife, for the next couple of months, it means that you can bank some FREE postal codes for 2015/2016/2017. Those postal codes can then lead to more life insurance sales through www.term4sale.ca.
And this isn't that hard. After all, it doesn't take much of a salesman to give stuff away for FREE.
For a couple of months we have been talking about a couple of VERY interesting Windows 8.1 tablets, one of which was the HP Stream.
Here is the current prices for the 8" version:
Here is the less expensive 7" version:
And then there is this 7" alternative:
And this 8" tablet:
All these run the full Windows version of Compulife and are all INSANELY cheap. We have made changes to make Compulife easier to use on those tablets.
The big difference is the new way to put products into Pick 12. If our software detects a touch screen available, you can touch and hold on a product in the comparison, and then "sweep" your finger or stylus right. The movement of your finger or stylus will first display the Pick 12 Product List. With the list on the screen, click and sweep right again, and the product goes into Pick 12. It works super slick.
NOTE: Some customers have emailed and asked for the free stylus that we are sending to customers who ask for it, get your's by emailing email@example.com and giving us your mailing address.
TIP: I like to move the "Pick 12 Produce List" box, which lets you see the products you have filed, from the bottom right corner of the tablet screen to the top right corner. I then move the "Display Single Product" box from the top right, to below the "Pick 12 Product List". That lets me see the box easier, and I don't block it with my hand as I am filing products. If you don't know how to do that, give us a call.
I am very, very happy with the way this works. It gives subscribers, who have devices like these, the best Compulife software product in a completely mobile and autonomous environment. And with device prices under $100, this is a NO BRAINER.
In that context, I found this article a really interesting read:
While the article's big story is the executive shake-up at Microsoft, the underlying significance is the determination of Microsoft to make Windows 10 an operating system that is used by all devices: computers, tablets, phones, etc. Given that Compulife has focussed on Windows software for over 2 decades, we like what we are hearing and looking forward to what is coming. For now and a very significant period of time to come, Compulife will deliver our best product experience for the Windows operating system.