Because getting REWARDED is better than getting FREE.

Pay It Forward! Help Cambodian Kids!

We're helping to raise funds for 2 NGOs in Cambodia - Sopheak's Friendship School and Savong Organisation Cambodia. This is the first in time on the world that we are using a Pay It Forward reward model, so I guess not many people have any idea what to expect.

Instead of asking for donations by pouring buckets of perfectly drinkable iced water over youself, we are encouraging well-wishers to buy an eBook in support of the cause. The eBooks are adapted editions of the original Ridiculously Simple: 2nd Income from Social Networks. All royalties from these eBooks go to the respective schools and orphanages for their daily operations and ongoing improvement of facilities and staffing. 

What is so different about this Pay It Forward! movement?

Well, for a start, it is a social enterprise, not a donation drive. It is no different from Girl Scouts seling cookies to raise funds for their activities. The key difference is that we reward well-wishers with a little something when they help spread the word and raise awareness of the plight of kids living in poverty in Cambodia.

By setting aside just 30% of each sale as a reward budget, we split it into 10 tiers. So, what it means is this - when you nominate 5 friends to pay it forward (like how Ice Bucket Challenge calls out 3 names to do the same - donate and get wet), you will get $2 for every sale from your link. So, you would have earned back your $9.90 that you have contributed when you took up the nomination.

Now here's the interesting part.

The $2 is the 1st tier. 9 other tiers are payable when friends of friends pass on the nominations. So, you would receive $0.50 when your friends pass on the nominations to their friends! That makes 5 x5 or 25 more people aware of the cause, and when they buy the eBook, you get another $0.50 x 25 or $12.50. Sounds great, because now, your kindness and decision to help the kids is now paid back in full PLUS an additional $12.50. Great job, and you can buy yourself a meal.

But that's not all. Every subsequent passes earns you yet another reward, and it goes on and on for 10 tiers. The last tier is only $0.05, but by then, if we all did our part of successfully nominating 5 who paid it forward, it works out to 9.7 million well-wishers, and you would have got $488,000, just for spending $9.90 to help support a cause!

You can choose to keep the money for yourself by cashing out or buying other stuff on Tell My Friends, or donate it to a charity or cause that you also want to support in your local area.

How much do the money actually goes to the schools?

Royalties make up 50% of the selling price, while rewards are 30% of the selling price. Tell My Friends takes the smallest piece of the pie to manage and track the sales and payments.

We know that some people would say,"No thanks! Smells like a pyramid."  Well, the Ice Bucket Challenge is a pyramid too. 

In fact, you can download the eBooks for free to have a read first before you buy in order to find out more about both the schools, and what Ridiculously Simple is all about - how to generate a second income from social networks.

It's a win-win for all - the schools get much needed funding for their continued good work, while you earn a second stream of income simply by Paying It Forward!


WHY CAMBODIAN KIDS AND EDUCATION?


Cambodia as we know it is an impoverished country. With the country opening up, more foreign businesses are investing in the economy - factories, offices, buildings, construction - which means creating jobs for the locals. Children living in rural Cambodia are so poor that they cannot afford to go to school. Going to school means they can learn to read and write a foreign language, like English, Japanese, Korean, Chinese - whatever it takes for them to get a job in these companies starting up new businesses. It is their ticket out of poverty, and education is the way to break out of the poverty cycle. 

Sopheak's Friendship School and Savong Organisation Cambodia are just 2 of the many NGOs doing this. They can't do it alone, so Tell My Friends is stepping up with our platform to create a sustainable income stream for them. 


Do your part - Pay It Forward! Help people and be rewarded!

HOW IT WORKS

You need to SIGN UP before you buy the eBook. It's a simple reason: If you don't, we don't know who to pay the commissions to!

When you sign up, you will receive a rebate for your purchase. So, instead of $9.90, you only pay $9.70! Woohoo!

Signing up is free, so don't worry about it. 

Once you bought the eBook, you can go to your DASHBOARD and look under MyCollection>eBooks. You'll find your eBook there. 

Share your link with friends. Nominte them. And be rewarded.

I'll be updating this post with pictures and screen shots, so do be patient. Email info@tellmyfriends.biz if you have problems finding your link. We'll help you!

EMBRACING DYSLEXIA

As the late distinguished Martin Luther King Junior said, "I have a dream!"

 

Similarly, I too have a dream- a dream to end discrimination and the victimisation of individuals who suffer a condition I have endured in silence over all these painful years- Dyslexia.

This often misunderstood condition manifests itself in a spectrum of ways in terms of conduct and perceptions of the sufferers concerned. As a result many may think that Dyslexic people are trying to irritate others on purpose, when it could not be further from the truth!

I have encountered innumerable misunderstandings, trauma and bullying all these years due to lack of understanding and awareness of this condition, which affects many other silent sufferers as well, both locally and all over the world!

I am starting a campaign where I will produce a Bilingual album entitled "Embrace", comprising compositions with a simple message- "Embrace Dyslexia".

Do not count us out. Rather, with understanding, awareness, support and love, we can achieve much more than ever dreamed and we can make a positive difference in the lives of others.

Please help make this dream a reality! Proceeds from donations given to this project will go to the Dyslexic Association of Singapore.

 

Your contribution can give much needed confidence to those who despair over their handicaps. Help play a pivotal role in granting them a ray of hope in the midst of their challenges. You'll never know how much lives and hearts can really be changed if you take the effort to understand, help and support those who are dyslexic.

 

Matthew Quek

 

"Carpe Diem. Make your lives extraordinary." ~ Robin Williams

I woke up to the sad news that one of our movie legends is gone. Robin Williams, comedian and actor, has left us in an apparent suicide. 


His movies has touched us in many ways, and one of the most memorable lessons his characters taught us was to seize the day. One of the most powerful monologues in the history of film inspired a generation of poets, writers, comedians, actors and DJs.

They're not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they're destined for great things, just like many of you, their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because, you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? - - Carpe - - hear it? - - Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.

Dead Poets Society was a big part of my teenage years. "Carpe Diem" became our warcry and taglines for orientation groups, class T-Shirts and school events.  Suddenly literature was cool, and we learned to appreciate the written word - novels, classics, poems, plays. We also coped with teenage depression and suicidal thoughts, and DPS was THE movie that kept us on the path. 

 

Good Morning Vietnam was absolutely fantastic. A maverick of a DJ bringing laughter and joy to troops in the war zone, and dealing with information warfare of "official" and "unofficial' news journalism. Dare to be different.

Rest in peace, Robin Williams. It's not easy to deal with depression.

"Of the sad things known to Man, there ain't too much sadder than...the tears of a clown."

Thanks for the laughter and memories, Mork. 

5 REASONS WHY BUYING IS BETTER THAN PIRATING

As we all know Singapore has passed the bill to enforce copyrights by denying access to websites that promotes piracy. While this is well-intended, we all know that it is futile and ineffective. Workarounds like VPNs or virtual private networks or other new forms of technology will emerge to enable consumers to get free music, movies and ebooks illegally. Here are 5 good reasons why paying is more rewarding than getting for free.

1. Artistes get fairly paid to continue creating more works for us to enjoy.

Let’s be honest. We all need to eat, we all have bills to pay, we all have financial commitments. Artistes are no different. The arts are important because they present important topics like politics, religion,social issues and other things that affect us in a song, a movie, a book or any other media in a way that we can understand. It takes talent, time and hard work to create such works, and it also requires money, not just for the artistes, but also for things like equipment and training. The effort and time to compose, play and record a song that sells for 99 cents is much much greater than what it takes to make a plate of chicken rice that sells for $3.50. If you can afford and are willing to pay $5 for a meal, you definitely can afford to pay for a download that cost less than that.

2. We give our children HOPE to pursue the arts as a viable career.

We send our kids for piano classes, ballet lessons, and other arts enrichment classes. While we know the benefits of music have in improving their intellectual development and academic performance, it’s hard to motivate them to enjoy the lessons as there is no real future in being good in music or dance. The joy and satisfaction of seeing our kids at their first recital, taking the stage confidently and performing is magical, yet we are reluctant to support them to pursue their talent beyond a certain point, as we are pragmatic beings. Study hard, get a good and useful degree so that you can get a real job with good pay. If we start paying for music, ebooks and movies instead of pirating them, wouldn’t being a musician, film-maker or an author be a good-paying job too?

3. We feel less guilty about “stealing”.

Many of us are rational human beings. If things can be gotten for free, why should we pay for it? Yes, we do feel guilty, at least for a moment, when we download stuff illegally. We won’t admit it openly because we feel guilty of cheating the artiste of a sale and deserving payment for his works. Sure, you can argue it is not stealing, but the fact remains that the artiste did not get paid for providing you with something you consumed. Try ordering and drinking a coffee at a cafe, and walk off without paying. It’s the same thing. Well, maybe some of us won’t feel guilty. In fact, we may even feel smug and proud of ourselves because we did something bad and got away with it. We may even pat ourselves on our back for being clever and outsmarting the system. This is true, but what if doing so is NOT the smartest thing to do? What if getting it for free is NOT the smartest thing?

4. We can make good money out of buying and sharing.

We have seen the evolution of music and movies - from cassette tapes to DVDs, to CDs and now everything is digital. Streaming services like Netflix and Spotify is the current model, but piracy wins, hands down. The next evolution is mind-blowingly brilliant, and it has just started. Now, when you buy music, you can earn multiple rewards when you share the link given to you with your purchase. To make it hugely rewarding, a startup called Tell My Friends has systematised the reward system to track and reward virality. Every share and subsequent buys and shares earns the consumer up to 10 tiers of rewards. These rewards are in the form of credits which can be used to buy another song, movie or ebook - or it can be cashed out. Using a network marketing model, anyone who buys music and spreads it from one to another can earn as much as 10 times the price that they spent on buying it. So the game changes - getting free is good, but getting paid is better! Instead of holding fans hostage by denying them access until they pay up, Tell My Friends share revenue with fans who buy and help spread the word around. We are already doing this when we read articles or watch videos online, so why not reward those who buy and share as well? Here’s an example of how much a $2 song can generate for customers who buy and share it with 5 friends who also buy. That’s definitely a bigger payout than piracy!

 

5. We can invest in intellectual property and retire rich!

 

For those who want more out of the system, they can invest in the rights of music, ebooks and movies, and earn royalties for each sale. Royalties are like rent or a private tax owners impose on people who buy or use their intellectual property. If a song that you bought the rights for goes viral with a million downloads, you can be a millionaire in a matter of weeks! This makes it worthwhile to fund the arts. Some artistes don’t really care about the financial aspects. They just want support to create their works, so you can negotiate with them for the rights of their works in return for funding it. For example, you may want to invest $10,000 on an artiste or band who wants to record an album of a few songs. If you find that the music is good, buy the rights of the recordings for $10,000, or maybe even split the royalty shares with the band if you want. By putting the music on Tell My Friends, there would be an added incentive for customers to buy the product - commissions!

We Are Changing!

After much delays and trials, we are finishing our long drawn development. Finally, Tell My Friends is almost ready for business!

It has been a long journey. So while we are waiting for the final push (like giving birth to a baby), here's a look at the Tell My Friends Story in pictures.

Phoebee Ong recording the first song for Tell My Friends in 2012.  We needed some songs to try selling on our system, to test the idea of rewarding people who buy songs and share them with our links.

We put together a young talent with a veteran producer/songwriter, ???. 

It was indeed an experience and learning about the recording process and how the industry works. Still completely self-funded, founder Ben Looi spent quite a fortune building a small library of new recordings and the platform.

 

Gilbert Baldoza and Amanda Colliver collaborated to record "Sometimes When We Touch" and "Everything I Own".

 

We got a blanket license from Music Publishers Singapore to trial a few songs with this new model. We are thankful for the blessings and leeway from the representatives of the major labels for allowing us to cover some of the more well-known and market-tested songs.  Of course, along the way, we did get some "demands" from COMPASS, but hey, we've already paid our dues.  

SHE'S GONE

Recording She's Gone by Gilbert Baldoza. It is THE song for those who remember Roomful of Blues at Prinsep Street. Saturday nights are not complete until the band does She's Gone. With the closing of Roomful, we felt we should preserve this with a recording to remember one of the best watering holes and live music pubs in Singapore.

 


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