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SIMONEKP Posts: 2,745
4/30/13 12:39 P

There have been more posts and as new things hit the market we will continue to see posts about them, nature of the beast.

KENDILYNN SparkPoints: (22,924)
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4/30/13 11:56 A

I also think some of it has to do with companies like Shakeology utilizing new media to reach new customers. Home-based/multi-level marketers (Avon, Cutco, Tupperware) used to have to get in the door to spread the word of their products. Now, anyone with a Facebook account can blast to their 5000 "friends" about how much they love their Shakeology and "ask me how to get a great deal!" I don't think I know a single person who uses Shakeology that hasn't been talked into becoming a "coach" for the sake of the discount. But the company knows that that gives the new "coach" a vested interest in spreading the word and recruiting new "coaches" under them.

Edited by: KENDILYNN at: 4/30/2013 (11:57)
DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,313)
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4/30/13 11:14 A

It comes and goes in waves. You can usually tell when there are big "things" coming up, because people see or hear something on TV. I think the reason it's on an uptick right now is that it's getting warmer, and people are starting to think about beaches, summers, and bikinis. Marketers know that, so they're hitting TV and magazines hard with sexy ads, paying off Dr. Oz, and positioning themselves to take advantage of the summer rush. There's always a similar burst of activity in the first weeks of January as people make (and start breaking) New Year's resolutions.

Here, we get people who want to lose weight, and lose it fast, because bikini season is coming. It'll taper off later. :) And those who want get-thin-quick fixes will gradually disappear. Unfortunately.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 4/30/2013 (11:15)
WHOLENEWME79 Posts: 950
4/30/13 10:53 A

Oh yes, that is why I love SP more than other sites I have been a part of. People are nice, informed, and don't generally fall for the fads. My post was mainly because it seems like in the last month or so I've noticed more posts like that pop up. It is likely I'm just reading the boards more and seeing those posts more because of that.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,544
4/30/13 10:50 A

The good thing is, if people post about this kind of stuff they will get 10 responses telling them it's a scam and to save their money. Our members are good about that :)

Coach Jen

GRAMCRACKER46 Posts: 1,766
4/30/13 10:50 A

Yes there are those posts but for the most part the replies are intelligent and informative. We have some very smart people on this board and I learn a lot from the answers. Thanks friends.

Edited by: GRAMCRACKER46 at: 4/30/2013 (10:51)
WHOLENEWME79 Posts: 950
4/30/13 10:28 A

Does it seem like more and more people are posting, asking about the miracle pill, shake, weight loss magic wand? Maybe I am just reading the forums more consistently that I have in the past but... Wow, seems a lot more frequently I see those posts.

You'd think that, for as long as people have been trying to lose weight, they'd realize that there isn't anything that magically makes you thin. I mean, if there was, then no one would be overweight!

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