The Vine has moved!

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We have moved! The Vine, the official blog site of The V, has moved to a new URL with better, cooler-looking website! Our new home is at http://thevblog.the-v.net. The address and look maybe different, but it’s the same blog you love, with all the news, updates, and pictures straight from us to your computer. (And yes, all of our old stuff are still here, too!)

So remember this URL: http://thevblog.the-v.net. What are you waiting for? Check it out!

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The Vine: 2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 200,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 4 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

Click here to see the complete report.

Thank you for sticking with us this far!

Word of Mouth

You’re probably wondering, why “The Vine”?

Just to be clear, this has no relation to any religion whatsoever. It started out when I was thinking of a blogname. What would be a name that fits the blog? I was probably busy chewing my breakfast when I thought of the the expression “I heard it on the vine” (or “grapevine”) when one passes along a message to another. We know that an important part of network marketing is seeing each other face to face and personal recommendation because it adds to our credibility. We can sum this up in three words: word of mouth.

I figured that the foundation of network marketing is in people telling each other stories and putting their reputation at stake in service of the reliability of these stories. It is perhaps the most credible form of advertising, because recommending something doesn’t ask for something in return, but is rather built on the story teller’s enthusiasm and good experience with the thing he or she is recommending.

No matter how many thousands of years lie behind us, the oral tradition of story telling is still shaping our lives and the cultural terrain. We all know that seeing face to face is one of the most vital aspects of the business, because no other interaction can cement our presence (and inspiration) further than personal conversation. But the social landscape is changing and there’s a wide gap between the social interactions of today and the social interactions of 10 to 15 years ago. The Internet is our New World and the rules are new, or vague, or malleable. It is allowing us to do things that we can’t a decade or two ago and it is letting us do it very efficiently.

With the birth of this blog, we are taking advantage of the strengths of social media, and integrating all of our social networking sites together and create an efficient engine of communication between all of us here in The V, QNET, our affiliates, and the vast community under our wing.

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I found this when I came in to work this morning.

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Here’s a closer look:

ImageIt’s three months away, and depending on how you look it at, it’s either near or far. But we’re serious about getting ready and getting into the spirit and excitement of the upcoming V Con.

Here’s a link to the V-Indonesia 2012 microsite: http://v-indonesia2012.the-v.net/. It’s an amazing looking site with cool features, news, and promos for V-Indonesia 2012. Head on to the site, we’ve got cool stuff for you. (There’s a neat counter counting down the time to the second before V-Indonesia 2012.)

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That’s it for now. See you on the next update! Tell your friends that you heard (or read) it first from The Vine.