|Review Date: 7-23-99*
In Business Since: 1993
Financial Strength: Very strong. Annual revenue for 1998
was over $100 million dollars with a dramatic increase predicted for
1999 and 2000. Rated as #22 in the INC 500's fastest growing
privately held companies.
Management: Dynamic management with strong backgrounds in
MLM. The fact that ACN has been in business since 1993 and is rated
as #22 in the INC. 500 fastest growing privately held companies, is
a good indicator of just how capable the ACN management team is.
Further, after watching ACN for many, many months now, and attending
their meetings and regional trainings, we witnessed a team that
knows what it truly takes to build an organization and keep it
Management Rating: 5 Stars
Online Training & Support: Excellent online support
with 4 websites: one for the business opportunity, one for their
internet service, one for their utilities division, and one for
their newly added global mall. More comprehensive support is
available through their representative's only area where reps can
access the latest corporate news, current events, important
documents, as well as order products and marketing tools, and view
genealogy reports. Recently added is an online sign-up system that
can be used by anyone with internet access.
Field Training & Support: This is where ACN really
shines. In addition to annual conventions, quarterly regional
training events are held all over the country. Through these
regionals, reps are trained to gather customers by utilizing a
simple and very effective technique, as well as duplicatable
techniques for prospecting and recruiting. Quick Start trainings are
also provided at weekly business briefings held by Regional Vice
Presidents, in addition to their business opportunity presentations.
Motivational Support: Available via ACN corporate
websites, monthly newsletters, online discussion groups, weekly
meetings, regionals, and national conventions.
Overall Training & Support Rating: 5 Stars
Products/Services: Long Distance, Paging, Internet, Global
Mall, Electricity, Gas
Product Quality/Effectiveness Rating: 5 Stars
Product Market Rating: 5 Stars
Business Opportunity Market Rating: 5 Stars
Compensation Plan: 7 Level Unilevel with 1/2% infinity
bonus below the 7th level for reps who reach RVP, the top position
in the comp plan. Lucrative customer acquisiton bonuses creates
substantial front end income as well as long term residual. What we
would like to see from ACN's comp plan are coding bonuses, but
perhaps we are nitpicking. On the other hand, maybe not. What we
would also like to see is an infinity bonus added to the 7 level
plan prior to reps reaching the RVP position. In any case, this
compensation plan is already very lucrative just the way it is, and
combined with the mass market potential of ACN services and highly
competitive pricing puts this program in a league that is out of
reach by many companies.
Compensation Plan Rating: 4 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.83 Stars
Advantages: 6 Year track record of success, strong
financially, simple but very lucrative compensation plan, utilities.
Disadvantages: $499 startup cost can be too much for some,
but customer acquisition bonuses are worth it. Also attracts more
professionals and more committed representatives.
Comments: We strongly recommend ACN as one of the best
opportunities in network marketing due to their track record of
success, very knowledgeable and dynamic management team, financial
strength, and the fact that they are the only MLM company that we
know of with Electricity and Gas. Further, ACN is still a
groundfloor opportunity, but without the risk associated with