Motivated Marketing System Review

By Yaro Starak
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You can find a list of other reviews and links to the products and resources I use to run my online business in the Resources Section of this website.

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UPDATE: Everything written below was accurate for the time I wrote the original review, however it now seems this product is not getting many updates. I now recommend Butterfly Marketing as the best all-in-one affiliate and membership site online marketing tool and use it myself. I have not since used Motivated Marketing System because it was too buggy and didn’t do what I wanted it to do.

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Motivated Marketing SystemIn a previous post – Motivated Marketing With Butterflies – I mentioned a new online marketing service called “Motivated Marketing System” which I recently purchased.

I’ve had some time now to experiment with the system so I’m in a good position to report back to you my initial impressions.

In A Nutshell: If you don’t have time to read the full review here’s my “snapshot” opinion. Motivated Marketing System (MMS) is a simple and efficient software package to build a website that can manage affiliates, members and to distribute information products. It also has a one-time-offer functionality that is only available elsewhere in the much higher priced ButterFly Marketing package, so if you need this functionality you either build it yourself or buy MMS.

As MMS currently stands it’s not perfect. As I write this the MMS programmers are working on bug fixes and new feature implementation. With each update of the software it gets better and better and closer to a good solution. As it currently operates it can function well enough to use but personally, being the control freak and perfectionist that I am, it’s not good enough for me. I will keep it though and not ask for a refund because I will use the software because it is very simple to implement a very quick system for setting up a product or membership site.

The full price of $247 is too much. I bought it when it was just released before they raised the prices. I think $97 is a fair price for the package as it currently stands so I wouldn’t recommend paying $247 for it unless you absolutely have to have it or you are at the stage in your business where you can justify expenses like this in order to stay up to date with the industry.

Luckily for my fast-acting readers for the next three days I arranged a discount so you can also get it for $97 – but you have to act quick! (see below for details).

Special Offer – Discounted Price: $97

I’ve been in contact with the producers of the software, Eric Holmlund and Glen Barnhardt, who have been kind enough to open a three day discount period only for you, my readers. When I first purchased the software a few weeks ago it was $97 but due to demand the software price was incrementally raised to the current price of $247.

During the next three days you can also get the software for $97 but only if you click through this link –

http://www.motivatedmarketingsystem.com/yaro.html

That’s a saving of $150 for the complete Motivated Marketing System!

And yes that is an affiliate link but I know you guys and girls are happy to support me so thank you!

Okay, let’s get to the full review…

The Software

The Motivated Marketing System (MMS) comes with the MMS software, the MM guide e-book and a collection of other e-books on creating and launching an information product. While the information in these books is certainly valuable I bought this package for the software and that’s what I’m here to review.

The main MMS book by Eric does have some good marketing advice regarding setting up websites that use the MMS software but it’s not intended to be a technical manual – it’s only about marketing. The full documentation on using the software is not provided (yet) so if HTML is something that scares you this package is probably not for you, unless you have a partner/employee who does the technical stuff for you.

Core Features

The concept behind MMS is very much similar to Mike Filsaime’s Butterfly Marketing which I also bought but have not received in the mail (it’s more than a month now too!), so straight up one good point about MMS is you receive it instantly as a downloadable zip package. No waiting for this one.

I’m not entirely sure who invented it and certainly Mike Filsaime was the first person I came across who labelled it with a brand name including butterflies, but essentially what we are talking about is an automated website building tool with some core functions, which are very important to doing business online as an information marketer. There are also some relatively new innovations that I think we have to credit Mike Filsaime with creating – namely the One-Time-Offer (OTO) and membership sign-up thank you page, which is a new style of namesqueeze, which I’m quite impressed with (I can’t really explain it to you in this review – but it’s a very cool way to build a list quickly). MMS has many of these core functions including –

Affiliate management

MMS has a fairly rudimentary but well integrated affiliate system which empowers all your members with tools to sell your products. The idea behind a system like MMS is to encourage a pyramid like viral growth pattern with existing members bringing in new members (yes, it does sound like MLM). The affiliate section is crucial and one of the main reasons I bought the package.

In some ways I was disappointed with the affiliate options available in MMS. The system is basic with a single link for affiliates to use and the possibility of offering banners and emails for your members to use (you add these through the admin panel). Users can view statistics about their clicks and conversions and there is a two tier structure so affiliates can bring in sub-affiliates and earn a share of commissions.

Simplicity – An Advantage and Limitation

That’s about where the affiliate system ends. Yes it’s limiting and you certainly don’t get the power of a dedicated affiliate system yet it’s the simplicity that I find one of the best parts of MMS. You get complete control of the HTML templates so you can change the look and feel but you only need add your own custom header, footer and background to brand the system as your own. The core content area is very clean with nothing but basic text to deal with which goes straight up and down the page.

I’ve shopped around for an affiliate system that integrates with a membership system and so far MMS does it best, yet it doesn’t do it well enough. At this time I don’t think there is one perfect affiliate/membership system out there, but maybe I’m just picky. Other affiliate management systems offer many more features and controls but tend to overcomplify basic functions and certainly turned me away based purely on the end-user screen shots – I need a system that doesn’t confuse or intimidate beginner affiliates.

MMS is certainly good enough to use out of the box if you just want your affiliates to refer people to a sales page or thank you sign-up page. It’s perfect as a cheap and easy system to get selling online quickly.

One Time Offers

A one-time-offer is a cool method of displaying a sales page just after a person has signed up but before they get access to what they signed up for. The offer is only made available once to make it more compelling. I’ve yet to make use of a OTO but I’m very eager to. Some other marketers report back sale conversion rates of 8% or more using a OTO which is pretty good. It’s definitely a great feature and worth testing especially if you sell non-internet marketing products since your customers have probably never seen a OTO before so it will perform very well.

Admin Interface

The admin interface continues the trend of simplicity. A left panel navigation window lists all the functions and each section only has a handful of options to manipulate. I expect as the system is upgraded the admin panel may become more comprehensive but for the moment it’s certainly sufficient, as long as you don’t want to do anything beyond the basics.

Open Source

Every page of the system uses templates which you can modify. As long as you don’t mess up the code the system can be customized quite significantly with only a knowledge of HTML. MMS is open source and you can change the code to meet your needs if you have the PHP skills to do so.

The Verdict

If you need a simple and customizable solution to sell an ebook or similar info product Motivated Marketing System provides the basic tools. You can set up custom sales pages with sign-up forms to take memberships, integrate one-time-offers and have a basic two tiered affiliate management system all under the one roof. The developers of the product are committed to meeting client requests too so you can expect in the future the software will be even better.

If you are looking for a robust affiliate system look elsewhere. If you need a comprehensive membership system look elsewhere. If you plan to market online by selling information it’s worth having this tool in your marketing toolbox even if it won’t fit every project. If you can’t afford ButterFly Marketing this is pretty good alternative and 90% cheaper.

Reminder: If you want the discount on the package you have until the 17th May 2006 to buy from this link – http://www.motivatedmarketingsystem.com/yaro.html

Yaro Starak
Motivated Marketer

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  • Yaro,

    very useful review. made me think seriously about this product. I appreciate the extra effort in the ‘Nutshell’ summary. If you recall I was put off by a long articl eof yours in the past. This method not only steers the impatient reader right, but actually seems to entice a full read.

    Best regards
    Dave

  • Thanks for the very well written info. Its clear and consise. Ive been considering several affiliate programs. The industry is simply saturated with info.

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  • Scott Sossamon

    Hello, I noticed on your page you mentioned that MMS was $97 for the next 3 days and attempted to purchase. It takes me to the paypal and it says $247. Is this offer expired?

    Thanks, Scott

  • Oh yep, well expired. The post was made May 15th so you are about a month too late sorry if you wanted the discount.

  • Hi Scott
    If you go to http://www.DownloadFreeGifts.com and get the referal url to get inside (Give-Away website)
    You will find a FREE Lite Version available for download, but you are also offered the FULL version for $97.00.

    TIP: If you dont know any of the JV Partners to get a referal URL just send the website owner an email explaining you want the free stuff but dont know anyone with a special referal, and he sends you his own within a day :0)
    I know 7 people on a forum who the owner has given the owners url too after they explained they couldnt get one anywhere (I was number 3)

    Take care
    Dave

  • Where can I find a demo of someone or some site using MMS?

    Thanks

    Andrew
    http://www.DataFeedFile.com

  • Hi Andrew – I think this fellow is using the script – http://www.easydownloadprotector.com/

    You should google search and I’m sure you will find plenty – try “powered by motivated marketing system”

    Yaro

  • I had the chance to download the free version and I don’t think it would be fair to put it in the same league as butterfly marketing. It simply does not offer the extra productivity tools which make the package so great.

  • Hi Yaro,

    Glen Barnhardt here Author/Programmer of The Motivated Marketing System. Thank you very much for your review. I would like to update you on the status of Motivated Marketing. We just released our version 1.052 of the product and will be continuing to improve the product with new features. You may want to take a look at our forum http://www.motivatedmarketingforum.com and see all of the progress that is being made. Although I don’t sell Motivated Marketing any longer I have a lot of resellers that do and would glady give you a copy of the lastest version of the prodcut so that we can once again become your number one pick. Of course that is up to after your review.

    Thanks,
    Glen Barnhardt

  • Hi Glen,

    Thanks for dropping by and updating me on the status of Motivated Marketing. It’s good to hear you are still working on the project.

    I’ve since employed some Butterfly Marketing experts and am blown away by the features Mike Filsaime has installed and coming soon so I won’t be switching, however as I said in my review, your product is definitely worth investigating as a more affordable alternative with comparable features.

    Cheers,
    Yaro

  • Hi Yaro;

    Like Glen said, there has been much progress with the script since it was initially released. We bought a reseller license when they were offered and are now giving the lite version away and anyone that wants the script currently can get it through our One-Time-Offer at $97. We have added some functionality as well beyond the latest version to comply with AWeber’s TOS and have a working solution for using the AWeber autoresponder with MMS. To help out the novice, my partner has also created videos on how to install and configure even the lite version.

    All this is available at

    This site is running the script as well for anyone that wants to see the script in action. Like yourself, we also ended up buying Butterfly Marketing, but I can say it is actually much easier and faster for me to setup a Motivated Marketing Site while I get everything else required for a Butterfly site in place. This also then gives me some quick metrics on the site to measure conversions and salescopy.

  • The link didn’t comethrough as planned.

    The site is:
    http://www.MotivatedMarketingSystem.org

    Thanks;
    Kevin

  • Thanks again Kevin for adding more comments about MMS – it’s clear that some people are still supporting it, I just hope it’s not only the resellers!

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