I was just lounging around the house yesterday when I received an email notification that I had a message to my FaceBook fan page. Upon opening the message was an invite to join Neurs. Of course I had to do a bit of research to find out exactly what Neurs is.
Within 10 minutes I was aggravated beyond belief. There was little to no information available as to what Neurs was and the videos posted by the company itself had the usual sales hype talking about how rich you could be if you joined Microsoft, Apple and FaceBook when it launched. One thing that I found laughable was the fact that in the video I watched stated “Due to legal restrictions because of our patent pending status….” WTF? So because the company has a patent pending they can’t disclose what in the hell the service is????? I managed to come across another video in which the co-owner Frank Codina rambled on for 45 minutes without ever speaking about what the service was, what the service was other than an Entrepreneurial Network. Frank Codina worked for Primerica for over 20 years and his business partner Dr. Denis L. Cauvier is a business owner, speaker, consultant and author. Both are living breathing people and both seem to be legit.
Considering that I was, for a lack of a better term, stuck I decided to test the Neurs system. I attempted to register but the system knew that I had not received an invite. This posed a problem as Neur is by invite only. I went back to Facebook and clicked through on the invite that was sent to my fan page. After entering some basic information I was to verify my email. After 15 minutes nada. I sent an email to the company. Around an hour later I had the email confirmation link as well as an email response to my inquiry. Not too shabby.
I logged into my account and was immediately presented with another sales hype video talking about flying first class and how there will be many people that will become millionaires within the coming months as Neur is set to launch in either March or April. Once in the account you can send 6 invitations or give Neur access to your email account in order to have the 6 direct invite limit lifted. As you know 6 people refer 6 people who refer 6 people and bang you’re fucking rich but more on this a bit later.
In the blog section of the site, there is a video, around 50 minutes long, where Frank Codina again rambles on about affiliates, wealth and finally gets around to pricing on the Provider Account. People with a provider account can pay $99 a month for 1,000 credits or $996 a year for 15,0000 credits and of course if you run out of credits you can purchase more. What’s up with the credits?
Create an online course = 250 credits
Ad an additional profile = 80 credits
Post an offer = 50 credits
Send a proposal = 10 credits
Searching profiles = 1 credit
Connection = no cost
Pretty much every action will cost a provider credits. This makes sense to me it will prevent abuse of the system or at least make Neurs more money if someone who is abusing the system runs out and has to buy up more. Ummmmm, I thought due to legal restrictions due to their patent pending status the company couldn’t disclose much information but Frank Codina is now releasing pricing and features?
It is what it is….a marketing gimmick. This video went over the Provider Account but I’ll assume that the Entrepreneur Account video will be released in a few weeks followed by the Full-Access account which combines the Provider Account and the Entrepreneur Account. If the Provider Account is $99 a month or $996 a year what in the hell are the other two accounts going to go for? Either way I’ll bet my house that credits will be tied to the accounts as well.
One thing that I find interesting is that the company is in Stage 1 as in Pre-release build momentum mode and people are promoting Neurs like mad as it’s free but looking at the Terms of Service there is a Payment Agreement form which refers to refunds on Affiliate, Affiliate Pro and Affiliate Partner Fees which leads me to believe that once the company launches in a few months the rug will be pulled out from people who have been promoting for free that will now have to pay a monthly fee to continue on or lose all the work they’ve done over the months. Of course, there is no mention of what the fee will be for any of these affiliate accounts. I don’t know about you but this seems shady as hell to me.
Picture this. You promote a service for months and do very well signing up thousands of people. Like most people you get all hyped up watching promo videos about luxury cars and tons of money so you promote the service. 4 months later the company say’s thank you but in order to continue promoting you must pay us $99 a month. I don’t know about you but I would be irate and ready to go ape shit. You contact the company and the simple reply is “Didn’t you read the terms of service before you signed up?” There are already thousands of people promoting Neurs but probably few who are even aware that these affiliate accounts exist.
I must give credit where credit is due. Neurs, meaning Frank Codina and Denis Cauvier, are going to make millions upon millions of dollars. Heck, they’re going to charge monthly/yearly fees to providers of opportunities, monthly/yearly fees to people seeking opportunities and are going to charge affiliates for the honor of promoting their service.
Personally the fact that there is a paid affiliate account refund policy in place with no mention of the cost of the accounts is enough for me to stay far away from Neurs, LLC/Neurs.com. In addition, you could have 10,000 people who have accepted invites to Neur but how many of those people are actually going to pay to use the service? You may not care but you can’t say you haven’t been warned.
UPDATE FOR MARCH 8th, 2014!
Like I stated earlier, Frank Codina and Denis Cauvier are going to make millions. No one in their right mind would ever, Ever, EVER pay a company to be a fucking affiliate yet it won’t stop people from paying Neurs to become an affiliate and leave dumb ass comments on this article about how great Neurs will be or already is. However, it’s official, Neurs is straight garbage. If you don’t agree I really don’t give a flying fuck, after all STUPIDITY IS CONTAGIOUS!!!
UPDATE FOR MARCH 27th, 2014!
I have been getting a ton of heat for the above review being a bit outdated so I decided to post another update on the Neurs opportunity. This is the first time I have ever updated a post let alone updated a post twice. However, my visitors are making the request so I feel obligated to create this update.
My initial review stated the it was deceptive for Neurs to have an affiliate refund policy in place when they had not disclosed the costs associated with the affiliate accounts. Neurs does have an affiliate account but they also have two affiliate accounts that a person can upgrade to. Why would a person in their right mind pay for an upgraded account? I must give credit to Neurs on this slick bit of marketing as they know that people will prefer to get paid level upon level deep as opposed to marketing as a normal affiliate would.
My major issue with Neurs is why are the promoting the hell out of upgrading affiliate accounts when the platform itself, you know the entrepreneurial network where entrepreneurs can connect with opportunity providers and vice versa, does not yet exist? It’s because it’s not about the network it’s about Neurs getting as much money as fast as possible from those who have been blinded by the ever long and hyped opportunity videos.
It’s a common practice for MLM companies to compare themselves to well known and established companies in which there is a similarity. In this case Neurs is big on comparing themselves to LinkedIn which is laughable to say the least. LinkedIn is a well established, billion dollar company and a major difference between Neurs and LinkedIn is that with LinkedIn you can register and use the site for free. However, if you would like to upgrade there is an option for you to upgrade should you want to.
With Neurs, you must pay for an Entrepreneur, Provider or Full Access Account at a cost of $97 per month or $997 a year. There is no option for an entrepreneur or service provider to use the Neurs platform on a free basis with an option to upgrade. Want to know why? It’s because Neurs must assure that money is coming in at all times in order to pay “affiliates” levels upon levels deep. This brings me to another issue with Neurs. Affiliates are now trying to get affiliate that signed up under them to upgrade to a paid affiliate account so that commission can be earned on a platform that has yet to be released. In reality this supposed entrepreneurial network is nothing special.
The selling proposition is that there is currently no way for people who want to become entrepreneurs with opportunity/franchise providers and vice versa. Let’s say I would like to become an entrepreneur. How would I go about finding business opportunities that are available? I can go to http://www.businessopportunity.com/ where I can view opportunities that are available, the total capital investment needed, the liquid capital requirments, wether or not financial assistance can be provided and if there is training and support. The cost for me to do this is FREE! Perhaps I would like to investigate franchise opportunities. I can go to http://www.franchiseopportunities.com/ and conduct a search and be pricy to the same information as businessopportunity.com. With that being said what benefit is there to me in paying Neurs $97 a month or $997 a year to do the same exact thing on their platform? Because they will have training videos that will explain how to get financing, how to choose the right opportunity, etc. At the end of the day any information that Neurs can provide in their “university” will be information that can easily be obtained online for FREE!
If you are pro Neurs ask yourself why Neurs is not rolling out in the following manner?
1. Obtain as many people as you can who would like to become entrepreneurs by providing free access accounts.
2. Allow those users to refer other users and if a user upgrades to a paid account the referring person earns a commission.
3. Neurs as a company approaches franchise operations and opportunity providers and states “We have a user base of over 4,000,000 opportunity seekers across the globe. You can have a presence on our platform for $xx amount.”
4. Both users and companies have an option to upgrade to a paid account which would allow them to utilize the platform with certain restrictions that are lifted on each upgrade.
5. Neurs is in business.
Instead we have the following!
1. Neurs obtains as many people as they can who would like to become entrepreneurs by providing a free affiliate account but does not disclose that there will be affiliate account upgrades.
2. Neurs than discloses that the free affiliate account will only pay affiliates 1 level deep so if an affiliate wants to make “real” money they should upgrade to a paid affiliate account.
3. Thousands of people are now upgrading to paid affiliate accounts and making commission whenever someone they referred to Neurs upgrades to a paid affiliate account.
See what I’m getting at? In addition it is not legal for an affiliate to make a commission on another affiliates upgrade but again I must give Neurs credit. Instead of calling it a commission they simply call it a bonus.
What we now have is thousands of “affiliates” getting other “affiliates” to upgrade so that commissions I mean bonus money can be earned on an entrepreneurial network that does not exist. Will this network be anything special? Probably not as I have already stated above that FREE alternatives already exist. Is there going to be any sort of vetting process put in place by Neurs with regard to the opportunity providers that can have access or will they have 200 Ambit Energy representatives, 300 Motor Club of America representatives, 150 BeepXtra representatives, etc as long as they pay the $97 a month or $997 a year?
Neurs is nothing more than a usual MLM company that is using the possibility of making thousands upon thousands of dollars to suck people in although there is nothing special about Neurs. If it were Neurs would not be going the MLM route to begin with. I stated it originally and I will state it again, Frank Codina and Denis Cauvier are going to make so much money that I cannot even comprehend it. Just think of the millions they have already made.