I became a part of a mobile group of 50 when I joined the Proven Q4 Plan. The way that it’s supposed to work is that when you find a great deal either online or at the stores, you then share that deal with the other members. In return, you’ll see all of the deals that the other members post.
Using WhatsApp to Share Deals
In the Q4 group, members post their deals and communicate with each other using the WhatsApp messenger app. This is a free app that you install on your smartphone which allows you to message others using your internet data plan instead of your regular text messaging plan.
Prior to joining my mobile sourcing group, I have never used WhatsApp but found it pretty simple to setup and start using. You can easily snap a photo of your “deal” and post it to the other members of your group. I noticed that with my iPhone 4C, all pictures posted to WhatsApp gets put into my phone’s Camera Roll and Photo Stream.
What’s nice about WhatsApp is they also have a web version that you can access from your computer. I usually use this version as I like using a larger monitor and keyboard. Below is a snapshot of what the web version looks like:
I like WhatsApp because it’s easy to access and you can quickly read your new messages. What I don’t like about it is that conversations aren’t grouped together or organized in any form. All messages are presented in the order of the time submitted so when there are multiple members talking about different subjects, it’s hard to keep track of the different conversations.
Mobile Sourcing Group vs Shared VA Program
I’ve been a part of my group for just under a month and see the benefit of sharing deals with others. You don’t feel so alone and you save time from having to find all of the deals on your own. On the flip side, you do have the risk of increased competition and you may have group members that do not contribute at all.
In a way, the mobile sourcing group is similar to an online shared VA list in that multiple people receive the same finds. I feel the mobile sourcing group is a great alternative for sharing finds because it’s free and members have control of the group size.
Most lists have 25 to 50 people whereas the mobile sourcing groups can decide to let only 5 people into their group. Another plus is that members are communicating with each other and building relationships.
Mobile Sourcing Group Wish List
I would like to be a part of a sourcing group in 2016 and this is my wish list for my future group:
- A small group of between 5 to 10 members. With a smaller group, you have less people buying the same “deals”and you have a great chance of building a relationship with each of the other members.
- All members contribute and participate. Granted, not everyone will find a deal every day to share. However, members can contribute by sharing tips and answering questions.
- Have a procedure to remove non-contributing members and to allow new members into the group.
- Have a private Facebook group for non-deal questions and tips.
- Use the WhatsApp strictly for sharing deals. This way when you’re in the stores, you can quickly scroll through the deals without having to scroll past the general questions.
- Have profit, ranking and ROI criteria that deals must pass before they can be posted.
The two leaders of the Proven Q4 Plan, Lance Wolf and Barrington McIntosh started their own mobile sourcing group with six other people. Over time, it evolved into something bigger and better which helped each of them grow their own businesses. You can learn more about them at www.mm8group.com.
I am not affiliated with them nor have I tried any of their other services. I just wanted to point out that sharing info and helping each other has the potential of going above and beyond “deal sharing”.
Wishing each of you a successful 4th Quarter!