RoyalCruiseMatrix Versus TVI Express – Which is the Best Bet?

TVI Express vs. RoyalCruiseMatrix

These programs seem very similar on the surface. And in many ways they are. However there are some distinct differences between the two programs. In this article I will compare the 2 programs and let you decide which, if any is best for you.

Similarities

Both programs offer a Travel Membership which allows you to join and save money on travel and to become independent reps and introduce the program to others and earn money.

Enrollment Fee Comparison

TVI’s = $275

RCM = $100

So what do you get for your Membership Fee

TVI Express

You get a Website marketing page with a Back Office
You get a travel search engine that is on the scale of Travelocity and Orbitz. This allows you to search and book travel for your family and friends (Their is no commissions paid bookings, and the prices are comparable to other major booking search engines.
A Free 7 Night stay at a 4-5 star hotel
You become an Independent Distributor which allows you to introduce others into the program and earn money
You join what they call a “board” with 14 positions.

TVI Express Compensation Plan (Launched around February 2009)

You are required to sponsor 2 other people.
When the 8 positions at the bottom of the board is complete the board splits into 2 separate boards and everyone advances.
The 8 people at the bottom of the previous board advance to the 4 positions slots in the space above them and 8 empty positions are created below them and the process repeats again. This time they advance to the 2 spots above them and 8 more positions open up below. They do this once more and advance to the “Pay Position”.
The first time through the pay position, they earn $500. And advance to the Express board which pays $10,000 once you have reached the pay position.
The express board looks like like the entry board except everyone on the express board has gone through the entry board at least once.
The express board can be looked at as a feeder board because you have to wait until a person comes off the entry board or cycles through the express board before joining the express board.

Advantages

Once you reach the express board you never have to go back to the Entry board and can earn $10,000 each time through
$10,000 payouts have been documented and verified.
Good training materials and documentation
Good communication capability with others on your board (can click and send email)
Instant payouts
Short daily 15 minute conference calls (3x per day)
No in person meetings!
International Sponsorship Capabilities

Disadvantages

Every time a pay position completes the board splits. This split causes a loss of energy as the people that you brought in are spread out over many different boards and you are constantly having to bring new people in to keep the energy going.
TVI Express has been around for almost 9 months and have over 500,000 independent reps. 260,000 in the USA. This is touted as a good thing however momentum seems to be slowing as the company appears to be reaching a point of maturity.
If you come on board and are not qualified (have sponsored at least 2 people someone who has sponsored more people than you can leapfrog over you and advance to a spot ahead of you. (This can be an advantage if you come in strong with a lot of people)
Back office is a bit noisy and cumbersome to navigate around.
Corporate Support can be slow to non existent
Company based in the UK and is difficult to get them on the phone
Payments can be cumbers om and have to keep an inventory of vouchers for smooth operation
A low conversion rate of about 5% with family, friends and associates
Requires 2 passwords to get into your system for extra security (may be a bit much)
This is a big one. Their website is always down for maintenance. I was not going to mention this but I just went to do some research for this article and they are down! If their website is down that means you cannot sign someone up. If you have a prospect and you send them to a website to get info and join that is going to raise a major red flag.

RoyalCruiseMatrix (Launched November 9, 2009)

As with TVI you Receive a Website with a Back Office
You receive Rewards Points which allow you to Cruise the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line at a discount or free depending on the amount of bonus points you accumulate.
You become an Independent Distributor which allows you to sponsor others into the program and earn money.

RoyalCruiseMatrix (RCM) Compensation Plan

A new member joins a Matrix and they start at the top of that matrix.
There are 14 positions below them
They along with their team and the people above them are responsible for filling the 14 positions
There are no sponsoring requirements (and this can be a positive or a negative depending on the team)
The system is a binary matrix. 2 people go directly underneath each position. As a result a great deal of spillover occurs where a person that has not sponsored anyone can have 2, 5 or 11 people underneath them directly and indirectly.
The boards do not split when a cycle is complete (14 positions are filled underneath you), a new cycle is started, and when your downline completes their cycle they come directly underneath you on your new cycle.
Their are 3 Tiers. Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3
Tier 1 pays $500 after the first cycle
Tier 2 pays $5000 after the first cycle
Tier 3 pays $25,000 on the first and each and every cycle thereafter
The tiers are continuous. Once they start you have 3 legs of income going simultaneously
Although there are no sponsoring requirements, the company will give you a $10,000 bonus each and every time a person that you sponsored earns $25,000

Advantages

Low cost of Entry $100
Higher payouts on the 3rd cycle of $25,000 vs. $10,000
Easier to introduce new members because of the low membership fee
Back Office is Easy to navigate through and use
Support Responds to questions within 24 Hours
Company based out of Florida
Only 3400 members have joined since the date of this writing. This provides a Ground Floor Opportunity, and a chance to introduce this program to people who will not have heard of it before.
eCheck system makes it easy for people to join with an optional eVoucher type system
Currently has about an 80% conversion rate with family, friends and associates (due to the low cost of entry)
Faster cycle times than TVI
Faster growth rates
Instant payouts
Short daily 15 minute conference calls (3x per day)
No in person meetings!
Recently hired Jeffrey Babener, the top MLM attorney in the country to ensure compliance with the rules and regulations of MLM
7 Minute Registrations
No splitting of boards
Your people never leave you. As soon as they complete their cycle they will come back underneath you wherever you are. Even if you are on two or three matrices they will show up on all three.
100% site up time so far.

Disadvantages

The marketing of “No Sponsor Requirements” have caused people to come on for a “free ride” thus making more work for others to complete the cycles
The company is paranoid about poaching, so you cannot communicate with people on your matrix unless they are in your downline.
Company Training videos are scarce as the company is only 15 days old as of the time of this printing
Company does not accept credit union checks
Currently U.S. sponsorship only (expanding in 2010)

Conclusion and Final Thoughts

I leave it up to you to determine which is the better program. I am simply outline the pros and cons as I see them. Some of the things I have listed as a con could be a pro to you. For example no sponsoring requirements.

If I had to give an edge to a program it would have to be RoyalCruiseMatrix because it is a ground floor opportunity and it only has a $100 entry fee. I hope this information was useful. Good luck to you in whatever you do and God bless.