Here is a quick run-down on what you will find in this bulletin: New GOWIN.EXE…
Unless you have made arrangements to purchase your diskettes, please return your “December disks” ONLY AFTER you have successfully installed the January 2000 Update. December disks are your backup in case you should have problems installing the December edition.
The first is to switch over to obtaining monthly updates by Internet. Not only will you eliminate the expense and hassle of returning disks, you will save $50 per year in subscription fees.
Before you switch to updates by Internet we require that you complete a special addendum to the license agreement called the “Internet Update Endorsement”. Once you have returned that to us we will send you the “Internet Master Disk”. You will need that to be able to process the “MONTHLY.CMP” file that you will be downloading each month.
If you want to switch over to Internet monthly updates, please call our office at (800) 798-3488. Our staff will send you the Internet Update Endorsement.
We are now offering both referral bonuses/discounts together.
In other words, refer a new subscriber to Compulife and because of your referral the new subscriber can take a 50% discount off the first year subscription price. In addition, if they do purchase, you will get 6 free months added to your existing subscription.
NOTE: The 6 free month subscription DOES NOT APPLY if the new subscriber purchases a Lite subscription.
To summarize: An old subscriber or a new subscriber can refer another new subscriber to Compulife who will get 50% off because of that referral. In the process the referring subscriber earns for themselves a 6 month (or 50% off) REWARD.
As background, Compulife has little interest in setting up or hosting individual agent websites. Our past experience with custom software development is that it gets in the way of our package software work, which remains our bread and butter.
However, demand for low cost term comparison software on Internet websites is high and we have been wrestling with how to approach the market. Here is our plan:
Compulife subscribers who purchase our Internet engine will now be permitted to set up web sites for individual agents or agencies providing that each agent or agency is a Compulife subscriber.
Important: There is no additional fee payable to Compulife for you to Š setup the website for the third party agent/agency providing they are already a Compulife subscriber.
If you want to charge a fee or not charge a fee, require certain production levels, etc., that will be permitted. That is between you and your customer. All that Compulife requires is that the agent or agency be a Compulife subscriber.
Better yet, if the person you want to set the website up for is not a subscriber to Compulife, and you can add them as a subscriber and you will get a 6 month referral bonus. Under this offer the new REWARD program does not apply.
In addition, each user’s folder can contain its own set of “disabled products” files so that each agent can quote his or her own group of companies/products.
Further, to minimize the need to manage an individual agent’s files, there will be a new file that specifies which companies are to be included in a comparison. In that way, should new companies be added to our database, or new products not previously recorded be added, the individual agent folder will not necessarily require disable file changes.
At $99 per year, an annual Lite subscription is equal to the total first month cost of our old monthly subscription option.
Either way, we can pass cost savings along by way of lower subscriptions prices, and we believe our customers want lower prices.
Correspondingly, when you go to the DOS client entry screen, and are asked “Preferred”: Yes or No, the Plus question now remains. Prior to this update the Plus question disappeared if you answered no for preferred. In the Windows version of the program, when you click the radio button on “Regular” the Plus question remains and it can be checked or unchecked.
If you say no to preferred, and yes to plus, then ALL regular products will quote just as they did before. The only difference is that the R+ marker will appear next to the premium in place of the previous Rg marker.
However, if you say no to preferred, and NO to plus, then only those Šregular products flagged as Rg will quote. Products flagged as R+ will NOT be included in the quote.
P+ – Preferred Plus
Pf – Preferred
R+ – Regular Plus
Rg – Regular
For a full explanation of the categories you can visit the www.term4sale.com website, do a comparison and read the printed material following the comparison results. It contains an explanation of the categories.
We made another change to the DOS version of the program. Category markers now appear next to the premiums in the alphabetic portion of the comparison results. Previously markers only appeared next to premiums in the results table at the bottom of the comparison.
In addition, the category markers now appear to the right of the premiums in the printed summary page. This makes the printed summary more consistent with the DOS, Windows and Term4Sale display screens.
The expanded categories will be a significant modification and improvement to the system and will permit up to 4 preferred non-smoking categories, 4 non-smoking categories, 3 preferred smoking categories and 3 smoking categories. Each of these categories can be further qualified by being plus or non-plus.
Note: This does not mean that those subscribers cannot later purchase those zip code listings, it means the special 50% discount for 2001 does not apply.
Important Note: Subscribers who had expressed interest in zip codes which were previously full with three existing subscribers, should double check those zip codes in case one of the previous subscribers has not renewed.
It is interesting that the zip code auction process is something that most subscribers have not taken advantage of. It seems that if the zip code has already been spoken for by three others, subscribers are reluctant to exercise their option of bidding for the zip code. In our view that is up to you. The main reason for having the auction was to ensure there was an equal and fair way for dispute resolution over those that wanted the zip code listing. From our point of view, that has proven successful, while used rarely to date.
Those wondering what I am talking about can go to www.term4sale.com, enter a zip code, do a comparison, then click the “Get Agent” button. Following the list of three agents is a full and complete description of the rules governing the sale of zip codes to subscribers. Please read that carefully and if you have any questions call me (Bob Barney) at (800) 798-3488.
If you want the newest Windows program now, and don’t update monthly by Internet, you can download it from our mid-month update service. Call us if you have any trouble downloading the mid-month update.
1. Internet Mid-Month Updates occur as needed. Some have told me they assume it is a single update in the middle of the month. If you read the bulletin page where you download the update from, you will clearly see that is not the case. Some changes are posted as often as daily.
2. You can use Mid-Month Updates regardless of how you obtain your monthly update from Compulife. As long as you have a copy of the current monthly update for Compulife, regardless of whether it is personal use, agency or a Lite system, you can obtain and process the mid-month update files.
Compulife wants to sweeten that deal further for bulk buyers. Compulife will permit those who buy Compulife Lite in bulk, and who are prepared to distribute their Lite systems by Internet (we’ll tell you how) to include and ship the Windows version of the program to their sub-users.
For more information about that new option, and instructions on how all that can be done, please call Bob Barney at (800) 798-3488.
Just to remind you, a subscription to the Internet engine is a one time fee of $500 plus $1,495 per year. Once again, that includes 20 free bulk subscriptions to Compulife Lite.