A recent false rumor on this message board implied that InterNACHI was offering to take on all the costs and risks of bringing inspection-industry vendors additional business in return for 25% of that new business. Unfortunately such a deal is financially impossible for InterNACHI. The sales commissions alone that we’d have to pay to move low-ticket-price products and services (typically used by inspectors), simply would not cover our costs.
Anyway, this rumor spread and inspection-industry vendors, thinking we could double their business in return for only 12.5% of their gross (25% of the new business we could bring them) began contacting InterNACHI, wanting “in on the deal.”
This response caused us to see if there were some things we could do to help vendors out in these difficult economic times, which are particularly tough on inspection-industry vendors, and if InterNACHI, the industry’s largest trade association, could provide promotional opportunities that have, until now, been unavailable.
Staff and members suggested the following general guidelines for an affiliate program:
- be no-haggle, flat-rate, so that negotiations are kept to a minimum.
- not deteriorate member’s existing access to vendors on the message board or mall.
- be published publicly for all to see.
We have developed a proposed affiliate program that we think abides by these guidlines. Here it is: www.nachi.org/target.htm