A nutrient blend drink to fuel your active lifestyle- thank goodness Kyani came along to fill the deep, dark void that exists in this area.
Sorry- sarcasm aside, we always approach products and opportunities with an open mind. After all, you never know who's going to be the next Red Bull of direct selling now, do you?
With the always-fresh perspective of an objective investigator, I hereby give you: Kyani…the company, the (small) line of products, and what its' like to work for them as an independent distributor.
The CEO of Kyani is Michael Breshears, a veteran of several network marketing businesses. Like the ingredients section you'll read about in just a bit, details are few and far between here. Other exec bios at Kyani read the same way: generic, vague, fluffy and bland…except for James Porter the Chief Information Officer, whose experience is actually mentioned by name (IT for all of Asia at Nu Skin Enterprises).
Strangely, although the company is based in Idaho, the executive team all have some sort of connection with the state of Utah. For the life of me I have yet to figure out the undeniable connection between MLM and Utah.
Products: there are three:
- Kyani Sunrise (featuring blueberries)
- Kyani Sunset (featuring salmon)
- Kyani NItro X-treme (featuring noni)
Together, they form the Kyani Triangle of Heatlh. What it all boils down to is vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants…all of which have plenty of scientific study to back up their effectiveness at keeping people healthy. Heck, people have been taking vitamins for many decades.
Kyani has devised what they've dubbed The Kyani Health Triangle. Essentially what the means is a unique collection of ingredients that they purport to make you healthier in several ways. They maintain that they simply cannot reveal all their secrets because other companies would steal their proprietary blends. Suffice it to say, they're worthy of being called Superfoods, at least according to Kyani's marketers, that is!
But maybe there is something to these superfoods? What's inside Kyani products? I took a look in their FAQ section, where the following question is posed:
What is the % of Blueberry in Kyani Sunrise?
Eager to read the answer and perhaps find evidence of superiority, I was met with the same statement they used in a question about ingredients: “Some specific details about the products are not made available…thank you for your understanding”
Okay…really? Then why ask the question? Surprisingly, they used the same phrase to answer the following question, too:
What other wild fish are found in Kyani Sunset?
They never mention a single fish, either!
The Compensation Plan
Kyani really needs to fix their website because the links to the compensation plan are broken. After some digging around (thanks, Kyani Team Aloha!), here's what I was able to unearth:
- you build three teams (legs)
- you are paid on all legs, no matter what
- 20%-30% commissions on your customers' purchases
- reach CV of 500 and qualify for a bonus pool
- paygate accumulator: the more you sell, the more pay gates you qualify for and the more pay gates you pass through, the more residual income you earn
- get at least 20% of the SV of the starter pack amount when you enroll a new team member
Recruiting bonuses: The $299 Business Starter Pack costs $299 but only carries 130 SV. You get twenty percent of 130, not 299. That's $26 for a three hundred dollar sale, amounting to 13% commission of the sale.
The products range from around $50 for 90 Kyani Sunset softgels to $185 for the Kayani Triangle of health. Those are some pretty expensive vitamins. Plus, since their compensation plan details are officially unavailable, they lose trust points on that account. And $300 to get started? Finally, the fact that the products are sold on Amazon doesn't speak well to the power of direct selling.
There's something fishy here, and it ain't the sockeye salmon in the Kyani Sunset, either. What does it say when a company doesn't maintain its website and acts slippery about its ingredients? It says “stay away”…especially when there are a million and a half other nutritional supplement products out there.