Xplocial are based out of New York in the US and appear to have initially launched mid 2012 as some sort of “viral” Facebook marketing campaign opportunity. Affiliates paid $49.95 a month and were paid commissions based on how many affiliates they recruited who also paid monthly membership fees.
Roughly a year later in May 2013 the company relaunched itself with a new compensation plan and product lineup.
Heading up Xplocial is Lawrence B. Marcus (also known as Larry Marcus). On his personal website (“lawrencemarcus.com”), Marcus provides an executive bio which states:
A professional speaker, trainer and consultant for more than 20 years, Larry Marcus has been helping companies build customers, relationships, and their bottom-line.
Larry is one of the world’s leading authorities on “referral based sales and marketing systems and strategies.” People quickly relate to his down-to-earth, charismatic and interactive presentation style.
Larry is a highly requested speaker and has shared the stage with other notable leaders such as President Ronald Reagan, President George Bush Sr., U.S. Senator Orin Hatch, Rev. Robert Schuller, Dr. Denis Waitley, Brian Tracey and many others.
He’s been invited to the White House as a special guest to discuss small business trends in America and has worked closely with a special liaison on small business affairs under two Presidents.
Marcus lists the following companies as “clients” on his website: Amway, Pre-paid Legal, Mannatech, Usana and Melaleuca. Additionally on the Xplocial website, Marcus’ corporate bio states he’s
consulted for more than 55 different network marketing companies and held numerous Corporate and Board of Director Positions.
Larry has been asked to act as an industry expert on Network Marketing by numerous State Attorney Generals.
The only other additional executive position I found Marcus involved in was as the President and CEO of Provantage Legal, which seems to be some sort of affiliate opportunity:
The Provantage Legal website domain (“provantagelegal.com”) provides the same New York based office suite address as Xplocial in its domain registration. A Google search reveals multiple unrelated businesses operating out of this same suite number, indicating that it’s shared virtual office space.
Stephen Marcus also appears on the Provantage Legal website, credited as being the company’s Director of Support Services.
A badly photoshopped version of Marcus’ image also appears on the Xplocial website, where he is also credited as being Xplocial’s Director of Support Services:
It’s worth noting that the third exective listed on the Xplocial website, a Scott Michaels who is credited as Vice-President of Operations is just a stock image from iStockPhoto:
Not sure what’s going on there but between badly photoshopped images and stock photos used to represent a company’s executive management, things certainly smell fishy.
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