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Update News for January 2023

Here is a quick run-down on what you will find in this bulletin:

    • Happy New Year

    • New Icon or Old Icon – You Decide

    • New Program or Old Program

    • Did You Read This Far?

    • Postal Code List FROZEN Until
      January 9, 2023

    • Postal Code Renewals Must Be Paid By
      January 6, 2023

    • Postal Codes Available At 12 Noon EST
      January 9, 2023

    • Do Some Preparation In Advance

    • Our Current Programming Plans for 2023

These topics will be dealt with in more detail throughout this bulletin.

Happy New Year
It is our hope that 2023 brings you health, happiness and success. While we can hope for your health and happiness, we think we can actually contribute to your success by continuing to provide you with the best quoting software available for life insurance.

Our primary goal remains simple, to give you the quoting software that is the most accurate, the most up-to-date, and which includes the most companies and products of any other software available. We believe that will help you sell insurance more quickly and easily and that means more success for you.

And your success is our success. We thank you for your continued support of this business which helps us to generate the revenues needed to do the work that we do and to deliver the product and service that we provide.

New Icon or Old Icon – You Decide
To go with the new program Jeremiah has been inspired to create a new icon. Compulife has had an old icon for many years. Here is the new icon (proposed) and the old:

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The question is, which do you like better?

Personally I am torn. I like my old tools the way they are and do not like unnecessary change. Every time someone introduces a new version of their software they move stuff around and rename options. Frequently I find such changes initially frustrating. My immediate reaction is that if I was able to make the old stuff work just fine, why do I have to learn how to use the new stuff. Sometimes, once I have learned the new stuff, I realize that they actually did make a genuine improvement in the logic and flow of the software and I end up liking it better than the old. Sometimes I conclude that the new was nothing more than change for change sake and when I have the option I keep on using the old stuff.

More on that in a minute. The first order of business is the new icon versus the old. I like the old because it is familiar and we have had it for decades. The two red lines with the black CQS on white background make it stick out on a desktop. I think the new will stick out less. Having said that, the new has a more modern and clean look to it and is modeled on the “C” in this graphic which we have used for Compulife during our entire 40 years in business:

Therefore, while what Jeremiah has come up with is new, it is actually based on something much older than the current CQS icon.

I can’t decide so I am going to leave this one up to you. The result of what you pick will be what you see on your computer desktop for many years to come. Which is it? Do you want us to stick with the old icon for the new program, or use the new icon for the new program?

Please email your vote “old” or “new” to service@compulife.com

We will go with the icon that gets the most votes.

NOTE:   In a few months, and for a period of time, you will actually have two icons on your computer screen. One will be the old icon which says “Compulife Quotation System” under it. That icon will run the old GOWIN.EXE program. The other icon will be the winning icon and will just say “Compulife” under the icon. That icon icon will run the new CQS.EXE.

New Program or Old Program
In addition to having two icons you will have two programs for a lengthy period of time; the old GOWIN.EXE and the new CQS.EXE. In the first month we introduce the new program there will be NO icon for the new program. We will tell you about the new program, and if you want to play with it you will have to manually make an icon for it. Those that really want to try it, and those who are technically competent enough to make an icon, will be the first to get a look.

The new program will have an option on the menu to run the old program. Here is the updated U.S. menu from last month, showing more changes.

If you look down the left hand side of the screen, where you will see the text menu buttons, next to the icon buttons, the third last text button says “Run GOWIN.EXE”. To the left of that button is the icon “CQS”. Whether you click on the menu icon, or the text button, either will take you to the old GOWIN.EXE program. <p?jeremiah has=”” been=”” busy=”” this=”” month=”” developing=”” the=”” ions=”” for=”” icon=”” menu.=”” those=”” are=”” now=”” looking=”” quite=”” good.=”” <p=””>Why two columns for menu options? Because the second menu of text buttons are an option you can turn off or on with the menu icon to the left of the “Compulife” title that appears at the top of the text menu buttons. If you click the menu icon the text buttons disappear. If you click it again they will re-appear. Alternatively, you can leave the text buttons on the screen and drag and position your comparison window to cover those text buttons. You can still make menu selections by clicking on the icons you can see. If you click the “home” icon next to Client Entry (whether you see the text button or not) it will automatically close the comparison window and cause the client entry screen to appear with the text buttons visible (if you have them turned on).</p?jeremiah>

Back to the “Run GOWIN.EXE” option. At some point we will add a menu option to the old GOWIN.EXE red menu, which will allow you to switch to the new CQS.EXE program. That that will follow the initial release. As I said before, the initial release will require that you to manually make an icon to run it. Our logic is that those who are more computer competent will get the first look. That will be the minority of our subscribers, in particular because we know the majority do NOT read these bulletins. You will need to read that future bulletin to discover how to make an icon to the new program which will have been installed to your computer with the update when we first send it to you.

Did You Read This Far?
If you read this far, and you voted in our icon poll by sending an email to service@compulife.com, you can now claim your reward. The reward for voting in the poll is a free local postal code to the end of 2023. That means you can add one more local postal code FREE, and that local postal code will give you “bumping” ability in November. If you want to keep the postal code after the end of 2023, it will cost you the normal $15 for an additional postal code, but you will have been able to use it to get another local postal code that may be full. Until November when you can bump, you can use the free local postal code for the balance of 2023 for an additional postal code that is available and that you choose.

To claim the reward send ANOTHER email to:

and say: I have voted and I claim my local postal code reward. Let us know which postal code you want. You can find available postal codes here:

Postal Code Analyzer
Postal Code List FROZEN Until
January 9, 2023
Immediately following bump week, the postal code list will be FROZEN meaning there will be no opportunity to add, remove or exchange postal codes until January 9, 2023. This will prepare us for the invoices that will be sent out to renew additional postal codes for 2023.

There are NO CHANGES to pricing from last year.

Once you receive your additional postal code invoice for 2023, you can pay in 2022 if you want to expense the advertising in that year, or you have up until January 6, 2023 to make your payment which allows you to expense the advertising in 2023.

Postal Code Renewals Must Be Paid By
January 6, 2023
Nothing compels you to renew your additional postal code listings and you will continue to be listed in those postal codes until January 6, 2023 in the event that you elect not to pay those renewals.

IMPORTANT:   If your payment has not been received by the end of business on January 6, 2023, the additional listings that you have will LAPSE and be made available to other subscribers at noon on January 9, 2023.

If you believe that you did not get sufficient email contacts (as per the warranty) and that we will need to make a warranty adjustment to your invoice, do not pay your invoice until the last week of December. I would encourage you to contact us on December 29th and we will review your total number of email contacts and weigh that against the number of postal codes that you have, and the number of contacts that you are entitled to. If you are short, we will determine the credit that we need to make against your invoice for 2023.

Postal Codes Available At 12 Noon EST
January 9, 2023
The land rush begins at noon, January 9th EST.

As it is every year, the second Monday in January, at 12 noon EST, is the best and busiest postal code purchasing time of the year. The postal codes of those who did not renew their previous listings will become available on a first come, first served basis.

To keep this fair and equal for all, we have a HARD starting date and time to ensure fairness. Every year someone complains because someone else beat them to a postal code that they wanted.

IMPORTANT: Do NOT call or email postal code purchase instructions before 12pm EST on January 9th. If you do, your email will be ignored and we may not have time to respond. If you call early to buy postal codes, and get through, you will be told to call later.

Because the phone lines will likely be busy that day it is BEST to do your homework in advance and email your instructions for new purchases or changes as soon after 12 noon as possible. If you have questions then call or email us the week before.

NOTE: You have two basic options for acquiring new postal codes. You can either pay for and ADD postal codes to your current list, or you can trade/exchange postal codes that you already have for postal codes that you think are better. There are limits to the number you can obtain, and you can call to discuss that if you need to.

Available postal codes (ANY postal code with less than 3 agents listed) will be available on a first come, first serve basis. The new list will be published on January 9th early that morning. You can review available postal codes here at that time:

Postal Code Analyzer
Any additional postal code purchased on January 9th, must be paid for immediately. The cost of the postal code will be 11 X the monthly fee ($1.25). Once your new postal codes are added, the remainder of the month of January is free.

If you are switching postal codes for better postal codes we will need specific instructions. Tell us what postal code that you want to add and which postal code that you are giving up in exchange for it. If you don’t know what postal codes you have email us at service@compulife.com and ask for a list of those postal codes ASAP.

Do Some Preparation In Advance
Once again, you can research postal codes at:

Postal Code Analyzer
If I was you, I would print a list of postal codes in the areas that you are interested in, IN ADVANCE of the 9th.

IMPORTANT TIP:  You can use the column titles to sort the list of postal codes.

Typically, when I am assisting subscribers in finding great postal codes, I will sort by the 4th column: “Population” or by the 5th column “Number of Households”. The numbers in those columns will tell you how many people are in that postal code, versus others in the same area. You will need to click the column heading twice. The first time you click it sorts from smallest number to the largest. The second time you click it sorts from largest to the smallest.

TIP:  In densely populated, urban areas, increase the “Number of Listed Postal Codes” from the default number of 100. This will enlarge the area of the state that you are looking at.

Once you have the list that you want, print that list. I would then highlight the postal codes that you would really like to get. Once again, make sure that list is done in advance of the 9th.

On the morning of the 9th you will want to replicate the list again, doing the same search and sort. Check your old list with the new list to see if postal codes that previously had 3 subscribers listed now have 2 or less. If that happens, and it’s one of the postal codes that you want, fire off your email at 12pm to:

service@compulife.com
TIP:  Don’t wait too long after finding postal codes that you want. You can send multiple emails. Remember, first come first served. I promise you, if you wait too long, some postal codes that you want will be gone by the time you ask for them.

Make sure that we have your name and phone number in the email. Once we get to you in time order, we will call you and ask for your credit card information.

IMPORTANT:  Compulife keeps no credit card records for subscribers. If we don’t have your credit card number, they can’t be stolen from us. Every purchase by credit card, requires the credit card again.

Our Current Programming Plans for 2023
The following is the current order for new work that we will be doing in 2023:

      • Introduction of New PC Version: CQS.EXE
      • Overhaul Of Current Product Data Files
    • Introduction of Compulife Basic Plus (with Pick 12)

Anyone with questions about any of these upcoming projects can call Bob Barney to discuss:

(888) 798-3488

Please don’t email me essay questions, just call. If I’m not in, email me your phone number, I’ll call you.

These planned objectives will easily consume our programming time during the balance of this year and throughout 2023. The good news is that once the product data files have been converted, and we have introduced the new CQS.EXE, and upgraded our internet engine to use the new data files, Compulife will be turning it’s full attention to our web based, Compulife Basic software. The long term goal is to have a web based product that does everything our PC based software does.

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