Direct sellers often wonder whose emails they should trust and on whose lists they should remain as emails become more frequent and sitting in front of the computer becomes more overwhelmingly easy to do. From fourteen years in the business, I have some current lists I love (aside from my own!). A quick tip: check your emails before 9:00 am and after 9:00 pm. Between 9:00 am and 9:00 pm, you can be doing “people time” with your business– income producing activities such as booking, selling, and recruiting. My “people time” is often taken up with the needs of my special needs kids, but even as I do less and less with my own businesses these days, I know that won’t always be the case, and these emails are great to hang onto for those times when you’re ready to work but you need a creative boost.
Party Plan Divas with Lynsey Jones is one of my favorites because she has quick tips that are easy to save and put into your calendar as you find time to use each one. She likes to use the word “gardening” instead of “warm chatting” and she always encourages direct sellers to have their gardening tools with them. Here’s an example of one of her tips: “Contact local hotels, resorts and bed & breakfasts and ask if you can set up a Lobby Basket. A Lobby Basket is a basket of Gardening Bags! Be sure to check back often to refill or rotate your most current marketing materials.Consider offering an incentive exclusive to those customers from the hotel or resort for ordering.”
Ink Big Academy with Lisa Pretto is also a list with lots of great quick tips that are fun to save and put into use when the time is right for your business. Some of her tips are specific to Stampin’ Up!, because that’s her business, but a lot of her ideas are great for direct sellers in all types of businesses. Here is an example of something fun and easy to do that Lisa recommends: “Today while I was surfing some blogs I came across this: ” Note: After I finished this post I realized that I had promised I would share my peanut butter dip on the blog today! Oops! My apologies. Instead of making you wait another day, check out my Facebook page today for the recipe! ” my thought was BRILLIANT!! And it reminded me of a couple of articles I had read that gave suggestions on email headings. one of the best email headlines, that will make sure more people read your email or newsletter, is an “oops, forgot to include xyz” Now obviously it is slimy to use this as an ongoing tactic to get folks to read. But if you are like me, I often do forget to include something, or I remember I said I would share something specific and didn’t. Rather than view it as a big mistake that you can’t fix, look at it as an opportunity to drive your blog readers to your FB page, or get more readers to open your newsletter, or drive your YouTube viewers to your Blog.”
Your Inside Circle is newer but wonderful! Julie Anne Jones and Nancy Golya have put together this collaboration specifically to help direct sales professionals get over their fear of technology. I purchased their Virtual Party Planner program to help me learn to do direct sales parties online (specifically on facebook), and I attended their webinar earlier today about 22Social and how it can connect Google Plus hangouts to your facebook fan page in order to do live parties and recruiting events on your page. They have great programs and I highly recommend them. Sign up for their email list too. And guess what!!! Because my kids are with their home therapists right now and in between my daughter begging me for computer time every time her therapist gives her a five minute break, I’m being allowed to finish this blog post now, you are being informed by me in time that there is a replay TONIGHT of the “Beam Me Up Google” webinar from Your Inside Circle. Sign up HERE before 8:00 pm Eastern tonight (Wednesday May 14th). (this link changes to whichever new Your Inside Circle program is being promoted at any given time, so if you’re reading this in a few months or a year down the line, you probably won’t be seeing a sign up for Beam Me Up Google).
Respond below and tell me whose lists give you great value!
Aside from parenting special needs twins, Heather Price represents three direct sales and network marketing companies. She started with a popular skin care/ cosmetics company in 2000, and added the greeting card and video email companies in 2008 and 2012 specifically to encourage other direct sales professionals to use out of the box tools to promote their businesses. Heather enjoys selling the products and building teams with these companies. Do you need extra income? You can find out more from the “work with Heather” pull down menu at http://heatheramyprice.com In 2012 she added social media services to her portfolio. For a limited number of clients, she tweets, pins, posts, connects, curates content, uploads videos, and generally explodes the social media presence of small businesses. Heather’s businesses can be found at http://shopskincarewithheather.com , http://cardswithheather.com , and http://videoemailswithheather.com . To ask Heather about her social media services, put your info here: http://heatheramyprice.com/social-media-services/