This gal friended me on facebook then blasted her business in a mass message about how she had to sell $2000 TODAY —- I answered that I’ve been with that company for 13 years and she’s barking up the wrong tree trying to get me to become her client. She snarkily told all her friends in the mass message that in our business we’re supposed to support one another and be a sisterhood. And then she unfriends me.
So it’s fodder for a blog post.
Here is how I feel about getting along with fellow consultants from your same direct sales company.
1) Don’t EVER expect them to become your customer or ask their friends to become your customer.
2) DO support them, give them ideas, and cheer them on.
3) Don’t sell product to each other except in an emergency where you need something quickly or you need discontinued or past limited edition products for a client. When you purchase from a fellow consultant you’re hurting your own production numbers with the company.
And here is how I feel about using facebook for your direct sales business.
1) NO MASS MESSAGING.
2) LIMIT your business posts on your personal profile. An occasional mention is great, but keep most business stuff to your business page. On your personal profile you can mention how happy you are about a party you did or how flexible your schedule is because you work from home, but don’t post sales/promotions/buy my stuff more than once in a while.
3) Don’t friend others on facebook with the expectation that they will purchase from you. Friend them because you have something in common or you want to get to know them. Find out a little about them before you tell them about any promotion you’re running. And if you find out they’re in your company already, SEE ABOVE!
Facebook is a wonderful tool for helping to promote your direct sales business, but DON’T be like my former facebook friend!
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/