Cinchshare Releases Instagram Scheduling!

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Did you HEAR?!

Cinchshare released Instagram scheduling!!

If you would like your 37 day FREE TRIAL to check it out…

CLICK HERE NOW

And use FREE TRIAL CODE: CINCHFREE

Scheduling your Instagram posts will allow you to be CONSISTENT in your business.

Along with the Instagram feature, you can also:

>Batch post a party in seconds

>Pin to Pinterest

>Schedule your tweets to Twitter

>Have a complete library of past posts to recycle content YOU worked hard on

>Post to multiple platforms at one time

>And so much more!

Start your free trial today!

Melissa Fietsam,

How to Create a Domain Name for your Business

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Let’s talk about branding your business with a domain name!

Branding your business is one of the most important steps you will ever make in your business.

What does branding mean?

Branding means you’re creating an expectation in your business. Your customers know what to expect from you. It’s the who, what, why, when, how…of your business. There me be thousands of consultants in your company or industry, but branding is what will set you apart from all of them. It can be anything from color palettes, fonts, graphics, and visual materials…to a wide stream of platforms and concepts you use in your business.

But the most important thing about branding, is that it simply sets you apart and your customers immediately know YOU when they see your branding. Branding is something you want to think about when you’re ready to kick your business up a notch.

And a domain name, is one simple (and inexpensive) part of that plan.

Check out this video to learn all about a domain name for your website: (https://youtu.be/ffWl68atNpY)

Some simple truths about a domain name:

Keep it simple:

It has to be short! In order for people to remember your website name, keep it short and simple. You also want to keep it short so it fits nicely on business cards and marketing materials. If it gets too long, people won’t remember it and you’re going to have a hard time fitting it onto marketing materials.

2nd grade reading level:

Make sure the words you use are EASY TO SPELL. Not everyone could win a spelling bee. And you want to send them to the right site. So don’t put words that can be easily misspelled. For example, mine is BUYMYBAGS. Kind of hard to get that one wrong. So really take a moment to find something catchy and SO EASY that it can’t be mistaken.

Locations and names:

Stay away from locations and names! Locations LIMIT you. You don’t want someone to see “Ohio” and think you only service people in Ohio. Think bigger and leave out those locations. With names…those are probably the most COMMONLY misspelled words. Even a name like mine, Melissa…there are 15 different ways to spell it. So stay away from it altogether.

Numbers:

Stay away from numbers in your domain name. People will transverse them, mix them up, and simply forget the number. So don’t use them! My brain goes all fuzzy if I hear numbers or directions. Don’t even risk it!

Policy and procedures:

Each company is different. So make sure before you set this up, you check with your company to make sure you’re allowed to set this up. There are certain companies that allow this…and some do not. So always make sure it’s within your guidelines first.

Branding across the board:

Once you have identified what you want your domain name to be, brand yourself across the board. Pinterest, Twitter, customer group, Facebook business page, Instagram…make it all MATCH. Make sure your customers can easily find and identify your personal brand anywhere they go. That’s the most important thing!

Mission statement:

And last but not least, think about your mission statement. What do you want your business to be known for? What do you want YOU to be known for? Who is your target market and what can your business do for them? These are all questions that your domain name should answer. Create a voice for your brand and then learn how to integrate that into every single social media platform you have. Branding is FUN! I promise. And it will breathe new life into your business when you “own it”. Time to level up my friends!

Happy branding!

Melissa Fietsam

 

 

Free Engagement Posts for the Entire Month of August!

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I’m giving away an entire month’s worth of posts EVERY MONTH!

FYI…these posts expire in two weeks! So you better grab them quick!

Did you know you no longer have to be a Cinchshare ambassador in order to get these links? All you have to do is have a Cinchshare account and you will have access to this entire month’s worth of posts!

If you don’t know what CINCHSHARE is, check it out here: LEARN ABOUT CINCHSHARE

 

So I’m going to share some posts with YOU.

You can schedule an entire month’s worth of posts for August in your customer groups!

The days are themed for:

  • Monday Giggles
  • Tuesday Engagement Posts
  • Wednesday Quotes
  • Thursday Inspiration
  • Friday: FREE DAY! You should be posting a product spotlight on something you have. Take a personal video (3 minutes or less) or photo and show how YOU use something you sell

CLICK HERE to join Directly Social…

and get these links every month for FREE! I just posted your August customer group posts TODAY!

To sign up for Cinchshare click here: CINCHSHARE (you’ll need to join to get access to those links/posts)

Melissa Fietsam

Facebook Etiquette for Direct Sales Consultants

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There’s a few things that really razz me on Facebook.

And I’m generally the most easy-going person you’ll meet. I’m actually kind of shy unless I know you. And I’m intimidated by large crowds…but that’s a whole other therapy session. But when someone does one of these “do NOT do’s” to me…the redhead hillbilly comes out. Like Hulk. It’s ugly.

Facebook

What I want to talk to you about today, is Facebook Etiquette (and all social media for that matter)! WHY? Because I want you to NOT do it! So here are some Do’s and Don’ts that you should really consider while conducting business on Facebook:

Your Customer Business Page:

I have a Direct Sales business. I share SO MUCH freely with the world for you to use. But my business page for my Direct Sales business is OFF LIMITS. There is NO EXCUSE for any “like consultant” to be on that page. Other than to lurk and steal stuff.

Because that’s what you’re doing. By taking things off someone’s business page without their consent, you are STEALING. What they post…their words and their graphics are THEIR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. You do not have the right to go on their page and take stuff.

DO NOT:

1. Do not post on someone’s business page, can I steal this? You just turned a genuine post into an icky feeling sales post. STOP IT!

2. Do not take someone graphics off their customer business page. It’s not yours. You didn’t spend an hour creating it, DON’T TAKE IT.

3. Do not take someone’s post and copy and paste it and use it on your page WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION. If you are doing this, you’re probably not doing very well in your business. Because you are not being AUTHENTIC, you are essentially stealing, and your customers can probably smell you a mile away!

4. Do not join someone’s events on their customer business page and steal all their posts or scripts. IT IS THEFT! YOU…take the time away from your family, your business, your work and DO IT YOURSELF!

Your personal Facebook timeline:

This is a page for your family and friends. Period. 

DO NOT:

1. Post something on someone’s timeline that is a business question:

Why?: because your personal timeline is not for business. It is for you to make connections with your family, your customers, and your friends. You have to have a personal boundary in this world. You can private message someone a question about something you saw on their timeline, but do not talk business on someone’s timeline.

2. Do not send someone a private message and then post on their timeline “Hey, I sent you a message, you must have missed it”.

WHY?: Because I can assure you they saw it, but didn’t have time to answer it…and it will TICK THEM OFF. Smart people…turn off Facebook notifications when they’re focused and working on something. So they are not distracted. I actually have a scheduled time to go through and answer messages that are business related. You should too:)

My personal messaging rules:

***If you are not on my team, you are not a friend, a family member, or a customer, your question will be answered when all of MY work is done. That could be 20 minutes, or that could be 2 weeks. I cannot interrupt my own work, to help someone else’s work. That’s why I schedule the time accordingly. This is my time, then when I’m done (and if I have time) it is their time.

3. Do not comment on a post that is on someone’s personal timeline and say “I’m stealing this”, “where did you buy those from”, “I tried that and it didn’t work”, “can i borrow this?”, or ANY OTHER business question. 

WHY?: Because we realize YOU see them as a person to learn from and someone to get good ideas from, but you are on their PERSONAL PAGE. You are taking PERSONAL posts to their friends/family/customers and staining it with business. It’s like you just put Facebook PORN on their page! That’s how much it makes me cringe.

 

It is extremely unprofessional. Now, feel free to privately message people…but posting business on their page is not acceptable business etiquette.

What you CAN you do on someone’s personal Facebook timeline:

1. Post a thank you for helping you with something. 

WHY? Because that’s personal.

2. Post a congratulations on something they have accomplished.

WHY? Again, that is a personal thing, and that’s wonderful.

3. Celebrate a success you had with someone.

WHY? because that shows others the bond that we have and the friendships we make. And again, it is personal.

As Direct Sales consultants, it’s so important to learn from each other. But make sure those professional relationships don’t get ruined because you weren’t minding your Facebook manners 😉

We all need to respect each other’s personal boundaries. I share because I care about every single person out there. But sometimes I get burned for it. So I just wanted to throw that out there. There’s a right way and a wrong way. Make sure you’re doing things the RIGHT way!

And for the record, this goes for ALL SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS!

If you would like more tips on how to run your business the RIGHT WAY,

JOIN DIRECTLY SOCIAL FACEBOOK GROUP HERE

Thanks for letting Melissa rant today!

Melissa Fietsam,

 

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Direct Sales Tips

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Have you joined our FREE Facebook group?!

If not…HOW COME?!

join directly social

Click here to join:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/directlysocial

What is the Directly Social Facebook group for?

It’s a positive environment for DIrect Sellers to come together and share ideas on working your business. We share ideas, we help each other, we brainstorm, and give each other advice!

I’m always posting ideas on ways to help you in your business and teaching different aspects of Social Media (which is my passion).

I guarantee you will love the environment and all the ideas you will come across in there. You’re bound to ignite some PASSION for your business again!

What do you get from being a Directly Social member?

  1. Tips and tricks to work your business
  2. Monthly themed posts for your customer group
  3. Advice from all Direct Sales consultants, regardless of what company you’re with
  4. Tips on increasing bookings
  5. Tips on increasing recruiting
  6. Tips on increasing interaction in your customer groups
  7. Tips on business in general
  8. AND SO MUCH MORE!!

So come see us! And don’t forget to share with your friends!

JOIN HERE

Melissa Fietsam,

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Hostess Coaching Challenges

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Hostess Coaching is one of the most important things you can focus on in your business.

You do all this hard work to get these parties books and then many times, you don’t fail because of a script or hostess…you fail because YOU failed to do hostess coaching.

When you slack on hostess coaching:

  1. Your sales go down
  2. Your bookings go down
  3. Your recruiting goes down
  4. Your hostess experience goes down
  5. Your “repeat hostess” rate goes down

I could really go on and on…the effects of poor hostess coaching are endless.

So we’re trying something new this month. It’s a different form of the hostess coaching envelopes we’ve previously done.

Here’s the deal:

We’re going to have 5 hostess challenges. All income producing activities.

For each step they complete, they get a gift from me. It’s a very small and inexpensive gift, but COOL!

The biggest mistake you can make in hostess coaching is assuming your hostesses know what to do. They don’t.

BEFORE WE GET STARTED…HAVE YOU JOINED DIRECTLY SOCIAL ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE GREAT TIPS?

JOIN DIRECTLY SOCIAL HERE: https://www.facebook.com/groups/directlysocial/

Hostess Coaching #1:

Challenge your hostess to get $200 in orders BEFORE her party even starts.

Send her packet early and get her talking to people.

I created this post and printable to help mine get started:

CHALLENGE #1: Print this form (or just post in the comments below) your top 20 people. Message them all and let them know you’re having a 31 party that starts July 1st. And then ASK THEM if it’s ok to add them to the party! ONLY 20! That’s it!

All you need is 20 friends to join your party, interact, and have fun!

So your message might look like this:
Hey girl! I’m having a 31 party (all online). Is it okay if I add you to the party to take a look? It won’t start until July 1st but I wanted to make sure it would be ok to add you when it starts! My consultant has a pretty crazy line-up, she does things a lot different than the normal!

CHALLENGE #1: Text me a picture of your list completed or messages you sent your friends!

You can actually print this PDF by downloading it here: 
https://1drv.ms/b/s!AkYgT2PVhSEHjHtZMuITHkqfBTpl

Hostess Coaching #2:

This one I create in Mad Mimi, a messaging service. Mad Mimi is $10 a month. MailChimp is free. I use Mad Mimi and I created a video to show you exactly how I use it to hand my hostess a tool for Hostess Coaching #2.

She is challenged to send this text message/link to everyone she can and post on her timeline. The goal is collecting orders and getting people added to her Facebook party.

Here is my LINK: https://madmimi.com/s/25966a

And here is the video on how to create your own.

Hostess Coaching #3:

Challenge your hostess to go Facebook Live and ask her friends to join her party. IT WORKS! I’ve had huge success with having my hostesses do this!

Hostess Coaching #4:

Have your hostess send a message to everyone she knows with a LAST CHANCE TO ORDER:

  • Have her text message people
  • Have her post on her Facebook profile
  • Have her send people a Facebook message

Give her the words to say. Hand her a scripted message WITH A LINK to send to her friends. Make it easy and they will do it!

Hostess Coaching #5:

Book a party for 6 months from now with the new catalog.

Now you’re front loading your calendar like a BOSS.

There are MANY different things you can do with hostess coaching challenges, but these are the ones I picked for this month. I challenge you to think about what YOU need to get in your business and revolve your hostess coaching around that.

Happy Hostess Coaching!

Melissa Fietsam,

FREE Themed Posts for your Customer Group in July

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I’m giving away an entire month’s worth of posts EVERY MONTH!

FYI…these posts expire in two weeks! So you better grab them quick!

Did you know you no longer have to be a Cinchshare ambassador in order to get these links? All you have to do is have a Cinchshare account and you will have access to this entire month’s worth of posts!

If you don’t know what CINCHSHARE is, check it out here: LEARN ABOUT CINCHSHARE

So I’m going to share some posts with YOU.

You can schedule an entire month’s worth of posts for July in your customer groups!

The days are themed for:

  • Monday Giggles
  • Tuesday Engagement Posts
  • Wednesday Life Hacks
  • Thursday Inspiration
  • Friday: FREE DAY! You should be posting a product spotlight on something you have. Take a personal video (3 minutes or less) or photo and show how YOU use something you sell

CLICK HERE to join Directly Social…

and get these links every month for FREE! I just posted your JULY customer group posts TODAY!

To sign up for Cinchshare click here: CINCHSHARE (you’ll need to join to get access to those links/posts)

Melissa Fietsam

Using Elify for Direct Sales Follow Up Systems

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Seriously, this is the best new direct sales tool I have seen in a very long time!

 

My friend Christina Rupracht messaged me with a pretty brilliant idea. And you aren’t going to want to miss this!

This site/app called Elify, actually promotes towards virtual business cards. BUT…we can use this for so much more.

You can create these “cards” with clickable buttons, videos, links to your social media channels, and so much more. Check out this quick video and then look below for some great ideas you can use these cards for. And some tips and tricks to create your own. I actually made another video to show you how to set yours up!

ELIFY SITE

VIDEO LINK

So what can use Elify cards for?

Hostess Coaching:

Get your hostess to send a card out to her party guests with the link to join her Facebook Party, shop, and much more

Welcome to the team:

When you have someone new join your team, send them these cards with links to your team group and all the important information they need to look over first.

Thank you follow up:

When someone orders, send them a link to your Elify card with links to your customer group, a personal picture so they can make a connection with you, information on booking their own party, and information on joining your team!

Party Reminder:

Create an Elify card for your hostess to shoot out to all her friends as a reminder with links to order and customer special information. Make it EASY!

Opportunity Card:

Make an Elify card that is chalk full of great links and information on joining your team. Now when you’re out and about, you can simply send them a link with all the information they need to join your team

Here’s a demo video on exactly HOW to set up your Elify cards once you join. It’s free for 14 days and then $10 a month after that. Considering the time it is going to save me, I am 100% backing this new tool.

Melissa Fietsam,

 

Theme Party Ideas for Direct Sales

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Want to spice up your parties a bit? Use a theme party!

What type of party can you use a theme for?

ANYTHING! Whether you’re doing home shows, online parties, fundraisers, BINGO nights, or even straight retail orders…it doesn’t matter. The problem is everything is BORING! Same old stuff on a different day. Using a theme can help pique some interest and attract new customers as well as engage your current customer base.

How do you use a theme?

So, think about it as if you’re planning an actual party. You plan:

  • Plates/cups
  • Decorations
  • Music
  • Food
  • Trinkets
  • Invitations

You would do the same thing for a home show with a theme.

So what can you do for an online party theme?

  • Graphics
  • Share recipes (everyone loves a good recipe)
  • Facebook banner
  • Invitations
  • Games (centered around a theme)
  • Fun Facts (about your theme)

See where this is going? Train your brain to think differently. Everything you do for a home show, can be done for an online party. ESPECIALLY with Facebook Live now.

Want 5 free theme party banners for your Facebook Parties?

Click on the graphic below and request to join our Directly Social Facebook group! We have an album full of them! 

We have Christmas in July, Potluck Party, Grillin’ and Chillin’, and more!

Want to make it even more fun?

Make your hostess packets match the theme. Go to the Dollar Tree and have a blast picking out some fun items to make for your hostess.  Here’s an example of one I made for mine when we had a Minion theme! Think of how excited she will be to see this in her mailbox or on her doorstep. Let’s take our parties to a whole new level of FUN this year!

Who’s in?

Want a TON of summer theme party ideas?

I have a pretty awesome group of friends over on Directly Social, and they came up with all of these theme ideas for your summer selling season!

Fun in the Sun

Sundaes and Shopping

Summer Patio Party

Summer Luau

Lemonade and Sunshine

Sandals and Sangria

Happy Hour Deck Party

5 o’clock Somewhere

Margarita Monday

Taco Tuesday

All American Party

Lawnchairs and Lemonade

Trunk Show

Tailgate Party

Grillin’ and Chillin’

County Fair

Party in the park

Flip Flop Fiesta

Bad Moms Party

Flip Flop & Shop

Ice Cream Social

Chicks and Chocolate

Sundae Funday

Cupcakes & Cocktails

S’More Fun

Wine Down Wednesday

Beach Please

Thirsty Thursday

BYOB (banana) for banana split parties

Beach Party Bingo

Camping

Muffins and Mimosas

Brunch for a Bunch

Bad Moms Party

WHEW! They’re awesome, aren’t they?!

Have fun with this everyone!

Melissa Fietsam,

Social Media Planner-Free Printable

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Are you ready to step up your social media game?

free social media planner printable

If you’re serious, you need a game plan. And luckily, I’ve got your back!

If you plan your social media for 20 minutes a day, you will see your business SOAR over time. But it takes consistency and dedication.

In this video, I’m going to show you how to use this free social media printable I created for you. So you can work strategically and SMARTER. You commit to 20 minutes a day, and I will teach you how to do it. Deal?

You can download your free social media planner and printable below, but first let me teach you how to USE it. If you don’t know how to use it, you won’t be able to do it in 20 minutes a day.

Watch this video on HOW to use the printable effectively and then join Directly Social on Facebook to get your FREE PRINTABLE!

DOWNLOAD FREE PRINTABLE HERE

Just 20 minutes a day focused on a specific task with social media will go a LONG WAY!

Monday: Facebook Business Page:

On Monday, do a Facebook Live video on a product you have, make a post on booking or recruiting, post a company video on the customer specials, anything you want. But make it a great post. Because we’re going to use it AGAIN later in the week.

Tuesday: Instagram:

Take a product video (60 seconds or less for Instagram), post a product graphic, or plan out your daily posts for the week.

Wednesday: YouTube:

Take that Facebook Live video you did on your business page on Monday….and download it, then upload to YouTube! Make a video of your hostess packets, show a couple 3 minute or less product videos, make a video answering FAQs about joining your team, anything you want. Lately, I’ve found it more productive to simply do those videos on my FB business page and then download them, then upload to YouTube to have them in both places!

Thursday: Twitter

Take the posts you’ve done all week and make one tweet a day and schedule those in CInchshare. SO EASY to take what you’ve already done on Instagram, YouTube, and your Facebook business page and make tweets out of those posts/videos. Don’t forget your Pinterest pins too! Those can all be tweets!

Friday: Pinterest:

Take your Youtube video and make it a pin. Take your Instagram product graphic or quotes and link them as Pinterest pins! SO EASY. Pin your customer specials, hostess packets, anything you want. Go around your house and snap some pictures of how you use your product and pin them to coordinating boards.

Don’t know what to work on?

And if you’re sitting there during one of your 20 minutes sessions and you don’t know what to do, RESEARCH. I research every single day. Google Pinterest ideas, or Instagram ideas, FIND something new to do!

Hope this helps everyone to be more consistent in your social media! Have a great day!

Melissa Fietsam

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