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10 Ideas to ROCK Your AUGUST!

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WOO HOO! August means back to school and back to a (somewhat) normal routine at our house.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the kids being home and spending time with all of them, but I do miss have a strong daily routine, I think we all do!

So since it is time for the kids to go back to school, it is time for YOU to go back to work!
Let’s do this!

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Here are 10 Ideas to ROCK your AUGUST:

#1 Back to School Promo for Teachers

We all know teacher or two that could use some extra funding for their classroom supplies, right? You can use your business to help teachers! They share a catalog around and collect orders as a fundraiser for their classroom. Here is an example that a friend of mine ran a couple years ago with great success!

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 #2 – “Fab 5 Special 

This is a fun idea for a special promotion you can run any day you need some extra sales. You can put 5 items “on sale” specifically for a certain day or a certain period of time. A quick special like this works because of the urgency to order before it is gone!

#3 “4 for $40” Sale (7/4)  

This is a 24 hour sale on Aug 4th only (because it is the 4th of the month). Showcase some of your lower priced products and how they can get an awesome 4 for $40 deal, you can make a special flyer or image with the 4 for $40 products on it. This would also be a super easy Hostess-on-the-Go party where she just sells from the flyer! The point of this is to front-load your month with sales, verses everything coming in at the end of the month.

#4 Support the Troops Fundraiser/Product Raiser

August is an awesome month to do something special for the troops. You could create a fundraiser and donate your profits to an organization that supports the troops, or you can use specific products from your company to donate to the troops. The customers buy products and donate them to the troops through you! You can use your commission to purchase care items to go in those too! Be sure to check out the back to school supply sales to get those additional items on the CHEAP!

#5 – Run Your Own “Back to School” Sale

Choose 8-12 products to put on “sale” and create a cool flyer! People are naturally drawn to the word SALE (aren’t we all!!) and who doesn’t love a good B2S sale!

#6 Change your FB Customer Group cover photo to something more “August” themed

This is an easy way to update your group and get a post into your group member’s news feeds. Make sure you are using that prime real estate of the cover photo space as best you can. Make sure you are not always just featuring product, be sure to include your smiling face sometimes! And use the group photo size 1920×1080 for optimal visualization of your awesome banner and details!

 #7 Update your Facebook Business Page cover photo to something more August-like and add a FB Frame!

Make sure you are updating your Facebook Business Page with the season, you definitely don’t want a cover photo featuring Christmas items up when it is August!Your cover photo is like your storefront window for your business, make sure it is attractive and in-tune with the season. Use a filter and add a summer frame, jazz it up! I saw lots of great frames on Facebook! Have you ever added a frame to your profile picture before? Just Click on your profile picture (update profile picture), then click on Add Frame at the top, then search for “Back to School” or whatever else you want and add a frame! Easy peasy!

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#8 Post engaging content the whole month of August!

Your followers and customers LOVE great content that makes them want to engage. I love to do trivia with my group, they’re all over it. Find yourself some fun Back to School trivia and ask a new question every couple days and see what people say! They just can’t help themselves, they all want to prove they know the answer too, so they comment even when the trivia question is already answered! LOL! Easy recipes for quick dinners and tips for packing lunches are always popular this time of year!

#9 Create a AUGUST Ideas Pinterest Board and share it

Head over to Pinterest and create a theme board specifically for August and pin what you love for August (tips, recipes, crafts, DIY, morning chaos planning, organization, etc). Once you have a minimum of 10-15 pins (I am sure you will find far more that you love), share the link to your Pinterest board in your customer group, your FB business page, your personal timeline, your customer newsletter, etc. Think all things end of summer/back to school and share those cute tips and ideas to get people sharing your content. Share a tip a day or at least a few a week! Share it everywhere! Invite them to follow you while they are over on Pinterest!

 #10 Host a Flip Flop Frenzy!

Are you familiar with the Turkey Trots and Reindeer Romps? The Flip Flop Frenzy works the exact same way! You get 6 people to collect $100 in orders, they start collecting on August 1st through 15th. You put all the orders in as one single party and split the hostess benefits/gifts. You can run special promotions like they get an extra gifts for being the first to turn in their order, for have $200+ in orders, etc. You can run one group the 1st-15thand another group on the 16th-31st!

What fun August ideas do you have?

Melissa Fietsam @DirectlySocial

 

Revving Up Your Voicemail

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Every week I call Consultants and every week I am leaving voicemails that I am not 100% sure that I am reaching the right person.

Why do you say that Melissa? I’m SO glad you asked!

Because I get things like “Yeah – it’s me, leave me a message!” Who is me??

Your outgoing voicemail is a business basic and a top priority!

One of the first steps you need to take to set yourself apart as a “business” is to have your name and your business name on your outgoing voicemail message. I cannot begin to stress to you how important this is if you intend to build your business as a business. Many Consultants use their cell phones to conduct their business and your outgoing voicemail message should reflect that people have reached the correct number.

Here are some quick DOs and DON’Ts when it comes to your voicemail message.

DON’T:

– Don’t use the standard robot greeting provided by your phone carrier (“you have reached 123-456-7999”)
– Don’t use your child as your greeter on the message
– Don’t record the outgoing greeting in a loud environment or when you are driving.

DO:

– Say your first and last name right away
– Say your business name
– Ask for what you want them to do (leave phone number, best time to call back, etc).
If you want to be super business savvy, you can use your voicemail to promote your business even further by changing it up monthly to reflect the month, the seasons, the monthly customer or hostess special,etc.
Take a minute right now and go listen to your outgoing voicemail greeting, does it reflect you as a business owner? Will someone who picked up your catalog somewhere know with 100% certainty that they have reached the right person when they call you?
A professional voicemail greeting is a necessity in business, so take a couple minutes today and update yours if you need to! Feel free to have some fun with it and make it yours.
Example of a simple greeting:

“Hey there! Thanks so much for calling, this is Susan Smith with Cupcakes R’ Us! I am sorry that I am unable to take your call right now but it is very important to me. Please leave your full name, phone number and best time to reach you and I will return your call as soon as possible. I look forward to talking with you soon….”

Melissa Fietsam @DirectlySocial

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JUNE Facebook Party of the Month

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Who is super excited about it finally being SUMMER? School’s Out – Scream and Shout!!

Holy cow – what am I gonna do with all the kids at home for the next 3 months and work my business too?! Well, to be honest I am really excited to spend some quality time with my kids. Having big kids and little kids, I am well aware of how short their time with their mama really is, and I don’t want to waste this summer! So we need to bust out some amazing summer biz ideas so we all have more time to do the important things this summer, are you ready? Let’s dive right in!!

Why Facebook Theme Parties?

Bottom line, Facebook theme parties get better attendance and better interaction from guests.Who wants more people and more engagement? You’re going to want to pick a theme for your entire Facebook Party. Every good party has to start with some inspiration and conversation. You will want to tie everything into a nice pretty bow with a THEME.

1. Create a Story:

Now that you have found a theme you like, RUN with it! Create a STORY. Every post you create for your Facebook script should tie into that story. Example: If we are doing a Bridal Shower party theme make sure you talk about food recipes, drinks, etc. If you sell Pampered Chef, what products can you use to enhance the Bridal Shower? If you sell Perfectly Posh, how can this fit your business? See where I’m going with this? For example: Bridal Showers, Graduation Parties, Dorm Decorating Parties, School’s Out, Let’s Flamingle (pink flamingos), Gourmet S’mores (INVITE ME!!!!), etc. Now every post in your Facebook script should revolve around this very theme.

2. Decide on Party Length:

Once you have your amazing JUNE theme party ideas, you need to decide the length of time that your party will last. When you hold a Facebook Party, you will have:
1. Pre-posts (before the party starts)
2. Actual “party” posts
3. Post-party posts (after the party)
So you need to be thinking about how long do you want that party to last –  30 minutes, 1 hour, 3 days, 1 week, 10 days? I suggest not dragging it out. I personally prefer one week or less. If they’re going to buy-they will. If not, don’t beat them over the head with 2 weeks of posts. Now, you can leave the actual ordering open (and I highly suggest you do), but there’s no rule that says you have to post for two weeks straight. A party grabs my attention for 3 days. After that, I start ignoring notifications. Also make sure that you’re reaching a couple of PAYDAYS with your party dates. People who get paid, like to celebrate and indulge. Make sure your party falls on that opportunity.3.

3. Where to Host Facebook Parties:

I LOVE hosting my parties in Facebook Groups and I’m going to show you why! I moved my parties to Groups in the beginning of the year and I have never been happier or more successful with them. In fact, I have held 21 Facebook Parties this month (May), I think I might know a thing or two about Facebook Parties, don’t you?
Holding FB Parties in Groups:

This is SO EASY to do.
It will save YOU time.
You can do so many things in Groups that do not exist in FB Events
And it will save your HOSTESS some time!
AND…it’ll get people invited to her party in a NON-spammy way!

Check out this post for TONS of great tips on partying in groups: CLICK HERE

4. Building the Foundation:

Figure out what YOU need to post into an online party, you need a FB Party outline .This is the most vital information you have to get across. So, you need to sprinkle this strategically into your outline. Think of this as building a house. THIS is the foundation of your party. We are building your script in layers. And this must be done first! Is there anything else you can think of that is necessary for your party?
1 – INTRODUCTION: Introduce yourself and your company. A picture of you and your family is best. A picture with product is great too. Tell them your occupation, where you live, and how many kids you have. Give them something to CONNECT with you about. And don’t assume people know what your company is all about. Teach them something they didn’t know.
2 – BOOKING SEED: We have to book parties. Make sure you have a plan to book some.
3 – RECRUITING SEED: We have to always be adding new people to our team. So what’s your plan?
4 – CUSTOMER GROUP: How are you going to get all these people added to your customer group? A sale is a dead end if you don’t have a follow up plan in place. Draw them into your community.
5 – CUSTOMER SPECIAL: They need to know about the deals for the month
6 – THANK YOU: This needs to be a very “well thought out” thank you. Recap with link to customer group, link to order, and date the party is closing. Click here for a FREE FB Party Outline Printable

5. You need PRE-POSTS
This is the time before the actual party script begins. When your hostess adds her guests, it’s usually a process. This doesn’t necessarily happen all at once, even though that would be great! So these posts are more for engagement, entertainment, and facts. It’s like the phone call before a date, right? Let’s get to know each other before this shin dig gets started. And here’s the “meet up” information: here’s how the party will go, date, time, all the details.
FOR EXAMPLE:
1) JUST THE FAQs: Give them everything thing they need to order form the party.
2) SHARE AN ALBUM: Create an album on your BUSINESS PAGE of a certain collection of products. You can share the LINK to that album as a post in the party. This is how I showcase our company and a sample of our products.
3) CATALOG LINKS: Give them the links to view the catalog before the party even gets started.
4) GET TO KNOW THEM: ask them a question about themselves. Where are you from? How do you know the hostess? Things like that. How long do pre-posts last? I do one day. And prep my hostess ahead of time. “They all have to get added May 30th! Party starts June 1st!”


6. It’s SHOW TIME!

It’s time to fill your script with the heart of your business. These are your “selling posts”.
Keeping with the theme of your party, you need to figure out how many posts you have to fill in your outline and WHAT posts go along with your theme. So if we’re doing a “School’s Out! Scream & Shout!” theme…bundles of products that talk about all things for the kids, for the frazzled mom, quick and yummy food & drinks! Basically, anything that can relate to your theme! My theme for this training is “Summer to Remember”, so I made something for you!

🍉 I created a Summer Bucket List that you can share with your customer group and inside your Facebook parties in June. Because remember…you should be providing VALUE to your customers lives! Your party can’t be 100% selling, booking, and recruiting. Ask yourself how you can provide something of value to them and sprinkle it in!
PRINT YOUR SUMMER BUCKET LIST HERE

🍉 Another example is recipes. You can share a few family recipes within your party script. Those are great for a School’s Out or Bridal Shower theme.

7. Post Party Posts:
So your party posts are done. I know…I know…you’re tired. That was a lot of WORK! But WAKE UP! Cause you’re not done yet! Let’s say we chose a 3 day script. Now a typical party stays open for 2 weeks. So what do you do for the rest of the time? I suggest one post a day for the remainder of the party. That way they get one “PING” on their phone from you a day. A reminder of, “hey! Don’t forget to order.”
RECAP your foundation:
🍋 BOOKING SEED: We have to book parties. Make sure you have a plan to book some.
🍋 RECRUITING SEED: We have to always be adding new people to our team. So what’s your plan?
🍋 CUSTOMER GROUP: How are you going to get all these people added to your customer group? A sale is a dead end if you don’t have a follow up plan in place. Draw them into your community.
🍋 CUSTOMER SPECIAL: They need to know about the deals for the month.

8. FREE June Facebook Party Banners:
Ready to start hosting those JUNE theme parties? Here’s ANOTHER FREEBIE for you! Each month in our Directly Social group, I create 4 Facebook party banners to use each month in your parties. These are fun ideas to build a theme party around! JOIN THE DIRECTLY SOCIAL and grab these FRESH & NEW party banners every month:
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9. FREE June Customer Group Posts:
Are you having fun yet?? Cause there’s MORE!!! Here you go! You DO have to be a member of Cinchshare in order to get these links. Don’t have CinchShare yet? You can sign up here and use the special promo code CINCHFREE to get a total of 5 weeks FREE (37days). Once you are a CinchShare user:
✅ STEP 1: Join Directly Social FREE FACEBOOK COMMUNITY
✅ STEP 2: Click on this link once your request is approved:
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✅ STEP 3: Schedule all your business engagement posts for the entire month of June in less than 5 minutes!


10. 10 Ways to ROCK Your June

Need more great ideas to ROCK YOUR JUNE? Check out last week’s blog post here!

 

Happy Planning everybody!

Melissa Fietsam @DirectlySocial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Ideas to ROCK Your June

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Hellooooooo summmer!!! I am so excited summer is finally here and I can spend some quality time with my kiddos, making memories & making messes!

We have a whole summer bucket list that I cannot wait to get started, including a Donut Trail here in Cincinnati where you visit 12 different donut shops, they stamp your passport and you get a free t-shirt at the end! We are gonna be in donut heaven! (Local friends – check it out here: https://www.gettothebc.com/donut-trail)

Who else is excited to get their summer on? Summer is an amazing season of the year, but you need to keep in mind that it is just a season, and if you don’t work it right, your business could totally wilt or die this summer if you don’t continue to water, nurture and plant new seeds. You will have no fall business if you don’t keep your summer business moving!

So here are 10 Ideas to ROCK your June:

 

#1 National Donut Day (6/1) – Idea #1

Hello?? This might just be the best day of the year, right? Be sure to be one of the first announce National Donut Day to your followers so they hear it from you first. Schedule your post using CinchShare to hit your FB business page at 6:00am, then turn around and SHARE that post from your public business page to your Customer VIP group and your personal timeline on Facebook so you will be the first in their timeline to tell them what day it is, and they will share your post with all their friends!

 

 #2 – National Donut Day (6/1) – Idea #2

You can even take it one step further and do a little research about who has free donuts on that day, I know that Krispie Kreme and Dunkin’ Donuts both do something that day! Be a resource and your followers will definitely share your posts!


#3 National Donut Day (6/1) – Idea #3 

Do a “Donut Drop” at a local business or office! This is something you will need to start working on this week. You make a post to your FB Business Page, your Customer Group and your timeline asking if anyone works in an office that would like to host a Donut Drop party with you. You will bring a dozen or so donuts, catalogs and order forms to her office and she can do a catalog party with donut bribery for her co-workers! You can do with with cookies on another day (Cookies and Catalogs), but just imagine if you lined up 2-3 Donut Drop parties on June 1st! It is a Friday (payday!) and you can close the parties a couple days later. You could have a couple thousand dollars in sales the first week of June just from the Donut Drops! Take lots of pictures and share them on social!

 

#4 National Donut Day (6/1) – Idea #4

“Do-nut” miss the opportunity to really play up this day in your social media posts. You can share products and specials that your followers “donut” want to miss out on, or “you donut know how excited I am about this new product”. Or letting them know that they are the “icing on your donut”, “I donut know what I would do without you”, “I like you a HOLE lot”, “hope your day is sprinkled with fun”. You can have so much fun with this day and your followers will have a blast because it is fun and different! Run a contest and give away a gift card for donuts!

#5 Change your FB Customer Group cover photo to something more “June” themed

This is an easy way to update your group and get a post into your group member’s news feeds. Make sure you are using that prime real estate of the cover photo space as best you can. Make sure you are not always just featuring product, be sure to include your smiling face sometimes! And use the group photo size 1920×1080 for optimal visualization of your awesome banner and details!

 

 #5 Update your Facebook Business Page cover photo to something more June-like

Make sure you are updating your Facebook Business Page with the season, you definitely don’t want a cover photo featuring Christmas items up when it is June But I cannot tell you how many times I see this on some of your business pages. Your cover photo is like your storefront window for your business, make sure it is attractive and in-tune with the season. Use a filter and add a summer frame, jazz it up!

 

 #6 Beach Bucks 

Remember Cupid Cash from February and the Bunny Bucks in April? You can totally summer-ize it up by allowing your customers to “earn” $1 in Beach Bucks for every $10 they spend with you in June. The Beach Bucks are only redeemable with you and only redeemable in the following month, in this case July. So this idea gets you sales this month and potentially next month too. If you want to move some cash and carry products, you could easily change the coupon to where they can only redeem the Beach Bucks toward something you have cash and carry and then payout the difference. For example, if they have $10 in Beach Bucks and the item is $31, they give you the $10 in Beach Bucks and pay the $21 difference. That’s a sale for June AND a sale for July!

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#7 Happy Mail – Send crazy fun goodies in the mail to upcoming Hostesses and team members

Imagine what the response will be when you a flip flop or beach ball to a Hostess in the mail (no box or envelope) letting her know she will FLIP over the Hostess special this month, or you cannot wait to have a BALL with her at her party! Walk around your local dollar store, pick things up, ask yourself “Can I mail this?” and figure out a fun pun or play or words that you can feature with your happy mail! If this mailing stuff without a box or envelope freaks you out, go and and box it up, but I will tell you it is far more fun to get sill random stuff in the mail without the envelope. They REMEMBER this and they remember you (and they talk about you and share on social media)!


#8 Share summer recipes, crafts and tips with your followers

One of the best things you can do to have your followers engage with you is to curate good seasonal content that your followers will love and share! Think all things summer and share those cute tips and ideas to get people sharing your content. Share a tip a day or at least a few a week!

#9 Create a June Ideas Pinterest Board and share it

Head over to Pinterest and create a theme board specifically for June and pin what you love for June (tips, recipes, crafts, DIY, outdoor cleaning, etc). Once you have a minimum of 10-15 pins (I am sure you will find far more that you love), share the link to your Pinterest board in your customer group, your FB business page, your personal timeline, your customer newsletter, etc. Share it everywhere! Invite them to follow you while they are over on Pinterest!

 

 #10 Summer-ize Your Vendor Booth

Summers are a great time to do vendor booths at fairs and festivals. People completely pre-judge your vendor booth in about 3 seconds. Think about ways you can completely “summer-ize” your table and display to make it attractive to those scanning the room or just passing by. Be sure to use colors that go well together, maybe just 2-3 colors. Keep things simple and clean! I have seen amazing vendor tables in the summer, using beach towels as tablecloths, pool noodles as jewelry bumps for bracelets and watches, sand buckets to hold Hostess Packets and goodies! You can really have a lot of fun and catch a lot of attention with a seasonal table.

 

What fun June ideas do you have?

Melissa Fietsam @DirectlySocial

You’re FIRED!

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Think what you want to about Donald Trump, but I will tell you, I used to LOVE his show The Apprentice and his infamous “You’re Fired!” at the end of each episode.

I loved the urgency and intensity of the show and loved to see how people perform under pressure and rise to the occasion! People can do amazing things under pressure and when they feel the urgency to get things done. For me, it gives me sheer adrenaline to work on risky projects and try things I have never done before in my business. I never want to get to a place of complacency or apathy in my business, where I just don’t care to work for it anymore…where I’m content to sit on my butt and watch the world around me. That is not me, that is not in my nature, and it shouldn’t be in yours either!

I get it, some weeks and months are harder than others and sometimes you just don’t have anymore gas in the tank. But let’s get real! Most of the time you’re honestly just being the worst boss ever in your own business! You’re not getting things done, you’re making excuses, you’re piddling around doing things that bring no real value or $$$ into your business. You’re “playing business” and not actually working a business.

Businesses MAKE money, hobbies COST money!

I am going to share with you a little tidbit that I heard many years ago in my direct sales career, so long ago that I can’t actually remember who originally said it, “You many need to fire yourself from the business. Yep, that’s what I said, sometimes you might just need to give yourself the old heave-ho!”.  Think about this scenario; if you worked at a company and you had an employee performing the way you are performing in your business right now, would you keep them on the payroll? If yes, awesome! But I would venture to guess that most of you would say NO WAY! You would fire you in a heartbeat — so do it now! Yes, I am giving you permission to completely fire yourself from your own business!

Even for me, there are some months where I just royally screw up my business. I get comfortable in my day to day, I do the mundane business tasks with no sense of urgency and basically just “exist” in the business and perform like a lifeless robot. I need fired, I deserve to be fired! So every now and then… I DO fire myself completely from the business. I fire myself on a Friday for being ineffective and not doing what I know needs to be done for my job to grow my business. Then I will spend the weekend thinking about what I know needs to be done and coming up with a plan to make that happen. Then I rehire myself on Monday morning to get things done right.

How are things going in your business? Do you need to go all “Donald Trump” on your own butt and give yourself a pink slip? If you’re not working your business with urgency & intensity, if you are not leaping out of bed each morning because you are so excited about what you are doing and who you’re helping, you should be fired!

My favorite plan of action to REBOOT:

2 days: Make a list of all the things you need to get done in the next two days. These are #1 priority. And this list needs refreshed often.

2 weeks: Make a list of all the things that need done in the next two weeks. And refresh this list every couple of weeks.

2 months: Make a list of all the things that need done in the next two months. This is where your quarterly planning comes in; upcoming holidays, incentives, sales, etc.

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Complacency & apathy will be the death of your business, do not allow it to come to that.

Deep down, regardless of what you portray to others or make yourself look like on social media, you know if you’ve been slacking in your business. If you’re doing enough to just get by and hoping the “boss” doesn’t notice…you need to get a grip! Since you’re the boss…you’re just cheating yourself and your family out of success. So take a page out of Donald Trump’s show, maybe it’s time to say “YOU’RE FIRED“! Wipe the slate clean, get your thoughts and plans together and then rehire yourself to rock your biz!

Melissa Fietsam @DirectlySocial

YouTube Training with Directly Social

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Your YouTube training is finally here!

Have you heard of that little thing called YouTube that everyone’s been chirping about? Yeah…the #2 social media platform in the world…that one!

Don’t worry, I got you! This training will teach you everything you need to know about YouTube to help you get started and EXCEL in marketing your business in a whole new way.

  • How to set up your channel
  • How to add links and channel art
  • What videos you need to make
  • How to optimize each video for search engine growth
  • What tools you can use to make better quality videos
  • Along with tons of other tips and tricks to get started or simply ROCK your YouTube channel!

You will get a 45 minute video training with step by step instructions where I walk you through screen share, so you can see every step of the way. YouTube took me to the number one spot in my company and I want to teach you how and why you need it!

STEP 1:

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NEW! Facebook Music Library for Videos

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You all know how much I love creating videos. For me, making a video is so much better than just typing out a post. You can see my face, hear my voice, see my body language, just like a real conversation.

So I just went in to edit a recent Facebook video I madeand WHAAAAAAT? There seems to be a new feature where you have an entire system of music tracks to add to your videos in Facebook AND Instagram. This new feature is called “Sound Collections”.

Once you agree to terms and policies, you’ll be added to this amazing library of music where you can filter by mood, genre, sounds, music, instrumental only…a complete library. It is INSANEly awesome!

I’m waiting for Facebook to take over video editing entirely. YouTube dropped it’s video editing and is working on rebuilding that, but this has left a HUGE area of gain for Facebook. Looks like they’re jumping right on that train!

This feature is, most likely, like every other feature where you will see it rolled out in waves. So don’t worry if you don’t see it yet…it’s COMING;)

Crazy cool! What do you think?

 

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Do You Have Business Insurance?

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So … you know how I have mentioned my business BFF, Melanie Moore, a few times here on the blog? Well, she has been after me to blog about this topic for a long time because she believes it is a resource that every direct seller needs, whether you have been in the business 10 days or 10 years. I will be honest, I kept pushing back on her about writing about this because it is totally out of my norm for this blog, it is something I am not an expert in, and truthfully it is a little depressing talking about insurance and accidents … but here comes a #truthbomb – “sometimes bad stuff happens to good people”! I want nothing more than to share an awesome resource that could help you should any of that bad stuff happen to you, something that will protect the well-being of your family & your personal family finances!

So here we are, I am going to do it!
We are going to talk about getting BUSINESS INSURANCE for your direct sales business!
YES, such a thing does exist!
YES, you can get it quickly and easily!
YES, you need it!

Why You Need Business Insurance:

Times have changed, my friends, and if you do not have insurance coverage for your business, you should! You are entering people’s private homes, what if you knock over the Hostess’s prize possession with your bag? Or you are carrying-pulling-dragging products, tables, garment racks, and shelving units into vendor events, what if you take out another vendor’s table or worse, hit a child with one of your poles as you blindly walk in carrying more than you should because you are trying to minimize your trips in and out to the car? And with the Spring vendor event season upon us, I have noticed more and more venues requiring “proof of insurance” in order to participate. Do you have proof of insurance for your business? Most home owner’s policies DO NOT cover your business.

I know, I get it, “but that would never happen to me”. But that’s just it, it DOES happen to people like us every day. You need to think proactively for your business and be prepared for the “what if”, just like you do for your home, your health and your cars. Insurance exists to cover the unknown and the accidents.

 

Getting Quotes:

I am sure you can connect with your own local insurance provider and get quotes, but I went with an insurance company that was referred to me. Just so you know, I do not get any kick backs for this, I just want to provide you with information and a valuable resource that I have found to get you & your family protected!

This insurance company specifically caters to direct sellers and understands our language, that is what I like about them. For only $75 a year, you get $2 million in general liability insurance for your business (including property and bodily injury), plus $3,000 for property coverage (including products and samples). I have looked into other options and for me, this is the best deal.

 

Printable Insurance Certificates for Events:

But here is what I love the most about this company, the printable event insurance certificates! I can download and print them myself anytime I need to provide them for an event (I just bring it with me to each event). Other companies require you to request a certificate and then you wait until they send it, some charge you extra to print a certificate, but with this company, I can just go print it on my own whenever I need it. They have been a Direct Sales Association Supplier for 27 years, which is quite impressive. And I know that they offer health insurance for Independent Contractors too, but I have not looked into that yet myself, you can check it out on their website.

When you apply for coverage from them, you will have to choose your company from the dropdown menu, they cover A LOT of companies, but not every company out there. A quote from their FAQ page says, “Because we must look at the nature of the product being sold, we must qualify all direct selling companies. When you enroll you need to select from the approved list of companies the one you represent. If your company does not show up on our list then our insurance carrier has not approved issuing a policy to cover your activities on their behalf. We cannot write policies unless your company is on the approved list of companies. Remember coverage will only be for you as a sale representative for the company you register for as an authorized representative.”

 

Do Your Own Research:

I invite you to check out getting insurance specifically for your business, the truth is …. when you are working with tons of people, taking credits cards and cash, carrying things in and out of locations … you just never know what is going to happen. I am not claiming to know everything about everything when it comes to business insurance, but I can tell you for certain that for $75 a year, it gives me enormous peace of mind that my family is protected from loss. You will need to do your own due diligence and research what is best for your family.

Here is the company we are referring to in this article: http://www.independentdirectsellers.org/

 

 

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Power Hour Business Binder for Direct Sales Consultants

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Power Hour Business binder for your direct sales business!

This binder is for ALL companies & all direct sales consultants.

Are you ready to take control of your business in 2018?

Order your business binder today and finally get a SYSTEM to work your business in 20 minutes a day:

  • Track Past Hostesses
  • Track current monthly hostesses
  • Track hostess coaching steps
  • Track new consultants who join your team
  • Track your fiscal year sales, parties, and recruits
  • 20 minutes of booking: and tons of ideas to jump start you!
  • 20 minutes of recruiting: and tons of ideas to jump start you!
  • 20 minutes of customer care: and tons of ideas to jump start you!
  • 20 minutes of hostess coaching: and tons of ideas to jump start you!
  • 20 minutes of social media: and tons of ideas to jump start you!
  • …and so much more!

Training Videos:

When you purchase these printables, you’ll be getting three training videos to teach you how to build your binder, use every sheet effectively, and ROCK YOUR BUSINESS in 2018!

STEP 1:

Order your binder by clicking the button below. For $50, you get all 15 printable PDFs and 3 training videos with tons of tricks and tips to help you rock it!

STEP 2:

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Melissa Fietsam

@DirectlySocial

Get Control of your Email!

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As we go into the New Year, one thing you should do is get control of your email.

Having an inbox full of messages, read or unread, is a time sucker. It not only wastes time, but it can also:

  1. decrease productivity
  2. cause you to miss important messages
  3. cause stress and anxiety
  4. waste time searching for important messages
  5. decrease your customer service (because you’re simply not staying on top of it)
  6. decrease bookings (oh, didn’t see that someone wanted to book a party)

…and so much more.

So what can you do about it?

  1. Set aside one hour a day until you have gone through every single message and either deleted it or put it into a folder. CLEAR YOUR INBOX.
  2. Start unsubscribing to every single email from stores, newsletters, and other unnecessary emails you get that you’ve been subscribed to all year long. Don’t just DELETE them, UNSUBSCRIBE so you stop getting an abundance of those on a daily/weekly basis.
  3. There’s also a site called Unroll Me (click here: https://unroll.me/ ). This site will link to your email and allow you to mass unsubscribe from everything you’re subscribed to.

So who’s with me?

Let’s get organized! More New Year’s tips coming your way soon!

Want more tips? Join us over on Directly Social. CLICK HERE: https://www.facebook.com/groups/directlysocial/

Melissa Fietsam @DirectlySocial