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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

Directly Social with Melissa Fietsam

#1 Direct Sales Tool for your Business

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I’ve personally sold over $10,000 in the last 2 months in my own business. And it was ALL online.

Want to know how?

I use a social media scheduling site called Cinchshare. It’s been a complete game changer in my business. So I’m going to tell you a little bit about what it IS and what it DOES.

And if you want to check it out, you can try it FREE for 37 days with this code: CINCHFREE

*and it’s only $9.99 a month after that!

That is not an affiliate code. I don’t make a penny off telling you this. I’m telling you because I want YOU to be successful too.

SIGN UP FOR CINCHSHARE: CLICK HERE

Use 30 day FREE TRIAL with code DIRECTLYSOCIAL

What is Cinchshare?

It’s a site that allows me to go in and schedule my posts to:

  1. Facebook timeline
  2. Facebook groups
  3. Facebook events
  4. Facebook business pages
  5. Schedule to Twitter
  6. And I can also to pin to Pinterest.

Why would I want to schedule my posts?

*Because I can now be out at the creek with my boys while an entire party is being posted. It’s not even an option anymore. I couldn’t run my business without Cinchshare!

*Because it helps me stay CONSISTENT. Before I was using Cinchshare, I would simply forget to post. Whether it was my Facebook Customer Group, or my parties, or my business pages…I couldn’t keep up. Now, I go in once a month and schedule for the ENTIRE month. On MY time.

*I was always STRESSING out. I knew I was forgetting things. I knew I was missing the mark and falling behind. And it was a huge source of stress in my personal life. As well as a stressor on my business and my attitude.

*By scheduling my posts, I’m PLANNING my business. I actually sit down and have a script for parties, a schedule for theme days in my customer group, I WORK my business like a boss. Because I can do it when I have time.

*I was always attached to my phone. I knew I wasn’t doing my job, so I tried to make it up by sporadically checking in all the time. I would post things with no focus, no intent, and really no purpose at all. Now I’m able to have laser focus with each post and schedule them to go out consistently.

So how does it work?

Here’s a quick video to show you exactly how to schedule your first party in Cinchshare:

Some other ways I use Cinchshare:

Batch Posting: I can take a party I already scheduled and batch post the entire script in seconds! And start another FB party. It’s a total game changer when you have multiple parties going on throughout the month.

Here I’ve selected all the posts from one particular party so I can “select all” and then reschedule those out in seconds! Even posting the same time intervals and everything!

Text Clips: I use text clips to add a phrase, website, or hashtags to any post I’m creating to schedule. So I can create these text clips in Cinchshare and then add it to the bottom of a post. This is very helpful when adding your links to your social media sites for people to follow you! Here’s some of my personal text clips:

 

Schedule to Twitter: I don’t use Twitter a lot, but I do schedule some posts to stay consistent. If someone asks if I am on Twitter, I can say YES! And I can also go to my history in Cinchshare, and literally re-tweet the same posts over and over again! So easy!

Graphic Design: Cinchshare is also integrated with Canva. Canva is a graphic design website. So you can be in your Cinchshare account and create a Canva graphic to share on your social media pages. SO EASY!

There’s so much more I could tell you about. But you really just need to check it out yourself! And you have nothing to lose because it’s FREE for 37 days when you use the code CINCHFREE! So go check it out today!

Melissa Fietsam

3 Mistakes You Should Never Make on Social Media

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Sharing responsibly on social media is not an option, it’s a MUST. And unless you want someone to eventually take legal action against you, you better know the rules!

You are setting an example for your team, your friends, and everyone around you.

So what are the 3 biggest mistakes people are making on Social Media?

Pinterest:

You cannot take someone else’s graphic and change the link to direct people to YOUR website instead of THEIRS. If someone took the time out of their day (and the money out of their pocket) to create a graphic of their product, YOU have no right to that picture.

Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES are you allowed to take that really awesome graphic and change the link. Let me repeat that…YOU CANNOT CHANGE THE LINK on someone else’s graphic!

Pinterest is a place for ORIGINAL content. Not a place to claim someone else’s original content for your own. Did you know it’s actually illegal?! If I post a picture of my product on Pinterest, it is legally my “intellectual property”. And you are bound by Pinterest to adhere to that rule.

Now, I will say, if you are a direct sales consultant, many companies allow you to take HOME OFFICE graphics and change the links to yours. But this does NOT apply to other people’s graphics you happen to like.

You have 2 options:

OPTION#1:

REPIN IT: Sure, you can repin it. But why would you want to? Why would you want to have a really cool graphic that leads your customers to someone else’s site? My opinion…don’t do it.

OPTION#2:

Create your own: Save the graphic to a secret board and then recreate the same idea with your own product. And BAM! Now YOU have a great graphic to share on Pinterest!

SIDE BAR:

We all have product in our closet. Take that product out once a week and work on one room in your house, or one “theme”. 20 minutes is all it takes to stage some product and take some pictures with your phone. It’s really that easy. And then make sure you watermark so no one WANTS to take your picture to begin with! A watermark is as simple as putting your name and business information as “text” onto the graphic. This can easily be done on Canva or even apps on your phone like Word Swag.

Are you THAT girl?

The one that has a million posts from other people and maybe even changed their links?

Want to know where to start?

Honestly, you need to go delete those boards if you have no original posts in there. Just START OVER!

If you have a bunch of pins from other people and didn’t change the link: you’re leading your customers to other people’s pages and that is NOT what you want to do. You don’t want to lead people away from your website to someone else’s website to order.

If you have a bunch of pins and illegally changed the link to direct them to your site: delete every single one of them. And then recreate your own. And brand your images before you upload them.


Instagram:

Now let’s talk about Instagram. You are not permitted to take someone else’s graphic and: take a snapshot, crop it, and share it. UNLESS you tag them and give them credit for the photo.

You actually have to tag their Instagram account so people are linked back to the original creator of the photo.

People take time on their social media posts. It is NOT okay to take their post and claim it as your own.

You have 2 options:

OPTION #1:

Crop and tag: Snap a picture of the post, crop it, repost, and add “Photo Credit @TheirNameGoesHere”.

You actually have to tag their Instagram account so people are linked back to the original creator of the photo.

OPTION#2:

Use a reposting app: Use an app like “Repost” where you copy the link to their post, paste it into the app, and then it tags them in the photo for you.


Twitter:

And last but not least, let’s talk Twitter. Again, you cannot take someone’s post and make it your own. Twitter makes it very easy to share someone else’s content. And it’s actually a “high five” and pat on the back when you do.

You have 3 options:

OPTION #1:

Retweet: You can retweet their original post and it will show up on your timeline, giving credit to the original author or creator.

OPTION#2:

You can share something and TAG that person’s Twitter handle (@theirtwitteraccount)

OPTION#3:

You can copy a URL directly from the post you want to share and link them back to the original creator’s content. This is mostly for websites and blogs, things of that nature.


Really, the moral of the story is to create your own content. Taking someone else’s content does nothing for your business in the long run. You have to learn how to be creative and get your own posts out there!

UPDATE TO A QUESTION: If the original creator of the photo gives you PERMISSION to share that photo, then yes, you can share it. But you also need to make sure THEY are the original creator of that photo-and not just sharing it from someone else in the first place!

You have to research.

Find someone who inspires you and learn how to do it yourself!

Happy Sharing,

Melissa Fietsam

3 Ways to Promote Your Business on Pinterest

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Pinterest has over 150 million active monthly users.

And 87% of those pinners have purchased a product because of Pinterest.

Those stats alone, are enough evidence that your business should be on Pinterest.

Here are 3 quick and easy ways to increase your business presence on Pinterest.

1. Group Boards:

Group boards on Pinterest allow you to network with other consultants. So let’s say you have a friend who sells Pampered Chef. And YOU sell Thirty-One Gifts. Create a board for “Organizing your kitchen” and both of you add pins related to that board. Now all of HER customers see your pins, and all of YOUR customers see her pins.

You can do this with EVERY company out there:

~Scentsy and Thirty-One bathroom makeover

~Mary Kay and Thirty-One makeup ideas

~Clever container and Thirty-One closet organization

~Posh and Thirty-One travel must haves

The list of possibilities is truly endless

Here’s how to do that:

 

2. Link to other Social Media Sites:

You can use Pinterest to increase traffic to your other social media sites.

Post something on your business page and link people to your Facebook Business Page.

Post something on Instagram and link them to your Instagram profile.

Post something on Twitter and link them to your Twitter profile.

By doing this, you’re utilizing the traffic on Pinterest to increase your social presence on EVERY social media site!

Here’s an example:

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3. Link your YouTube Videos:

If you are making videos on YouTube, you better be sharing those on Pinterest! Pinterest rates videos as “rich pins” which means they rank higher in search options. So if you’re making product videos or business idea demos, those need to go on Pinterest! Graphics are great, but guess what? Videos are BETTER!

Check out this example:

Happy Pinning!!

Melissa Fietsam

How to Design a Graphic with Canva

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Creating your own content for your business is crucial and Canva can help you do that!

Learn where to find FREE graphics to use AND create some amazing designs in Canva!

You have to be different:

If you’re posting the same graphics as 10,000 other consultants, there’s not much that stands out in your business. When you create your own graphics, you show your customers you are invested in your business. It shows you care about your business. Seth Godin said it best (in a book titled The Purple Cow) when talking about marketing. All cows look the same…but a PURPLE COW…now that would be cool! That’s what marketing is all about, STANDING OUT!

It takes time:

Just like everything worth doing, it takes time to learn. But if you simply work 20 minutes a day on graphics when you’re starting out, you will be SO PROUD of what you can learn and accomplish in Canva. I know because I did it! And I had NO CLUE what I was doing in Canva when I first started. I actually learned by watching a set of tutorial videos on Cinchshare’s YouTube channel. Heili breaks the basics of Canva down for you here in a series of short videos: Cinchshare Canva Tutorials

We did a ZOOM webinar training on how I walked through and created some engagement posts for our Facebook Group: Directly Social

Check out this video tutorial on Canva:

Find free graphics to use:

Everybody always asks where I find my free graphics to use. Pixabay is a site where you can find tons of free graphics to start creating your own. You can search any topic, color, or emotion you want, and then add your own personal touches in Canva!

And don’t forget to join our Facebook group so you can get daily social media tips and tricks: Directly Social

Now go forth and be Social Jedi’s,

Melissa Fietsam

#1 Tool For Direct Sales Consultants

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You HAVE to use a social media scheduling site if you’re running more than one or two shows a month on Facebook.

Okay, you don’t HAVE to do anything…but if you want to live your life the way it was intended…watch this video!

I can be out playing with my kids, not worrying about a single thing, while Cinchshare is posting into my party events for me:

Being able to schedule posts to your social media sites is INVALUABLE. And to have a reliable source like Cinshare.com to help you…that’s priceless. And just so you know, I get NO royalties or kick backs from CinchShare. Or anyone for that matter.

I will never promote something I do not believe in wholeheartedly. They are good people with a great mission who actually care. And for that reason alone…I LOVE THEM!
If you’d like to check them out, head to www.cinchshare.com and see what they can do for YOU! If you think this is cool, you should see how easily I schedule ALL of my hostesses Facebook parties on MY TIME!

Anyone who owns a business knows that social media is playing a HUGE role in our business these days. Whether you’re marketing, sharing invitations, communicating with customers, rolling out Facebook events, or running contests…if you’re not using social media, you’re missing some customers!

I am just going to walk through Facebook events at the moment. Working in Direct Sales, I host at least 7-10 Facebook events a month for my hostesses. Those FB events last 15 days, and I post 6 times a day for 5 of those days. Can you imagine how crazy I would be trying to remember all those posts? Maybe that’s YOU right now?

Cinchshare has made my life SO much easier. If you have never heard of it, let me give you the low down:

This is a #SocialMedia scheduling site that allows you to schedule posts for Facebook, IN ADVANCE (they also do a lot of other things that I have not explored yet). So you can schedule a week’s worth of posts on YOUR time. Sounds pretty amazing, right? IT IS!

I use Cinchshare to:

~post monthly reminders to my team

~when I’m up working late, I can post things for my closed customer page, and schedule them to post in the morning-when normal people are up😉

~I can schedule ALL posts to any events I have going on. So #1-I don’t forget to post them. #2-I’m never in a hurry. I can take my time and do it RIGHT. Consistency is the name of the social media game.

~I can post things to go on my main FB timeline. Maybe I have an hour to sit down and post a bunch of great quotes I found. But I don’t want to post twenty at one time. So I can schedule those to go out daily with Cinchshare.

It’s really a no brainer for anyone who needs to organize their time and their business. I’m a busy mom of five. I HAVE to do things on my time (if my kids let me.lol).

I highly encourage you to check it out. And with a one month free trial they’re offering right now, you really don’t have an excuse to NOT try it!

Here’s another way you can use Cinchshare:

I want to send a reminder on the last day of each month to our team.

It’s important for NEW consultants to see this every month. And it’s important to remind our seasoned consultants.

So instead of posting today and forgetting next month…I’ve already scheduled this exact post to go out on the last day of the month for the next YEAR. BOOM.

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LAST DAY OF THE MONTH!
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Alright…who are the late birds entering orders today?!
For those of you who have been around the block, you KNOW you don’t want to wait until the last minute to enter your orders.
1. All orders with the March customer specials MUST be entered by tonight or they will fall off their order. So if you have orders entered for next month already, make sure no one has this month’s special.
2. If you go to enter your orders at 11pm. And someone’s credit card gets declined, you’re…well…kind of screwed! Because it’s going to be awfully hard to get a new credit card from someone at 11pm. So get those orders in EARLY!
3. I make all hostesses aware that I refuse to enter orders on the last day of the month. So all orders have to be in the day BEFORE. That way I never have to deal with this!
Congratulations on a great month and I cannot wait to celebrate all of you for your accomplishments next month!! Now let’s get ready to ROCK next month!! WOOT WOOT!
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Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts
#31 #31bag #31bags #thirtyone #thirtyonegifts #socialmedia #socialmediaschedulingsite #scheduleposts #directsales

One Week of Simplifying Your Thirty-One Business-Part 5

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This week we’ve been talking about simplifying your Thirty-One business for the new fiscal year!

Today…we’re going to talk about something that will save you so much TIME! And time…equals MONEY.

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One of the BEST things I ever did for my business was discover cinchshare.com. Actually, a friend shared it with me.

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Cinchshare is a social media scheduling site.

I hold at least 8-10 Thirty-One parties a month. And 90% of them run at the SAME TIME.

There is no possible way I could keep up with posting in every single event. NO WAY.

Before Cinchshare:

  1. I was a hot mess
  2. I was missing posts in parties
  3. i was worrying all the time about missing something because i was so scattered brained
  4. i was stressed out to the MAX, to the point where I HATED doing Facebook parties

After Cinchshare:

  1. I schedule every single Facebook party post in MY time. When the boys are napping. Or I have 20 minutes of peace and quiet. I can schedule an entire month’s worth of parties in 20 minutes.
  2. I can pin my Facebook posts to Pinterest
  3. I can schedule monthly posts and trainings to our Thirty-One team
  4. I am SO much happier knowing I have complete control over what’s going on in my business
  5. i’m never stressed out about doing Facebook parties and I’ve been doing more than EVER because you know what?! I have the TIME to develop new ideas for them and have FUN with them!
  6. also, because I’m scheduling trainings and party posts…I’m actually more INVOLVED with comments and posting!!

I highly encourage you to TRY Cinchshare. It is hands down one of the best business tools I have ever used. I have NEVER had a problem. Not ONE. And any time I have a question, I message the HELP button on the site and guess what?! A real LIVE person answers you!! Their customer service is TOP NOTCH!

Cinchshare will cost you $10 a month. The BEST $10 you ever spent. The cost of a couple cups of coffee a month. For peace of mind. You don’t see me promote a lot of things or people on this page because I have to 100%, wholeheartedly believe, without a doubt…that they deliver 100% customer service and that they will take care of who I refer them to. I take pride in my advice to you. And this…will change your business! Well worth it!

If you’d like to check them out…here’s a link to get started!! You won’t regret it! I can promise you that!!

https://www.cinchshare.com

Here’s a video that will show you some things you can do also!

Melisas Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts

www.buymybags.com

#cinchshare #socialmediascheduling #socialmedia #31 #31bag #31bags #thirtyone #thirtyonegifts #directsales #marykay #jamberry #scentsy #pamperedchef #tastefullysimple #itworks #norwex #avon #posh #organize

What Happened to Instagram?

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Did you see the updates to your Instagram account?!

Check out their blog post to see what happened. It’s psychedelic now. LOL!

http://blog.instagram.com/post/144198429587/160511-a-new-look

Melissa fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts

www.buymybags.com

#31 #31bag #31bags #thirtyone #thirtyonegifts #socialmedia #Instagram #whathappenedtoinstagram #updates

Social Media Tip for Your Direct Sales Business

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Here’s a Friday tip on social media with your direct sales business!

Whenever I have someone new who is interested in more information on the business, booking, or anything…I send them a TEXT first.

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I made this picture at www.picmonkey.com. If you’re not using picmonkey, or something comparable, you should be! Visual content is the way of the future. And if you’re not on that social media train, you’re going to get left in the dust! Social media is what connects the dots with my home parties and hostesses in general. It’s more personal when someone I don’t know, gets a picture or a video of me. It’s truly transformed my business!

So the LINK I’m referring to in the picture is from www.issuu.com. Again, if you’re not using this, you’re not doing yourself, your customers, or your hostesses any favors. This site allows you to upload an entire PDF to their site. They take that PDF and make it a digital catalog. So my customers can click on a link that issuu gives me and view the entire catalog right from their phone. See for yourself! Here is my link to the Thirty-One Fall Catalog for my customers: http://issuu.com/buymybags/docs/fall_catalog/1

Issuu is also great for the opportunity brochure, monthly specials fliers, new consultant welcome packets, literally ANYTHING. You can have all these at your fingertips.

So I hope that helps! And if you don’t know how to use those sites, that’s an EXCUSE. Because I didn’t know how to use them when I first found them either. You know what I did? I researched “how to” videos on Youtube. You can have EXCUSES or RESULTS…but you can’t have BOTH 😉

Happy Friday ladies!! Do something great today!

Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts

www.buymybags.com

#issuu #socialmedia #homeofficeleads #leads #directsales #31 #31bag #31bags #thirtyone #thirtyonegifts

Instagram. My New Happy Place

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I have been on Instagram for a couple years. However, I haven’t USED it in a couple years either. I posted like once every 4 months.  So join me on my new adventure over on Instagram and watch this newbie navigate her way! Link is below…grab the popcorn and Goobers!

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My friend Melanie Moore kept barking at me about Instagram. Melanie says, “You’ve gotta get on there”. Then my friend Linda Lollo just kept raving about it. So, I caved. I caved to peer pressure. And now, thank you very much to both of you, I am officially obsessed…like I REALLY needed something new to be obsessed about!! 😉

See, whenever I find something new, I have to research it. I have to KNOW what I’m doing. I have to watch videos, google studies, find all the ins and outs.  But the good thing about that, is I jump FIRST, then figure out a way to land. And it serves me well.

So… #Instagram is my new happy place! Oh my goodness, so many cool things to do on there. FUN!

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So, you’ll be hearing a lot more from me. I have also fallen in love with the app FLIPAGRAM.

O.M.G.>>>the places you can go!

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So find me on Instagram, and if you have some tips for me, send them my way!

https://instagram.com/melissafietsam/

 

Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts

#instagram #directsales #31 #31bag #31bags #thirtyone #socialmedia