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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

Directly Social with Melissa Fietsam

Smart Marketing for your Direct Sales Business

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Do you do giveaways in your direct sales business? Did you know there’s a right way and a WRONG WAY to do them? Make sure you’re doing it right!

What is your desired outcome?

First of all, never do a giveaway without a goal behind it. Unless you just like to throw money out the window. In that instance, carry on!

You HAVE to have a goal: booking a party, recruiting, getting someone added to an opportunity event, getting people added to your customer group, getting orders…WHAT IS YOUR GOAL?

Your giveaway should have a clear outcome that you desire. Every single thing I do in my business has an intention behind it. And it must be an income producing activity. Before you post ANYTHING…think, “How is this going to benefit me?”.

Now I’m not saying you shouldn’t post helpful things for your customers with no intent to sell, quite the contrary. But if you’re giving away something for FREE, you better make sure you’re getting something in return! Or you’re wasting your money.

Do you have a plan?

Once you decide, okay..I want some bookings. Create a 5 step plan.

  1. I’m going to post a picture of these bags with numbers on them
  2. Tell everyone they have 24 hours to book  party, pick a bag, and win a prize
  3. Have 2 supporting posts to give REMINDER POSTS about it
  4. Hand out/mail goodies
  5. Follow up post

**Figure out what you’re going to.

**Give it a time limit. This is very important to create the urgency around the giveaway…ACT NOW

**You can’t just post something and expect everyone to see it. You have to have supporting posts. For example: After the original post, follow up with a graphic showing the hostess packets all ready to go out the door, “Look what I have ready to roll out the door. Grab yours now, ends at noon tomorrow!”. Another post could be all the prizes in the bags. And each time someone grabs a prize, post and tag them in your closed group. Give everyone the feeling of, “awe…I want one too”.

**Make sure your stuff is ready to roll out the door. Don’t make people wait.

**Make sure you have a follow up post to show all you gave away. So next time, they’ll jump when they see you post something. FOMO (fear of missing out)…it’s real folks. LOL!

What is your budget?

Make sure you know what it’s going to cost you. Know what you can afford and don’t go over.

  • Supplies
  • Shipping cost
  • Shipping supplies
  • Giveaways

How often do you do giveaways?

I like to do a giveaway every Friday in my customer group. Why? Because it creates engagement. Because it’s a tool for me to use in GETTING people to join my customer group (“join my group for weekly giveaways!”). And I can create the giveaway around whatever I’m trying to accomplish that week.

In my Facebook parties, I don’t like keeping track of 10 different parties and giveaways. You can tell them you’re doing a giveaway, they earn tickets, BUT…they actually have to join your customer group to GET the giveaways. I hold all giveaways IN my customer group. Again, income producing activities. Get them added to your GROUP for long term engagement. Otherwise, you’re giving away prizes to people who may never order or book in parties. Not smart marketing.

Follow up!

NEVER do a giveaway without follow up. How do you follow up? Ask them to TAG you on social media. When you mail something awesome to someone, add this card to it. Or a note asking them to tag you. I decided to create these postcards to put into all my mailings and hostess packets from now on. Because that’s SMART MARKETING. I got some help from Kim at Night Owl Custom Design. I can simply add their name and it asks them to tag me on social media…and…get a hashtag going for my group.

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And you can check out all her awesome designs on there. I love making my own graphics. But I also know when to ask for help. And Kim is who I trust for that!

So there you go, some smart marketing tips for you!

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Melissa Fietsam

MLM Nation with Simon Chan and Melissa Fietsam

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MLM Nation interview with Simon Chan!

This is why networking is so important for your business. I recently had the chance to attend a conference called Ambitious Women. Simon Chan is the CEO of MLM Nation, a podcast dedicated to interviewing leaders in our industry.

My friend Melanie Moore has been listening to this podcast forever, and recently made me dive into it a little more. Just so happens, Simon Chan was at the conference we attended. We were attending a V.I.P. after party and I asked Simon to sit down and chat with us for a second. What a nice guy! When he asked me to be a guest on the show, you know me, I JUMPED! But I was scared to death! What an incredible experience it was. Check that off my bucket list!

He got started in the MLM Industry and became extremely successful in his own business. But he wanted to do MORE. He wanted to make sure everyone had access to the success secrets of top leaders, so he create the MLM Nation.

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of being a guest on his podcast and you can view that below.

Check out the podcast with ME and Simon Chan below or CLICK HERE

Want to learn more about MLM Nation?

Head over to MLM Nation on Facebook and like his page: MLM NATION FACEBOOK-CLICK HERE

He has tons of interviews you can scroll through and listen while you’re on a road trip, on your way to work, or just working on your leadership skills. It’s so important to set aside time in your day to listen to new ideas and people who have excelled in this business. Simon always says, “You’re the sum of the 5 people you spend the most time with”. He created this podcast so YOU can spend time with some great people!

Check him out on iTunes: Go to Podcasts on your phone apps and search for MLM Nation.

Make sure you subscribe to his channel so you never miss them! CLICK HERE

And you can join ME at NO BS NO HYPE USA 2017 by CLICKING HERE!

Melissa Fietsam

June 2017 Facebook Script

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Do you need some fresh ideas for your Facebook party script?

June Facebook Script

The Directly Social Elite group just got their copy last night!

Being a part of the Directly Social Elite Group has some pretty crazy cool perks.

Monthly Facebook Party Script:

They received their copy last night. Are you tired of stressing over coming up with a new script every month? I get it. It takes me 4 straight days to complete a script each month. That’s why I decided to make that a perk for them!

No matter what company you’re with, you can take this script and use the simple concept for each post and make it your own.

Monthly Training Webinar:

They’re also getting access to 2 trainings per month. Our first training is on Maximizing Pinterest for your business. It starts June 15th! You can purchase those webinar trainings separately for $40, or join the Elite Club for $10 per month and get them FREE!

Level Up:

If you’re serious about taking your business to the next level this year, this is the group you need to be in! Free up all that worry and stress over Facebook party scripts and invest that time and energy into learning new techniques to move your business forward with our webinars!

For more information or to join today for just $10 a month, click below!

Join Directly Social Elites Today!

Melissa Fietsam

Directly Social with Melissa Fietsam

How to Add Clickable Links to Your Facebook Profile

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Did you know you can add clickable links to all your social media channels, right onto your Facebook profile?

This isn’t a new feature, but fairly recent. I just forgot to tell everyone!

So you can go to your profile on Facebook and your:

  • Youtube
  • Pinterest
  • Instagram
  • Twitter

And much more!

They will show up as clickable links where people can instantly be connected with your other social media channels. This is the view from a mobile device. You can see the 4 social buttons at the bottom:

So how do you link your social media platforms to your Facebook profile?

Watch this 2 minute video:

Again, as far as I know, this only shows up on the mobile viewing. But it’s pretty darn cool since 80% of us check our social media from our mobile devices anyway! Right?

Happy Saturday everyone! Enjoy your weekend!

Melissa Fietsam

 

 

New Team Booking Blitz

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So I had this theory I wanted to debunk.

Booking blitz

In Direct Sales, we usually don’t give out customer specials ahead of time. We’re afraid that people:

  1. Won’t book a party for the current month
  2. Will cancel their party because they like the next customer special better

Well, we have 2 great customer specials in June and July. The hardest months of the year to book. So I wanted to try doing a TEAM event on Facebook and book the fire out of BOTH months. And guess what? IT WORKED!

In a Nutshell:

  • We pretty much posted every day for a week leading up to the event, to push people INTO the event.
  • We offered $200 in Giveaways for the event and called it a SUMMER REVEAL. (Another director, Dee Hathaway pitched in half the prizes)
  • It was a 10 minute event. Just 4 posts.
  • And then I went LIVE at the end to let them know who won.

What made it successful?

  • We went LIVE in our groups 30 minutes before the event and pushed them all into the event (our #’s went up tremendously when we all did this at the same time).
  • We gave the prizes after the event…a 30 minute timeframe to come back and do. Why? Because we went to our customer groups AGAIN and said you still have 30 minutes to be entered. Go check it out, here’s the link!
  • We pushed daily for this event before it started.

So how did I do it?

PRE-POST:

This was the only post in the event for a week

Alright ladies! Welcome to our SUMMER REVEAL!!

We’re giving away TWO HUNDRED dollars in prizes and guess what? All you have to do is answer the questions in each of the posts! For every comment, you’ll be entered in to win one of the prizes! The more you engage, the more FUN we have and the more TICKETS you get!

We are going to have a 10-minute event, meet us back here on Thursday. We’re going to show you the customer and hostess specials for JUNE and JULY! And you might even get to see a new product and some new patterns out of this sweet deal!

So for your first ticket…

  1. TAG your consultant
  2. And tell us where you’re from

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POST 1:

JUNE SNEAK PEEK! HOSTESS BONUS at $400 LEVEL!!

HOSTESS SPECIAL: When you host a $400 Party, get the Summer Getaway Bundle for $35!

**Summer Getaway Bundle: Getaway Tote, All About the Benjamins, and Cool Cinch Thermal**

CUSTOMER SPECIAL: Spend $35 and get one of these 50% off!

$7.50: Cool Clip Thermal Pouch

$9: Go-To Thermal

$12.50: Going Places Thermal

$15 Around the Clock Thermal

$9: Thermal Tote

$12.50: Lunch Break Thermal

$24: Tote-Ally Thermal

$30: Perfect Party Set

$17.50: Picnic Thermal Tote

$25: Fresh Market Thermal

$14: Cool Cinch Thermal

Also, we are offering a June Special Exclusive! The Tote-Ally Thermal in Starfish Splash and the Picnic Thermal in Fun Flops!

What is YOUR favorite out of the June specials?!

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POST 2:

JULY ONLY! NEW PRODUCTS AND PATTERNS!

Sweet Sprinkles, and the Get the Scoop Bowl Set.

**Sweet Sprinkles is available in the Large Utility Tote, Double Duty Caddy and Oh Snap Bin**

Customer Special: Spend $35, and choose up to TWO of the following items (YES!! TWO!!!):

  1. Mini Zipper Pouch $5
  2. Oh Snap Bin $5
  3. Double Duty Caddy $10
  4. Swap It Pocket $10
  5. Get the Scoop Bowl Set $15

Hostess Special: $35, PLUS a FREE Style Setter**

What are YOU most excited about on the July specials?!

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POST 3:

If you would like to book your OWN June or July Facebook party, click on the graphic for the month you want and TAG YOUR CONSULTANT! She will get you set up with a hostess packet ASAP and guess what…we have TWO chances to earn prizes tonight! You ready to see?!

BOOK YOUR june  Copy of BOOK YOUR july

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We’re not done with PRIZES! If you booked your own Facebook or catalog show…we have set prizes in these bags…
If you booked for June or July…you get to PICK A BAG! Tag your consultant with the bag you choose and she will let you know what you won!
I’ll be back in 10 minutes to announce the winners of tonight’s drawing!!
Did you have FUN TONIGHT?!
We can’t wait to party with you soon!!

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I truly hope our team can help some other teams fill their calendars and make some new connections!!

Happy FRIDAY ladies!

Melissa Fietsam

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Use Woobox to Link Your Facebook Business Page Tabs

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Ever wonder how people set those tabs up on their Facebook Business Page?

Check out this video to see how.

And then you will want to scroll below and see what kind of tabs to use for your business:

How much does it cost?

Woobox is FREE! Holy batman! Right? No kidding, it’s free. Now you can work your business like a boss.

What kind of tabs should you have?

Think about frequently asked questions you are constantly answering in your business:

  • Customer special
  • Information on joining your team
  • Link to your customer group
  • Information on fundraisers
  • Information on hosting
  • Information on joining Hostess of the Month Club
  • Link to your Pinterest
  • Link to your Instagram
  • Link to your Twitter
  • Link to your YouTube channel

There’s SO MUCH you can do with this.

JOIN MY FACEBOOK GROUP FOR MORE TIPS AND TRICKS:

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

And don’t forget you can write NOTES on your Facebook business page and link your tabs to THOSE! You’re going to look like a professional in no time. This will save you TIME, ENERGY, and most of all…your sanity. Everyone always asks me how I do it all…I simply work smarter. I choose to take the time to set up my business in a way that is easy to share. And now you can too!

Tell me what you think! And…GET TO WORK;)

Melissa Fietsam

 

You Are NOT Your Company!

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Is your Facebook timeline actually leading people AWAY from your business?

Everyone repeat after me...

I need everyone to repeat after me…you are NOT your company!

A huge mistake I see from so many fellow direct sellers is that they have their timeline profile linked as “I work at this company” and they link the company they sell for. Let me tell you how this is leading people away from you and how to FIX IT!

Facebook has over 1.91 billion people on it. Make sure you’re leading them to the right place!

Learning how to set up your Facebook Business page and your personal timeline will serve you well in the long run!

You have to be willing to learn new things and work smarter, not harder!

Don’t’ forget to SHARE this with your teams so they can do it too!

And follow me here so you don’t miss a beat!

Join me on Facebook

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Join me on Instagram

Join me on Pinterest

Join me on Twitter

Join me on YouTube

Melissa Fietsam