Lead Boxes! Do you have one for your Direct Sales Business?

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I am truly impressed with the Lead Boxes I ordered from Box Full of Leads. Not only was it easy to put together, easy to pass out, and affordable…but they have outstanding customer service! 

I actually started working with one of their lead guys to come up with something that suited our company much better. In other words….they didn’t have anything PINK. LOL! And that’s a crime in my book! So, Eric (at Box Full of Leads) had some new things designed JUST for Thirty-One! How fun is that??!! And they even made the product codes 31…now that’s customer service!

So check out the cool new labels!

31 Gifts Blank Box proof (2) lead box label

AND…they are going to have the one label to the right that is able to be personalized! Or you can buy the blank one and attach a label.

If that wasn’t enough customer service, I let them know the drawing slips they had, really just didn’t fit out “personality”. So we came up with something that would work MUCH better for Thirty-One and direct sales in general!!

I am SO excited about these new drawing slips that fit onto the lead boxes. Perfect for our Thirty-One business. Eric and I worked on these together!:


And here is the kit you can order:


You should go visit their FB page and like’m!


And who doesn’t love a discount? Visit and like their FB page and then type in Facebook Discount at checkout for 10% off your entire order!


If you would like to view the original post where I talked about what I’m doing with these lead boxes, you can view that here:


Hope you all have a fantastic day!! I have some brand new FUN stickers coming very soon! I’ve gone sticker crazy! I’ve seen a huge increase in my home party invitations from these stickers. And actually asked my last home party what they thought of the invitations. So I’m all about the stickers now!


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









Mailing Invitations to Your Hostess-It’s Not a Thing of the Past

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So I want to tell you about my party last night. There is a National Direct Sales Trainer that is telling people paper invitations are a thing of the past. She is literally telling them NOT to mail invitations. To use Twitter, Instagram, FB, and text instead. Well….I beg to differ! In a HUGE way! So let me tell you why you SHOULD mail invitations.

My party last night:

12 guests who varied from late 20’s to age 70.

In my hostess packet, my hostess gets a sheet of address labels. She also gets a self stamped and addressed envelope to easily mail them back to me.  I have always told them they get $5 off their order if they mail them back to me.

Now…just lately, I started really working on getting my guest attendance AND sales up. And this is what I came up with:

Stickers! Lots of them!

numbered invites

So I mail a mini catalog. On the front, there is a circle sticker that explains they will get a gift if they help their hostess and collect $50 in outside orders (from their friends and family) and bring them to the party.

The small rectangle sticker, says…bring this invitation to the party. If your number is called, you win a free gift!

And then the big label is of course the hostesses information about the party.

So #1: every single guest brought their invitation to the party. And they were immediately asking when the invitation drawing was going to be announced. So….these people carried my invitations around for a MONTH. I’d say that is a success.

#2: One person brought TWO guests to the party. Nothing on my invitation stated anything about guests. But they accounted for $100 in extra orders. So you better believe I’ll be making a sticker and incentive for THAT from now on.

#3: TWO people brought outside orders from their friends and were ready for their free gift. Both found me as soon as they walked in. “here’s my outside order, do i still get a gift for that?” That resulted in $110 in outside orders for my hostess.  I also put this flier on the inside of the mini catalog to reiterate “collect outside orders to help your hostess”. here’s the picture of that flier below:

collect orders insert

And here’s a close up of the circle sticker on the front

collect orders

I make all these labels from home. Circle stickers are 2 inch. Big label is 2×4. And I don’t know what the mini one is, but there are 60 to a sheet. So that should help:)

So long story short…mailing invitations is NOT a thing of the past. I had $200 EXTRA in orders because of my invitations that I mailed.  And I have at least five hostesses a month who send me back those address labels. It’s all in your approach. It’s the FIRST thing I point out to my hostess.  “this will help you increase your free product. It’s very important that you get these back to me 2 weeks before your party. AND…if you don’t know someone’s address, it’s a great way to call them and personally invite them when you get their address. A personal invite will go a long way to making someone feel like you really want them there.” That is what I tell my hostesses! And it WORKS!

I challenge you to try mailing invitations for your hostess!

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









Hostess Coaching-BRILLIANT IDEA!

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I have a BRILLIANT new idea for hostess coaching!! I was talking with a couple friends, Mallory Sackett and Missy Nelson, and heard a new idea. I of course took the idea, adapted to my own needs, and came up with something super easy and duplicatable for our team!

Watch this 5 minute video for the best idea EVER!

So you have 4 sealed envelopes you give your hostess. These 4 envelopes have things that you need your hostess to do for you. Here are the labels I made for the envelopes below, but read on for the BRILLIANT way to present this!:

hostess gift-1 hostess gift-2 hostess gift-3 hostess gift-guest labels


So you explain to your hostess she cannot open the envelopes until the night of her party with YOU there.

You are going to have her open the envelopes in front of her guests!! And make sure you explain that to her in your hostess coaching! Inside each envelope is an index card with a gift on it. And she opens the envelope and gets the gift in front of everyone! What a GREAT booking seed for everyone to see all the gifts she is showered with!

Now, you want to make these gifts SUPER afforable and duplicatable for YOU and your TEAM!

I have a prize bag, so one will be a “pick a prize” out of that prize bag.

Another will probably be a key fob from Thirty-One

Another will probably be our Thirty-One koozies, found on business supplies in a pack of 3

~and I’m going to be thinking on the 4th one!

But the idea is to make these gifts super FUN! Present them in gift boxes from the Dollar Tree or pretty little gift bags. This is something that should be SO EASY and SO FUN for everyone!

Hope you love the idea as much as I do!

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

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Party Game for Direct Sales Consultants

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As a Direct Sales party girl, it’s always important to have an arsenal of games in your party tote! As you begin to book at each party, you may end up with repeat guests and groups. And you always want to keep it fresh, FUN, and keep them on their toes at your party! My goal is to have them thinking…”What is this crazy lady doing NOW??” Right?

I saw another file for this game and made a new one for our team that was printer friendly. I made this so it would print 2 to a page and easily go into a “game folder” for our consultants.  SO easy. SO fun.

And the best part about this game is that at the end, they (and YOU) get to celebrate the hostess. And that’s really what our job is all about!

So here is a snap shot of this fun and easy game to play at your parties!



Melissa Fietsam,

Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts

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Car decal for your direct sales business?

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Do you have a car decal for your direct sales business?

car decal

YOU SHOULD! You take your car everywhere! 

You leave it in a parking lot full of people walking and driving by. You’re advertising for yourself when you’re not even in it!

You’re losing out big time if you’re not doing this.

Watch this 2 minute video to see what happened to me yesterday with MY car decal!

Here’s a picture of mine:

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And I got my car decal from someone on Facebook. You can search for Vinyl Designs by Christy…I think that’s who it was! If not, you can find any local embroidery shop who probably can do this for you, or knows someone who can! These are NOT expensive. There is really no excuse to not have one of these on your car!!

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








Celebration Tables for Direct Sales Consultants

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So the idea is you set up a table at a local store, you hand out “awareness” stickers…I talk about Breast Cancer awareness stickers in this video, and you do a give a way with your direct sales product in order to get new leads.

Watch this 4 minute video explaining:

If you’re not consistently gaining new leads, your business will eventually hit a brick wall! This is a way you can:

1. meet new people

2. build relationships with local business owners

3. build relationships with the employees at these stores

4. and get your name out in the community

How in the WORLD could you NOT do this?? Right??

And the best part about it….it’s CHEAP!! Do a give away with a retired product you have in stock. Grab some brochures or awareness stickers for super cheap, and GET YOUR NAME OUT THERE!!



The website I got the stickers from is:



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









Happy Mail Stickers for Direct Sales Consultants

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So everyone knows how much I love Happy Mail. I had a stamp made for most of my Happy Mail and envelopes. But there are certain items I mail that I can’t stamp. So of course, I wanted an image that I could print on round circles. So my friend Nichole Powell hooked me up!

You can order your own image by following the links at the bottom!

Now what would you use these for?

1. Mail to your hostesses

2. Mail to your team members

3. New catalog mailings

4. Mini catalog mailings

5. Invitations for your hostesses

6. Gifts for celebrating your team

7. Post cards…and MUCH more! The possibilities are endless!

Here is a picture of my image and some stickers I printed from home. SO. MUCH. FUN! Ordering information is below!

happy mail sticker1happy mail (2)

To order your own for just $10, contact:

Nichole Powell


Newsletter for your downline

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This lady really has it all together! That’s what everyone thinks when they look at me from the outside.  Well, I kind of DO! But I also know when to ask for HELP!

A good leader knows their weaknesses and strengths. And the team newsletter was a huge time consumption. Numbers…which I hate.  And time well spent on things I could be doing to help my team.  So I decided quite some time ago, to outsource my newsletter for my team. I contacted Amy at Crown Virtual Services and it was one of the best business decisions I have ever made.

She not only does my newsletter, but she also sends it out. Your team deserves to be celebrated, encouraged, and rewarded for their accomplishments each month. It is your job as a Director to let them know where they stand and keep them informed.

Amy has pricing from $18 a month and up. You will get a GORGEOUS template that is customized to you and your team. It is professional and your team will love it! It’s kind of like order take out food. It may cost you $18, but you don’t have to go to the grocery store, cook, or clean up after! Right? Money well spent so you can focus on other things in your business. I HIGHLY recommend her and her team of experts!

And she can help any Direct Sales company: Scentsy, Mary Kay, Posh, Origami Owl, Tastefully Simple, Swiss Just, Younique…you name it, she can do it!

If you would like to contact her, here is her information:

Crown Virtual Services:



Melissa Fietsam,

Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts


Halloween Decorations

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How are you keeping all of your Halloween decorations stored??

I plan on going to Hobby Lobby after Halloween this year and getting all the great deals after Halloween is over to stock up on some cool Halloween decorations!

And Thirty-One’s large utility tote is the BEST tote to store your decorations in! We even have a lid for them to keep them safe as they’re stored away all year.



Item #3121

Get yours today!

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







Did you know you can fax from HOME on your iPHONE??

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Okay, you know I have to say it, “there’s an APP for that!”.

So I’m sitting at home with my thousand kids I have and needed to fax something today.  So my friend, Meaghean Farrington sends me this link for an APP where I can send a fax from my iPhone. SERIOUSLY?

So I checked it out! And I’m happy to say I have faxed my document. How crazy cool is that? For us busy moms working from home, this was truly just an awesome tool!  Meaghean gets the super hero cookie for today!

So check out this link to get the app that will actually fax it!


Now, I didn’t like the feature on here that lets you take a photo of the document and then change it into a PDF. So I actually use this app, Genius Scan, that was shared by my friend Melanie Moore.  This app saves a PERFECT PDF from any photo. So you can download that app here:


Both of these apps were easy to use and easy to figure out. Took me less than 5 minutes to take a picture of the document, and save it as a PDF to my Dropbox file, with the Genius Scan. And then FAX the document from iPhone with the iFax app! Problem Solved. Simply amazing!

Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director

at Thirty-One Gifts