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What’s this LinkTree for Instagram all About?

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So there’s a cool new website that allows you to make a “link tree” for your instagram account! It’s actually called Linktree.

My friend Te’Amo Blakely just casually mentioned it last night and I was like HOLY COW! This is awesome!

What is Linktree?

It’s a website that provides you with a unique URL to list in your Instagram profile. When they click on it, they will be led to your linktree site with multiple links available for them to click on! How wicked cool is THAT?!

Want to check out my Linktree?

If you would like to check out my Linktree to see what you can do with yours, click here to follow me: FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM

And simply click the link in my profile to check it out!

How much does it cost?

That’s the best part! It’s FREE! WHOOP WHOOP!

How do you set up Linktree?

1. Go to LINKTREE

2. When you link your Instagram account, you’ll be led to a page like this to “add buttons” and links.

3. Then click on the SETTINGS button and you can choose your color scheme.

It was the easiest thing to do! There’s no tricks or crazy hoops to jump through.

You can even pick the colors for your page:

Way to go Linktree! You know we love to customize everything! And it looks like you’ll be able to personalize that even more soon!

So what links/buttons should you create?

  1. Your facebook business page
  2. Your closed customer group
  3. Your shopping site
  4. Pinterest account
  5. Twitter account
  6. I linked one to a Google Survey
  7. I linked one to a NOTE on my Facebook business page
  8. You could have one link to customer specials each month
  9. Link to your blog
  10. Link to your opportunity event
  11. A specific YouTube video

The possibilities are quite endless! So what do YOU think you could link to? Who’s ready to check out this new tool called Linktree?

I will say that I’m going to continue to watch this. I have been using a Google Survey as my link with lots of information loaded on it, and I really like it. I haven’t decided which one I will stick with.

Melissa Fietsam @directlysocial

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Hostess Coaching Notes on your Facebook Business Page

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I LOVE the NOTES on my Facebook business page!

And I’m going to show you how to create a NOTE for your hostess coaching! This is a tool your hostess can use to share all of her party information. Which of course, has all the information YOU need to share with people.

Below, you’ll get a template to make your OWN NOTE and you’ll see how I share those!

Check this quick video out:

Now, I’m even going to give you a template to get started on your own!

Here is my exact template for my NOTE below:

Everything in BLUE is a link to a certain page on my website or elsewhere.

Becky is hosting a Thirty-One party and we want to show you all the basics so you can see what it’s all about in a SHORT, EASY, & FUN way! So kick your feet up and check out all there is to see!If you need anything at all, contact her consultant:

Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts:513-225-1775: www.buymybags.com: buymybags@hotmail.com

Here’s Becky’s direct Thirty-One Gifts party link to order:

BECKY’S PARTY LINK

You’ll want to check out TWO catalogs! The Spring catalog and the new SUMMER style guide!

SPRING THIRTY-ONE CATALOG

SUMMER THIRTY-ONE CATALOG

April Thirty-One Gifts customer specials are AWESOME!! For every $35 you spend, you get one of THESE two items for just $15!

APRIL CUSTOMER SPECIAL

Join my customer group for weekly giveaways AND a monthly giveaway of over $150 in FREE PRODUCT:

CLICK HERE TO JOIN CUSTOMER GROUP

Here’s some of my personal favorite SUMMER products to check out:

VIEW SUMMER ALBUM

If you’re interested in booking your OWN easy peasy Facebook party, here’s the HOSTESS specials for April:

APRIL HOSTESS REWARDS

And if you’re interested in joining Thirty-One Gifts, you don’t want to miss out on FOUR enrollment kits to choose from! Only in April, we have TWO $50 enrollment kits:

JOIN MY TEAM

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to let us know!Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts:513-225-1775: www.buymybags.com: buymybags@hotmail.com

And don’t forget! You can get these 2 items below for $15 when you spend $35 this month!

Shopping made easy with Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts: www.buymybags.com

So what do you DO with this NOTE?

  1. Share with your hostess: You want to share this with your hostess and let her know she can share it onto her main timeline and shout about her party. She can email the link, she can Facebook message it, text it, whatever she wants! Just copy the URL at the top of the NOTE or simply click the SHARE button ON the NOTE.
  2. You can schedule a post with Cinchshare to go into your actual Facebook party ON YOUR BUSINESS PAGE. This will only work if you do your parties on your business page. Schedule to share the NOTE in the party and then do a giveaway for anyone who shares that note onto THEIR timeline to tell everyone their friend is hosting a party and see if they would like to order!

BAM! You just worked your business like a BOSS!

Have fun creating your NOTES today ladies!

Melissa Fietsam

 

How to Increase your Sales with Fundraisers

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I’m so excited to announce that I’ve teamed up with Cinchshare for a Facebook training!

I’ve been doing fundraisers for about 7 years now in my Thirty-One business. I do them every single month and I can’t wait to tell you WHY!

We’re going to teach you everything from WHY you want to have them and what they can do for your business, to HOW to find them!

And then we’re going to teach you how to make the most of them and FIND them! It’s one thing to book a fundraiser, but when you understand the matrix behind what to actually DO with a fundraiser-you can increase your sales, your recruiting, and hit all those company incentives on a monthly basis!

So if you’d like to join this FREE TRAINING on how to increase your sales with fundraisers, CLICK BELOW to join us this Tuesday!

JOIN TRAINING EVENT

Melissa Fietsam

 

Instagram and Facebook are Amazing Together!

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I love all the new integrations happening on Instagram and Facebook!

And one thing that is AMAZING, and everyone needs to know about it, is that you can reply to a comment, post a comment, or trash a comment on your Instagram account, right from your Facebook BUSINESS PAGE!

Check this out!

  1. Click on your INBOX on your Facebook Business Page
  2. Then Click on the Instagram icon
  3. Now you can reply, comment, or trash comments all from your Facebook “back office”.

This is kind of amazing on so many levels. If you’re not utilizing your inbox for your Facebook business page, I’m going to guess you’re missing notifications!

Let me show you WHY I love using the inbox tab on my Business Facebook Page!

Answering people on posts!

For instance, I’m running 6 Facebook parties right now. Instead of clicking on every single party and checking every single post, I go to my inbox and I can see EVERY post and EVERY comment. But the cool thing, I can ANSWER them all right from my inbox. So I’m not chasing posts and scrolling and trying to go through a million pages.

This helps me:

  1. Save time
  2. Not MISS notifications
  3. Work my business like a #GirlBoss

WOOHOO!

Check it out and work your business SMARTER not HARDER!

This is just one more reason you should be hosting your Facebook parties on your Facebook business page. I firmly believe this is where they need to be in order to run your business efficiently.

  1. You can check all party posts and comments in one place
  2. Your events are public, so your hostess AND guests can share the posts
  3. YOU can share the posts via Twitter
  4. It is ALL searchable content on the web, which gives you more exposure for your business and brand
  5. You can easily find all your past events and post in them occasionally

I challenge you today to RETHINK how you’re hosting your Facebook parties!

Melissa Fietsam

Do you SUCK at Hostess Coaching?

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I have some really great tips for all your hostess coaching this morning!

If I could say there’s one thing in your business that needs consistent work, it’s hostess coaching. You can have the best Facebook script in the world, the best party presentation under the sun…but if you’re not coaching your hostess-your party is going to FLOP!

I want to show you a few easy things you can do to get your BASELINE hostess coaching done in less than 5 minutes every single month!

STEP 1: Create a hostess group

Create a closed group on Facebook every single month for your “VIP Hostesses”.

In this group, you want to add:

  1. All of your hostesses for that month
  2. A Photo album with some photos they can share of customer specials and such.
  3. Copy of the customer special flyer
  4. Copy of the order form they can print if they run out
  5. Copy of digital catalog (that you’ve already uploaded to issuu.com)

And WHY would you want to have all that in a group?

How many times is your hostess at work and forgets her catalog?

How many times does she send you a message and say, “What was the customer special again?”  “What patterns does it come in?”

Stop wasting your time! And hers! Now you can immediately go to your VIP Hostess Group and tag her in that post she needs. BAM! LIKE A BOSS!

STEP 2: Create some Google Surveys

Every month, I create 3 google surveys for my team.

Hostess Coaching #1: gets sent the day she books her party

Hostess Coaching #2: gets send the day her party starts

Hostess Coaching #3: gets sent 3 days before her party ends

Here’s an example of this month’s Hostess Coaching #1: https://goo.gl/forms/YU0OxSYffCLbvplu1

Once these are set up, all you have to change every month is the MONTHLY SPECIAL! And our whole team has these awesome hostess coaching links they can TEXT, Facebook message, or post in the VIP Hostess Group!

STEP 3: Now schedule some posts

Now all you have to do is schedule a handful of hostess coaching tips into your group for the duration of the party! You want to give them some challenges and schedule those Google Surveys you just did!

Here’s some examples of my posts and how I scheduled them in 10 minutes, check this out:

So tell me below what YOUR favorite hostess coaching tip is?!

Melissa Fietsam

 

New Facebook Live “Snapchat Style” Features

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So I went to do a Facebook Live with my team…and it was a DISASTER!

I had so much fun playing with the new features that I couldn’t focus one bit!

There’s about 10-15 different features you can “dress” yourself with: unicorns, funky glasses, angel wings, astronaut helmets, super hero helmets, panda faces, and SO much more!

So check out the new features. I even sucked my husband into the video to come check it out. HAHA!!

And I’m pretty sure I need to go back and talk to my team, cause I don’t ever think I got out what I was actually trying to say. LOL!

Melissa Fietsam

3 Reasons You Need Twitter in Your Direct Sales Business

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I can you see you rolling your eyes over there young lady!

I know Twitter makes your eyes roll…I KNOW THIS.

But let me tell you 3 reasons you NEED to be on Twitter!

And then guess what? I’m going to share a FREE TRAINING with you to help you get on it and get this…understand it too! HAHA!!

FREE TRAINING CLICK HERE

Why you need twitter in your direct sales business

Reason #1- Everybody else is:

There are 313 million active monthly users. Hello…McFly…

First, if you even know who McFly is, I KNOW you’re rolling your eyes. Because our generation, for the most part, just doesn’t get it. But you know who does? The 313 million active monthly users. You really can’t afford NOT to be on there.

I’m not saying you have to become a Master Jedi Tweeter (that’s not really a thing)…I’m just saying, you need to be able to say, “yes, of course I’m on Twitter”…when those people who ask, ASK!

You don’t want to miss out on business because you can’t take one second a week to TWEET a 140 character message, come on! You can do it!

Reason #2- It’s SO easy:

Okay, I know it looks intimidating. I was on there for a year before I ever actually used it. And yes, my children taught me how to do it. But when you actually learn how to use it, it’s so easy!

I mean, come on, you can only type like two sentences for a tweet. It’s hard to make yourself sound too stupid in 2 sentences. Now Facebook, that’s another story. The more people type, well…you know…

Reason #3- You can totally fake it:

Did you know that you can be on there…and not really be on there? If you’re on Instagram, you can link your Twitter account and post to Twitter the SAME TIME you post to Instagram. So it LOOKS like you’re on Twitter, but you don’t have to be on there all the time!

For a very long time, I knew I had to be on there but I refused to conform. So that’s how I got started. Just linked my Instagram and twitter account. So in order to be legit, to GROW, and take some baby steps…I really encourage you to check out this FREE training on Twitter that’s happening tomorrow on Facebook.

FREE TRAINING LINK-CLICK HERE

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They’re the experts. Cinchshare  is going to teach you what Twitter is, how to use it, and WHY you need to use it! And they’ll break it down so you can do it all in baby steps!

This is a training you can go back to at anytime! So click GOING on the event, so you can always find it whether you catch it LIVE or later on!

And as always, I’m here if you have any questions!

Tweet ya later 😉

Post your Twitter link below so we can chat!

Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/melissafietsam

I’m getting ready to start one specifically for Directly Social, so stay tuned!

Melissa Fietsam

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Weekly Customer Group Theme for Facebook

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Recently I started to do a weekly theme in my customer group.

So I’m going to walk you through what i do!

Why have a weekly theme?

Because #1, you shouldn’t be selling all the time in your customer group. In fact, I rarely post selling things in my customer group at all anymore. If people are in your group, THEY KNOW YOU SELL YOUR PRODUCT! A group is a place where people meet that have common interests. And a group is a place to get to know your customers on a more intimate level. So STOP selling to them all the time in there!

If you have a selling post, post it onto your Facebook business page and then share it into your customer group. That’s what business pages are for, selling!

Let’s break down my theme days:

Monday: All week/month long, save funny stuff you see on Facebook or Instagram. Like fall out of your chair funny. And then go into Cinchshare and schedule those for Mondays for the whole month! We’re talking 4 Mondays a month, typically-do not message me and tell me some months have 5 Mondays or my D personality will roar LOL!

Tuesday: post an engagement post in your customer group. This is the best way to increase interaction and get to know your customers! Women are compelled to give their opinion!! If you ever want mine, just ask! 😉 And here’s an album from Cinchshare to help you get started if you need some engagement posts: CINCHSHARE ALBUM

Wednesday: This is where I create Pinterest boards and inform them of the holidays. So the first Wednesday I tell them about the holidays coming up for the next month and a half. So right now they know April Fool’s Day, Easter, and Mother’s Day. Simply keeping them informed. Then I make Pinterest boards and post around those themes. So I’ll have a practical jokes for your family board on Pinterest. I’ll have a Mother’s Day Gift Ideas and/or crafts board, and an Easter crafts and maybe ideas for toys for Easter basket. Things like that! Connecting them to my Pinterest and spending time with them there. And being USEFUL! Here’s an example of a Pinterest board of mine for April Fool’s Day Pranks: Melissa’s Board

Thursday: So I use this day for inspirational things and Life Hack type things. Kid President and Ted Talks are great ones. Think “woman on fire”, get them motivated

Friday: this is where I take a product of mine and do a Friday Product Spotlight. Make sure you’re not selling. You’re teaching them why they need this in their life. Take a product you have, take a great photo, watermark it, and then share it with a link to the exact product if they’re interested in learning more. I also do a weekly giveaway. I give them a task and anyone who does that gets entered in to win. For instance, today it will be, share this group with one person you know that would love to join. Ask them if it’s ok to add them and then post done below when you get them added! They also participated in a booking for next month this week. So those who booked also got a ticket for today’s drawing.

Saturday and Sunday I try and do personal photos of me and my family. Letting them get to know me as a person.

So there you have it! Create some interaction, learning, and FUN in your customer groups on Facebook.

How do you keep up?

The first week of the month, I go into Cinchshare and schedule all Mondays…on the first Monday. We’re talking 4 Mondays for the month. Takes me less than 5 minutes to schedule the whole month. On Tuesday, I’ll go in and schedule all Tuesdays for that month. And so on…

So it takes me 5 minutes a day to schedule all these in the first week of every month. BAM! Done!

If you’re ready to take on Cinchshare, you can check it out and try it for FREE for 37 days using promo code : CINCHFREE

I make nothing from that code! I share because I CARE about you and I want you to run your business, not have your business run YOU!

Happy sharing!

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

Power Hours for your Direct Sales Business

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So many people sign up for Direct Sales with the assumption that they won’t really have to work.

If you’re in this for a hobby, that is an absolute truth: you really don’t have to work at it.

If you’re in this to make an income or achieve a financial goal: you couldn’t be farther from the truth.

You can’t expect to make a substantial difference in your finances if you’re not willing to put in the work to get it.

Using Power Hours can help you run your business in 20 minutes a day.

If you’re not willing to work 20 focused minutes a week, in certain areas of your business, then quite frankly-you don’t DESERVE that paycheck you’re complaining about NOT GETTING!

People ask me ALL THE TIME…how do you do it. I’m sorry to inform you, there is no secret. It’s hard work. That’s it.

Tried and true, get up and get to work every single day. The RENT IS DUE EVERY SINGLE DAY. You want to make money in this business, PUT IN THE WORK. People seem to want the benefits without the commitment. You can’t have one or the other. You get exactly what you put into this business. Plain and simple. I don’t do magic tricks. I don’t do anything YOU can’t do. I don’t skate by on my good looks and charm, trust me, I live 90% of my life covered in babies bodily fluids and food. You just have to get to work.

WHEN YOU WANT SUCCESS AS BAD AS YOU WANT TO BREATHE, YOU’LL BE AS SUCCESSFUL AS YOU WANT TO BE.

Take 20 minutes a day. Dedicate 20 minutes to ONE of 5 focused tasks per day.

  1. Booking
  2. Customer Service
  3. Recruiting
  4. Marketing
  5. Hostess Coaching

Monday Booking:

Spend 20 minutes working on booking parties. Whether these are Facebook parties or home shows, you still have to ASK. Spend this 20 minutes:

~personally reaching out to people

~creating a game or graphic to book

~do a FB live talking about the hostess special

~contact PAST hostesses from the previous years

~make hostess packets and post a picture on social media-and make them COOL so everyone wants one!

There’s a million things you could do.

 

Tuesday Customer Service:

Spend 20 minutes creating a buzz.

~send a thank you email to anyone who has ordered in the last week

~contact each person who ordered the previous month and make sure they’re happy with their product (and have you seen the new specials?)

~contact anyone who has open orders and make sure they knew about the customer specials if they didn’t order one

~go comment on all your open parties and start some conversations with the guests

~scroll through Facebook and actually interact with your customers on THEIR pages

 

Wednesday Recruiting:

~touch base with all your new consultants within the last 3 months

~reach out to any potential consultants

~don’t have any potential consultants? create an opportunity event and GET ONE!

~put some pins on Pinterest about joining

~create a youtube video or FB live about joining…then share into all your FB parties!

 

Thursday Marketing:

This is all social media to me. Sharing my love of my product on all the different social media sites. And because I love it, this isn’t even work. This is my play time!

~schedule some tweets in Cinchshare

~pin some things from your Cinchshare history onto Pinterest

~schedule some Instagram posts onto Twitter/FB business page

~go post your social media links in all your parties

~create a contest on a social media channel and direct all your customers to it

~create a newsletter to email your customers

 

Friday Hostess Coaching:

Spend 20 minutes contacting every hostess.

~ask them if they need any extra order forms or catalogs

~tell them what their total is for online orders so far

~give them a task to do that day: post this, tag 3 friends on some posts in your party, or text this to 3 people today

~tell them how much farther they are from the next level and TELL THEM HOW TO GET THERE!

 

This is just a small breakdown of a HUGE list you should already have! 20 minutes a day. If I can do it, YOU can do it!

Melissa Fietsam