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New Facebook Group Photo Size

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Facebook has done it again! They changed the group photo size.

Here’s your new custom dimensions:

What happens to your photo when you upload it?

This is to help show you what will happen with your group photos now with the changes. In case I haven’t given you enough of a headache today!
Outside the red box will show on mobile but not desktop.
Inside the box, is what will show on desktop.

And if you’d like to know how to create custom dimensions…here’s a quick “how to” video for Canva. This will allow you to create those dimensions so you can have the perfect sized banner for your groups!

So I’ve been playing with the Facebook group banner size, and getting frustrated like many of you! So I went straight to the source.
Here’s the explanation from Facebook on why they changed the banner size. And why it’s different for everyone too.

The recommended size via Facebook is 1640×856.

However, you need to keep your graphic centered. Because the reason they changed it, was so that the graphic specs would be the same across all platforms…mobile devices, tablets, computers, etc. So when you upload the graphic, it tries to “auto adjust” to fit all platforms. Thus, the headache. 


So…go drink a beer, a glass of wine…and tilt your head sideways and maybe it’ll look right! JUST KIDDING! 


Just have to keep playing with it until it fits right on the computer screen. Good thing is…once it does, it will look great from any device 🙂
Hope that helps a lil.

Melissa Fietsam

#DirectlySocial

Entire Month of Engagement Posts for December!

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I’m giving away an entire month’s worth of posts EVERY MONTH!

FYI…these posts expire in two weeks! So you better grab them quick!

CLICK HERE to join Directly Social…

and get these links every month for FREE! I just posted your December customer group posts!

All you have to do is have a Cinchshare account and you will have access to this entire month’s worth of posts!

If you don’t know what CINCHSHARE is, check it out here: LEARN ABOUT CINCHSHARE

 

December

You can schedule an entire month’s worth of posts for December in your customer groups!

The days are themed for:

  • Monday Funnies
  • Tuesday Engagement Posts
  • Wednesday Inspiration
  • Thursday Holiday Crafts and fun
  • Friday: FREE DAY! You should be posting a product spotlight on something you have. Take a personal video (3 minutes or less) or photo and show how YOU use something you sell

CLICK HERE to join Directly Social…

and get these links every month for FREE!

To sign up for Cinchshare click here: CINCHSHARE (you’ll need to join to get access to those links/posts)

Melissa Fietsam

Entire Month’s Worth of FREE Engagement Posts for November!

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I’m giving away an entire month’s worth of posts EVERY MONTH!

FYI…these posts expire in two weeks! So you better grab them quick!

CLICK HERE to join Directly Social…

and get these links every month for FREE! I just posted your November customer group posts TODAY!

All you have to do is have a Cinchshare account and you will have access to this entire month’s worth of posts!

If you don’t know what CINCHSHARE is, check it out here: LEARN ABOUT CINCHSHARE

 

So I’m going to share some posts with YOU.

You can schedule an entire month’s worth of posts for November in your customer groups!

The days are themed for:

  • Monday Holiday Posts
  • Tuesday Engagement Posts
  • Wednesday Mix of Inspiration and Funnies
  • Thursday Quotes
  • Friday: FREE DAY! You should be posting a product spotlight on something you have. Take a personal video (3 minutes or less) or photo and show how YOU use something you sell

CLICK HERE to join Directly Social…

and get these links every month for FREE! I just posted your November customer group posts TODAY!

To sign up for Cinchshare click here: CINCHSHARE (you’ll need to join to get access to those links/posts)

Melissa Fietsam

Theme Party Ideas for your November Direct Sales Parties

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Want a TON of November theme party ideas?

How about some free Facebook party BANNERS?!

I have a pretty awesome group of friends over on Directly Social, and they came up with all of these theme ideas for your month of November! You can use these as themes AND posts within your parties!

And if you want some FREE Facebook Party Banners,

join us on DIRECTLY SOCIAL ON FACEBOOK

Here’s some ideas they came up with for November to inspire you a little:

Thankful November

Football

Thanksgiving

Turkey

Bonfires

Changing leaves

Coffee

Holiday Shopping

Sweaters and hoodies

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Spice & everything nice

Thanksgiving Crafts with kids

No Shave November

Black Friday

Apple Pie

Hunting Season-single wife

Veteran’s Day

Traveling for Thanksgiving

Macy’s Day Parade

Small Business Saturday

Fall

Thanksgiving foods: green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, turkey, rolls, pumpkin pie

Blessings

Canned Food drives

Family Gatherings

American Diabetes month

Putting up Christmas Tree after Thanksgiving

Hot drinks, hot chocolate, cinammon

Harvest time

Christmas decorations after Thanksgiving

Warm blankets and cozy sweaters

Remembrance Day

Baking cookies and food

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.

Don’t forget to join our Facebook group!

Click here to join DIRECTLY SOCIAL

So 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.

Happy (almost) November everyone!

Melissa Fietsam

 

Team Sales Challenge for Direct Sellers

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Here’s a challenge I’m sharing with our team today for a weekly sales push to increase those holiday sales!

Each week we will be focusing on a certain “push” to grab some extra sales. It’s important to FOCUS 100% on one task at a time! This week, this is it! Follow these 4 steps!

TEAM CHALLENGE!!!!!!!!!

WHO’S IN??!!
I’m creating a graphic to share when you make a sale AND for every message you send!! Let’s blow our team page up!! Post the second graphic for every message you SEND (snap a pic of it) and post the graphic for every sale you make! Let’s all earn that CINDY TOTE FOR FREE!!!!!!!!

I’m giving away a $25 GIFT CARD to Amazon to our winner. All you have to do is participate! Each picture you snap of messages and WOOT WOOTS for orders…gets you an entry!

1. Choose 15 People to PRIVATE Facebook Message or Individually Text. These people are people who know and love you NOT RANDOM PEOPLE!

You should be able to answer YES to all of the following questions to choose these 15 people:
– Do you know this person well? YES!
– Does she know what DS business you do? YES!
– Has she ordered from you before? YES!
– Will she answer me tonight? YES!
If you have more than 15 people, GREAT! Run with it!

2. Send this message. ONLY the message! DO NOT send the picture or link to your website with this message:

“Hey girl! I’m in a contest tonight but just until midnight tomorrow. Would you be willing to take a look at something for me? If so, just holler and I’ll send you the details!

LOVE THIS SO FAR?

3. You want her to respond with permission for you to send the link. Give her the chance to WANT to help you! Once she gives you permission to send it, you can respond to her with the graphic and the following message:

Thank you! Thank you! Here is the graphic! I will check back with you later tonight to see if you would like some of these items. You ROCK! You can get any of these sale items, holiday items, or even browse the catalog. And if you spend $35…I’ll give you an EXTRA $5 off tonight AND…you get to take advantage of the customer special if you want to!

LINK TO SALE ITEMS: ((INSERT LINK TO YOUR SALE ITEMS))

LINK TO HOLIDAY ITEMS: ((INSERT LINK TO YOUR HOLIDAY ITEMS))

HERE’S HOW YOU GET THOSE TWO SPECIFIC LINKS ON YOUR SITE:

4. Follow up with them later this evening…and create a PARTY for this on your site. So if they want…they can go directly there to order.

  • you could either take hostess benefits or let them know one person will WIN hostess benefits if you get to $200 in orders
  • if you got to $200…you could use the half off and $25 hostess credit to order a couple products and offset the $5 discount you gave!
  • the idea is to put an urgency to this. Only til midnight tomorrow!
  • you can also ask if they’d mind posting on their Facebook page for you to see if any of their friends want some
  • you can also post the graphic on your customer page or email your entire contacts list
  • create a post on your business page and ask your customers to share it
  • send a newsletter to all your contacts in your back office and highlight this

This is the graphic we will be sharing on our team page:

Melissa Fietsam

@DirectlySocial

Free Engagement Posts for the Entire Month of October!

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I’m giving away an entire month’s worth of posts EVERY MONTH!

FYI…these posts expire in two weeks! So you better grab them quick!

CLICK HERE to join Directly Social…

and get these links every month for FREE! I just posted your October customer group posts TODAY!

Did you know you no longer have to be a Cinchshare ambassador in order to get these links? All you have to do is have a Cinchshare account and you will have access to this entire month’s worth of posts!

If you don’t know what CINCHSHARE is, check it out here: LEARN ABOUT CINCHSHARE

 

October

So I’m going to share some posts with YOU.

You can schedule an entire month’s worth of posts for October in your customer groups!

The days are themed for:

  • Monday Giggles
  • Tuesday Engagement Posts
  • Wednesday Recipes
  • Thursday Holiday Fun
  • Friday: FREE DAY! You should be posting a product spotlight on something you have. Take a personal video (3 minutes or less) or photo and show how YOU use something you sell

CLICK HERE to join Directly Social…

and get these links every month for FREE! I just posted your October customer group posts TODAY!

To sign up for Cinchshare click here: CINCHSHARE (you’ll need to join to get access to those links/posts)

Melissa Fietsam

Launching our New Consultant Quick Start Training!

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Launching our exclusive new consultant training on TUESDAY NIGHT!

The training is $25 as part of an exclusive training series with Directly Social.

Are you tired of getting new consultants and then having them drop off?

Do you just need a way to train them right out of the gates?

This training is for YOU!

Join us TUESDAY NIGHT, September 26th at 9pm Eastern

In this training you will learn how to start your new consultants off in a BIG WAY!

You will learn:

  • systems to train
  • email systems
  • welcome “packet”
  • systems to connect with them quickly
  • systems to get their launch parties going within three days of them joining
  • and MUCH MORE!

FAQs:

  • This will be recorded, so you will have access to it if you can’t make it Tuesday night
  • You will be added to a Facebook group where the training will take place
  • These are systems and techniques you will be able to put into immediate action
  • This training is for ALL Direct Sales/MLM consultants

To sign up, click here:

After you sign up, request to join here:

25 Free Engagement Posts

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Best thing about engagement posts…is getting people ENGAGED!

Here’s 25 FREE engagement posts for you below!

These are some fun posts for your pages that will:

  1. increase interaction
  2. help you get to know your customers
  3. help you initiate conversations
  4. and help bring some entertainment to your groups/pages

Want more tips and tricks for your social media?

Join our FREE Facebook group for Direct Sales and marketing tips:

CLICK HERE TO JOIN DIRECTLY SOCIAL

Remember the key to engagement posts:

You have to ENGAGE yourself! See what your customers answers are and interact. Laugh with them. Be a human being instead of trying to sell to them constantly! If you read between the lines, you can really get to know your customers with some of these posts. And then your customers, well they actually get to know each other too. They will start finding people in your group with similar interests, maybe they were from the same hometown, maybe they owned the same “first car”. Whatever it is, it’s about creating an environment and a community where people actually like to come and interact and smile once a in awhile.

So try scheduling these posts a couple times a week and see what happens!

Melissa Fietsam

@DirectlySocial

 

How to Create a Domain Name for your Business

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Let’s talk about branding your business with a domain name!

Branding your business is one of the most important steps you will ever make in your business.

What does branding mean?

Branding means you’re creating an expectation in your business. Your customers know what to expect from you. It’s the who, what, why, when, how…of your business. There me be thousands of consultants in your company or industry, but branding is what will set you apart from all of them. It can be anything from color palettes, fonts, graphics, and visual materials…to a wide stream of platforms and concepts you use in your business.

But the most important thing about branding, is that it simply sets you apart and your customers immediately know YOU when they see your branding. Branding is something you want to think about when you’re ready to kick your business up a notch.

And a domain name, is one simple (and inexpensive) part of that plan.

Check out this video to learn all about a domain name for your website: (https://youtu.be/ffWl68atNpY)

Some simple truths about a domain name:

Keep it simple:

It has to be short! In order for people to remember your website name, keep it short and simple. You also want to keep it short so it fits nicely on business cards and marketing materials. If it gets too long, people won’t remember it and you’re going to have a hard time fitting it onto marketing materials.

2nd grade reading level:

Make sure the words you use are EASY TO SPELL. Not everyone could win a spelling bee. And you want to send them to the right site. So don’t put words that can be easily misspelled. For example, mine is BUYMYBAGS. Kind of hard to get that one wrong. So really take a moment to find something catchy and SO EASY that it can’t be mistaken.

Locations and names:

Stay away from locations and names! Locations LIMIT you. You don’t want someone to see “Ohio” and think you only service people in Ohio. Think bigger and leave out those locations. With names…those are probably the most COMMONLY misspelled words. Even a name like mine, Melissa…there are 15 different ways to spell it. So stay away from it altogether.

Numbers:

Stay away from numbers in your domain name. People will transverse them, mix them up, and simply forget the number. So don’t use them! My brain goes all fuzzy if I hear numbers or directions. Don’t even risk it!

Policy and procedures:

Each company is different. So make sure before you set this up, you check with your company to make sure you’re allowed to set this up. There are certain companies that allow this…and some do not. So always make sure it’s within your guidelines first.

Branding across the board:

Once you have identified what you want your domain name to be, brand yourself across the board. Pinterest, Twitter, customer group, Facebook business page, Instagram…make it all MATCH. Make sure your customers can easily find and identify your personal brand anywhere they go. That’s the most important thing!

Mission statement:

And last but not least, think about your mission statement. What do you want your business to be known for? What do you want YOU to be known for? Who is your target market and what can your business do for them? These are all questions that your domain name should answer. Create a voice for your brand and then learn how to integrate that into every single social media platform you have. Branding is FUN! I promise. And it will breathe new life into your business when you “own it”. Time to level up my friends!

Happy branding!

Melissa Fietsam

 

 

Free Engagement Posts for the Entire Month of August!

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I’m giving away an entire month’s worth of posts EVERY MONTH!

FYI…these posts expire in two weeks! So you better grab them quick!

Did you know you no longer have to be a Cinchshare ambassador in order to get these links? All you have to do is have a Cinchshare account and you will have access to this entire month’s worth of posts!

If you don’t know what CINCHSHARE is, check it out here: LEARN ABOUT CINCHSHARE

 

So I’m going to share some posts with YOU.

You can schedule an entire month’s worth of posts for August in your customer groups!

The days are themed for:

  • Monday Giggles
  • Tuesday Engagement Posts
  • Wednesday Quotes
  • Thursday Inspiration
  • Friday: FREE DAY! You should be posting a product spotlight on something you have. Take a personal video (3 minutes or less) or photo and show how YOU use something you sell

CLICK HERE to join Directly Social…

and get these links every month for FREE! I just posted your August customer group posts TODAY!

To sign up for Cinchshare click here: CINCHSHARE (you’ll need to join to get access to those links/posts)

Melissa Fietsam