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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

Direct Sales Tips

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Have you joined our FREE Facebook group?!

If not…HOW COME?!

join directly social

Click here to join:

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

What is the Directly Social Facebook group for?

It’s a positive environment for DIrect Sellers to come together and share ideas on working your business. We share ideas, we help each other, we brainstorm, and give each other advice!

I’m always posting ideas on ways to help you in your business and teaching different aspects of Social Media (which is my passion).

I guarantee you will love the environment and all the ideas you will come across in there. You’re bound to ignite some PASSION for your business again!

What do you get from being a Directly Social member?

  1. Tips and tricks to work your business
  2. Monthly themed posts for your customer group
  3. Advice from all Direct Sales consultants, regardless of what company you’re with
  4. Tips on increasing bookings
  5. Tips on increasing recruiting
  6. Tips on increasing interaction in your customer groups
  7. Tips on business in general
  8. AND SO MUCH MORE!!

So come see us! And don’t forget to share with your friends!

JOIN HERE

Melissa Fietsam,

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FREE Themed Posts for your Customer Group in July

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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 July in your customer groups!

The days are themed for:

  • Monday Giggles
  • Tuesday Engagement Posts
  • Wednesday Life Hacks
  • 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 JULY 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

50 Engagement Questions for your Social Media Pages

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Engagement is the name of the game!

Set up one day a week to post an engagement picture and get your customers chatting in your customer Facebook groups and pages! It’s important to not always be posting business. You want to get to know them as a person! And this is a great way to do it.

Here’s an example of an entire album full of engagement posts (just like the one below) from Cinchshare:

GET FULL ALBUM HERE

And…I put together a list of 50 questions you can ASK and create your own graphics for!

  1. Where were you born?
  2. What is your middle name?
  3. What is one food you refuse to eat?
  4. If you had to get married where you MET your spouse, where would the wedding be?
  5. Do you prefer prefer coffee or tea?
  6. Dunkin donuts or Starbucks?
  7. Pepsi or Coke?
  8. Tag someone who makes you smile
  9. Tag someone who inspires you
  10. What was the BEST vacation you ever took?
  11. If you won a million dollars, what’s the first thing you would buy?
  12. If you got a plane ticket and could go ANYWHERE you wanted, where would it be?
  13. What’s the BEST book you’ve ever read?
  14. What’s your favorite cereal?
  15. What’s the one movie you could watch over and over again?
  16. What’s the last place you went on vacation?
  17. What is your occupation?
  18. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  19. What city and state do you live in?
  20. Name a song that has a color in the name?
  21. Do you have any kids or grandkids?
  22. What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
  23. Are you a night owl or an early bird?
  24. Post a picture of your fur baby
  25. Post the last picture you took in your phone
  26. Do you like country or rock n’ roll?
  27. Who is the one celebrity you would love to meet?
  28. Who is your celebrity crush?
  29. Would you rather live in the country, on the beach, in the mountains, or in the city?
  30. In less than 5 words, what motivates you at the end of a long day?
  31. What do you like to do on a rainy day?
  32. Would you rather have a personal chef, a maid, a nanny, or a personal shopper?
  33. If you could sit on a bench for one afternoon and talk to anybody you wanted, who would it be?
  34. Do you sleep on: your side, your back, your stomach, or other?
  35. You are the representation of your 5 closest friends…tag them below!
  36. What team will you be cheering on this fall?
  37. What are you doing this weekend?
  38. Do you like your margaritas frozen or on the rocks?
  39. What was the last movie you watched?
  40. What is your favorite TV show?
  41. What was your favorite cartoon as a kid?
  42. What was your first job?
  43. What was your first car?
  44. What’s your least favorite chore: laundry, dishes, cleaning the bathroom, or vacuuming?
  45. What is your favorite salty snack?
  46. What is your favorite sweet treat you always crave?
  47. Are you a saver or spender?
  48. What is the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
  49. What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?
  50. What’s one thing on your bucket list?

Here’s how easily you can schedule them for 2 months out, in less than 5 minutes!

Don’t know how to create your own graphics?

I can help you do that too! Here’s a video to learn how to create your own graphics in Canva:

Happy engagement graphic making day!! 😉 I totally made that up…but get to work!

Melissa Fietsam

Graphics: How to Create Amazing Content

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Have you ever looked at someone else’s graphics and said, “How did they DO that?!”. Or…”Where in the world do they find those cool graphics?”.

Well, I’m no expert, but I get by pretty well. So I want to show you some things I’ve done and some tips and tricks to help you get started!

First, you can’t do ANYTHING worth doing, without investing some time into it. It took a lot of practice and a lot of research. Was it HARD? No. Was it FRUSTRATING at times? Yes. But was it worth it? Heck yeah!

Here’s some graphics I created with a program called Canva. It’s a FREE website where you can create your own graphics. I’m going to give you LINKS to the video tutorials that helped me get started designing great graphics.

And I learned everything from a Cinchshare Facebook post that I’ll share with you below.

Rules of Graphics & Where to Find Them:

So, first…let me throw out some etiquette tips on graphics. NEVER, and I mean NEVER take someone else’s graphic and change the information to your own and use it. The ONLY exception to that is if you have permission from the original creator to do that. This goes for Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, blogs, anything…do not take someone else’s hard work and claim it for your own without permission!

Now…let me send you to a Cinchshare post that talks about WHERE to find great FREE graphics that you can edit for your own business. And you’ll want to follow that page while you’re over there. Cause…those people are smart peeps. And they post a lot of really great stuff you don’t want to miss! Here’s the link to the post that tells you how to find free graphics:

FREE GRAPHICS: https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/14494657_1337316782960250_5533310808981908782_n.jpg?oh=815bde544d975b46f6a9e7edbafb6c64&oe=590E1B18

Now How to Get Started Creating & Editing in Canva:

I had NO idea what I was doing in Canva. I was a die hard fan of Picmonkey.com. And I still use Picmonkey on occasion, but if you want amazing, professional, classy photos, I highly suggest Canva.com.

So here are the people at Cinchshare again, making my life easier and teaching me how to reach for the stars! Heili Erika, pretty cool kat, walks you through a series of videos on how to get started on Canva. And…you can actually use Canva INSIDE of your Cinchshare account if you have one.

So check out this playlist on YouTube and do it when you have TIME. This will not be an overnight success. But you will get better and better every single time you create something. I learn something new every single day! And I LOVE IT!! This playlist will get you started and there’s tons more on YouTube. Don’t know how to do something? Search YouTube for the answer. You have zero excuses anymore!!

So here’s to all you creative monsters who have been hiding behind, “I just can’t do that”…now you CAN. There goes Melissa…taking your excuses away AGAIN! #YouAreWelcome 🙂

Canva Tutorials Cinchshare Playlist:

Love ya, Hugs,

Melissa Fietsam

 

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

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Making Connections at Your Thirty-One Home Shows

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Making a connection with your customers at the home show can make or break MANY things!

I want to show you really quickly how to increase sales, bookings, and even recruiting at your Thirty-One home parties. Take a look at this quick video:

So there you go! How EASY is that?

Take these little hand sanitizers, I got mine in a 3 pack at the Dollar Tree:

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You slap a business address label on the back and now you’re giving each guest something they will NOT throw away that has your contact information on it.

By asking them these three questions:

  1. How do you know the hostess

2. What’s your occupation

3. and…do you have any kids

You’re making a CONNECTION. You’re making a connection that will help you:

  1. be able to SERVE her
    • If she’s a nurse, what bag would be GREAT for her?
  2. help you with having a conversation with you
    • Maybe you find a common thread. I used to be a nurse. Where do you work? Oh really, do you know so and so…
  3. help YOU to remember her
    • when you START with a conversation, you connect the dots. You’ll remember who she is
  4. find some common ground to even START a conversation with her
    • You said your son is in baseball…so is mine!
  5. figure out a conversation starter for a booking
    • So…you just moved into a new house? You would probably love to host a party, show off the new house, and get some great new organizing products for FREE for your new house. Or…baseball is SO expensive. Have you ever thought about doing a fundraiser?

Make it a point to TRY this at your next home show. And don’t forget to introduce YOURSELF the same way they do. So THEY make a connection to YOU!

Happy Partying ladies!

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

www.buymybags.com

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5 Ways to Book a Party for Your Thirty-One Business

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I recently did a training on booking for my team. Here is a list of ideas on “Booking 101”. These are the fundamental ideas to keep you going with a solid booked calendar for your direct sales business. Check this out below:

There are 5 main ways to keep a full booking calendar:

  1. Booking through new customers
  2. Booking through past customers
  3. Booking past hostesses
  4. Booking at the party
  5. Customer Page/Facebook

Check out the video above as I go into detail on all 5 ways to book a party.

Handing out mini catalogs:

Everybody always asks me…WHAT DO YOU SAY….when you hand out mini catalogs??

“I just don’t know what to say”

Ready for it??? This is monumental…this is going to be a turning point in your career….pay very close attention…..you ready for it????……………..”Do you mind if I leave this with you?”

-she’ll say……. “Sure, what is it?”

-and you’ll say…. “I help people organize their lives. And this is our mini catalog. And if you fill out the form on the front and text me the picture of it, I’ll send you a free gift!”

 A great way to remind yourself to do this is to put a post it note on the front of each mini catalog

All you need to make your own is…………

-a mini catalog

-catalog label

**that was tough, right? It’s not hard. You simply have to get over the fear of talking to strangers.

#1 Where do you put the mini catalogs?

IN YOUR PURSE!!

IN YOUR CD VISOR

IN YOUR FRONT SEAT

**every Sunday….make up 25 mini’s….and put half of them in your purse and half of them in your CAR! Your job each week is to hand out 25 mini catalogs a week to complete strangers…

Who do you leave them with??

*** EVERYONE!!!! When you go into the……

-grocery store, give it to the cashier

-bank, send it in the tube

-gas station, give it to the clerk

-library, give it to the lady checking you out

-walmart, give it to the cashier

-doctor, leave some for the staff

-dollar store, give to the cashier

-WORK…leave in the BATHROOMS, breakrooms…

-servers….attach your bill to the mini catalog

ANYONE you come into contact with.  And when you get really good at this…you not only go into the dollar store you intended to, but you go into the store NEXT DOOR! Why not? You’re already THERE!

AND WHAT DO WE SAY WHEN WE HAND THEM OUT????? “Do you mind if I leave this with you???”

Now one more thing that’s fun to do……

You CAN get some kiddy looking goody bags and a sticker book, mini notepads, and a pack of 64 crayons at your dollar store.  Put some stickers, two sheets of paper folded over, 2 crayons, and a mini catalog packet.  Hand them to rowdy kids in stores-the moms will love you 🙂

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

www.buymybags.com

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Matchbox Dice Booking Game for Your Direct Sales Parties

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I found the most AWESOME booking game for my Thirty-One home parties! I’m going to call it the Matchbox Dice Booking Game, cause I like to make up words. LOL!

It was so easy and so fun for the guests! I saw a blog post from Deb Bixler that sparked the idea, so I knew I had to make it my own! Watch this video to learn more and then find major details below on how to make your own, what prizes go in the boxes, etc.

So here is what it all looks like

(now there’s a #1 box in that picture. You won’t need a #1 box)

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Supplies:

1. fiesta bowl or vegetable tray…whatever that thing is called 🙂

2. Matchboxes (I found mine at Hobby Lobby. They were made by Paper Studio)

3. Large colorful dice (or regular dice if you want to be that guy. Just kidding! Regular dice are fine!)

4. Some slips of paper to insert your prizes into the boxes. I used cardstock and made sure they fit in there pretty tight so they would stay in the bottom.

Prizes:

It is VERY important that you use these exact #’s for the prize boxes. Someone out there has done the statistics of how many times a # was likely to be rolled. So, for instance, the #2 was the least rolled #. So you’re going to want to put your Gran Prize in that box!

#2- Grand Prize

#3 and #4- Prizes

#’s 5-9 are Book a Show

#’s 10-12 are prizes

What do you give away as the prizes?:

~key fobs

~$5 off your order

~free customer special (only if it’s cheap)

~Pick a prize (have a prize box with lots of little goodies from your company-key fobs, nail files, things from dollar bins at Target. etc)

What happens if two people get the same number?:

Nothing! When someone rolls the dice and gets their number, they open the box and see what their prize is. And then they put the box back on the tray! So it’s ok if someone rolls the dice and gets the same number.

How does this compare to my purse booking game?:

I will use them BOTH! They are both equally effective when it comes to booking. However, I like this matchbook dice booking game because I don’t have to switch out the prizes or anything. They just stay in the box. It’s cheap, but it’s adorable and kind of irresistible, so they can’t stand not to play!

The biggest time consumption I had with the purse game is that I had to change out the slips in them. And with 20 purses, it is sometimes a chore. Effective, but a chore.

So…final conclusion is that I will alternate this Matchbox Dice Booking Game AND the purse booking game. When I have a party with a ton of repeat guests, I’ll be able to switch it up a little!

And if you haven’t tried the Purse Booking Game, you’ll want to check that out too:

Happy Booking Ladies!!

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

http://www.buymybags.com

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