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Booking Idea: Host a RESTAURANT Party!

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Have you ever done a RESTAURANT Party??

This is so much fun and so easy to do!

I recently went to one held by another direct sales company (at an Applebees Restaurant) and was SHOCKED at how well it was going for her!

I am a people-person, so I started conversations with the other guests there and they were talking about what a great idea this restaurant party was because there was no “sales pitch” and they could come and go as they pleased, and could eat dinner or get drinks if they wanted to! How awesome is that??

This consultant basically had 2 parties going on at the same time, with 2 different hostesses.

She didn’t even have it in a back room or anything, her party was at 4 tables near the back of the restaurant, but still in the dining room. One table in the middle had a simple product display. So what do the hostesses love about it? Well, you know me, I totally asked them! They said they loved being able to host it somewhere NOT at their home, where they didn’t have to clean or cook, or kick out the hubby and kids for the night! It more like a Girls Night Out where people stop by during a 2-3 hour time frame. This restaurant offered 1/2 price appetizers during a certain time period, so the hostesses each ordered a few for their individual tables.  When the guests came in they sat down for a bit with their hostess, had some appetizers, maybe got themselves a drink, checked out the product display, grabbed a catalog, asked questions, placed product orders and left (or hung out)! Fast and simple! In fact, it turns out that most of them were actually on their way home from work, so they just stopped by on their way.

Top 5 reasons to host parties at a restaurant:

1. Free or cheap venue (especially if you hold it in the regular dining room)
2. Open house style, people come and go as they please!
3. Food — potential 1/2 price appetizers, drinks and hostess can buy or guests can buy themselves
4. Super easy for the hostess — no cooking, cleaning or kicking out family
5. Perfect “girls night” feel

This is a great out-of-the-box booking idea, something different.

What have you go to lose? Choose your favorite restaurant, I am thinking a local Mexican place margarita specials is gonna be my go-to place! Who wouldn’t want to come to that?? 😉 Why not start by just hosting your own party at the restaurant? In fact, maybe you book one every month during the first week of the month to share new products, specials, etc and invite your entire customer group and friend/acquaintance circle to your local Girls Night Out event.

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Melissa Fietsam @DirectlySocial

Christmas Dice Booking for Your Thirty-One Parties

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Oh my gosh! This was SO much fun! So I took the Dice Booking Game and added a small twist with Christmas present boxes. And my guests LOVED the boxes!

My goal with the boxes was to get them in the spirit of GIFTING and thinking about Christmas presents! It was cute, fun, and festive. And I’ll be using this through the holidays! Find the rules below, but watch this video first!

Supplies:

1. fiesta bowl or vegetable tray…whatever that thing is called (from the original game):

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2. Eleven Christmas boxes. I found mine at Dollar General for $1

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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) and write “with a $35 purchase”

~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 table! 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 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 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!

 

Happy Booking Ladies!!

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

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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

www.buymybags.com

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Virtual Assistant for Direct Sales Consultants

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If you are a leader in Direct Sales, it’s time for a Virtual Assistant. I have been working with Crown Virtual Services for over a year now. They have impeccable customer service and offer a wide variety of services for ALL Direct Sales companies. She does my newsletter for me. She designed a template just for my team, that is BEAUTIFUL, by the way. She takes care of everything, celebrates everyone on my team, and sends that monthly.

I’m not sure of ALL the details, but I know she also:

~sends new consultant welcome post cards

~team celebration post cards (for top monthly earners and such)

~I believe she also does bi-weekly “woohoos” and newsletters to your team if you wish

I know there is so much more that she does, but the newsletter is what I can attest to the fact that she is a delight to work with and her work is immaculate. And she is AFFORDABLE with many different levels of help that you need.

If you would like to chat with her, you can find her here!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Crown-Virtual-Services/391344750452

 

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

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20 Minutes a Day is all You Need to Work Your Direct Sales Business: Power Hour

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Create a Power Hour schedule for your business and run a successful business in 20 minutes a day:

We ALL need a schedule for our Direct Sales business. My WORD for 2015 is INTENTIONAL. And you will see more on that soon! But right now I want to talk about a Power Hour schedule for your Direct Sales business. I promise you can work your business in 20 minutes a day if you follow this “prescription”. I’ve been doing this for over a year and have seen AMAZING results. Being INTENTIONAL with your time will reap you BIG rewards. You can work 10 hours a day on your business, but if you’re not focused, you’ll never get a thing done. Just because you’re “busy” working your business, doesn’t mean you’re getting the important things done.

I’m going to give you a mock schedule of how you can work your business in 20 minutes a day. When I started this business, I had 3 jobs and 3 kids, working about 60 hours a week AND in the middle of getting my Bachelors Degree. You can do anything you set your mind to!

 

I spend 20 minutes a day in a VERY focused state of mind to get one thing, and one thing only, DONE! I refuse to work on anything until my focus for that day is 100% done. And that is how I stay focused and successful. And most importantly,  CONSISTENT.

I also have a Director who works long hours. I set her up with this same schedule, but an HOUR on Saturday. So she works through all of these 20 minute sections on the same day.

Another Director, Stephanie Kohl,  shared this photo with her team and it rings so true. So here is her picture and below you will see my schedule. Does it change sometimes? YES. Do I always get everything done? NO. Do I sometimes spend more than 20 minutes on something? YES. But only if I have the time.

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Here is my Power Hour schedule:

MONDAY 

BOOKING: set aside 20 minutes

-mailing mini catalogs…with a “call me before I call you” sticker

-calling past hostesses

-planning a hostess incentive

-Finishing your customer email for  the following month with a booking incentive

-calling people from your warm call report

-calling people from the door prize slips

-listen to a conference call or training on booking to learn some new ideas

 

TUESDAY:

RECRUITING: set aside 20 minutes

-Call all those people from your door prize slips that checked “opportunity”

-Send a follow-up message or call someone who was interested in the business opportunity

-Post a recruiting seed on your FB customer page

-Send 3 inactive consultants a new catalog or minis

-Email/text/Red Stamp/Facebook/USPS…you have all the tools…USE THEM

-contact people from your warm call report that clicked on opportunity

-listen to a training or google for videos on YouTube about recruiting to get some new ideas

MARKETING:

-get marketing materials together for tomorrow

 

WEDNESDAY:

MARKETING: take 20-30 minutes

-also plan any future marketing for that month or the next

-take a lead box and leave it at a store

-stop by a daycare and see if you can leave a lead box. Google DAYCARE, Melissa Fietsam, and some videos should pop up

-take some mini catalogs to leave at a restaurant

-google and watch some videos on marketing in direct sales

-spend some time searching online for vendor shows

FUNDRAISER:

-contact 3 people/groups about doing a fundraiser

 

THURSDAY:

HOSTESS COACHING: take 20 minutes

-send mailings (anything that has to do with hostesses. Happy mail, packets, reminders, texts, phone calls, emails, guest lists, invitations)

-text/call/email/set up events/send postcards/Red Stamp

-send their invites, check on their invites

 

FRIDAY: 

CUSTOMER CARE: take 20 minutes

– write thank you notes to ANYONE who ordered from a party, retail, or fundraiser.

-Send red Stamp thank you to hostesses

-Call/text/FB message/email: “Were you able to get everything you wanted at the party?”  “Just calling to make sure you received your products, and make sure everything is ok?”

-get in touch with one VIP customer, send a special message, nothing to do with 31, just to say hello

-check on back orders or shipping notices and send a text to some people waiting, just so they know you’re watching and taking care of them. It is SO appreciated from them!

 

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

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