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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

3 Ways to Promote Your Business on Pinterest

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Pinterest has over 150 million active monthly users.

And 87% of those pinners have purchased a product because of Pinterest.

Those stats alone, are enough evidence that your business should be on Pinterest.

Here are 3 quick and easy ways to increase your business presence on Pinterest.

1. Group Boards:

Group boards on Pinterest allow you to network with other consultants. So let’s say you have a friend who sells Pampered Chef. And YOU sell Thirty-One Gifts. Create a board for “Organizing your kitchen” and both of you add pins related to that board. Now all of HER customers see your pins, and all of YOUR customers see her pins.

You can do this with EVERY company out there:

~Scentsy and Thirty-One bathroom makeover

~Mary Kay and Thirty-One makeup ideas

~Clever container and Thirty-One closet organization

~Posh and Thirty-One travel must haves

The list of possibilities is truly endless

Here’s how to do that:

 

2. Link to other Social Media Sites:

You can use Pinterest to increase traffic to your other social media sites.

Post something on your business page and link people to your Facebook Business Page.

Post something on Instagram and link them to your Instagram profile.

Post something on Twitter and link them to your Twitter profile.

By doing this, you’re utilizing the traffic on Pinterest to increase your social presence on EVERY social media site!

Here’s an example:

Would you like more tips like these on a daily basis?

JOIN MY GROUP DIRECTLY SOCIAL ON FACEBOOK

 

3. Link your YouTube Videos:

If you are making videos on YouTube, you better be sharing those on Pinterest! Pinterest rates videos as “rich pins” which means they rank higher in search options. So if you’re making product videos or business idea demos, those need to go on Pinterest! Graphics are great, but guess what? Videos are BETTER!

Check out this example:

Happy Pinning!!

Melissa Fietsam

Social Media/Direct Sales Coaching

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I am SO excited to announce the launch of my new business called @DirectlySocial:

I will be diving into many new adventures with this business, but the first aspect we are launching is personal coaching! I can’t wait to get back to this!

Everyone needs a little help every now and then when it comes to your Direct Sales business and setting up your Social Media platforms. I LOVE every inch of it, so it is simply natural for me to love teaching it! I am very excited to offer personal coaching for your Direct Sales and Social Media needs. I love to see the light bulbs come on in people’s heads and the way it transforms their business. I also love seeing how much easier I can make time management when it comes to all of these details. Here are some of the topics I can help YOU with!

Social Media Topics:

-Set up and teach you about your social media channels:

  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Facebook business page
  • YouTube
  • Pinterest
  • Blog

Direct Sales Topics

-Set up and teach you how to gain control of your direct sales business:

  • Facebook team page
  • Hostess coaching
  • Booking
  • Customer Facebook Group
  • How to train your team
  • How to train your new consultants
  • Organize your office
  • Organize your business
  • Power Hours for Time Management

If you would like more information, head on over here: COACHING WITH DIRECTLY SOCIAL

Melissa Fietsam,

Directly Social

Create an Offer on your Facebook Business Page

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This is one of the coolest tools on your Facebook Business Page!

You can create an OFFER! Check this out:

So what would you link it to?

  1. Link to your opportunity page. When someone asks you for information on the opportunity, you can share the link for this offer and it will send them directly to YOUR site!
  2. When someone asks about booking, you can send them directly to YOUR site with the booking tab on your site. So they can see the benefits of hosting a party with you.
  3. Create an offer for a tab that links to the customer specials on your site.
  4. Create a “landing page” on your blog or Facebook page that talks about joining a Hostess of the Month Club, hosting a fundraiser, literally anything you want!

How can you share it?

  1. When someone asks about information, you have it at your fingertips and you look incredibly professional!
  2. You can share these in your Facebook events
  3. You can share these in your customer group

Want to know something extra cool?

When someone clicks on this, they will get a REMINDER notification about whatever they clicked on!! How cool is that?!

Someone said they don’t have the “OFFERS” tab on their business page:

Go to your page

There is a menu on left hand side

Click on manage tabs

Click on “add tab”

Click on “offers”

BAM! You just added it to your page!

Now it’s time to go rock your business!

 

Hustle & Hugs,

Melissa Fietsam

#socialmedia #facebookpage #business #facebookbusinesspage #directsales

Social Media Training You Don’t Want to Miss!

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Have you ever wanted to learn MORE about social media?

Do you have a love/hate relationship with it?

You love it, but you don’t know how to USE it to benefit your business? Well, I have the answer for you! And I would LOVE to see you there!

Cinchshare is holding a social media Summit in Orlando, Florida THIS FEBRUARY!! And guess what? I will be there as one of the speakers!

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CLICK HERE for more details: Cinch Summit

Register your spot today! Seats are limited, so don’t wait!!

Want to learn more about Facebook? Time Management? Social Media Channels & Tools?

Here’s what you’ll get!

Social Media Training

Melissa Fietsam

#SocialMedia #Training #DirectSales #Learn #CinchShare

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

#cinchshare #socialmediascheduling #socialmedia #31 #31bag #31bags #thirtyone #thirtyonegifts #directsales #marykay #jamberry #scentsy #pamperedchef #tastefullysimple #itworks #norwex #avon #posh #organize

Hostess Coaching with Red Stamp

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Hostess coaching with Red Stamp and other social media tools are a GAME CHANGER! Take a look at this quick video with some tips and tricks to increase your sales with Red Stamp:

Direct sales is not hard. Being intentional about the things you need to get done, is where it makes a difference. Do you need to increase sales? Increase COMMUNICATION! There are 3 easy steps in the video above to increase communication to your Thirty-One hostesses in order to increase her sales!

  1. use to spread word about her party
  2. use to send a reminder about her party
  3. use to send a “last chance to order” to her guests
  4. use to send thank you notes to her and guests

SO EASY!! So easy you really can’t afford to not use them! I promise you will see increased results if you learn how to use these social media tools and incorporate them into your everyday business and hostess coaching!

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

www.buymybags.com

#31 #31bag #31bags #socialmedia #redstamp #thirtyone #thirtyonegifts #hostess #hostesscoaching #tools #invitations #thankyounotes #reminder

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4 Services You Will Eventually Need in Your Direct Sales Business

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4 Services you will eventually need in your direct sales business if you continue to push the envelope, your business continues to grow, and you’re seeming overwhelmed.

Let me just say first…I gain nothing from these 4 recommendations. The reason I am telling you about these 4 services is because I appreciate things and people who make my life easier. I appreciate good people with good intentions to share their gifts in a way to lift others up. These are 4 instances that I have personally come across with…in business and in person. In order for me to recommend something or someone, it takes a tall order and an insane amount of trust. I do not hand them out lightly. These people and businesses have touched my life. And I know they can touch yours.

You may not use these people or companies in particular. But my hope is that you recognize and give yourself permission to seek these services out when you get to the point that you are feeling overwhelmed. An NED with Thirty-One reached out to me recently and gave ME permission to spend more on help. She said someone once told her…if more money does not give you more TIME…then it’s not worth it. Now I probably just totally butchered what she said and her exact words…but it resonated with me. So I gave myself permission to delegate more tasks to people who are insanely capable of my high standards for my own business. So again, I simply want to give you permission to reach out for help when you get to that point.

These are 4 things that have moved my business to the next level. And I’m going to bore you to death explaining each one. And the ways each one changed my life.

  1. Personal Coaching
  2. Virtual Assistant
  3. Graphic/Flyer Designs
  4. Social Media Scheduling

1. PERSONAL COACHING:

Now I will be 100% honest with you and let you know I have never paid for an outside coach. But I have always had one with Thirty-One. I have had at least 7 different coaches and cherish 3 of those relationships. The others I kind of gave up on. You definitely have to find your match. You have to find someone who gets you. Who gets your personality and your life and is REAL. And GENUINE. And they’ll be worth every penny. As soon as I get a handle on this fall, I will personally be taking on some coaching with Angilee. Because I’m ready to get to the next level in my own business. And I know she can help me do that.

My very first coach was Angilee Myers. I started coaching with her as a Senior Director. The thing about Angilee is that she was a sounding board. She was my accountability and my focus. And she quickly became my friend. You can have all the ideas, the want, the passion, and the drive in the world. But if you can’t FOCUS that energy into a meaningful plan, it will end up driving you in circles. She walked me through my promotion to Executive Director and truly made a difference in my life. Whether it was family issues, work issues (non 31 related), or Thirty-One related…she walked me through it. And a good coach, has this amazing way of making YOU figure out your own plan. She brings out the best in you.

The great thing is, she’s officially coaching now. And if you need that focus, if you’re so overwhelmed you can’t think straight…it’s time to invest in a coach. I have never had anyone to refer people to, but I do now. Because I believe in her and what she can do for you. Because I saw it first hand.

Or maybe you’re looking to reach towards the next level in your career. Whether you’re scared, you’re excited, or you don’t know where to start…Angilee can help you walk through those waters!

Here is a little more about Angilee Myers and how you can contact her for your own coaching sessions, if and when, you ever feel like you’ve reached that point where you need help. Because we all need help sometimes. And this business is no joke. Direct Sales changes lives. And before you give up, or get so overwhelmed that this business becomes a burden instead of a passion, you need a coach to help you get your fire back and get back on the right track:

Angilee was a top performer in sales and recruiting when she was in the field. She sat on the Presidents Advisory Council for 2 years (max allowed) and helped develop countless training programs. She’s had years of corporate direct sales experience but fell in love with the marriage between coaching and performance. She is a certified Direct Sales Coach and a credentialed coach with the ICF. She currently has her ACC and is applying for her PCC this fall. (PCC requires over 700 logged hours of coaching – so she’s coached quite a bit!). She also helped launch the coaching program at Thirty-One and believes strongly that success in this business comes from family, work and life working together in harmony. “It can be simple easy and fun if we stay focused and go to work everyday! Personally, as you know, I have 5 big kids (4 in college this year), our bonus baby Will (2.5) and Aidan (1) who we will soon be adopting. 🙂 They are my joy and my why. I think I’m the best coach for DS leaders because, like you, I understand the chaos of life and the importance of getting a lot done effectively.” 

Angilee Myers contact information:

Email:  angilee@mac.com

2. Virtual Assistant:

First of all, what is a virtual assistant and why would you need one? And when would you need one? And how would you find one? I simply want to help you understand a little more of my world. You all see me doing amazing things in my business, but I’ve never really laid it all out there. I have help. I have chosen a path of serving others. Of serving my team. And that passion takes a lot of my time. So in order to do that, I had to have help. I am blessed with two amazing assistants. And I also have my team newsletters done through a newsletter service.

One…is not for hire:) Her name is Brenda. And that poor woman has enough to handle with me. I recently decided to unload A LOT of work on Brenda. Why? Because I was drowning. I maintained my business with minimal services from my virtual assistants for a long time. But in this past year, my PV (personal sales volume) has doubled. And my team hit million dollar team (because they’re awesome like that). And I made PAC (Presidential Advisory Council). And my amount of home parties and hostesses has doubled or really tripled. But in all that success, I was slipping. I was missing things. I was dropping the ball. And I was miserable in all my success. And then that NED gave me permission to use my profits to give me more time to do the things I am so passionate about. To do the things that only I can do. And it is not easy giving up control. But man was it worth it. Brenda is good people. And a good friend. It’s amazing how God brings people into your life that you could never do without. She helps me run my personal business while I concentrate on our amazing team.

Now, Jackie Abrams is also an assistant of mine. And dear friend. We have been friends for about 7 years I think? This poor woman lives about 5 blocks from me. And she was my main assistant for years! Then she began her own career as a full-time virtual assistant. Jackie is simply what I call “good people”. And that’s a pretty elite group in my world. Not many people get that “token” 😉

So anyways! Jackie has a client base where she runs various tasks for people all over the country. What does she do for me?

She makes and sends hostess packets. I book a party, I email her and say here ya go, and she puts it together and mails it. She sends my happy mail and my birthday club post cards each month now too. And she rescues me when I’m drowning with just about anything. She knows this business inside and out and can help in so many ways.

But how do you know when you need an assistant?

~When you’re miserable. when you’re dropping the ball and missing things that you shouldn’t be. When your team is getting left behind because you can’t keep up with your own business. Or maybe you just want to step your business up a little. Relieve some of the work you do, so you can step things up a notch on recruiting and sales and booking. I was ok managing 6-10 parties a month. Once I started hitting more…I could not keep up personally. And maybe some women can. But I cannot. I work on too many other projects that require my time also. Not to mention my 5 kids and my husband who would all like to see their mother/wife every now and then:)

And what can they do for you?

Anything that doesn’t require personal attention. Hostess packets, invitations, newsletters, stats, surveys, emails, scheduling things, flyers, events, labeling catalogs, going to the post office, mailing things…these are things that can be done by someone else. YOU need to be doing things in your business that will result in booking, recruiting, and sales. And those things require your personal attention. If you’re so busy dealing with things that could be done by someone else, that you’re dropping the ball…it’s time to get an assistant.

Or maybe you’re simply not consistent. Find someone who is GOOD at organization and a good assistant will whip you into to shape and make you like like a million bucks;)

How do you go about finding one?

You ASK. I found Jackie by asking my friends and my team. I found Brenda by asking my friends and my team. And I couldn’t live without either one of them at this point. And if they can put up with me, they’re worth their weight in gold;) Some can come to your house if you want them to, others can work completely online. You simply ship them the materials they need to support your business. Maybe you could start delegating tasks like hostess packets and labeling catalogs to an older child of yours, a local teenager, or a family member. Whatever you do, I promise you’ll be glad they helped get you on track.

How much are you going to pay for a virtual assistant?

It depends entirely on what you need. They go by services. My advice to you is to start SMALL. Take one task and find someone to help. And then as you feel comfortable and build that trust and relationship, you can add more. You would be very surprised to find how affordable good help is. I encourage you to look into it when you start to feel like you are drowning.

Jackie Abrams has my golden seal and provides these services and much more. Her contact information and list of “help I’m drowning” is below. This is a list of the basic services she (or any virtual assistant if you train them) can help you with:

Jackie Abrams:

Email: jabrams66@yahoo.com

Create Monthly Newsletters  : to Gen 0 and /or Directors

Sending Birthday Postcards and Anniversary postcards monthly (using yours or mine)

Making recruiting packets (can do via long distance thru e-files and post office) monthly fee applies but will charge you for postage

Making hostess packets(can do via long distance thru e-files and post office) monthly fee applies but will charge you for postage

Making guest packets(can do via long distance thru e-files and post office) monthly fee applies but will charge you for postage

Labeling all catalogs and mini’s(can do via long distance thru e-files and post office)

Making goody bags for marketing(via mail)*

Taking t-shirt orders( collecting money and shipping)*

Special projects/mailings*

Event planning- i.e.: Director Powerhouse*

Analyzing Down line stats ( I send you a Monday update )

GO Analysis (send at beginning of month)

Weekly update to team (“Wednesday  Woo-Hoo”)

Tracking team incentives and mailing postcards/ gifts to winners(Qualified/Start Swell/VIP)

Planning for Celebrate and Connect Meetings (can do e-vites)

Tracking/Categorizing tax documents/receipts

Facebook shout outs to incentive winners, VIP’s, $1000 above sales, etc.

CER: on Facebook or through mail

Send New Consultant postcards/Welcome emails

Send At Risk email each month

Mailing Hostess Thank you cards.

Big Contacts: Can Import Contacts, Do Task Lists, Send emails,

Newsletters start at $15 per month; Wednesday Woohoo’s are $5 per month. Most of the other services are $2.50 each or 2/$5. unless marked by an asterisk . I am pretty open to trying new things so if you have a service that you would like me to do to help your business out, please contact me. I am here to help you make your life easier!

I also have to give a shout out to Amy at Crown Virtual Services. She has been doing my newsletters for quite a long time. And she is FLAWLESS and AMAZING and AFFORDABLE. I believe her newsletters start out at $18 a month. And if anyone struggles with newsletters…Amy and her company are truly amazing! She does newsletters and various other things to help your business too!

You can find her Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Crown-Virtual-Services/391344750452?fref=ts

3. Graphic and Flyer Designs:

You know…I’m not too bad at graphics. I can make what I need. But it takes me FOREVER. And it’s never as good as someone who does this for a living or holds this God-given talent. I can assure I do not hold that talent from God. I was not blessed with it. I’ve had to research and trial and error SO much. And I wasted a lot of time.

My dear friend and team-mate Bridgett Edwards is a Godsend. She is an amazing graphic designer who helps our team beyond anything I can ever repay. But she also works. And has a family. And a life. LOL!

So I made the decision to start shipping this task out. I found someone who I like, I trust, and I can give them a chicken scratch idea and they get my scribbles and my brain. Kim from Night Owl Custom Design is affordable, reliable, and well worth her weight in gold to me.

I can send her an idea for a label and it costs me $8. $8 for a label that i need right away. That i would spend hours doing myself and it still wouldn’t look half as good as hers when i was done. So why waste my time? Why not support another woman owned business? it’s a smart investment. Work smarter. Not harder. She can literally do anything with designs. Post cards, business cards, flyers, you name…she can do it.

So go check out her page and stop beating yourself up and making the EXCUSE that you don’t have cute stuff. Cause you CAN. And it’s affordable. She makes people look GOOD:

NIGHT OWL CUSTOM DESIGN: https://www.facebook.com/NightOwlCustomDesign?fref=photo

4. Social Media Scheduling:

If you are doing Facebook parties and posts to twitter and Facebook and your team pages and customer pages…and the list goes on and on…you NEED to be on CinchShare.com

This site allows you to schedule posts to your social media sites on YOUR TIME. I can schedule 15 Facebook parties in ONE setting. One post can go to 15 parties. You schedule the time and the date. And it posts for you. This site is truly a Godsend to my business. I can be eating dinner, or on vacation, or outside with my babies while Facebook parties are going on and making me $$$. There’s nothing more golden than time, right? Well, cinchshare gives you that time. It allows you to work on YOUR time.

And when I first started using it, I emailed the “help me” button simply to say THANK YOU. I feel in love immediately with the ease and burden it took off of me. And I quickly built a business relationship with a couple of the founders because they’re simply those “good people” I keep telling you about. They’re women entrepreneurs who were in this business and saw a NEED and answered it. And they’re rock solid. I have NEVER had a problem with this site. And it just keeps getting better and better. I highly encourage you to take a look at it and see what it can do for you.

Again, I receive no royalties or paychecks from them. I simply believe in them and their company and their mission. Their hard work has paid off in this amazing social media tool. And I’m very happy to spread that love of what they do. Because their company (and them) have blessed my life ten fold.

So there you go! I may look like Wonder Woman on the outside looking in. But I can assure you I am NOT. I know my strengths and I surround myself with people who are better at the things I am NOT. We all need help sometimes. Me, I need help ALL the time. LOL! But I simply wanted to give you permission and tell you it’s OKAY if you can’t do it all! You don’t have to! There’s some amazing people out there that can help you. And it may not be one of the people or companies above. And that’s ok. But know your limit and search for some help when the need arises!

XOXOXOX

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

www.buymybags.com

#virtualassistant #lifecoach #directsalescoach #flyerdesigns #postcards #graphicdesigns #directsales #31 #31bag #31bags #thirtyone #thirtyonegifts #cinchshare #socialmedia #socialmediaschedulingsite

Social Media Tip for Your Direct Sales Business

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Here’s a Friday tip on social media with your direct sales business!

Whenever I have someone new who is interested in more information on the business, booking, or anything…I send them a TEXT first.

social media

I made this picture at www.picmonkey.com. If you’re not using picmonkey, or something comparable, you should be! Visual content is the way of the future. And if you’re not on that social media train, you’re going to get left in the dust! Social media is what connects the dots with my home parties and hostesses in general. It’s more personal when someone I don’t know, gets a picture or a video of me. It’s truly transformed my business!

So the LINK I’m referring to in the picture is from www.issuu.com. Again, if you’re not using this, you’re not doing yourself, your customers, or your hostesses any favors. This site allows you to upload an entire PDF to their site. They take that PDF and make it a digital catalog. So my customers can click on a link that issuu gives me and view the entire catalog right from their phone. See for yourself! Here is my link to the Thirty-One Fall Catalog for my customers: http://issuu.com/buymybags/docs/fall_catalog/1

Issuu is also great for the opportunity brochure, monthly specials fliers, new consultant welcome packets, literally ANYTHING. You can have all these at your fingertips.

So I hope that helps! And if you don’t know how to use those sites, that’s an EXCUSE. Because I didn’t know how to use them when I first found them either. You know what I did? I researched “how to” videos on Youtube. You can have EXCUSES or RESULTS…but you can’t have BOTH 😉

Happy Friday ladies!! Do something great today!

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

www.buymybags.com

#issuu #socialmedia #homeofficeleads #leads #directsales #31 #31bag #31bags #thirtyone #thirtyonegifts

#1 Social Media Scheduling Site Cinchshare.com

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Anyone who owns a business knows that social media is playing a HUGE role in our business these days. Whether you’re marketing, sharing invitations, communicating with customers, rolling out Facebook events, or running contests…if you’re not using social media, you’re missing some customers!

I am just going to walk through Facebook events at the moment. Working in Direct Sales, I host at least 10 Facebook events a month for my hostesses. Those FB events last 7 days, and I post 3 times a day. Can you imagine how crazy I would be trying to remember all those posts? Maybe that’s YOU right now?

Cinchshare has made my life SO much easier. If you have never heard of it, let me give you the low down:

This is a #SocialMedia scheduling site that allows you to schedule posts for Facebook, IN ADVANCE (they also do a lot of other things that I have not explored yet). So you can schedule a week’s worth of posts on YOUR time. Sounds pretty amazing, right? IT IS!

I use Cinchshare to:

~post monthly reminders to my team

~when I’m up working late, I can post things for my closed customer page, and schedule them to post in the morning-when normal people are up 😉

~I can schedule ALL posts to any events I have going on. So #1-I don’t forget to post them. #2-I’m never in a hurry. I can take my time and do it RIGHT. Consistency is the name of the social media game.

~I can post things to go on my main FB timeline. Maybe I have an hour to sit down and post a bunch of great quotes I found. But I don’t want to post twenty at one time. So I can schedule those to go out daily with Cinchshare.

It’s really a no brainer for anyone who needs to organize their time and their business. I’m a busy mom of five. I HAVE to do things on my time (if my kids let me.lol).

I highly encourage you to check it out. And with a one month free trial they’re offering right now, you really don’t have an excuse to NOT try it!

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Since using this site, I have not had a single problem. Not even one. Here is the closest thing to a “problem” that I had.

When I first logged on, I couldn’t figure out how to get my Facebook Events to show up on Cinchshare. And then…wait for it…I looked to the right side of the screen and there was this 30 second video that showed you how. And BAM! That was it. I fell in love, we’re quite close now, we talk everyday…me and my Cinchshare account. I love her…but I did feel the need to share her with you. So there you go 😉 Go check it out. The very first time you use it, you will ask yourself how you ever lived without it!

And just so you don’t have to go and search for that helpful little video (that was right in my face)…here it is so you can take a peek:

And if Impeccable customer service is something you’re really picky about…you’ll find yourself at home here too. Any time I have had a question, I message them on the little HELP me I’m drowning button…and they like…REALLY answer you. And REALLY help you. It’s quite amazing if I might say so myself!

And if you would like to visit their website and start your own new crush on an inanimate object…here’s the link for you:

https://cinchshare.com/default.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fpost%2fScheduler

Hope this helps!! Step away from the ledge…Cinchshare has your back;)

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

http://www.buymybags.com

#SocialMedia #sharing #scheduling #FacebookEvents #DirectSales #31 #31bag #31bags #thirtyone #thirtyonegifts #schedule #posts #site #TimeManagement

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