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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

Are you Subscribed to my YouTube Channel?

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I have a TON of videos on Youtube!

If you’re looking for:

  1. Booking ideas
  2. Recruiting ideas
  3. Seasonal ideas
  4. Direct Sales Tips
  5. Hostess Coaching Tips
  6. Recruiting Packets
  7. Hostess Packets
  8. Booking Blitzes
  9. Marketing
  10. BINGO’s

AND SO MUCH MORE!

There’s over 500 videos on there! You can use the search bar and find ANYTHING you’re looking for!

You’ll want to click on the LINK below and hit SUBSCRIBE so you never miss the new ones!

Click on this link:

https://www.youtube.com/user/buymybags

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

www.buymybags.com

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2 Cool Features in Picmonkey

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There’s 2 new features in Picmonkey.com where you can:

  1. SAVE photos you’ve worked on to use again or edit #ThankTheLordForSmallMiracles
  2. and use TEMPLATES they have to edit to your own information

Both of these features are huge time savers for your business. So I wanted to share!

Picmonkey.com can help you create some crazy cool personal graphics to help you market your business. If you don’t know how to use it, I suggest you learn HOW!

I have a couple of “how to” videos if you need some tips:

Remember!! Not knowing HOW is not an excuse! You always have to be stretching and LEARNING in your direct sales business. So if you don’t know how to do this, spend time working on it. Your business will thank you!

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

http://www.buymybags.com

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Hostess Coaching Sheet and Let’s Book a Party Form-Like DUH!

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I can’t believe it took me this long to figure this out. Like really…DUH! Put the Let’s Book a Party form and the Hostess Coaching Checklist on ONE sheet!

Check out this video:

This is the most basic Hostess Checklist you can afford to do in your business.  All the major points you need to go over. But the really great thing about it, is that it’s a two-sided form (link to the form is below).

So you use the “let’s book a party” form in your guest packets at your home show. Then you KEEP all that information handy while you’re going through your hostess checklist before and after their party!

It’s also great because when she fills this out at a home show, you can show her what to expect from YOU regarding the hostess coaching steps! It’s perfect:)

And the biggest tip I can give to you regarding hostess coaching, is utilizing the Power Hour. Make Monday your hostess coaching day. Set aside 20 minutes to go through this checklist, update your hostesses on their progress, check in to see if they need anything, text those guest lists something fun…anything and everything HOSTESS COACHING! And watch how quickly your business will transform.

Would you like the form? You know I wouldn’t leave you hanging:

Hostess Check List and Let’s Book a Party Form (print front to back):

http://1drv.ms/1PEpYDx

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

www.buymybags.com

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Tip for your Thirty-One Business

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This is absolute 100% standard practice now. If someone asks me for a catalog, they’re getting a hostess packet and a note that says:

I added some order forms and the hostess and customer specials for you, just in case you collected a few orders.
It only takes $200 to make a party order!
You never know…you might get yours for FREE 🙂

WHY would I do that? I already know they want to order. If they were going to order $50-$100 anyway, what’s a couple more orders to make it a party? PLANTING SEEDS!!

THAT is working outside the box!!!

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

www.buymybags.com

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Making videos for direct sales consultants

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Someone recently asked me, how do you look so natural when you’re making videos? Here’s my answer! 

First, I don’t always get it right the first time. It’s ok to delete and start over! That’s the beauty of it. If you’re not happy with it, try it again.

But this little gadget is a simple~easy~fun life saver! It holds a piece of paper upright in front of you. I put an very simple outline in sharpie marker with bullet points to go over. And I have it right in front of me out of the camera’s view. So I can see it, but no one in the video can. Put it where you don’t have to look AWAY to see it. Right in front of you by the camera. SO. EASY. It keeps you on track and keeps your videos flowing the way they need to!

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Click here to order yours for just $8, or you can just google Page-Up to find your own!

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Just my 2 cents for the day on making your own youtube videos a success 🙂

And don’t forget to have all your supplies next to you. Go through your presentation and make sure you have copies or examples of anything you’re talking about. A visual is worth a thousand words. So make sure you have all those handy!

And invest in a good camera. You can get a camera anywhere (Walmart, Staples, Office Depot, online, etc.). They’re easy to use and the quality is 10 times better than your computer one. Unless you have a MAC. I don’t have one, but I’ve heard their cameras are very good. I use a GoPro, but that’s a lot more expensive. You can find a good computer camera for around $50-$75.

One more tip: Pay close attention to your back ground. Make sure it’s nice and neat. I bought a $30 desk at Walmart just for videos. And you can use a shower curtain as a back drop. Yes, a SHOWER CURTAIN. The pretty cloth ones work great. Or you can also shop around for photography back drops. They work great too! And to hold your shower curtain up, you can get those portable closet hanger thingies from Walmart. My husband put grommets into my photo back drop and we hung them from that. But make sure none of that shows in your video.

Hope this helps! Happy youtubing! 🙂

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

www.buymybags.com

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