Facebook Parties: Group or Event?

Facebook Parties: Group or Event?

Should Facebook parties take place in a group or an event? I hear a lot of direct sellers ask about this and there are a lot of different opinions! I want to share my opinion with you and why I think the way I do. Now, you can choose to do your parties however you’d like, but in my experience, doing parties in private events from your personal profile is the best way to go. I’ll share some reasons why.

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Facebook parties in a group

A lot of consultants do their parties in a group. I know it is very popular, especially in some companies. And while there may be some benefits to doing a Facebook party in a group, in my experience, the negatives outweigh the positives. By doing parties in groups, you risk more of a chance of making your customers (or potential customers) upset. It means a higher potential of people who may mark your group as spam if they are not happy about being added to a group. This means a higher chance of you getting put in Facebook jail. And of the people who do stay in the group, most of them are not interested in the party and do not engage. And that doesn’t make for a very good party!

Facebook parties in a business page event

This is another option for your parties, but again, not the best, in my experience. While it seem to make sense to hold parties in an event through your business page, it’s actually not currently the best way to do them. Business pages, including events, are public and cannot be made private. So any event you hold from your business page is a public event. Many companies do not allow for parties, giveaways, sales, etc to be held in a public forum. And with it being public, any friends of people posting/commenting in the party will see it in their news feeds. This could make for some potential Facebook spam reports, which you don’t want!

Read 15 Facebook Post Ideas for Better Engagement

Facebook parties in a private event

Doing Facebook parties in a private event from your personal profile is currently the best way to do them. You can make them private. Your friends/host’s friends can RSVP whether or not they want to go. There is a less likely chance that you will get marked as spam (as long as you are not being spammy). My favorite way to do parties is to use the Tag Team’s 30 Minute Facebook Party Formula. Whatever you do, make sure you are not posting too much, too often, to avoid being put in Facebook jail. But that’s more for another blog post. 😉

How do you do your Facebook parties? Leave a comment and let me know!

7 Direct Sales Myths Busted

7 Direct Sales Myths Busted

There are lots of direct sales myths out there. Many people don’t really know what it is all about. Maybe you have even thought some of these at some point! Let’s set a few things straight. These are just a few direct sales myths that I want to address. Seven Direct Sales Myths Busted! www.melissamackey.net/direct-sales-myths

  1. Easy to do and easy money. Maybe you have thought this at one point. Many people who sign up for a direct sales company do so because they think it is easy to do and will be easy money. But if you are in direct sales already, you know that that’s not really true, at least not for most people! Having your own direct sales business is hard work! You really have to work hard at it if you want to succeed and earn money. Yes, some people may have a knack for sales and seem to make money easily, but many people have to work their butts off! Which is ok!Making money with direct sales is possible, it just takes work! Click To Tweet
  2. Your friends and family will be your best support. I mean as soon as you sign up and start telling your friends and family about this awesome new product, of course they are going to want to support you and buy it, right? Wrong! As sad as it may be, typically our friends and family are our worst customers and often worst supporters. Sad, but true. And if you are someone who gets lots of support from your friends and family, consider yourself blessed! As soon as you can get out of your “warm market” (friends and family), the better!

    Read How To Do Direct Sales Without Being Spammy

  3. DS people aren’t running a real business. A lot of people seem to think that you’re not running a real business if you are in direct sales or network marketing. They think it can only be a hobby. This is so not true! Yes, many people do it on the side or as a hobby, but there are also many people who are really, truly working it as a business and really doing well at it! Like I said before, making money at direct sales is possible, especially if you run your business like a business. And even though you represent a company, you really do own your own business in direct sales. You are not an employee of the company; you run your own business. As a direct seller you have to market your business, sell a product, oftentimes keep inventory, pay taxes, work hard, gain customers, etc. If you are truly working your business as a business, you will truly succeed and make money. Who can say your business is not legit, then!
  4. Pyramid scheme or scam. People who think that all direct sales or network marketing businesses are pyramid schemes or scams don’t really understand what they are. Pyramid schemes are illegal. Direct sales and network marketing companies are not pyramid schemes; if they were, they wouldn’t exist. In a true pyramid scheme, the lower level “consultants” cannot exceed the higher level people. But in direct sales, any consultant can start their business and exceed the income and level of their upline if they work hard enough. Direct sellers make whatever they earn. So if they work hard and do well, they will make more than the person they signed up under, who may not be working their business much at all. Direct sales is also more focused on selling a product than recruiting. Yes, you may get paid a little on your recruits’ sales, but it is typically not much. You still need to rely on selling your product.
  5. Only for stay-at-home moms. Yes, there are a lot of stay at home moms who use a direct sales business as a way to add some income to their family while still being able to stay at home, but not all women (or men!) in direct sales are stay at home parents. Some are not parents at all, some are people working full time jobs and doing this on the side, some may be college students who use it to help pay for college/rent/food/etc, and some are retired men and women who spent a lifetime in the corporate world. There are lots of different types of people in direct sales businesses! You can work it part time, full time, as a hobby, or however you want!

    Check out my mini course, It’s All a Bunch of DS

  6. Crappy products for a high price. If you have tried very many products from different direct sales companies, you will know that this isn’t true! Most of these companies have really great products! Most of them are deserving of their “high” price, because they are good quality products. And many of these products you can not buy the same type of product or the same quality of product anywhere else! Just try some and see! 😉 Besides, you are also paying for the relationship and experience of having personalized service and a knowledgeable consultant. Plus, a company is probably going to pay for marketing their product, no matter what. Maybe it’s through TV and magazine ads, bill boards, radio, etc. Or maybe they can pay real people to promote their products through direct selling.
  7. All direct sales people are annoying. I can totally see why a lot of people may think this is true. I mean, sometimes you look through your news feed and every other post is someone trying to sell something. Or you are constantly getting private messages from people trying to get you to buy something. Or you are frequently added to a direct sales group that you aren’t interested in. I get it. There are some really spammy marketing tactics being used by many of the people in direct sales. BUT! Not all direct sales consultants are like that! There are LOTS of people who are doing it right, and there are coaches and other people like me who are trying to help make a difference in teaching people the right (non-spammy) way to market their direct sales business.

What other direct sales myths have you heard or once believed? Leave a comment and let me know! SaveSave

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Target Market In Direct Sales: Why You Need One

Target Market In Direct Sales: Why You Need One

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What is a target market and why do I need a target market in direct sales?

Good question! Let’s chat! 😉 First, let’s talk about what a target market is. Dictionary.com defines it as, “A particular group of consumers at which a product or service is aimed.” That is a perfect definition of it. You need to know exactly who your audience is and to whom you are trying to sell. (How’s that for correct grammar? 😉 ) Yes, you need a target market in your direct sales businesses! It may be easy to think,”I sell skin care products. Everyone has skin and is in need of my products. My target market is anyone with skin!” Or “I sell organizational products. Everyone needs to organize their home, especially moms. Moms are my target market.” While that second thought is slightly better, neither of those answers are really very good when it comes to talking about your target market in direct sales.

You can’t sell to everyone. Well, you can, but it’s not good marketing and won’t get you the results you want. If you try and appeal to everyone in your marketing, you will end up appealing to no one. If you have read any of my other blog posts, you have probably heard me say that before. Because it’s true! And it is an important concept to learn, even as a direct seller. Selling to “anyone who has skin,” or even “moms” is not specific enough. Yes, you may want everyone to buy from you, be your fan, like your product, etc. But the fact is, not everyone will, and that’s ok. Not everyone likes Apple products, right? And they don’t market to just anyone. They have a specific idea of who they are marketing to. You probably have a good idea of who that sort of person is! And they have built a huge brand, just by marketing to that person!

Read 15 Facebook Post Ideas for Better Engagement

Who should I market to?

So, you need to get specific. Think of your one ideal customer and market specifically to them, and “moms” isn’t specific enough! There are lots of different types of moms, with different demographics! Moms can be all different ages, races, social economic status, education levels, marital status, personality types, etc. You would probably market to a 45 year old single mom, who is working a full time job with 3 teenagers, differently than you might a married 25 year first time stay-at-home mom with an infant. Those two moms are going to most likely have different interests, needs, wants, and abilities. The mom with teenagers probably isn’t going to be interested in how to organize a toy room, like the mom with the infant would. And the mom with the infant probably isn’t ready to think about what kind of organizational products might be helpful in a dorm room, right? Neither is bad, just different.

Like I said, think of one ideal customer. If you could create a perfect customer and clone 100 of them, who would he or she be? Think about specifics like how old they are, their marital status, if they work or stay at home, if they have children (and how many and what ages!), their education level, what they like to do for fun, what stresses they have in their life, what kind of music they like, etc. Get specific! You can even give this person a name, and even find a picture of what they look like from a stock photo site. My ideal customer is Jenn, and I could tell you all about her! She is who I market to.

Check out my mini-course on standing out in your direct sales business, It’s All a Bunch of DS

Why is a target market in direct sales helpful?

I mentioned earlier that if you try and appeal to everyone, you end up appealing to no one. Your content will seem watered-down and will not really connect with anyone, even if you feel like you are putting out good content! If you try to connect with all sorts of different types of people, you end up not connect to any of them. They will just scroll right on past your posts, because they aren’t connecting with them. But, on the other hand, if you are marketing to one specific type of person, you will connect with that type of person and lots of other people like him/her. You will start to attract a following of that sort of person, which if it is your ideal customer, you will attract lots of ideal customers! 😉 That’s what you want, right? Your idea customer just coming to you?! Try it, and see how it works!

Get my Ideal Customer Worksheet and start getting to know your ideal customer!

Now, leave me a comment and tell me about your ideal customer! I’d love to “meet” them! 😉

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Mindset Will Make Or Break You – Guest Post by Erika Tebbens

Mindset Will Make Or Break You – Guest Post by Erika Tebbens

Mindset Will Make Or Break You

“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.” -Henry Ford

Are you struggling with your mindset in your direct sales or MLM business? Here are some tips to help! www.melissamackey.net

You know how it goes…you join your company, the kit shows up, you are so pumped to get started, and you love the products so much you are certain people will be flocking to you to purchase them. Then reality sets in and it becomes fear city!

  • Can I actually be successful with this?
  • What if everyone thinks this is stupid?
  • What if nobody wants to buy from me?

Yep, it’s happened to the best of us. Sometimes it creeps in again and again no matter how long we’ve been doing it, or how much success we’ve had. Here’s where a strong, positive mindset is crucial.

Before you send a single message asking someone to host, before you get pumped to make your Facebook group for your customers, before you do literally anything, you need to get crystal clear on why you want this business and visualize yourself succeeding.

The reason so many business leaders preach about the “why” is because it’s essential. So even though you might say to yourself, “Yeah, yeah, I get it. Can’t we move along?,” you will need to anchor yourself in your “why” in order to push through the challenges that are going to come up.

Here’s an example of a solid “why.”

Susie Sales has joined company XYZ and is a stay-at-home mom to three kids. While her older two are in school, she enjoys spending time with the youngest. One child plays softball and the other plays soccer, totaling several hundred dollars each season in fees. Although she loves her kiddos, she gets burnt out sometimes and would love to treat herself to a mani/pedi each month, and a date night with her spouse. She figures if she brings in $300 each month she can achieve all of these goals.

Could Susie find other ways to make $300 each month? Sure! But she can’t work during the day without paying for childcare, and her evenings and weekends are tricky with the sports her kids are involved in. Direct sales to the rescue! It’s such a great solution to an already busy calendar.

But here is where Susie has to get to work and actually start getting her products in front of people. Here’s where she has to find out how much she has to sell each month to make the $300. How many products? How many home shows? Will she be doing Facebook parties?

If it means doing two home shows and maybe a catalog party or Facebook party each month to hit her goal, she’s going to need that strong “why” when her calendar doesn’t look like she wants it to.

I’ll be honest, I can hustle with the best of them, but when my calendar looks “meh” I simply want to watch Netflix and drink wine and hope the problem just works itself out. Sadly, it won’t.

This is when I have to refocus on why I started my business and why it’s important to keep at it. How bummed is Susie going to feel when she can’t pay those sports fees next season? How disappointed will her spouse be when they can’t have date night? Sure, she can skip the mani/pedi this month, but how many months does she really want to do that?

So what do you do?

When you get in these situations, give yourself a five minute pity party. Set a timer, cry if you have to, and then wipe your face and get ready to rock! Go in your bathroom and strike a Wonder Woman pose* in the mirror for two minutes. Tell yourself that you are awesome and if so many other women can succeed in the industry, there’s no reason why you can’t either.

Think of the women you know who are successful in spite of major life obstacles or challenges. Use that as inspiration. Then sit down with a pen and paper and start brainstorming what you are going to do to hit that goal. Who might want to host? Could you put together a multi-vendor shopping event? Host your own fun event? Are there local businesses that could use your products? Past customers you need to follow up with? Now take action on that list and don’t stop until you are satisfied.

Time and again the women I’ve seen have consistent success are the ones with the best attitudes. They are the ones who say, “I’m not sure exactly how I’m going to do this, but I’m going to figure out a way.” They are the ones who have a terribly disappointing month and instead of quitting, vow to push ahead and succeed.

I had a boss once who told me, “You can complain about the things you don’t like, but only if you offer up suggestions afterward.” This right here is mindset work. So often people will come up against a challenge (a product sells out, shipping times have increased, hostess rewards change, etc.) and they want to wallow in it and blame their company. Instead, get your head in the right place and figure out what you CAN do to make the situation better.

I guarantee you even the women you see at the very top have their own struggles and frustrations. They have bad months and difficult seasons, and many even struggle with burnout. But the unifying factor in what keeps people going is the mindset that they can improve their current situation and forge ahead.

If they can do it, I guarantee you can too!

Want more specifics?

Here’s the exact training I recently gave to over 200 women in the industry. Simply click and you can get my guide on the 10 Actions and Attitudes that are essential for business newbies.

*Think I’m just being silly with the Wonder Woman pose? Think again! Check out this amazing TED talk with Amy Cuddy about the power of body language on mindset.

 


About the guest author: Erika Tebbens

Erika Tebbens helps motivated women with business goals fine tune what they do and how they do it, so they can have more joy in their businesses. She has experience in traditional retail and direct sales and loves providing support so she encourages you to join her Facebook group and reach out. She started her business because she’s been running businesses and leading people for over 10 years, and wanted to share what she’s learned along the way. She is inspired by women entrepreneurs and wants to empower them to run successful businesses they love. Find her on Facebook at Bossy Lady Coaching Happy Hour!

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15 Facebook Post Ideas for Better Engagement

15 Facebook Post Ideas for Better Engagement

Do you struggle with engagement on your Facebook business page? You are using a business page, right? (It is against FB’s Terms and Services to do business on your personal profile.) Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk engagement! We’ll talk first for a bit, then I will give you some Facebook post ideas for better engagement! (But don’t just scroll down to that and skip this first part! It’s important, too! 😉 )

I think we all struggle with engagement at times. It can be tricky to get people to see our posts and get engagement with FB’s algorithms. But, I said tricky, not impossible. While I am not an expert at this, and I am still learning and figuring out how to best do this, I wanted to share some things that I have learned that may help you, as well.

Facebook post ideas for better engagement. Struggling with engagement on your Facebook page? Here are 15 post ideas! www.melissamackey.net

First, you have to know your target audience.

If you don’t know your target audience, you don’t know who you are trying to connect with, and you will end up connecting with no one. Which leads to no engagement. So the first thing you should do is to create your ideal customer avatar. Know exactly who he/she is, family structure, job, likes/dislikes, struggles, etc. The more specific you can get, the better! Then, when you post on your Facebook page, make sure you are posting for that person.

Now you might be thinking that narrowing your niche may impact your business negatively. I mean, won’t only “speaking” to one person mean that I only connect with that one person and I hurt my business? No! Just the opposite, in fact! When you try to be everything to everyone and connect with everyone at the same time, you end up connect with no one! Really! I mean, wouldn’t you speak differently and post different things if your ideal client is a 25 year old single guy vs a 40 year old woman with children? So if in some of your posts you are speaking as if your audience is 25 year old single men, and in some posts you are speaking as if your audience is 40 year old moms, who are you going to connect with? NONE OF THEM!

This is why you need to choose ONE ideal customer who you are going to speak to in your business. Then you will end up connecting to lots of people just like that one!

Second, don’t just try to sell to your audience

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. Relationships before sales! Say that over and over and over again until you’ve got it drilled into that pretty little head of yours! Relationships will bring sales. Hard selling all the time won’t. At least not in the long run!

Relationships will bring sales. Hard selling all the time won't. Click To Tweet

If you are just selling all of the time, your audience will tune you out and stop following you because they are annoyed with all of the selling. No one gets on Facebook to be sold to! That’s what Amazon is for! 😉 The best thing to do is to follow the 80/20 (or 90/10!) rule. So that means out of every 10 posts, only one maaaaaybe two, should be about your products/salesy. The rest of your posts should focus on building that relationship and engagement. And make sure you are doing business on your business page, NOT your personal profile! Mmmmkay?!

Ok, now that we’ve gotten all of that out of the way, let’s move on to the engagement post ideas, alright?

Read How To Do Direct Sales Without Being Spammy

15 Facebook Post Ideas for Engagement

Here is a list of 15 post ideas that you can use for engagement. If you are not used to getting engagement on your page, don’t be alarmed if it takes awhile. You will have to “train” your followers to engage with you. Start with super easy things where they can just give a simple answer, like multiple choice, or this or that. So all they need to do is say, “A!” Then you can move on to things that require longer answers, such as fill in the blank and asking for help/advice or asking a question. Don’t expect too much of them yet, until they are used to engaging with you on your page!

  • This or that
  • Multiple choice  (2, 3, or 4 choices)
  • Fill in the blank
  • Ask a question
  • Two truths and a lie
  • Play a game
  • Ask for help/advice
  • Contest
  • Quiz
  • Poll
  • Challenge
  • Behind the scenes/real life pic
  • Vulnerable post
  • Ask their opinion
  • FB live

There you go! Try it out for a few weeks, then come back here and let me know what you think! I’d love to hear how it works for ya!

Do you already have your ideal customer figured out? Leave a comment and tell me about him or her!

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