Sponsoring Tips for Direct Sellers – How to Grow Your Team by Changing Your Strategy

Sponsoring Tips for Direct Sellers

You took the plunge! You found a product you love and joined the company! You’ve told everyone you know how great it is. But no one is joining your team. Sponsoring can be difficult.

You see other consultants ranking up all around you and you just don’t understand what they’re doing that you aren’t

Sponsoring doesn’t have to be hard but it does take some practice and some patience. It took me 10 months to get my first recruit. I was discouraged but determined. I started studying those who were successful in my company and came up with a plan to grow my team. And now I’m going to share those tips with you.

 

Sponsoring Tips for Direct Sellers
Sponsoring Tips for Direct Sellers
  • Change Your Language

You can tell people about the opportunity all day long but what you NEED to be telling them is what you have to offer AFTER they sign-up. What kind of coaching or training do you offer? They need to know that you are invested in their success, not just their money. After all, if your team succeeds, you succeed.

  • Act the Part

Don’t have a team of 100? Act like you do! Even if you only have 2 team members, put procedures in place now that will facilitate your growth. Put together welcome packets, develop your own team training, have team calls, etc. Do everything with the mindset that you already have a large team! If you build it they will come!

  • Make an Opportunity Packet

This packet should include company information, compensation plans, and any extra benefits. Be sure to d your contact info. This makes it easy to hand out to prospects, so make sure to always have a few with you. I like to keep a couple in the car and one in my purse. You never know when you’ll need one!

  • Know your Product and Your Business

Luckily, for me, I only have to remember 5 product categories and one $5 price point, but it is so important to know what you sell. Think about any questions you may be asked and have an answer ready. This goes for the business opportunity, as well. Someone who is interested in the opportunity will often have questions like, ‘How much can I make?’ or ‘What is required of me?’. Knowing the answers to their questions shows that you are serious about what you do.

  • Ask your Hostesses

If you think about it, hostesses are the perfect team members. They already love the product and by hosting a party, they already have an idea of how it works.

  • Practice What to Say

This can be the scariest part. But if you develop various scripts and practice them, you’ll always be prepared. Think of various situations and come up with a script for each of them. Keep it short. You don’t want people’s eyes to start glazing over before you’ve even gotten to the point.

  • Talk About Yourself

What has the business done for you? What do you love about it? By talking about yourself and why you love it, it takes the pressure off of them.

  • Be a Product of the Product

This should go without saying but if you have a wearable product, for goodness sakes, wear it? If you don’t have a wearable product, carry samples to give out.

Try implementing some of these tips today and see what a difference it makes in your sponsoring strategy!

Want to join my Paparazzi Team? We’d love to have you! Just click HERE.

Have tips of your own? Drop them in the comments below!

Avoid Facebook Jail with These 3 Tips

Avoid Facebook Jail with these 3 Tips

If you’re in Direct Sales, you’ve no doubt heard about Facebook Jail. You may have even been there yourself.

I’ve had many trips to the virtual slammer and not only is the food terrible, it puts a serious damper on your business.

So, how can you avoid it? Here are 3 Tips to keep you on the outside:

Avoid Facebook Jail with these 3 Tips
Avoid Facebook Jail with these 3 Tips

(This page contains affiliate links. This means that if you sign up or subscribe to any of the products or services I recommend, I may get a small compensation to feed my Mac n Cheese addiction. But don’t worry, it won’t cost you a penny more and I would never recommend something that I don’t use and love myself.)

  • Slow Down
Avoid Facebook jail, Tip #1 Slow Down
Avoid Facebook Jail, Tip #1, Slow Down

I know you are super excited to share your new product/promotion/special/etc. but when you post in multiple places at the same time, this could get you in trouble with the Facebook Police. Let some time pass between posts to fly under the radar.

  • Create Your Own Graphics
Avoid Facebook Jail, Create Your Own Graphics
Avoid Facebook Jail, Create Your Own Graphics

You know that amazing graphic that corporate just sent out and you can’t wait to post it? Yeah, neither can every other consultant. When the same image starts popping up all over the place at the same time, Facebook will flag it as spam and you get locked up. Create your own graphics and stay on the right side of the bars.

Try using PicMonkey or Canva. These are my two favorite graphics creators!

  • Keep Your Personal Page, Personal
Avoid Facebook Jail, Keep Your Personal Page Personal
Avoid Facebook Jail, Keep Your Personal Page Personal

Although many people tend to ignore it, it is actually against Facebook policy to conduct business on your personal account. That’s what your business page is for. If you just HAVE to tell your friends about your business, post to your business page first and then SHARE it to your personal page. But do this sparingly. Your friends will thank you.

Hopefully, these tips will help keep you out of Jail but if you do find yourself behind bars, we’ll send a nail file in a cake!

5 Must Have Apps for Paparazzi Consultants

 

As the mom to a VERY active toddler, most of my work is done on my cell phone (in between changing diapers and cleaning up messes). These apps help me stay on track when life gets a little hectic!

5 Must-Have Apps for Paparazzi consultants
Top 5 Apps for Paparazzi Consultants

(This page contains affiliate links. This means that if you sign up or subscribe to any of the products or services I recommend, I may get a small compensation to feed my Mac n Cheese addiction. But don’t worry, it won’t cost you a penny more and I would never recommend something that I don’t use and love myself.)

  • Square
Top 5 Apps for Paparazzi Consultants: Square
Top 5 Apps for Paparazzi Consultants: Square

Since Paparazzi is primarily inventory based, you’ll need a way to send invoices and take payments. Square allows you to do both of these things as well as track inventory and organize customer information right in the app!

You can get up to $1,000 in FREE processing when you sign up HERE!

  • Dropbox
5 Must-Have Apps for Paparazzi Consultants, #2 Dropbox
Top 5 Apps for Paparazzi Consultants: Dropbox

Since I work mostly from my cell phone, I often find graphics or documents and wish I was at my computer to download them. Enter Dropbox. Dropbox allows you to save files from your mobile device and access them later on your computer or on the go right in the app! This also frees up data space on your mobile device so you have more room to save photos of those kiddos (or random memes you find on the internet).

The FREE plan gives you 2GB of storage but you can get an extra 500MB FREE by signing up HERE!

  • Photofy
5 Must-Have Apps for Paparazzi Consultants, #3 Photofy
Top 5 Apps for Paparazzi Consultants: Photofy

Creating your own, original graphics is crucial to standing out (and staying out of Facebook Jail) but when you’re as busy as I am, finding time to sit down at a computer isn’t always possible. I’ve used a lot of graphics apps, but Photofy is, by far, my favorite. It is incredibly user-friendly and comes loaded with stock photos, fonts, and artwork to create a graphic that is as unique as you are!

Get it HERE!

  • Tailwind
5 Must-Have Apps for Paparazzi Consultants, #4 Tailwind
Top 5 Apps for Paparazzi Consultants: Tailwind

I can barely remember to brush my hair in the mornings so I need a little (a LOT) of help remembering when and what to post on social media. Tailwind analyzes your followers and tells you when the best times to post are. Even better, you can schedule your posts in the app and get a push notification when its time to post. All you have to do is copy and paste!

Grab a FREE trial of Tailwind here!

  • Parcel Track
5 Must-Have Apps for Paparazzi Consultants, #5 ParcelTrack
Top 5 Apps for Paparazzi Consultants: ParcelTrack

If you mail a lot of packages, its nice to know that they reach their intended destinations as planned. With Parcel Track you can enter tracking numbers from any carrier and track all of your packages in one convenient place.It even sends you a push notification when a package has been delivered, which serves as a great reminder to follow-up with your customers and see how much they love their new jewelry!

Get the ParcelTrack app here!

Now that you know what I use, I want to hear from you! Do you have any ‘Can’t live without’ apps that you use for your business? Drop me a comment below!

How CinchShare Saved My Business

How cinchshare saved my business.

This post could also be titled ‘How CinchShare makes me look more organized than I really am.’ If you read my post ‘Why I Joined Paparazzi’, you’ll know that I was working a full-time job and taking care of a newborn when I joined Paparazzi Accessories. I was suffering (I still am, who am I kidding?!) from major mom brain and remembering to post or post on time for a Facebook party was nearly impossible. Then came CinchShare and it was love at first post.

(This page contains affiliate links. This means that if you sign up or subscribe to any of the products or services I recommend, I may get a small compensation to feed my Mac n Cheese addiction. But don’t worry, it won’t cost you a penny more and I would never recommend something that I don’t use and love myself.)

How cinchshare saved my business.
How cinchshare saved my business and my sanity.
  • Major Time Saver

CinchShare gives me the ability to schedule posts to my Facebook Business page and any groups that I am the administrator for. Once a week, I plan my post and schedule them. CinchShare takes it from there. This leaves me much-needed extra time to focus on my family instead of worrying about posting to social media. I just set it and forget it!

  • Facebook Parties

As an Independent Consultant for Paparazzi Accessories, I throw a LOT of Facebook Parties. As the mom of an active toddler, being able to sit down and post consistently for an hour and a half at a time, is not exactly easy. With CinchShare, I schedule out exactly what I want to post during the party, tell it what time to post and I’m done. When its time to party, CinchShare does all the hard stuff and I am free to do other stuff. Like answer questions or give the little one a bath because he dumped his juice all over him. Again. Ya know, life! Whatever happens, the party keeps going!

  • Recycle Content

If I want to use the same posts from a previous party but don’t want to type them all up again, I can do that! All i have to do is select the posts I want to re-post and batch post them into the new party. This is also a life saver for last-minute parties. Easy Peasy.

  • Customer Support

Not only does CinchShare have an all-inclusive user guide, they have a Facebook group where they provide all kinds of content to help your business and monthly trainings with special guest speakers!

 

Ready to let CinchShare transform your business? Click HERE to sign up and enter code CINCHFREE for a 37 day FREE Trial!

5 Tips for Better Facebook Parties

Facebook parties are the bread and butter for direct sellers, but how do you make sure your party doesn’t flop? Here are my Top 5 Tips to get the most out of every Facebook Party:

 

(This page contains affiliate links. This means that if you sign up or subscribe to any of the products or services I recommend, I may get a small compensation to feed my Mac n Cheese addiction. But don’t worry, it won’t cost you a penny more and I would never recommend something that I don’t use and love myself.)

  • Keep It Short
Facebook Party Tip #1 Keep It Short
Facebook Party Tip #1

 

Week long parties aren’t doing anyone any favors. I try to keep the party portion of my event around 90 minutes and I am available afterwards to help with any questions. This should give you plenty of time to showcase your most impressive products without your guests losing interest. Any longer than that and engagement starts to drop.

  • Coach Your Hostess
Facebook Party Tip #2 Coach Your hostess
Facebook Party Tip #2

Make sure you and your hostess are on the same page. They need to know how and when to contact their guests AND are engaged during the party. If your hostess isn’t engaged, her guest won’t be engaged and if the guests aren’t engaged, the hostess doesn’t earn rewards.

  • Play A Game
Facebook Party Tip #3 Play a Game
Facebook Party Tip #3

Guests LOVE to play games and win prizes. Get your guests involved by playing an interactive game. Get creative. Send your guests on a scavenger hunt or have them post a themed selfie.

  • Graphics
Facebook Party Tip #4 Make Your Own Graphics
Facebook Party Tip

Don’t use the same old graphics that every other consultant uses. Create your own! Make sure they are easy to read and keep in mind that most guests are partying from their mobile devices.

  • Follow Up
Facebook Party Tip #5 - Follow Up
Facebook Party Tip #5

Don’t leave your hostess or customers hanging. Follow up with them to answer any questions and make sure that their orders were delivered and everything is in working order. You would be surprised at how many people place orders and then never hear from the consultant again. Don’t be that girl!

Need more in-depth training for Facebook Parties? Check out the EPIC Live Facebook Party Training! This is the EXACT same format I use for my parties and it is incredible! If you really want your parties to take off, you NEED this training!

 

5 Places to find Vendor Events for Direct Sellers

Where to Find Vendor Events

If you are in Direct Sales, events and fundraisers are a great way to get your product in front of more people and grow your business. Here are 5 places to look for vendor events in your area.

(This page may contains affiliate links. This means that if you sign up or subscribe to any of the products or services I recommend, I may get a small compensation to feed my Mac n Cheese addiction. But don’t worry, it won’t cost you a penny more and I would never recommend something that I don’t use and love myself.)

Where to Find Vendor Events
5 Places to Find Vendor Events for Your Direct Sales Business
  • Facebook

I know, right?! DUH! If you don’t look anywhere else, look on Facebook. There are many community groups where members will post upcoming events that they need vendors for. There are even vendor specific groups! Hint: Search for ‘Your State’ Vendor Events.

  • Schools

Most schools have a PTA and are always looking to raise money. Some will even have ‘craft fairs’ around the holidays. Contact the school to get contact info for the PTA and let them know you’d love to be a part of their next event!

  • Chamber of Commerce

Check the website for your local Chamber. They often have a calendar of upcoming events around your city with contact information for the organizer. Tip: See if you can find the calendar for LAST year. Usually, they hold the same events every year and this will give you a good idea what will be coming up for the current year.

  • Non-Profit Organizations

Contact your local YMCA, YWCA, Kiwanis, Shriners, Rotary Club, etc. These groups are always raising money for their causes. contact your local chapter and ask about any upcoming fundraisers that you might be a part of.

  • Fair Websites

Check fair websites like FairsAndFestivals.net to find upcoming fairs and festivals near you. Tip: You don’t have to pay for this service. Find the name of the event you are interested in and then Google it. There will normally be an event website with contact information.

And if none of these things work, create your own! Grab some gal pals with non-competing products and host a ‘Home Based Business’ Event!

Instagram Tips for Direct Sellers: Get More Likes and Followers

Instagram Tips for Direct Sellers
Instagram Tips for Direct Sellers
Instagram Tips for Direct Sellers

If you aren’t using Instagram for your Direct Sales business, you are seriously missing out! Instagram has over 500 million active users, and by 2017, 70.7 percent of brands will use Instagram to market their business. So how do you, as a direct seller, use this powerful social media platform for your own business? Here are some tips:

(This page contains affiliate links. This means that if you sign up or subscribe to any of the products or services I recommend, I may get a small compensation to feed my Mac n Cheese addiction. But don’t worry, it won’t cost you a penny more and I would never recommend something that I don’t use and love myself.)

  • Optimize Your Profile

Keep your bio short and concise. Using your interests outside of your business, write a short series of things that describe who you are. Throw in an emoji or two just for fun. 🙂 These things will expand your reach to potential clients who aren’t specifically looking for your product.

Make sure to add a link to your Facebook page or business website. Individual posts don’t allow for hot links, so this is your one shot for others to follow you outside of Instagram.

  • Content

Create a cohesive look by using a consistent filter or color scheme. Statistically, bright, clean photos have a higher engagement rate, which will increase your reach. Think about your ideal customers and create images that will appeal to them. Follow the 80/20 rule when posting content. Users want to feel like they know YOU not the the product you sell. so throw in some behind the scenes photos or inspirational quotes.

  • Hashtag It

Don’t fear the #hastag. Be the #hashtag. Hashtags are SUPER important. This is how your non-followers find your posts. You are allowed 30 hashtags per post, but lets not get crazy, half that number will do. Make sure they are relevant to your post, and if you’re feeling extra frisky, create your own hashtag!

  • Engage Your Followers

Your followers want to feel included. Use your photos to ask them questions, ask their opinion or play a game. When your followers are engaged, your reach is expanded, and it boosts your ‘likes.’

  • Be Consistent

There’s nothing worse than a dead account. Post at least once per day. You don’t want your followers to forget about you. If you are like me and have a hard time remembering to post, consider signing up for a scheduler like Tailwind to schedule your posts, and receive a reminder when it’s time to post it!

Instagram Tips for Direct Sellers
Instagram Tips for Direct Sellers

Want a more in-depth guide on how to use Instagram for your Direct Sales business? You’re in Luck! Click HERE to get the Suite Success course!

And since you’re on Instagram anyway, feel free to FOLLOW ME!

Why I Joined Paparazzi Accessories: And Why You Should Too

Why I joined Paparazzi Accessories
Why I Joined Paparazzi Accessories
Why I Joined Paparazzi Accessories

I joined Paparazzi in January of 2016. But let’s back up a little bit and talk about WHY I became a consultant.

I became a mom in August of 2015. After being on maternity leave and with the additional costs of having a newborn, some of our bills had fallen behind. I was back at work but with daycare costs taking nearly half of my paycheck, I was struggling to keep up.

Around November of 2015, I was browsing local yard sale groups on Facebook, looking for cheap baby gear when I came across some seriously gorgeous jewelry. “Join my group to see more,” it said. Well, don’t mind if I do!

To my surprise, everything was just $5! There had to be a catch. So I took my impeccable detective skills to Google and learned that this was not, in fact, a joke, and that I could make money selling this jewelry, too!

Now, I’m no stranger to Direct Sales and I’m sure you aren’t either. I’m ‘invited’ to a different Facebook party nearly every day. But there are some pretty big differences when it comes to Paparazzi:

  • Everything is just $5 each.

Let me just say that again. Everything. Is Just. $5. Each. That’s it. There’s no trying to convince customers to drop loads of cash. And your friends won’t feel bad about not being able to afford supporting your business. Nearly everyone can afford $5.

Why I Joined Paparazzi #1 Everything is Just $5
Everything is just $5
  • Instant Cash

While you have the ability to make sales via your replicated website (which is FREE, by the way), most consultants choose to carry their own inventory. This means, when you sell a piece of jewelry from your personal stock, that’s $5 in your pocket. No waiting around for a commission check.

  • 45% Commission

Sure, $2.25 doesn’t sound like a big deal, but with such a low price point, customers will often purchase much, much more than just one piece. And that $2.25 adds up fast!

Why I joined Paparazzi Accessories #2 45% commission.
45% Commission
  • No Monthly Quotas

This is a big one! There’s nothing worse than having to buy stuff you don’t need or want just to remain active. With Paparazzi Accessories, there are no monthly quotas or auto-ship programs to remain active.The only requirement is to purchase at least 100 pieces of jewelry in a 12 month period. That averages around 9 pieces per month. I buy more than that just for myself!

Why I Joined Paparazzi #3 No Monthly Quotas to meet.
No Monthly Quotas

On top of all that, Paparazzi has introduced me to some incredible people and has helped me get my sense of self back after the baby.

Are you ready to join Paparazzi and change your life? Click HERE to join!

Still have questions? Shoot me a message! I’d love to talk to you about how Paparazzi has changed my life and how it can change yours!

(This page contains affiliate links. This means that if you sign up or subscribe to any of the products or services I recommend, I may get a small compensation to feed my Mac n Cheese addiction. But don’t worry, it won’t cost you a penny more and I would never recommend something that I don’t use and love myself.)