I don’t know about you but so far this season the web is excruciatingly SLOW for me. Has anyone experienced the same? They now have a name for the Monday after “Black Friday”, the day after Thanksgiving. It’s called “Cyber Monday”. I heard on the radio that online sales topped $300 million that day. That’s all well and good as we cyber people like to see a lot of people shopping online, but unless someone buys from us, well, it’s a lot of hot air, right?
Found on the web: Sales reached $608 million, excluding travel spending, on the first day that consumers are back at work after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. That was the heaviest online sales day the company had ever researched. Last year’s top shopping day, December 12, reaped sales of $556 million. ‘But it won’t be the biggest (spending) day of the season,’ said comScore chairman Gian Fulgoni. ‘We still think that will occur the week of December 12.’
Interestingly, there was a huge number of people shopping on the web on Thanksgiving Day according to the article.
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Become the Expert
Position yourself and your company as the thought leader of your business.
In a forum where your main objective not is to sell, you’ll have a more personal relationship between you and your customers. Blogs are a fast way to join the customers’ discussions, provide tips and insights or receive feedback.
It’s every PR-consultants dream to create a channel where media regularly check what you have to say, instead of media just being passive – sometimes indifferent – recipients of press releases.
Use blogs as a workspace where project members keep each other updated without wasting time writing reports or searching the Outlook inbox.
Blogs works in two ways. First of all, they’re an easy way for the readers to find information and resources they want or need. That’s obvious and could be used internally in many organizations. Second, blogs are a kind of “university light” for the blogger. Blogging is on-the-job learning.
If you establish your company as a thought leader, people in your business will pay attention. They’ll read and discuss what you have to say. Chances are good they will see you as an attractive employer.
Test ideas or products
A blog is informal. It’s part of a conversation where people (often) can comment, and the blog can provide you with a measure of value. Publish an idea and see if it generates interest. Does anyone link to you? What do they say?
Rank high in search engines
Well, this has nothing to do with relations. But Google and other search engines rewards sites that are updated often, that link to other sites and most importantly, that has many inbound links. Start a blog at your regular site and your ranking will boost. Here are some free sites to post your ads:
Today’s Marketing Tips
From Marie Updike
Independent Charter Consultant for Taste of Home Entertaining
A few tips on how to Succeed in the Direct Sales Business:
1). Read your business manual
2). Make sure you have the recommended amount of parties for your first month in business
3). Practice in front of a mirror or with some friends before your first show(it’s okay to have note cards with you at your show, some companies even have their own scripts).
4). Make out a schedule for your day: for example:
7:00 – 7:30 get kids ready for school
7:30 – 8:00 pick up house
8:30 – 10:30 work on my home business
having a planned out schedule will help keep you on track and also show you your progress and success. But, make sure you leave room for flexibility as things do come up and schedules may need to be changed.
5). Try to have one place in your home dedicated to your business.
6). Keep your business and personal checking accounts separate.
7). When scheduling parties, there are some months you may want to schedule an extra show or two as some may cancel.
8). Coach you host/hostess well.
9). Always, always be honest with your customers and potential recruits about your company and your business.
10). Finally, although there are many tips for success, remember this is your business and your income. You need to stay in of the days you want to work as well as with whom and where. It’s okay to say no sometimes. If you become unhappy, it will show. The reason we are working at a home based business is so we can have control over our own schedules and life’s and stay happy.
Today’s JokeFor all of you who are married, were married, wish you were married, or wish you weren’t married; this is something to smile about the next time you open a box of chocolates.
Sally was driving home from one of her business trips in Northern Arizona when she saw an elderly Navajo woman walking on the side of the road. As the trip was a long and quiet one, she stopped the car and asked the Navajo woman if she would like a ride. With a silent nod of thanks, the woman got into the car. Resuming the journey, Sally tried in vain to make a bit of small talk with the Navajo woman. The old woman just sat silently, looking intently at everything she saw, studying every little detail, until she noticed a white bag on the seat next to Sally.
“What in bag?” asked the old woman.
Sally looked down at the white bag and said, “It’s a box of chocolates. I got it for my husband”.
The Navajo woman was silent for another moment or two. Then, speaking with the quiet wisdom of an elder, she said, “Good trade.”
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