Do Games and Giveaways Build Your Direct Sales Business?

Sometimes I really have to wonder when I look at my expense line if games and giveaways are bringing an increase to my direct sales business. Well, the answer to this question can be yes or no. So lets take a look at how games and giveaways can benefit your business or how they can hurt your business.

The types of games we’re talking about here are the ones you play at your shows. For example, some consultants play games or offer giveaways at their shows for the person who drove the farthest, brought the most friends, is the oldest, youngest, married the longest, has the most kids, etc.

While those games are fun, do they really benefit your business? Do they increase sales or entice people to host a show or even more importantly, do they really encourage potential new recruits to join the business? Maybe – Maybe not.

Getting to the right answer is going to depend on your company; what product you’re selling and how you go about the games. For instance, if you sell skin care products, then giving product away to the person who is the oldest or someone who loves cosmetics may be a great way to gain a new customer. Choose gifts that are appropriate and something they will actually use; new colors for the season, Skin Care Products, cleansers, etc. are all great items.

Look for items that are different than what everyone else gets. If you do multiple parties a week, always try and have something a bit different at each. Some people like the idea of getting something that is rare and unique; something that everyone else doesn’t have. The idea is to think through what you’re giving away. Don’t give away something just to get rid of it!

Also, if you choose to give away a gift to the person who brings the most friends, make sure your hostess informs their friends of this before hand and it is on the invitations too. This is a great way to get more people to a show. Also, make the gift worthwhile. You want the guest to really want it so they will truly work for it.

Some companies encourage their consultants to give gifts to people as an enticement to get them to listen to the business opportunity. While this can be a good idea, it can also be a bad idea. Again, think through who you are trying to recruit. You are looking to recruit people who really love the product; those who are interested in making more money or those who are looking to start a new career and who are motivated and excited. In other words, don’t give your business away in gifts to just anyone who is simply looking for free product only.

Be choosy about who you’re giving your product to and what you’re giving away. Games and giveaways can help your business when they are well thought out, targeted to a specific audience and used appropriately. Keep in mind; freebies can hurt your business if you’re just giving away for the sake of having something to give.

Tips on How to Choose the Right Direct Sales Business for You

Copyright Chris Carroll and DirectSalesTalk. If you see this on any other site without my byline, please let me know.

How do you find the perfect direct sales business? The one that fits your personality and your lifestyle? As you know there are hundreds of established companies available to choose from. It can be an over whelming and daunting task to select the perfect business. Here are some tips that may help you in narrowing down the selection process.

First of all, think about what you love or love to do. Do you scrap in your spare time? Do you love coffee and treats? How about kids, love them, have them? Did you know there are tons of party plan businesses dedicated to all of these items? Maybe you enjoy household business like cleaning. There are organizational businesses, cleaning product business or even cleaning franchises. Anything you can think of more than likely exists. You just need to find what YOU love to do and what you can see yourself doing for a long time.

More and more people are realizing that to work at home successfully you have to have a passion and drive for your product or service. That is what gets you up in the morning. That is what is going to motivate you to go to work every day. In order to be successful, you have to put in the time and work it just like a regular job. If you work part time hours, you will get part time pay.

So, first narrow down the choices for your new business. Candle lovers have companies such as Scentsy or Partylite; Jewelry lovers look at companies like Lia Sophia or Stella & Dot plus all of the other choices. You need to write down your top 3-5 companies that interest you and then RESEARCH RESEARCH RESEARCH! You cannot find out enough about a company before signing on the dotted line. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the company and the direct sales rep that may be talking with you too.

After your research, I am sure you will feel great about your selection. It will be a perfect fit to you and your lifestyle. When you put in the time to research and not jump on the first pretty line you see, you will do fabulous at growing your new direct sales work at home business. Have fun growing it!

Copyright Chris Carroll 2011

Hot Summer Party Ideas for Your Direct Sales Business

As the sun heats up the hostesses for our direct sales business may tend to withdraw a bit. The kids are out of school, family vacations abound and there are more family activities as well. But this does not mean that you have to stop doing parties; you just need to be a bit more creative. Here are a few summer fun ideas to get your hostess excited about booking with you.

Take all of the excuses away with fun outdoor activities with your direct sales business. You can offer your hostess parties geared around the kids and hold them in parks, at the pool deck or even in a nice backyard. Find some great themes to incorporate into your parties as well. Some great themes that do well are Wine themes parties; Margarita parties; a 50’s or 60’s pool party; Luau or Hawaiian theme is ever popular.

You can look at stores like Oriental Trading for great party ideas and buy some inexpensive accessories and build a party around it. People love to have fun and if it means that they do not have to cook or clean up much, you are in!

Get your creative hat on, and see what you can come up with for some fun summer themes for your booking your party hostesses. I know that they will be thrilled to do something besides the old stand by and if the kids are entertained as well, that is a double plus! Have fun!