QR Codes for Party Plan Success

Hi! Thanks for stopping by the 30 Days of Faves Blog Party hosted here at The Party Plan Coach! Each day Divas from around the World will be highlighting their favorite products from their Home Party Plan line. I will be highlighting my favorite business tips, tools, and inspiration for you to help build your Home Party Plan business. Be sure to check back every day in June to see what’s new!

More and more I have been seeing these little images pop up, on websites, blogs, and business cards.  Even last night while I was at BestBuy picking out a new refrigerator, I noticed each appliance now sports one of these little guys.  So what are they?

QR Codes were originally created for tracking parts in automobile manufacturing, but they have caught on quickly and are now being used for everything from marketing, information sharing, and customer care.   Simply put, you can scan a QR Code with your Smartphone or other device, and you will be directed to whatever site that QR code is linked to.

On my iPhone I use QRReader, available free from the App Store.  QRDroid gets great reviews from the Android market, and QRCode Scanner Pro for Blackberry users.  Once you download the app, simply launch the application, scan the bar code, and you will be quickly routed to the website linked to that code. Check out a few of ours:

You can create your own QR Code at qrcode.kaywa.com and get started using your Codes right away!

QR Code ideas:

Create a QR Code for your Facebook Fan Page and put on your business cards to get more Fans!

Create a “hidden” Blog Post specifically for your “VIP” Customers with special deals or a special discount code and create a QR code directly to that post.  Then share that QR code in your Constant Contact email, via text message, etc.

Create a QR Code for your Opportunity Page on your website, and use on VistaPrint Recruiting Cards.

What else can you think of?

 

Carolina Pad

Hi! Thanks for stopping by the 30 Days of Faves Blog Party hosted here at The Party Plan Coach! Each day Divas from around the World will be highlighting their favorite products from their Home Party Plan line. I will be highlighting my favorite business tips, tools, and inspiration for you to help build your Home Party Plan business. Be sure to check back every day in June to see what’s new!

Another one of my Faves comes from Spark & Hustle – the Carolina Pad Personal Card Holder. I am a big fan of Business Card Holders that keep your cards looking clean, new, and professional even when getting tossed around in a purse of briefcase.  The Carolina Pad Personal Card Holder does just that – and even has slots for your most used cards or pictures (which is what I use mine for)  I love being able to show off my Little Divas while fishing a business card out of my purse… they ARE my “Why” after all.

The Carolina Pad Personal Card Holder comes in three colors – pink, red, and yellow – and has a magnet clasp to keep all of your cards and pictures safe and secure.   At a price of $7.99, it is hard to beat!

Card Caddie

Hi! Thanks for stopping by the 30 Days of Faves Blog Party hosted here at The Party Plan Coach! Each day Divas from around the World will be highlighting their favorite products from their Home Party Plan line. I will be highlighting my favorite business tips, tools, and inspiration for you to help build your Home Party Plan business. Be sure to check back every day in June to see what’s new!

Nearly a year ago now I introduced you to this “fave” – the Card Caddie.  This genius little tool – at only $9.95 for the 30 Days of Faves Blog Party!!!! – is one of the best  investments a Party Plan Diva can make!  Check out my review of the awesome Card Caddie:

I am a big supporter of turning your vehicle into a rolling billboard for your business whether with car magnets, vinyl lettering or a car wrap. However, there is a vital piece of marketing that is missing- a business card! Or, more specifically, something that a prospect interested in your business can take with them to call you to inquire. We spend hundreds of thousands of dollars each year putting advertising on our vehicles, simply to be seen and only occasionally called upon. By adding a Card Caddie to your vehicle, a prospect can see your car parked, and easily walk over to take a business card to put in their wallet – increasing the likeliness of you getting a phone call drastically.

The Card Caddie is absolutely the best Marketing tool under $10! By adding a Card Caddie to your vehicle you can advertise your business wherever you are! Whether you are grocery shopping, going to a movie, or even going to a concert – your car is advertising for you, and even handing out your business cards!

The Card Caddie keeps your Business Cards clean and protected from sun and rain, giving you a terrific first impression – even when you aren’t around! You simply place your business card in the front display window, fill the inside with as many cards as it can hold, attach the Card Caddie to your vehicle, and voila! You are ready to start advertising anywhere you go!

Each Card Caddie comes with a Window Hanger to make it easy to remove or move from vehicle to vehicle if you have more than one family car. Or, you can attach the Card Caddie directly to your window with the industrial strength tape strip. Either way, your Card Caddie will be working – even when you are not.

 

Building Your Business on a Budget

Building your Home Party Plan Business CAN be a very expensive endeavor – but it doesn’t HAVE to be!  There are hundreds of ways to build your business FREE or nearly free.  In fact – many of the FREE options will have even more ROI (Return on Investment) than many of the pricier options.  Check out my best tips for Building Your Home Party Plan Business on a Budget:

1. Customer Care - First and foremost always remember that we are all in the RELATIONSHIP business – the better the relationship you have with your customers, the better your business will be.  Whether you sell lipstick, lingerie, handbags or hair accessories, Customer Care is an absolutely FREE way to build your business in huge ways.  Keep in close contact with all of your customers, hostesses, and prospects.  Emails, phone calls, and text messages are all ways to keep in touch with your customers on a regular basis and keep them coming back time and time again.

2.  Referrals - Make it a habit of asking the Five Magic Words“Who do you know who…” Referrals are an incredible way to build your business with no expense.  You can literally ask every single person you know or come into contact with the Five Magic Words“Who do you know who…. would be interested in earning some free jewelry this month?”  “Who do you know who … would like to make some extra money this summer?”  “Who do you know who is in need of a fun Girls Night In?” By asking “Who do you know who” – you are asking for a NAME, not a “yes” or “no.”  You can make the Five Magic Words work for you in any situation and get the results you want – a REFERRAL!

3. Take Advantage of Free Advertising Outlets - Have you ever been in a store and saw a Community Board or Bulletin Board?  Many stores have a local “What’s Happening” cork board somewhere – even if it is in the Employee Break Room.   Take advantage of these boards by putting up Tear Tab Flyers, Business Cards, Postcards, etc.  As a member of Party Plan Divas you will have access to hundreds of Templates you can download to your computer to use any time!

4. VistaPrint – Speaking of Business Cards, Postcards, and Flyers – VistaPrint.com is an incredible resource for stocking up on these crucial marketing materials at a fraction of the price.  By signing up for their Exclusive Offers emails (bottom right hand side of the page) you will receive all of their promotional emails – offering items such as 250 free business cards, 100 free post cards, 25 free brochures, and more!

5. Party Swapping - Look up other Party Plan Consultants and consider Party Swapping – you agree to host a party for her, if she will host a party for you!  This is a great way to meet new customers who you might not otherwise meet!  Other Party Plan Consultants can also be a great resources for finding Expos, Networking Events, and just Sisterhood Support.   Remember that it is very unethical to try to Recruit another Party Plan Consultant – even if she is struggling, do not use that as an opportunity to recruit her.

6. Hold An Open House - Looking for Hostesses?  Why not BE one!?  Hold your own Open House and invite literally EVERYONE who you have ever done business with, or would want to introduce your business to.  Offer incentives for Bookings and Sales!  You can even consider making it a “Mystery Hostess Open House”  – put all of your orders in a basket after the event is over, and draw one customer to receive all of the Hostess Rewards from the Open House!  This is a great opportunity to showcase new products, introduce new collections, and highlight new Hostess Rewards Programs.

7. Social Media - The numbers for Social Media in 2011 are staggering – with nearly 600 MILLION users on Facebook alone.  Even if you are not very tech-savvy, you can begin building an online presence via Facebook, Twitter, LinkdIn, and – my absolute favorite – BLOGGING! With Search Engines all but eliminating phone books, it is crucial to have an Online Presence to keep up with today’s market.

8. Join a Networking Group – Many cities offer all kinds of Networking Groups.  Women’s Groups, Small Business Groups, Direct Sales Groups – you name it – they are all out there!  Check your local Chamber of Commerce Events Calendar to find Networking Events in your area. ( If there isn’t one in your area – START ONE!  Check out Diva Success Sisters to learn how!) Some are free and some are paid – but most all of them will let you attend a meeting or two first to make sure it is a good fit.  Be sure to take your Business Cards and other Marketing Materials, along with your Award-Winning Smile, Positive Attitude, and “Elevator Pitch” and talk to as many people as possible.

9. Gardening - Gardening is the term we use at Party Plan Divas for Marketing your business.  Gardening is like “planting seeds” of success while out doing your normal daily routine.  While you are dropping your kiddos at school, run in and offer Gardening Gifts to the teachers and staff in the office.  When you head to lunch, take Gardening Gifts for the waitstaff at the restaurant.  While you are at the Grocery Store, offer little Gardening Gifts to the employees in each department – including the checkout clerks. GO IN to the bank instead of using the drive-through, and offer all of the Tellers a Gardening Gift.  Truly ANYWHERE you go is an opportunity to “plant your seeds” with Gardening Gifts.  Keep Gardening Gifts in your car and in your purse – you never know when an opportunity may arise.

10.  Just Start TALKING! The “Gift of Gab” is a learned behavior – you are not born with it!   Talking, selling, prospecting – all of these skills are learned by repetition, consistency, and trial and error.   The more people you talk to about your business, the more Customers, Hostesses, and Team Members you will receive.  You can not sit at home and grow a million dollar business – not quickly anyway – so GET OUT AND START TALKING!

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Business Card Caddie Review

Your vehicle (aka a Rolling Billboard) = $6,000 – $30,000.00

Vinyl Lettering Advertising Your Business = $200

Car Magnet on the Doors Advertising your business = $75.00

Card Caddie stocked with new Business Cards = $14.95

Grocery shopping for your family while your car is sitting in the parking lot handing out business cards FOR you = PRICELESS!

I am a big supporter of turning your vehicle into a rolling billboard for your business whether with car magnets, vinyl lettering or a car wrap. However, there is a vital piece of marketing that is missing- a business card! Or, more specifically, something that a prospect interested in your business can take with them to call you to inquire. We spend hundreds of thousands of dollars each year putting advertising on our vehicles, simply to be seen and only occasionally called upon. By adding a Card Caddie to your vehicle, a prospect can see your car parked, and easily walk over to take a business card to put in their wallet – increasing the likeliness of you getting a phone call drastically.

The Card Caddie is absolutely the best Marketing tool under $15! By adding a Card Caddie to your vehicle you can advertise your business wherever you are! Whether you are grocery shopping, going to a movie, or even going to a concert – your car is advertising for you, and even handing out your business cards!

The Card Caddie keeps your Business Cards clean and protected from sun and rain, giving you a terrific first impression – even when you aren’t around! You simply place your business card in the front display window, fill the inside with as many cards as it can hold, attach the Card Caddie to your vehicle, and voila! You are ready to start advertising anywhere you go!

Each Card Caddie comes with a Window Hanger to make it easy to remove or move from vehicle to vehicle if you have more than one family car. Or, you can attach the Card Caddie directly to your window with the industrial strength tape strip. Either way, your Card Caddie will be working – even when you are not.

Card Caddies come in seven different colors to match your theme. You can choose a color that will easily blend OR stand out on your car! Match your Party Plan Company’s colors, or match your car’s paint – it’s up to you! And at only $14.95, you can order extras and ask friends and family if they will put one in their vehicle windows to help you advertise all over town!

Ok, so are you ready to find out how you can win your own – FREE!?

THREE lucky Divas are going to win a set of TWO Card Caddies each! One to use – and one to share!

Please be sure to read the complete rules:

To enter this contest, first visit The Card Caddie Facebook Page and Become A Fan. Then, come back here and please leave a comment below, letting our readers know what color Card Caddie you would buy and what company you would be advertising!!

You will get an additional entries for each of the tasks below. You must comment each entry INDIVIDUALLY, as that is how winners will be drawn. Please be sure to leave your e-mail address, so we may contact you if you are a winner.

For additional entries, please first Become A Fan of Card Caddie on their brand new Facebook Page, and then do any of the following -please be sure to come back and leave a follow-up comment for each of these completed tasks, in order to be counted as an additional entry:
  • Subscribe to our free Daily Tips Newsletter (in the top right sidebar of this blog) and receive daily training, tips, and inspiration directly to your email (or if you are already, leave a comment telling me so)
  • Follow this blog on FaceBook by clicking the link, or on the button on the right-hand column of this blog (or if you are already, leave a comment telling me so)
  • Follow me on Twitter @partyplandivas (or if you are already, leave a comment telling me so)
  • Display ThePartyPlanCoach badge on your blog by grabbing the code on our sidebar
  • Blog about this giveaway (and paste a direct link to your blog post in your comment)
  • Tweet this Giveaway up to three times per day, but must be at least one hour apart – “Win a pair of Card Caddies to advertise your business on the go! Exclusively from @cardcaddiecom and @partyplandivashttp://ow.ly/1rY30”

You get one extra entry for each extra item above. Please leave me a comment separately for each additional entry. Make sure to leave your email address. Contest ends at 8pm CST on Friday April 2, 2010.

Oh, and in case you have any question as to what color MINE would be:

CONGRATULATIONS Keysha Davis, Lynn Anne Cutler, and Lynnecia Johnson!!  You’ve each won a pair of Card Caddies!!