Must Have Direct Sales Tools – The Party Bank

Lynsey – I was just curious if you can explain the party bank to me a little more. I am trying to get a more in depth knowledge of these tools and how to use them. – Erica Ardali, Passion Parties Consultant

Hey Erica! Absolutely!   A Party Bank is a place to keep a running list of people who have said they “want to have a party after… blah blah blah.”  Here is a video to show you just exactly how it works -

How many times has someone told you, “I have got to have one of these parties when my house is finished!” Or maybe “My friend is getting married this summer. I’m going to call you!” So many times we let that money (not to mention the potential recruits) walk right out the door. That person who was so excited may lose your business card within hours of the party. By the time they want to book they may have run into another consultant or maybe even someone from another company who was ready to accommodate them. Now you will be ready!

This Party Bank is designed to remind you of all of those “when’s” and keep you organized and on top of your Customer Care. When someone tells you they want to book a party when *whatever happens* you’ll be ready to meet their needs. In the process you will be the most professional Consultant that person has ever come into contact with.

Here is how it works… Let’s say its January and Joan tells you that she wants to book a party but her house is being remodeled and won’t be finished until March. Put all of Joan’s contact information on your March pages as if you are booking her along with the fact she is remodeling her home. Then Sheila comes back to the order room and tells you her friend is getting married in May, and she thinks this would be fun. Turn to May and plug her in! Then here comes Melissa who mentions that she and her husband are celebrating their 25th anniversary in October. After she leaves the ordering room, write it down.

In February call Joan to see how the house plans are coming or maybe drop a card in the mail to her that says…Can’t wait to see your house when it’s finished! She will be so impressed that you are staying in touch with her. She’ll probably give you a call to book her party. If not give it a couple more weeks and call back. If the house is taking longer than expected simply move her in your Party Bank. I would send Sheila a card in early March to let her know your calendar is filling fast so if she wants to treat her friend to a girl’s night out in May it’s time to book! She will also be impressed that you remembered. Who knows the wedding plans may still be on or they may not. If not then she needs a stress relief party! Then there was Melissa who mentioned that she’s celebrating her 25th anniversary. Won’t she be so surprised to receive a happy and a discount coupon in the mail from you 10 months later!

If you get in the habit of listening you will become the professional business woman you always wanted to be and your customers will be very impressed!

The Booster – Party Plan Tools

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!

I have been a big fan of Jenny B since I first began my Party Plan Career in the  late 90s.  Her website – www.TheBooster.com is one of the best resources for any Home Party Plan Consultant!

TheBooster breaks down our business into 9 major “Key” areas:

1 – Boost Bookings
2 – Hostess Coaching
3 – Boost Attendance
4 – Boost Sales
5 – Customer Service
6 – Boost Recruit Leads
7 – Motivation & Inspiration
8 – Praise & Recognition
9 – Christmas

And with these “Keys” JennyB has built a huge product line including stickers, postcards, buttons, pen toppers and more!

The “Key Pack Club” is an incredible deal which auto bills each month, and you will receive a USPS Priority Mail Envelope packed FULL of TheBooster goodies, along with training to go along with each “Key.” As a Key Pack Club Member, I received so many great products, I often handed them out as door prizes and recognition at my team meetings!  My Divas LOVED them!

The stickers are my favorite product from TheBooster.  I literally put these stickers EVERYWHERE!  On my catalogs, business cards, Hostess Packets, Recruit Packets, Gardening Gifts – you name it!  I had stickers everywhere!

If you are looking to get a little “Boost” in your business – check out Jenny B at www.TheBooster.com.

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Lapboard Success

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A few weeks ago I did a video on Lapboards – one of my favorite Home Party Business Tools.  Just in case you missed it, you can check it out here:

Party Plan Demo Cases

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One of the obstacles I had to overcome as a new Party Plan Consultant was… how do I CARRY all of this STUFF!?! Because I purchased one of the larger demo kits that my company offered, I literally had 80 or so products I had to tote around from party to party.  Being the Diva that I am, suit cases just wasnt going to cut it, so I headed to the internet to see what I could find.  That is when my love affair with Yazmo began.

Yazmo offers an incredible selection of cases – from small makeup cases to the larger Train Cases and Rolling Cases (which is what I used for years – in pink of course!) all at remarkable prices.  I mean – how CUTE is this!?!

My favorite part about the Yazmo cases are that there are so many different compartments, I kept my kit organized at all times.  I knew where everything went, so if there was an empty “spot” – I knew exactly what was missing.   My guests also loved how easily everything fit, and how professional my presentation was… I literally rolled my little pink case in, and when I was finished, packed it all up and rolled right out.  No more taking trip after trip after trip to the car!

Yazmo also offers free ground shipping on all orders in the Continental US – and they are FAST!  I received my kit the VERY next day after I ordered!

If you are looking for a great way to carry your demo, and are sick of walking to the car over and over or dealing with spills in suit cases and Ziploc bags, check out Yazmo to see which case is right for you!

Marketing Tools and Gifts from eFavorMart

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Several years ago while searching eBay for Gardening Tools, I ran across a company called eFavorMart.  I was wowed not only at their awesome assortment of personalized goodies, but at the PRICE!  Everything from customized organza bags, matchbooks, napkins, favor boxes… but all at a price that was much more reasonable than I ever would have expected.  eFavorMart is geared mostly towards weddings, but with a little imagination, you can really come up with some awesome tools to boost your home party plan business!

Like how about using their Pink Personalized Favor Boxes for the “Book To Look” Games – 100 for$39.99:

Do you have a local “Mom and Pop” style restaurant or Pizzeria?  Why not donate some personalized Coasters for them to use for their guests to use and advertise your business to everyone who dines?!  100 on sale now for $18.99

Pretty up your game prizes for pennies with the Sachetto Favor Boxes – my favorite of course in Fushia!  100 for $31.99

Gardening Gift for $.18!?!  Sure – how about little Match Books!? These are great for Candle Consultants!  You can also donate them to local smoke shops, or local Martini Bars and Restaurants!

They also have AWESOME prices on the little mini bubbles! You can wrap an address label with your business information right on these little guys, and hand them out to kids at the park, in the store, or in waiting rooms.  The moms will be grateful to have something to entertain her kids, and it is a great way to begin talking to the Mom!

In the years since I have enjoyed ordering all kinds of personalized items from eFavorMart.com.   They are a fantastic company with a great turn around time, and top notch customer support.

Check them out, and then come show off your goodies on our Message Boards!

Party Plan Tools – Easy Scratch Offs

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One of my favorite business building tools costs literally pennies and can add hundreds or even thousands to your monthly retail volume, fill your calendar or even build your Diva Empire.  What little tool is this powerful?  EasyScratchOffs. Check them out:

EasyScratchOffs.com offers Scratch Off Stickers in many different shapes, sizes, and colors.  The ones I use most are the 1 inch silver stickers.  You can see many different style and ideas of Scratch Off Cards here.  They even have a downloadable template of a Birthday Card that you can print and use directly from your home computer!  Create a new VIP Program, Referral Program, or simply increase your Sales, Bookings, and Recruiting with the help of EasyScratchOffs.com.

MyeSig.com Party Plan Business Building Tool

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Email has pretty much replaced every form of communication – fax, letter, telegram – even phone calls.  According to radicati.com, there are approximately 3.1 billion email accounts Wordlwide.   With Smartphones becoming more and more popular, it is expected there will be 531 million wireless email users in 2011, with that number growing to 1.2 billion by year-end 2015.  Even more staggering is their estimated number of emails SENT Worldwide on a daily basis – 294 BILLION.  That works out to be 2.8 million emails every SECOND.

With numbers like these, how is your email supposed to stand out from the crowd!?!?

MyeSig.com is an innovative new product that let’s you completely customize your signature with animated images and links – turning every email you send into a selling tool – no matter the topic!   For as little as $9 per month you can have an amazing email signature, with links to up to 5 different webpages.  Even better, you can track the “clicks” to your MyeSig from your account dashboard.

MyeSig has many predesigned templates for the Direct Sales Industry.  Check out a few samples:

Products Shop Online Opportunity

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Facebook Twitter Opportunity

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Website Products Opportunity

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Website Enter Text Enter Text Enter Text

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The Company Product Opportunity

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You can even have a signature completely customized for YOU!  Click HERE to see mine!  esig-208087

 

Constant Contact

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Today I want to tell you about my favorite Email Marketing Tool – Constant Contact.  Constant Contact launched in 1998 and is the favorite of nearly half a million small businesses for Email Marketing, Online Survey, and Event Marketing software.   Because their focus is to help small businesses, their prices are economical and competitive – in fact, I am surprised they do not charge more for the awesome service they provide. With one monthly fee, you can send unlimited emails to your mailing list each month, keeping your name and contact information in front of your customers often.  Oh, and did I mention it all fully integrates with all of your Social Media outlets?

The back end of Constant Contact software is very user friendly, and once you “get the hang of it” you can literally produce full color, professional HTML emails in seconds.   You can include your own images, links, videos, and more! You can even send out surveys to your email list to get valuable feedback from your customers on their wants and needs, to help you run your business more successfully.  They even have an app to send and manage emails directly from your smartphone!

Constant Contact also provides “opt-in” forms like the one you see in the right hand side of this website – allowing your customers to sign up easily to receive your emails.  They also offer an “auto responder” that will send every new signup a welcome email that you can include a download for a free report, coupon, etc.  Constant Contact gives you complete freedom to take care of your customers they way you want to!

Every email you receive through Party Plan Divas – including our Quick Tips Daily, eNewsletter, Specials, Announcements, invitation to the Diva Leadership Academy, invitation to Diva Success Seminar – they were ALL created with Constant Contact(by the way – if you havent received these emails – be sure to sign up over in the right hand sidebar to be added to our email list! :) You will also receive my report- 10 Traits of a Party Plan Leader when you sign up! )

Constant Contact is a remarkable tool for keeping in touch with your customers on a professional, consistent basis, without the need for expensive software or designing.  I absolutely love it, and will continue to use it for many years to come!

 

Card Caddie

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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.

 

Top Ten Tuesday – Tools For Success

Business is easy when you have the right tools. Talk to any carpenter, plumber, electrician, etc and they will tell you how important having the correct “Tools for the Job” will make work run more smoothly. The Party Plan Business is no exception to this rule. My Top Ten favorite Tools For Success (in no particular order) are:

My website – PartyPlanDivas.com with a SHOPPING CART!! Ok, obviously Party Plan Divas IS my business, but  I too use the Template Library and Training Library for my own personal Party Plan Business.  The shopping cart is also a no-brainer -did you know that $146.4 BILLION dollars was spent on online shopping in 2006?!! (source) Would you like to tap into just a FRACTION of that!?  You can – with an online store!!  Yep it’s REALLY that easy.

Gmail Email – I use email for everything. Truly. I have several different email accounts, all through Gmail which all come to my iPhone, Outlook, and PC so that no matter where I am, I can see when new emails come in. I get all of my Social Media Notifications, Order Notifications, Party Leads, etc all delivered via email.  I would say that 95% of all of my correspondence done on a daily basis is through email.  Also with tools such as Constant Contact I can send out several thousand emails in just a few clicks!!  Talk about “spreading the word!!”

My Blog – The Party Plan Coach.com – My blog is a great tool for business because I am able to really show you who *I* am as Lynsey, not just as The Party Plan Coach.  I get to do fantastic reviews, giveaways, participate in weekly Memes and link with other bloggers and so much more.  Plus I am able to write my thoughts, experiences, and events that go on in my life. Blogging can be time consuming – but just like with journaling, for some reason when you begin to WRITE THINGS DOWN - they actually begin to happen.  Start a Blog and begin writing your life and see what happens!

Facebook – Facebook has become my #2 most visited website each and every day.  Though I do not waste time on any of the games or apps, I do absolutely love reading what is going on with everyone, chatting about World News, Pop Culture, Mommyhood, and other things that interest me.  I see so many awesome websites, meet fantastic people, and link up and network with other coaches, trainers, and product developers for our industry.

Twitter – Twitter and Business just go hand in hand now. I found Twitter long before it was as popular as it is now, and thought it was a silly waste of time.  My account sat dormant for months.  It wasn’t until just a few months ago that I attended a Networkers Toolbox Training Seminar that I really grasped the concept of Twitter and how it can be used for business.  I have since been Tweeting away happily and using tools such as HootSuite to manage all of my Twitter accounts and keep it touch with all of my Twivas in the Twitterverse…

iPhone or Smartphone – Whether you have an iPhone, Blackberry, Droid, or any other “Pocket PC” style phone, the Smartphones of today are absolute “must haves” for the Party Plan Industry.  As I raved in my Top Ten Tuesday – iPhone Alls For All Party Plan Divas post there are so many tools that are downloaded right onto the phone to have on the go wherever you are.  Get your email, Social Media, Tax Stuff, and even the Weather right at your fingertips.

Mobile Office – This tool I talk about so much in my training and it is an absolute “must have” for ALL Party Plan Consultants.  A Mobile Office is a portable file box with all of the tools we need to do business – Hostess Packets, Recruit Packets, Business Cards, Order Forms, Catalogs, Pens, Calculator, Gardening (Marketing) Gifts – all neatly organized and packed into your car!  Take it everywhere – you never know when an opportunity arises for business – always be PREPARED with your Mobile Office!

The Diva Success System Planner – Have you seen pictures of my Planner?  I would be completely lost without it.  I have everything in this planner – from my dental appointments to my daughter’s gymnastics meets, as well as my Hostesses, new Recruits, Meetings, event… you name it – if it is happening in my life, it is in my Diva Success System Planner. I keep everything color coded for an easy “at a glance” look at what all I have going on, and the colors go throughout the planner for each category of my life.

Gardening Gifts – All of my marketing tools!!  Yes, I keep them in my Mobile Office as  I mentioned above, but these are tools you absolutely must have on you at all times.  Gardening Gifts include business cards, samples, gifts, etc.  Never be caught without them – and hand them out generously!  Any woman you see is deserving of a little “gift.” Remember presentation is key – so make sure it is pretty. Check out our Gardening Section in the Training Library for tons of ideas of Gardening Gifts for all industries!

Office Hours - Ok, so it isnt really a “tool”, however having a work schedule is just as important to a Party Plan Professional as it is to a Corporate Professional - your doctor’s office is NOT open 24/7 – neither should you be!  We are in this business to make a significant income while working for ourselves, and around out lives, so make sure you are doing just that.   Set your Work Hours, Party Dates, etc and STICK TO THEM!!  Use  The Diva Success System so that you will know what you need to do each and every day to stay on track building your business in only 30 minutes per day!

These are my favorite Tools For Success… what are yours?