Thursday, January 19, 2017

How to Achieve a Fast Start with Limelight by Alcone

 
Hello friends, I hope you are all having a great week!  Whoever said that "J" months are slow months clearly underestimated the power of Limelight by Alcone.  Our team of rockstars have already surpassed our December sales and we are having a blast welcoming so many new team members to the family.  I absolutely love helping all of my new team members reach success in their business and to provide them with the tools to achieve the fastest start possible.  To help them reach their fast start goals, I put together a list of ideas to help them spread the word about their new Limelight by Alcone business and to start making those connections!
  • Have a Facebook/Launch Party - Connect with your friends all over the country.  Set a date and time for everyone to log in to Facebook.  Offer a door prize to those who attend, an additional incentive to those who ask questions about your business and then let them shop away!  As the hostess, you can either earn the hostess rewards for yourself to earn inventory, or raffle off the rewards as an extra incentive to those who attend and place an order. 
  • Party On the Go - Fill up a pouch or bag with a few catalogs, orders forms and let the products sell themselves!  Give to the hostess to take to work, a friend's house, family get together or a girl's night out.  She collects the orders and earns FREE Limelight by Alcone makeup from all the hostess benefits.  
  • Mystery Hostess Party - Guests earn tickets various ways in order to win the hostess rewards.  This can be done on-line or in a home.  Guests can earn tickets by brining a friend, bringing an outside order, booking a party, or signing up as a Beauty Guide.  Get creative!!!  Once all the orders are in, draw a ticket to see who wins the hostess benefits.    
  • Heels and Deals Booking Blitz - Pull together your list of FRANKS (Friends, Relatives, Acquaintances, Neighbors, Kids (Mom's of Your Kids's friends), Spouse (Wife's of your Spouses friends).  Put on your sassiest pair of heels, your hottest Limelight lip stick and set the timer on your phone for one hour.  Call as many people as you can in that hour asking them to host a party or just to say thank you for supporting your business.  Build that relationship with your customer, a phone call really does go a long way.  Having those sassy heals and lipstick on really does go along way, when you feel sassy and confident, it will shine through to the other end of the line.  Try it and see what happens!!!  
  • Booking Blitz Buddies - You know how they say you are more likely to succeed with your diet if you have a buddy?  The same goes for Booking Blitz's!  Try the Heels and Deals booking blitz with a fellow Beauty Guide.  Knowing that you have the support of a fellow Limelight by Alcone sister will make the Booking Blitz go a lot quicker and will be a little less scary if you know you have a buddy cheering you on.  Once your power hour is up, call each other to share your success stories!
  • Open House/Launch Party/New Product Premier - You do not have to have your launch party only when you first become a Limelight Beauty Guide.  You can have an Open House/Launch Party/New Product Premier style party to celebrate a new catalog, a new special, or just an excuse to get your family and friends together. 
  • School Events - Ask to set up a table at a School sporting event, Open house, PTA meeting, Band Concert, etc.
  • Kid's Sporting Event - I am actually using this idea from a fellow team member.  She set up a small table display at her child's Soccer game and the Soccer Mom's went wild!!  Make sure to pass out catalogs to all the Mom's for both the home and away teams.  Soccer Mom's love Limelight!
  • Mommy and Me Tea Party/Brunch - Have Mom's and Daughters of all ages gather at your home or even a Tea room/Coffee shop for a morning of makeovers.   Serve finger sandwiches, cookies and tea/punch.  You can even team up with anther direct sales company and have her invite her guests.  You can both share in the leads and the pampering!
  • Neighborhood Ambush - Distribute fliers with your information and a coupon for 'A Free Makeover' for scheduling a party with you.  You can choose your neighborhood or every neighborhood in the city!  I love to do this during my Kid's naptime.  I load up the kids in the car with a few hundred fliers and pass them out to all the neighborhoods in my city as the kids sleep soundly in their car seats.  It's a great way to have a very productive nap time!
  • Shopapalooza - This is a great idea to do around the holidays.  Team up with friends who sell for other Direct Sales Companies and host a one stop shop!!   Each consultant will invite their friends, family, contacts and previous customers.  In return, you all gain new customers from the huge pool of attendees.  It's a great way to network with other Direct Sales consultants and gain new customers at the same time!
  • Have Your Friends Help! - Give your friends catalogs and product samples.  Have them share the items at work, the grocery store, Target, their kids' extracurricular activities.  Arm them with Business cards too so when people ask them where they bought their beautiful makeup, your friends will let them know!
  • Booking Games - There are so many different booking games out there to play during your party.  I love playing Deal or No Deal, and it has worked many times!! 
Great Places to Leave Catalogs
  • Hair Salons/Boutiques/Personal Gyms - Ask to set up a small display with catalogs and fliers, if a display will not work, ask to leave your catalogs in a common area of the facility.
  • Doctors Offices/Hospital Waiting Rooms- I have personally left several catalogs my kid's Pediatrician's office and Hospital Waiting rooms.  Be sure to introduce yourself to the receptionist and let her know of your new business.  See if she will mind if you leave a few catalogs behind.
  • Break Room at Place of Employment -  Leave a catalog in the break room/lunchroom at your place of employment.  Are you a Stay At Home Mom?  Then ask your spouse to bring catalogs to work and pass them around and leave them in his break room or lunch room.
  • Teacher's Lounge at Your Child's School - Ask your child's teach or principal if they have a lounge that they could leave a few of your catalogs in.  Teacher's love makeup!
  • Leave a Catalog with your Waitress - If you received amazing service while you were out to dinner or think your waitress would make an amazing Limelight Beauty Guide on your team, leave her a catalog or your Business Card.  Leave a personalized note just for her on how she would make an amazing addition to your team or party hostess.  She will give you a call just to hear more!  .
Do you have any networking ideas that worked for you?  I would love to hear!  Please leave me a comment and share your success stories!

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The 5 Easy Steps to Setting Goals in your Direct Sales Business

 
Hello friends!  Happy New Year!  I hope you all had an amazing weekend and are excited to take on 2017.   Let's talk goals, have you written down what you would like to accomplish this year?  Do you have an action plan in place to achieve those goals?  I personally believe that setting goals is critical in achieving what you want in life and in your Direct Sales business.   Whether it's achieving a certain sales goal or a certain rank within your company, goals are what drives you to make it happen!

When setting goals there are a few things to keep in mind...the key to setting goals and achieving goals is to visualize them by writing them down or creating a vision board.  I personally love writing down my goals and putting them in my planner.  I keep them front and center on a post-it note with everything I do as a constant reminder of what I want to achieve.   Also, you want to align your goals with YOUR personal vision and what is important to you.   With that in mind, let's talk about the 5 easy steps to setting (and achieving!) your goals.

The 5 Easy Steps to Setting Goals 
 
1. Set Goals that Motivate You - If your goals don't get you excited or make you want to move forward in life, then you will never achieve them.  When setting your goals, keep your "why" in the forefront, your "why" will always ignite your passion to move forward.
 
2.  Set SMART Goals - As a former Corporate Accoutant, we were always told that our goals should be measured by the SMART method.  SMART stands for:
 
SPECIFIC - Be specific in what you would like to achieve.
MEASURABLE - Your goals must be measurable, if your goals seem to large, break them down into smaller, measurable goals.
AGREED UPON - Be sure your goals are agreed upon and align with your family's priorities.
REALISTIC - Be sure your goals are achievable, if they are too out of reach, it will be hard to stick with your plan. 
TIME SENSITIVE - It is important to set a deadline to reach your goals, it also helps to set smaller deadlines within your time frame to make the goals seem more achievable.  For example, if you are wanting to achieve Director status within 12 months, set a goal for yourself to achieve Lead Consultant in 2 months, Senior Consultant in 6 months, etc.  By breaking down your goals into specific, achievable deadlines, the goals seem much more achievable and far less daunting.
 
3. Put Goals in Writing - As I mentioned above, put your goals in writing, create a vision board or even share them with an accountability partner.  By putting your goals out there, it makes them easier to visualize and achieve!
 
4. Create an Action Plan - Creating an Action Plan will help you to break down your goals into specific and achievable steps. 

5. Stick to It - I certainly can understand that sometimes life just happens and can throw you off the course of achieving your goals.  If your current routing isn't getting you closer to meeting your goals, revisit your Action Plan to see where you can improve areas to get you that much closer and to keep distractions at bay.

What are your goals for 2017?  I would love to hear!  Leave them in the comments below.  Looking for a better way to take control of your Direct Sales business routine so your can achieve your goals?  Sign up to receive my FREE Top Secrets to a Perfect Direct Sales Week.

Have a great week!
 
XOXO,
Karen

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