Thursday, February 2, 2017

New Year! New You! Welcome 2017!

 What Are Your 2017 Goals? How Can I Help?

Wow! I haven't written on this blog in ages. This post has some info about what I've been up to, as well as some tips for your leadership blog, or personal blog.
I really appreciate you hanging in there while I went through my freeze mode!
Did you know there are three responses to stress?
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Saturday, November 8, 2014

AVON - Learn From My Mistakes - Do NOT Give Credit!

AVON Reps - Do NOT Give Credit!

People have been wondering what happened to this AVON Tips blog. I was a top sales leader in AVON with over 22 representatives, and it all came crashing down at Christmas one year after a series of fatal business mistakes. I hope by sharing my business mistakes, other AVON leaders and representatives will not end up in the same kettle of fish that I did.  This is my first post in my "learn from my mistakes blog posts. Despite some warning me not to give credit, I did. How on earth did this happen?

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Free March Music Clinics

Promote the AVON Voices songwriting competition in your neighbourhood!
Remember to come by and pick up your AVON Voices business cards!
Enter yourself, or as a team with friends!
Long and McQuade are offering FREE music clinics on everything from songwriting to recording tips. Check it out! One of these free workshops may give you a winning edge!

See-Free March Music Clinics on Freebies 4 Canada

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

AVON and Social Media Marketing

AVON’s Advertising Policy Encourages Social Media Marketing

Last year AVON brought out a new advertising policy stating what Independent AVON Representatives could and could not do as far as advertising is concerned. Last Week’s webinar sent several Higher level Reps scrambling as they hurried to pull down dot com sites which were in direct violation of AVON’s advertising policy. Other Reps who were new to AVON and had not had the opportunity to read the policy, were in a tizzy about what exactly the policy allows and does not allow.
One thing the Advertizing policy specifically encourages is the use of Social Media Marketing. AVON Representatives are allowed to sell products through Social Media sites. A Social Media site is one in which the participants must sign in as a member. Two such sites recommended in the advertising policy are Twitter and Facebook.
This article addresses 10 key factors for businesses starting to use Social Media for marketing their businesses. I reblogged this from a great article in the online version of Entrepreneur Magazine.

A quick guide for business based on “10 Rules for Social Media Marketing” by Susan Gunelius

Social media marketing can help build an audience, and customer base dramatically.  However, starting without a roadmap can make it confusing.
Using these 10 tips will help us better serve our clients,brand, and more importantly our bottom line. Not just with AVON, but in our other businesses as well.These 10 tips can help us make the best use of our social media time, rather than flailing around in the dark.
1. Listen Up!  We have two ears and one mouth -use the same proportion in social media discourses. Listen to find out what is important to your target audience by reading what they have to say, and joining discussions. When we know what people need, then we can offer info that adds value instead of clutter. Then keep listening , to gauge how your work is received.
2. Focus Makes more Committed Followers
Specializing rather than being a jack-of-all-trades helps build a strong brand. In the fast-paced Internet, a persona focused on one thing, helps people to categorize  and organize their connections. This is one reason some people will develop separate identities for different purposes.For example an AVON Lady persona, a gardening granny, and a savvy sewer would be giving different info to different people.
3. Follower Quality vs Quantity .While it is possible to purchase followers, having quality online connections who chat with you about your info is better than people who pop in, then disappear.
4. Be Patient Content Marketing and Social Media usually require long haul commitments. Rarely does success happen overnight, so stay the course and celebrate small achievements..

5. Quality Content Increases Spread. When people find content they love, word can spread like wildfire. You will find it referenced by people on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, their own blogs and more. This creates more for search engines like Google to point at, which in turn can grow to hundreds and thousands of potential new clients.
6. Know your Influencers Who are people listening to in your market? Find out who has an audience that would be interested in your product or service. Connect with those influencers , and build relationships with them. Get on their radar with interesting,useful information that shows your knowledge, so they have something to share with their own followers. Sharing this type of info can putting your business in front of a huge new audience.
7. Bring Something of Value.  Spend more time on creating helpful, interesting content, and developing relationships with online influencers than  promoting products and services.  Constant promotion causes people to tune out. Gradually, online influencers will spread the word about what you have helped them achieve.
8. Use Your Manners Just as you wouldn’t snub someone who greeted you on the street, acknowledge everyone who reaches out to you online. Build relationships to bring social media marketing success. Your courtesy will bring referrals from the most unlikely places at times.
9. Don’t Disappear Be consistent in publishing content and sharing conversations. Online Followers can be fickle and will drop you like a hot potato if you disappear for weeks or months. If you will be off-grid for a while, try to leave a note to let people know what’s happening.
10. Golden Rule Want people to say something nice about your business or share your content? Budget some time to focus on sharing, and talking about content others publish.The Golden Rule applies strongly in Social Media.
By and large, Social Media Marketing success lies in being less self-centered, and more focussed on the needs of clients. When you think of it- isn’t that what truly successful marketing is all about?
Hope this was a useful article for you with your business. Questions? Click”Post a Comment” below to leave me a confidential message. Your Questions or comments will only be published with your permission. If this article was as clear as mud, let me know so I can rewrite it. Remember, all members of Future Dynamics get free web help!
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Read the original article by Susan Gunelius CEO of KeySplash Creative Inc., on Entrepreneur. (Accessed Mar.1,2011).

Sunday, February 27, 2011

AVON Canada Launches New InfoClick

InfoClick AVON Canada’s new eNewsletter for Reps, highlights news from AVON Canada’s Rep Cafe. Often, with our busy lives reps don’t take the time to login and visit the AVON Canada Rep Cafe, and sometimes reps don’t even realize it even exists.I  hope you received your copy of the New InfoClick in your inbox this morning, and it didn’t end up in your junk folder. I think this will be a helpful tool and make it easier for reps to find the AVON Canada Rep Cafe without having to login to read it. How do you think this tool will help you with your business?
This first issue of InfoClick contains:
  • A note from Kristina Swift (head of leadership) guest editor for the first InfoClick
  • A link to leadership tips from an Advanced Unit leader in Alberta-some great ideas here!
  • Highlights of the PC Council Members and Senior Executive Unit Leaders trip to Costa Rica this year.
  • Link to info on the fabulous prizes we can win when we put in orders in C6,7, and 8.

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Car, Trip, & TV Giveaway!

AVON Rep Contest! Great odds be sure to enter!
Future Dynamics Reps!  Enter our team Caption Contest! What will you be saying on the beach when you win this vacation for 4? Enter write your comments below by clicking "Post a Comment" . Winner will be determined by Prize? AVON sun protection lip balm and Aloe Vera Gel (these will be handy when you win the trip!)
From the AVON Rep Cafe:
Our 125th anniversary celebration is rolling your way with these exciting new incentives:
ENTER A RANDOM DRAW FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN A NEW CAR, A CARIBBEAN GETAWAY, OR A TV by placing an order in each of Campaigns 6, 7, and 8 (C8, 9, and 10 Trendsetter). Everyone who places an order in each of the three campaigns will receive a FREE “most wanted” Avon product.
RECEIVE DOUBLE AWARD SALES ON ALL BROCHURES you buy starting in C7 (C9 Trendsetter). It’s a win-win: when you buy more brochures, you’ll reach your President’s Club goals faster AND reach more Customers!
RECEIVE A FREE LIMITED-EDITION ANNIVERSARY CHARM BRACELET for every successful referral* you give to your District Sales Manager or Upline.
See your “The Celebration is Rolling Your Way” flyer sent in your C5 (C7 Trendsetter) order or download a copy by clicking here.
*The referred person must sign up as an Avon Representative between March 1st and March 31st, and to qualify as successful, the referred Representative must submit a minimum $125 1st or 2nd paid order

Good luck! These are terrific odds! Hope you have room in your suitcase for me! Suzanne

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Facebook Help Giveaway!

Brigitte popped by yesterday and claimed her prize for attending the Apple Team Skype Nite Meeting!

Check out Brigitte's New Facebook Page which feeds directly to Twitter!

I was thrilled to help Brigitte set up her new Facebook Page and in the process we discovered a new Facebook ap to add to Facebook Business pages. Would you like some Facebook help? Would you like to get help setting up your Facebook business page, adding an ap to your page, or perhaps help adjusting your privacy settings? I'm giving away an hours' worth of Facebook love to one lucky person. when Brigitte gets 25 followers. Winner will be determined by

This Giveaway is open to anyone who is eligible to legally use Facebook.

Here's how to win: (First 2 are musts):

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