Archive for the ‘Direct Selling’ Category

Is Your Direct Selling Business a Partner or a Supplier to Your Distributors?

Partnership

In direct selling, your distributors are arguably as important as your products. The types of personal relationships they build with customers and other distributors are critical to the direct selling model and are rare in more traditional retail operations. Your products might be great, but the passion distributors bring to the table is what moves inventory.

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Finding Party Plan Success: Creating Consistent Excitement and Maintaining Relationships

Party Plan selling is one of the most popular methods of direct selling, and for good reason. Whether it’s Avon, Mary Kay Cosmetics, or Home & Garden Party, direct sellers who combine a consultant’s passion, strong personal relationships, and a quality product often see consistent sales volume. But, as party plan selling has become more widespread, the challenges facing organizations and their consultants have also become clearer – with the primary one being creating consistent excitement and maintaining relationships while protecting your brand and its core value proposition.

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Overcoming Social Media Oversaturation

Direct selling stands out from other business models because it’s built on a foundation of strong personal relationships and direct communication. That model aligns well with today’s age of social networking, which has provided direct sellers with new ways to connect with prospects and clients. But, from that popularity, a new problem has turned up for the direct seller: oversaturation. The rise of social media as a platform for direct selling promotion and sales, coupled with the increasing popularity of direct selling companies, has led to a dramatic increase in the amount of direct selling posts an individual sees on these platforms. Facebook users in particular are beginning to find themselves feeling overrun by direct selling posts. This oversaturation is a problem not only because of competing posts, but also because users are less and less likely to read or become invested in any of the posts at all. With oversaturation, direct selling loses the advantages of using social media. Personal relationships can’t develop if there are too many relationships for a buyer to maintain, and direct communication is much […]

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Direct Selling: Taking the Sting Out of Start-Up Marketing Costs

Let’s face it: Direct selling is a tough business. The washout rate for new consultants is high, the personal investment to make a business flourish is steep, and success is never guaranteed. Plus, every direct selling organization is dependent on growing distribution and increasing average sales per rep, and doing that requires its own set of expenses. Marketing costs are often the first casualty of cost-cutting measures, but without the ability to reach one’s customer base, the business cannot survive. Finding ways to market affordably and effectively can take creativity on the part of the company and the individual consultant. But, it also falls to the marketing vendors to be creative and effective. We get that here at IMN. We understand our role doesn’t have to be limited to delivering effective targeted marketing services for our customers: We can also help by acknowledging this is a tough industry and coming up with creative solutions to help direct sellers overcome business challenges, including managing costs. That’s why we’re now offering our email newsletter services free of charge to newly joining reps […]

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