Thursday, May 29, 2008

80 Ways To Boost Your Business

This came to me this week from my director. There are tons of great ideas here. Pick a few and see if you can increase your business.

80+ Ways To Boost Your Business
1. -send info to co-worker that has moved
2. -send info to other reps, or exchange shows
3. -post a catalog or info in the teacher's lounge at your child's school
4. -post a catalog or info in the employee lunchroom
5. -hold an open house
6. -have a booth at a school fair
7. -advertise in your alumni newsletter and/or local newspaper
8. -give a catalog or flyer to a receptionist
9. -include a wrap or flyer with your bill payments
10. -call past hostesses
11. -put a current catalog or wrap in your neighbor's door - include a 10% off
12. -ask friends to have a show
13. -advertise in your church bulletin
14. -host an office party or brunch
15. -host a show before a PTA meeting
16. -mail out wraps, catalogs and a wish list
17. -host your own show, could even be a fundraiser for your favorite charity
18. -get a list from welcome wagon, new people may be looking for a consultant
19. -set-up a display at a craft fair and/or flea market
20. -participate in a school fundraiser
21. -have your spouse promote the products at work
22. -have you and your family wear company name products
23. -hold a Christmas shopping show for men
24. -offer a Christmas wish list to your guests and then call the gift-giver and tell
him what the guest wants
25. -set-up a display at the mall
26. -put an "ask me about (company name)" button on your purse or coat
27. -ask past hostesses at shows to talk about their free products
28. -hold an opportunity night
29. -random mailings - open a phone book and choose
30. -mention hostess half-price items and other benefits at least 3 times per show
31. -hold up higher priced products and mention half-priced products to
encourage bookings
32. -mention how much your "average" hostess gets in product
33. -at the beginning of your show, mention the hostess goal
34. -share upcoming specials at shows and during phone calls
35. -tell your hostess how much she saved by having her show
36. -encourage frequent customers to regularly plan shows
37. -encourage hostesses to rebook a show when new catalogs come out
38. -treat hostesses to a special "Hostess Appreciation Tea"
39. -encourage relatives to book a show
40. -call your realtor with suggestions for "new home packages"
41. -offer to do a cooking class for a local grocery store
42. -start an email address book of customers who want to know what the
monthly specials are, don't forget to mention the hostess specials
43. -encourage your hostess and guests to refer potential hostesses to you
44. -offer a bridal registry
45. -promote a bridal show
46. -be friendly and enthusiastic
47. -follow through with every booking lead
48. -describe and highlight the hostess plan during shows
49. -ask, ask, ask
50. -use open-ended questions, especially when dealing with booking concerns
51. -use your products and recipes at home, office, camping, parties, etc
52. -read sales, self-improvement and positive thinking books
53. -call at least 2 potential hostesses every night
54. -dream and imagine the possibilities
55. -set goals and review them constantly, post them where you can see them
56. -ask friends to help you get started or reach a certain goal
57. -use hostess benefits flyer
58. -use postcards and/or newsletters to continue to spark interest
59. -follow-up phone calls to particularly interested guests, they may decide later
to have a show
60. -have the hostess tell why she decided to host a show
61. -give products as gifts or donations
62. -smile when talking on the phone
63. -don't be shy talking about your products or your business
64. -review orders from past shows - who have bought frequently, etc
65. -be prepared to answer questions about your work
66. -write down names of people who "owe you a favor" then follow-up
67. -call the most familiar people first
68. -call potential hostesses who postponed or never booked
69. -spend time everyday working on some aspect of your business
70. -be willing to SHARE the business opportunity
71. -call anyone who said "maybe" or "sometime"
72. -contact schools and church groups for fundraisers
73. -advertise in football or musical programs
74. -leave your business cards on bulletin boards or in local businesses
75. -talk about upcoming specials with everyone
76. -keep a list of special requests and let those guests know when that product
is on sale
77. -suggest hosting a Christmas shopping without leaving home show
78. -offer a bonus for hostesses who book on days and/or months you need extra
79. -give extra service and time to good customers, they will be repeat hostesses
and potential consultants
80. -carry a notepad to jot down names as you think of them
81. -let guests keep a catalog to keep on hand or pass around at work
82. -give a catalog to your mail carrier
83. -set up a table at a career fair
84. -hand out literature and ask at the post office
85. -advertise on your answering machine

Audrey :)

1 comment:

FlamingoKs Blogabouts said...

Hello Audry,
I've been lurking for awhile and just wanted to let you know how much I've enjoyed reading your blogs. I've made your blogsite my homepage so every morning I get some good ideas before I get my email. I just started experimenting with expanding my hobby into a little cottage industry, and find your insights quite valuable. Thank you for sharing your experience with us.
Karen S.