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Archive for May, 2009

Autoresponders. Are they good or evil?

Posted by Dhea on May 28, 2009

I received in my inbox today an email from a newsletter editor that I subscribe to threatening us as subscribers that if we are using autoresponders they will firstly report us to our email providers and then unsubscribe us… their claim is they are too busy to filter all these autoresponders whilst looking for the real responses from clients/subscribers. When they send out a newsletter they “really don’t want to know that their clients are on holidays” or away from the office, that when they receive an email saying, Thanks or Got it, that is it sort of unethical… how can something be sort of unethical? It either is or it isn’t.  It was suggested we set up another email account for newsletters ?? Doesn’t the said editor want us to read their newsletters or forget about them,  wouldn’t they rather have their newsletter in the most frequented email inbox … rather than receive autoreponders they would prefer the client opens up another application to view their newsletter… why make it harder to reach the client… You may as well be putting it into the trash folder… or to actually unsubscribe..

Sure I don’t want advertisers to SPAM me back their adds but, I would like to know that at a certain time my clients are away travelling, which may explain why orders are lower or marketing responses are not as many during a particular time of the year… So yes whilst autoresponders may create more traffic in the inbox saying it is unethical is over the top.

What do you think?

Dhea

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Inspirational Music

Posted by Dhea on May 21, 2009

It is proven that when the mind hears uplifting happy music, endorphins are released in our body and consequently we feel great. During my recent DSWA convention I had the pleasure of hearing first hand Paul’s incredible talent. Take a look for yourself here and you will not be disappointed. http://bit.ly/gXXmN

Think about it

Dhea

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Thank you notes in Direct selling

Posted by Dhea on May 18, 2009

In Direct selling one of the many questions I am asked by my new team members  is when to thank the host…

In my 8 years of direct selling experience initially it never occurred to me to thank the host … I figured she received her discounts and free shopping, we both won… I was good at booking and thought this is OK as it seemed to work… Then it occurred to me to start thanking the host AFTER the event held but this didn’t really alter my postponements nor my re-booking…

Several years ago I started thanking my hosts within 24hours of them booking… I would hand write a note/card… explain how I am thankful for their continual support as without their support we would not have a business…and that I was looking forward to spoiling her at her own event…  Well did this help to minimise my postponement and rescheduling, this infact increased my repeat business as by thanking them right at the beginning via the traditional mail with a lovely card made them feel valued and that you are a sincere person and appreciative of her. I use this easy system that allows me to send out cards with the click of my computer button for less that US $1 … here try for FREE on me… www.socreview.com/dheabartlett

Think About it?

Cheers

Dhea

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Relationships and Connections

Posted by Dhea on May 17, 2009

Relationships… these have always been complicated, interactive and two way… so what’s to make us think that with the introduction of the electronic media we should do things differently or they should be any easier to develop.

Relationships are about building connections, sincere valuable connections … the flow needs to be both ways with genuine interest being perceived by both parties… often at networking events we find that when we meet people if we think that they can’t offer us a direct business we discount them…and move on to the next. What we forget it with that connection comes a bubble of other connections who may have the opportunity to use our business and here the referrals come. However if you have not taken the time to connect  and build rapport with the initial connection it is doubtful that referrals will come your way.  So when we connect with people on the likes of facebook, we need to “get to know people” just as you would if you were standing right next to them… show them your personality, your integrity, share with them your insights, success and offerings.. most of all take the time to get to know the person at the other end. Ask yourself… would you do business with a person you just met if you just met yourself?

Think about it?

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