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What if?!?


It is amazing how those two small words could have so much impact on the world and your personal life. When I drive into Newark, NJ I see a big billboard with those two words plastered on it. Just the other day, I was watching the lastest version of HG Well's Time Machine staring Guy Pearce, Yancey Arias, and Mark Addy and marvelled at the fact that the whole movie was based on those two words. What was really good was that it clearly pointed out the hope and the danger that those two words hold.


Now you may ask, "What is the danger of What If"? If we dwell on the past with negative lenses on, What If can turn into a S&M Fest of self-loathing and self-defeating talk. It can lead us to dark places where we ponder on the possibilities of things which can't be changed. And we maginify our failures, or perceived failures. It is not a good place to be. Especially if one is striving to build a business.


Does this mean that we can look at the past? Not at all. It's just that when we look at the past we want to look at how we can make improvements in the present and the future. Speaking about the future, What if if used the wrong way can be just as detrimental as looking at it in the past.


The issue with the future is that we can get trapped in to all sorts of limiting thinking which block us from progressing. We can look at all the things which can go wrong and hold them as if they had already happened. What if when used properly can help us reach high heights. Instead of "What if this doesn't work" why not focus on "What if this does work"? Rather than "What if I fail?", why not "What if I succeed".


What if is a powerful statement and situation. We can let it keep us or drag us to bottom or it can bring us to the top. The choice is your.


About the Author

Clarence Coggins is an Internet Market. He has extensive experience with applying Web 2.0 technology in the promotion of business and educational ventures. He also works a Leads Broker with the Silver Fox Leads Factory to contact him you can email or call him at 973-943-4073.




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Are You Flirting With Me?

I thought I would get your attention!

Whether you love it or hate it, marketing and sales are critical to the life blood of any business. You can make it more fun, if you take the approach that you want to seriously flirt with a growing list of prospects.

Marketing attraction. It sounds like flirting doesn’t it? And in a way, that’s exactly right.

You do want to flirt with your prospects, to allow them to get to know, like, and trust you. Since it takes upwards of 7 touches to make a sale today, you need to attract them to your product, service, or program in many different ways.

One critical element you must have in your basket of attraction tools today is a fully developed web presence.

People are most likely to Google for you or your service or the benefit/solution they seek first. They are less likely to open the telephone book and flip through the yellow pages. The future of your marketing reach is the internet.

Even with the internet, you need an arsenal of marketing strategies to reach your prospects and attract them to your product and services. You can’t flirt with them, if they can’t find you.

Here are a few ideas which you can do quickly and on a budget. They are culled from the likes of Mitch Meyerson, Jay Conrad Levinson, Seth Godin, and Bea Fields.

On your website:

  • Build a powerful direct response entity
  • Make sure your headlines are engaging with a problem/solution approach
  • Direct their eyes to the one thing you want them to do

On your email signature:

  • Include your business contact information, of course
  • Promote one thing – a new product, service, newsletter, auto-responder series, article, free conference call.

This is your best and first opportunity to ask everyone to engage with you and your company

Develop relationships for referral business – complementary services serving the same market niche and get listed on their websites

Include client testimonials – use them in all your printed and online collateral materials.

The hottest new thing is audio and video testimonials you put up on your site.

Use audio and video conferencing from your PC for sales, presentations, meetings. They work effectively for a prospects, clients and vendors.  It’s no longer novel. It’s cost effective, timely, direct, and can be very interactive.

Write articles and press releases about everything you do and get them published in print but more importantly across the web.

Yes, all of these are ideas you can do yourself, burning the midnight oil.

But what’s even better, is that these tools and systems can be delegated and automated – one more way for you to generate more profit in less time.

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The Presence of Nonverbal Communication

Communication goes far beyond speaking. When you have a message to get across to your audience, make sure you are doing it in a way for them to have a "wow" reaction.

Did you know that excitement is contagious? We can't expect someone else to get excited about our opportunities or messages until we are. It 's called communicating with body language and emotion. You will see how far your message goes when you use this to grab the attention of your target audience.

Just think about how many deals you can close and how many relationships you can build if you can communicate this way. It doesn't matter what kind of business you do, nonverbal communication can convey so much more. Clear communication is key.

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Twitter is viewed by some as a waste of time and less than a key player in the marketing efforts of many businesses. That is far from the truth and Robin Tramble is out to provide proof via her WWV Ultimate Twitter Challenge.


PRLog (Press Release) - May 23, 2012 - 

"I see so many women wanting to learn more about how they can tap into the Social Media phenomena, however, they are presented with the task of balancing their current roles with that of adding yet another item to the list. If I can convince them of the value of Social Media Marketing to their business the investment of time associated with empowering themselves with this skill would be the last thing allowed to hinder their endeavors." says Robin Tramble

Social Media is all the rage and is replacing many of the Marketing strategies in companies. Social Media has changed the way we do business, connect with friends, clients, prospects etc. and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere too soon. Social media sites give people the opportunity to connect with old friends, make new ones and expand their professional network with only a few clicks, from the comfort of their own home. Social Media includes Twitter,Facebook,Linkedin,Myspace  google+, pinterest and more.

Imagine being able to Finally attract 1000's of lucrative relationships online and Quickly EXPLODE your business results using Social Media without wasting time or money so you can increase your bottom line!

So what else could be holding women back from stepping up to empower themselves and thereby empower their business results?

"Some of the problem may stem from fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of failure and more! They must somehow replace that fear with vision for their ideal lifestyle, ideal business and the feeling that would result from finally attracting their ideal clients. Change your focus. Instead of focusing on the negatives, focus on the positives, focus on Faith." Says Robin 

“You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith.”
Mary Manin Morrissey

Robin has designed a brand new program that focuses entirely on Twitter. "World Wide Visibility Ultimate Twitter Challenge.”

Why should you listen to Robin?

Robin Tramble aka The Empowerment Diva was recently named as 1 of 25 urban entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter by Brand Maker News. With a combined total of over 12,000 followers she is qualified to share with you how you too can rock on twitter "authentically!"

Robin is also a Certified Social Media Marketing Campaign Specialist. to learn more and secure your place.

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Attention: Spiritually Minded Women Coaches, Consultants, Authors, Solopreneurs, Ministry Leaders, Women Entrepreneurs, WAHM, WAHW and aspiring.
“Jump Start Your Online/Offline Sales and Profits in 30 Days without spending BIG Money!”

Do you long for more prospects clients and customers but are overwhelmed and/or don’t know where to begin?


Have a book or aspire to publish your book but are stuck as to the marketing tactics to use to expose it to the masses for increased sales?

Maybe you start off with a bang only to end with a fizz due to disempowering behaviors and habits?

We are coming into the last month of 2011…. BUT Wait! Before you dare speak about wrapping up the year NOW is not the time to snooze.



From: Coach/Mentor Entrepreneur Robin Tramble, Elk Grove, CA
To: Spiritually Minded Women Entrepreneurs, Small Business Owners, WAHW, WAHM, Authors and Online Marketers


There are so many things that make up the system for your attracting and getting clients, customers and prospects and I see many who don’t even have the basic foundation which is a list building strategy.


If you really want to know how to attract, get and retain prospects, clients and customers, whether you’re an author, coach, consultant, woman entrepreneur, speaker or aspiring you need to learn how to do this effectively.


This is not just something left to the Guru’s this is something that you can learn and apply.

I did it and you can too! I’ve invested thousands in the knowledge that I have and of course I’ve sought out God’s wisdom because “Wisdom tells Knowledge what to do!”

Are you going to continue hopin’ and a wishin’ or step up and out in Faith to manifest your desired results? Will you continue watching as others succeed, twiddling your thumbs and having a pity party or will you finally get up and take targeted, strategic and focused action.

I’m taking away the excuse that you can’t afford it. Here’s a little word of advice “remove the words I can’t afford it from your talk.” Replace it with something more affirming and positive. Your subconscious mind moves on your thoughts, actions and what you speak.

This special is such an incredible of.fer you’d have to really try very hard to ignore it.
Besides, God’s gift to you is life and what you do with it is your Gift to Him. Now is not the time to wrap up the year or embrace a scarcity mindset. I believe that we should maximize life everyday!

This is where you can separate the successful from the wanna bes or those living in the woulda, coulda, shoulda zone.

I’m writing you to let you in on a very special opportunity for you to upgrade your business.

Stop the overwhelm, frustration, lack of confidence, fear and more!

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Rejection: Get Use to it!

As owner of a growing business there are a lot of benefits to look forward to. Like working for yourself, setting your hours, MAKING MONEY, and helping people with whatever you're offering. One thing we don't look forward to while building  business are the rejections. Always hearing the word "NO". Not only can this word be disappointing but effects the growth of some businesses. Although this word can be upsetting to hear often, you have to get use to it. Rejection is apart of the business package. Think about it, never have you heard of someone having a 100% close ratio. You have to learn to bounce back from rejections and not take them personally. In fact, the way you respond to rejections may effect the customers decision. Use some of the following suggestions from Greg on on what not to do when overcoming rejections.

1) Never but never argue.

Even if you are right you'll probably lose the sale.

2) Never, but never attack the person.

Separate the person from the objection and deal with it as apart from them. If you fight a person's feelings, more negative emotions will emerge and you will lose! (Not a good Rapport building tactic)

3 ) Never assume you understand an unspecified word

When overcoming sales objections if a prospect uses a word that is a Nominalisation.don’t start answering until you first understand their meaning. ( Briefly, a nominalisation is a word you cannot place in a wheelbarrow, it’s a concept not a tangible thing.)

For example, if a prospect says: “I need versatility.” Don’t start talking about flexibility or the range of products you have or your payment options because that may not be what your client is talking about.

Better to ask: 'Could you explain to me what you mean by versatility?' or

4 ) Never Insult the Prospect

Let’s look at an example.Prospect: 'Your prices are too high.'

It would not be very smart to reply with, 'Aren’t you interested in quality?'

You could reply with:“High prices compared to what?” or you could soften that with,“I understand your concern about pricing, we all need to ensure we’re competitive in this modern world, and could you tell me who or what you are comparing us to in making that comparison? ”

5 ) Never Avoid the Issue

'Quite frankly, your service is useless.'

It would not be right in overcoming sales objections to change the subject or talk in theory about what is good service because you are dealing with an emotion here. The client is obviously angry or frustrated when the use a word like “useless”. You need to help them vent their emotion.

Much better to stick with the issue, 'Obviously something has happened to make you feel that way. Can you tell me about it?'

You need to do your best to establish and maintain Rapport in these situations.

6 ) Don’t Shift Responsibility

When there is a problem don’t try to blame it on your office staff or your delivery people. Think about how that is perceived by your customer. Your customer will only understand that you are dodging the blame. What your customer wants is for someone to accept responsibility and fix the problem.

You need to be responding with “We….”, to show that you stand with your company then with “I’ll fix it.” The “I” bit is important as you are the company in the eyes of your customer and if you have any sort of relationship with him / her they will feel more comfortable knowing the person who is looking into it for them.

7) Never, but never make the person wrong.

When overcoming sales objections never make a person wrong because you will create an enemy.

Making the person wrong is not a good Rapport building strategy.

8 ) Never Contradict the Prospect

Prospect: 'You guys always seem to be having production problems.' Mistake: 'No, that's not correct. We had some problems when we upgraded the plant two years ago. Did you know we have not had any downtime in the last 18 months?'

A better reply would be: 'Yes, we had some production problems when we upgraded the plant and currently the plant is running flawlessly, in fact, it’s been running like that for the past 18 months. Can you tell me if you have experienced any delays so that I can investigate further?'

In the second reply, the sales rep acknowledges the prospect's perception of a problem. Remember, first you meet them where they are and then move them to where you want them to be.

9 ) Don’t dwell too long on an objection

When overcoming sales objections don’t dwell too long on an objection because you will amplify its importance in the mind of your customer. Better to answer briefly. Your answer should be just long enough to satisfy the prospect, and no longer.

10 ) Never guess an answer

When overcoming sales objections don't guess at an answer. Admit you don't know. Say: "I'm sorry, I don't have the answer to that question, but I promise to get the information to you."

When you actually get back to them with a reply, this will show you have the courage to admit what you don’t know and that you “walk your talk” and follow through on your commitments. This can only improve the client’s perception of you.

Now you know what not to do.

 The 10 responses were written by Greg from Keep your reactions in mind when doing business. How you handle situations can determine how much your business grows. Keep in mind that EVERYONE in business encounters rejection. It's how you handle it that makes or breaks your company! Food for thought!

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15seconds-300x132.jpgElevator Pitch Competition

For the past few weeks, I've been squawking about how amazing the 2011 Black Enterprise Entrepreneur's Conference turned out to be. One of the most exciting events was the Elevator Pitch Competition.  The winner took home a whopping prize of $10k (congrats to our home town hero Brandon Butler of The Website Shop).   Contestants were first given 60 seconds to pitch their product or service, and finalists were allowed 30 seconds to re-pitch.  This competition was geared towards investors, and I couldn't help but think that a pitch to an ACTUAL prospect should be much shorter and sweeter.

15 is the New 30

For the last 4 years, I have been training clients to perfect a 15-second pitch.  The premise is to make the pitch feel more like a conversation than a used car salesman's chatter.  One trait of a successful brand is the ability to remain acutely aware of trends. Ever notice how quickly people get distracted or bored these days?  As we embrace the trend of the 'microwave' age (age of  instant access), its pretty clear that Attention Spans have become shorter and shorter. recently posted an article siting that the 15-second commercial is becoming increasingly more popular (READ FULL ARTICLE).   So if major brands are limiting their message to 15 seconds, why shouldn't you?

Potential clients only give you their undivided focus for about 3-7 seconds before they decide to stay plugged in or check out.  If they remain plugged in, then you have a good chance of connecting within the 15 second window.  I know what you are thinking.  How can you possibly say everything relevant in 15 seconds?  The short answer is that you can't, nor do you need to.  If the client is interested after the first 15 seconds, they will engage you and ask for more information. Often times you can squeeze in another 15-30 seconds of your spiel. And if your pitch resonates, you can get in up to 1 or 2 minutes of your sales pitch without making the client feel bored or anxious.

Part 1: Key Content for the First 15 Seconds

  • Clearly state the company name
  • Identify the primary service
  • State the clear results that you deliver
  • You may also include a secondary service or unique selling proposition of time permits.
See this example below.  It is delivered in about 14.5 seconds (un-rushed)
"My company is The Brand Coach, based in Atlanta. We offer business, personal and celebrity brand development services.   We help our clients build  solid brands that they leverage LONG term, to increase their brand equity. "
If the prospect is interested they will ask for more details, like "So who have you worked with?" or "I could use some help, explain the services you offer?".    That is your queue to launch the second half of your pitch.

Part 2:  Beyond the First 15

The second half of your pitch should focus on your Unique Selling Proposition, and success stories.  It is important for prospects to understand the difference between you and your competitors.  People also relate more to stories than sales strategy, it creates a comfort zone when one feels like they are speaking to an old friend.  However, be sure your stories are something your listener might relate to.

Lastly, it is important to practice the pitch to perfection while maintaining flexibility with it.  Prospects might interrupt you to find out more about a service or to interject a specific need that they have.  You should be prepared to take any direction with the conversation.  It is also a good idea to have multiple versions of your pitch, just in case you need an alternative.

Note: If there are multiple members of your sales team.  They should have have the same content in their elevator pitch, but personalized to fit each person's speaking pattern.  The parroting effect will allow consumers to formulate a clear snapshot of your brand no matter where it is encountered.

Bowing Out

Sometimes the listener will give you a flat "Ohhhh I see."  That is a clear sign that their interest has not been peeked.  At that point I would encourage you to ask about them. Listen intently for a need that you might be able to fill.  But stay focused on the quality of the conversation.  When prospects like you, they will exercise more patience in getting to know you and what you have to offer.  But everyone you engage won't have an interest, sometimes you should simply bow out and find a better connection.

Addition Credits: See video spotlight of Brandon Butler at The Website Shop (Atlanta)

Happy Branding Everyone…

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Why Most People Join Direct Sales & MLMs

How often do you get to gather with other people who are passionate about direct sales and MLM, exchange ideas and make plans for BIG results...the outcome is electric! Events that allow you to do this (even if it's a Mastermind or Networking Event) are great for your business.  During this time of the year, you are most likely traveling to your company's Leader Retreat or Leadership Conference to restart or jumpstart your business.
With all the positive energy and excitement in the room, you begin saying to yourself, "I can do this! I can return to my town and share this amazing direct sales or MLM opportunity with others!" The truth is: when you're excited about what you do, your job becomes easier. The buzz gets around that this is the place to be!
But when we look at the reality of it, most of us don’t share our business opportunity because we think we are being too “salesy” or in actuality, “salesy” is exactly how it comes out!
As you talk to others contemplating joining you, here are a few points you can proudly share to create a buzz:
We Care About Each Other
Our business is strengthened by the quality of our relationships with each other and with our customers, Hosts, and fellow Direct Sales or MLM Business Partners. We attract people to our environment because it is fun and filled with positive energy, we retain people because of the relationships we build.  Have you ever approached someone about joining your direct sales or MLM business and received the response, “No, I’m not interested” or “I don’t like sales”.  Well, what exactly is sales?  Sales is sharing a product, service, or idea with someone who needs it or you think will be a great fit for it.  And it’s about educating the benefits of what we do with people we care about.  I hear it time and time again – “people do business with who they like, not necessarily who they know.”  So don’t focus on making a sale, focus on building rapport and developing a relationship.  Ultimately, you don’t know who that person knows who might enjoy what you do.
We influence the World!
Think of all the customers and Hosts you influence! Think of all the lives you change when someone starts her own direct sales or MLM business because you offered her the opportunity. You know, there's never been a better time to move up your company's Career Plan than right now. Grow your team and expand your influence as you THINK BIG in 2011 and build your team!
We Change Lives!
There are many women who desire to spend more time with their family and children. Joining a direct sales company or MLM and making it their full time career will allow them this luxury that people think only the rich and famous can do. Or maybe you were already a stay-at-home mom and you decided to start your own home base business to show your children a positive image of what a successful business person can do and still be a stay-at-home mom.
When we share our business, we use our influence to build solid relationships and help others activate their self-esteem. So remember as you make the most of this month, that your opportunity is special. And so are you!
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You still have time to get those last minute gifts shipped and delivered to you if you'r shopping local. Spend some money with your local artists and Black owned small business.


I don't know why we have a disconnect when it comes to buying from local Black businesses. These are the same people you go to when its time to sell ticket s; ask for donations, money or goodsand services; or advertising for your church/scholarship/whatever.


.If you don't patronize us we can't patronize you.  


Michelle stepping down from soapbox.


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Just a way to move some of your online products:

At 12:00am THIS WEDNESDAY...start posting your links to where people can purchase items for CHRISTMAS1





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The Two-Fold Problem of MLM

Too often people join Multi-Level and Networking Marketing businesses without doing their homework.

After having a successful stint in the industry for five years, I’m compelled to share what I know to be true and how you too can experience success in this fascinating business – online!

Unlike several years ago, you now have the opportunity to leverage the POWER of the Internet. If you’re coachable, teachable and trainable – you’ll succeed with the information contained in this report.

Attempt to look at it this way:

When you begin a new job, you go in not knowing everything it takes to fulfill the position you’ve been awarded but because of your personality, maybe a little experience (maybe not), professionalism and the right attitude – you’re now open to learning – “the unknown”, right?

The Network Marketing Industry can either make or break you – but it can do neither without YOUR input. I chose to listen, read, and apply proven steps that eventually opened up a 5 figure monthly income.

With that said, I’m inviting you to grab a copy of my new guide: Network Marketers: Use Social Media Networks to Attract Your Own Team. It’s a 22 page guide that gets to the nitty gritty of building a successful organization. It’s hype free – which means, there’s no get rich scheme. If you follow the steps, you’ll see results, it’s simple as that.

Here’s what’s included:
  • The Two-Fold Problem of MLM
  • Problem #1 – How Do You Reach Serious Prospects?
  • Problem #2 – Convenient Training and Encouragement for New Recruits
  • Use Social Media Networks to Attract Your Own Team
  • Educate Your Team in a Peer-Based Social Setting
  • Don’t Forget to Sell Products!
  • Become a Trusted Leader in Your Niche
I encourage you to set aside time to apply the steps within this report. Don’t stray away from it – remain focused – and NEVER give up!

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Nine out of 10 Americans look forward to receiving personal letters and greeting cards. Adding a personal touch to your greeting cards can make them even more special to the receiver. Here are some tips for personalizing greeting cards:


  1. Write the person’s name or nickname on the inside of the card. Personalizing the card reminds them this card was sent just for them.
  2. Highlight the phrases that apply or hold special meaning. This is a great way to signify how the card personally applies to your loved one.
  3. Write a heartfelt note inside the card. If you are not especially eloquent, write something simple, such as, “I am not always great with words, but when I read this card, I thought of you.” The most personal
    cards are honest and heartfelt.
  4. Enclose a meaningful photo. A special photo could be of the two of you or of someone or something else unique to your relationship.
  5. Add a small gift inside. If your card is for a holiday or occasion, you can include a gift card to their favorite store to make the card a gift in itself.
  6. Make your greeting cards a part of an ongoing conversation. Create a sequence in which each card you send tells part of a story and together they answer a question or reveal a hidden message.


Send Out Cards is an online greeting card and gifting system you can use to send postcards, greeting cards and tri-fold cards that can keep you in touch with your friends, family and loved ones- from the comfort of your home.


Take a look for yourself by sending a greeting card to someone special.   Mother's Day is just around the corner!

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And yes there's a free SendOutCards - APP for you ipad!


Take care stay blessed

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Proximity Is Power

If you spend most of your time perfecting your products and services and mastering your craft, expecting a huge return on your investment, what I'm about to say might sound unfair. And that is--it's not what you know that will determine your long-term success, but it's who you know and who knows you! The reason I can state this with such conviction is because it wasn't until I wholly embraced this truth did I see my business make an upward spike.

You can have the greatest product in the world and a dozen letters behind your name, but if you're not in the loop with the right people, you're going to be in for a long, slow haul. People are critical to the success of your business-but not just any people. There must be people in your network who are more advanced than you, and have enough influence to give you a leg up. Just keeping it real! I heard Dennis Kimbro say, "If you're the smartest person in your circle, then you're in the wrong circle."

Apart from your broader networking circle, think of two people you would like to meet.
Your agenda shouldn't be for the sole purpose of what you can get from them. There needs to be a
genuine desire to connect and create a mutually beneficial, professional relationship. Here are four guidelines to follow if you're interested in connecting with a specific person:

1. Ask around to determine if there's someone you know who can introduce you to the person. You will be surprised at the connections the people close to you have.

2. Subscribe to their newsletter or blog and interact with them.

3. Purchase their products and services

4. Attend the same events as they attend.

Be patient and look for the right opportunity to reach out to them for help.
If you invest in other people and they feel that you are genuine, and are benefitting from their product and services, they will be more inclined to help give you a leg up.

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When you look at marketing these days, most of the traditional strategies of advertising have become outdated. MLM network marketing has become a leading force in the advertising drive as it reacts to the consumer and includes the most updated strategies available. Traditional marketing such as TV, radio and print media focused on reaching as many people as possible in order to capture the attention of a particular few. This form of marketing has proven to be very pricey with no chance to track the success of various advertising programs. With MLM network marketing you take advantage of the next stage of advertising by embracing the idea of relationship marketing.

More companies are starting to realize the ineffectiveness of conventional marketing techniques. The internet has fast become the primary source of information, communication and shopping in the world. With MLM network marketing you have the opportunity to make an impact in the online environment through the utilization of relationship marketing and Send Out Cards.

Relationship marketing focuses not on attempting to reach a huge number of customers through generic advertising, but an effort to develop professional relationships with your customers. The advantages of the internet has attracted lots of clients and companies, but it has also turned businesses into faceless entities devoid of human contact. With relationship marketing you utilize the methods of MLM network marketing to help build relationships with your clientele, increasing consumer assurance and repeat business.

One of the most efficient methods to expand your MLM network marketing chance is with the utilization of an online tool, Send Out Cards. With Send Out Cards you're taking advantage of a technique which would allow you to often stay in touch with your clientele, developing that individual relationship which is so essential in relationship marketing. With Send out Cards you have the convenience of an online source which will offer you with a wide variety of templates that would merely require a personal message from you.

In addition, Send Out Cards could help your business in remembering important dates relating to your clientele including birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and more. Lastly Send Out Cards represents a low cost marketing source which will print, stuff and ship your custom-made cards at a fraction of the cost it will cost you to do it yourself.

MLM network marketing has surpassed the restrictions of traditional marketing and at present represents a crucial component of any successful business. The options which are offered to a business with Send Out Cards would drastically help your cause in building customer confidence in your business with relationship marketing.

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The following is a re-print of an article that I found in the NY Times and I wanted to share it with you. Please take a moment to read it and let me know what you think. Thanks and enjoy!Greg Sailor for The New York TimesKristiauna Mangum, left, an Ohio State University student and the campus sales manager for Mark cosmetics, with Amanda Heintzelman, a sales representative.By CAMILLE SWEENEYPublished: January 13, 2010

KRISTIAUNA MANGUM, 22, a senior at Ohio State University in Columbus, said she always had a flair for makeup, but never considered it a professional calling. Then she heard about a pilot college program offered by Avon’s little sister brand, Mark, two years ago. “My mother was an Avon Lady, so I thought, huh, maybe becoming a Mark Girl could really be the way to go,” she said.

Greg Sailor for The New York TimesDIGITAL TOOL A Mark iPhone app.Now Ms. Mangum is the sales manager for Mark at Ohio State, and manages 155 other Mark Girls who roam the dormitories and sorority houses, selling Mark beauty products and fashion accessories for a commission in the range of 20 to 50 percent.“It’s really a grass-roots kind of thing, hitting the dorms, sororities, Facebook,” said Ms. Mangum, who uses her share of the profit, about $800 a month, to help settle her student loans. “I even rented space at local high school fairs — with 16- and 17-year-olds, you can move a lot of lip gloss,” said Ms. Mangum, whose major is marketing.She is one of more than 40,000 Mark Girls in North America, mainly 18- to 24-year-old women who are changing the nature of direct sales by using the brand’s personalized e-boutiques, iPhone app and new Facebook e-shop, one of the beauty industry’s first forays into Facebook e-commerce.“We’ve taken the same DNA of direct selling that has always been a part of Avon’s history and applied it to the digital world for our Mark reps to reach their customers,” said Claudia Poccia, president of Mark at Avon, which introduced the brand in 2003. “Now, we’re offering our Mark reps the opportunity to sell products not just door to door, but on Facebook, wall to wall.”The Mark brand is evolving. It has its own spokeswoman, Lauren Conrad, the former reality TV star of “The Hills,” now a fashion designer and best-selling author of “L.A. Candy.” Its Facebook fan page has over 84,000 fans. According to estimates from Stifel Nicolaus, an investment bank, Mark’s revenue last year was about $70 million.Unlike other companies involved in direct sales — including Amway, which may dedicate a product line or two to a more youth-oriented market, or Mary Kay and Avon, whose products are geared toward middle-aged women — Mark focuses almost exclusively on teenagers and women under 30.The younger demographic, at least concerning sales representatives, has its drawbacks. “The fact that the reps are younger can mean different rules apply as to how a direct-selling company is going to have to manage them,” said Linda Bolton Weiser, a managing director of consumer equity research at Caris & Company, an investment bank. “There could be questions about volume limits and credit — a younger rep may be cut off earlier. And, if a rep is under 18, obviously you would need parental permission.”Still, Mark’s motto — “Make your mark” — seems to resonate with its zealous representatives.But can Tweets and news feeds from Mark Girls compete with over a century of Avon Ladies’ experience?Because of the difference in how the products are branded and the separation between Avon and Mark representatives (those selling Avon can also sell Mark products, but not the other way around), there is some internal competition among representatives.On the mark.girl discussion board on Facebook, the Mark-versus-Avon topic sparked a lively debate when one Mark representative wrote: “Has anybody else noticed Avon reps not taking the Mark product seriously?” An Avon representative replied: “A lot of Avon women I know don’t push Mark because it has a lower profit as compared to the Avon core product line.”Some experts in the beauty business are fans of Mark. “It really helps that Mark has such low price points,” said Elaine D’Farley, beauty director of Self magazine. “Visually, it’s fun. The products hit the trend.”Indeed, products such as the magnetic refillable color palette compact ($4) and Hook Ups (about $10) — two-ended cosmetic dispensers that can be customized to connect, for example, lip gloss and lip pencil, eyeliner and mascara — are so popular, as one Mark representative said, that “they’re impossible to keep in my purse.”But some products have been criticized online, where a bad review may resonate more negatively than an item quietly returned to a store. On the Mark Web site, one reviewer said that a cheek tint left “zero shimmer on my cheek but plenty on my hands.” And on Makeupalley, a forum for comments on beauty products, a reviewer complained about Mark’s Good Riddance: “I have under eye circles and it didn’t even come close to covering them.”But when it comes to using social media tools to sell services or products, Annemarie Frank, director of digital media and strategic alliance of Mark at Avon, said the viral nature of Mark’s brand presence is what company executives are after.“Mark Girls can advertise their ability to sell products right on their Facebook profiles, and the widget functionality of Mark’s e-shop enables us to drop the shop into other places to give the brand a presence wherever people hang out online,” she said.Of course, Mark is not the only beauty company to use digital marketing. Direct-sales firms like Mary Kay and Avon are also using social media and online tools. Both companies have a presence on Facebook as well as apps for cellphones and hand-held devices that their representatives can use to make sales.Other skin care companies like Jafra, which also sells cosmetics, and Arbonne do less with social media.But this might be changing.The Direct Selling Association dedicated its annual communications seminar last month to new media strategies. “Attendance was double our usual number,” said Amy Robinson, an association spokeswoman. “If you’re a direct-selling company and you’re not on the Internet or making use of some of these new technologies, you’re already behind.”For college-age sales representatives, Mark’s digital and mobile offerings can inspire any number of approaches.One Mark representative, Hannah Parish, 20, a senior at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C., has been selling Mark products since last January, when she ordered a Speedway Do Everything cover stick ($8) and signed up for her Mark Girl starter kit two weeks later.“I fell in love with it,” Ms. Parish said.This fall, when the Mark Rewards Program advertised a contest for all-expense-paid trips to this year’s Sundance Film Festival (a guest included) for the two highest-selling Mark Girls, Ms. Parish said, “That forced me to be really creative.”She created a Facebook event, “Send Hannah to Sundance,” and invited 600 people in her network to join. She made numerous special offers, including one to bring her best client along with her to the festival in Park City, Utah.Ms. Parish sold $6,000 worth of products; she and a friend will be traveling to the festival in two weeks.“I’m a film buff and I’ve never seen snow," she said. “When I answered the phone and heard, ‘Congratulations,’ I started screaming. My friend who bought $617 worth of merchandise and gets to come with me is still screaming.”
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Women Entrepreneurs don’t have to look much farther for assistance starting, growing, and expanding their businesses. Beauties on the Go, LLC is offering a three tier business membership to help small businesses become the number one choice to consumers in the marketplace.Membership marketing is the backbone of driving client and organizational relationships. When businesses are active members of membership programs, they have access to supportive groups, a network of strong professional contacts, and resources that can increase any business.Beauties on the Go is offering a three tier membership; Pink, Sepia and Purple.The benefits that these membership programs offer are top notch for any female business owner. Beauties on the Go that all members are supported and remain inspired through the entire program. Moreover, members receive the support of Beauties on the Go and resources that help toward the advancement of women entrepreneurs; access to targeted business demographics; live/interactive customer relationships, valuable savings on exclusive event invites online, phone conferences, workshops, as well as chances to enter VIP drawings/contests.Beauties on the Go simplifies women’s lives and is a community created by women for women that lead busy lives. Beauties on the Go provides the most inspirational and supportive resources and network available.Grow your business while giving back to your community. When purchasing your membership, part of the proceeds go directly into funding the TEEN L.U.V.E Program-for at-risk teens as well as support for other charities Beauties on the Go believes in. YOU get to choose from a list of charities that BOTG believes in and know that a percentage of your paid membership goes toward the betterment of your chosen charity.For Membership Details Click Here and/or read below.The Pink membership has a $59.00 set up fee and starts at $39.00 per month and offers the women’s inspirational guide, Her Little Ways to help women get through the difficult and frustrating times, the e-book Crush Your Competition and Brand Yourself and Your Business in the Social Media Age, a guide that shows women how to crush and take market share from their competition as well as a business directory listing, back links to help with search engine optimization, VIP passes to conferences and 20% off all BOTG events, products, web design and social media services.The Sepia membership has a $129.00 set up fee and starts at $99.00 per month and offers all of the products/services in the Pink package with an additional 30 minutes of personalized life coaching and 30 minutes of personalized business consulting, while the Purple membership provides the most resources.The Purple membership has a $229.00 set up fee and starts at $199.00 per month and includes all of the products/services that the Sepia package includes but with one hour of personalized life coaching and one hour of personalized business consulting, an introduction into the Beauties on the Go newsletter, a Woman Owned Store Front, and Young Living all natural health energy drink.

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The BGC flea market is open today 10/25/2009 from 1-430 so stop on by for$1 jewelry$3 blouses 1x-3x, m, l$5 dresses 1x-3x, xl$3-$5 jeans sizes 7/8-24, denim skirts 18, 22$5 pencil skirts 3x-5x$3-$5 shoes sizes 8.5-9$3-$5 clutches and handbagsThis is all female items! The flea market will also be open Monday from 8a-11a, 2p-8p and Tuesday through Friday 10a-8p. Items are going fast! The flea market may end sooner than Friday! Pictures of the items are on this link: a fashion fabulous day,Syreeta
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