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Expo Marks the Spot

Microsoft, Apple, Walmart, General Motors, and countless other fortune 500 companies would be the first to say it: exhibiting pays off. Expos (trade shows, conventions, etc.) enable you to share your business opportunity with a qualified, captive audience, often at a reasonable price.

Thousands of expos are held throughout the year, across America and around the world.  Attendance at these shows varies.  While some may draw only a handful of people, some may bring in 50 or even 100 thousand consumers, all with similar tastes, hobbies or preferences.

So how do you prepare for an expo?  It’s not as hard as you may think.  VitaMist has numerous materials you can use to give your booth the professional edge, including banners, pamphlets, catalogs and more.  A properly set up booth can draw people in and get the results you want!

Many expos have themes.  Healthcare and entrepreneurial shows are ideal for VitaMist distributors, and can be a profitable investment in the long run.  Increased product awareness, product recognition, and a number of solid leads are just some of the benefits.

Below are some expos that will take place across America in the coming the months, along with the website you can use to get more information.  Prices vary depending on the size of the show location, booth size, etc.

Good luck!

Natural Product Expo West www.expowest.com
Anaheim March 8-12
Natural Product Expo East www.expoeast.com
Baltimore September 13-16
The Fit Expo thefitexpo.com
Chicago May 6-7
San Jose July 29-30
Anaheim August 26-27
Ft. Lauderdale Oct. 21-22
Small Business Expo www.thesmallbusinessexpo.com
Philadelphia March 8
Boston April 13
Washington D.C. April 19
New York City May 11
Minneapolis May 18
Chicago June 1
Denver June 22
Seattle

July 13

San Francisco August 17
Phoenix August 31
Los Angeles September 14
San Diego September 21
Austin October 3
Houston October 19
Tampa October 26
Atlanta November 9

Ideas For Leads

  1. Sample Baggies: Have little zip close baggies with your business card, a flyer, and a sample or goodie in it and bring these where ever you go. Give them to:

 

  • People you meet in the grocery store who are shopping for products similar to those you market; strike up a conversation with them
  • Servers at restaurants (put their tip inside the baggie too)
  • Bank Tellers
  • Hairdressers
  • Postal employees

 

  1. Flyers: Network marketing ideas: Print off fliers with your contact info (website, phone number, may want to make the tear off strips) and your business opportunity and leave them at the following places: (ask permission where needed, bribe owners with free product if needed)

 

  • Laundry mats
  • Mobile home parks
  • Apartment complexes
  • Grocery store message boards
  • Daycare centers (moms are always looking for ways to earn $$)
  • COLLEGE CAMPUSES (this is HUGE) Drop off flyers and business cards at the College Student Center. College students are ALWAYS looking for ways to make more $$
  • College Housing (off campus)
  • Doctors Offices
  • Public Library
  • Backs of Taxi Cabs (inside the vehicle, like for magazines)

 

  1. Craft Fairs: Network marketing ideas: Contact local churches in your area and see if they have spring or fall craft fairs. Usually, you can get a booth at these types of events relatively inexpensively. This is one of the best offline advertising methods. Make sure you do a drawing for a free product. On your drawing slip, make a little line that you can place a check mark beside that says “Yes! I’d like more information about starting a home based business!” After your fair, make sure to put those who entered the drawing in your contact list, and call all those who were interested in the opportunity. Good way of building MLM downlines. The ones not interested in the opportunity can still be put on your mailing list for catalogs and new product releases.

 

  1. Chamber of Commerce: Network marketing ideas: Join your local Chamber of Commerce. Networking is HUGE in this business. Attend events regularly.

 

  1. Welcome Wagon: Another excellent offline advertising method for stay at home mom businesses: Contact your local Welcome Wagon or Welcome Service Business. Find out about dropping off fliers and/or samples to the new members of your community.

 

  1. New Mothers: Party plan ideas: Contact your local area hospitals and ask for the human resources department. Most hospitals hand out bags filled with products, samples and other stuff for new moms who just had a baby.

 

  1. Donate Product: Network marketing ideas: Donate a Product Basket to the following types of establishments for free advertising:

 

  • Radio Stations
  • Bingo Halls
  • Local TV stations
  • Churches
  • Fundraisers (cancer society, red cross, schools, etc.)

 

  1. Job Fairs: Network marketing ideas: Call your Chamber of Commerce (or look up your local convention center) and find out about local Job Fairs. Get a booth and set up info about your Business Opportunity. You may also contact local colleges for their employment fairs for building MLM downlines.

 

  1. Car Dealerships: Contact local area car dealerships. You may be able to give them sample packets to hand out to their customers for FREE for taking a test drive.

 

  1. Gyms: Check out your local gyms and health clubs, even the YMCA. See if you can set up a table during one of their health fairs if your product fits in.

 

  1. Network: Network marketing ideas for stay at home mom businesses: Network with others in your community who are in home business. Find out what events and activities that they participate in. Many will be able to help you get started networking in your community.

 

  1. Commercials: Party plan ideas: Does your area TV cable company have a local information channel? Inquire about advertising the best home party business: yours! Sometimes these ads are reasonably priced, especially those that run late at night. It’s common to see business opportunities run for late night, sleepless viewers.

 

  1. Newspaper Ads: If you have access to a small town newspaper, advertise the best home party business (yours) here as they are less expensive and usually more effective than the big newspapers. Post a simple, enticing ad.

 

  1. Banners: Get a low cost outdoor banner printed up with your website on it. You can usually get them done for well under $50 or so, check eBay. Party plan ideas for stay at home mom businesses: Check into paying to have your banner displayed at various outdoor events such as children’s sports, concerts, carnivals, etc.

 

  1. Coupon Packs: Community Clipper coupon booklets and other sales fliers can be a good inexpensive advertising source. Offer freebies to those who contact you for more information.

 

  1. Restaurants: Contact local area restaurants, sub shops, pizza places, diners, and coffee shops to ask them about advertising on their paper placemats.

 

  1. Vehicle Signs: Get a vehicle vinyl sign made for your car. They are very inexpensive and can list your website on it so that you can advertise wherever you drive. The best I have found is on eBay. Be careful not to put your phone number or your name on your banner. You want to make sure you are taking Safety Precautions.

 

  1. Vehicle Magnets: Another alternative when it comes to network marketing ideas is to get vehicle magnets for stay at home mom businesses made for the side of your car on eBay. Again, make sure you are careful about what information you put on there. And do not put your picture on them; it is unprofessional and tacky.

 

  1. Travel Guides: If your city has a travel guide for tourists, find out how you can advertise in it.

 

  1. City Maps: Some city maps have ads in them. You may be able to get a small business ad printed on them for a good price.

 

  1. Product Baskets: Network marketing ideas: A great way to get some offline advertising for stay at home mom businesses, contact local area hotels, motels and bed & breakfast inns and ask them if you can do up a Product Basket and leave it in their Lobby. How? You make up little offline advertising packs of info about your business & products and put them into a basket for their patrons to take. They usually have a pamphlet wall or area too with pamphlets from local area attractions etc. If they don’t have a lobby basket area, inquire about leaving your business info in their pamphlet area.

 

  1. Shirts: Buy company shirts and wear them EVERYWHERE! You will have curious strangers ask what your company is. Don’t have company shirts? Make your own at Cafe Press. Shop or Create What’s On Your Mind at CafePress.com.

 

  1. Tote Bags: Get some canvas tote bags printed up with your business information printed on it. This is good to carry samples in. If someone asks about it, give them a sample. Shop or Create What’s On Your Mind at CafePress.com

 

  1. Buttons: Get a pin back button made and attach it to your purse for advertising wherever you go. Make sure it says something interesting!

 

  1. Local Magazines: Does your city publish a City Magazine? If so, contact them about offline advertising.

 

  1. Gifts: Network marketing ideas: When you give gifts to family, friends, neighbors, co-workers etc. make sure you give them gifts from your company. This saves you money as you are buying from yourself, and gives them a chance to experience the products you are raving about. Dress up your package with cellophane for a professional appearance.

 

  1. Party: Invite your spouse’s co-workers over to your home for a get together. Have a potluck. Make sure that you use your products and have them out for show, but do not make it seem like a demonstration. Just carry on your normal activities while subtly showing off your products.

 

  1. Yearbooks: Maybe a form of offline advertising for stay at home mom businesses you haven’t thought of, see about placing a sponsoring ad in the back of your local high school yearbook. As high school graduates go off to college, they will need a great way to earn extra money.

 

  1. Sports Programs: Put an ad for your business in local sport programs. These organizations are always looking for advertisers. You may even want to sponsor a team in your offline advertising efforts.

 

  1. Theater Playbills: Network marketing ideas: Do you have a local community theater? If so, get your business ad placed in their show programs!

 

  1. Yard Sign: Either get a printed sign or a wooden sign and proudly display it in your front yard for building MLM downlines. We have a nice wooden one we bought for our RV on eBay.

 

  1. Bus Stops: See how much it would cost you to do some offline advertising for stay at home mom businesses at bus stops. People takings buses are often living from paycheck-to-paycheck. They would be very interested in your business opportunity!

 

  1. Mail: Network marketing ideas: Stamp your business info to the outside of all outgoing postal mail. Include your business card on the inside. Do this for personal mail, business mail and for paying your bills.

 

  1. Fillers: Party plan ideas: Exchange Fillers with another home party consultant in a NON-competing business and place their filler in your bags & outgoing packages & have them do the same for you!

 

  1. Temporary Employment Agencies: Temp agencies might be willing to refer some clients to you who may be interested in a Home Business. You could offer the staff FREE product for referrals.

 

  1. Pass Out Fliers: Network marketing ideas for stay at home mom businesses: Print up some fliers and get permission from local shopping centers to see if you can leave them on car windshields for building MLM downlines. You may need a permit for this sort of offline advertising. Oh, and make sure that these are not the high gloss postcards. Someone left one of those on my windshield and my steering wheel blocked it. It rained, and now I have their ad permanently embossed on my car. Suffice it to say I was NOT going to do business with them!

 

  1. Renter’s Guides: Contact your local free Renter’s Guide publishers to see about placing your business ad inside one. Many people rent as they move to a new area. Make sure they know that you are the local consultant ready to help them. Party plan ideas: Offer a welcome freebie.

 

  1. Local Directories: Network marketing ideas for stay at home mom businesses: Do a web search for you local county and surrounding areas. You should find several websites for your area with online business directories to get your website listed in. They may even be free. They may also have offline ads that you can advertise in. You may also find out about upcoming local community events to participate in.

 

  1. Grand Openings: Is there a local business in your area holding a upcoming Grand Opening? If so, contact them! A lot of times they are giving away freebies to the first few hundred customers plus they do heavy advertising announcing their Grand Opening. Great way for building MLM downlines.

 

  1. Bookmarks: Get your business info printed up on inexpensive bookmarks. Give them to:

 

  • Customers
  • Colleges
  • Libraries
  • Book stores

 

  1. Goodie Bags: Put the word out to your friends, family and coworkers that you offer party freebies. Are they going to have a baby shower, bridal shower, or birthday party soon? Do they need goodies for their party bags? Offer to donate product samples to them.

 

  1. Reorder Labels: Network marketing ideas and party plan ideas for products: Make sure you are sticking a small info sticker with your contact info on it on the back of all your products so that your customer can easily locate your information for placing reorders. This is a great offline advertising method! This is also important to do considering some customers purchase items from you to give as a gift, this way the person who received the gift will also know how to contact you.

 

  1. Voicemail: Make sure your voicemail includes information about your business, the best home party business. You never know who will call you. This way, strangers and extended family will know about the company you represent.

 

  1. Travel: When you travel, offline advertising can be done if you take numerous flyers, business cards etc. with you when you pack for your trip. Make up a separate tote bag just for these items. Leave your flyers and business cards ever where you go while on your trip. Such as:

 

  • Train seats
  • Cabs
  • Airplane seats
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Bulletin boards
  • Truck stops

 

I hope these direct sales and network marketing ideas for home businesses will help you think of new and creative ways to advertise your business!

The 12 Steps to Health and Success

Making VitaMist Work for You

Just as there are 12 days of Christmas, there are 12 steps to jump-start your New Year.

  1. Write down what you want to do this New Year, e.g. lose weight; stop smoking; use VitaMist products every day; make $$$ with your VitaMist business; travel to new places.
  2. Now, make a contract with yourself. For example:Key to Success

    “I (your name) will make $5,000.00 (or any amount you want) from my VitaMist business by (date). I (your name) will do everything in my power to reach this goal.”

    And then sign it.  The more detailed your contract, the better.

  3. Write down your goals!  I know this may sound redundant, but what I’m saying here is that you should write down your daily, weekly, and monthly goals to help you reach your ultimate goal – the contract with yourself.  For example:

    “Daily – Sell 3 products today!”
    “Weekly – Send in 15 new Golden Tube candidates!”
    “Monthly – Hold 3 product clinics or business briefings each month!

  4. Use the Products! Use the Products each and every day, no matter where you are! VitaMist Products are so revolutionary they will make people ask questions.
  5. Have a favorite product! And when people ask, tell them why it’s your favorite. “It makes me feel GREAT!” “It’s so easy and convenient to use!”
  6. Have fresh products on hand! It’s easier to close someone if you have at least part of their order on hand.
  7. Make a “Warm List”! Write down a list of all people that will be interested in the product and the opportunity. And never stop adding to it. By keeping a paper and pen with you at all times, you never know when a name will come to mind. 
  8. Use the GOLDEN TUBE system. It’s so easy to qualify for this program, and once you have qualified, just send your “hot list” to the Company and we will send each person on your list a Golden Tube, with samples of the products and all the paperwork they will need to make an informed decision. 
  9. Get everyone you know to join our Conference Calls – Product call on Thursday, the Training call on Monday, and Ladies of VitaMist on last Tuesday of the month, focus calls every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday morning. This way, your prospects will learn first-hand what all the buzz is about.  On some calls, they will even be offered free products.
  10. Keep Applications on hand! Some people will want to sign up right away so always be prepared!
  11. Study the Pocket Passport to Success. By just reading it once a week you will come up with new ideas on how to grow your business.
  12. Use the 3-foot rule! Anybody within 3 feet of you is a candidate! Everywhere you go there are people interested in your products and your business The key to finding these people is YOU! It is up to YOU to let them know.

With these 12 steps, you are on your way to a great New Year.  Follow these steps and 2016 will be full of Happiness, Heath, and Wealth.

We just want to say, from your VitaMist family, that we are honored to play a part in your future health and wealth.

Thank you.

Talk to Anybody, At Any Time

Most people have been in this situation: At a social or business function and you end surrounded by people you have never met before. You may become uncomfortable with the circumstances because you don’t know how to start or carry on a conversation.Conversation

Successful people find themselves in these situations because they stretch themselves and put themselves in new places. That’s why their businesses grow; by meeting new people. If you want to be successful, the one thing you have to get down is knowing how to talk to anybody, anytime.  The good news?  It is easier than you think!

 There are two things for you NOT to do:

  1. Do NOT get nervous and excuse yourself. Leaving is missing an opportunity to make a new best friend or a close business associate. So Stick Around! 
  1. Do NOT start talking about yourself. Yes, you want to introduce yourself, but don’t launch into a half-hour speech about your deeds. Talking about yourself is not productive, and may even bore your listeners!

 That second point is crucial. You can’t be a selfish, arrogant person and be successful.  At least not to have actual well-rounded success, rather than just collecting a bunch of money.

 What you want to do is talk about the person you just met. Remember you don’t wish to talk about yourself – you want to talk about them! The key is to ask questions.  There are a few people you just will not be able to talk to; but for the most part, if you continue asking questions, you will be able to talk to anybody, anytime.

 There are three parts to this process: 

  1. Questions. 
  1. Connections. 
  1. Go where the connections lead you. 

You want to try to find common ground. What makes people afraid to talk to others is that they think they won’t have anything in common.  However, if you ask questions for a minute or two, you can always find common ground.  The worst that could happen is that you spend a couple minutes asking questions, only to find that you don’t have much in common. 

I’m going to do mock conversation to illustrate this process. 

 Please keep in mind the kinds of questions I would ask when I find a common ground, and then how I would move the conversation in that direction. 

Multiple conversation bubbles“Hi, I’m William Deihl. What is your name?” 

“Jon Doe.” 

“Well, Jon, what do you do for a living?” 

“I sell insurance.” (Possible Common ground here. Every person has insurance) 

“Oh yeah? What kind of insurance?” 

“I insure Oil rigs in the Atlantic ocean.” (Oops. Not common ground) 

“Wow. That’s must be interesting. Are you married, Jon?  Do you have kids?” (If yes, maybe Jon can show some pictures) 

“No, actually, I’m single.” (It’s still not looking good) 

“So, who do you know here?” 

“Well, nobody. I am the brother of the host’s bookkeeper. I’m in town for a week, and my brother had to make an appearance.” (Wrong direction here) 

“So where are you from?” 

“Chicago.” (Bingo, there it is. The common ground! Now let’s go in that direction) 

“Really? My dad and mom were from Chicago. Even though I didn’t live there, my mom and dad used to take me back to visit my relatives when I was growing up. It sure was a lot of fun. Did you live in the City, or the Suburbs?” 

“I grew up in the Suburbs.” 

“That’s where my relatives lived! 

Now just start asking questions about what they did growing up, how they liked it etc… 

If you get skilled enough at asking questions of others, you will certainly find common ground about which to talk.  Having things in common with someone is the foundation of all long and mutually beneficial relationship.  It’s one of the foundations of success! 

I have met a lot of new people over the years, and this is what I do. I am no better communicator than anybody else. It is just a proven way of getting a relationship off the ground with someone you have just met. 

Just remember: 

  1. Questions. 
  1. Connections. 
  1. Go where the connections lead you.