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KristenB
08-30-2010, 09:26 AM
Good Morning,

I spoke to a wonderful rep last night from Silpada and she answered all my questions great! Now I have one for the group? Or two actually.

1. How has it affected your business by having to have 10 orders to be considered a show? Personally, I feel it should go by amount not by individual orders but kind of understand the philospohy behind it. Makes the hostess work to get what she wants and not flake. But, is it working and do you feel it makes life harder than necessary?

2. This is a big one for me: Online advertising? How do you feel about not being able to sell your jewelry online via your website? Or advertising the name in social networking sites?

I just took a business seminar last month and they said social networking IE Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, etc is an absolute must for competition today. Hmm. Number one way to gain and keep clients is constant business contact and the internet make it easier.

In a way, also, after speaking to the rep I can understand the thought behind it also because I worked with another DS company 10 years ago who was the same way. They were a "belly to belly" company and it worked. However, they did eventually get with the times and now you can at least order off the consultant website.

By getting contact information before handing over the link to the catalog is smart, old school, but I get it. It requires the consultant to follow up on that lead and not just throw a catalog everywhere and throw your money away by wasting catalogs. But this is 2010, is it still working?

Why am I asking all of this? I love the jewelry, it is so beautiful. I am tied between this company and one more (whose jewelry I love also). Such a long road. I just want to decide and get over it already. I am willing to work with in the means of the business model IF it's working for you because of the quality and look of the product.

I seriously want to know if thses 2 factors have caused you more problems that financial gain. Feel free to pm me privately if you want...

I am deciding this week, want to pay in and get rolling on one of those 2 companies.

Thank you,
Kristen


cabimom
08-31-2010, 01:03 PM
Hi! The 10 guest orders and $500 in sales is for the hostess to get the maximum hostess credit of 30%. She can still earn free jewelry with fewer guest orders and a minimum of $300 in sales, 20% of her sales. But if she is close, say at 8, then it would be to her advantage to get 2 more orders!

It does help make the hostess work a little harder to get a good show going, especially if she is really wanting certain pieces of jewelry for FREE! I know, I've done it as a hostess!

One time I couldn't get the 10 orders and I had a $1,000 show going, but hey 20% of $1,000 is better than 0%! I still got some great stuff! At first I was like, wow this is hard, but now I look at it from a different perspective and really all I did was have a fun night with some girlfriends for free jewelry!!:D

And the rep still made a 30% commission! Pretty sweet deal.

KristenB
08-31-2010, 07:48 PM
Hi!

It really isn't that big of a deal your right. The rep I spoke with was basically saying if the hostess wants the free jewelry she has to get her orders. It's not my issue because I am still getting paid but I am coaching her for her success. I didn't see it completely that way before.

I've3 been doing alot of thinking about it...I'm meeting with my rep to see the jewelry and well maybe that will be my deciding factor. Just taking every precaution I am NOT a company jumper..want to make my home and stay in it to win it!!! I don't want to make another mistake.

Thanks


blingslinger
08-31-2010, 08:29 PM
Hi Kristen!

I'll pop in on the social media issue. You CAN use Facebook and Twitter to promote your business. There are limitations, for instance, you cannot make your Facebook Profile public. It is still a very valuable tool.

As far as online ordering, that may change in the future (at least as far as getting online orders for a party).

I have some great handouts with more details on the social media, I'd be happy to share with you. Shoot me your email and I'll send them to you if you're interested!

Good luck with your Silpada business :)

KristenB
08-31-2010, 10:22 PM
Yes my rep told me that and I kid of misunderstood that you CAN mention it on FB only if it IS private and kept to your "friends", which is cool with me because those are they only people I am really worried about hearing about my business and specials and parties etc..

I didn't know about Twitter, thank you for that.

Apologies for my misunderstanding. I spent the evenings of the last 2 nights researching the company etc.

Wonderful things being said about Silpada!

Thank you and PS love the name:)

blingslinger
09-01-2010, 06:35 AM
Hi Kristen!

No worries :) And kudos for you for doing your homework! I did the same, research, research, research before signing up!

If you have any questions that you haven't had answered, Silpada does a wonderful Business Opportunity Call the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month:

Second and Fourth Tuesday's
10:00 AM PST
Noon CST
1:00 PM EST

Simply dial 712-432-7505
Pin Code: 30033#

It's a live call with Silpada Corporate.

And I noticed you're in Gilbert, AZ...what a small world! I'm in Chandler, AZ :) We're practically neighbors!

Best wishes with your new business :)

cabimom
09-01-2010, 02:32 PM
When you actually see and try on this jewelry line, you are going to love it. Guarantee!;)

KristenB
09-01-2010, 07:18 PM
Cabimom, I meet with the rep tomorrow at 7. I'm super excited!! I hope it is all that I think it is...and I'm thinking it is.

Yeah!

KristenB
09-01-2010, 07:20 PM
Blingslinger, yes we're neighbors! I had no idea we were that close. I already have a rep too she is in Mesa. I'm excited to see this through, I am tired of the search just want to party you know~

If I like it then maybe I will see you at corporate events:)

Thank you for the info on the call I will remember!!

cabimom
09-02-2010, 07:37 AM
Let us know what you think Kristin! I can't wait to hear how your meeting went!

cabimom
09-05-2010, 09:12 AM
Hi Kristin, did you see the jewelry yet? What did you think?

KristenB
09-05-2010, 09:27 PM
Hey Cabimom,

YES I did go and see it and YES I fell in love with it!! I am so excited!! have an awesome rep and YES I did sign with the company!! Woo hoo, finally now I can get busy. Signed today and my kick off show is a week from this coming Saturday. So much to do so little time!! Best decision for me!!

~Kristen

ccorrente
09-06-2010, 10:24 AM
I am not a rep for Silpada, but I love their pieces and the quality is very good! I just wanted to add that to this discussion.

cabimom
09-06-2010, 01:31 PM
Yay! Congratulations! I think you made a great choice! Good luck with your launch!