Blogs are a critical component to your online marketing strategy.
Many direct sellers, however are reluctant to get started for a variety of reasons:
* Lack of technical savvy
Direct Sales in general has been slow to embrace technology of any kind, and many long-term consultants are still faxin or calling in orders to their home office. The idea of having complete control over webspace can feel intimidating to someone who may only use their computer for checking email – or may not even OWN a computer at all.
* Lack of confidence
In a sea of home-party presenters, you might be surprised to know how many don’t have the confidence to speak in public, and worse yet, don’t believe they have the skillset to manage a blog of their own.
* Lack of funds
Many consultants believe that setting up a website or a blog can be costly and even more expensive for ongoing maintenance.
* Lack of time
Direct Sellers are notorous for spinning many platesand keeping many balls in the air. I frequently hear the “I don’t have time for that” excuse.
In reality, there are simple, easy solutions to all of these issues. Blogs, like this one, are free to set up, use templates, and are quick to get up and runnig – often in less than 10-15 minutes. In fact, at my upcoming Home Party Solution LIVE Workshop, we’ll be holding a race to see who can set up a blog the fastest. The point-and-click techology of Blogger and WordPress make setting everything up a breeze.
The more important concern is one of content. “I’m not sure what to write about!” I often hear direct sales consultants exclaim.
This isn’t a challenge either. Here are four tips to make blog posting a snap:
1. Write about who you are. This does not mean to post incessantly about how you’re a consultant with XYZ company. What we DO is not the same as who we ARE. Maybe you’re a mom, or a dog-lover, or a baseball fanatic, or a lipstick fiend. Find an uplifting passion – something that brings you joy, and you’re sure to build a following of people that also share that joy, that passion, that resonate with you and want to hear more from you regularly.
2. Write about topics related to your product line. This can be a product review, but more importantly, it should reflect an area of expertise that’s related to your product line. For example, one of my blogs is about skin care, and while I rarely post directly about my skin care company, I often post articles related to skin care. This is a topic we will cover in greater depth at my live workshop. In fact, we’ll actually HELP YOU determine your area of expertise and get your first posts written at the event.
3. Get someone else to write for you. There are tons of online writers willing to share their content with you at no charge. This is content you can freely post on your blog or anywhere else online for that matter. By sharing guest content, you build even more credibility in the eyes of your customers, which can only help your business in the long run. Home Party Solution lists many reliable sources for free content to share on your blog or even in your newsletters!
4. Let someone else pick the topic. From reader surveys to paid endorsements for your blog posts, there are ways to post content related to what other people WANT to have you post. In fact, monetizing your blog is a great way to make it pay you for the time you spend posting.
In all, there are tons of ways to make building your online presence quick and painless. Fear is quite possibly the only thing holding you back at this point. As a Direct Seller, it is imperative that you take advantage of every possible marketing opportunity – including online tools like blogs. With over 15 million consultants in the US alone, online marketing is fast becoming the tool that distinuishes the leaders from the rest of the pack.
Blogs, like Social Media, are only ONE piece of the online marketing puzzle. You need a comprehensive marketing strategy that includes these elements to effectively dominate your marketplace. Blogs, are quick and easy, and no direct seller should be without one.
Have more questions about marketing yourself online? Blogging is just one piece of the online marketing puzzle. Without an online marketing strategy (social media, etc), you may find yourself pulling your hair out and calling it quits before any real progress is made. Lisa Robbin Young is the only Certified Direct Sales Marketing Coach in the WORLD, and can take the guesswork out of using the Internet to promote your direct sales business. Visit the free online community for direct sellers today at http://www.homepartysolution.com