Magazines and periodicals have a nifty little tool that lays the groundwork for every issue they print. The editorial calendar guides the topical content for each article in a particular issue.
The most logical direct sales equivalent is our monthly host or guest specials – which are usually set up by our companies, and fed to us no more than a month or two in advance.
That’s not the most effective way to create a strategic plan for your business year.
The solution is to create your own “editorial calendar” of sorts.
Each month of the year represents at least one new reason to contact your clients. In fact, this is one of the strategies I’m teaching in depth in my new Direct Sales 101 small group coaching program. An editorial calendar is a great guideline for both your newsletter AND your parties/presentations, because:
1. It allows you to have a plan in place for each month of the year at the beginning of the year – regardless of what your company proposes.
2. It puts YOU in control of your business instead of waiting for details from your home office.
3. It gives you the ability to create special connections with your clients by tailoring your offerings to their needs/desires.
Not sure where to start? Here are a few sample ideas for a monthly newsletter, based on holidays. Remember that most people will place orders in the month BEFORE the holiday, so plan ahead with your offerings:
January: Love, Valentine’s Day, Showing Your Love
February: Luck of the Irish, St. Patty’s Day, Go Green
March: Spring, Easter, April Showers (showers of money for great recruiting, or baby/bridal showers)
April: Mother’s Day
May: Father’s Day
June: Independence Day (U.S.)
July: End of Summer
August: Back to School
October: Being Grateful
December: New Year, New You, New Products
These samples don’t begin to cover topics that are product or service-specific to your company. You are truly only limited by your imagination. Have a bi-weekly or weekly newsletter? Sprinkle in a few more topics that are related to each month, or to a specific product that your company may be featuring.
An editorial calendar doesn’t chain you to sticking to these topics, but it does give you a safety net that will keep your business growing throughout the year – even when you’re not sure yet what your home office has planned. You won’t be scrambling, trying to figure out what to do. You’ll have a confident plan of action that will move your business forward throughout the year.
Billion-dollar business woman Anne McKevitt said something to me that hit home: “Never leave anything to chance.” By taking the reins of your promotional and publication schedule, you’re not leaving your direct sales success to chance.
© 2010 Lisa Robbin Young.
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