Forward Thinking

Rewarding the Baby Steps

Rewarding

How companies can incentivize basic but critical business-building action. Rewarding and Incentivizing a distributor field isn’t all about recognizing those long-term leaders who stay at the top. In fact, many companies are moving in the direction of rewarding and incentivizing distributors who achieve smaller, more attainable milestones based on the specific action steps companies want…

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Serving Is the New Selling

Serving

How can our channel assist consumers to make the most of their daily lives, versus the old model of selling them a lifestyle? In June, 7-Eleven launched an update to its 7Now delivery app to include thousands of new locations—7Now Pins—so customers can order to public spaces. Items include food and drinks and other home…

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Podcast Revolution

Podcast

More than half of America is on board with podcasts. But what does it mean for direct selling? Video may be taking over the internet, but voice and audio are carving out a huge piece of the future of online marketing. With the rise of voice-activated assistant devices such as Amazon Eco and Google Home,…

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Under the Influence

influencer

Does influencer marketing have a place in direct sales? The concept of working with celebrities to promote brands is evolving into highly targeted campaigns with online influencers. Influencer marketing is now big business, and according to the experts, it is only going to grow. What’s Happening: While consumer buying habits continue to evolve along with…

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Payment Pals

Tokenization and blockchain technology may be the future of data security and payment speed. As technology continues to evolve along with buying experiences, one of the ongoing challenges for direct selling companies is providing faster and more secure payment processing solutions, both for the customer and the distributor. In direct selling, companies and pay system…

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The Evolving Retail Landscape and the Five Ways Direct Selling Can Achieve Sustained Growth

DSA’s 2019 Growth & Outlook Survey results were just released, and after two years of modest decline, direct selling returned to growth, achieving $35.4 billion in estimated retail sales. Riding on the tailwinds of strong macroeconomic conditions, the direct selling channel is well-positioned to achieve accelerated and sustained growth if it addresses the following: Revisiting…

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Creating Unforgetable Brand Experiences

Brand Experience

Amway’s XS Center for Optimal Fun immerses visitors in adventure and fun. Brand experience is a term loosely thrown around in the direct selling industry. Maybe it’s hard to define, or maybe it’s undervalued. Creating opportunities for customers and distributors spread across the country or around the globe isn’t easy to execute, but it can…

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Right on Target

Proximity marketing

Proximity marketing has evolved for direct sellers. Proximity marketing continues to be a hot and evolving technology. In February, DigitalJournal.com noted an extensive study that estimated proximity marketing to reach $52 billion worldwide by 2023. But is it a viable tool for your distributors to attract a specific audience? Essentially, proximity marketing lets you market…

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The Art of Social Selling

Social Selling

Strategies and statistics for thriving in the social media arena. Social media platforms continue to evolve as natural tools for direct sellers to increase their network and attract customers by building genuine relationships. Social selling is not about the short-term, one-time sell. Rather, it’s about building relationships for the long-term. It requires more than “liking”…

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Aaaaand We’re Live!

Facebook Live

Are you using these Facebook Live updates to grow and engage your audience? When Facebook Live launched in 2016, it gave everyone on the platform the ability to instantly broadcast to and interact with their friends and followers. It has become one of the most effective ways for businesses to connect with and grow a…

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