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Forward Thinking stories are concise, straightforward takes on the culture, events and technology that shape the channel. They explore everything from social media and tools to incentives and innovations.
Grabbing attention and influencing action with compelling images is still a top social media marketing strategy. A survey by Social Media Examiner shows that 80 percent of marketers use visual assets in their social media marketing. Nearly a third of marketers say visual images are the most important form of content for their business. “We […]
Reusable packaging may be the future of sustainability and smart branding. Today consumer’s behavior expects lightningfast shipping service. Free or nextday shipping is becoming a basic requirement. However, the cost of speed is increasing packaging waste at an alarming rate. Packaging makes up one-third or more of our trash, according to TheWorldCounts.com. How often have […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]