and are you and your customers ready with gifts or Ribbon gift cards?
There's a special offer running right now for Amway Global's Personal Accents collection — great for dads and/or grads. Don't forget brides-to-be. All you do is spend $100 of qualifying Personal Accents products and you get Amanda sterling silver earrings or a Will bracelet for just $10! I think they're valued at something like $40 or $50 so it's a great deal.
But offers this great don't last forever! This one runs through June 30 or while supplies last.
Life is full of celebrations. Don't know about you, but I find the invitations are rolling in these days for graduation celebrations, birthday parties, wedding showers, baby showers — and Father's Day is coming soon. (It's June 21 in the USA.)
Here a few of my faves for gift giving, a few recommendations from marketers, and let's hear recommendations from IBOs and your customers, too. What do you like to give as gifts? Artistry? Tolsom? Ribbon Gift Collections? Personal Accents Jewelry? Do tell!
Did you know Father's Day is the fourth biggest gift-giving occasion in the USA? (Mom's Day ranks higher.)
What could be better than the gift of choice for your dad or for grampa? Ribbon Guy Gear (74-9210) Collection is a popular choice, and we predict many of the new-for-2009Omaha Steak (74-9181) and Sony (74-9161) Gift Collections will be given to guys this year. I also recommend these three collections for birthday boys.
Have you considered the Tolsom Skin care products for Dad? These products are specially formulated for men and they feature the exclusive T-10 Complex that conditions, smooths, and moisturizes men's skin. Sounds too good to be true? Maybe, but guess what? It IS true! Check out the full line of Tolsom, from shave gel (10-0917) to protective lotion with SPF 15 (10-0049).
Don't forget Nutrilite health and fitness products if Dad is active and health-conscious. Check out the full line of products for energy, strength, hydration and recovery. If Dad hasn't tried the energy bars and sports drinks before, he's in for a real treat!
Ribbon I Do (74-9510), Gourmet Gear (74-9610) and Distinctive (74-8210) are excellent choices. But check out all the Ribbon Gift Collections for the perfect collection for the newlyweds. They all contain name brand products, from functional to fun, stylish to practical. I know from the thank-you notes I've received, Ribbon Gift Collections are a BIG hit with newlyweds, even if they're registered at a retail store. This gives them an opportunity to "fill in" if they still need pillows or a blender — or to treat themselves to something special.
For parents-to-be and baby, consider Arrival (74-8810) Gift Collection and for the new mom, Pamper (74-8910) Gift Collection. You might also want to consider Kozy Kids diapers and baby supplies. The new moms that work with me rave about the diapers and wipes. Even if you don't give them as a gift, you may want to suggest them to customers who have babies and toddlers. Oh, just thought of something. You could add some SA8 laundry detergent and L.O.C. multipurpose cleaner to the Kozy Kids supplies and create a basket of goodies — a gift that's sure to please if the newbie parents are on a tight budget.
Gifting should be a pleasure for the giver as well as the receiver. AmwayGlobal.com helps make gift-giving the pleasure it should be. Enjoy your celebrations this season! And let your gift-giving customers know what's available through your business for their gift-giving needs.
The following trademarks are registered by Amway Global: Artistry, Tolsom, Personal Accents, Nutrilite, Kozy Kids, SA8, L.O.C.
Mom always knows best, so we asked Moms to give us the top 10 gifts they'd like to receive from the Personal Accents Collection and Ribbon Gift Collections. I also asked the brand managers to weigh in.
Not only does this list provide you with the perfect gift ideas for women everywhere … it offers a perfect opportunity to call on current and potential customers. Remind them Mother's Day is just over a week away!
"Baggin' For Attention" Tote (74-5332 ) is bold and bright … a delight for a mom who always has plenty to tote around — and if she needs more, fill it with goodies from Artistry.
Celebrate Ribbon Gift Collection is always in season … versatile, online collection she'll go for without a doubt.
Treasure Ribbon Gift Collection lets her choose from a wonderful array of leading brand-name products.
Still searching? There's plenty more gifts to choose from at Amway Global.com! Artistry makeup, Time Defiance skin care, Body Blends bath and body, Nutrilite Women's Supplement Packs, Kahve coffee, and much, much more.
If you have gift ideas for Mother's Day, please add your comments and share with others. Do any of you create themed baskets using Amway products? Or, filled a tote bag with cosmetics and skin care items? I did that last Mother's Day.
To give as gifts and to get others to give … this could be your motto this month as you interact with friends, family, neighbors, fellow fitness club partners, sports team players/league members, postal carrier, newspaper carrier, babysitter, and more.
2. Artistry Mini Lip Gloss Set. My college-age nieces are going to love this! Suggest it to your customers as a little somethin' to make smiles shine!
3. Kahve coffees and Zsenso Teas … perfect for those who savor a sip of something warm! Teas come in variety packs: Relaxation, Green and White Tea, Classic. I have a tea-drinking friend who is going to love the variety pack. Kahve brand has a Kona blend that's a big hit with my colleagues.
4. Artistry Soothing Creme. This is great for ladies who suffer from dry skin in the winter … I happen to be one but I know of many women who say this stuff is super smoothing.
10. Nutrilite Twist Tubes. Give the gift of health that quenches their thirst while providing nutrients they want and need. Choose from 4 flavors. Odd gift? Maybe, but it just so happens to be one that has turned gift recipients into customers once their gift runs out!
Here are a few more products that customers say are good for gifting:
There's been some buzz in the media about the drop of consumer confidence in gift cards due to retail store closings. Dilemma: Don't know if I want to give a gift card from a retailer who may or may not survive over the next few months.Obstacle: This consumer perception may become an objection when you're out there selling Ribbon Gift Collections this season.
Here's what you can say if a potential customer expresses concern about Ribbon Gift Cards as a gift:
Amway has been in business 50 years and has weathered some harsh economic downturns and survived them — in fact, they've grown stronger and sturdier through the ups and downs. Amway Global has been in the gift and incentive business for nearly 40 years. It all started with the Amagift Program, then became the Gift & Incentive Program — and in recent years was redesigned and rebranded as Ribbon.
Ribbon Gift and Incentive sales continue to climb. In fact, demand has increased 10% over the last year.
Ribbon Gift Collections are updated annually to meet the needs/desires/trends in the git and incentive industry. For example, last year Ribbon added a collection for kids. Recently, Ribbon added a seasonal online collection entitled Celebrate.
Ribbon Gift Cards do not reveal price/cost of card to recipient and many are actually perceived to be of a higher value by recipients.
Unlike brick-and-mortar retailers, Ribbon Gift & Incentive Program focuses exclusively on the gift and incentive business and gift card sales promoted primarily online and sold by a mighty sales force of Ribbon Retailers (IBOs) across North America.
Ribbon Gift Cards/Collections are backed by the Amway Global 180-day Satisfaction Guarantee. Aren't many gift cards that have a guarantee like Ribbon does!
Good luck retailing Ribbon this holiday season. And don't forget to give Ribbon to your family and friends, too.
Have you heard of Incentive Magazine? Well, it's a wonderful magazine about the incentive industry– available in digital and print versions. An OZ regular, CJ, sent a link to this article.
It talks about how Ribbon Gift Collections combine the use of gift cards with gift/award albums and that the key element of the program is choice. It goes on to talk about the price ranges and variety of brand names and products.
The article also highlights Successful Essentials, an Amway Global-affiliated business in Florida.
Listen up! I've got a tidbit of info on what's to come with Ribbon. Bet you thought we launched all the collections for this year. Not true.
You're one of the first to know ! There's something NEW and it's coming soon to the Ribbon Gift & Incentive Program. The Celebrate Gift Collection. It's a holiday treat every holiday of the year. It's the perfect gift for a special occasion fall, winter, spring, and summer. It's the solution to any gift dilemma at less than $50! A gift card that comes wrapped in a pocket-sized carrier with the scoop on the sensational gifts online that await the recipient.
Wait until you see it! And you will! September 15, the CelebrateGift Collection makes its debut. (I can't seem to figure out how I do an accent mark so please pretend it is over the e on debut.)
So, what's in it for your customers?
It's under $50. In fact, the suggested retail price is $40!
The name of it is festive. It creates positive, pleasurable feelings. It says gift and conveys special.
The Celebrate Gift Card, Carrier, and Booklet are bilingual. Everything is in English and Spanish!
The Gift Collection is all online; the booklet in the carrier is a teaser of what's available online and how to find it easily and quickly.
It NEVER expires. (That's right. I said never.)
Gift selections change periodically through the seasons but there will always be approx. 35 possibilities — during Christmas, Valentine's Day, Graduations, every day. No matter who and when you give the gift card or when the recipient redeems it, there's something for her, for him, for the family, or for the home to select as their gift.
The Celebrate Gift Card and Carrier comes with an Envelope at no additional cost.
I've probably said way more than I should at this point, but I see opportunity to sell Ribbon to family, friends, and small businesses for the holidays. And that means profit in your pocket!
For businesses, you can start building relationships now so that you can secure Ribbon orders for holiday gift giving.
For family and friends, begin talking up Ribbon for the holidays in late September, once Celebrate is available.
I've been thinking about how I need to let go of my old job responsibilities and embrace my new role. It's not easy to walk away from a warm, familiar, accepting environment into unknown, unchartered territory. For the most part, I like the unknown–it's full of challenge and discovery. But it's bumpy! And I tend to trip once 'n awhile. And on some days, I've been guilty of running back to that familiar welcoming land as soon as someone implies I am trespassing in forbidden territory… like I did yesterday –except I hit the "you can't go back home again just because you want to" point this morning. I realized I can't go back, I can't stay in the middle, and I'm rarin' to move ahead.
In case you missed my earlier post on my new position … I am now the Consumer-facing Communications Portfolio Manager. I refer to it in writing as C-F CPM or just CFCPM. (I'm big on acronyms in email.) So, first thing this morning, I wrote a couple goodbye and good luck notes, declined a few meetings and accepted some others that are pertinent to my new position. It's time to focus on customers … your customers now and in the future. It's time to create communications for you to share with customers and potential customers. So, we're thinking about what you need as IBOs to sell products to consumers. (Seems I should ask you!)
What would you like in Health, Beauty, and Ribbon to help you sell to customers? What leave-behinds? What follow-up pieces? Samplers? Emails? What about cross-sell vehicles?
Share your thoughts and suggestions. Please!
P.S. You know how I love quotes! Here's one that is in tune with my thoughts and feelings today and also fits how things are changing in the business world and with the way we do business:
"We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us." –Joseph Campbell
May day is certainly a day to celebrate! It's not only the first day of May, it's the promise of spring, the joy of fresh flowers — vividly colored tulips, pretty pastel hyacinths, blossoming trees and shrubs. In Europe, this day is filled with festivities complete with dancing around a garlanded pole called a maypole, from which streamers hang. Each dancer holds the end of a streamer, and the dancers wind the streamers into a pattern as they move around the maypole. Some schools still hold May Day festivals with maypole dancing and the selection of a May queen. We did the maypole thing in grade school – and we also created May Day baskets filled with candy and goodies for someone in our class.
But I'll be honest. Now that I am older and working for Quixtar/Amway, May Day has always been the BIG launch of the new Ribbon Gift Collections … sure, when I started they were Amagift Albums. (Yes, I have been here for awhile.) And it's still true. The Ribbon Gift Collections for 2008 are available for purchase at Quixtar.com … and ready to be redeemed by recipients on May 1 at ordermygift.com … WOO HOO! I'm ready to get selling, aren't you? And May is a great month to get busy selling to family and friends. What's in May?
Cinco de Mayo on May 5. Not really a traditional gift-giving occasion, but why not? Someone special is special any day of the year so why not on Cinco de Mayo? By the way, if you want to read some interesting facts and figures associated with Cinco de Mayo, check out the PR Newwire at forbes.com
Mother's Day on May 11. Mom deserves the best … any General Gift Collection will make her smile, but if you want to let her know she deserves some sweet relief … give her two collections! The Ghirardelli(R) Chocolates Collection teamed with the Pamper Album are just what a lovable Mom deserves. Don't forget Stepmoms, Grandmoms, and special women who may not be Mom but they're so marvelous, they deserve something for Mother's Day.
Your favorite granddaughter or son's birthday is in May? We've got Sweet!, the Gift Collection for teens that's just 2G2BT! If you don't text message, let me translate: Too good to be true! Cool stuff in that collection. Word is that kids around 13-16 really love getting Sweet! for birthdays and holidays.
The NEW Klutz(R) Gift Collection. Okay, this does NOT mean it's an album for people who are less than graceful. Seriously. Klutz is the name of the company that was incorporated in 1977 in California by three men who attended Stanford University. They started by selling sidewalk juggling lessons with a trio of bean bags. And then they realized the sky was the limit and decided to write a book on juggling. The books were sold, distributed via bicycle and backpack … and sales grew from there. (I can just see three juggling college guys in the early 70s on basic bikes tooling around town selling juggling cubes, facepaint, and drawing paper, can't you?) Today, Klutz how-to books come packaged with their signature tools like juggling cubes, face paints, and yo yos. All these how-to books and educational toys are for learning, and not just learning through reading. The Klutz Gift Collection is for kids 4 years old and up … and I tell you they are bound to be popular … paper planes, stickers, wishing stars, bracelets, drawing books, doodling kits, nail art, stencils, and more. Every time I look at this album, I want to be 10 again and playing with paper dolls. It's all about learning, creating, enjoying! So, if someone says, what the heck is a Klutz Collection? You say (being the great salesperson you are!), "It's a wonderful collection of amazing how-to books and crafts for kids 4 and up. Remember how fun it was to draw or juggle or build your own toys when you were growing up? Well, that's what this kid collection is all about!
Armed Forces Day on May 17. Need I say more? This is the day to thank our military members for all they do in patriotic service for our country as suggested by Harry Truman. Every military member you know deserves a gift … in whatever form you want to give that gift, from a prayer, a card, a letter to a gift basket or album.
Memorial Day … last Monday of May — May 26. This is a day to remember those who have died in our nation's service. After the Civil war many people began to decorate graves of fallen soldiers with flowers. Now, in the States, it marks the start of summer … and many family and friends get together for picnics, ball games, and boating.
Graduations, Showers, Weddings … big in May and June! Don't forget you may have a few gift-giving occasions coming up, but if you do, think of how many friends, family, and neighbors do. That's sales opportunity for you!
Other Ribbon and gift-giving tidbits to know and share while you're selling:
The 2008 Ribbon Gift Collections showcase a preview of selections in the printed albums. Each gift collection is shown in its entirety online and also in the Catalog of Gift Collections. The most updated resource for what's available will always be www.ordermygift.com so be sure to check that out … and encourage customers and recipients to do the same.
The Sweet! Collection is geared for teens. That's why it's different and why the copy reads like text messaging. If you want to know more about text messaging or get a translation, visit Webpedia's text messaging abbreviations.
Even with the launch of 2008 Gift Collections, your recipients can still redeem their 2007 Gift Collections now. No worries!
Interested in getting started selling Ribbon? You need a new kit each year, so if you haven't already, be sure to order the Ribbon Essential Sales Kit … or, check out the Ribbon Sales Kit Duo. When it comes to retailiing products, Ribbon Gift Collections are a great place to start.
May all your selling and gift-giving be a pleasure,
That's the beauty of the Ribbon Gift Collections. The newest assortment of General and Specialty Collections make gift giving the pleasure it ought to be, no matter what the occasion (even Groundhog Day!), no matter who the recipient (even a grumpy co-worker who needs an uplift!), no matter what the budget (people give gifts even when money is tight!.)
So, what kind of gifts do you find in Ribbon that people like you and me might be interested in buying, giving, and, of course, SELLING to other people like you and me.? Electronics, housewares, home decor, bath and body, food, candy, sporting goods, educational toys, and more.
The least expensive General Gift Collection called Variety is full of brand-name items that make sense for many. That's probably why it's the most popular … it's affordable, has a higher perceived value than its retail price, and it has lots of brand-name items. This year's Variety Collections features brands like Everlast, Conair, and Rampage. One of my faves to give is Pamper. I've sold several (and given many) I Do! Gift Collections. You can't go wrong with brand-name items from Cuisinart, Coleman, Fossil, and Samsonite. Browsing through the Klutz Collection, I see some cool crafts and kits for kids. I expect you'll have no problem selling this one, since you've been asking for a Gift Collection for kids. Hope this is a hit. All in all, as I browse through the new Catalog of Gift Collections with my sales hat on, I see loads of sales potential. But how the heck do IBOs learn how to sell Ribbon?
I have ideas! We have sales materials for you! We have QU training! We have support! You have the gusto and the guts to get out there and make a profit.
Get the Ribbon Sales Kit Duo (40-0858). SAVE $15. You can SELL well when you h ave the tools to learn, the samples to share, the smarts to know your product and prepare ahead of time for the sales conversation. The Ribbon Sales Kit Duo can help with that.
You save 20% off the cost of purchasing the kits separately, plus you get everything you need to sell to virtually everyone — from the couple who lives next door who have a zillion relatives to the small businesses you frequent often-maybe daily! For instance, what does the owner of the hair salon or barber shop you use do for his or her employees for the holidays? or for awards? or how does he or she thank loyal customers? Still in touch with the realtor who sold you your house or condo? Did the realtor give you a gift at closing? And what about the auto dealer, day care center, credit union? The list goes on and on and on.
So, why am I so revved up about Ribbon these days?
The 2008 Ribbon Sales Kits and related materials launch this week; the exciting new Gift Collections become available on May 1. While you're waiting for your Sales Kits to arrive; practice, prepare, and PRINT!
Downloadable PDFs you can print and share on sales calls to family and friends … and to small businesses — are now available at Quixtar.com …. they're specifically designed for to use with CUSTOMERS.
Here's a couple CUSTOMER-FOCUSED fliers I especially like, and yes, I did write them, but that's beside the point! (smile here, please)