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Your Online Party A Success
by Anita DeFrank
parties are quickly becoming the better alternative to the
traditional "In Home Party". Online parties can
be more accommodating for the company rep and the hostess
for various reasons. There's no driving to another persons
home, getting the snacks ready, loading and unloading all
your products, cleaning your house and best of all no dressing
many times I've heard the questions, "How do I have and
online party?" "What do you do at an online party?"
or the ever popular "What kind of games do I play?"
Hopefully this article will answer some of the burning questions
out there. The following are just a few ideas of things that
can happen. Things may have to be altered depending on where
the party is and rules that may be applied there. For example
some places may require you to have a hostess and some places
don't require this allowing the reps to do the parties themselves.
So, please take in all considerations and apply changes as
decide if you will be finding a hostess or doing the party
yourself. If you decide that you do want a hostess then let
everyone you know that you are now in business for yourself
and what you do. Be sure to let them now that you have parties
online and are always looking for hostesses. Friends and family
are often your best start. Another idea is to find a rep from
another company and set up to exchange parties. You agree
to be a hostess for them and in return they hostess a party
for you. Some email groups and discussion forums allow you
to request hostesses. Please be sure to follow all rules and
regulations for these boards and don't spam. If all else fails
and you can't find another hostess, mystery hostess parties
are always a great option. Mystery hostess parties can put
a unique twist on the entire party itself piquing the interest
of your guests. Basically, the idea behind this is that there
is no "official hostess" until the end of the party.
Once the party is over, take the names of all the guests and
randomly pick one guest to be the "Mystery Hostess"
and they receive the hostess rewards.
are hostess rewards? Hostess rewards are used to entice people
to be a hostess. First thing you should give them is a free
gift. This is just a small token of thanks for having the
party to begin with. Always be sure to announce at the party
what the free gift and other rewards are. This may help with
getting other guests interested in becoming a hostess at a
later party. Other ideas for hostess rewards can include a
gift certificate, percentage of sales in free products and
free products for a certain amount of sales made. Gift certificates
make excellent rewards because the hostess can choose what
are always important and bring a lot of fun to your online
parties. How many games to play generally depends on the amount
of time allotted for your party. I personally recommend two
games. The games played don't always have to be about your
products or business. If you do opt for a game that is just
for fun and not for the business I recommend that you play
one that is and one that isn't. The ideas for games can be
endless and sometimes just needs a little imagination. It
is a little more difficult to play some of the traditional
games online but with a little thought put into it can be
just as fun. I've researched, attended other parties, and
have asked for suggested games. I've put together a list of
games that can be used. Click
here for a list of online party games.
thing to think about would be invitations and announcing your
online party. There a few things that you want to make sure
you include on your invites. Make sure you have the business
that you are having the party for and a brief description
of the products that you carry. You may also consider listing
the games, prizes, and specials if any. Make sure you list
the date, time and a clickable link to the party room. Keeping
in mind that guests may be coming from all over the country
you may consider making a list of the different time zones.
This helps void off any confusion right from the beginning.
"Leaving the party open" for maybe an additional
day might be a good idea for those guests that cannot make
it to the party but, would like to "cash in" on
party specials. If you go for this option, make note in your
invitations for alternative ordering information. For example,
you may want them to email you their order. Invitations should
be sent out a few days prior to the party and maybe send out
reminders an hour or so before the start of the party. You
can create invitations for free at Evite.com
your party should be done basically in the same procedure.
You can either announce your party in free or paid advertising.
Purchasing solo ads in ezines with your target guests in mind
is an excellent idea too. Some discussion forums and email
groups allow you to announce your party too. Once again keeping
in mind the "rules and regulations" to each of these
groups. I've put together a list of yahoo groups and online
communities that allow you to post your online parties. Click
here for a list of places to announce your online party for
free. Some groups even have special days that you can
advertise your online parties. Check out your groups to see
if these days are available.
following are some tips and ideas to help keep things flowing
nicely at the party. First you want to show up a little early.
You want to make sure you are there before the guests. Don't
start the party right away. Be sure to allow a little extra
time for some guests that might be running a little late and
gives a little time for some general chit-chat. Make sure
you greet each guest as they arrive. Once you feel confident
that most of the guests have arrived, give a short description
about yourself, your business and thank everyone for coming.
Next you will want to announce your specials for the party
and give them the URL to your website. If you have any "special
ordering info" you may want to let guests know this.
Give your guests a few moments to browse around your site
and ask any questions that they may have. After guests have
had sufficient amount of time to browse, let them know that
you will be playing a game shortly. You may want to tell them
a little about the game especially if it has to do with things
found on your website. After a few moments you will want to
start the game, making sure that all the guests are "still
with you" and not looking over your site. After the first
game allow a few more moments for general chit chat and questions
about your site or products. Announce the next game and repeat
the steps above. Guests will probably be leaving at different
times. Be sure to thank each of them as they leave, hope they
had a good time and ask them if they'd like to be added to
a guest list for future parties.
this article will help you become more comfortable about having
an online party. No matter how much information you get from
this article or any other source online, it's still not as
good as being there yourself. The best way to learn about
online parties is to attend a few yourself. This will allow
you to see the whole picture. Mom's Market and Mommy's Helper
host 2 hostess online parties every Sunday evening at 9 PM
EST. Please feel free to stop by anytime. Click
here for party schedule. OR Click
here to host.
free information concerning Online Parties:
Mommy Biz ~ Making the Most of Your Online Party
Your Online Party By: Alice Seba from Internet Based Moms
Party Success By: Kara Kelso from Mom's Market
Anita DeFrank is a Work-At-Home mom, publisher and webmaster
of Mommy's Helper and WAHM State Directory. With the Mission
to provide the best resources for all that are working at
home and to make the dream of working at home a reality to
those who wish to. Bringing together the perfect balance between
working and working at home.