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Any of you had success with Internet-only catalog shows?

sailortena

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Feb 3, 2006
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I have a booking from a guest who wants to do an Internet-only catalog show for her friends/relatives who live locally and out of state.

I have tried doing one myself and got basically no nibbles, with only one family member ordering anything.

My question is, does anyone, from their experiences, have any specific host coaching ideas on a show like this? I was thinking of telling her to put as many people as she can think of on her guest list, and to also personally call people and tell them about it, so the email invite just doesn't end up in the email trash bin.

I really want this to make a successful show for this person. They really want the cups and squares this month. Any advice would be appreciated!
 
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RachelNguyen

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I have to be honest that I think the website makes it really hard for people unless they have a catalog. You can only browse the catalog online if you are placing an individual order. Otherwise, you have to click on catagories and it makes shopping really cumbersome.

All of this is to say that she would do better by distributing catalogs so at least people can browse before going online. I am pretty sure she will do better than if she left it to the website alone.

Love,
Rachel
 

heat123

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Sep 7, 2005
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Your guests can browse the "virtual catalog" if they click on the no host selection and check it out. But I have never done an online only show before so I don't know how it would turn out?
 
Apr 16, 2006
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RE:Internet Show

My very first show was an internet/catalog show. I asked my cousin to host a catalog show for me. Since she lived all the way across the state, I host coached by phone. One thing that I stressed was for her to give clear instructions about ordering online. I created a half-sheet flyer to give out with catalogs and to use when talking to people who wanted to order online. This included how to type in the website address, what to click on, and how to enter her name in the boxes. Also, to make sure that guests from afar knew that they could have their purchases shipped directly to them.

***One thing that we discovered was that, depending servers, clicking on a link in an email may or may not work. Solution to that is to copy and past the address or to just retype it into the address box. This seemed to clear up any confusion the guest may have had.

I also called her midway through her "show" to remind her to send out reminder email and a couple of days before the end of her show to remind guests of the deadline.

How did she do on her show? $720 and one booking for an internet/catalog show from someone in another state!

My first show more than paid for my website!

Good luck with yours,
Deb
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Christa

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Dec 14, 2005
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I do these all the time...I wish the online catalg was better but I'm just glad we have our websites and people can order online.
 

Cindycooks

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I do them all the time and love them. At least 1 or 2 a month which really adds to my sales. I usually do better at these than book parties. My best was one in December that was $1200!
Just takes good host coaching - like someone said above. I tell my hosts to add some words of their own in the e-vite to make it more personal - give them good instructions on how to order, remind them of the guest special and to thank their guests in advance.
I also tell them to tell the guests that they can contact me if they have any questions. I always get a booking or two out of them. Occasionally an online host will ask for a catalog and I am happy to send them one along with a few order forms. I just tell them to mail me any paper orders a few days before we are due to close out.
 
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