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Pampered Chef: Sales Invitations for my Power cooking workshop

  1. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    I'm not sure how much to do for this. I sent out an e-mail invitation with iContact. Now it's the phone calling time. I'm wondering if I should also send out invitations or not. Maybe to my immediate friends/family that I originally would invite to stuff, and just stick to phone calls and e-mail for my business contacts? What would you recommend? Make the investment in postage and printing and send an invite to everyone?
     
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  2. Jolie_Paradoxe

    Jolie_Paradoxe Senior Member Gold Member

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    Send emails to everyone, then follow up with calls. If you used icontact, you can send the mini brochures to those who did not open their emails.

    Does your family expect invites by mail? Will email and/or a phone call suffice? Are they familiar with the catalog? Do what is best for you, while maintaining satisfaction on their end.
     
  3. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    I can skip mailing something to my friends and family I think. I think phone calls to them would be the easiest. So if I'm calling everyone (and not chicken out of calling past customers, etc), I wonder if I should send invites. I just keep thinking of the expense. I can't afford to do the mini's. I'd do it for a host, but for myself I'm not sure.
     
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  4. etteluap70PC

    etteluap70PC Legacy Member Gold Member

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    You should treat your own show (if you are doing it to grow your biz) just like any other show. Why aren;t your guests just as entitled to a nice invite?
     
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  5. Jolie_Paradoxe

    Jolie_Paradoxe Senior Member Gold Member

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    I say see how many people open and see the email invite....using your icontact. THEN TAKE A DEEP BREATH, and call EVERYONE....including those that give you the butterflies. You are offering a fun service, and I bet many would appreciate something to do. You never know how many of them were "meaning to call, but never got around to it."

    If you can't afford the mailings at this point, then do not over extend yourself. Do as much as you can but not at your expense....
     
  6. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    I know what you mean, and for my beginning shows, that's what I did. But now I'm where my invitations are more business-like than "Come, I'm having a party and we're friends" like a regular host is. KWIM? It's more like: I'm having a workshop and am hoping to get bookings and orders. These people aren't my friends--they are past hosts and customers. They would probably want to order for a friend, but not just for my benefit. ya know?

    I don't know maybe I'm thinking this all wrong. I'm just still in my funk from the rejection I've had from experiences lately. I just am fearful of rejection and all the people hanging up on me or saying "I don't have any money".

    I don't mean to whine, I'm really trying not to. I will be positive on the phone, and am armed with all the things to say regarding the value of our products in these times, etc. I'm just feeling stuck getting going. Once I do, I'll be fine. It's just deciding on what exactly to say, what exactly to send, who to send to, etc.
     
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  7. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

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    I think if they've been your hosts, then don't they become your friends too? Many of my past hosts are now my friends...or at least we are friendly. When I do anything like this, I treat it as a time when I can honor them, and pamper them. I usually spend a bit more money, and give away host benefits, and do some other drawings...my past hosts LOVE it when I host a show. (I only do it once, maybe twice a year). Yes, you will benefit from it too, but make the emphasis on them!

    (for instance, when I did a Power Cooking Clinic, I did a drawing for the meals we made, and 3 guests went home with a freezer ready meal!)
     
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  8. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    Yeah, you're right. We are friends. I guess I should view it that way. I feel like their friend, but I guess I'm just so self-conscious and fearful of rejection these days. I think I'm just assuming people view me as junk mail, when maybe they'll be glad to be invited.
     
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  9. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    Now, where can I find pink envelopes? :)
     
    May 15, 2009
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  10. I get pink envelopes at Wal-Mart...
     
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