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Pampered Chef: Bookings Soooo Upset!!!

  1. PC_ChefCole

    PC_ChefCole Novice Member

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    Well, I had my express show this past Friday and it was a flop (sort of) - The host only ended up having TWO PEOPLE, UGGGGHHHH. The good thing is that's she's only $15 away from it being a submittable show, the bad thing is that I didn't get ANY bookings, so now my calender is completely empty for February. Thanks to everyone for the games for booking ideas, but does any one know how I can get some bookings without any shows??? I have already gone through my 100 list and I am coming up with nothing. I am so frustrated...... :(
     
    Jan 23, 2006
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  2. acherry

    acherry Member Gold Member

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    Try and find local craft fairs and offer a drawing for a Free Kitchen show. Do your customer care calls and tell your customers about the New cookware line available to hosts/hostesses for 60% off...and remember...when you call...show the excitement in your voice...it takes 10 calls to get 1 booking..but its well worth it!
    Hope that helps!
    Cheers,
    Angela
     
    Jan 23, 2006
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  3. jenniferlynne

    jenniferlynne Senior Member

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    Last Monday, I had NOTHING on my datebook. I sent out a mass email and mailing offering $10 in additional free product to the first 15 people that booked a show with me between now and March 31st. I've now got 4 shows booked! I knew I wouldn't get 15, but I was afraid if I made the number lower, some people would think they didn't have a chance of getting in on the deal and not even bother to try.
     
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  4. PC_ChefCole

    PC_ChefCole Novice Member

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    That's great advice, but my biggest problem is all of the shows that I have done have been mostly family and friends....So all of the customers that I have had, I have already tried to get them to book shows. I am only in my 3rd month of PC. My one friend that had a show, has already booked another one...which I am grateful for but her shows seem to have the same people. I'm in the slump where I really need new people to book a show to branch out my business. All my shows have been pretty much the same guests... :(
     
    Jan 23, 2006
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  5. pamperedbecky

    pamperedbecky Legacy Member

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    Maybe tell your friends and family that have already had shows for you that you're having a contest. Tell them that you're trying to get outside the circle of friends and family to broaden your business. Maybe do something like for the first five people that get one of their friends to host a show for you, you'll enter them into a drawing to win something. Or maybe EVERYONE who gets one of their friends to have a show can get a little something. Be up front and explain to your friends and family that you've loved and appreciated their support, but you need to move beyond that circle of people. Have them ask their friends, coworkers, inlaws, parents of their kids' friends, etc if they'd be willing to do a show. Obviously have them highlight the awesome host benefits. although you'll want to book your February first, maybe if they aren't getting much interest, have them pass along that brand new products debut in March.

    Just some ideas I had!
     
    Jan 23, 2006
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  6. acherry

    acherry Member Gold Member

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    Hmm..got ya..here is an idea...why don't you try calling a consultant from another "direct sales" company, and invite her to do a show "swap"...i.e., you host a show for her, and she hosts a show for you....that way you get into her customer list and outside your family...or if you live in a neighborhood...have your own "open house" invite everyone in your neighborhood.
    Just a few ideas...also look at the files section...there should be a document with a list of 180 ways to get bookings...
    Good luck!
    Cheers,
    Angela
     
    Jan 23, 2006
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  7. DebbieSAChef

    DebbieSAChef Senior Member

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    New Leads!

    You might want to try to get out of your comfort zone and meet new people. I know when I first started I exhausted the budgets of family and close friends. I eventually got church members to do shows and then booked from their friends and families. In order to really expand my horizons I started to go to Women's gyms, doctor's offices, daycares, schools and offices where I knew there were women. I would leave catalogs and at the gym I set up a table and raffled a stone for names and numbers. I got a couple of bookings and have really gotten to meet new people. It is very important to get out of the same circle of friends and with a little work you can. Maybe even an ad in the local thrifty nickel or classified section is a good move. It works! When you are desperate for shows remember to offer a nice incentive for the hostess. Buy extra during our kit enhancement month. Hope this helps.
    Debbie
     
    Jan 23, 2006
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  8. Lorna

    Lorna Novice Member

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    get the ball rolling

    so why don't you book a show, pass invites to neighbors, bus friends or car pools. the kids sports parents. I am in retail and serve a lot of the customers, I am comfortable with passing on invites, put an ad in the paper. I no longer do open houses but prefer the theme shows and invite accordingly. There are so many great ideas on this site for booking, go to any not for profit group and offer to do a fund raiser. Invite the girl guides or go to them to earn their cooking badge. I donated a stoneware piece to a local daycare fundraiser auction and got loads of bookings. I have recently begged family members that have previously never booked. I will beg, bribe and find every reason to celebrate for a show. Build it they will come!
    Lorna
     
    Jan 25, 2006
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