This works really well if you have some friends or family who are also in the direct sales or party plan businesses. My sister-in-law is with Pampered Chef, her sister is our Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and her neighbour (who turns out to be a distant cousin of mine) sells Epicure Selections.
Since we all hold parties I cooked up the idea of having a flyer with all our businesses listed on it to hand out at our parties or with reorders. Each flyer has a code on the top. Mine is AFB. When one of my customers calls and places their first order with Epicure, telling Mel my code, she will give me 10% of their order in free Epicure products. We all do the same for each other on the initial orders only.
Steph is having an all day Scrap-a-thon next month and has asked each of us to contribute a small door prize to be given away that day and to promote all the businesses in a fun way.
Anytime one of us hears about a place to set up a table to display our business, we ask the organizers if they have someone from the other businesses. If not, we pass along that information to each person. People have started to realize we go alot of places together.
This past Christmas, instead of each having seperate open houses, we rented the historic train station in Glencoe and setup there. We placed small ads in the local newspaper, put up flyers all the surrounding towns, and mailed out invitations to our customers. It was very economical and we had almost 100 people come through our “Shopping Extravaganza”. We’ve all decided to participate again this year and are adding Steph’s husband, Aaron, who will be doing children’s Christmas photographs.
At all our parties, it would be simple to serve Epicure Selections foods on Pampered Chef serving dishes and send Stampin’ Up! cards as a thank you.
Please leave me comments with more ideas on how to partner up with other businesses.