Alba’s Online Event

My friend and colleague Alba is having an event that I would like to share with you.  Please take a moment to review.  I will be attending and I hope to see you there too!

AEE’s Headquarters 3-Day Annual Anniversary Event
Join us on Monday – Wednesday, June 27-29th, 2011, It’s a Biz Networking Week Event, It’s a Fashion and Beauty Week Event, It’s a Wedding Week Event…and IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU…our Customers and Vendors…Celebrate with us!!

It’s all FREE…add your listings FREE…We have DAILY VENDOR LINEUPS AVAILABLE at (3) online locations (Aee’s Fashion Edition, Wedding Edition and Right here…Business Edition)….Viewers from around the world will have a front row seat to view your exclusives products, collections and services…RESERVE YOUR LISTING SPOT TODAY…email us at albasevents@gmail.com

Let’s Meet and Greet
Promote and Network
Bring Your Best
Learn and Share new business concepts for growth
Share your opportunities
Shop from our awesome vendors
Win Freebies
Additional Low Cost Promotional Opportunities will be presented daily.

Here’s How It Works Everyone…
ADD your listing FREE at (1) location…Your Choice of Days (Monday – Wednesday and Your Choice of Location…Wedding, Fashion or Business Blog
SHARE our event on your Blog and Receive a 2nd location FREE..
INVITE (3) others to participate and like us (facebook) and Receive a 3rd location FREE

Let’s Do This……Celebrate With Us…Contact us to be included in our Daily Vendor Lineup at albasevents@gmail.com, SUBJECT: Annual Event.  Here is the link to the site as well: http://www.albasexclusiveevents.blogspot.com/

To Your Success!

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Avon Responds To Local Communities Affected by Southern Tornado Disasters with Avon Cares Tour

I am proud to announce that Avon has stepped up to help those in need who have been affected by the tornadoes that have touched down the south.  Here’s how:

Established to help every woman, every family and every community, Avon Cares provides mobile in-market relief to affected communities across Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

In response to the recent tornadoes in the Southern United States, Avon Products, Inc. has launched Avon Cares, a disaster relief program dedicated to providing local Avon Representatives, families, and communities with personal care items and a safe haven to gather in their times of need.

 

The Avon Cares program is deploying two 17-foot trailers making 65 stops in communities throughout the affected region, beginning in Tennessee and culminating in Mississippi. Avon will be giving away nearly 170,000 personal care products, including lip balm, shower gel, deodorant, and insect repellent, based on reported need by local residents. These care packages will be distributed to local Avon Representatives, families and communities. Avon Cares mobile vehicles will be a place to connect with family, friends and loved ones—in person or through computers and Wi-Fi which are available on-site.

According to the National Weather Service, it is estimated that more than 300 tornadoes touched down in the Southern U.S. during the month of April, resulting in a death toll of reportedly over 250 people.

“Disaster relief has long been a critical component of Avon’s philanthropy,” said Jorge Martinez-Quiroga, Avon’s Senior Vice President & President of North America. “We believe it is our responsibility as a global corporate citizen to lend our support to the relief efforts aiding local Avon Representatives and their communities.”

The Avon Cares in-market program launched today May 23, 2011 and will continue through June 17, 2011 and is dedicated to using products, people and resources to help those in need.

For more information, and a schedule of stops, go to
http://www.facebook.com/AvonProductsInc?sk=app_188308831197082 and click on the 125th Tab.

Earth Day

It’s Earth Day and Avon is doing it’s part to help the planet.  Together we can save the earth.  Here is the mission statement:  Avon Hello Green Tomorrow is mobilizing a global environmental movement to nurture nature and help end deforestation. 

The following information has been taken straight from the website: www.hellogreentomorrow.

Avon is committed to helping end deforestation – a global crisis that endangers the wellbeing of the planet and the survival of all living creatures. The company is applying its resources to empower a global environmental movement, using its unique ability to educate, engage, and mobilize people worldwide to do good and give back in this important cause.

And while the global mobilization rolls on, behind the scenes, Avon is focused on environmental stewardship throughout the business enterprise. We know that working together, we can help plant a future.

Hello Green Tomorrow Global Mobilization and Fundraising

In 2010, the inaugural Hello Green Tomorrow program raised more than $2 million for the Atlantic Rainforest in South America. This year, Avon Hello Green Tomorrow is mobilizing and fundraising in more than 50 countries across six continents to help save two of the most critically endangered ecosystems on earth: the Atlantic Rainforest, once again, as well as the endangered forests of Borneo and Sumatra in Indonesia.

A collection of unique fundraising products has been created by Avon worldwide, with all proceeds donated to the Hello Green Tomorrow Fund.

Avon is also using its unique woman-to-woman network of 6.5 million Sales Representatives to help drive “green” education and behavior change, focused on the “Five R’s”:
reduce, reuse, recycle, rethink and replant.

One of the products that Avon has developed is this reusable water bottle.  Made with 100% recyclable aluminum with a BPA-free interior coating, screw top lid.   It’s durable, leak free and holds 34 fl. oz. 

When you purchase this water bottle, 100% of net profits will be donated to Avon’s Hello Green Tomorrow Fund to plant trees in the critically endangered forests of South America and Indonesia.

These vital tropical forests serve as the “lungs of the earth” and clean pollutants from our air. Restoring these forests will help bring a healthier tomorrow for generations to come.

With your help, the Hello Green Tomorrow Fund has already planted 2 million trees and restored 5,000 acres, but there is much more to do. Together we can say hello to a greener tomorrow.

Affluent Business Woman Launched to Help Women Prosper in 2011

As I mentioned in my last post, I am taking a fresh start approach to my business in this new year.  One of the ways that I am doing this is looking for ways to expand my client and networking base.  I am re-posting this blog post from fellow biz owner and colleague Jerrilynn Thomas whose very business is to help to connect business in the many and various fields that they may work in.  Take a look and let me know what you think:

  

We are all aspiring to reach and surpass the $1 million mark. The smartest and quickest way to do so is by forming collaborative business relationships.  Take time out today to read Affluent Business Woman Magazine published by Marketing 2 Women International.   On just about every page of Affluent Business Woman Magazine, you will find an innovative cross marketing tip or the cross marketing preferences of a business person ready to join forces with you in 2011 to grow your female client base.
 
You may have missed out on being a part of the debut issue but in early 2011, Marketing 2 Women International has plans to launch regional editions of Affluent Business Woman magazine. They will spotlight business and professional women while showcasing local fashion and interior designers, spas, business retreats, retailers, restaurants, neighborhoods equipped for entrepreneurs, and more of interest to up and coming female millionaires.
Visit http://magazine.womenpartner.com to read the debut issue of Affluent Business Woman magazine and share the link with a friend.


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Announcement to Share

Happy New Year!

I hope the New Year is proving to be fruitful for you.  One of my business resolutions this year is to incorporate more collaborative business relationships into my marketing activities.  I hope that we can find a way to team up and market this year.  I would like to introduce you to one of my cross marketing partners Jerrilynn Thomas founder of Marketing 2 Women International (www.WomenPartner.com).

Jerrilynn recently launched Affluent Business Woman Magazine for women who are building their independent wealth through entrepreneurship.  The online magazine is packed with women ready to cross market with you and ideas on how to partner with brick & mortar companies to grow your female client base.  She has plans to delve deeper into the women in business market this Spring by creating regional editions of the magazine and will be looking for women that she can showcase.  You can read the magazine at http://magazine.womenpartner.com.  Advertising is available. Tell all of your female business associates about the magazine.

Why beat the bushes to find clients in 2011 when you can cross market with complementary companies whose existing client base needs your products and services?  Marketing 2 Women International has numerous services for women that want to engage in power collaborative business relationships.  

 

Consortium Partnerships:  Marketing 2 Women International’s consortium was developed to help companies thrive during and beyond the recession by facilitating lucrative cross marketing partnerships between Main Street America and the online women in business community. A consortium is a coalition of organizations, such as banks and corporations, set up to fund ventures requiring large capital resources.  Women involved in Marketing 2 Women International’s consortium will share the cost of marketing and advertising (major women’s expos, direct mail, mobile advertising, joint collateral marketing materials, etc.) to grow their female client base.  During their New Year’s drive, companies can take advantage of an affordable monthly payment plan so they quickly begin reaping the benefits of cross marketing.  http://womenpartner.com/marketing-consortium

Marketing to Women Business Center: As a Marketing to Women Business Center client, you will …

  • Participate in monthly Metropolitan Business Woman Marketing Forums to learn how to market your company to women in top metro business markets.
  • Receive peer to peer support to quickly solve your business problems.
  • Engage in collaborative business relationships by taking part in a Cross Marketing Circle to increase your female client base and grow your social media connections.
  • Access to Marketing to Women reports, workshops and seminars at a 30% – 75% discount.
  • Have your own personal business advisory board.
  • & much more for a low introductory fee.  They are registering clients for February.  http://womenpartner.com/business-center-directory

Marketing to Women Business Suppliers-ships:  Regional Marketing to Women Business Supplier-ships are available to companies that want to service the clients of the Marketing 2 Women International’s business center.  The perks include a directory listing, Marketing 2 Women International cross marketing passport (allows companies to participate in select cross marketing projects without becoming an official part of the consortium), ongoing social media promotions / cross pollination activities and a low one time flat fee.  http://womenpartner.com/business-supplier-ships

Marketing to Women Blog Network:  Marketing 2 Women International is accepting applications for its new Marketing to Women Blog Network. The blog network will supplement its Marketing to Women Business Center by building content around how to market to different women’s audiences – female pet owners, female Realtors, women who golf, mompreneurs, etc., whereas the business center will focus on marketing to women in key metro areas — Dallas, Atlanta, New York, etc. — using their local marketing infrastructure.  http://womenpartner.com/womens-blog-network

As you can see, Marketing 2 Women International has a lot of fantastic services for women ready to exponentially grow their female client base without the stress of prospecting and cold calls. I hope you will join me in getting involved during their 2 week New Year’s business drive so you can grab over $2000 worth of business perks..  If you decide to get involved, please email me.  My referrals get a special bonus gift from Marketing 2 Women International depending on the service they select.

Thanks for allowing me to share this with you.  Please feel free to let me know what you think and if you have any questions.  Thanks and have a great day!

Moving: Endings & Beginnings

Most people I talk to have very mixed feelings about moving.  On the one hand, they are happy to be going to a new place, especially one that they consider their dream home.  On the other hand, just the very thought of  having to pack up many years of possessions sends a shiver of dread down their spine.   Having just gone through the moving process, I am here to say that I have seen and felt both sides of subject.   

I  have moved to a new place with my sister and also helped my mother move to her new house in South Carolina.  We have all been living together in a large apartment in NJ for the past 15 years or so.  As you can well imagine, one can accumulate a lot of stuff in all of that time. 

This is the time to get rid of the stuff you have collected over the years that you have not used or even remembered having.  If there was any debate on what should get packed and boxed or get rid of, we went by this rule of thumb of: If you have not used or seen it in a year, then you don’t need it.  Trust me, a lot of stuff got donated or thrown out.  Talk about unloading a lot of baggage!  It was great getting rid a lot of stuff along with discovering treasured pictures and items from days long past. 

All and all, we survived both moves.  There was of course, the inevitable bumps and bruises of the actual move.  There were items that were left, the truck was late in delivering to the new house, items were damaged and or missing.  But those things seem minor to the new beginnings that lie ahead for me and my family.  My mom got to retire to her new dream house along with the chance to make new friends and explore her new surroundings.  Moreover, my sister and I will be able to focus more on our financial and career goals along with supporting our mother’s new-found freedom. 

I look forward to this new and exciting journey that life has taken me.  I guess that is what life is all about isn’t it?  Endings and beginnings. 

Other Cool Stuff Spotlight

Speaking of journeys, and yes, there is a plug coming.   This is an Avon blog afterall!   Avon is partnering with Cosmopolitan to promote the new Avon Techniques Frizz Control Lotus Shield. Here are some of the details:

Avon and Cosmopolitan Magazine to Kick Off Frizz Free Revolution Tour

Avon and Cosmopolitan magazine are hitting the road this summer with a multi-city tour to put an end to frizz! The Frizz Free Revolution Tour will feature a glass enclosed mobile van, beautifully branded with Lotus Shield imagery. Inside the vehicle will be a fully outfitted Advance Techniques salon, complete with two styling stations, and staffed with stylists ready to give consumers a frizz-free Lotus Shield experience. 

JOIN THE FRIZZ-FREE REVOLUTION TOUR!

Avon and Cosmo are hitting the road this summer so YOU can be a part of the nationwide Frizz-Free Revolution Tour.

Avon Advance Techniques Frizz Control Lotus Shield is an innovative treatment developed to tame frizz after one use and maintain smooth strands for up to three days.*

The tour stops in Houston, Miami, Atlanta, Philadelphia and New York where you can:
• Experience Avon’s at-home alternative to pricey salon treatments
• Get a FREE blowout
• Meet Tippi Shorter, Avon’s Global Stylist Advisor and celebrity hair stylist

• Houston – July 19
Galleria Mall
5085 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77056

• Miami — July 24
The Whitelaw Hotel
808 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

• Atlanta — July 28
Atlanta Station

• Philadelphia — August 3
Walnut Street between 17th Street & 18th Street

• New York City — August 5
The Early Morning Plaza (Morning Stop)
Near 59th Street and 5th Ave
Union Square (Afternoon Stop)
Exact Location TBD

*Please note these locations are subject to change. Check back here for the most up to date information

Follow us on Twitter: @AvonPRNewsflash and check back on cosmopromo.com for tour dates and more information.

Hear more about this breakthrough new product and share your story at avon.com/advancetechniques.

*After using for one week

Keep a look out for a tour near you.  Samples are available if you would like to try before you buy, just let me know. 

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope that you will visit again soon.  Take care.

Tracey

 

Cool Stuff Spotlight: Sweets By Megan

 

I have the extreme pleasure to introduce a great new service and tasty treat: Sweets by Megan.  I was introduced to Megan’s services by fellow entrepreneur Denise Cerveny of Landmark Investments. 

Sweets by Megan offers a wide variety of baked goods, from cookies, to cupcakes.  You can find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Sweets-by-Megan/119049201454187 and here is a menu of her delightful treats:

Sweets by Megan

Spring 2010

Ok….so here is the deal. Everything is priced individually. No order too big or small. My only request is that you order in multiples of 2, just makes things easier for me to package.

If you have ever been to a party where I have baked you see things in all sizes, big and small….this is all big stuff….big cupcakes, big cuts of the bar cookies. If you want smaller cuts, mini’s, etc, just email me and I will price accordingly.

If anyone has allergies, hates raisins, etc, just let me know and we can work something out.

You all know where to find me. Just in case my cell is 201.210.1136 or sweetsbymegan@comcast.net or search me on facebook…Sweets by Megan.

Sandwich Cookies All varieties $1.75 each

Juli’s Linzer Cookie
Straight up soft sugar cookie with a little raspberry jelly in the middle, then dipped in milk Chocolate

Ginger Lemon Sandwich
Fresh, soft ginger cookies with lemon meringue buttercream between them

The Original Carrot Cake Cookie

To all you raisin haters….Carrot Cake just isn’t the same without ‘em
Vanilla bean cream cheese icing stuffed between two cinnamon-y soft cookies full of fresh carrot, toasted walnuts and raisins.

Key Lime Coconut Sandwich
The newest addition
A cookie that will make you want to hit the beach………..Two toasted coconut short bread cookies with a tangy Key Lime cream between them. Forget coffee or milk….You will want a daquiri to wash this one down!

The Italian Oreo
Two Chocolate, chocolate chip shortbread cookies with orange scented Cannoli cream and then rollllllled in roasted pistachios.

Cupcakes All Varieties $3 each

Irish Car Bombs
WHAT! Yes, it’s true….
Very light Guinness chocolate cake, Jameson’s buttercream with some Bailey’s chocolate ganache on top. Might be my new favorite.

Coconut Cupcakes
My mom’s favorite
Dense coconut cake with whipped cream cheese butter cream and then doused in coconut

Lemon, Lemon, Lemon Cupcakes
Fresh lemon cake, brushed with a fresh lemon syrup and then some fluffy lemon frosting on top. There’s a little kiss of lemon curd on top so you can all taste the power of the lemon.

 

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Because all bakers need a reason to have fun with a kitchen blow torch…….

We’ve take fresh lemon cake, brushed it with fresh lemon syrup, squeezed a dollop of fresh lemon curd inside, swirled some meringue icing on top and then…..Tah-dahhhhhh…. TORCHED IT! Looks just like the real pie!

D’Brickashaw’s Strawberry Cupcakes

Named after our favorite NY Jet
Mash some fresh strawberries and deliciousness can’t be far behind
Strawberry cake with a hint of orange zest and almond, covered with some fresh strawberry icing that will turn you into a Jets fan. Next season can’t come soon enough…….

Banana Love

Mini Chocolate chips swirled into fresh banana cake and then covered in a light, super whipped cream cheese frosting. Cupcakes for breakfast anyone? This one pulls double duty.

Plain Jane
Ok, not so plain………Rich vanilla cake with rich chocolate frosting……think Duncan Hines, without the box.

German Chocolate
A classic in cupcake form
Rich Chocolate cake with a frosting you will want to spread on everything full of coconut, almonds and caramel

Bar Cookies -All varieties $2.75 each

Moms Lemon Bars
2 of my favorite moms love these so we have named these for them….
A rich shortbread crust is covered in lemon curd and dusted with powdered sugar. Pucker up people!

Apple Pie Bars
Shortbread crust smothered in thin Granny Smith Apple slices and then covered in cinnamon/walnut filled crumb topping.

Megan’s Cheesecake Brownies
Many have tried but so few have ever come close…..
Vanilla bean cheesecake swirled in with the best brownie you are ever going to put in your mouth. I know my brownies, I would never lead you astray!

Crispy Peanut Butter Decadence
Candied crisp rice layered with Peanut butter milk chocolate and dark chocolate ganache. The adult Rice Krispy Treat. I’m not going to lie…..people look at these like “Eh, isn’t there something better in the box?” and then call me later and say “That was insane! I’ll take a whole box of just those next time!”. Try ’em, you won’t be disappointed.

Apricot Almond Crumble Bars
I love jelly……and I had to get my favorite flavor on this list.
A layer of short bread, a layer of apricot jelly with almond crumbs on top. So good. This might be my favorite.

 Mini Cheesecakes

Pumpkin Cheesecakes
My cheesecakes made better with warm spices and plenty o’ pumpkin. Graham Cracker crust. Fresh whipped cream on top. $1.50 each

(The following are twice the size of the pumpkins, hence the price difference)
Lemon Cheesecakes
Fresh lemon juice and zest added to classic vanilla cheesecake. Nilla wafer crust. Fresh whipped cream and a piece of candied lemon zest on top. $3 each

Cappuccino Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes
Espresso Cheesecakes with mini chocolate chips, chocolate cookie crust and fresh whipped cream on top. A little sprinkle of cinnamon to make it taste just like the real thing. $3. each

Odd and ends…….
Marshmallows
Vanilla (for Santa’s Hot cocoa)
Lemon (to sweeten Mom’s tea)
Toasted Coconut (because these are my favorite)
Bag of 10 – $8

Peanut Butter Cups
Milk Chocolate with creamy or Dark Chocolate with chunky
15 mini’s for $8
5 BIG cups for $10

In case you really want to mix it up…….
The following require a little work at home but are totally worth it……

Ice Cream Sandwiches
My homemade Cream Cheese Ice cream with either Red Velvet Cookies or Carrot Cake Cookies(without the icing listed above). I supply the ice cream and cookies. You are responsible for sandwiching it between the cookies.
Pint of Ice Cream with 16 cookies (enough for 8 sandwiches)
$28

Chocolate Lava Cake
Yes, you can WOW your guests and they may not know I helped.
4 ramekins filled with a light chocolate sponge cake, inside is a warm truffle full of dark chocolate ganache with has a splash of bourbon to really bring out the chocolate flavor. I bring them to you, all you have to do is throw them in the oven at 350 for about 20 minutes. Serve with a little vanilla ice cream.
Oh my!
4 servings $22
Must be ordered in multiples of 4

Chocolate chip cookies
There is nothing like a fresh Chocolate chip cookie
24 of my “6 minute” cookies $25
Wanna do it yourself? 24 balls of my dough, a couple of slips of parchment paper and dirctions that ANYONE can handle $20

I’m also working on the following that may make it to the Spring menu so stay tuned to my pics and status updates:
The Quadruple “C” Cookie-Cherry Cheese Crumb Cookie-A swirl of cherry cheesecake filling between 2 cinnamon crumb cookies. BAM!
Lemon Meringue Cupcakes-Our Lemon, Lemon cupcake with a new frosting…..Light meringue that’s been toasted on the outside. Trying to get some lemon curd on the inside too.
Chocolate Truffle Sandwich Cookies…..It’s like chocolate overload.

My mind is always churning people…..bare with me….and if there’s a flavor you like and don’t see on here, suggestions are always welcome!

Sweetsbymegan@comcast.net or 201.210.1136

I hope that you will try Sweets by Megan.  As an added incentive to her Megan a try, I am offering a free cookie or cupcake with an Avon order of $15 or more.  Just log into my website: www.youravon.com/traceyfisher or contact me for a brochure.   Enjoy!

Regards,

Tracey

Mother’s Day Is Every Day

Yes, I know that Mother’s Day has come and gone, but  I just wanted to put my two cents in.  For all of her self-sacrifice, dedication and of course maternal love.  Without her, we would not have good manners, great hygiene and of course a healthy diet (sort of).

Mom is the nurturer.  She is the one that usually makes sure you eat right, brush your teeth, and of course have on clean underwear, just in case you get into an accident and have to go to the hospital.  You know, I never really understood that.  I mean if you have an accident, wouldn’t you soil your underwear anyway?  And while I am thinking about it, why is it,  that if you did not eat all of your food, they always scolded you by telling you about all of the starving children in other countries?  I always wanted to volunteer my cooked carrots (which I hated and still do) and ship them to these poor unfortunate souls.  But I digress. 

Now I would like to briefly address the mother/daughter dynamic, since I am a daughter and can only address this matter from my point of view.  Sorry fellas.  I will try to get your imput for Father’s Day.  What kind of relationship do you have with your mom?  Is it a Gilmore Girls or a Donna Reed?  I also sincerely hope that none of you have a Mommy Dearest sort of relationship with your mom.  That would be well, kind of creepy and a little disturbing.  But I digress again. What  I am asking is, are you more of a friend with your mom or is it a more traditional type of relationship?  I have a combo of sorts with my mom.  I find that the older I get, the more I am friends with her, but there are moments when she is most definitely MOM!  At those times, especially when I am sick or feel as if life has done me wrong,  I am grateful that she is there for me.  It’s those times when I need her the most. I am sure that we all feel the same way. 

So even thought she may drive you crazy at times, ok most of the time, just remember, Mom will love you all of the time.  Yes, Mother’s Day has come and gone, but your mom will always be your mom.  Every day and always.

By the way, if you would like to hear the best ode to mom song, check out the Intruders “I’ll Always Love My Mama”:  http://popup.lala.com/popup/504684689312122178

Product Spotlight:

Now if you really want to impress mom, why not try to win her a new car?  During campaigns 11 & 12, Avon is giving you a chance to win a new Chevy.  Here’s how:

rev up the shine factor…WIN A FREE CAR

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

2010 RED CHEVROLET MALIBU 4-DOOR SEDAN
Approx. retail value $29,000
Includes:
• Sun Roof
• Leather Seats
• V6 Engine
• Front Wheel Drive
• Free 1-Year Subscription to OnStar Directions and Connections Plan
• Free 3-Month Trial Subscription XM Satellite Radio
• Front-Seat Heat Warmers
• Bluetooth Wireless Technology
• MP3 and CD Players
• AM/FM Stereo
• Automatic Transmission
5 RUNNERS-UP
Will each receive a check in the amount of $1,000.00
250 BEAUTY BUNDLES
An assorted selection of our top-selling full-size Avon Beauty products.
a $150.00 value each!

TO ENTER OUR “NOW IS THE TIME TO SHINE” SWEEPSTAKES:
For every full-size Glazewear Lip Gloss you purchase in Brochure 11 and Brochure 12, you will receive one mail-in entry form.
The more you buy, the more chances you’ll have to win!

BUY A GLAZEWEAR…YOU COULD WIN A 2010 RED CHEVY MALIBUSo go out there and win one for Mom!  Or treat yourself.  Go ahead, you’re allowed.As always, thanks for taking the time to drop by.  I hope that you will come back to visit again soon. 

Regards,

 
Tracey

 

Hello Green Tomorrow

Rain, rain, go away.  Come back another day.  That’s what we used to chant as kids when skipping rope.  We chant as a joke as we got older when it rains on our weekend or if we think it has rained too much.  In reality, we know that we need the rain along with all of the great things it brings, such as the rain forests.   Avon is doing it’s part by saving 1 tree at time and asks that you join the crusade.  Here is a link to a video that will explain more:  http://www.youravon.com/REPSuite/hgt_home.page.

Here is also a brief summary of Hello Green Tomorrow:

WHAT is it?
The world’s first-ever global tree planting campaign, leveraging Avon’s unique reach across the country and around the world, to help save the critical Atlantic Rainforest in South America

WHEN will it take place?
Launches late March (C9 in the US), with key promotion during April-May, and continues year-round

HOW does it work?
Every donation of just $1 plants one tree! It could not be easier! Avon has donated the first $1 million.

WHERE does it take place?
Avon Representatives and associates in 65 countries are supporting Hello Green Tomorrow

Now Is The Time

Initial efforts are focused on March through May 2010, and we will announce our first milestone of funds raised on June 5, 2010, to mark United Nations World Environment Day.

Campaign 9 is the official start of this great endeavor.  You are also more than welcome to contact me for more information.  Thank you for your help to make a difference.

Product Spotlight:

I would like to remind you that I have the Anew Reversalist Eye System in stock for only $25. 

40+
ANEW REVERSAL
FIGHTS MODERATE SIGNS OF AGING

ISTnew
INTRODUCING
ILLUMINATING EYE SYSTEM

• Brightening Veil
Sheer veil with potent skin brighteners. Illuminates under eyes instantly. Use after Eye Cream and reapply as needed. .09 oz. net wt.
• Eye Cream
Visibly repairs dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles over time. Use twice a day all over eye area. .5 fl. oz.
Item#: 245-213
Price: $25.00
buy now & save
Will be $30.00

INSTANTLY
Eye area appears more luminous
IN 4 WEEKS
Dramatically reduces the look of fine wrinkles

World’s 1st two-part eye system with Activinol Eye Technology
Help reactivate skin’s REPAIR process and DRAMATICALLY REVERSE VISIBLE WRINKLES

BRIGHTENS EVEN YOUR DARKEST UNDEREYE AREA

 

Please contact me if you would like to order this great new product.  Shipping is free. 

Thank you for taking the time to stop by.  I will keep you posted on Avon’s Hello Green Tomorrow’s efforts.  Please also feel free to comment or ask question here. Thanks again and take care.  Till next time.

Regards,

Tracey

Direct Selling 101 – ABC News

As I am sure you have heard from news programs, editorials and talking heads alike, the economy is taking it’s time to recover.  Unemployment is still at an all time high and people are looking for ways to make money.  Here is one way to do so, direct selling.  Whether you choose Avon, Tupperware or Mary Kay, take a moment to review this quick crash course to help you to choose the direct selling opportunity that is right for you. 

“Direct Selling 101 “
Benefits & drawbacks of choosing a direct selling opportunity.
 

via Direct Selling 101 – ABC News

Other Cool Stuff 

Here is a direct selling opportunity that may be of interest.  It is a body wrap company whose focus is on weight loss.  My fellow direct seller and colleague, Cindy Voorhies gives a brief description of the company along with the link of the website: 

Hi Tracey, 

My business has in home body applications in which you can lose up to an inch in 45 minutes. We are an all natural based company. The applicator helps tone, tighten and lose inches. We also have supplements and skin care, along with facial and chin wraps which helps with wrinkles. This company is also going Global this month with the launch into Australia and then onto the U.K.  This product has become very popular as it is an alternative methods to liposuction and very affordable. 

My website is itworks.net/cvoorhies  where you will find more information.

Thanks

Cindy Voorhies

Please feel free to contact Cindy for more information.  Please also let me know if you have a direct selling opportunity out there you would like to promote.  As I have said before, we are all in this together.  If we do not help each other out, who will?

 Thanks and I hope to hear from you soon.  Take care.

Regards,

Tracey 

 
 
 

 

NY Times Article: Avon’s Little Sister Is Calling

The following is a re-print of an article that I found in the NY Times and I wanted to share it with you.  Please take a moment to read it and let me know what you think.  Thanks and enjoy! 

Greg Sailor for The New York Times

Kristiauna Mangum, left, an Ohio State University student and the campus sales manager for Mark cosmetics, with Amanda Heintzelman, a sales representative.

By CAMILLE SWEENEY
Published: January 13, 2010

KRISTIAUNA MANGUM, 22, a senior at Ohio State University in Columbus, said she always had a flair for makeup, but never considered it a professional calling. Then she heard about a pilot college program offered by Avon’s little sister brand, Mark, two years ago. “My mother was an Avon Lady, so I thought, huh, maybe becoming a Mark Girl could really be the way to go,” she said.

Greg Sailor for The New York Times

DIGITAL TOOL A Mark iPhone app.

Now Ms. Mangum is the sales manager for Mark at Ohio State, and manages 155 other Mark Girls who roam the dormitories and sorority houses, selling Mark beauty products and fashion accessories for a commission in the range of 20 to 50 percent.

“It’s really a grass-roots kind of thing, hitting the dorms, sororities, Facebook,” said Ms. Mangum, who uses her share of the profit, about $800 a month, to help settle her student loans. “I even rented space at local high school fairs — with 16- and 17-year-olds, you can move a lot of lip gloss,” said Ms. Mangum, whose major is marketing.

She is one of more than 40,000 Mark Girls in North America, mainly 18- to 24-year-old women who are changing the nature of direct sales by using the brand’s personalized e-boutiques, iPhone app and new Facebook e-shop, one of the beauty industry’s first forays into Facebook e-commerce.

“We’ve taken the same DNA of direct selling that has always been a part of Avon’s history and applied it to the digital world for our Mark reps to reach their customers,” said Claudia Poccia, president of Mark at Avon, which introduced the brand in 2003. “Now, we’re offering our Mark reps the opportunity to sell products not just door to door, but on Facebook, wall to wall.”

The Mark brand is evolving. It has its own spokeswoman, Lauren Conrad, the former reality TV star of “The Hills,” now a fashion designer and best-selling author of “L.A. Candy.” Its Facebook fan page has over 84,000 fans. According to estimates from Stifel Nicolaus, an investment bank, Mark’s revenue last year was about $70 million.

Unlike other companies involved in direct sales — including Amway, which may dedicate a product line or two to a more youth-oriented market, or Mary Kay and Avon, whose products are geared toward middle-aged women — Mark focuses almost exclusively on teenagers and women under 30.

The younger demographic, at least concerning sales representatives, has its drawbacks. “The fact that the reps are younger can mean different rules apply as to how a direct-selling company is going to have to manage them,” said Linda Bolton Weiser, a managing director of consumer equity research at Caris & Company, an investment bank. “There could be questions about volume limits and credit — a younger rep may be cut off earlier. And, if a rep is under 18, obviously you would need parental permission.”

Still, Mark’s motto — “Make your mark” — seems to resonate with its zealous representatives.

But can Tweets and news feeds from Mark Girls compete with over a century of Avon Ladies’ experience?

Because of the difference in how the products are branded and the separation between Avon and Mark representatives (those selling Avon can also sell Mark products, but not the other way around), there is some internal competition among representatives.

On the mark.girl discussion board on Facebook, the Mark-versus-Avon topic sparked a lively debate when one Mark representative wrote: “Has anybody else noticed Avon reps not taking the Mark product seriously?” An Avon representative replied: “A lot of Avon women I know don’t push Mark because it has a lower profit as compared to the Avon core product line.”

Some experts in the beauty business are fans of Mark. “It really helps that Mark has such low price points,” said Elaine D’Farley, beauty director of Self magazine. “Visually, it’s fun. The products hit the trend.”

Indeed, products such as the magnetic refillable color palette compact ($4) and Hook Ups (about $10) — two-ended cosmetic dispensers that can be customized to connect, for example, lip gloss and lip pencil, eyeliner and mascara — are so popular, as one Mark representative said, that “they’re impossible to keep in my purse.”

But some products have been criticized online, where a bad review may resonate more negatively than an item quietly returned to a store. On the Mark Web site, one reviewer said that a cheek tint left “zero shimmer on my cheek but plenty on my hands.” And on Makeupalley, a forum for comments on beauty products, a reviewer complained about Mark’s Good Riddance: “I have under eye circles and it didn’t even come close to covering them.”

But when it comes to using social media tools to sell services or products, Annemarie Frank, director of digital media and strategic alliance of Mark at Avon, said the viral nature of Mark’s brand presence is what company executives are after.

“Mark Girls can advertise their ability to sell products right on their Facebook profiles, and the widget functionality of Mark’s e-shop enables us to drop the shop into other places to give the brand a presence wherever people hang out online,” she said.

Of course, Mark is not the only beauty company to use digital marketing. Direct-sales firms like Mary Kay and Avon are also using social media and online tools. Both companies have a presence on Facebook as well as apps for cellphones and hand-held devices that their representatives can use to make sales.

Other skin care companies like Jafra, which also sells cosmetics, and Arbonne do less with social media.

But this might be changing.

The Direct Selling Association dedicated its annual communications seminar last month to new media strategies. “Attendance was double our usual number,” said Amy Robinson, an association spokeswoman. “If you’re a direct-selling company and you’re not on the Internet or making use of some of these new technologies, you’re already behind.”

For college-age sales representatives, Mark’s digital and mobile offerings can inspire any number of approaches.

One Mark representative, Hannah Parish, 20, a senior at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C., has been selling Mark products since last January, when she ordered a Speedway Do Everything cover stick ($8) and signed up for her Mark Girl starter kit two weeks later.

“I fell in love with it,” Ms. Parish said.

This fall, when the Mark Rewards Program advertised a contest for all-expense-paid trips to this year’s Sundance Film Festival (a guest included) for the two highest-selling Mark Girls, Ms. Parish said, “That forced me to be really creative.”

She created a Facebook event, “Send Hannah to Sundance,” and invited 600 people in her network to join. She made numerous special offers, including one to bring her best client along with her to the festival in Park City, Utah.

Ms. Parish sold $6,000 worth of products; she and a friend will be traveling to the festival in two weeks.

“I’m a film buff and I’ve never seen snow,” she said. “When I answered the phone and heard, ‘Congratulations,’ I started screaming. My friend who bought $617 worth of merchandise and gets to come with me is still screaming.”