Network Marketing Strategies

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Twit Review @trisholeary

Following.

She seems interesting and has conversations.

Sample Tweet 09/30/09:

“@stevenspass http://twitpic.com/jqfnx – Awesome!! I am going to drive up there tomorrow just to take some pics!!! Sweet!”

Trish Oleary (trisholeary) on Twitter.

Love, Tony

Your political party is BANKRUPTING your business!

ggIs the portrayal of your business at the following website reflective of your marketing strategy?: GoodGuide.com Company Political Contributions

Is the stigmatism that you receive there (for being “red “ or “blue”) reflective of the quality of products and services that you supply to your market?

I have both Republican and Democratic clients and I do my best to keep my political views outside of the business environment because I think it is neither germane nor appropriate.

My own corporate office falls right out of the pink and well into the red on this chart. Will my Democratic clients walk?

Here’s my situation:

  • I’m an independent contractor representing Mary Kay in Marin County California (it doesn’t get any bluer here.)
  • Mary Kay, the corporate entity, is the wholesaler that I buy my products from.
  • Mary Kay skin care is the number one selling Skin Care product in the United States.
  • Every other skin care consultant that I have ever known working for other companies eventually goes out of business, they just can’t compete.
  • Most Mary Kay consultants stay in business and many of them make a living wage.
  • I LOVE what I do and it’s my dream to work along side these incredible women and support their cause of feminine empowerment

If my clients walk based on the information on this website then I’m dead.

If my sister consultants’ clients in this area walk because of this information they’re dead too.

That would be an example of a group of fine business women getting their collective “pink” slip because they did business on the wrong side of the political fence for Marin County. And these women have earned their success in business.

How Democratic is that cause?

Peruse these thoughts:

  1. Take a good look at the geography of the companies in question: My own company has its headquarters in Dallas, Texas. It hasn’t gotten any redder than that over the past decade (but it was pretty blue when my company opened in 1963.)
  2. How homogenous do you want your business community to be? If you vote with your dollars and eliminate either the reds or blues from your midst then who’s next? The one’s who aren’t “as red” or “as blue”?
  3. Demanding ethics in business is one thing, demanding political affiliation is quite another.

My own opinion as a business owner:

I offer the best products and the most personalized service that you can find in my industry. Your dollars pay for that when you purchase products from me. My political views are not for sale.

My own opinion as a consumer:

My dollars in the political arena are best spent directly supporting the candidates that resonate with me. Bankrupting or stigmatizing a business or an individual because they have different political leanings than I do says a lot about my willingness to be just as vulnerable when the pendulum swings the other way (and it always does.)

Love, Tony

(Please posit any and all comments below; I would love to have a variety of opinions here.)

Twit Review: @Sally_K

Following.

Sally is a Bay Area Blogger and is interesting and fun and has great conversations as well as local business referrals.

Sample Tweet 09/30/09:

“Wish I could drive a @MiniSF to the Mountain Bike Clinic in Octoberhttp://twurl.nl/gun71o

(I’m helping her get a Mini with as many plugs as I can without spamming – help her too with an @miniSF tweet mentioning her!)

Sally Kuhlman (Sally_K) on Twitter.

Love, Tony

Twit Review @sharisax

Following.

This lady is a genius!

Hire her as your social media marketing consultant, you won’t go wrong.

Sample Tweet 09/30/09:

“GETTING STARTED – Lesson Two Now that your on Twitter: WHAT’S… http://bit.ly/6eXRv

Shari Weiss (sharisax) on Twitter.

Love, Tony

Twit Review @HeshieSegal

Following.

Due to a tweet recommendation from @cathywebsavvypr

Conversational and somebody who know SM relationships and professionally motivational.

Sample Tweet 09/28/09:

“RT @calhardesty Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts. Kierkegaard”

Heshie Segal (HeshieSegal) on Twitter.

-Love, Tony

Twit Review @HolleyMB

Following.

Interesting person having conversations and tweeting about her life.

Sample Tweet 09/28/09:

“Just ordered the most beautiful damask bedding. So excited for it to get here! I’m in designer mode. :)”

Holley Buchanan (HolleyMB) on Twitter.

-Love, Tony

Twit Review: @ResourcefulMom

Following.

Interesting person having conversation.

Sample Tweet 09/28/09:

“@CarissaRogers It should be great if I don’t die from exhaustion. ;)”

Amy Lupold Bair (ResourcefulMom) on Twitter.

Love, Tony