Lynn is Training Coordinator for Quixtar, Inc.
She describes herself a baby boomer mom of two millennial children. She lives in a world where “my children know more about technology than I do.”
Lynn says “But I am insatiably curious about the role that technology plays in work, home and education. As a masters level Clinical Psychologist in a past life, I’m interested in how technology enhances life … and how it can also make it more complex.
As a Performance Consultant in Training & Education, I am excited about contributing to the development of learning programs that will help Independent Business Owners make money selling products and build successful businesses.”
The BetaMom blog is already receiving some great comments and suggestions for the Quixtar-affiliated business owner. One in particular struck me as “cutting edge.”
Tom in Atlanta said on February 11, 2008 1:01 PM: Welcome to the O’Zone, Lynn! This is a great blog target subject and I’m excited to hear what you have to share.
I don’t have any kids of my own but I do participate in social networking sites. I’ve found though that it would be better to invite people we meet in those communities to a community of our own.
What do you think about an online Amway Global Community? This would help our online prospects get a better community feel and make it easier to share information about our business and products in a more organized, seamless way. Corporate participation in our ‘conversations’ through the production of the online community itself, the information and manner in which it is shared would add credibility to our conversations and help keep the information shared consistent and accurate.
As things are currently, we really need to be proficient in all the places that our business can be found on the internet. The new person has far more important things to learn in the beginning regarding their business.
Why not link it all together through one community? The sites could still be seperate but connected in this one place.
Just like the other online communities, we recieve an invitation from a current community member (customer or IBO). We click on the link and set up our free profile. This could allow us to upload a photo and tell a little about ourselves. (transparency) We could also be instructed on the Quick Product Checklist, Ditto delivery and how we will benefit by using them. The QPC results could also trigger targeted advertising on that person’s profile.
Also, on the profile could be corporate resources links that may include O’Zone blogs (based on whether they are a customer or an IBO) or new customer oriented blogs. Communication and information could also be based on and limited to LOAs as well as pin level or if they are a customer.
The possiblilities are profound and no other community is better suited for an online community of this magnitude and purpose than the Amway Global brand.
This is web 2.0 at it’s finest!
With absolute excitement,
Tom in Atlanta
Tom In Atlanta must have read a blog entry of mine from a few years back. I admit I didn’t know communities like MySpace, Facebook, YouTube and the like were going to spring up; but I’d say I was pretty “cutting edge” myself.
“SYSTEMS” / A Day In The Life of A New System
Jill and Simon are Independent Business Owners powered by Quixtar. Jill is a stay-at-home Mom. Simon works in personnel at a chemical company. Jill is active at the iVillage community and often gives grant-writing advice; her previous profession. Simon has caught the blogging bug and writes constantly about his hobby, golf. He reviews courses, players, and follows the tournaments.
Jill and Simon were sponsored in Quixtar after meeting Steve and Lori at a neighborhood community yard sale several months back. Steve is a manager at a local nightclub. Lori is a returning adult student at a technical college, she is training to be a masseuse.
Jill met Shelly online at iVillage. Shelly lives over a thousand miles from Jill and Simon, but Jill and Shelly talk daily through Instant Messaging. Shelly is a medical biller. Her husband, Warren, is a firefighter. Jill told Shelly about Quixtar during one of their conversations. Shelly visited the website and emailed Jill with some questions. After a few weeks, Shelly decided to join, but her husband Warren decided that he spent too much time at the firehouse, and wanted his day’s off to be day’s off.
Shelly gets up an hour earlier than she used to these days. She spends the hour checking her email, and then logging on to several Internet communities to speak with friends online. Today she sees a message to her, asking about her business. She had been involved in a discussion at the community about Network marketing and had answered a question regarding compensation plans. She has become quite the expert on simplifying company plans. (All that experience in defining legal jargon and dealing with Medicare, she suspects, she just has a knack for it.)
She responds to the message at the community and offers to send a private email to answer specific questions.
She then heads off to work.
Zack is a college student and weekend golfer. He works as a carpet installer for a carpet supply house. He discovered Simon’s blog on golfing and left a comment at the blog about a golf course in his home town, and the way they deal with “green’s fees.”
Simon sees the comment and strikes up an email conversation with Zack. Simon finds out that Zack’s ambition is to be a chemical engineer. They have a lot in common.
It’s noon and Lori comes home from class and logs on to her Quixtar organization’s free web community. She had left a message earlier congratulating Terrell, another IBO in the group, but not sponsored by Steve and Lori; about his recent successful sale to a restaurant in his town. It seems he had asked Steve for advice, given Steve’s experience in restaurant and bar management. Steve’s advice had proved helpful.
Terrell responded to Lori thanking her and Steve once again, and had summarized his sales call and analyzed the results for the group. Lori noticed that 21 other IBOs had viewed the discussion. Terrell also left advice on the proper use of samples with prospects. He had some further success with a next door neighbor.
Later in the evening, all these IBOs were invited to a private chat, conducted by Platinum IBO Yvonne. Yvonne fielded questions from the group and got to know Zack a little bit. Seems Simon was talking to Zack in IM when the “Invite to Chat” was sent. So he invited Zack to join on the spur of the moment. “Hey, I have to go to my online Quixtar meeting, wanna follow me in?”
During the meeting, Yvonne relays some company news and directs everyone to the Quixtar site to bookmark a mp3 she had just heard. She also gives links to Shelly who has an offline IBO with no computer. Shelly will print out these articles and give them to the IBO in question. Yvonne also suggests that a copy of the chat log should accompany the articles.
Warren has come home by now and Shelly bids all farewell for the weekend. 3 days off for Warren and Shelly doesn’t do “business” when Warren is home.
The chat ends with Yvonne recommending a book on Debt Management and Steve recommending a website on Internet Marketing.
Terrell leaves the chat, and logs on to the Quixtar site, to check on his downline sales for the month, and then goes to Blogger.com. Steve has convinced him that he might be good at doing a blog on Sales Techniques.
“Hmmm, he thinks, “What would be a good name for the blog? Terrell Sells? Sales Training Simple? Sales Made Simply? That’s it! A new blogger enters the community.
He writes his introduction post and heads off to watch some television.