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Aug 3, 2011

80,000 Fans Strong and Beyond

Congratulations to YOU for helping MonaVie reach the 80,000 fans mark on Facebook - could not have done it without ya. Truly.

Here are the giveaways:

A MonaVie RVL bag full of fun swag.

A copy of Sergio Ponce's book We Can Do So Much MORE along with a MORE Project notebook and pen.

The Five Star Opportunity Flip Chart, shown on the MonaVie Mall.

Here's how you enter into the drawing:

1 entry point - Leave me a comment below, on Facebook and/or Tweet or reTweet this post.

3 entry points - Send me (shantes@monavie.com) your 200-word "I am MonaVie" story with a high-resolution photo.

That's a total of 6 entry points possible. Got it?

We'll close the drawing tomorrow, Thursday, August 4 at 12 midnight MST.

Way to go MonaVie friends and family! Our next mile marker is definitely 100,000 fans. Let's do it!

 

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Shante

MonaVie Chief Blogger

NOTE: This giveaway is officially close. Winners will be chosen and posted soon.

 

Jul 26, 2011

Share Your "I am MonaVie" Story

I am MonaVie. It's a simple declaration, with as many meanings as people who have said it in the weeks since MonaVie's 2011 International !magine Convention, where the phrase was introduced by President of North America Sales Jeff Graham.

So, perhaps you've said it or posted it to your Facebook page, but what does this phrase mean to YOU? We'd love to know.

Here's a great example by the beautiful and ever-so-sassy Doreen Matsumoto:

Since I have been in MonaVie, my life has been blessed; not only in my business, but also with my family and friends. MonaVie has allowed me to enjoy traveling and participating in business with my loved ones. MonaVie has enabled me to bless people’s lives with better health and nutrition, and to contribute generously to The MORE Project.

Remember: don’t leave anybody out; this opportunity is for everyone.

Special thanks to my upline and my down line.

Many blessings on your business.

Now it's your turn. Please send your 200-word "I am MonaVie" story, along with a high resolution photo (include your business partner and/or significant other, family, etc.) to shantes@monavie.com.

You're probably wanting to know what we'll do with said 200-word stories, right? Well, let's just say it will be a great new addition to an already amazing website...now hurry and send me your story and photo!

 

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Shante

MonaVie Chief Blogger

Jul 21, 2011

Aloha and Other Messages That Come in MonaVie Bottles

In a few short days, these bottles...

...will be finding their well-deserving Diamonds, whilst serving, as their exclusive and hard-earned invite to this year's much anticipated Diamond Destination to Maui, Hawaii.

So, whether you live in the mountains...

Or by a (man-made) stream...

Under a bridge...

Or atop a beam...post?

From this HQ...

To Y-O-U...we want to know how far and wide these meticulously coordinated messages-via-bottles will go.

So, if you're a Diamond (and above) who qualified for some sun, fun and aloha goodness, send me a photo (shantes@monavie.com) of you holding your exclusive grass-skirt-and-Hawaiian-flora-adorned "message in a bottle" so I can give you something too...

You're welcome.

 

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Shante

MonaVie Chief Blogger

 

P.S. Please include your name and where you are from with those photos. Send all to shantes@monavie.com.

Jun 20, 2011

MonaVie in NYC for the Stevie Awards

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Last month we asked many of our MonaVie distributors and fans on our social media platforms to help vote for MonaVie RVL for the People’s Choice Stevie Awards® for Best New Product or Service of the Year for Health Products and Services. On Monday night, we will not only find out if MonaVie won the People’s Choice Award, but myself and Jeff Graham, President of North America Sales will also be present to find out if MonaVie takes home additional hardware!

MonaVie is nominated for a Stevie Award in the following categories:

  • MonaVie RVL™ - People’s Choice Best New Product or Service of the Year – Health Products and Services
  • MonaVieRVL.com – Best Website and Blog Category
  • MonaVie Contact Center – Customer Service Department of the Year

The Stevie Awards are one of the premier business awards to honor and recognize organizations and their positive contributions. MonaVie is grateful and honored to have been selected along with some of the nation’s leading businesses and organizations. We want to thank those of you who helped vote for MonaVie RVL and most of all we want to thank the many distributors and customers who have used and are using MonaVie RVL and have made it the success it is. We also want to recognize the MonaVie Call Center for their dedication to excellence.

Follow along here at BlogMV as we’ll have video and pictures after the award ceremonies and also stay tuned to the MonaVie Facebook page as well as MonaVie on Twitter for real-time updates.

  • Date: June 20
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • Where: New York City
  • How you can listen: The Awards will be broadcast on radio by the Business TalkRadio Network. The 8:00 pm ET ceremony will be broadcast live. Checkout www.businesstalkradio.net for the station in the U.S. near you. You can also listen to the stream on their web site.

Jun 17, 2011

MonaVie Fast Track Promo & BlogMV Giveaway

 

We want to kick off the new MonaVie Fast Track Promotion in the right way, so MonaVie wants to make it even sweeter by adding a special MonaVie BlogMV giveaway. Here are the details:

Earning more commissions begins at the stroke of midnight (Mountain Time), Saturday, June 18! So, get on AutoShip if you’re not already, and start earning the First Order Bonus!

MonaVie Fast Track Promotion*

Between June 18 and July 15, 2011:

  • When you earn two or more First Order Bonuses (FOBs) during this four-week period, MonaVie will double these FOBs.
  • In addition to doubling your bonus earnings, all distributors who earn two or more FOBs during the Fast Track Promotion will be entered into a drawing to win a new iPad 2.

Fast Track BlogMV Giveaway

Be one of the first 10 distributors to earn at least two FOBs between June 18 and July 15, 2011, and you’ll win a MonaVie Swag Bag, which I guarantee, will include an “I Am MonaVie” t-shirt and several other MonaVie branded items for you to wear, use, give away or enjoy!

The 10 winners of the giveaway will be announced here on BlogMV!

So get your business growing with the Fast Track Promotion--the sooner the better!

 

* Bonuses paid out during the Fast Track Promotion will not affect Executive Check Match. Must be enrolled in AutoShip to be eligible for Fast Track Promotion bonuses and prizes.

May 25, 2011

Winners of the MonaVie RVL Single Packs!

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As some of you may recall, last month we ran a caption contest on MonaVie Facebook where we received 546 comments. I think it took a month to go through them, and for that I apologize! But we didn't forget you and we've selected 25 winners and we're gonna throw in a MonaVie RVL shaker cup in with the single pack, because well...you need something to shake and drink!  Thanks to all who participated in our caption contest. If your name is mentioned below email your name and address to: giveaways@monavie.com

1.       Dani Morril -- “RVL single servings- eat right, travel lite!"

2.       Katie Kabella Penn -- “Grab it! Shake it! Drink it!"

3.      Jeanne Perugini Pascon--“Express RVL packs to reveal your best self on the go."

4.      Colleen Surrett-- ‎"Great Things Come in Small Packages" or "mini, but mighty" or "Convenient, comprehensive, cost effective"

5.       Meaghan Sands --"RVL in the palm of your hand... Cause you never know where your dreams will take you! :-D"

6.       Worldley Frye IV-- "RVL Simplified!"

7.       Shelly Lowrance-Moore -- "if you have the will, we have the meal...it's RVL."

8.       Richard Fagan -- "RVL...Healthy Fast Food with less weighting"

9.       KJ Webb -- "Shake off the weight!"

10.    Ron Glanzer -- "RVL Singles: Take them with you and leave the weight behind."

11.    Deb Frank -- ‎"...and you thought being single was boring"

12.    Karla Merrels Lewis -- "Weight loss one serving at a time."

13.    Stacy Wiederman-Ciccone -- ‎"healthy bodies come in small packages"

14.    Jonathan Acevedo -- ‎"The Premier Weight Solution in your hands"

15.    Teresa Guthrie -- "RVL yourself on the go!"

16.    Sara Webster -- “Shake and Shed”

17.    Robyn Lee -- ‎"With H20 you got Health on the Go!"

18.    Rachel Duncan Russell -- ‎"RVL" the better you, even on the go.

19.    Tammy Lynn Hotch -- "grab it, drink it, loose it :)"

20.    Dave Bourque -- "Stop baking and start shaking."

21.    Lisa Cobb Ingersoll "RVL is so good, even the packaging is losing weight!"

22.    Pam Dinger Eppinette -- "Keep It Simple Sample"

23.   Austin B Christensen -- "Small package, Big Taste!"
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"Short on Calories, Big on Nutrition!"

24.    Sandra Noton -- ‎"MonaVie's Meals on Wheels"

25.    Sean Mader -- ‎"Monavie powder packs...packs a whole lot of nutrition."

 

 

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May 16, 2011

Win the MonaVie "I want Jeff Graham's iPad" Contest!

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MonaVie Senior Vice President Jeff recently got his hands on a new iPad 2 and you know what that means: 1. His original iPad is accumulating dust and... 2. This has the makings of another MonaVie giveaway!

The MonaVie "I want Jeff Graham's iPad" Giveaway Contest

Quite possibly the most peculiar giveaway we've offered, but thanks to Jeff Graham and his generosity, he wanted to provide MonaVie distributors the chance to provide a good home for one of his (previously) cherished possessions. It comes with a handy carrying case and all the cords, but Jeff had to take his awesome apps with him! (Updated) We'll also throw in a handy, dandy thumb drive that contains MonaVie videos and presentations to help grow your business!

To enter, simply post a comment below on BlogMV by end of day Wednesday, May 18 with a creative finish to the sentence, "I want Jeff Graham's iPad because_____." (We're looking for creativity here folks!)

The winner will be announced on Thursday.

So let's see how creative you can get!*

 

*(within the bounds of common decency of course)

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May 11, 2011

The MORE Project May 2011 Expedition

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Hey all my friends, tweeps, peeps and MonaVie family members - I’m in Brazil! That’s right, I’m on The MORE Project Expedition, and I’m taking you along with me. I’ll be checking in (virtually, of course) throughout the week with blog posts, photos, videos and Facebook and Twitter updates when I can find a good connection!

Please feel free to join the MonaVie Facebook page and/or visit the MORE Project Expedition to Brazil page to see even MORE proof of where your donations are going and how The MORE Project is providing these children a MORE Meaningful Life!

Check out our first day here meeting the children at The MORE Project--So precious!

 

 

 

 

Shante

MonaVie Chief Blogger

 

Apr 21, 2011

!magine “Social Media and YOU” Breakout & Giveaway Opportunity

How excited are you for all the amazing happenings soon to be happening at this year’s MonaVie !magine Convention in Salt Lake City, June 9-11?

Please note the coolness of keynote speakers Chris Gardner and Paul Zane Pilzer, as well as, live entertainment with Club Fedora and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, which may or may not be one of my nicknames.

Another great addition to this year’s convention will be breakout sessions, including one entitled “Social Media and YOU.”

So, in an effort to cover the YOU part, we are asking for input as to what you would like to learn related to all things social media. We will then create content from your questions and hopefully make the most of your !magine Convention experience.

And I managed to get a hold of a few fun prizes to incentive question sending – those of you who offer a question that is picked and ultimately helps build the content for the “Social Media and YOU” breakout will receive a little somethin’.

Now you’re most likely wondering, what said somethin' will be...

Well, it’s a secret…okay, I’ll give you a visual hint in the form of a MonaVie super silver goody bag image:

Inside each bag is a collection of kind of awesome items. If you want to be entered to be a recipient of one of these goodie bags then by all means, send us your “Social Media and YOU” breakout question. And make it good.

When it comes to social media, what is it you are most longing to learn?

Please leave your question in the comments below, or email me at shantes@monavie.com. This poll and giveaway opportunity will close on April 26 at midnight MST – winners will be announced after we careful examine all questions and pick the winners.

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Shante

MonaVie Chief Blogger

NOTE: This giveaway opportunity is officially closed. Thank you for all your questions. We'll be combing over them and selecting as many as possible to answer during the !magine "Social Media and YOU" breakout session.

Mar 18, 2011

7 Steps to Creating Your Personal Social Media Strategy

One of the best ways to stop the perpetuation of spaghetti throwing is to have a plan in place for using social media. Very few people actually sit down and think about how they want to communicate or better yet, how they want to be communicated with. And that’s the problem. We should THINK! Social media should not be looked at as a magic bullet that will suddenly make you rich or bring in tons of leads. Too many people in direct marketing think social media platforms are a giant sea of prospects that they can cast their nets into and get immediate rewards. If your view is similar to this then you most likely will not look at people as “people” or relationships, but more like a number or leads. In my opinion…this is a dangerous approach.

This is not to say that spaghetti chucking from time to time might bring some success, it might...but there might be other factors at work that influenced your success like timing, the type of trust you've already built up with certain friends, a strong personal brand already, your friends like the MonaVie brand, etc. The problem with this type of strategy is that the modest success from chucking spaghetti only perpetuates continuous chucking behavior. Most don't realize they're chucking spaghetti until it's too late. When spaghetti chucking is no longer working, many friends are turned off from your constant "selling" approach, and now you're left starting over and frustrated because all people know about you is that you're always trying to sell something. Is it worth chucking spaghetti to get a few people signed up while alienating or turning off 90-95% of your friends or family? I think most will agree, those who are successful in network marketing are also good about establishing relationships. No relationship is the same and no relationship is built overnight…although many of us treat our contacts on social media platforms like we don’t know them or are highly impersonal. In this post we’ll talk about steps you can take to formulate your social media strategy and subsequent blog posts will look at tactical ways to execute your social media strategy.

So the following are steps you can take to perform a personal audit of your personal social media brand so you can start formulating a social media strategy. This is about YOU…as a person…not a company or brand.

1. Purpose, Goals & Commitment. In social media there is a lot of experimenting that can be done tactically, however, having a sense of purpose, some goals and committing yourself to doing it is important if you want to get the most out of social media. One of the basic purposes I’ve found within social media is creating new relationships and enriching current relationships. My own personal views shape my purpose, but to me a big part of life is about the relationships we make. With this purpose in mind I’ve been able to look at social media as a great way to fulfill this purpose and create goals that have now become natural to me. So with that overarching goal (of creating X amount of connections) I can start looking at tactical goals that may include number of posts per day, the type of posts per day/week, wishing every friend a Happy Birthday, retweeting friends posts, 10 compliments per day using social media, reconnecting with 1 person a week, etc. Before social media came along, I was more guarded and comfortable in just having my own little clique of friends. There’s nothing wrong with that, but if you’re in network marketing that’s no way to make friends! So write your purpose down, write a your goals to get there and then commit to doing it daily, weekly, monthly, yearly and before you know it the goals come naturally.

2. Know Thyself. What do YOU want people to know about YOU? Think of the characteristics you have and the ones you want to have. Are you funny, interesting, trustworthy, knowledgeable, adventurous, genuine, etc.? Now look at the information in your profiles and see if these characteristics are coming through in what you post, in pictures and videos, etc.  Don’t look through business glasses when making your profile…look through the glasses of who you think you are, or want to become.  If there are pictures, or videos that don’t match your personal brand, you may want to remove them. Social media makes it easy to chuck spaghetti...but the positive is that  it also is easy to make a first impression, so don't think that just because you don't look at your profile, others don't--they do and will especially if they are going to invest time or get involved in a business!

3. Put Yourself In Your Profile and Posts. If you are on Facebook or Twitter, go to your profile and look at your most recent posts (20).  Not replies or comments on your friends’ posts, but your own posts or tweets. Classify the posts as funny, interesting, quotes (inspirational), business related, informative, sports, personal, or other. Now look at those posts and see which posts are getting the most reactions from your friends/followers? Look at the results. Are they positive/negative? Are they one-sided? What do they say about you? To take it a step further, have a close friend who is also on your social media platforms to give you an opinion of how you are perceived online, it could be eye-opening. BTW…explaining that you’re a MonaVie distributor within your profile is fine and is part of being authentic…but are most of your pictures of MonaVie drinks and events? Are the bulk of your posts MonaVie or business related? If so…that’s probably spaghetti chucking. Keep your results and then compare after you start your new strategy. I would also look at your friends’ posts and noticing which posts you like, which friends are engaging and why?

4. Target and know your audience. This can also summed up with one word—listening. People generally like information and content that is interesting, funny or unique to them or their situation. Look at how people post information about their businesses and themselves. We touched on this in a previous BlogMV post about the Golden Rule and you will need to decide whether the content you post is something that can apply to everyone or to only a select few. Our next blog posts will address how to target your audience, but a good idea might be to separate your friends/followers into groups or lists. Which ones are most engaging? Which do you know better? Which are most influential? Which are customers? Once you have an idea of who your friends are, you can start being more strategic with the way you reach out to them, instead of everyone. (more to come here folks!)

5. Diversify and limit yourself! No this isn’t mutual funds, but the principle still applies. Be genuine, be human, be funny (not crude), be informative, most importantly BE YOU first! After looking at the results of posts to your social media platforms, you will have an idea of what content is engaging, who is responding to YOU, and what is not working.  Take into effect how much you post and the time of day. Studies have shown over-posting turns people off. So if your sending out mass Tweets to a bunch of people at one time promoting your business, don’t be surprised to see your follower count decrease. If you're posting more than four times a day on Facebook (and if they're Farmville posts!) you might have friends hide you or de-friend you. Timing can be critical and typically more people are online in the evening, and many check their social media streams first thing in the morning. So diversify the types of posts (if necessary) and the timing.

6. Remember the 3 Bs. Be generous. Be giving. Be authentic. There’s probably a few other B’s I could write…but let’s start here. Limiting your posts, does not mean you have to limit your ability to be human. Remember, friends and followers are sharing something with you and others using social media. This is an opportunity to respond and engage with generosity, empathy, humor or whatever the occasion calls for. This is most likely, NOT a chance to hit up people for business, to offend or argue. Remember, we’re building relationships (the marathon) and when people know and trust you, introducing a business opportunity will not be a major obstacle nor as stressful had there been no relationship in place. So compliment others on their accomplishments. Add words of encouragement. Be empathetic when others are struggling. Go to lunch with a new friend once a week . Invite a neighbor and family over for dinner. Get involved with your community. If you have kids, get involved with your kids PTA or activities. Volunteer your time for a cause. It's amazing how many friends and connections you will make when you get out (of your comfort zone and house) and do something. When you make face-to-face connections don't forget to follow up and invite them to connect on your social media accounts!! And do it because it’s the right thing to do and you want to…not because you have some hidden motive.

7. Work at it! My parents taught me, if something is worth doing, it's worth doing well. Cliche as it sounds...I believe it. Relationships are not a get rich quick scheme, they require effort, they require giving and nurturing. And the results you put into relationships, will come and if you’re only looking at people as numbers then you’re missing the point. You’re results should be looked at in terms of connections. Work on enriching your relationships using social media (because that’s the real beauty of social media) and your business goals will follow. There is evidence all over the Internet and in social media of little strategy and effort.

Our next blog posts will focus on ways to use content strategically and also ways to target your audience more effectively. I invite you to leave a comment and let us know about your personal brand and effective strategies you may have used to use express your personal brand using social media.

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