Oct 6, 2011
Randy Larsen at the International Ruby Fly-in
Quite a crowd formin' at the International Ruby Fly-in in Phuket, Thailand this past week.
Say hello to Randy Larsen and our international Ruby's and above!
Oct 5, 2011
Ah, Google, you rock star search engine with the elusive algorithm that can make or break a company’s online reputation again and again. I see you doing cool things.
I’m a total fan of your work, from Google Maps (who knew seeing a 360-degree street-level image of my residence would be like Christmas in July?), to Google Translate – with your help I am now multilingual, or “fjöltyng” in Icelandic.
Google Calendar is no doubt every college student’s best friend with your pretty color systems and event-sharing capabilities. Oh, and the part of it being free is a perk, too.
Gmail chatting is my favorite way to conversate online.
And of course, Google Reader is the best way I’ve found to keep up on all my favorite sites.
So, when you decided to fully embrace the social networking world I couldn’t help but pay attention.
Enter stage right: Google+
Google+ aims to make sharing on the web more like sharing in real life.
Just like with the introduction of social media way back when, it’s important for entrepreneurs like you to at least know what it is and how it works. According to experts, it will save you time and, unlike Facebook and Linked in, it is indexed by Google (duh) which has an impact on search engine optimization (online visibility), which in the wide world of online stuffage, is kind of a big deal.
Plus you get Circles and Hangouts and Sparks and Huddles and Streams, which just sound super cool. Google says this is the just the first phase of the Google+ project. The easiest way to learn about all the features is to take a tour.
Here’s a quick guide to Google+ on About.com, “Google+ 101: A Quick Introduction to Google’s Social Network.”
Get your account set up today – here’s a snapshot of your beginning blank canvas:
Check it out and then check back and let me know what you think.
QUESTION: Would you like a tutorial on any of the Google+ content? Let me know by leaving a comment below.
MonaVie Chief Blogger
Oct 3, 2011
“No matter how old you are, no matter how tough you think you are, if a toddler hands you their ringing toy phone…You answer it.”
Invented in 1876 by Alexander Graham Bell, the telephone is recognized as the most valuable patent in history. I doubt there are many who wonder why…
Telephones have come a long way in the last 135 years, certainly in the last 10 years, have they not? Gone are the days when children “played” telephone with a couple soup cans and cast away piece of yarn. Have I just dated myself?
Now even “land lines” and “pay phones” are fast becoming a blast from the past.
Yep, from babies to baby boomers and beyond, nearly everyone has a telephone (aka cell phone, mobile device) or access to a telephone and certainly everyone knows how to use a telephone.
So, how do you use your phone in your business?
Here are couple questions and/or references to get this conversation started:
What type of phone do you use? From a smart phone (iPhone and/or Android) to a simple push-tone with voice mail capability to an old school rotatory phone – how important is telephone technology to your business building efforts?
How much do you use your phone in your business building efforts? Do you call to confirm attendance at your next home tasting? How much time do you spend talking product orders and other transactional topics with MonaVie Distributor Support?
What about conference calls with your upline?
Are you an avid texter?
What about Skype? This is a great way to make Internet calls for free – a popular option for our international audiences and globe trotters in general…oh and poor college students who do not want to use their valued texting minutes on telephoning Mom and Dad back at the ranch (ask me how I know).
Oh, oh oh! I can’t believe I nearly forgot my newest discovery – you can actually accept credit card payments with your mobile phone. Check out the Square at squareup.com for more details.
Want to save some time on the telephone? Here’s one idea:
Are you aware of MonaVie’s GetSatisfaction team; a new and growing online community monitored and administrated by a host of MonaVie Distributor Support representatives with the sole purpose of answering questions. Distributors can ask questions, share ideas, report problems and give praise all in one social media savvy forum.
Check it out: MonaVie GetSatisfaction.
What other ways do you use your telephone to keep you connected, grow your business and make life a little less crazy? Leave me a comment below – I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas.
MonaVie Chief Blogger
Sep 29, 2011
“The MonaVie Income Disclosure Statement (IDS) is much more than a legal document. Yes, from a legal standpoint, it's important to point to the Income Disclosure Statement when you discuss the money part of the MonaVie opportunity. This document keeps our message grounded, preventing false financial rumors from running wild. The IDS is important to the integrity of our growing distributor base, and I appreciate it for that.
What I really appreciate about the Income Disclosure Statement, though, is that this little document is one of the most powerful marketing tools available to us. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve seen the lightbulb go off for someone when I point my finger to the weekly or annual income column on the IDS.”
Sep 28, 2011
I’m a fan…not only is it pretty to look at, but it’s a great alternative to scrap booking, which saves loads on fancy paper and teeny tiny embellishments – am I right, or am I right?
Oh, and as a random side note, I recently read serving tacos in North Dakota is quite the paying gig, so should this chief blogger thing not work out…I’m gonna need me a camper trailer stat (you'll have to read the linked article to get it).
MonaVie Chief Blogger
Sep 23, 2011
It’s been a busy week for us here at MonaVie corporate! Here’s a round up of this week’s activity.
You first heard about it on the September 2011 North America Organizational Call with Jeff Graham, and as promised, MonaVie was featured in USA Today. Not only that, but MonaVie offered free product to new contacts wishing to know more about the MonaVie opportunity.
Well, no one could have predicted the numbers of people who would jump at the chance for free product and an opportunity to learn more about MonaVie, in that our initial supplies sold out in less than 24 hours and with over 20,000 requests received in less than 48 hours, we decided we had no choice than to allow new contacts to pre-register for our next promotion.
In case you’re wondering, MonaVie Essential was the most requested product, followed by Active, (M)mun and Pulse.
If you didn’t get the paper, MonaVie’s marketing team created a download to print and share of the full USA Today insert.
Not to distract you from the phenomenon that has been the USA Today insert, MonaVie announced a major discount to MonaVie RVL product with a dollar-for-PV value on 3-Day Sample Packs and Single Serve Pakcets.
Read all about it here.
Oh, and to finish off the action-packed week, MonaVie unveiled the “1 Billion” Ad, featured in USA Today, which states that “there are nearly 1 in 6 Americans living in poverty, according to the new Census Bureau report.”
MonaVie further states, “Community commerce (or direct selling) is the only business model truly scalable enough to address the issues at hand.”
What do you think? Let me know by leaving a comment below.
As for the social media specific sphere, are you seeing all the new changes Facebook unveiled this week? Did you notice? Is Google+ gaining on the networking superstar site? Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.
Until next week!
MonaVie Chief Blogger
Sep 15, 2011
Are you a fan of MonaVie' Facebook page? I'm assuming yes, if you followed the link posted on our Facebook page. What about MonaVie on Twitter? Great! Next question - are you a fan of MonaVie's market specific Facebook pages? No? Would you like to be? Yes? Okay then, for your ease and comfort, I have provided a list of our markets who are engaging via social media - become a fan and get of-the-moment updates across the globe.
And a few of our executives you may wish to follow:
Oh and one final group page you'll definitely want to friend:
The list is growing quickly, so check back often for additions. You can also find me on Facebook and/or Twitter.
Feel free to friend me and follow me - I'm here to field your questions and fulfill my duties as MonaVie Chief Blogger. How's that for alliteration.
MonaVie Chief Blogger
Sep 11, 2011
Sep 1, 2011
It seems the mere mention of that phrase conjures up a negative connotation these days. Words like recession, crisis, unemployment, underemployment, decline, etc., inevitably follow.
Something drastic needs to change so that words like hope, surplus, boom, prosperity, and affluence can follow a discussion of the economy again.
Those of us in the direct selling industry know that the powerful business model we’re a part of can be a huge solution to growing economic instability that is fueled by widespread unemployment. And not surprisingly, experts, including the media, are realizing that direct sales offers a legitimate answer to the growing global unemployment epidemic.
In fact yesterday, Good Morning America, the Emmy-winning news and talk show broadcast via the ABC Television network, featured direct selling (aka social selling and/or community commerce) as one solution for supplementing or replacing one’s income.
At MonaVie, we’re proud to be leading the way in educating people all over the world about the merits of direct selling as a means to elevate people from every walk of life and most every socio-economic circumstance imaginable.
This isn’t just a theory for us. We’ve seen the results in the lives of more than one million consumers and distributors in 17 countries during the past six years. From Canada and Thailand to Australia and Israel, MonaVie is meeting the universal need of people all over the world to have an opportunity to make a living, provide for their family, and belong to an organization that is changing their lives and circumstances—and offering them the chance to provide the same opportunity to others.
Consistent with our mission to help people live a more meaningful life, MonaVie has taken the lead in partnering with influential organizations that are confronting issues threatening the peace and security of our planet. MonaVie is at the center of a movement that is revolutionizing traditional business models and quietly offering renewed hope and opportunity to millions.
So, in a world where one billion people will never be employed, it is possible that direct selling and, of course, MonaVie are not only an answer, but possibly the answer.
Thoughts? Share them below.
Stay tuned for a soon-to-run article featuring MonaVie in USA Today.
MonaVie Chief Blogger
Aug 18, 2011
MonaVie: A Path to a More Meaningful Life, where the "E" in MonaVie stands for "exceptional." This is not a new notion - to be exceptional, and certainly we've mentioned it time and time again. But what does it mean? What does it mean to be exceptional? It is my thought that we are all exceptional by nature, and for this reason alone, it is our responsibility to nurture said virtue.
The following was sent to Founder and CEO Dallin Larsen by Black Diamond Executive Angel Matos who said, "There is always hope and possibility. Urban Prep in Chicago is a great example of what can be done. Their creed says it all."
The Urban Prep Creed
We are the young men of Urban Prep.
We are college bound.
We are exceptional-not because we say it, but because we work hard at it.
We will not falter in the face of any obstacle placed before us.
We are dedicated, committed and focused.
We never succumb to mediocrity, uncertainty or fear.
We never fail because we never give up.
We make no excuses.
We choose to live honestly, nonviolently and honorably.
We respect ourselves and, in doing so, respect all people.
We have a future for which we are accountable.
We have a responsibility to our families, community and world.
We are our brothers' keepers.
We believe in ourselves.
We believe in each other.
We believe in Urban Prep.
Urban Prep Academies were founded in 2002 with the intent to provide comprehensive, high-quality college preparatory education to young men that results in graduates succeeding in college and the most simple of motto - "We Believe" which is a constant reminder that Urban Prep students will not fall into the trap of negative stereotypes and low expectations.
How are you exceptional and what does the word mean to you? Be specific.
MonaVie Chief Blogger
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