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May 30, 2011

New NSD Qualifications

With the new Seminar Year just around the corner, we at UnitWise thought it might be a good idea to make our users aware of the new NSD Qualification program which will officially launch on June 1st.  
(It should be noted that this information is summarized and is not an official MKHQ document)


- There will be no 4 month qualification
- There will be a new contract for new NSD's.  Old NSD's will keep the same contract.
- Important Info For NSD Candidates:
     - It is still an appointed position
     - Same 20 Director Requirement as before
     - Within the 20 Directors, 7 must be Premier Club or Cadillac car drivers
     - 5 of 20 directors must be in the US
     - NSD Candidate must be in Cadillac
     - No minimum production requirements
     - Unit size requirement is 24
- New Agreement Details:
     - NSD agreement incorporates a minimum Area size requirement to maintain the position of NSD
     - All current NSDs, and any debuting before the program changes, will be grandfathered and remain with the current NSD Agreement (no minimal Area size requirements)

- New Maintenance Requirements:
     - Maintain Diamond Circle status (min $200,000 NSD gross commissions)
OR
     - Maintain minimum 8 first-line Directors
- Rebuilding Phase:
     - If minimum threshold is not maintained, NSD would have 1 year to rebuild and retain NSD position








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May 28, 2011

NC Training - Keep It Simple


Cathy Koning
My Signature Sites, Inc.
cathykoning.unitwise.com
616-878-3947
  




We know you are working hard to grow your business with new team members and more efficient training of new and seasoned consultants.  We know you're extremely busy with your personal customers, organizing meetings, conducting interviews, etc. etc. etc.  Where do you find the time to put thought into revamping your New Consultant Training?  How do you incorporate Silver Wings Scholar Program on inTouch?   How do you track which new consultants are working their business and which need encouragement?

We have the answer!  We have created a New Consultant Training page for your website that coordinates with Silver Wings.  Instead of duplicating what inTouch has to offer, we've made it easy for you to incorporate it into your system. 

I love what Mary Kay is offering New Consultants with the Silver Wings program.  I have two problems with the system:
a) Once you have completed a few or all the steps, if you want to go back to print a document or review an audio, it is difficult to find it back.  A consultant needs to guess which step it is under and re-answer all the questions in that step to get to the documents.
b) You have no way of knowing if a consultant has started her training, got started but stalled half way through, or completed the program with flying colors.

Our New Consultant Training page has concisely repeated all the documents and audios that inTouch provides.  Now a new consultant (or a seasoned consultant) can quickly and easily find the item they need.  It also provides you an easy reference to determine what pieces you want to add without repeating or conflicting with what they have already seen.

Our New Consultant Training includes 13 vouchers - one for every step of Silver Wings.  Consultants complete a step on inTouch and complete the voucher on your website.  You receive an email each time a voucher is submitted.  Now you know who is working and who is stuck.

For a small set up fee and monthly fee, we will add this page to your UnitWise site within 1 business day.  You can change the text, add any additional documents you need and have a new comprehensive training program for your new consultants in no time at all!   Special thank you to the awesome Debra Bishop for lending us her expertise on this project.

 












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May 26, 2011

No Phone or Chat Support May 30th

Just like you, The Heroes at UnitWise are always working hard, and sometimes even they may take a little break for a national holiday.

We will not be offering live phone or chat support on Monday, May 30th for Memorial Day.  You may still email us any questions you may have, and we will get back to you as soon as possible!  

We hope you are able to enjoy some quality time with your family and friends.  

Have A Great Weekend! 
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One On One Training Sessions

The Heroes at UnitWise would like to remind our users that we offer quite a variety of customer support options!  As you know, we offer live chat and phone support from 9:00am - 6:00pm EST Monday through Friday as well as 24/7 email support We want to hear from you; so don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

At UnitWise, we understand the importance of one-on-one relationships as much as you do.  That's why we offer one-on-one training sessions for our users!  If you are a new user who needs an overview of the entire program, or if you are a more experienced UnitWise user who would like more information about a specific feature, we will help you with whatever you may need!  If you need training on a particular area, or an overview of the entire program, be sure to contact us about our one-on-one Training Sessions!



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May 25, 2011

Keep Things Fresh!

Margrette Field, an Independent Sales Director from Vista, CA. Margrette will post a blog each Tuesday full of tips, tricks, info and advice for other consultants and directors. Be sure to check back each week!





Hello Gorgeous!

A fun and easy way to keep things fresh on your websites is to use the Custom Borders tool.  If you’ve been with UnitWise a long time you may have missed the updates to the borders that are now available! 

Simply click on the Custom Borders tab when you’re designing your webpage on the right hand side of the screen.  Then select your border by drawing the mouse from left to right diagonally and click “ctrl+C” then go back to your screen and then paste by using “ctrl+V”.  You can give some of the same information a new eye catching border to make it “new” again.

Remember our Heroes are always available to help us.  If you have any questions, feel free to shoot them an email at heroes@unitwise.com or see if they are available for an online chat! 

Have a GREAT week!

Pink Hugs,
Margrette



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May 24, 2011

Your Own Domain Name

It is no secret that UnitWise allows you to use your own domain name for your UnitWise website.  This means that if you would like your web address to be "YourUsername.com" instead of "YourUsername.UnitWise.com" we can set that up for you as long as the domain name that you want is available!  For Example: one of our users, Dacia Wiegandt, had the web address daciaw.UnitWise.com, but she purchased her own domain name and now her web address is daciaw.com.  If you already own your own domain name, we can simply transfer that for you at no charge, but if you do not own the domain that you desire, we can buy it for you for only $12.99 per year.  Once you register a domain, it is your property as long as you pay the yearly domain fee.

What this means is that once you request a domain, we will register it in your name, and you would then be the owner of that domain.  Since we register it in your name, you have all the rights and privileges of ownership.  Even in the unfortunate event that you may choose to leave UnitWise, you would still maintain ownership of your domain name.  

This sounds like a pretty simple process, but unfortunately several of our new users have informed us that some of our competitors are actually charging their customers for this service and registering the domain in the company's name.  As if this was not enough, they are also charging a fee for releasing the domain to the customer (which they have already paid for) when they leave to try another program.  

We at UnitWise would just like to make it clear that we register domains in the names of our customers.  We do not register them to ourselves.  Because of this, we do not charge for any transfer of domains. 


If you would like more information about how to enable a custom domain through UnitWise, Check Out Our Video Here...

 



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Your Three Jobs

Julie Potts, is an Independent Senior Sales Director from Ft Myers, FL. Julie will post a blog each week full of tips, tricks, info and advice for other consultants and directors. Be sure to check back each week!






As an Independent Beauty Consultant or Director in Mary Kay we are really INDEPENDENT. I think we should consider our business names to be "Julie Potts dba Mary Kay Director." DBA means 'doing business as'. YOU are your business and we are privileged to purchase and resell Mary Kay products. Think about this for a minute. Your Business name is YOU! If you opened a coffee shop or dress store with the business name as YOUR name...would you treat it differently than you do your Mary Kay. You are the CEO, CFO and COO of your business. 

Let me break this down for you... CEO-Chief Executive Officer....job description is to implement the strategic goals and objectives of your organization. To give direction and leadership toward the achievement of the organization's philosophy, mission, strategy and its annual goals and objectives. Sound impressive? It should--it's YOU! I hear soo many woman say they don't want to set goals because they don't want to disappoint themselves by not reaching them. Really? Read the paragraph above again. 

Setting goals is vital to the success of EVERY business. YOU are the organization and if you don't have these goals then what is your direction and objective in every day activities? You have already set yourself up for failure by not setting some goal. Even if it's $50 a week profit then you know you have to sell a bit more than $100 to profit $50. Goals are vital so that you can map out your road to reach that goal. If you don't know what you want, then why work at all...and we usually don't when there is not a clear end in sight. To work "just to work to see what we can get"... doesn't usually work because we find other distractions to stray us off course. 

Do you have a mission? If not then use Mary Kay's mission to Enrich the Lives of Others! How simple but yet so profound. But I bet you do have a mission. For most of us, it's actually why we joined and what we have gained from being in business with Mary Kay. My mission is "to give Mother's have a choice to be home with their children" because I was able to completely raise my kids as a stay home mom from birth to college, because of Mary Kay. My other mission is "to be a Beacon of Light for others" because so many others have been the lighthouse for me through situations and healings. What is your mission, Mrs. CEO? CFO-Chief Financial Officer...job description is to directly report to the CEO and the COO about all strategic and tactical matters as they relate to the budget management, cost benefit analysis, forecasting needs and new funding. 

Yikes. Why do we need to do this? Isn't this just a fun hobby we do in hopes that we can obtain some cash from time to time? Maybe for you...but not for me. I needed Mary Kay to pay bills immediately upon joining and its continued to pay bills for 21 years...two in college, cars, activities, groceries, etc. I have never worked another job besides Mary Kay once I started Mary Kay. Going to the grocery store with a calculator plus some cash was a serious issue. But I was taught by Mary Kay and Nationals that if you treat this like a business then you will gain business results...even if you only put in hobby hours. So what do you need to do as your CFO: -invest and manage your inventory -save for events like Seminar and Career Conference-these are priorities not luxuries -budget your expenses like Sec 2 and supplies...never more than 5% of your wholesale -set up and balance your MK checking account plus paying yourself weekly -ensure adequate cash flow through sales and team building -keep track of expenses and sales receipts for year-end taxes -set financial goals COO-Chief Operating Officer...the chief operating officer (COO) reports to the chief executive officer and is responsible for the company’s day-to-day operating activities, including revenue and sales growth. 

This is where it all comes into action. The COO of a business manages TIME! You either manage time or time manages you. Think of the example of sand, rocks and 2 glasses. Which fills the glass more efficiently? Add sand then rocks or Add rocks then let the sand fill in around? Your priorities are the rocks and the to-do list is the sand. Mary Kay gave us 2 vital tools for Time Management...1- Six Most Important List and 2- Weekly Plan Sheet. Before going to bed, write out your 6 priorities for tomorrow so you can check them off once completed. Great sense of accomplishment but you'll also get the "rocks done." Weekly plan is your ideal week. For me, I broke my weekday into 4 sections. Morning, Afternoon, Evening and Night. For the first 18 years, I didn't work weekends except for big events. When an appt cancelled, I didn't take that time off. I made phone calls or model searched...I filled it with MK since it was scheduled for MK. When the kids were home, I had to refigure my Plan Sheet every 3-4 months because their activities changed. There were some things I said no to because they were good but not priorities. Time for family was top but I had to be sure to schedule work time! 

Feeding my family was a priority too and if you don't work, it's hard to keep food on the table. Yes I missed a few events...but they tell people I went to everything! They don't remember the few I didn't get to. After school, dinner, morning before school and weekends were all very sacred times in my home and the rest was open to work. Whatever your schedule needs to be...Plan your Work and Work your Plan, as Mary Kay always told us! Your daily actions will be in direct connection to the size of your paycheck!! NOW how do you feel about your business? What are you going to do today as CEO, CFO, COO? 

These 3 jobs are also the reasons why Consultants often quit Mary Kay. 1- They don't set goals so they don't really do anything. 2- They don't manage their money so they don't feel like they made any money, but if you sell a lipstick for $13 and you buy it for $6.50 then you made $6.50...what you did with it was YOUR choice. 3- They don't manage their time so they don't ever work. They meant to do something but week after week goes by. If you are excited about your DBA business...then call your Director for a Business Strategy Appt to Set some goals, Plan your Work and Manage your Finances!!!


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May 23, 2011

UnitWise Welcomes Time Saver Users!

We at UnitWise would like to send a huge Thank You to all of the Mary Kay Consultants and Directors who have used the Time Saver program by MSM Technologies over the past 20+ years!  Cliff, John, and their team have certainly created a quality product that has served many individuals throughout it's existence.  Unfortunately, this is the last year that the Time Saver product by MSM Technologies will be available because they will be going out of business. 

Fortunately, we have worked with Time Saver and Cliff Oppenheimer to develop a tool that will enable all data created in Time Saver to be converted into UnitWise.  This way, when Time Saver is no longer around, its users will be able to easily transfer their membership to UnitWise without losing valuable information.

Not only will Time Saver users be able to make the switch seamlessly, UnitWise will also give all Time Saver users a Trial Period of UnitWise absolutely free!  During this time, Time Saver Users will be able to do everything that they could do in Time Saver, as well as take advantage of some wonderful features such as creating your own Personal Website, Email Marketing, Inventory Management, Financial Tracking, and much more!

To take advantage of this exclusive offer for Time Saver Users, you will need to either sign up for UnitWise then contact us, or contact us and we can walk you through the sign-up process.  You call us at 704.234.6006 to sign-up or if you have any additional questions.  

The full letter from Cliff Oppenheimer to Time Saver Users can be seen HERE




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May 17, 2011

Do you know who the Top Buyers are in your customer base?


Margrette Field, an Independent Sales Director from Vista, CA. Margrette will post a blog each Tuesday full of tips, tricks, info and advice for other consultants and directors. Be sure to check back each week!


 Hello Gorgeous!



I hope you all are off to a great start this week and you having fun focusing on what the next two weeks can bring to your business.  This is the halfway mark and a good place to check in on your bookings and your sales goals for the month.   Checking in now means it’s not too late to reach the goals you set on May 1.  If you’re not close to reaching them, you can turn your ship around quickly!  If you can see the finish line, momentum going to make for an amazing June and a stellar July to start off the new Seminar year! 



This week I wanted to point out a great new report made available to us on UnitWise.  It’s called the Top Buyers Report and it can be found on your Dashboard under the Home tab. This is a quick and easy way to run a report to show who your best customers are and you can even specify date ranges.  This report can come in handy for a number of fun reasons like special sales, exclusive invitations for special events, to name a few!  It can also give you a snap shot at who your next potential team member may be!  You know Mary Kay always said our best customers can make for our best new team members!



Make it a great day!



Pink Hugs,
Margrette



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May 16, 2011

UnitWise Webinar This Week

Thanks to all of our recent sign-ups, we will be hosting another webinar this week!  This session will cover the first half of UnitWise, and will be especially beneficial to new users.  This also serves as a good review of UnitWise for those who may not be so new, but could use a refresher course!  

This Will be hosted by Glenn (one of our Heroes) and topics will include: 
-The Dashboard
-Reports
-Customers
-Activities
-Inventory
-Settings


Sign Up Now Before It's Too Late!

Event Date and Time Event Title Event Type Action
Thu, May 19, 2011 12:00 PM EST UnitWise Webinar Morning Session Webinar
Thu, May 19, 2011 4:00 PM EST UnitWise Webinar Afternoon Session Webinar

 Although there are 2 times, they will both cover the same material.
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May 5, 2011

Double Your Sales with Double Director's Email Marketing through Unitwise!!

E-mail marketing has the potential to double, triple or even quadruple your sales!  Major retailers use e-mail marketing frequently, so why wouldn’t you want to use the same techniques to connect with your customers and increase your sales?

Unitwise makes it easy for you to set up e-mail marketing templates.  You can create your own templates or you can work smarter, not harder and use the pre-created templates powered by Director Double, which are available now on the Unitwise website.  There are even free templates available for you to try! 

Did you know that:
“58% of consumers said they opened companies’ email , while 53% said that such emails affected their personal buying decisions.” (DoubleClick)

“Repeat customers spend, on average, 67% more than new customers.” (Bain and Company)

Mary Kay Ash said, “Remember it costs five times as much to attract a new customer as it does to maintain an established one. So determine to make your customers the happiest in town.”

Choose to connect with your existing customers today with Unitwise E-mail Marketing!

Happy Selling!




Jen Coffey
CEO Director Double 
Newsletters/Postcards/Customer Connection E-mails
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May 3, 2011

Are Your Systems In Place?

Margrette Field, an Independent Sales Director from Vista, CA. Margrette will post a blog each Tuesday full of tips, tricks, info and advice for other consultants and directors. Be sure to check back each week!



Hello Gorgeous!

Wow!  Was last month just a rush or what?  It was so much fun to experience so much energy in the area of team building. I haven’t heard the exact numbers yet on just how much our company grew but as always, I know we exceeded their expectations!  The influx of new people is fun, but do you have your systems in place to make sure no one gets missed?  If you haven’t already, be sure to have a template set up for a Welcome Letter” for any new team members you have. If you’re a Director, you probably have this set up.  I like to send a quick letter along with a contact list for them to fill out. It’s great that with UnitWise we can go in wherever we are and send it to our new recruits.  This, along with an introductory phone call to set up their Business Planning Session (or new consultant orientation) is key!  I don’t like to overwhelm them with a whole packet via email when I’m first in touch with them. Instead, I prefer to suggest some quick things they can accomplish right now that will help them feel like a winner.  When their kit comes in they are even more excited and by then they should already have their list of contacts filled out and an orientation with me.  And, ideally inventory is ordered within 15 days of their agreement.  You can have several templates set up as reminders for them to do certain things.  Examples include, ordering their business cards, reminding them of their Signature Look bonus expiration date, and maybe getting back with you on their list of guests for their grand opening or their first hostesses!  In addition, my next tip for you this week is to make sure you’re building your Customer Contact Groups to add new adoptees and new team members to your team and/or your unit to your email lists so they are always in the know.  You can send quick notes of encouragement through UnitWise and keep good records.  Your team is on fire right now and a lot of you are finishing up your Director Qualifications and your cars right now!!  Keep in contact and let your team know how much they mean to you!  Emails are quick and easy but remember the written word is golden!

Have an aMAYzing May! Let’s build on this momentum and carry it forward to the finish line and beyond!

Pink Hugs,
Margrette
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May 2, 2011

Keeping Your Business Information Safe



(The following message was sent to our users on Saturday, April 30)
 

Due to the impact of the recent storms in the southeast, we at UnitWise would like to extend our sympathy to all those who have been affected by this disaster. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of them! Over the last few days, we have been asked many questions by both our users and our partners about how UnitWise stores information, and how UnitWise would be able to function in the event of a natural disaster.

UnitWise is a subsidiary of Span Enterprises, a cutting-edge software company based in South Carolina. We invested a considerable amount of time, money, and research to develop a highly secure and fully redundant system for our users. Our system stores all information on our secure servers which are built with many redundancies to protect your information which is hosted and monitored by a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. Our servers have security systems in place to protect information from fire, power outages, and temperature disruption. Here is a list of the ways that UnitWise assures you that your information will be kept safely, and our system will be up and running:
 

-Fire: Our Servers utilize the Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus (VESDA) to sniff the air to detect a fire in its earliest stages. In the unlikely event that a fire does occur, our data center is partitioned into a series of small rooms in a zoned approach to ensure that only one zone would be affected. Each zone has its own separate FE25 clean agent fire suppression system for continuous operation of non-effected equipment in the event of a fire.  

-Power Outage: Equipment within the data center is provided with conditioned electrical power via two redundant 625Kva Liebert UPS systems. These units are a critical component of the always-on power supply to your equipment as they provide power during the interval between loss of utility power and the firing and synchronization of the diesel generator. To ensure that the generator is always ready for immediate service, a preset test-firing sequence is executed once each calendar month.  

-Temperature Disruption: Our data center uses a Liebert cooling system that utilizes four 30 ton air handlers in each data center zone, each with redundant compressor units and integrated humidity controls. These internal units are supplied by three 50 horsepower coolant pumps pushing supply and return fluids to three external cooling towers. This system provides excellent redundancy, scalability, and environmental management. 

We designed UnitWise with your needs in mind, so that you could always be able to manage your information Anytime, Anywhere. Please do not hesitate to call, email, or chat with us about any questions that you may have.

Thank You!

Heroes at UnitWise
704.234.6006
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