How To Have An Online Party

Feb 16 11:47 2005 TBA ~ Tricia, Billie and baby Ashley Print This Article

Online parties are similar to home parties, but guest are able to stay at home in their pjs if they like. Its makes for a more relaxed atmosphere. You hold your party pretty much the same way you would a home party just you don't have a display case to set up.

1) Setup online parties

A) Finding a Hostess - The first step to setting up an online party is to find a hostess. Try asking friends and family members to host an online party for you. You can also put out ads on the Internet looking for random hostess for your party. You could do a mystery hostess party where you would draw a name from the guest and give them the hostess benefits. Another idea is to host your own party.

Here are a couple of ideas on how to get people to host for you:

Entice people to become your hostess by letting them know what they could get for free just by hosting. Most Direct Sales companies have a hostess plan,Guest Posting if yours seems high make up your own. You could do something like 10% off hostess order if your hostess gets X amount in sales, or an X amount GC for an X amount in sales. Show them they will get something for being a hostess, be sure to show them the harder they work for the sales the more they will get.

You could fix up a gift basket, take a picture and put it up on your site, and let hostesses know that the hostess with the most sales during a particular month will win that basket. This will get your hostesses competing against each other for the gift basket, which will boost party sales

B) Setting a good date -You will want to grab your calendar and find a good date for you and your hostess. But you will also want to do some research on which days are good for online parties. We have seen that during the week are good days for parties. When winter hits then weekends can be great for parties to because the family is not out doing things together instead they are home trying to stay warm

c) Getting a Room You will need a chat room to have your online party in. There are several places on the net to get a chat room. Again you will want to do some research and find the best one for your needs. You have the option of getting your own chat room and hosting it on your site or paying for a party room. Here are some free chat rooms and some party rooms that you can get a fee.

1) Online Party Network– Offers a free chat room to active members. Members support other network members by participating in their online party. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PartyNetwork

2) Bravenet.com - Offers a free chat room to be hosted on your own chat. Bravenet offers many things great for WAHM's you can check them out at http://bravenet.com

There are many more rooms out there, these are just 2 we have either used or been in and they are good for parties

D) Figuring out Specials ~ Always know your company specials. We usually try to make up a special that is only good for the guest of the party also. This lets them know they are getting something special for taking the time to come to your party. Good specials range from a free (small) gift with an order, 10% off price; a lot of customers love the free shipping specials. Be sure that whatever you give as a special isn't going to leave you with no profit though.

E) Games and prizes - Be sure to come up with some games and prizes to be played at your party also. Games add a little competition to your party adding more fun. There are many games that can be played at parties below are just 4 of the games we have played before:

1) Scramble - Pick 5 - 10 words from your site or your business and scramble them up before the party. Let everyone know that the words are coming from your site or your business whichever you choose.

2) Trivia - Pick 5-10 questions about your site. Let everyone know that the answers can be found on your site. The first person to get the correct answer gets a point at the end of the game the person with the most points gets the prize you have picked out.

3) Bingo - Have a list of words on your site and have guest pick out 5 words and email you those words, then later on when time for the game start picking words from your list, when you have call all 5 words of one of the guest they will then call Bingo.

4) Auctions - These are a blast and we have done great with them. You make up a list of ways for guest to earn play money to bid with. With the highest way to earn being either purchasing or booking a party Then you pick out a few prizes to auction off. This is a great game to get competitive juices going.

For each game you have you will want to have a prize. There are many different prizes that you could give, below is just some suggestions for a prize. When picking out a prize decide upon one that is suitable for the game. For example if it’s a harder game you might want to pick out a better prize than if its a easy game.

A) Gift Certificates in what ever amount you deemed suitable. Usually $5 - $10 is a good amount.
B) Coupon Books made up of coupons for certain amount off a certain product.
C) If you company offers sale aids for giveaways at home parties these make great gifts too.

F) Preparing Invite and sending it - An invite to an online party is like an ad. You will want it to entice people to come to your party. Be sure to include all the info that is needed for your party like date, time, place, specials etc… Send the invite out to all your friends and family and to any groups you belong to. Be sure not to send them to people you don’t know or groups your not in, this can be considered Spam if you do and you don’t want to get in trouble for Spam. You can send an invite via email or you could use evite.com and they will send your invite out for you.

Yahoo groups that allow you to announce your parties:

1) OnlinePartyNetwork - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OnlinePartyNetwork
2) WAHMOnline - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WAHMOnline
3) Home Party Ads Here - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HomePartyAdsHere

Remember to read the rules for posting to each yahoo group also.

2) Actual Party

A) Introduction of your business - You will want to greet people when they come into your party. Give everyone a few minutes to arrive, then let your guest know what you and your business. Also thank them for taking the time to come to your party.

B) Sales Specials and Leads - Let all of your guest know what the specials for the party are. Also make sure they know the link to your site. A suggestion would be to have the link on the party page so they can just click right on it. Watch for any questions that someone might have. Answer them to the best of your ability.

C) Games and prizes You have your games and prizes figured out, pick a good time to play them usually after everyone has had a chance to look through your specials and site

D) Recruiting & Hosting Leads Let your guest know what your hostess is getting tonight for hosting the party. Tell them they can get the same thing if they would like to host a party also. Ask them to let you know if they want to host. If the agree then try to set a date for the party if for some reason a date can't be set right then let them know you will be emailing them to pick out a good date Tell the guest what you get from starting your own business. Be sure to tell them the recruiting special that your company has going.

E) Chit Chat - Make room for general chitchat all through your party. You don’t want it all to be business but make sure you keep control of your room that way when you need the conversation geared back to business it can easily be done.

3) Closing the Party

A lot of times online parties don’t end right when they are scheduled to so plan on being there longer than what is actually scheduled. When everyone is getting ready to leave (they will usually leave at different times) be sure to thank them for coming and let them know you will be contact with their total (if they ordered and if you hadn’t already gotten their total to them) Also let them know you hope they had fun and you hope to see them around again sometime. Ask if they would like to be added to an invite list you are making for upcoming online parties. Be sure to thank you host for hosting and let her know you will be in contact to let her know what she has earned from her party

This is just a basic way to have a online party. You will want to do what feels comfortable to you. Play with ideas, do what works best for you.

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Written by TBA. TBA stands for Tricia Billie and baby Ashley. We are a mother, daughter, & granddaughter WAH team. We own and operate TBADeals.us.

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TBA ~ Tricia, Billie and baby Ashley
TBA ~ Tricia, Billie and baby Ashley

TBA stands for Tricia, Billie and baby Ashley. We are a work at home mother, daughter and granddaughter team. We've been having online parties successfully for almost 3 years. We've written an article, given 2 seminars, wrote an ebook on the subject.

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