Using Mobile Text Alerts, you can already schedule a text message to go out in the future, and post to Facebook from your control panel.

But based on feedback from our customers, now we have made it possible to schedule a Facebook Post through your control panel!

This makes it possible for you to log in, schedule your text messages and Facebook posts, and then sit back and relax.

All you need to do is go to your Send Message page and click the “Schedule Message to be Sent at a Later Date.”

Schedule a Facebook Post

Enter the date and time you would like the message to be sent, enter your message, and click “Schedule Facebook Post”
Schedule Facebook Post

We hope this is helpful for you as you organize your communication with your groups. As always, please leave feedback and let us know what we can do to make this even better.

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How to not fail as a lularoe consultant

Being a LuLaRoe consultant is a lot harder than it used to be. People are more hesitant to buy, there is more completion, and sales are much harder to come by.

With that being case, a lot of LuLaRoe consultants are struggling trying to keep their businesses afloat.

More than 80% of LuLaRoe’s representatives generated less than $5,000 in sales last month, including 10,834 who sold nothing. The average representative sold about $3,387 of LuLaRoe in the month.

According to Business Insider, “LuLaRoe is making some women rich, while thousands struggle to make a profit.”

Is the LuLaRoe fad over? Should we close up shop?
Absolutely Not! LuLaRoe is still exploding all over the country. Women are still obsessed over these buttery-soft leggings.

Successful LuLaRoe Consultant Kristi says “LuLaRoe has nowhere near hit the oversaturated mark. Two weeks ago, 400,000 leggings were available for us to purchase. They sold out in under 5 minutes!!!”

Tami, another LuLaRoe Consultant selling about $40k/month in clothing says “One misconception is that LuLaRoe is a fad that’s dying off. I think that’s pretty untrue at this point. It may happen someday, but we’re still a ways off from that.

We spoke with dozens of consultants that are still consistently making $10k/month, $20k/month, $50k/month, and even $100k/month selling LuLaRoe.

So why do so many LuLaRoe consultants fail?
After interviewing successful and unsuccessful consultants alike, here are the top 4 reasons why LuLaRoe consultants fail, and some tips to make sure that you are not one of them.


1) LuLaRoe consultants fail if they don’t have realistic expectations

Unfortunately, unicorns are not real! If someone tells you only positives about LuLaRoe, talk to someone else. Being a LuLaRoe consultant takes a good amount of hard work.

LuLaRoe is not a “get rich scheme,” and many consultants come with false notions about how “easy” it is going to be.

Be realistic about the work involved. If you hear the “I only work 8pm to 11pm each night,” it’s not true. Successful consultants, even part-time ones, work A LOT of hours.

Many LuLaRoe consultants joke about people in their first month of selling LuLaRoe being on a “LuLaDiet” because they forget to eat and are on their feet 12 hours a day. Many consultants fail because they aren’t prepared for the work it takes to be successful.

2) LuLaRoe consultants fail if they don’t utilize parties effectively

Parties are key to succeeding as a LuLaRoe consultant. Most reps recommend scheduling as many parties as possible. Convince people to throw parties for you, and try to book at least 2-3 future parties at each party.

Also, try to throw your parties at smart locations. Business offices over lunch are a great time and place to throw a party. People are already there, so they will most definitely attend!

Make sure to promote your party very well. Promotion is key to being successful in any business, but especially LuLaRoe. Have your hostess tag people on Facebook the day of the party, and make sure you have a dedicated Facebook page for your business that you use to promote every party you throw.

Sending out text message alerts is also a great way to notify people about your upcoming parties

It’s also important that you make sure your party goes smoothly. Make sure you have enough inventory! If you throw a party with 30 people, and only have 30 items to choose from, it will be hard to have many sales. Most successful LuLaRoe consultants that we interviewed consistently have 600-1000 items in their inventory.

Make sure people have fun! Good music, good food, giveaways. Remember that this is a party, not just a place for you to make sales.

3) LuLaRoe consultants fail if they aren’t part of a LuLaRoe community

Another reason that LuLaRoe consultants often fail is that they are not part of a LuLaRoe community. They don’t have a group behind them to support them.

Without a community, when things get tough, inevitably people give up and don’t push through.

Try to make connections with consultants in your area, or if that’s not possible, find a Facebook LuLaRoe community (Like our LuLaRoe for Mobile Text Alerts Facebook Group)

Also, make sure to use your sponsor as a resource (that’s what they are there for). Get to know them, ask them question, and bounce ideas off of them.

4) LuLaRoe consultants fail if they don’t stay in their customers minds

To sell effectively and consistently, you need a customer-base who regularly think about you and regularly buy from you.

Being on social media is a must. Get on Facebook for sure. Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest can all be helpful too.

Make sure to engage with your Facebook group. Post pictures of yourself so that people will get to know you. You might have some fear at first of putting yourself “out there,” but as people get to know you and connect with you, they will buy from you.

Engage with your customers often! Post at least daily, and post at times when is is most likely that customers will actually see your posts (3am posts are not helpful).


Hopefully this gives you some good tips to help keep you going in your LuLaRoe business! Please comment below if you have anything advice/tips to add to the list!

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We wrote an article last week talking about how Facebook is no longer a reliable way of getting in touch with subscribers.

This does not mean that you should abandon Facebook! Just because something does not work reliably, does not mean that you should give up on it completely. It means exactly what it says, you should not rely on it.

Texting is a much more reliable way to get information out. When you post to Facebook, your subscribers may or may not see the information. If they do see it, it may be too late. When you send out a text, 95% of subscribers read it within one hour.

So if you have texting that gets information out to 95% of subscribers within one hour, and Facebook that gets information out to maybe 60% of your subscribers within a day, which one should you use?

Why not both?

Mobile Text Alerts has just made it even easier to get information out.

Now, on your Send Message page, we have added a “Post to Facebook” button.

Post to Facebook and send out a text message!

This allows you to send out your message as a text message, and on the same screen send out your message to one of your Facebook groups.

Hopefully this will be helpful for you getting information out to your groups quickly and efficiently.

As always, please let us know if you have any suggestions, or sign up for a free test account

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Facebook Won't Show My Posts!

Many LuLaRoe consultants use Facebook posts to let people know about new inventory, giveaways, and pop-up sales. This has worked ok for the last few years, but many LuLaRoe consultants are starting to run into problems.

Facebook is constantly changing their algorithms.

What is an ‘algorithm’?

Facebook’s ‘algorithms’ are just a fancy way of talking about the formula they use to decide what is showed in people’s news feeds.

I understand that Facebook is trying to make things “better,” but this has been a real frustration for thousands of LuLaRoe consultants.

Consultants rely on their information getting out quickly to their customers.

Rochelle, a LuLaRoe consultant, tells us about how she started mysteriously losing subscribers on her Facebook Group. She was getting complaints that she was not notifying them about her pop-up sales.

Rochelle was posting about her pop-up sales, but due to the new Facebook changes, many people were not seeing her posts. Her posts simply were not showing up in her subscriber’s news feeds.

Facebook seems to be favoring posts written by Friends far above posts by “Groups.” In fact, according to Marketing Dive, reach of publisher stories had already dropped by 42 percent.

And this is just the beginning. Facebook is constantly changing these algorithms making it harder and harder to predictably be able to get information out.

This probably makes for a better user-experience for Facebook Users (who enjoys being bombarded by posts form every group you are a part of?), but this can completely kill your LuLaRoe business.

The solution?

Thousands of LuLaRoe Consultants have abandoned Facebook Posts as their primary means of communication. They are finding that texting is a great way to reliably get information to their users.

Whether you are letting them know about a giveaway, sending a digital coupon, sending them loyalty rewards updates, or letting them know about a pop-up sale, texting is a fast, reliable way to get them the information.


If you are struggling getting your LuLaRoe business running, give text alerts a try! Use promo code ‘lula‘ for 10% off the service.

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Our developers have been at it again. We have had so many customers ask for the ability to send text message digital coupons that we decided it couldn’t wait.

We have added a new section to the control panel called “Marketing Tools.” As we develop new features for marketing purposes, we will be putting them in this section.

Digital Coupons Page


The new text message digital coupons allow you to create beautifully designed digital coupons. Each digital coupon can be created with a header, an image, contact information, and instructions on how to redeem your digital coupon.

Create a text message digital coupon


After creating your digital coupon, you can send out the link to your new coupon to your subscriber list on the “send message” page.

Inserting a digital coupon into a text message

Once sent out, your subscribers will receive a link to the coupon with the redemption instructions explaining how to use your digital coupon.

The digital coupon on your users phone


People love coupons, discounts, and sales, so we hope this new feature will be a great way to boost the revenue of your business and make Mobile Text Alerts even more useful to you.

Please feel free to leave feedback on the new feature, how you use digital coupons, success stories, etc. We love to hear from our customers, and aim to do whatever we can to help with your pain points.

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Text Message Loyalty Rewards Program

Our developers are always looking for ways to make Mobile Text Alerts more useful to you. So we have introduced a new feature — a text message loyalty rewards program.

We have had many people ask for a text message-based loyalty rewards program. People have been looking for a way to keep track  of purchases made by their customers, and give them “loyalty rewards” based on how much they have purchased.

This is now possible all from your Mobile Text Alerts control panel! You can now set how many purchases it takes someone to earn a reward, keep track of how many purchases have been made, and notify your subscribers how close they are to their next reward.

Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Set Your Settings

When you login to your control panel and go to the Settings page, there is a new section labeled “Loyalty Rewards Settings.” In this new section, you can set the number of purchases needed before someone earns a reward. You can also set whether or not you would like to notify your customers after a purchase (via text message), and how close they are to their next reward.

Your settings page

Your settings page

 

Step 2: Add Purchases for Your Subscribers

Once you have your settings set, you can go to the “Loyalty Rewards” page.

Your loyalty rewards page

Your loyalty rewards page

On this page, you can select certain subscribers, and “Add Purchases” to credit them with the number of purchases they have made.

This will increase the number of purchases for that subscriber, and also let you know if they are eligible for a reward.

 

Also, if you have “notify users” turned on in your Loyalty Rewards Settings, it will send out a text message to each subscriber you added purchases for letting them know how many purchases were added, and how close they are to their next reward.

Notify Subscriber of Purchases

An example of the message your subscribers will receive when you add purchases and have “notify users” turned on

 

We hope you find this new feature useful! Please let us know if you have any suggestions or improvements we can make. Our goal is always to make the service as useful to you as possible.

 

Want to start using this feature? Head over to the loyalty rewards page in your control panel, or create a new account

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Why Is SMS Marketing A Good Idea?

If you own any type of business, then you know how important it can be to explore all types of marketing strategies in order to help drive sales and get more customers to your business.

Unfortunately, acquiring customers or keeping current customers updated on everything going on with your business can be a tall task. Luckily SMS marketing is one of the newest and most popular marketing technologies and if it doesn’t already have a place in your business, it certainly should be under consideration by the time you finish reading this post.

If you’re not already aware, SMS marketing is simply sending text messages to customers who have opted into receiving messages.

Since you need customers to physically opt in to receive these messages, this is going to be one of the best options when it comes to keeping your current customers informed about your business including what specials you might be running in a certain time period.

Below, you’re going to find some of the top benefits when it comes SMS marketing and each point will easily convince you why SMS marketing is a good idea for your business.

Requires Direct Action

When it comes to opting in to receiving the text messages from your business, it is considerably easier to do when it comes to SMS marketing compared to when it comes to email or other types of marketing. Some other methods require a lot of personal information up front but there is nothing besides a phone number needed with SMS marketing. The simplicity of the opting in and opting out is one of the big selling points of SMS marketing because customers enjoy having that ease of operation. Additionally, you know that customers want to receive the messages you are sending since they actively decided to opt-in to the messages.

High Open Rate

It will be touched on briefly later on, but SMS marketing has one of the highest open rates out of any other type of marketing strategy. Nearly every single SMS message that is sent it going to be opened because when a customer hears the familiar buzz or sound of a text message, they will immediately check their phone to see what the message says. When it comes to email, they can check it once or twice a day and easily skip over or delete the email you sent without ever actually opening. Essentially, email gives them a chance to ignore the email if they want while SMS messages sort of force the customer to read them.

Cost-Effective

Perhaps one of the other great reasons to go with SMS marketing is because it is one of the easiest and most cost effective options of them all. While some strategies require you to go ahead and try to pay for subscribers and others will force you to try and print flyers to hand out, SMS messages are done all digitally using numbers provided by you for free. All of this helps to improve your return on investment when it comes to SMS messaging since there is very little cost to keep it up.

Perfect For Communities

SMS marketing is going to be another great option when it comes to communities or large groups of individuals that need to have a way to be in constant communication with one another. For example, this can be one of the best ways to keep in touch with your sports team, your church, your school or any other groups that require a message to be sent to a large group of people since SMS messaging makes it so easy.

Reliable

When it comes to sending information through email, you have to worry about your message accidentally being sorted into a spam folder or some other folder. With SMS messaging and marketing, it is a direct contact to your customer base, which means that you have no barriers to fight through when it comes to reaching your customer and providing information.

Short And Sweet

SMS messages have a limit of 160 characters, which means your messages are going to need to be short and to the point along with staying clear and concise. This can be a positive and a negative but most businesses should look at it as a positive! Rather than making customers read through information that might not be necessary for them, you’re going to get straight to the point so that they know exactly why you are texting them and customers are really going to appreciate that in the long run.

Connect With Next Generation

This seems like a silly thing to even mention, but sending SMS messages through your marketing strategy is a great way to gain the cool factor with some of the younger customers you have as more and more customers, especially younger ones, are opting to get text messages rather than emails. By using SMS marketing, it will help to give your business an edge up on the competition when it comes to the next generation of customers your business is going to need. If you handle it right and send out quality SMS messages as a small business, you may even be able to create a little buzz in your town with the locals.

Limitless Potential

In 2017, it’s hard to even begin to imagine how many phones there are in the world and what percentage of people own a mobile phone that do business with you. Chances are good that a vast majority of your customers own a mobile phone, which means your potential for reaching them is going to be limitless. Text messaging is instant and is one of the most popular forms of communication now and all demographics own mobile phones, which means you have a true marketing gold mine at your hands just by using SMS marketing.

Environmentally Friendly

As it is today, everybody wants to take every step they can to get towards a more eco-friendly and green way of doing business because people are opting for paperless billing and for all material and notifications to be sent electronically. Of course, most of the online marketing strategies you are going to see are green, but it’s important to reiterate that to your customers to let them know what you are doing. Not only is it going to help save the environment, but less print collateral for your business means you are going to save money as well.

Flexible

When you use SMS marketing, you have the flexibility to do just about anything you want to do and you have the freedom to send your SMS messages out to everybody or just a select few individuals. For example, you can send out a blanket text to everybody on your list or send out a specific text to just VIP members on the list. If you handle your SMS marketing strategy the proper way, you’ll be able to easily customize the campaign to however you see fit. No matter how you plan on using SMS marketing and when you plan on using it, it will have no problem fitting into the needs of the business.

Instant

We live in a world where everybody wants to be have instant gratification and they want to be able to immediately receive something or immediately find out about a new deal or promotion. When you use SMS marketing, you’ll be happy to know that everything you do is instant and it allows you to connect with your customers in the quickest way possible. Not only does it send the message almost instantly, but it is going to be seen by your customers that much quicker. If they are out and about, your customers might not check their email but there’s a good chance they’re going to have their phone on them and they will receive your text message. This instant message and instant gratification can help make your customers pay more attention to the content you put out in your SMS messages.

Easy To Use

No matter who you are, what your business does or how much experience you have, I can promise you that you can master using an SMS marketing strategy with little to no extra work. All you need to do in order to benefit from SMS marketing is type out a message about your business and then instantly send it out to your customers or clients. Just like that, you are in direct contact with your customers. You don’t have to exert energy into designing and printing flyers and mailing them out. This means that in just a fraction of the time, you’ll be able to reach directly to your most important customers to ensure they have the latest information about your business.

Get Started with SMS Marketing

As you can see, there are a ton of great benefits when it comes to SMS marketing and I think it’s pretty easy for you to see why it can be a good thing to add to your already existing marketing strategy for your business. In terms of find a fast, efficient and cost-effective way to keep your clients informed about your business, you won’t find a better option than SMS marketing.

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Everybody loves their cell phones.

They tell you the time, play music and give directions when you’re lost.

But…

… don’t be fooled!

This is just their public persona.

Like any convincing psychopath smartphones are able to put on a likeable front. They are friendly, helpful and seem like they wouldn’t hurt a fly. All the while they are sadistic killers who smother alarm clocks in their sleep and make sure you GPS system is never found again. (Article continues below)

Cell Phones are Serial Killers

Smartphones really are Wonderful

Ok, while our tongue may be firmly in our cheek with this infographic it is amazing the amount of everyday tools and gadgets that have been swallowed up by the smartphone revolution.

MP3 Player

Who would have thought it all those years ago when Apple introduced the original iPod to the world not all that long ago that within 10 years no-one would be dealing with MP3 files never mind players. This incredible device that revolutionised the music industry suddenly became obsolete as Spotify and similar streaming services became more prominent and data became cheaper.

Landline Phone

Similarly, the landline telephone has been an essential product for decades. At some point almost every home in America had one. Now, however, 41% of homes no longer have a landline phone.

That would have been absolutely unthinkable at the turn of the century but now you can call the person you want directly on their mobile no matter where they are without simply hoping that they are at home.

Newspapers

If there is any true indicator of what people are reading it is what men read on the toilet.

That sacred space where you get to truly be alone with the newspaper to get a handle on what is going on in the world.

Well, not any more.

Smartphones have replaced the newspaper as the reading material of choice for men on the toilet.

It turns out we’re no longer reading the business section when we’re doing our business.

 

GPS and Sat Nav

Paper maps have long gone out of fashion since companies like Tom Tom introduced Satellite Navigation devices.

But now, these satellite navigation devices themselves have become obsolete.

That is thanks to a free app from Google that is available on your smartphone.

Google Maps now has 1 billion active monthly users. This means that the sat nav companies are going to struggle big time.

Bits and Bobs

There are some things that you just don’t think of anymore.

When was the last time you looked up the date on a paper calendar?

When was the last time you wrote a phone number in an address book instead of just saving it onto your phone?

When was the last time you grabbed a flashlight in a hurry instead of just turning the light on your phone on.

The Down Side

There is actually a downside of the smartphones.

The electromagnetic radiation that is emitted from smartphones damages beehives and birds eggs.

These two creatures are essential parts of the ecosystem. This is something we need to be aware of to make sure that our bees especially don’t die out.

 

Smartphones really are Incredible

Just imagine carrying around all of these devices.

A sat nav, an MP3 player, a camera and on and on and on.

Not just that though, imagine paying individually for each of these. At this point we would be running into thousands of dollars.

Who knows what the future holds but I think it is a safe bet to say that more and more gadgets and devices will disappear to be soaked up into your smartphone.

We can only guess what your phone will be like 10 years from now.

 

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After many requests, Mobile Text Alerts now has the ability to make mass phone calls.

Text messaging is still considered the most effective way to get a hold of people, but what about those people without text messaging? As hard as it is to believe, there are some people who have not made the jump to a cell phone.

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For those people, Mobile Text Alerts can still help by making mass phone calls.

With the new system, you can call in to our system, record a message, and then from your control panel send that message out to your subscribers.

Let us know if you would like to try out this new feature, and we will get your account set up with it. If you don’t already have an account, go ahead and sign up for a free trial.

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One severely underutilized way to use text alerts is in the hotel industry. Many of our customers have found tremendous success using text alerts to enhance their guest’s experience.

Success has mainly been found in these two areas:

  1. Improving the experience of your guests – Many hotels have used text alerts to improve their guest’s experience at their hotel. This can be done in many ways: Sending out weather information, sending checkout time information, are there any special events going on at your hotel? Are there any special events going on in your community? You will be amazed at how far a few texts like this can go for your guests in distinguishing you from other hotels. This is also a great way to get subscribers into your system.
  2. Promotions for future stays – Once you have a subscriber-base built in to your system, then you can begin sending out promotional texts. Make sure you don’t send these out too often, or it can have negative effects. But a once-in-a-while ‘10% off’ or ‘$99 nights!’ text can bring in big business when used correctly.

Are you a member of the hotel industry? Are you using text alerts as part of your marketing plan? What practices have you found most effective?

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