8 Steps to Being an Awesome Facebook Party Host
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You’re hosting a Facebook party, eh? Congrats! This in an excellent opportunity to help out a small business and introduce your friends to a product you enjoy all while earning some freebies and discounts for yourself. Awesome, right? You and your friends will shimmy into your comfy pajamas, throw your hair in a messy bun, pour yourself a glass of your favorite beverage and sit in front of your phone/laptop/tablet/ipad/computer (I got them all, right?) screen while the company representative does all the work and you get a ton of rewards, right? WRONG. Listen, I’m not saying that it’s labor intensive to be an online party host, but there are a few things that you should be doing to help your party have the opportunity to go well. Hopefully the consultant will give you these tips, but, if not, I’ve got a few tips that could help you out!
Before we start…don’t sign up to host a party if you don’t really want to host a party. Believe me, I’ve been there. There are some consultants that don’t know about the suite and could benefit from a lesson or two in social media etiquette. However, if you have a friend that keeps on asking you to host a party, and you don’t want to, DON’T just give in to appease him or her. Just don’t. It’s not helping either of you. If you have a consultant that just can’t take “no” for an answer, honestly, I’d block them. If you told them “yes,” but really don’t want to host, tell them now.
Ok, here we go…
- Invite a few friends. I’m assuming that the consultant has already set up either a separate Facebook Group or Event for your party (if they haven’t, I like to have my Groups/Events set up within 2 weeks of the party start date). Don’t invite your entire friends list because, that, my friend, is called “being spammy” and you do not want to be spammy. Invite friends that you feel will genuinely be interested in the the party. I’d say invite like 50 friends tops. You may even consider doing a post on your personal wall that goes something like this:
- Remind your friends. Life gets crazy and I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve missed PLENTY of online parties because I simply forgot. I totally blame #momlife. A day or two before the party, remind your friends that your party is happening. You could send each friend a personalized private message; don’t just copy and paste the same generic message to each friend because that’s spammy. You don’t have to have a full-blown conversation with each friend, but at least include their name and be real in your message. Make sure your friends know that you value them as a person and not just as wallet with a credit card.
- Be active during the party. In my experience, consultants will usually have a variety of graphics to post in the party, a video or two, and maybe some games or giveaways. Participate in your party with genuine comments and questions. If your consultant asks guests to introduce themselves, introduce yourself as well. If you see a graphic of a product you think a specific friend will like,you could totally tag them on the graphic. When your friends see you participating, they’ll be more likely to participate.
- Thank your friends for attending. Whether they ordered or not, let your friends know that you appreciate them taking time out of their day to spend time in your party. Their time is just as valuable as yours and it was super nice of them to join in and show support.
- Thank your friends for ordering. Not everyone wants their purchases announced, so I always like to send a personalized private message to friends that ordered. Let them know how thankful you are that their order got you closer to freebies or discounts.
- Follow up with your consultant right after the party. Like, literally right after the party ended. Thank your consultant for doing the party for you and ask them how everything went. Ask for a sales total and confirm the last day that orders can be submitted to count towards your party. If you are working towards a specific goal (which, if you’re hosting a party, you most likely do have a goal in mind), this is helpful information to know.
- Follow up with friends. If you have a friend that you know wanted to order, but hasn’t yet, you can send them one reminder message. Just one message. No need to send more than one message because, once again, you don’t want to be spammy 😉
- Get your own order in with the consultant ASAP. The final step! Your consultant will probably wait to put your order in and redeem your host benefits last. Make sure to send him or her the information by the deadline they give you; the sooner the better because I bet you are just as excited to receive your order as the consultant is to submit orders and make commission.
There you have it! Hosting a Facebook party can be tons of fun and, with the right amount of interaction and follow-up, super successful!
Have you hosted a Facebook Party yet? What are your favorite companies to host with?