Monday, January 14, 2019

The Time Has Come!

Do you recognize the above lines of poetry? They are from The Walrus and the Carpenter, by Lewis Carroll, and I recall learning them in school long ago. Ah, school days, when there is so much to learn. But learning doesn't need to stop when school days end, and I understand that learning something new every day is excellent for your brain. If that is the case, my brain is getting a lot of stretching right now and should be in excellent condition soon! ;) Avon's 2019 Leadership Convention was this past weekend. I knew there were some big changes in the works, so now I know what they are and I have already begun to implement changes to my business to get ready for "a whole new world". Allow me to elaborate.

Avon has long been a business that emphasized personal delivery of brochures and orders. We are still that business, but "the times they are a changing" and we must "get with the program" and change too. (I feel like I'm full of cliches and references to poems, songs, etc. today.) I just learned that Avon is the #2 company in the nation for paper use. What?!? Of all companies?!? Apparently so. It's all those brochures that we order and pass out, many of which are never looked at by customers. The brochures are beautiful, the products are fantastic, but many customers are too busy to take the time to go through them, much to our regret. So, what to do? 

Avon's solution is to move most customers away from brochures to ordering online. Online ordering at our websites has been available for several years and many customers have taken advantage of the convenience of it, but there will always be customers who prefer receiving brochures and having Avon Representatives deliver their orders and they have no intention of learning to use computers or smart phones. So, while we are working to eliminate brochures, they aren't going out just yet. Avon is calling 2019 a "transition year" in which we will get most customers ordering at our websites while customers who order in the traditional way are still serviced. However, the time may come when paper brochures will be like the dinosaurs and become extinct, and how we will service our traditional customers if that time comes is a bridge we will cross when we come to it. (Yes, another cliche.) My ideas about how to work with traditional customers include placing orders for them at my online store for my delivery or for direct delivery from Avon to them, if they are willing. 

One of the perks of getting direct delivery is that you do not have to wait to order on the Representative's schedule and have your orders delivered to you on the Representative's schedule. You can order any time of the day or night and have the order at your door within 3 to 5 days. If the order is over $40, you do not even have to pay shipping for it, and there are sometimes coupon codes for free shipping on $25 orders. You can pay by credit/debit card or through PayPal and you pay when you order, so you do not have to entrust your credit card information to your Avon Rep. If you are willing to become a digital customer, I encourage you to go ahead and register at my online store so that you are informed by email of all of the special offers that come from Avon. You will receive short emails on my behalf on an almost daily basis, but you can always unsubscribe if that becomes too much mail. 

Coming very soon: Along with the push to go digital comes a new way for people to signup to become Digital Avon Representatives. The cost will be $25 and they will not receive a physical kit with products and brochures but will instead be sent a coupon by email that will give them $25 off of their first order with Avon, basically making the signup FREE! This new way of joining Avon is terrific for those who have been put off by the idea of having to get brochures into the hands of friends, family, and strangers to get orders. Now they will only need to share their personal website link to drive customers to their online store, where the customers will be able to look at the online brochure and all sale flyers for the campaign or search for products through the various category headings or individually. The physical kits are still  available right now, but when the digital signup system is ready, they will be removed in order to have one simple way and one simple price to become an Avon Representative. I like simplicity!

Okay! I'll have more to share later, but that's enough to process for now, right? Right!!  

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Hey, Sandra! What's on Sale for Campaign 3?

I hope you are excited about all that will be coming your way in 2019. My advice to myself and anyone else who wants to avoid hearing all the gloom and doom spread through the news is to avoid the news as much as possible and to un-follow those people in our social media circles who spend all their time spreading gloom and doom. Set great goals, stay positive, and press onward to achieving them! I've found that when I am working hard to take care of my own business (and I don't just mean my Avon business), that I don't have time to get bogged down and dragged down by the "Woe is me! Woe is our country! Woe is our world!" people. That concludes my sermon for the day 😉, now on to the customer reminder.

Here are some of the great buys that I found in the C3 brochure:

  • Pg. 3, This brochure begins with a fantastic FREE offer of Anew Clinical Line Eraser with Retinol Treatment with any two Anew purchases from pages 4-11, and.....
  • Pgs. 4-11, The Anew skin care regimen items you need to purchase to get the free item above are all on sale!
  • Pg. 12, The Full-Size Anew Regimen 4-piece boxed kits are a $121 value for only $50. I highly, highly, recommend that you choose one of these systems to take care of your skin in 2019! I recommend the Ultimate (Gold) for most people under age 70 and the  Platinum(Purple) if you are over 70 or your major skin concern is sagging skin. You can learn all the details about these products by going to my online store. 
  • Pgs. 38-41, NEW Stories Collection fragrances - 4 of them - with gorgeous bottles, a great price of only $9.99 each, and scent spots on the pages for two of them. Is your heart ready toSkip a Beat as you Work Your Magic and do Something Amazing while you are feeling onCloud Nine😍
  • Pg. 43, Bath Bombs are all the rage right now and we have one in the Velvet Fragrance for $7.00. It's a limited edition, for a luxurious bath.
  • Pg. 69, NEW Sleek Design for travel/purse spray sizes of Haiku, Haiku Kyoto Flower, Far Away, Imari, Rare Pearls, and Rare Gold for only $5.99. 
  • Pg. 87, In the "beauty spotlight" is True Color Wide Awake Mascara for $5.99. This one is designed to make eyes look bigger and has a comfortable and lightweight feel. It is our only mascara that is available in Brown as well as darker shades.
  • Pg. 110/111, SSS Bath Oils are $10.99 each in the 16.9 fl. oz. size or $15.99 in the Bonus-Size of 25 fl. oz. 
  • Pgs. 183-185, if mark. makeup is a favorite of yours, grab these items while they are still available and on sale, because many of them are being discontinued this quarter as Avon prepares to bring out new and better products and to streamline their product line.
  • Pgs. 195-227, Be sure not to quit flipping through your brochure until you reach the end, because this section contains our Valentine's Day offerings and there are many Limited Edition goodies that are just adorable! 
  • Back cover, Speaking of adorable, isn't this A Box the cutest ever?!? Be sure to add it to your order for only $10 and use the box to decorate from now until Valentine's Day and beyond. It would look great on a fireplace mantel or a bedroom dresser! 
Have a great year! If you want to make it even better, open your own Avon account to offer all these great buys to your friends and family, earning money for doing so that will help you achieve some of your other goals for the year. 

Sandra Moore
Avon Bronze Leader

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Feed Your Focus!

Happy New Year!

I took a vacation day yesterday and didn't get on my computer much at all, so my new year's greetings are coming to you late.

Did you make New Year's resolutions? I'm not really big on making those, as I prefer to make new resolutions each night before I pillow my head or each day when I wake up. For today, and each day, I find it a struggle to do what this image says. Can you identify? There are so many distractions available to us!

I am a business builder with Avon, as in, my Avon business is not just a "hobby". Hobbies are not designed for making money, while business building is. In fact, hobbies generally cost us money while business building should make us money. Business building requires focus and dedication. It requires not expecting overnight success but working toward the long term goal. It requires not giving up at the first frustration that comes along but instead seeing each frustration as a challenge to be overcome. (I believe we call that "stick-to-it-ism", or something like that.) It requires not jumping from business to business every time some new "ground floor opportunity" is presented to us as the "best payment plan in the industry" that we need to dive into NOW when we can be "among the first to join" and therefore be "positioned for success". Do any of those terms ring a bell with you? Time after time I have seen someone talk that way and within a few weeks I'm hearing the same thing from them about another company and I'm left wondering what happened to the previous one?

For 2019, if you want to build a business (not just have a hobby), whether it be with Avon or another firmly established company, I encourage you to starve your distractions, feed your focus, and whatever you choose to devote your time and effort to, be ready and willing to GIVE it time and effort.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Some Will. Some Won't. So What? Who's Next?

About once a month I send an email to my lists of potential recruits, which currently totals about 533 people, just keeping them informed on new opportunities or promotions with Avon as a business or checking to see if the timing has become right for them to join Avon. These are people who have expressed interest in Avon as a home based business at some point in the past, and this is the email I sent them yesterday. 

"Some will. Some won't. So what? Who's Next?" Have you ever heard that before? It's said often by those of us who believe in network marketing, building teams, and residual income. Are you a believer? I have been for many years! We also say this one: "A no doesn't mean 'no forever', it just means 'no for right now." It's the reason that I contacted you in the beginning and the reason I continue to contact you about once a month just in case your "won't" is ready to become a "will" and your "No" is ready to become a "Yes!"

I'm not looking for people who have "Shiny Object Syndrome" and like to jump at every new shiny thing that comes along. No, I want to help those who understand that Avon is a firmly established company (over 130 years old!) that brings new innovations to the marketplace regularly and supports their representatives well. My position as a Bronze Leader with Avon involves working with my own Avon sales and servicing my own customers as I support and assist my team of Cloud Climbers to do the same. When you start your Avon business by going to and clicking on "Become a Representative", you are automatically connected to me and you become a Cloud Climber. Just make sure you are on my online store page and you see my picture at the top. 

2019 Is fast approaching. Will this be the year that you decide to take a leap out of your comfort zone and start earning money with Avon? Do you have some questions that I can answer? 

Sandra Moore
Avon Bronze Leader

Could it be that you are ready to start YOUR home based business? Or would you like to keep thinking about that for awhile and be put on my potential recruits email list as a monthly reminder that the opportunity awaits you when you are ready? Drop me a line with your email address and I would be happy to add you. 

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

What's on Sale for Campaign 2?

Christmas Greetings to All!

We had a wonderful Christmas day in our traditional way and I hope that you did as well. I know you have been busy thinking about all the people you love and making sure you purchased things that would please them, and in doing so you may have neglected buying shampoo, vitamins, shower gel, lotion, etc., for yourself. If so, Avon has just what you need and you can quickly have those items on their way to you with free shipping on a $25 order using the code TREATME until 11:59 on December 31. 

Here are a few of the best buys I spotted in the Campaign 2 brochure
  • Pg. 18, Avon True Color Flawless Liquid Foundation is only $8.99. Do you need to purchase a lighter shade now that your summer glow has faded?
  • Pg. 24/25, Never dull your glow! You can be golden and gorgeous all year round with a bit of bronzer and a pop of color. We have several options for only $7.99 each.
  • Pg. 29, 60 shades of Avon True Color Lipstick for only $4.99 each! You can choose from Bold, Matte, Satin or Shimmer Finish.
  • Pg. 87, Haiku Eau de Parfum is a WOW DEAL for this campaign at only $9.99!! 
  • Pg. 125, SSS Bonus Size Body Lotions are another WOW DEAL at only $9.99!!!
  • Pg. 140/141, It's not a Wow Deal, but it's still a great buy and something that everyone needs.All full size hand creams are any 2 for $4.00. My favorites are SSS Comforting Shea Butter (oh, how wonderful it smells!), SSS Radiant Moisture, and Moisture Therapy Intensive Healing & Repair (a favorite with men as well). 
Avon is taking out the old to make way for the new, and you might be interested in seeing the list of products being discontinued in the first quarter of 2019. If so, just send me a message with your email address and I'll get that sent to you post haste.  

All the best to you and yours.

Sandra Moore
Avon Bronze Leader

Friday, December 21, 2018

Cloud Climbers Team Newsletter for C25 and C26


In my recent Facebook Live videos (you can view them on my business page or on my YouTube channel), I have said "I am determined!" more than once. This morning I am determined to get this newsletter out before it becomes necessary to make it cover three campaigns. 😉 What can I say, except that business has been good and has kept me busy? It has been good in spite of the fact that it has been frustrating due to there having been so many shorts and out of stocks. I know you are feeling the pain as well, and I am seeing a lot of frustration on the various Avon Facebook pages I follow. I hope, hope, hope, that Avon figures out what went wrong and gets it corrected. Meanwhile, remember that this is your business and OWN your business. DO apologize to any customers whose needs have not been met, but DON'T talk badly about the company to them, because if they feel you are discouraged and upset and think "Avon is falling apart", (it isn't, but I read that statement from a Rep who is not a Cloud Climber recently), they may just take all their business elsewhere. If you need to offer them a little something extra to keep good will, do that. You might tell them they can have a 10% discount on an order of $20 or more placed in January, give them a lip balm that we do have in stock as a free gift with their order, etc. You can make these special offers because this is YOUR business. 

Have you seen the listing of products being discontinued in the first quarter of 2019? I know you can see it if you are on YourAvon 2.0 by clicking on the "Inventory Alerts" near the bottom of the home page and then looking under "Hello and Goodbye". If you are not on 2.0, I don't know if you see it, so I'm attaching it to this newsletter in case you need it. It's a long list, so scroll through it to see what items your customers order regularly and prepare them for trying something new.

I received some inside info from someone this week who said if we shared it that it didn't come from her, but I believe it is info that we will be getting from Avon during the first quarter, possibly even in January. I'm not going to share exactly what was said, but I will encourage you to start learning more about your online store and make sure that if you do not have one set up yet (there are still a few of you who don't, and even a couple who don't use email) that you get one set up very soon and that you start getting VERY comfortable with it and with sharing the link to it. Also, I'm curious to hear how many of you are not passing out many brochures, put are posting the brochure online and encouraging people to look at the brochure at your online store. Let me know. It would be beneficial for all of you to get very comfortable with doing that over the next few months as well. 'Nuff said. 😊

Top Ten in Sales for C25

 1. Sandra Moore  RC    $3,863  (I am officially in Rose Circle now! This was my fundraiser campaign.)
 2. Leslie Clendenon  PC   $883  (Woo hoo! for you, LC!!)
 3. Rene Parker  PC  $539  (Great work, Rene!)
 4. Cynthia Blake    $437  (You are having a great year, Cynthia!)
 5. Gladys Faulk   $374
 6. Joanne Bradford   $315
 7. Rebecca Robertson   $304
 8. Amy Layne   $254
 9. Margo Prytz   $238
10. Ashleigh Downey   $201

Top Ten in Sales for C26

 1. Sandra Moore  RC   $1,820
 2. Leslie Clendenon  PC   $711   (Another great campaign!)
 3. Phyllis Smith   $543  (Great work, Phyllis!)
 4. Rosanna Cassidy   $397
 5. Cynthia Blake   $372
 6. Amy Layne   $365
 7. Juanita Stephens NEW  $325  (Way to go as a new Rep, Juanita!)
 8. Gladys Faulk   $311
 9. Rene Parker  PC   $305
10. Judith Lea   $299

I'm going to hold off on doing an end of the cycle re-cap, because I've got customers to deliver to today, with more orders coming in today and tomorrow. Can you relate? Of course you can! I still haven't wrapped my presents for my family yet, so I've go to do that and find out if I have bought everything I needed to buy. Are the rest of you in the same boat? Or are you better at getting your shopping done early? I'm always working hard to meet all my customers' needs first and then take care of my own. I guess that's a mark of a "determined" Avon Lady!! Ha! 

Happy Birthday in December to: Judy Strawn (12/1), Gladys Faulk (12/2), Agnes Breault(12/11), Kelli Violet 12/19), Lakeesha Acklin (12/24), Veronica Boyd (12/25), Jeannie Earls(12/25), Lois Johnson (12/31), Lorri Johnson (12/31), Marquita Ricks (12/31). 

Happy Avon Anniversary in December to: Sherry Coats (1 year on 12/9), Cynthia Blake (10 years on 12/18), Francis Carmichael (1 year on 12/19), Lisa Anderson (2 years on 12/28). I hope you all will still be on this list at the end of 2019! 

If you aren't yet in our Cloud Climbers Facebook group, let me know and I'll get you added. I am able to share some info there that I don't get into the newsletters. If you are in the Tennessee Valley area and not on our Avon TN Valley page, let me know that as well so I can add you. Communicating with other Reps in the area can be very beneficial to your business.

Merry Christmas! May your days be merry and bright, and may Santa be good to you this year!

Sandra Moore
Avon Bronze Leader