Fall Product Preview Video From Origami Owl National Convention 2014

What an amazing weekend!  The Origami Owl Fall product line is going to be amazing!  We had the opportunity to see a ton of new products coming out mid August.  New leather bracelets, new charms and dangles, several new lockets and faces!  New chains, Swarovski crystals and our brand new product line, The Core Collection, a series of amazing bangles, charms and more!  Watch this video for a quick preview of what’s to come soon and email me for more information on ordering at Heather@OwlAboutCharms.com

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Origami Owl Makes Way For New Fall Product

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Origami Owl prides itself on continuing to be cutting edge and fashion forward as it reinvents it’s product line on a regular basis.  The product line remains always fresh and alive as new product is introduced multiple times throughout the year.  Each season, as Origami Owl prepares to release the newest season of product, a list of retired products known as Bye Bye Birdie is released.  These products will no longer be reordered by Origami Owl and once they’re gone, they’re gone for good.

Origami Owl National Convention Holds Some BIG Surprises!

By the looks of this season’s list, Origami Owl has some BIG plans for the Fall season!  Traditionally, Origami Owl releases it’s plans for the fall product line at our National Convention, “The O2 Experience” which is slated to be held this year at the Phoenix Convention Center July 24-26th, 2014.  While Origami Owl’s retired product list is normally rather small, this season’s list is rather large meaning the plans for new products must be huge!

Stay tuned to this page for posts, pictures and videos from the convention but for now, click HERE to shop for your favorite retired items before they’re gone!

Origami Owl Founders’ Big Weekend

This past weekend, Origami Owl Founders Chrissy and Bella Weems experienced some monumental moments.  On Friday, Bella attended her high school commencement ceremony and walked the stage as a newly minted high school graduate.

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On Saturday, Bella and Chrissy were among attendees at the 27th Annual Chambler Chamber of Commerce Community Awards held at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino.  They accepted the Chandler Chamber of Commerce Award for Business of the Year.

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Congratulations Bella and Chrissy!  We are so excited to see all of the great things to come for the both of you and for this amazing company!

Origami Owl Success Secret: It’s All About Customer Service!

Success with Origami Owl, as it does with so many businesses, hinges on several important issues.  In my opinion, the most important of all of those is Customer Service.  Are you finding that you’re having trouble getting orders?  Hosting Jewelry Bars and having only a few people show up?  Having great turn out but not many orders?  Not getting any repeat orders?  Perhaps it’s your lack of Customer Service that’s hindering that success.  Here a few tips that I can share with you that helped me increase my sales, especially repeat sales through customer development.

Knowledge is Power.  Knowledge is Key.

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Do you know the product backwards and forwards?  If you’re a new Designer, this can be difficult to start with as we have several different product lines.  Some are pewter, others stainless steel.  Some are plated, some are ionized, etc.  But all that being said, you MUST learn the product.  The “Points of Difference” document is a huge resource for Designers both new and old and should be studied like a college textbook.  I might even suggest making flashcards so you know the product backwards and forwards.  When a customer or potential Designer asks you questions about the product, you lose all sense of credibility when you fumble for the answer or worse yet, tell some one you don’t know.  Here are just a few questions you’ll want to know the answer to for each of our product lines:

- What’s the product made of?
- Is it hypoallergenic?
- Will it tarnish?
- Which items come in which finishes?
(Nothing worse that someone getting excited about buying a product in a finish it’s not available in.)
- What’s my warranty?
- How much does this item cost? (I know memorizing every price is difficult but it should be a goal.  Beginners should at least have a rough price range for each set of products)
- What does Origami Owl stand for?
- Where is the company based out of?
- Who is Bella?

Learning as much as you can about the above questions and many more will help you sound polished and professional when speaking with new Designers and Customers alike and will instill confidence in those you’re speaking with.

Be in the Moment.  Don’t Fall Prey to “Turn and Burn” Mentalities

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Being in the moment is not just one of those important life lessons regarding how you live your life.  It’s also very important with regards to Customer Service.  McDonald’s used to boast how many millions of hamburgers it had served.  I guess the number got too big so they now leave it off of their signs but that being said, when was the last time you truly had a good customer service experience at a McDonald’s?  And that’s with a product that’s mass produced and exactly alike whenever and wherever you order it.  Origami Owl Living Lockets are uniquely different to every customer.  When you’re at a Jewelry Bar or a show, do your best to focus 100% on the customer you’re working with.  Ask them questions.  Learn their story.  Help them make the locket they’re going to LOVE for years to come.  I’ve worked many shows by myself and have oftentimes had three to four customers in my booth at one time.  It would be very easy for me to attempt to handle all of them at the same time.  “Hi ladies!  Just let me know when you’re ready to make your purchase.” would be very easy to say.  Instead, I do my best to focus on each customer, one at a time.  And I’ll be honest, I’ve lost business doing this.  Some people are not patient or don’t have the time to wait.  But that being said, the ones I do help appreciate the time I spent with them so much that they often will send other customers my way.  They also re-order and participate in my emails and Facebook pages.  They are loyal customers and I have EARNED them through the time I spent with them.  Truth is, you can earn more in the short term as a “Turn and Burn” customer salesperson.  However, it’s a one and done type transaction.  That person may be happy with their product but they probably won’t remember you any more than you’ll remember them.  Next time it comes to order more product, you’ll be a distant memory.  Focus on the customer and they’ll repay you in much more than just simple sales and profits.

The Fortune is in the Follow-Up

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I know it’s a cheesy cliché but it’s so true.  When I get home from a three day show, I usually want to take at least a day or two break form Origami Owl.  However, that’s one of the worst moves I can make.  We are living in an instant gratification society.  If someone wants information on how to join my team, they want it ASAP.  If someone is waiting for an email from me regarding a product I may not have had at the time, they’re only willing to wait so long.  More than once, I’ve made the mistake of waiting to follow up with a customer or a potential Designer only to find out that they purchased product from someone else or joined someone else’s team.  The fortune is in FAST follow-up.  It’s also in FREQUENT follow-up.  Many Designers, myself included, provide a “Win a Free Locket” giveaway at shows.  In order to enter the drawing, customers fill out a short form asking them three questions about if they would like to host a Jewelry bar, if they would like info on joining the team and if they’d like to stay up to date on future info.  I’ve had shows where my contest entries have topped over one hundred entries.  That’s a lot of people to follow up with but it’s IMPERATIVE for success.  Developing template emails that you can send potential hostesses and Designers is important.  You can always personalize them with a “Hi Heather, it was great meeting you this weekend at the ABC123 Show.  I hope you love your locket!  Here’s the info you requested about XXX.”  But don’t reinvent the wheel every time.  The rest of that email should be a draft or template you send out every time.  Make it informative.  Make it interesting.  But don’t remake it every time.  In addition, don’t forget that Origami Owl has a newsletter that is free to use for all Origami Owl Designers.  This newsletter is sent out every month to anyone you add to it.  My fiancé calls this drip marketing because each month they get a quick “drip” of information from you.  You’re not barraging them or spamming them weekly but just offering a quick reminder so that when it does come time for that customer to order new product, they’ll know exactly who to go to!

The Ball Is Now in Your Court…

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Well, I’ve given you a lot to read and think about.  I hope you’re starting to realize, if you didn’t already, how important Customer Service is and how successful you can be if you practice just a few (but hopefully most) of these practices.  So the only question is, are you going to practice them?    If you would like to discuss any of these tips further, please feel free to email me at Heather@OwlAboutCharms.com   Did I leave one of your favorite tips out?  Feel free to leave it in the comments section below.  Thanks!!

Origami Owl Success Means Watering Your Seeds

 

Many Designers both within my team and without have asked me, “How have you grown such a big team and how have you grown so successful in this business?”  The key word in that sentence is grow.   Both of my parents used to garden when I was a kid growing up.  My dad would grow the sweetest, ripest tomatoes you’d ever tasted and my mom used to season our dinners with herbs she’d grown on the counter top.  I saw the efforts that it took for them to grow those items and it was their constant attention, watering, feeding, etc. that caused those items to be so tasty.

Origami Owl Growth Requires Sticking Around

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If you were a farmer and you’d just spent $500-$1,000 tilling and preparing the land and sowing the seeds and starting your crops, would you at least stick around until the plants had grown to their full potential?  Of course you would.  Yet many designers quit after just one or two months because they haven’t earned a bonus check yet.  They haven’t made the money they thought they would.  They’re not getting the activity they thought they would or the response they thought they would.  And their solution?  Quit.  The only thing quitting guarantees is failure.  Getting started in Origami Owl is easy enough.  You purchase your kit.  You start telling your friends and family about your business and the amazing products available and you host your first jewelry bar or two.  You share your story and help others share their story through their lockets and you have fun and make some money.  And then what?  If you stop here, which is the point where I see so many Designers stop at, you’re surely not going to succeed long term.  You’ve got to continue to work.  Spread the word, grow your social network.  Search for events.  Contact people you’ve not contacted in a long time and share with them your experience.  Like my fiancée Marty always says, you’ve got to continue to DO WORK.  It’s only through continued work that you’ll see the fruit of your efforts continue to grow.

Home-based Businesses Are Different

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So why do designers quit so quickly? Because they look at network marketing like a job. In a job, if you don’t receive your paycheck for your efforts after one or two months, of course you would quit. But starting your own business is different. There is a lot of effort and learning in the early days before the payoff begins. When Donald Trump builds one of his many casinos, he certainly wouldn’t quit the project after only two months because it wasn’t producing any revenue. Businesses take time. Businesses take investment. A little education for our new designers will help them realize the difference between a job and a business. You have to touch your business everyday. If you have one failed Jewelry bar that is okay, it happens. Onto the next one! You’ve got to keep going, market your business and eventually the seeds you sow will come back to you!!

Surround Yourself With Like-Minded Individuals

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One of the best parts of our Team Wide Eyed Dreamers team is the support that our Designers provide one another through our Facebook Group page.  Team members ask questions, post pictures, flyers and marketing materials and support one another through constant praise, innovation and joy.  We also provide a Facebook page for strictly new Designers where they can feel comfortable asking questions they may think are silly or that they should know the answer to and we provide files and support to these new Designers as they grow in their business.  If you are considering the Origami Owl opportunity and would like to apply to join my team, you can do so by clicking here.  I hope that if you feel my team would not be a good fit that you at least give the opportunity a chance and that you stick with it, do work, water your seeds and experience tremendous growth!

Origami Owl® Announces Partnership with ChildHelp

I continue to be overjoyed with emotion in working for a company that does so much for so many. Origami Owl has announced a new partnership with ChildHelp an amazing organization helping abused and neglected children.

From their website at www.childhelp.org: Founded in 1959 by Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, Childhelp® is a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. Childhelp’s approach focuses on prevention, intervention and treatment. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD®, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and receives calls from throughout the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. Childhelp’s programs and services also include residential treatment services (villages); children’s advocacy centers; therapeutic foster care; group homes; child abuse prevention, education and training; and the National Day of Hope®, part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month every April. Several of Childhelp’s programs were firsts, and continue to be studied by professionals worldwide as “models that work.” Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson continue to actively lead the organization and provide its vision, serving as Chairman/CEO and President, respectively.

Please watch the following video for more information on the partnership between Origami Owl and ChildHelp.

Bella Weems, Origami Owl Founder on “Good Morning America”

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Our amazing company founder Bella Weems and her parents Chrissy and Warren were featured on “Good Morning America” this morning.  Bella gets to share the story of Origami Owl and her journey in creating the company and all it’s become. Click below to watch the video!

New Product Has Arrived!!

Window Plates, Toggle Chains, New charms, OH MY!

October 1st is finally here and with it come a ton of new Origami Owl® charms, chains, dangles and Tagged by Origami Owl® items!  Browse through the following pictures and let me know which new items is your favorite!  Feel free to email me at heather@owlaboutcharms.com or use the Contact Us link at the top of the page to place your new order.  And be sure to stay tuned for November’s launch of even more new product!!

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The Origami Owl Waitlist is No More… Immediate Openings Available!

Those of you that have followed Origami Owl® for awhile now know that we as a company have had an Independent Designer Waitlist for over a year now.  Although the number of people on the waitlist and the time spent on that waitlist varied, the waitlist has almost always existed.  Until now!  We are so excited to announce that Origami Owl® invited somewhere between 8,000 and 10,000 new Independent Designers to join the Origami Owl® family as of Wednesday night.  This effectively ended the Designer Waitlist and has eliminated the need for the terms DIW or Designers in Waiting!  NO MORE WAITING!!  :)

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40000 Designers 2This huge wave (I like to think of it as a tsunami) of Independent Designers allowed the company to reach the 40,000 Designer milestone.  Needless to say, our Company Founder Bella Weems is pretty excited about being able to share her vision with some many amazing people!  This has all occurred in less than two years of existence as a direct sales company.  This growth has been considered “hyper” by most in the direct sales industry and we are definitely setting records industry-wide and raising lots of eyebrows.  People ARE taking notice of what we’re doing and if you’re not aware or haven’t joined yet, I have one question for you:  “What are you waiting for?”

 

Join Now 2Women (and Men!) interested in starting their Origami Owl® journeys can visit the following site:  www.origamiowl.com/join  Once you visit that site, you will be asked for information that will allow you to receive an email that will have final instructions on signing up.  Please note that as of this time, there will be some duplicate information requested between the original sign-up page and the page that you are directed to from the email.  The wonderful IT people at Origami Owl® are working on addressing this issue and should have it fixed soon but for now, it’s just a small hurdle that stands between you and your new career with Origami Owl®!  When you visit the first page, you will be asked for the Independent Designer number for the person who will be serving as your mentor.  If you do not have one, you can leave this blank and Origami Owl® will assign you a mentor.

Of course, if you are reading this and are not already working with an Independent Designer, I would love to have you join my team and I would love to serve as your mentor.  My Designer ID is #2263.  If you have any questions about this process or about Origami Owl in general, please feel free to contact me via the Contact Us link at the top of the page or via email at alexander.heather@aol.com  I look forward to the possibility of working with you in the future!