UPDATES: October 24, 2017: Weekly Updates, Week 43

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UPDATES: October 24, 2017: Weekly Updates, Week 43

Blythe Klipple

New this Week

The 2018 Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration Brochure Are Coming!

The new year is just around the corner, and you know what that means: It’s almost time for the 2018 occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure! Keep enjoying the season—and the holiday catalog—but make a little room in the back of your mind for some key dates and details about the upcoming catalog and brochure.

  • November 1–30, 2017: Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure mailing selectors will be available.
  • November 13, 2017; 1:00 PM (MT): Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure PDFs will be available on the demonstrator website.
  • December 1, 2017: Occasions catalog preorder and Sale-A-Bration pre-earn begin; they will run through January 2, 2018. Check for more details on December 1! Eight-packs of 2018 occasions catalogs and Sale-A-Bration brochures will also be available for purchase or redemption with flex points.
  • December 1–10, 2017: A complimentary occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure will be included with your first demonstrator order.
  • Week of December 11, 2017: If you do not place a demonstrator order December 1–10, your complimentary copy of the 2018 occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure will automatically be sent to you via standard (bulk) shipping.
  • January 3, 2018: The 2018 occasions catalog goes live to customers, and Sale-A-Bration begins!

Visit the Catalog Details page to get more information on the 2018 occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure.

Note: While there are some instances where you may share the occasions catalog with customers before January 3, we recommend using your discretion. Customers sometimes become frustrated by not being able to purchase products yet, which can negatively affect your marketing efforts.

Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration Brochure Mailing Selectors

The mailing selectors for the 2018 occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure will be available November 1–30. Remember, you may place only one order for each publication during the open selection period, so make sure everything is correct before you close it. Mailing selector orders will begin shipping to customers the week of December 4 via standard (bulk) mail, which can take up to 2–3 weeks to deliver.

Get more details on the Catalog Mailing Program here. Visit the Catalog Details page to get more information on the 2018 occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure.

Last Week of Designer Series Paper Sale

There’s only one week left for you and your customers to buy three packages of select Designer Series Paper and get one FREE! Spread the word with your customers (it’s easy with these resources) so everyone gets a chance to save on paper.

Designer Series Paper Sale GIFs

We wanted to point out a special resource available to help you promote the current Designer Series Paper Sale: GIFs. A GIF is a short, moving image—and a fantastic way to highlight the DSP options included in the sale. You can find these GIFs on the Designer Series Paper Sale page under the Marketing Toolkit. (They’re included with the other shareable images in the “Share These” section.) You can use GIFs the same way you use regular shareable images. Simply click the link to download and save the files to your computer. Then, select the GIFs you’d like to use and share them on any of your social networks, blogs, emails—even texts. Give them a try!

One Week Left to Redeem Flex Points

The last day to redeem flex points from the 2016–2017 Stampin’ Up! year is October 31, 2017. You can view and redeem your flex points under Ordering>My Flex Account. Please keep the following in mind as you are making plans and redeeming points:

  • Read the descriptions and place redemptions carefully. Since this rewards program is closely tied to earning the incentive trip, there cannot be any rollover of points. Consequently, all selections are final; there are no refunds or exchanges for Flex Account items.
  • All flex items are available while supplies last.
  • Flex items are not tied to a specific Stampin’ Up! year; items will come and go throughout the year.
  • Payout factor changes that take effect October 1, 2017, will affect CSV product credit values. (Product credit currency values are determined by your country’s payout factor at the time you use the product credit on a demonstrator order, not by your country’s payout factor when you redeem for the product credit in the Flex Account.)

Why We Say “We Do Not Recommend”

Occasionally, when we post new-catalog or new-product information on the demonstrator website, we’ll include language that states we “do not recommend” sharing videos, etc., with your customers before the customer launch date.

When we state “we do not recommend,” that does not mean it’s against the rules. In fact, if it was against the rules, we would state “do not” and just leave the “recommend” off altogether!

The reason we say “we do not recommend” is because we believe it isn’t a good business practice to spend time actively promoting a product to your customers that is not yet available for them to purchase. So while you were allowed to promote, for example, Stampin’ Blends before we announced a customer go-live date, we recommended spending your limited time on promoting products that were available for purchase—like products from the holiday or annual catalogs.

So in the future if you see those four little words—“we do not recommend”—it doesn’t mean you can’t; it just means we feel it wouldn’t be in the best interest of your business. However, as independent demonstrators, ultimately it’s up to you to decide what you want to promote and when (within the policies set forth by Stampin’ Up! in the Demonstrator Policies document).

This Week’s Succeed Weekly

If you missed it in your inbox, take a look at this week’s Succeed Weekly email here!

Previously Announced

Stampin’ Blends Customer Release

We are excited to announce that Stampin’ Blends will be available to your customers on November 1!

Now that you’ve had the opportunity to play with them, watch all the instructional videos, and learn all the ins and outs, you’ll definitely want to share them with your customers on November 1. The Stampin’ Blends webpage has been updated with shareables that you can use to share Stampin’ Blends with everyone you know!

We’re also having a Stampin’ Blends Giveaway! Beginning today and running through October 31, 2017, you and your customers can share, like, or comment on Stampin’ Up!’s Stampin’ Blends Facebook post for the chance to win a Stampin’ Blends Marker Collection or a Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack. Reach out to your customers and make sure they know this is their opportunity to win free Stampin’ Blends! View complete rules and details here.

You can also purchase 8-packs of the Stampin’ Blends brochure for $1.50 USD/$1.75 CAD using item code 148463 (US)/148465 (CA)/148466 (CA FR).

Learn more.

Got Flex Points?

The deadline to use flex points you earned during the 2016–2017 Stampin’ Up! year (October 1, 2016–September 30, 2017) is fast approaching. Make sure to redeem your points by 11:50 pm (MT) on October 31.

What if you’ve redeemed all the points you can and you still have some left? This year we’ve teamed up with two global charities for a fun competition. Today through October 31, you can use flex points to vote for Ronald McDonald House Charities and/or Make a Wish Foundation.* Each point you redeem in the Flex Account for one of these charities counts as one vote for that charity. Once a charity reaches 1,000,000 votes, we will donate $5,000 USD. The charity with the most votes will receive an additional $5,000 USD. We will announce the winner at OnStage in November. We also encourage you to bring handmade cards to donate to RMHC at OnStage. Thank you for all you do to make a difference to others!

*Please note: Due to complications regarding tax laws, this option is only available to demonstrators in North America and South Pacific, and the winning charity will only be announced at OnStage locations in these regions.

Help Us Prevent Stampin' Up! Knockoffs

What do Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, and Stampin' Up! all have in common? They make quality products that some not-so-nice people want to replicate (poorly) and sell for their own benefit. It's unfortunate, it's illegal, and it's something we'd like to see stopped. As some of you are already aware, a few low-quality knockoffs of Stampin' Up! products have been surfacing on e-commerce sites like Ebay, AliExpress, and Alibaba. We wanted to say thank you to those of you who have already reached out to us about this issue and let you know we're currently working to resolve it. Please help us put an end to this problem, and continue watching out for—and notifying us of—any fake Stampin' Up! products. You can send all comments related to this issue to athornton@stampinup.com

Blythe Klipple
Updates Coordinator