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Friday, August 23, 2013

Add a bit of spice to your holiday entertaining

No need to live in the Southwest to know of the growing popularity of guacamole and salsa. Watkins satisfies the taste with new dips.
Watkins is putting a fresh spin on snacking with our new Snack & Dip Seasonings. Homemade guacamole and salsa add new variety to your favorite Watkins Snack & Dips Seasoning line. The same convenience you love in our current snack dip line is taken to another level with the fresh taste of avocados and tomatoes. We're sure these dips will quickly become some of your new favorites.

Guacamole Snack & Dip Seasoning

Just what your avocados have been waiting for...made with lime juice, garlic powder and other natural spices. Create a creamy dip your taste buds can't refuse—easy to prepare directions on the label. Serve with chips and enjoy.

06700 (3.88 oz/110 g) $9.99

Salsa Snack & Dip Seasoning

Made with minced onion, garlic powder and a hint of jalapeƱo pepper that adds just the right amount of heat. Prepare using label directions for a simple, easy and delicious salsa.

06701 (3.88 oz/110 g) $9.99

Looking for a quick way to add these to your shopping cart, as well as have your questions answered about these new dips? All you have to do is call the toll-free number of the All Natural Country Store – 888-881-7372. A friendly store manager will quickly be on the line to provide the same down home customer service your grandparents enjoyed at their corner general store. Or you can order online at www.AllNaturalCountryStore.com.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Training is key to success in any venture
Alan Lukes is ready to help you every step along the way.

Just as it took constant training to shape what was a lovable pooch into a talented service dog, so too does it take consistent but patient training to help new consultants down the path toward success in the direct sales business.
“I have to admit,” said Alan Lukes, “I had my doubts when we took Peggy Sue to her first few training sessions. “People would coo at the bundle of blond fur, and wonder why does something so cute have to be anything more than just a wonderful pet.”
But Alan, who heads up training of new Watkins consultants for the All Natural Country Store, had a heart condition that required a dog with a keen sense of smell and taste to warn him when he might have an angina attack. Then he takes a tiny dose of nitro he always carries with him so that he doesn’t suffer a severe pain that might cause further damage to his heart that already has a stint in one its main arteries.
“I learned to have patience with Peggy, while she learned some of the basics such picking up things that I dropped, even to bark to gain someone’s attention should I feel it was necessary for more intense medical intervention.
Just as Peggy learned to be a service dog by watching other dogs in her training class, Alan was able to learn to train others by following the example set by his upline manager Tracy Palmer in Florida, as well as others in the Watkins organization, who were successful in what they were doing to recruit and train new consultants. Alan became such a good learner that at the last Watkins Annual Conference he was honored as the third most successful total downline sponsor in the entire company.  "It was nice to be recognized, but I gain much more satisfaction when one of my recruits has a successful in-home gathering, or experiences a very productive direct sales event.”
“I come from a background of counseling and personal development of others, which I truly love to do,” continued Alan, who also spent several years being a top salesman for Tupperware. But when the opportunity arose for Alan to follow a new path, he remembered Watkins as a company that produced excellent spices, body care and apothecary products that his mother would purchase from a door-to-door Watkins salesman. Alan, who also has become somewhat a techno wiz when it came to the computer and the Internet, knew that selling had taken on a whole new avenue of development with the advent of online network marketing.
“Sure, I also heard of all the pyramid scams out there where the sole basis of the organization was to bring on new recruits, who would then devote their full attention to bringing on even more recruits,” said Alan. “But the Watkins business model is founded on promotion of the four products lines, and how direct sales is the core to building your own Watkins operation.
Interested in learning how you can plug into Alan’s low-key, one-on-one counseling to a successful part-time career with Watkins? All it takes in a phone call to his 888-881-7372 number to learn even more about how easy it is to launch your own home-based Watkins business.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Just Give Us a Ring

It takes punching in 10 numbers. But we’re here to help you place your Watkins order or provide info about joining our team.

In our last blog, we wrote about the tradition of excellence that Watkins has promoted by reformulating its product line to make the items more all-natural, yet retain the goodness that generations have come to expect from Watkins. In this blog, however, we delve a bit more into those computer bugs with the corporate website that have prevented consumers from ordering their favorite products through the All Natural Country store website.

“We realize we have to be adaptable until these inconveniences are worked out,” said co-country store manager Alan Lukes. “It means that our customers may just have to talk to us over the phone just like our grandparents and parents had to do when they placed orders by dialing various businesses.”

Alan stressed we do everything possible to fill orders promptly. As soon as an order comes in, it is immediately relayed directly to the Watkins shipping department in Winona, Minnesota. The order is processed within 24 hours, and then shipped out to the customer. Delivery takes from two days to a week, depending on how far the customer lives from Winona. All orders arrive by UPS, and are delivered directly to the customer’s front door.

Once the corporate website glitches are worked out, customers will once again be able to order products directly through the All Natural Country Store website. By so doing, a few days may be shaved off the fulfillment process, but for now, it just means there is more personalized service being generated by the All Natural Country Store managers.

We like to say our country store provides the same quality customer service that previous generations came to expect from their door-to-door Watkins salesperson. Now, we are backing up those words with real service to make the whole Watkins experience a pleasant one, just like what J.R. Watkins expected from his entire sales team. You can contact us at our toll-free number 888-881-7372 for friendly, courteous attention to your Watkins needs.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

A Tradition of Quality for 145 Years

For nearly a decade and a half, Watkins has been producing products that have stood the test of time.

One of the most thrilling moments in the Broadway musical “Fiddler on the Roof” is when the main character belts out the song, “Tradition.” It tells of the rich history of his family and the roots of his religion that have helped create a special bond through the years.

So too it is with Watkins. Many other companies have come and gone during the last 150 years, but Watkins continues to serve generation after generation with the type of products that have kept customers wanting more.

Back in the horse and buggy days, early Watkins salesmen would fill their wagons with a growing array of quality products and peddle them to farms throughout the Midwest. Today, Watkins men and women use the Internet to grow their businesses from coast to coast and into Canada.

It’s through this kind of international reach that consultants continue to achieve record-breaking results. When our Watkins team was recognized at the 145th Watkins conference in Winona last month, we were well aware that it was our involvement with Internet marketing that helped bring about such a great year for us.

As all of our consultants and customers know, this has been a challenging time since the Watkins corporate website is being reconstructed. With the website partially down, many of the previous functions – such as purchasing products through our All Natural Country Store website – has become impossible. Therefore, many sales are currently being taken over the phone by Alan Lukes, our country store’s lead manager.

Despite this challenge, we were still able to record more than $2,000 in sales during the month of July, primarily because of the need to restock our country store shelves after a series of public events. They began with the local Big Bear Elk’s Lodge Peddlers Market held throughout the Independence Day weekend, and continued every Tuesday when we manned our weekly Big Bear Farmer’s Market booth.

“Even though the volume in online sales dropped significantly during July, we realize that direct public contact with our customers is an important part of our business,” according to Alan. “When given the opportunity to taste and smell our gourmet food products, or feel the soothing sensation of our body care and apothecary products, customers respond by making a purchase. It all goes back to those early days of Watkins when products were sold door-to-door or in a Watkins general store. It’s a tradition that grows stronger with every passing year, and accounts for many of our returning customers.”