The 3 foot rule

Discussion in 'Network/Multi-level Marketing' started by dougadam, Dec 21, 2010.

  1. dougadam

    dougadam New Member

    That is, "anyone within 3 feet of you is someone you can talk to about your business opportunity or products."

    What is your experience with the 3 foot rule?
  2. mountainmom5

    mountainmom5 Gold Member

    the same as your "meet market" - it stinks. [​IMG]
  3. weebitty

    weebitty Member

    Those are the old marketing ways they use to teach. We are world wide marketers now so it is hard to just market to people that are only within 3 ft of you [​IMG] There are other ways to market now. But some people still use the 3 ft rule. If you feel comfortable with it and it works for you then by all means use it. I don't like to sell things others love it
  4. dougadam

    dougadam New Member

    mountainmom5: the same as your "meet market" - it stinks
    A 3-foot rule prospect is not necessarily a bad prospect. In fact, if the opportunity naturally presents itself to mention your business that's a great opportunity.
  5. talfighel

    talfighel Silver Member

    That is the OLD SCHOOL of building an MLM business. The new school is bringing as many targeted traffic to your lead capture page that your MLM company gives you and you promote it.

    Everything is done for you. The presentation about the company and the product. The sign up process that prospects go through. Everything is done for you. You don't have to sell people on the opportunity.

    Here's a perfect example.If you take a look at my signature link, this is a company that I am in. The only thing I need to do is to drive as much targeted traffic to it and the system does the selling for me.

    I don't have to call leads. I don't try to get them in myself by BEGGING them to join.

    The big difference between the traditional offline MLM and the online MLM industry is that online, it is so much easier and you don't have to talk to COLD people.

    Hope this helps.

  6. Just2EZ

    Just2EZ Moderator

    I always thought the 3 ft rule was called a yardstick.
    Or, stay at least an arms length away from their fists.
    Might as well wear a sign that says "Beware of salesman".
    Why ruin friendships off line when you can target prospects on line?
    No need to bully anyone into your business when so many are looking.
    Same goes for products, the market is there if you know where to look.
  7. treevee

    treevee Member

    Thanks Just2EZ and talfighel!

    Hmmm, Well I've always had such bad luck with MLM's. I always thought if the product was great, it should be no problem. Wrong! This new way of marketing the products online sounds like a winner!
  8. mtran2000

    mtran2000 New Member

    talfighel: Here's a perfect example.If you take a look at my signature link, this is a company that I am in. The only thing I need to do is to drive as much targeted traffic to it and the system does the selling for me.

    You change companies so often I can't see how you can be successful doing that.

  9. mtran2000

    mtran2000 New Member

    3 foot rule is a good way to have friends and family ducking you. A better idea is to contact them after you are successful in MLM and then show them how you did it and help them build a business.

  10. treevee

    treevee Member

    My thoughts exactly, mtran.... unless you are successful, you shouldn't even think about approaching your friends and family. When successful, they will come to you anyway!
  11. Mflaclair

    Mflaclair New Member

    The 3 foot rule is definitely old school thinking. Not everyone is your prospect. It may be a fact that everyone should take vitamins as an example, but some will never take anything and others will take what they want to take. The 3 foot rule is a waste of valuable time. Target your audience for your best results.
  12. there is a way to do it. Now all through our life we are told not to talk to strangers but this rule does not apply in network marketing. Our objective is look for sharp people who you think will help you in your business.

    1. If you find someone sharp start a conversation.

    2.Walk away with contact info or visiting card.

    3. Meet follow up and close or move on.

    It is not that hard if you follow a structure and use scripts that sound professional.
  13. JimSulfridge

    JimSulfridge New Member

    it is really hard for me to talk to people about my opportunity or products unless I know them.
    Being in the business I am in I know in order to be successful, I need to talk to everyone.
    I am improving in this aspect.
  14. KarenSmith67

    KarenSmith67 New Member

    The 3-foot rule works well, if you know how to talk to people. I try and make conversation and when the subject comes up of "what do you do for a living"? That is when I share with them what it is that I am doing. They are going to hear and see the excitement that radiates from me. I do not EVER walk up to someone and start blasting them with my business, you have to be tactful and know when to open your mouth.

    Some people have been in so many different business's that friends and family do not want to hear about the "next adventure". I do not consider sharing with my family, unless they ask me. My friends trust me and will look at the business, however, if they are not interested I ask them if they know someone who would be. They will give me great referrals, especially if they KNOW the business is real and can make them money, but timing is not right for them.

    Building relationships with people is an everyday occurrance and I LOVE talking to people. Everyone has their own style of networking. Not everyone is skilled at the 3-foot rule, so whatever works for each person is what they should use to build their business.
  15. JanHickling

    JanHickling New Member

    3 foot rule causes a lot of people to run for 10 feet.

    I have gone into online marketing - almost exclusively. I attract people to me who want what I have and never chase, badger, coerce ect like I did in the past.

    Like Mikey says "try it, you'll like it"

    Jan Hickling
  16. kailo

    kailo New Member

    I talk about my business when people ask, "What do you do?" ... if not, then I stay away from the 3-foot rule.

    RICH4NURICHE New Member

    This is why training is crucial. A marketing system is an important tool as well.
  18. FreeCashMan

    FreeCashMan Well-Known Member

    3 feet, or 3 lines or 3 paragraphs...meaning you marketing your business to people that you encounter, something as simple as a little paid ad in the paper or even PPC, or you do it for free with forums and articles.

    Old school, new's about marketing and if you have a chance to apply the 3 feet rule be wise and do it. Some are better at it than others but he who makes contact with the most interested prospects the fastest wins!

    Too many home income seekers aren't making crap and its because they are not effectively marketing and in many case just not marketing at all, or with consistency.

    Advertise, Advertise, Advertise that's the home business success mantra.
  19. arrowhead

    arrowhead New Member

    They way I see it, if you have an opportunity to mention your business to someone that doesnt know about it, do it. They more people that know about it the better.

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