Facebook group People Against Social Media Marketing for Direct Sales held its first Facebook Live event on Thursday, hosted by group chair, Margaret Nelson.
Input from members showed a significant increase in the number of negative comments written on the posts and pages of friends in direct sales positions.
“I just let my co-worker’s sister know that multi level marketing companies are the worst and it really seemed to have an impact on the amount of posts I now see from her,” stated new member Mary Brown. “In fact, I went to search for her on my friends list the other day and her name didn’t even show up.”
“I’ve been saying the same thing non-stop on Twitter!” commented Seth Brown.
“And I made sure to tell my best friend from high school that the only thing worse than these pyramid schemes are the people constantly selling them on social media. I mean, just because the guy donated a kidney to save my son’s life doesn’t mean I want to hear about his Advocare shakes every other day. Amiright?”
Members applauded co-chair Monica Black’s recent comments on her mom’s Norwex page including:
“Here is your bullshit back.”
“I HATE people who sell things on Facebook.”
While the group is still fairly new, its mission seems to be working.
Plexus Ambassador Jessi H. states,“I was really excited to get into direct sales because I love helping people reach their goals. But then another mom mentioned that although she could really use some help with her digestive health, she would never consider a “pyramid scheme”. She prefers to purchase her supplements at Wal Mart instead. I’m so glad she pointed out how horrible direct sales companies are and now I have an interview at Wal Mart next week. Fingers crossed it works out!”
Abbie S. with Lula Roe agrees. “I loved the idea of providing an opportunity to purchase cute comfortable clothing without having to visit a crowded mall, but then my husband’s college roomate’s ex-brother in law went on an angry rant about his FB feed being blown up with crap he doesn’t need from direct sales companies and I realized he is right. I mean this guy knows his marketing and products, you should have seen how excited he was about the Hair Club for Men he saw featured on Mike and Mike in the Morning.”
Carrie W., a KEEP collective designer, recently decided to return to her 50+ hour a week desk job after hearing that a woman who lived next to her best friend in a college dorm twenty years ago found her jewelry design posts irritating. “It’s hard, I was really enjoying the ability to support my family financially and still have the flexibility to be home with my kids, but I just can’t handle the idea of annoying someone on social media, you know?”
Later in the live event, member Jon Knight’s suggestions to simply “scroll past” such posts or even, “leave a line of support or encouragement for the business owner” were met with rancor from the group.
“No. Absolutely not,” typed member Kate Brown. “This has to stop now. What’s next? So called “writers” wanting us to read their blog posts? Ugh.”
As of press time, the group was discussing opportunities to take the movement from social media into their local communities. Plans to walk into private businesses to tell owners know that their services are unnecessary, their product lines suck and that they actually have no idea what they are talking about are underway.