Trace Shelton is Editor-in-Chief of INDESIGN Magazine and Contributing Editor of INSTORE. His current favorite topics to cover include social media, marketing, and store environment, but you could also get him excited about merchandising and sales if you’ve got something new to say.
Have you ever had a bucket of ice-cold water dumped on your head? Unless you’re a Super Bowl winning coach, you probably haven’t – but now, there’s an even better reason for it.
Yesterday, I finally lost it. I work from home, and my home office does not have a door. Most of the year, it’s fine because my kids are in school. But during the summer, they tend to camp out all over the house and talk, make noise, watch TV or play video games, and basically do all the things that kids do. Unfortunately, noise and activity are kryptonite for a writer/introvert/husband who wants some “alone time” with his wife, and by the end of the summer, my nerves get worn pretty thin. I’ve had to deal with three different requests from two different kids just since I started writing this blog post. The heck with football and cool weather; I’m ready for school to start!
OK, I admit it: This is a bit of a trick question. After all, we publish both print magazines and digital news and blogs here at SmartWork Media. But over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had a few different conversations in which the question has come up. First, I was asked by an industry blogger about whether the 140-character limit of Twitter has diluted reporting. Next, I was involved in a Twitter back-and-forth with Anthony DeMarco of Jewelry News Network regarding the publication of news in monthly magazines and whether it has any value. Finally, I had a conversation at JA New York with Malak Atut of Zaiken Jewelry about the difference in value between blog coverage and print coverage.
When Amanda Gizzi talks, people listen. At least, people who are interested in knowing and understanding the latest jewelry trends – which should be everyone reading this blog. After all, as Amanda (the director of public relations and special events for Jewelers of America) said in her Monday presentation at the JA Show in New York, fashion translates to jewelry, and your customers are absolutely interested in being on trend with what they wear.
What’s even better than beer at a jewelry event? A brand new, locally-brewed beer, introduced by the brewer herself. That was the hook for D&H Sustainable Jewelers’ event in their hometown of San Francisco. More than 50 people attended, and what I love about this event was that it was all about building community.