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5 Steps to Make Your Jewelry Store Truly Stand Out

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It goes beyond “customer service.”

How do you stand out in today’s fast-paced world of similarity?

First, define who you are and what you do or can do that’s different.

About 80 percent of businesses cite customer service as the one thing that sets them apart from competitors. If four out of five businesses all claim customer service, that can’t be unique. The other 20 percent don’t know what makes them different. So dig a little deeper to figure it out, says Scott McKain, keynote speaker at the American Gem Society Conclave last year and author of three Amazon.com No. 1 business best-sellers.

McKain suggests following these four cornerstones of distinction:

First, develop a clarity statement that you can recite in about six seconds. You cannot differentiate what you cannot define. Be precise about what you are but exact about what you are not. Too many retailers want to be all things to all people.

Second, be creative. Find one specific thing in your business that clearly sets you apart. (Example: Enterprise: We pick you up!). Put together a list of every point of contact you have with your customers and concentrate on one of those points.

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Third, work on communication and recognize that different generations communicate differently.

Fourth, think about narrative. Write a compelling story about how a customer improved his or her life as a result of your efforts.

Make the customer the hero of the story and make sure that story gets told.

Remember to convey this information to your staff. McKain says studies have shown that 70 percent of a business’s staff can’t explain what makes your business a superior choice over the competition.

Sometimes marketing has to start at home.

Finally, ask yourself, “What is the ultimate experience that a customer could have? What would happen if everything went exactly right? And what specific steps do we need to execute to make it work out that way? How do we empower our team to deliver the experience?” Obsess over making it easier to do business with you.

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Jaki Cowan, the owner of Sollberger’s in Ridgeland, MS, decided the time was right to close up shop. The experience, she says, was like going into the great unknown. There were so many questions about the way to handle the store’s going-out-of-business sale. Luckily for Cowan, Wilkerson made the transition easier and managed everything, from marketing to markdowns.

“They think of everything that you don’t have the time to think of,” she says of the Wilkerson team that was assigned to manage the sale. And it was a total success, with financial goals met by Christmas with another sale month left to go.

Wilkerson even had a plan to manage things while Covid-19 restrictions were still in place. This included limiting the number of shoppers, masking and taking temperatures upon entrance. “We did everything we could to make the staff and public feel as safe as possible.”

Does she recommend Wilkerson to other retailers thinking of retiring, liquidating or selling excess merchandise? Absolutely. “If you are considering going out of business, it’s obviously an emotional journey. But truly rest assured that you’re in good hands with Wilkerson.”

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5 Steps to Make Your Jewelry Store Truly Stand Out

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Published

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It goes beyond “customer service.”

How do you stand out in today’s fast-paced world of similarity?

First, define who you are and what you do or can do that’s different.

About 80 percent of businesses cite customer service as the one thing that sets them apart from competitors. If four out of five businesses all claim customer service, that can’t be unique. The other 20 percent don’t know what makes them different. So dig a little deeper to figure it out, says Scott McKain, keynote speaker at the American Gem Society Conclave last year and author of three Amazon.com No. 1 business best-sellers.

McKain suggests following these four cornerstones of distinction:

First, develop a clarity statement that you can recite in about six seconds. You cannot differentiate what you cannot define. Be precise about what you are but exact about what you are not. Too many retailers want to be all things to all people.

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Second, be creative. Find one specific thing in your business that clearly sets you apart. (Example: Enterprise: We pick you up!). Put together a list of every point of contact you have with your customers and concentrate on one of those points.

Third, work on communication and recognize that different generations communicate differently.

Fourth, think about narrative. Write a compelling story about how a customer improved his or her life as a result of your efforts.

Make the customer the hero of the story and make sure that story gets told.

Remember to convey this information to your staff. McKain says studies have shown that 70 percent of a business’s staff can’t explain what makes your business a superior choice over the competition.

Sometimes marketing has to start at home.

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Finally, ask yourself, “What is the ultimate experience that a customer could have? What would happen if everything went exactly right? And what specific steps do we need to execute to make it work out that way? How do we empower our team to deliver the experience?” Obsess over making it easier to do business with you.

Advertisement

SPONSORED VIDEO

Wilkerson Testimonials | Sollberger’s

Going Out of Business Is an Emotional Journey. Wilkerson Is There to Make It Easier.

Jaki Cowan, the owner of Sollberger’s in Ridgeland, MS, decided the time was right to close up shop. The experience, she says, was like going into the great unknown. There were so many questions about the way to handle the store’s going-out-of-business sale. Luckily for Cowan, Wilkerson made the transition easier and managed everything, from marketing to markdowns.

“They think of everything that you don’t have the time to think of,” she says of the Wilkerson team that was assigned to manage the sale. And it was a total success, with financial goals met by Christmas with another sale month left to go.

Wilkerson even had a plan to manage things while Covid-19 restrictions were still in place. This included limiting the number of shoppers, masking and taking temperatures upon entrance. “We did everything we could to make the staff and public feel as safe as possible.”

Does she recommend Wilkerson to other retailers thinking of retiring, liquidating or selling excess merchandise? Absolutely. “If you are considering going out of business, it’s obviously an emotional journey. But truly rest assured that you’re in good hands with Wilkerson.”

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