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[h3]David Hayman Jewellers, Orange County, CA[/h3]

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[dropcap cap=T]eri and David Hayman opened their custom design store in California’s toney Orange County in 1981. David is the main jeweler while Teri handles sales and marketing for the 2,400-square-foot store. Teri describes her customers as not quite the gorgeous, young wealthy things who populated The OC, but who are still “fairly affluent, medium to high-end.” Custom design work accounts for about 50 to 60 percent of sales.[/dropcap]

[componentheading]The Idea[/componentheading]

[contentheading]Small-screen ad action ahead of Mother’s Day[/contentheading]

In particular, Teri wanted to target a younger demographic. But television? As effective as the medium is at reaching broad audiences, it historically has not been particularly discriminating, while the cost is notorious (think of those 30-second Super Bowl ads for $2.7 million a spot). Well, not anymore; technology has turned the old paradigms on their heads. The Internet and new-age ad agencies are allowing small businesses to effectively target TV viewers who are a good demographic fit, at a relatively minor cost. The use of customizable pre-produced ads also means production costs are much lower. Teri chose market leader Spot Runner as her ad agency and worked out a campaign to run two to three spots a week on the Oxygen network and Food Channel in the run-up to Mother’s Day last year.

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Best of the Best: TV Ads on the Cheap

[componentheading]Execution[/componentheading]

[contentheading]$6,000 TV Ad Campaign[/contentheading]

The campaign cost $6,000 — less than she’d previously spent on mail-outs. The ad Teri had personalized was produced as part of a Diamond Promotion Service co-op program. That the spot couldn’t reflect David’s unique designs didn’t matter, she said. “In the end, we’re still selling romance, and that’s what the commercial we picked was about.”

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[contentheading]100% Jump In Sales[/contentheading]

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“I was shocked we were able to double Mother’s Day sales (from $42,000 to $84,000),” Teri said, adding that customers commented on the quality of the ads. Teri tried another Spot Runner campaign in the holiday season. While not as dramatically successful, it allowed her store to outperform other jewelers in the area.

[componentheading]Try It Yourself[/componentheading]

1. Pick the event you want to advertise.  
2. Contact Spot Runner or another agency offering a similar service.  
3. Opt to buy ad time directly through the agency’s website or use its media consultants to plot a campaign. 
4. Choose an ad, for which you’ll get exclusive rights for a limited period.  
5. Personalize the ad with your logo and store contact information. You can also use your own script. 
6. Finalize your air-time booking plan. 
7. Pay. Spot Runner recommends retailers in small markets budget about $750 a week to ensure an effective plan. In mid-sized markets, budget about $1,250 a week. Most larger markets run about $2,000.

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When Tom Moses decided to close one of the two Moses Jewelers stores in western Pennsylvania, it was time to call in the experts. After reviewing two candidates, Moses, a co-owner of the 72 year-old business, decided to go with Wilkerson. The sale went better than expected. Concerned about running it during the pandemic, Moses says it might have helped the sale. “People wanted to get out, so there was pent-up demand,” he says. “Folks were not traveling so there was disposable income, and we don’t recall a single client commenting to us, feeling uncomfortable. It was busy in here!” And perhaps most importantly, Wilkerson was easy to deal with, he says, and Susan, their personal Wilkerson consultant, was knowledgeable, organized and “really good.” Now, the company can focus on their remaining location — without the hassle of carrying over merchandise that either wouldn’t fit or hadn’t sold. “The decision to hire Wilkerson was a good one,” says Moses.

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[h3]David Hayman Jewellers, Orange County, CA[/h3]

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[dropcap cap=T]eri and David Hayman opened their custom design store in California’s toney Orange County in 1981. David is the main jeweler while Teri handles sales and marketing for the 2,400-square-foot store. Teri describes her customers as not quite the gorgeous, young wealthy things who populated The OC, but who are still “fairly affluent, medium to high-end.” Custom design work accounts for about 50 to 60 percent of sales.[/dropcap]

[componentheading]The Idea[/componentheading]

[contentheading]Small-screen ad action ahead of Mother’s Day[/contentheading]

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In particular, Teri wanted to target a younger demographic. But television? As effective as the medium is at reaching broad audiences, it historically has not been particularly discriminating, while the cost is notorious (think of those 30-second Super Bowl ads for $2.7 million a spot). Well, not anymore; technology has turned the old paradigms on their heads. The Internet and new-age ad agencies are allowing small businesses to effectively target TV viewers who are a good demographic fit, at a relatively minor cost. The use of customizable pre-produced ads also means production costs are much lower. Teri chose market leader Spot Runner as her ad agency and worked out a campaign to run two to three spots a week on the Oxygen network and Food Channel in the run-up to Mother’s Day last year.

Best of the Best: TV Ads on the Cheap

[componentheading]Execution[/componentheading]

[contentheading]$6,000 TV Ad Campaign[/contentheading]

The campaign cost $6,000 — less than she’d previously spent on mail-outs. The ad Teri had personalized was produced as part of a Diamond Promotion Service co-op program. That the spot couldn’t reflect David’s unique designs didn’t matter, she said. “In the end, we’re still selling romance, and that’s what the commercial we picked was about.”

[componentheading]Rewards[/componentheading]

Advertisement

[contentheading]100% Jump In Sales[/contentheading]

“I was shocked we were able to double Mother’s Day sales (from $42,000 to $84,000),” Teri said, adding that customers commented on the quality of the ads. Teri tried another Spot Runner campaign in the holiday season. While not as dramatically successful, it allowed her store to outperform other jewelers in the area.

[componentheading]Try It Yourself[/componentheading]

1. Pick the event you want to advertise.  
2. Contact Spot Runner or another agency offering a similar service.  
3. Opt to buy ad time directly through the agency’s website or use its media consultants to plot a campaign. 
4. Choose an ad, for which you’ll get exclusive rights for a limited period.  
5. Personalize the ad with your logo and store contact information. You can also use your own script. 
6. Finalize your air-time booking plan. 
7. Pay. Spot Runner recommends retailers in small markets budget about $750 a week to ensure an effective plan. In mid-sized markets, budget about $1,250 a week. Most larger markets run about $2,000.

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Wilkerson Testimonials

If It’s Time to Consolidate, It’s Time to Call Wilkerson

When Tom Moses decided to close one of the two Moses Jewelers stores in western Pennsylvania, it was time to call in the experts. After reviewing two candidates, Moses, a co-owner of the 72 year-old business, decided to go with Wilkerson. The sale went better than expected. Concerned about running it during the pandemic, Moses says it might have helped the sale. “People wanted to get out, so there was pent-up demand,” he says. “Folks were not traveling so there was disposable income, and we don’t recall a single client commenting to us, feeling uncomfortable. It was busy in here!” And perhaps most importantly, Wilkerson was easy to deal with, he says, and Susan, their personal Wilkerson consultant, was knowledgeable, organized and “really good.” Now, the company can focus on their remaining location — without the hassle of carrying over merchandise that either wouldn’t fit or hadn’t sold. “The decision to hire Wilkerson was a good one,” says Moses.

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