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Did You or Didn’t You … Change Your Marketing for the Holidays?

Yes, the majority of jewelers freshened their holiday marketing.




Yes, I Did

Did You or Didn’t You … Change Your Marketing for the Holidays?

I maintained my budget and got a little more aggressive with both newspaper ads and billboards. — Gene Poole; Hudson-Poole Jewelers, Tuscaloosa, AL

I dropped my local newspaper. They are getting too expensive and I perceive very little benefit from the money I was spending there. We did direct mail to our list and signed up for shopping-cart ads too. — Julia Newton; Julia Newton Jewelry, Wilson, NC

The local paper offered reduced rates on ads, so we took advantage. — Brian Stubblefield; Hendersonville Jewelers, Hendersonville, TN

Got a website, started promoting by corporate sponsorship of the local NPR classical music station, made a donation of a ring to the annual Duke Children’s Hospital fund-raiser. — David Phelps; Precision Platinum, Durham, NC

We increased our marketing efforts, specifically with network and cable TV to reach a greater more diversified market than with our traditional print-dominated efforts. We were surprised at how many customers commented on our commercial during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade — money well spent. — J. Dennis Petimezas; Watchmakers Diamonds and Jewelry, Johnstown, PA

We did an invitation-only sale two Sundays before Thanksgiving — wine and cheese, short hours, 50 percent off most everything in inventory. In spite of a 12-inch snowfall, we had record sales. — Lonnie Marcus; Castle Rock Jewelers, Castle Rock, CO

I sent out free gift cards to about 350 of my best customers, but I did not do a large mailing to all of my mailing list. — Valeria Savvenas; Manoli’s Jewelers, Springfield, MO

We hit social networking and the Internet as our main source of advertising. — Joel Wiland; J. David’s Jewelry, Broken Arrow, OK

We used a weather “snow” promotion to stand out from the word “sale.” — Jeff Vierk; Vierk’s Fine Jewelry, Lafayette, IN

We softened ads to be more appropriate to smaller ticket items and family values. — Janice A. Niebauer; Ralph Miller Jewelers & Gallery, Erie, PA

Almost all of our client contacts are now e-mails or phone calls. We still mail out thank-you cards, but that is about all that we put in the mail. — Phred Hall; PhDiamonds, Capitola, CA

I now carry 1,000 items under $100 — SteelX, Hershey Kiss and Off the Cuff bracelets. I sent out 22,000 fliers into nine neighboring towns. — Cathy Grad; Caffray Jewelers, Hinsdale, IL


No, I Didn’t

What I did in 2008 worked so I figured if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. — Chris Snowden; Snowden’s Jewelers, Wilmington, NC

I did not change because the previous three years were tough. I’m still just working the best price and great service. — Ray Chylewski; Hope Diamonds, Rocklin, CA

I am not big on strategy stuff. I just do my best to sell every customer that walks in. — Steve Stempinski; Steve’s Place, Madison, GA

Not a lot of capital to put into advertising. — Janet L. La Paz; Genesis Jewelry & Art Gallery, Greenfield, WI

It worked last year, doing it again this year. — Zdena Jiroutova; Z Folio Gallery, Solvang, CA

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When the Kids Have Their Own Careers, Wilkerson Can Help You to Retire

Alex and Gladys Rysman are the third generation to run Romm Jewelers in Brockton, Mass. And after many decades of service to the industry and their community, it was time to close the store and take advantage of some downtime. With three grown children who each had their own careers outside of the industry, they decided to call Wilkerson. Then, the Rysmans did what every jeweler should do: They called other retailers and asked about their own Wilkerson experience. “They all told us what a great experience it was and that’s what made us go with Wilkerson.” says Gladys Rysman. The results? Alex Rysman says he was impressed. “We exceeded whatever I expected to do by a large margin.”

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