Connect with us

Kathleen Cutler

How to Change Your Website From a Soulless Catalog Into a Place People Want to Buy From

Hint: Don’t scrimp on photoshoots.

mm

Published

on

lady in photoshoot wearing earrings and necklace

FOR THE PAST nine years, I’ve gotten to sit behind the scenes of dozens of jewelry brands and read through their email communications with clients. My goal is to help retailers like you sell more jewelry through modern channels: with words, chat, and images.

The No. 1 most frequently asked question I see from clients in dozens of emails each day is: “Do you have a photo of this piece being worn?”

3 Ways to Enable Your Sales Associates’ Success
Sponsored Webinars

3 Ways to Enable Your Sales Associates’ Success

GN Diamond Presents: Get Ready for the Diamond Rush!
Sponsored Webinars

GN Diamond Presents: Get Ready for the Diamond Rush!

Ask an Expert: Responding to Every Alarm with Peace of Mind
Sponsored Webinars

Ask an Expert: Responding to Every Alarm with Peace of Mind

See, when you have just your pieces photographed for the web alone on a white background, it’s like your website is nothing more than a parts catalog. But think about how clothing catalogs show how the latest fashions look on a human body.

So how can you be better prepared and make more sales?

Schedule photo shoots at least quarterly, so you can capture lifestyle images of your jewelry being worn. And here’s a tip: You don’t have to hire models, just use your store staff, hire a hair and makeup person, and have a photographer come in for a few hours. The bonus: You’ll not only get hundreds of photos, but you’ll also build trust with the people who shop with you as they recognize the faces on your website as real people they see in your store.

Need an even quicker version of this?

Advertisement

When you get a new style into your store, grab a staff member, find some good lighting and shoot a short video of them talking about the the piece or collection. Post it to your Instagram Stories, share it with your colleagues and post it on your website.

In this omnichannel environment, it is so important to make sure that your website works just as hard as your sales staff when it comes to selling jewelry. I recently had a client who sold two engagement rings to people who had already been in the shop that day. They had been working with the sales staff in-store and then went home and completed the engagement ring purchase online. If you aren’t consistently updating your website with new photos and pieces, you are missing out on the No. 1 question I see asked behind the scenes.

Then, you’ll be ready when a client asks, “How does this look on?”

How can you commit to turning your website from a soulless catalog into a place where people feel welcome?

Kathleen Cutler, profit expert for high-end jewelry brands, focuses on helping jewelers understand how to convince younger, affluent audiences to buy, combining modern tech with retro-style relationship building. Kathleen has a degree from GIA and has coached 100-plus jewelers. Reach her at [email protected]

Advertisement

SPONSORED VIDEO

When Sales Beat Projections, You Know Wilkerson Did Its Job

There are no crystal balls when it comes to sales projections. But when Thomasville, Georgia jeweler Fran Lewis chose Wilkerson to run the retirement/going-out-of-business sale for Lewis Jewelers and More, she was pleasantly surprised to learn that even Wilkerson could one-up its own sales numbers. “Not only did we meet our goal, but we exceeded the goal that Wilkerson had given us by about 134%,” she says. After more than 40 years in the business, Lewis says she decided a few years ago to “move towards retirement.” And she was impressed by Wilkerson’s tenure in the industry. Overall, she’d recommend the company to anyone else who may be thinking it’s time to hang up their loupe. “As a full package, they’ve done a very good job and I’d definitely recommend Wilkerson.”

Promoted Headlines

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Subscribe


BULLETINS

INSTORE helps you become a better jeweler
with the biggest daily news headlines and useful tips.
(Mailed 5x per week.)

Latest Comments

Most Popular