Tip SheetHow to Make Icy Steps Safe, Bring In Competitors’ Clients and More Tips for December The trick that worked in New Mexico. Published 1 year agoon December 13, 2018By INSTORE Staff Instore December 2018 Issue Online Extra Share Tweet The flatter the world becomes in terms of product experience, the more important it becomes to add local flourishes to the retail experience. In keeping with New Mexico tradition, the sales team at Lilly Barrack Jewelry in Albuquerque regularly smudges the store with sage. “This is a Native American tradition that clears a space of negative energy, “ explains manager Phaedra Charles Rayner. “This practice may seem quirky to outsiders, but people from all over the country come to the Southwest to experience this lifestyle, especially Lilly’s millennial customers.”PRODUCTIVITYOn Time, Ready to WorkStephen Ware, owner of Ware Designs in Lafayette, CA, is a big believer in the notion that a productive day starts with a productive first minute. “Get the work on the desks and benches of employees before they come to work,” he advises, adding this is about being efficient, not squeezing labor costs. “If you have good employees, then make sure without a doubt that you show you care. They are not chattel.”CUSTOMER SERVICEPet Friendly StepsIf more than a few customers are still bringing their dogs to your store even as winter approaches, a tip from the One Good Thing blog: De-ice with Dawn. Why? Salt and other chemicals can hurt pets’ paws. Slipping customers and the ensuing lawsuits can hurt your wallet! A solution of one teaspoon of Dawn, one tablespoon of rubbing alcohol and a half-gallon of hot water poured on the sidewalk and doorstep will ensure it doesn’t refreeze in a hurry.AdvertisementMARKETINGStand Out from the RobotsOur tech discovery of the month: Bonjoro, a tool that allows businesses to easily record and send individual video greetings to new customers. Medium.com quotes the CEO of tech startup Highrise as saying she uses the app to send about 30 customized welcome videos a day (time spent: 90 minutes), adding “the payoff is completely worth it.” See instr.us/10181 for more.GIFTSWedding Survival KitWander into Brax Jewelers in Newport Beach, CA, with a proposal on your mind and you’ll be buried under an avalanche of goodwill. “We give each person a proposal kit with a book with 101 proposal ideas, a diamond loupe to help them with their diamond search, a pamphlet with our ‘Brax Rules of Engagement,’ and catalogs from our best-selling bridal pieces,” explains owner Amy Astaraee. “We also give away a bridal box to every recently engaged bride-to-be that includes gifts like chocolates, nail polish, pearl earrings, and many other bridal survival tools.”CUSTOMER SERVICEAttract Competitors’ ClientsAs the auto industry has discovered, after-sales services can be a lucrative field. 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