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During the holidays, jewelry customers run the risk of buying something the recipient doesn’t actually like.

You’d think, then, that a store gift card might be the perfect solution.

So why doesn’t anybody buy them?

In the video below, marketing specialist Jim Ackerman notes that it’s a time of year when jewelers are running many other special offers. Gift cards, meanwhile, are purchased at full price.

So why not discount your gift cards? The strategy “could have a tremendous impact on your sales this holiday season,” he says.

In the video, Ackerman offers his reasoning plus a few tips and tricks to make the idea work.

Learn more:


How to Turn Your Gift Cards Into Something People Actually Buy

Jim Ackerman, “Marketing Coach to the Jewelry Industry,” is president of Ascend Marketing. Reach him at [email protected].

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