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Marketing Expert Jim Ackerman and Ascend Marketing to Accept Payment in Gold, Silver, Diamonds … Even Bitcoin

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(Press Release) SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Marketing speaker, coach and jewelry-industry columnist Jim Ackerman of Ascend Marketing Inc. is offering to take payment in gold, silver, diamonds and even Bitcoin for most of the company’s products and services, at least for a limited time.

“This is an acknowledgement of several things,” Ackerman said. “First, that the commodities jewelers deal in every day have real, intrinsic value, that can and should be appreciated.

“Second, that jewelers have a unique and peculiar advantage in dealing with these ‘alternative currencies’ which can give them a distinct buying edge resulting in a particular, financial benefit to them in purchasing goods and services.

“Third, that economic conditions and uncertainties make it prudent for people – including myself – to gain experience transacting business in non-traditional ways.”

Ackerman says he will render value-for-value in these transactions. Jewelers will pay normal prices for his products and services. He will extract no premium from jewelers for the privilege of paying in gold, silver, diamonds and/or Bitcoin.

“If a jeweler wants to purchase one of our audio training programs valued at $197, for example, they can give us $197 worth of gold or silver. Or perhaps a single diamond that would appraise at $197. If they want a $24,000, year-long Legends Coaching Program, we will take payment in any of the commodities I’ve mentioned,” he said.

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Ackerman points out that jewelers who buy gold, silver and diamonds at meaningful discounts can easily convert those purchases to profits in cash when they sell those commodities, but few have tried to utilize the same leverage in their purchasing, because no one offered them the opportunity to do so.

He said the offer is applicable to new purchases only. Existing contracts will not be altered, although existing clients buying additional products and services can take advantage of the offer.

Ackerman’s company, Ascend Marketing, provides marketing training products and services to jewelers, along with turnkey marketing promotions jewelers can use in the marketing of their enterprises.

Ascend’s flagship product is The Principle-Centered Marketing Coaching program, which works with independent jewelers for a minimum of six months, helping them to develop marketing plans, strategies, promotions, systems, skills, habits and programs.

Ascend and the company’s stable of licensed, certified coaches have worked with independent jewelers throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Ascend also offers, books, audio training, live and online seminars and webinars, and more.

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Ascend products come with money-back guarantees and Ackerman says those guarantees will remain in effect for those who elect to participate in the alternative payment program.

“This really is just like paying with traditional, Federal Reserve Notes – money,” Ackerman said.

For more information, send a message to mail@ascendmarketing.com or call 800-584-7585 extension 3.

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Think Like a Millennial to Sell to a Millennial: GN Diamond’s In-Store Selling Platform Offers Advantage Over Internet Sites

It’s time to take this demographic seriously.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Millennials may be undervalued as jewelry and gemstone customers, but as the largest living generation in the U.S., with $600 billion in annual spending, it’s time to take this demographic seriously.

Born between 1981 and 1996, millennials came of age alongside computers, digital technologies and social media. These tech-savvy shoppers love to research and purchase online, so it’s crucial that diamond sellers can meet them in-store with technologically advanced, interactive online sales tools.

Convert Millennial Browsers into Buyers with an Innovative Selling Tool

Diamond Hunt, the new GN Diamond platform, is an interactive selling tool that addresses millennials’ pain points with technology conveniently at their fingertips. The online loose diamond database mimics what consumers see on internet sites, only with powerful added value.

Here’s how the platform answers the key questions held by 20- and 30-something shoppers in their native digital language.

Light Performance Millennials are skeptical as to how two seemingly similar diamonds can have up to a 70% price difference. The GN Diamond platform utilizes a third party to objectively grade the brilliancy and brightness of a diamond, clearly demonstrating why one SI2 is better than another.

V360 Views Smart-phone-loving millennials easily gain a 360 degree view of the loose diamond and its natural birthmarks without the cumbersome use of a loupe and tweezers. The fully transparent views surpass the typical videos and images used by online retailers.

Gemprint The world’s most sophisticated, non-invasive, positive identification technology records the unique optical “fingerprint” of each diamond. Gemprint is recognized by most insurance companies, some of whom offer 10% off of annual insurance premiums once registered.

GN Gives You an Advantage with Millennials

The GN Diamond platform revolutionizes the way millennial consumers buy diamonds in-store, and it’s as easy as scanning a QR code. Learn more at www.gndiamond.com, and shop over $70 million of loose diamonds certified by GIA, AGS and EGL USA, all with the Gemprint ID.

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GN Diamond Offers Earring Size Simulator on Easy-to-Use Retailer Platform

The APP offers a visual simulation of what a diamond stud looks like on the earlobe.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The 2019 holiday season through January has been one of the strongest periods for diamond stud sales.

Bread-and-butter studs from 1/4 ct up to 1 1/2 carat have always been most popular, but GN has seen larger studs from 2 carats to 6 carats becoming additional hot sellers. The company believes it will continue to see an uptick in sales through Valentine’s Day and the spring bridal season.

Simplistically beautiful, studs should produce up to 12% of a retail store’s annual revenue. Diamond studs are a great add-on to any bridal sale. In the words of Shane Decker, “Never stop selling until the customer tells you to stop.”

GN’s new APP offers a visual simulation of what a diamond stud looks like on the earlobe from ¼ carat to 2 carats.  The consumer can easily see the difference between martini set or four-prong set in all different sizes that reflect their own taste and budget.

In addition, GN Diamond creates a point of distinction for the retail jeweler and offers a light brilliancy score on all of its diamond studs. Each pair is sent to a third-party independent laboratory to evaluate brightness and sparkle. GN’s studs are proven to score in the top 96% of the world’s brightest diamonds. Furthermore, each pair is Gemprinted providing a unique fingerprint of each diamond which will offer the end consumer up to a 10% discount on annual insurance premiums. There is such a competitive market with diamond studs that these
features may help retailers gain the edge over their competition and overcome common objections and obstacles that salespeople face on a daily basis.

GN Diamond is open seven days a week at www.gndiamond.com, striving every day to help jewelers sell more diamonds.

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AGA Adds Robert Weldon to Tucson Conference Line-Up

The conference is set for Feb. 5.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The Accredited Gemologists Association has announced the addition of Robert Weldon to the list of presenters at the annual AGA Tucson conference on Feb. 5 at the Marriot University Park hotel.

Weldon, who will be receiving this year’s AGA Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology, is to discuss the ongoing project of educating artisanal miners of East Africa about the stones they recover. Through GIA funding and a contract with Pact, a Washington, DC, non-governmental development organization with offices in Tanzania, the program has put valuable information into the hands of the people whose livelihood depends on mining gemstones.

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Started over a decade ago through the inspiration of fellow Bonanno Award winner Dr. James Shigley, a GIA Distinguished Research Fellow, the program features a book with descriptive text in Swahili and numerous photographs of the gems being recovered. An inspection tray and instructions in cleaning and examination teaches the miners to recognize stone quality of their rough material. After the first class was presented to the Tanzanian Association of Women Miners, it has spread through Tanzania with the intent of reaching 10,000 miners across East African nations.

Weldon, director of the Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library and Information Center at GIA, co-wrote the manual and with the GIA staff, has seen immediate results for the over 1.000 miners already trained. Miners are now able to bargain better with their buyers and return more money to their families and communities. The social impact of the project has been enormous and exposure to the supply chain has opened up other opportunities for miners, such as gem cutting and jewelry manufacture.

The AGA conference is a day of gemological insights and discoveries, with Weldon being joined by presentations from Dr. Jeffrey Post, Dr. Laurent Cartier, Dr. Aaron Palke, Richard Hughes and workshops with Eric Fritz, Samantha Lloyd and Claire Scragg. The evening gala and presentation of the Bonanno Award is included with the conference registration and may also be purchased separately.

Conference registration includes continental breakfast, light lunch & the AGA Annual Gala & Dinner featuring great networking opportunities, music, dance floor & the presentation of the Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology to Robert Weldon. Early registration fees through Jan. 28 provide substantial savings online at www.accreditedgemologists.org.

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