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MONTGOMERY, AL

AFTER 20 YEARS in the design and manufacturing side of the business, Lyle and Marguirette Fields opened Marquirette’s Exquisite Jewelry in Montgomery, AL, in 2003. The store opened as a 750-square-foot boutique. Marquirette’s has since grown to 4,500 square feet and in 2007 did $5 million-plus in sales. How did the Fields do it? ?Everything we have ever done the last six years has been about branding the name Marquirette’s,? Lyle says. ?What we did not do is probably the best thing we did do. We avoided all brand-name designers’ co-op ad money. Even though we put a few branded lines into our store, we never sacrificed our ads for their name ? instead always promoting Marquirette’s. We do not even use their signage in our store. Instead, we have fancy glass in-case plaques that say only ?Marquirette’s.’ As a result it is vary rare that a customer asks for a national brand name, but consistently asks for items that Marquirette’s made.? 

Marquirette’s builds on its brand with its slogan: ?Marquirette’s … How do they do it? They make it. They really make it!? The line is used in radio and TV spots and consistently appears in print ads. 

Lyle calls their marketing philosophy ?supersized.? From the large, glitzy pieces in the store’s cases to two- to three-year advertising contracts that go year-round, from the large cookies and flowing champagne served ? the store has its own liquor license ? to its annual party that drew 3,000 people in November, everything about the store’s image is on a big scale. 

BRANDING COMPONENTS

NEWSPAPER ADS
Lyle says that newspaper ads work only ?so-so? in Montgomery. To get the most impact, Marquirette’s runs a 1-1/2-inch strip ad across the newspaper’s front page more than 300 days a year. The ads range from giving jewelry-buying advice to notifying readers of special events. 

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ANNIVERSARY/BIRTHDAY CARDS
Cards sent to customers on birthdays and anniversaries maintain the consistent Marquirette’s look. 

COLOR ADS
A uniformity of design and the repetition of the store slogan make Marquirette’s print ads successful. 

BEATLES AD/TICKET
By hosting the store’s annual holiday gala on Nov. 12, Marquirette’s begins its holiday sales season two weeks before many stores. In 2006, 1,500 people attended a New York-themed party. ?Oh, we really blew the budget,? Lyle says, ?but the sales that night alone ? including a 9-carat engagement ring, which was presented in front of live TV cameras ? more than paid for it.? More than 3,000 attended the 2007 event, which featured a Beatles tribute band. 

TELEVISION ADS
Marquirette’s has stayed with the same TV ads from the start. A consultant once advised the Fields that if you find something that works, stick with it. So the store runs the ads consistently throughout the year, substituting new images of jewelry. All ads feature the store’s slogan, and Lyle says it’s become so well recognized that he’ll go to dinner at a restaurant and have someone come up saying, ?They make it! They really make it!? 

IN-STORE COLOR SIGNS (NOT SHOWN)
Instead of featuring Duratrans of brands that Marquirette’s carries, all in-store signs underscore the store’s own image and brand. As a result, customers tend not to ask for name brands.

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Brand Portfolio: Marquirette’s Exquisite Jewelry

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MONTGOMERY, AL

AFTER 20 YEARS in the design and manufacturing side of the business, Lyle and Marguirette Fields opened Marquirette’s Exquisite Jewelry in Montgomery, AL, in 2003. The store opened as a 750-square-foot boutique. Marquirette’s has since grown to 4,500 square feet and in 2007 did $5 million-plus in sales. How did the Fields do it? ?Everything we have ever done the last six years has been about branding the name Marquirette’s,? Lyle says. ?What we did not do is probably the best thing we did do. We avoided all brand-name designers’ co-op ad money. Even though we put a few branded lines into our store, we never sacrificed our ads for their name ? instead always promoting Marquirette’s. We do not even use their signage in our store. Instead, we have fancy glass in-case plaques that say only ?Marquirette’s.’ As a result it is vary rare that a customer asks for a national brand name, but consistently asks for items that Marquirette’s made.? 

Marquirette’s builds on its brand with its slogan: ?Marquirette’s … How do they do it? They make it. They really make it!? The line is used in radio and TV spots and consistently appears in print ads. 

Lyle calls their marketing philosophy ?supersized.? From the large, glitzy pieces in the store’s cases to two- to three-year advertising contracts that go year-round, from the large cookies and flowing champagne served ? the store has its own liquor license ? to its annual party that drew 3,000 people in November, everything about the store’s image is on a big scale. 

BRANDING COMPONENTS

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NEWSPAPER ADS
Lyle says that newspaper ads work only ?so-so? in Montgomery. To get the most impact, Marquirette’s runs a 1-1/2-inch strip ad across the newspaper’s front page more than 300 days a year. The ads range from giving jewelry-buying advice to notifying readers of special events. 

ANNIVERSARY/BIRTHDAY CARDS
Cards sent to customers on birthdays and anniversaries maintain the consistent Marquirette’s look. 

COLOR ADS
A uniformity of design and the repetition of the store slogan make Marquirette’s print ads successful. 

BEATLES AD/TICKET
By hosting the store’s annual holiday gala on Nov. 12, Marquirette’s begins its holiday sales season two weeks before many stores. In 2006, 1,500 people attended a New York-themed party. ?Oh, we really blew the budget,? Lyle says, ?but the sales that night alone ? including a 9-carat engagement ring, which was presented in front of live TV cameras ? more than paid for it.? More than 3,000 attended the 2007 event, which featured a Beatles tribute band. 

TELEVISION ADS
Marquirette’s has stayed with the same TV ads from the start. A consultant once advised the Fields that if you find something that works, stick with it. So the store runs the ads consistently throughout the year, substituting new images of jewelry. All ads feature the store’s slogan, and Lyle says it’s become so well recognized that he’ll go to dinner at a restaurant and have someone come up saying, ?They make it! They really make it!? 

IN-STORE COLOR SIGNS (NOT SHOWN)
Instead of featuring Duratrans of brands that Marquirette’s carries, all in-store signs underscore the store’s own image and brand. As a result, customers tend not to ask for name brands.

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SPONSORED VIDEO

Wilkerson Testimonials | Sollberger’s

Going Out of Business Is an Emotional Journey. Wilkerson Is There to Make It Easier.

Jaki Cowan, the owner of Sollberger’s in Ridgeland, MS, decided the time was right to close up shop. The experience, she says, was like going into the great unknown. There were so many questions about the way to handle the store’s going-out-of-business sale. Luckily for Cowan, Wilkerson made the transition easier and managed everything, from marketing to markdowns.

“They think of everything that you don’t have the time to think of,” she says of the Wilkerson team that was assigned to manage the sale. And it was a total success, with financial goals met by Christmas with another sale month left to go.

Wilkerson even had a plan to manage things while Covid-19 restrictions were still in place. This included limiting the number of shoppers, masking and taking temperatures upon entrance. “We did everything we could to make the staff and public feel as safe as possible.”

Does she recommend Wilkerson to other retailers thinking of retiring, liquidating or selling excess merchandise? Absolutely. “If you are considering going out of business, it’s obviously an emotional journey. But truly rest assured that you’re in good hands with Wilkerson.”

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