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Steal a line from TV Detective Columbo to make an extra $100,000 a year

BY STEVEN KRETSER

On Selling: Just One More Thing …

Published in the May 2013 issue

We have all been actors from time to time in our role as jewelers. Many years ago, I started a little skit in my operation that brought in an extra $100,000 every year. It involves a bit of showmanship, but in addition to more revenue it creates a sense of wonderment, surprise, intrigue and long-lasting excitement with your customers that keeps them coming back.

You may remember the TV show Columbo. Peter Falk played a detective, and he always had this bit in his interrogation where just before he left the suspect, he stopped short and asked that one, last, moment-of-truth question that always planted an additional seed of guilt on the suspect. It was a great scene every time. You just hung on what was coming next. If you don’t remember the scene, look for it on YouTube.

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Well, just before the customer left my store, regardless of whether she bought something, I always halted her! “Oh, oh, I forgot to tell you about this. We just got in an estate we have been after for months.” (Many scenarios here, of course.) “You should see these things! They’re beautiful and unique. You’ve got to see them. I’ll be right back. Stay right here.” Ham it up!

Nine out of 10 customers will stay and see what you bring out to show them. Notice what interests them. If they don’t buy immediately, add the item to their profile and wish list. Give them first right of refusal if another customer is interested in the same item. It’s a golden process.

Some of the keys here are that you have items pulled from your existing stock in all price ranges and categories. One large box will do it. You don’t want to keep them too long. Products can range from slower-selling items deeply discounted or new items just received. Mix it up. Prepare your boxes (that’s right, more than one) in advance of expected customers for that day based on their purchasing traits.

There you go. The Special Box. Have fun, and enjoy the extra sales!

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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.”

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On Selling: Just One More Thing …

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On Selling: Just One More Thing …

On Selling: Just One More Thing …

Steal a line from TV Detective Columbo to make an extra $100,000 a year

BY STEVEN KRETSER

On Selling: Just One More Thing …

Published in the May 2013 issue

We have all been actors from time to time in our role as jewelers. Many years ago, I started a little skit in my operation that brought in an extra $100,000 every year. It involves a bit of showmanship, but in addition to more revenue it creates a sense of wonderment, surprise, intrigue and long-lasting excitement with your customers that keeps them coming back.

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You may remember the TV show Columbo. Peter Falk played a detective, and he always had this bit in his interrogation where just before he left the suspect, he stopped short and asked that one, last, moment-of-truth question that always planted an additional seed of guilt on the suspect. It was a great scene every time. You just hung on what was coming next. If you don’t remember the scene, look for it on YouTube.

Well, just before the customer left my store, regardless of whether she bought something, I always halted her! “Oh, oh, I forgot to tell you about this. We just got in an estate we have been after for months.” (Many scenarios here, of course.) “You should see these things! They’re beautiful and unique. You’ve got to see them. I’ll be right back. Stay right here.” Ham it up!

Nine out of 10 customers will stay and see what you bring out to show them. Notice what interests them. If they don’t buy immediately, add the item to their profile and wish list. Give them first right of refusal if another customer is interested in the same item. It’s a golden process.

Some of the keys here are that you have items pulled from your existing stock in all price ranges and categories. One large box will do it. You don’t want to keep them too long. Products can range from slower-selling items deeply discounted or new items just received. Mix it up. Prepare your boxes (that’s right, more than one) in advance of expected customers for that day based on their purchasing traits.

There you go. The Special Box. Have fun, and enjoy the extra sales!

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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.”

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