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Consider your market’s potential demographics when deciding what sort of personality your store ought to have. Paco Underhill says it’s important to consider those potential customers and adapt your physical environment to fit their needs.

Consider your market’s potential demographics when deciding what sort of personality your store ought to have. Paco Underhill says it’s important to consider those potential customers and adapt your physical environment to fit their needs.

Here’s one example: If you own a jewelry store in southern Florida, Underhill says, 10 to 15 percent of people walking in the door are under age 12, because Latin families tend to shop in social clusters. The kids may not be your primary customer base, but the people walking in with them are, and so it would be in your best interest to entertain them. “So if I’m on 57th Street in New York, there are not a lot of kids who walk in,” Underhill says. “But if I’m at a jewelry store in Fort Lauderdale or Boca or Miami, having a children’s area might make a lot of sense.”

Others who feel disenfranchised by the process of shopping in a jewelry store are the under-30 crowd, Underhill says. “There are a generation of Americans, under 30, who are intimidated by the process. They think ‘I am getting ripped off so I’m going to buy my diamond online and take it to a store to have it set.”

Even so, all is not lost. Use that opportunity to build a relationship. “If I’m the brick-and-mortar store, I’ll set that ring for you because it gets me the chance to begin a relationship, to ask for your e-mail and ask, ‘Do you want me to remind you about Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and your wife’s birthday? Because I can probably help you.”

Get more actionable advice from the world’s leading retail environment expert at The SMART Show. Paco Underhill’s must-see keynote session takes place on Saturday, April 18, at 8:30 a.m., and is sponsored by Synchrony Financial.

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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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Consider your market’s potential demographics when deciding what sort of personality your store ought to have. Paco Underhill says it’s important to consider those potential customers and adapt your physical environment to fit their needs.

Consider your market’s potential demographics when deciding what sort of personality your store ought to have. Paco Underhill says it’s important to consider those potential customers and adapt your physical environment to fit their needs.

Here’s one example: If you own a jewelry store in southern Florida, Underhill says, 10 to 15 percent of people walking in the door are under age 12, because Latin families tend to shop in social clusters. The kids may not be your primary customer base, but the people walking in with them are, and so it would be in your best interest to entertain them. “So if I’m on 57th Street in New York, there are not a lot of kids who walk in,” Underhill says. “But if I’m at a jewelry store in Fort Lauderdale or Boca or Miami, having a children’s area might make a lot of sense.”

Others who feel disenfranchised by the process of shopping in a jewelry store are the under-30 crowd, Underhill says. “There are a generation of Americans, under 30, who are intimidated by the process. They think ‘I am getting ripped off so I’m going to buy my diamond online and take it to a store to have it set.”

Even so, all is not lost. Use that opportunity to build a relationship. “If I’m the brick-and-mortar store, I’ll set that ring for you because it gets me the chance to begin a relationship, to ask for your e-mail and ask, ‘Do you want me to remind you about Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and your wife’s birthday? Because I can probably help you.”

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Get more actionable advice from the world’s leading retail environment expert at The SMART Show. Paco Underhill’s must-see keynote session takes place on Saturday, April 18, at 8:30 a.m., and is sponsored by Synchrony Financial.

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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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