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Sales Truths: You Never Get a Second Chance To Form a First Impression

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WHY IT IS TRUE: Customers have a wealth of choices. It’s not necessarily what you know, or how much you know, but rather who you are and how much you really care. And there is always another store just around the corner where caring people will find solutions for busy customers.

PLAN OF ACTION: Rather than pontificating about your valuable thoughts and ideas in a weekly sales meeting, challenge people to understand what good first impressions really mean. As they patronize their favorite business, have them consciously notice the impression that the establishment as well as the staff makes upon them. Challenge them to be prepared to share their specific observations at the staff meeting next week. Ask questions, probe responses, get people to genuinely understand how first impressions impact sales.


This article originally appeared in the October 2015 edition of INSTORE.

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If It’s Time to Consolidate, It’s Time to Call Wilkerson

When Tom Moses decided to close one of the two Moses Jewelers stores in western Pennsylvania, it was time to call in the experts. After reviewing two candidates, Moses, a co-owner of the 72 year-old business, decided to go with Wilkerson. The sale went better than expected. Concerned about running it during the pandemic, Moses says it might have helped the sale. “People wanted to get out, so there was pent-up demand,” he says. “Folks were not traveling so there was disposable income, and we don’t recall a single client commenting to us, feeling uncomfortable. It was busy in here!” And perhaps most importantly, Wilkerson was easy to deal with, he says, and Susan, their personal Wilkerson consultant, was knowledgeable, organized and “really good.” Now, the company can focus on their remaining location — without the hassle of carrying over merchandise that either wouldn’t fit or hadn’t sold. “The decision to hire Wilkerson was a good one,” says Moses.

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Sales Truths: You Never Get a Second Chance To Form a First Impression

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WHY IT IS TRUE: Customers have a wealth of choices. It’s not necessarily what you know, or how much you know, but rather who you are and how much you really care. And there is always another store just around the corner where caring people will find solutions for busy customers.

PLAN OF ACTION: Rather than pontificating about your valuable thoughts and ideas in a weekly sales meeting, challenge people to understand what good first impressions really mean. As they patronize their favorite business, have them consciously notice the impression that the establishment as well as the staff makes upon them. Challenge them to be prepared to share their specific observations at the staff meeting next week. Ask questions, probe responses, get people to genuinely understand how first impressions impact sales.


This article originally appeared in the October 2015 edition of INSTORE.

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SPONSORED VIDEO

Wilkerson Testimonials

If It’s Time to Consolidate, It’s Time to Call Wilkerson

When Tom Moses decided to close one of the two Moses Jewelers stores in western Pennsylvania, it was time to call in the experts. After reviewing two candidates, Moses, a co-owner of the 72 year-old business, decided to go with Wilkerson. The sale went better than expected. Concerned about running it during the pandemic, Moses says it might have helped the sale. “People wanted to get out, so there was pent-up demand,” he says. “Folks were not traveling so there was disposable income, and we don’t recall a single client commenting to us, feeling uncomfortable. It was busy in here!” And perhaps most importantly, Wilkerson was easy to deal with, he says, and Susan, their personal Wilkerson consultant, was knowledgeable, organized and “really good.” Now, the company can focus on their remaining location — without the hassle of carrying over merchandise that either wouldn’t fit or hadn’t sold. “The decision to hire Wilkerson was a good one,” says Moses.

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