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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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Retirement Made Easy with Wilkerson

The store was a landmark in Topeka, Kansas, but after 80 years in business, it was time for Briman’s Leading Jewelers to close up shop. Third generation jeweler and owner Rob Briman says the decision wasn’t easy, but the sale that followed was — all thanks to Wilkerson. Briman had decided a year prior to the summer 2020 sale that he wanted to retire. With a pandemic in full force, he had plenty of questions and concerns. “We had no real way to know if we were going to be successful or have a failure on our hands,” says Briman. “We didn’t know what to expect.” But with Wilkerson in charge, the experience was “fantastic” and now there’s plenty of time for relaxing and enjoying a more secure retirement. “I would recommend Wilkerson to any retailer considering a going-out-of-business sale,” says Briman. “They’ll help you reach your financial goal. Our experience was a tremendous success.”

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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

Retirement Made Easy with Wilkerson

The store was a landmark in Topeka, Kansas, but after 80 years in business, it was time for Briman’s Leading Jewelers to close up shop. Third generation jeweler and owner Rob Briman says the decision wasn’t easy, but the sale that followed was — all thanks to Wilkerson. Briman had decided a year prior to the summer 2020 sale that he wanted to retire. With a pandemic in full force, he had plenty of questions and concerns. “We had no real way to know if we were going to be successful or have a failure on our hands,” says Briman. “We didn’t know what to expect.” But with Wilkerson in charge, the experience was “fantastic” and now there’s plenty of time for relaxing and enjoying a more secure retirement. “I would recommend Wilkerson to any retailer considering a going-out-of-business sale,” says Briman. “They’ll help you reach your financial goal. Our experience was a tremendous success.”

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