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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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For nearly three decades, Suzanne and Tom Arnold ran a successful business at Facets Fine Jewelry in Arlington, Va. But the time came when the Arnolds wanted to do some of the things you put off while you’ve got a business to run. “We decided it was time to retire,” says Suzanne, who claims the couple knew how to open a store, how to run a store but “didn’t know how to close a store.” So, they hired Wilkerson to do it for them. When she called, Suzanne says Wilkerson offered every option for the sale she could have hoped for. Better still, “the sale exceeded our financial goals like crazy,” she says. And customers came, not only to take advantage of the going-out-of-business buys and mark-downs, but to wish a bon voyage to the beloved proprietors of a neighborhood institution. “People were celebrating our retirement, and that was so special,” says says.

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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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Celebrate Your Retirement with Wilkerson

For nearly three decades, Suzanne and Tom Arnold ran a successful business at Facets Fine Jewelry in Arlington, Va. But the time came when the Arnolds wanted to do some of the things you put off while you’ve got a business to run. “We decided it was time to retire,” says Suzanne, who claims the couple knew how to open a store, how to run a store but “didn’t know how to close a store.” So, they hired Wilkerson to do it for them. When she called, Suzanne says Wilkerson offered every option for the sale she could have hoped for. Better still, “the sale exceeded our financial goals like crazy,” she says. And customers came, not only to take advantage of the going-out-of-business buys and mark-downs, but to wish a bon voyage to the beloved proprietors of a neighborhood institution. “People were celebrating our retirement, and that was so special,” says says.

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