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Take a Page from Toilet Paper Producers for This Themed Event

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Each year, Quilted Northern sponsors a Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest in which entrants – there were more than 1,500 last year – create designs using nothing but tissue, tape, glue and thread. According to the sponsors, the contest highlights “what is truly possible when toilet paper is crafted for greatness.” It also does a fantastic job of reframing the way people may think of Quilted Northern’s products to stress quality and attention to detail. (And let’s not forget the media interest in such a bizarre contest.) Is there something you could do that is as clever? How about teaming up with a paper clip maker with a promise to make a winning ring design in real gold? A competition for necklaces made of soda can pull-tabs? Earrings made of …

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Forget Santa — Here’s the Character You Want at Your Store’s Photo Op

His heart is two sizes too small.

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He’s misanthropic, mean-tempered, has a heart that is “two sizes too small” and is avocado green to boot. But kids can’t get enough of the Grinch. That’s what pet store The Green Spot discovered when they invited clients to bring their kids (and pets) in to take pictures with the Dr. Seuss character on Small Business Saturday. “It wasn’t until we started doing the event that we realized how much people loved the Grinch,” says Green Spot co-owner Jessica Ellis. The Grinch’s presence and special offers produced sales about 25 percent higher than the typical Saturday, Ellis reports, while The Green Spot also received a boost of attention from local TV news coverage. Getting dressed up for a Christmas event? Go green.

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Here’s How to Take Your Holiday Cards to The Next Level

Technology makes it affordable.

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Mailing a holiday season card to customers is standard practice at many businesses. To ensure their cards stood out, Optical Arts, an independent eyewear retailer in Toledo, OH, sent customized cards with a photo of the client wearing their new glasses on the front. Modern design software makes it easy, and in terms of attracting attention, a shot of a regular customer styling her best purchase of the year beats another shot of Santa.

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Here’s an Event Idea That Could Go Viral on Social Media

Let your clients take selfies with your most spectacular jewelry.

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SEVEN YEARS AGO, the Diamond Boutique (Del Mar, CA) attracted thousands of people over a weekend to try on a $1 million dollar diamond necklace (no pressure to buy). The stunt worked well back in 2012, garnering dollops of media attention. In the selfie era of 2019, a similar event could work even better. Break out your most spectacular diamond piece and invite groups of customers to come in with their selfie sticks and capture themselves in the shine of your best diamond’s glory and post to their social media pages. Who knows, maybe a buyer will be among the hordes.

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