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Tease Out the Secret Skills of Gen Z Hires, Teach Sales Associates About Brand Incentives, and More Tips for June

Plus, the reason why 70 percent is good enough.





HIRINGDigital Natives Wanted

The modern sales funnel, which begins online, demands a tweaked approach to hiring, says Shane O’Neill, vice president of Fruchtman Marketing. Millennials begin turning 40 this year. Gen Z, who are digital natives, have entered their 20s. “That means if you’re hiring a salesperson, there’s a high probability he or she will come with the technical skills and digital savvy that you need,” he said at a recent INSTORE Live event. O’Neill recommends you search out those skills, such as photography, that bring added value, in the interview process. Then codify that online sales techniques are part of the job from the beginning.

MARKETINGCatch Those College Drop-Ins

It’s back-to-school season and a great time to be a jeweler in a university town. If that’s you, consider advertising in a high-end hotel or setting up a cross-promotion with a nearby restaurant to bring in that visiting parent traffic, recommends Theresa Peregoy, owner of Classic Facets, in Edgewater, CO.


MANAGEMENT70% Is Good Enough

His recent transgressions aside, Louis C.K. provides wisdom in his humor, such as his take on what to do when you’re struggling to choose a new phone or cable service provider. To get past the analysis paralysis, Louis suggests a simple rule: if you’re 70 percent happy with your decision, just go for it. “That false perfectionism (of trying to make the correct choice) traps you in this painful ambivalence: but it also bleeds into big decisions,” he told GQ magazine. “So my rule is that if you have someone or something that gets 70 percent approval, you just do it. ‘Cause … who the *!#! do you think you are, a god?”

MANAGEMENTUnderstand Brand Incentives

No matter what brands you sell, make sure you know what incentives they offer, and then educate your team on what they are and how to take advantage. The payoff can be surprising, says Lucy Conklin, sales manager for Toner Jewelers in Overland Park, KS. “We have grown our Gabriel & Co. sales a lot this year, and I think a big contributor is that our sales associates are more engaged with the incentives they offer.”

SOFTWARESorry Not Sorry

A lack of assertiveness in your emails can have the effect of diluting an important message. The solution? Just Not Sorry, a free Gmail plug-in that identifies qualifying words and phrases like “I think,” “just,” “I’m no expert,” and “sorry” so you can rework them. Even doing this as a one-off exercise can be beneficial to test your tone so that you better understand the impact your writing has on people.


MANAGEMENTBuild Yourself a Mental First-Aid Kit

To give yourself a mental boost when things get you down, Allen P. Haines and Bonnie St. John recommend an “emotional first aid kit” that can include old thank-you notes, family photos, and mementos from vacations. In their book, Micro-Resilience: Minor Shifts For Major Boosts In Focus, Drive, And Energy, they say the key is to keep the “kit” in a drawer or some other place where you can retrieve it when things aren’t going your way.

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Time to Do What You've Always Wanted? Time to Call Wilkerson.

It was time. Teri Allen and her brother, Nick Pavlich, Jr., had been at the helm of Dearborn Jewelers of Plymouth in Plymouth, Mich., for decades. Their father, Nick Pavlich, Sr., had founded the store in 1950, but after so many wonderful years helping families around Michigan celebrate their most important moments, it was time to get some “moments” of their own. Teri says Wilkerson was the logical choice to run their retirement sale. “They’re the only company that specializes in closing jewelry stores,” she says. During the sale, Teri says a highlight was seeing so many generations of customers who wanted to buy “that one last piece of jewelry from us.” Would she recommend Wilkerson? Absolutely. “There is no way that I would have been able to do this by myself.”

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