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The Digital Doc: Answers to Your Questions About Digital Marketing

Smart Age Solutions takes reader questions about a topic that many jewelers find intimidating.

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IN THIS NEW COLUMN, Smart Age Solutions answers jewelers’ questions about how to use digital marketing on the local level to bring in more customers and make more sales. As the company notes, many jewelers do not yet understand just how much power they have to create a dynamic brand in the digital space.

Do you have a question for the Digital Doc? Send it to digitaldoc@smartagesolutions.com.

Q: I’m really hesitant about putting money into digital ads. I don’t know too much about it and I’m worried I’ll just be wasting money.

A: You are certainly not alone! First, it’s best to do some general research to educate yourself on the basics of digital marketing at the local level. You do not need to become an expert, but it’s important do some preliminary information-gathering before you make a decision. There are many resources online that can give you a basic overview of what you can achieve with different marketing channels (Google, Facebook, Instagram, etc.). Once you’ve done this, start a few conversations with reputable marketing agencies in the industry. These companies can provide you with different packages based on your budget. They can also give you an idea of what activity your marketing dollars will create.

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Q: How do I know if digital marketing is working? When should I expect a sale?

A: The first step in a digital marketing campaign is to declare your goals. The next step is to get as many qualified online shoppers in your community to visit your website so they can explore your products and services. The easiest things to measure are website traffic and telephone calls. If both increase, great! The sales will follow.

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Q: I try to get my team to ask our customers for a review or feedback. I know they make us feel all warm and fuzzy, but how do online reviews help my marketing strategy?

A: There are many advantages a great online review provides. Besides the obvious notion that people trust other people’s opinions of products and services,your online reviews can have a significant impact on how you are treated as an advertiser by platforms like Google and Facebook. Google’s logic is simple: The more that consumers interact with a business online, the more legitimate and relevant they are to their community. The rewards that jewelers can expect for great online reviews are better ad placement, more consistent impressions, and lower costs per click to their website. What this means is that Jeweler A with 200 online reviews spending $1,000 can achieve better results for a lower budget than Jeweler B down the street with 10 reviews spending $10,000.

Pro tip: The big advantage to digital marketing is the ability to change your advertisements on the fly. If something about the advertisement isn’t working, you change the message, branding or event details. If you have ever had to pay to re-skin a billboard, print new catalogs or re-record a radio spot, you will know just how valuable it is to have the power to edit advertisements for little to no cost.

Smart Age Solutions is a full-service digital marketing agency exclusive to jewelers. Serving as the only Google Premier Partner in the industry, Smart Age has been helping jewelers own their own digital backyard since 2010.

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Use Facebook for What It Is

Stop romanticizing Facebook.

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AHH, FACEBOOK, THE most widely discussed social channel. Every trade show is packed with speakers on the subject. “How to get the most from Facebook”, “How to Sell on Facebook”, “Get More Fans on Facebook”, the list goes on and on. Yet, almost all of you are using the channel wrong and wasting tons of time trying to work the fringes of the social network.

Let’s Cut to the Chase

Facebook wasn’t built for businesses. Businesses started using Facebook because they thought they could make money off of “free” marketing. Well, nothing is really free, at least not something truly effective. Fans? As Joe Biden would say, “Come on, man!” Truth is, an overwhelming majority of your “fans” never log into Facebook to see what’s going on at Main Street Jewelers. Sure, maybe here and there, but those people are on the fringe and that’s the point. Why would you want to spend so much time working the fringe instead of going for the core?

Organic Reach

Many retailers spend hours and hours creating content for their Facebook page only to post to their feed for a handful of likes. These are called organic posts because you don’t put any marketing dollars toward promoting them. That’s a waste of time and effort for the type of results you’ll get. Some agencies or “gurus” will say “Post multiple times per day to increase your reach”… to that I say, “Come on, man!” Let’s get down to the facts; organic reach on Facebook is now under 3%, meaning if you have 2,000 fans you might get 60 to even see your content. Moreover, only your current fans will see the content, unless they share it with someone. Also, an organic post has a lifespan of only about 2 hours. It’s simply not worth dedicating that much time for so little results. You’d be better off creating blog content for your website. If someone offered you a free billboard in the middle of the woods, would you take it? If you answered yes, what are you hoping your ROI is on this endeavor? Is it even worth the cost to print the graphics? The answer is no. You’re better off spending your time elsewhere.

Facebook is Just a Media Spend

That’s right, Facebook is just another marketing medium, and an effective one at that, if that’s how you approach it. Facebook advertising allows you to post a couple of times per week, yet your posts will be seen by more of your fans as well as others who meet your customer profile. You’ll go from a handful of likes to maybe 10x as much, or more! Plus, you’ll save more than half your time to do something more productive.

The point is to stop romanticizing Facebook. It’s a great publishing tool, but you have to get your content in front of people, and that takes dollars. Facebook is just a media spend. Even the category Social Media has been telling you that all along.

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Why A Well-Told Proposal Story Could Help Close The Sale

It starts with getting the groom-to-be involved.

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WHY IT IS TRUE: He is in your store to purchase an engagement ring, a totally unfamiliar task for him.

PLAN OF ACTION: Ask him how he plans to propose. If this is something he has not considered, take this opportunity to share several beautiful proposal stories your clients have used. Ask him questions, get him involved, encourage him to share his plan, and help him embellish it in any way you can.

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The Difference Between Closes and Statements, 7 Lead-In Lines and More Sales Advice

Here’s how to make closing sales easier, says Shane Decker.

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HAVE YOU EVER made something that should have been easy difficult? Maybe you overthought it, or you were afraid to try. Or you were worried what someone else would think.

Salespeople tell me all the time, “I tried that and it didn’t work.” But my observation is that people often try something once, fail at it, and then give up. They’ve proven to themselves that something new does not work.

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You have to want to make the effort and put in the time and practice to build new habits, especially when it comes to what I call “needle movers.”

Needle movers are actions that put money in the cash register immediately. The three big needle movers are closing, adding on and wowing clients. These should be easy, but we make them hard because of fear, lack of experience, or lack of selling skills.

It’s time to get over that fear of change. Have your team write 10 new closes, and make sure they’re not statements. For example:

Statement: “That is a beautiful diamond.”

Close: “She’s going to love wearing that beautiful diamond, and you’re gonna be glad you gave it to her.”

Then have them write 10 lead-in lines for add-on sales. Do not say, “Can I,” “May I” or “Would you like?” Clients can say no to all of these. Examples of lead-in lines to create add-on sales are:

“We have what matches.”

“This is part of a set.”

“She won’t wear this without the matching.”

“Tell me something else she’s always wanted but you haven’t purchased yet.”

Then, have your sales team write 10 lead-in lines to create a sale from scratch. This is what you say to a client when they’re waiting for a battery or repair. Examples include:

“Guess what’s in the vault?”

“Gotta show you my favorite.”

“Guess what just came in.”

These must be said with passion and enthusiasm. They allow you to wow the client and change their experience while they wait. Remember: You have to do something to make something happen. Clients buy on impulse all the time.

Practice with your team and make these phrases come naturally. Start all of these presentations with a lead-in line, and the rest will happen by itself. Clients do not get mad when you show them something gorgeous.

But you have to hold yourself accountable, and there has to be consistency. For some reason, it’s easier to fall back on old bad habits than keep good ones. Winging it doesn’t work. Practice with each other over and over until the simple truly is simple.

Creating is better than waiting. Get comfortable with your sales skills. Be the sales associate your client wants you to be.

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