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The First Dollars You Spend at Christmas Should Be for This

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(Our November print issue includes a feature story detailing “10 Steps to Last-Minute Holiday Success.” Today we bring you an excerpt explaining one of those steps: thanking your best customers.)


The First Dollars You Spend at Christmas Should Be for This

Michael Buley of Jewelry Ads That Work says if you haven’t been advertising consistently throughout the year, diving into new ad channels in November won’t work. At most, double your ad buy and concentrate instead on thanking your loyal customers.

“The first dollars jewelers should spend at Christmas is to allocate a decent amount of money to thank customers who put bread on their table,” he says.

Identify your top five, 50 or 100 customers and find gifts to send to them — a bouquet, coffee gift cards, a bottle of Jack Daniels, cookies, golf balls. Ask yourself: what can we do to make this person feel really cool? “Spending $5,000 to thank your top customers is better than spending $5,000 on fliers,” Buley says.

Or give your best customers a no-strings-attached gift certificate for $100. “If customers come in with their $100 certificate and they find something for $100 bucks, fine.

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You’ve thanked them. But a lot of people end up spending a lot of money.” If they spend $25,000 a year with you, do something really special. After all, asks Buley, “Wouldn’t you pay $400 a year to have these people come back and spend $25,000 again?”

 

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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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The First Dollars You Spend at Christmas Should Be for This

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(Our November print issue includes a feature story detailing “10 Steps to Last-Minute Holiday Success.” Today we bring you an excerpt explaining one of those steps: thanking your best customers.)


The First Dollars You Spend at Christmas Should Be for This

Michael Buley of Jewelry Ads That Work says if you haven’t been advertising consistently throughout the year, diving into new ad channels in November won’t work. At most, double your ad buy and concentrate instead on thanking your loyal customers.

“The first dollars jewelers should spend at Christmas is to allocate a decent amount of money to thank customers who put bread on their table,” he says.

Identify your top five, 50 or 100 customers and find gifts to send to them — a bouquet, coffee gift cards, a bottle of Jack Daniels, cookies, golf balls. Ask yourself: what can we do to make this person feel really cool? “Spending $5,000 to thank your top customers is better than spending $5,000 on fliers,” Buley says.

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Or give your best customers a no-strings-attached gift certificate for $100. “If customers come in with their $100 certificate and they find something for $100 bucks, fine.

You’ve thanked them. But a lot of people end up spending a lot of money.” If they spend $25,000 a year with you, do something really special. After all, asks Buley, “Wouldn’t you pay $400 a year to have these people come back and spend $25,000 again?”

 

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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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