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Tip Sheet: November 2004

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Instore presents four ideas for better business

[componentheading]PERSONA GIFT CERTIFICATES[/componentheading]

Looking for gift certificates for your staff? Try Giftcertificates.com, which offers gift certificates directly from several hundred of the biggest names in travel, electronics and other desirable categories. Or order the website’s “Super Certificate”, which will let the person you’ve “gifted” (man, we hate that word) redeem their gift from any of the suppliers listed on the site.

Source: Instore

[componentheading]WATCH YOUR DIAMOND-SHOWING ROUTINE[/componentheading]

In this issue, we talk about one of the worst habits of lazy salespeople — lopping 10% off an item’s price the instant your customer raises an objection (See Page 40). Here’s another: instantly pulling out the cert whenever you show a diamond. Rid yourself of this romance-killing habit. Promise yourself that for the next one month you won’t bring out a cert when showing a diamond. Wait until the deal is done.

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[componentheading]USE YOUR PARKING LOT[/componentheading]

Here’s a different idea for those of you who have your own parking lot. Why not mark the different rows in your lot with signs featuring names and pictures of the different brand names you carry? Imagine a six-year-old saying, “No, Mommy, we didn’t park in Jose Hess, we parked in David Yurman.” Great branding. (Alternatively, you can put advertisements of your specials in each space.)

Source: Faith Popcorn, Eve-o-lution

[componentheading]SAY MORE WITH NOTES[/componentheading]

If you’re sending holiday cards this year, do not send a greeting with nothing but your signature. Frankly, sending nothing works better. Instead, write a short note — how about “Thinking about one of my favorite customers as the holidays approach …” or even “Happy, happy holidays to you”?

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Source: Harry Beckwith, What Clients Love

[span class=note]This story is from the November 2004 edition of INSTORE[/span]

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When Sales Beat Projections, You Know Wilkerson Did Its Job

There are no crystal balls when it comes to sales projections. But when Thomasville, Georgia jeweler Fran Lewis chose Wilkerson to run the retirement/going-out-of-business sale for Lewis Jewelers and More, she was pleasantly surprised to learn that even Wilkerson could one-up its own sales numbers. “Not only did we meet our goal, but we exceeded the goal that Wilkerson had given us by about 134%,” she says. After more than 40 years in the business, Lewis says she decided a few years ago to “move towards retirement.” And she was impressed by Wilkerson’s tenure in the industry. Overall, she’d recommend the company to anyone else who may be thinking it’s time to hang up their loupe. “As a full package, they’ve done a very good job and I’d definitely recommend Wilkerson.”

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Tip Sheet

Tip Sheet: November 2004

Published

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Instore presents four ideas for better business

[componentheading]PERSONA GIFT CERTIFICATES[/componentheading]

Looking for gift certificates for your staff? Try Giftcertificates.com, which offers gift certificates directly from several hundred of the biggest names in travel, electronics and other desirable categories. Or order the website’s “Super Certificate”, which will let the person you’ve “gifted” (man, we hate that word) redeem their gift from any of the suppliers listed on the site.

Source: Instore

[componentheading]WATCH YOUR DIAMOND-SHOWING ROUTINE[/componentheading]

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In this issue, we talk about one of the worst habits of lazy salespeople — lopping 10% off an item’s price the instant your customer raises an objection (See Page 40). Here’s another: instantly pulling out the cert whenever you show a diamond. Rid yourself of this romance-killing habit. Promise yourself that for the next one month you won’t bring out a cert when showing a diamond. Wait until the deal is done.

Source: Instore

[componentheading]USE YOUR PARKING LOT[/componentheading]

Here’s a different idea for those of you who have your own parking lot. Why not mark the different rows in your lot with signs featuring names and pictures of the different brand names you carry? Imagine a six-year-old saying, “No, Mommy, we didn’t park in Jose Hess, we parked in David Yurman.” Great branding. (Alternatively, you can put advertisements of your specials in each space.)

Source: Faith Popcorn, Eve-o-lution

[componentheading]SAY MORE WITH NOTES[/componentheading]

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If you’re sending holiday cards this year, do not send a greeting with nothing but your signature. Frankly, sending nothing works better. Instead, write a short note — how about “Thinking about one of my favorite customers as the holidays approach …” or even “Happy, happy holidays to you”?

Source: Harry Beckwith, What Clients Love

[span class=note]This story is from the November 2004 edition of INSTORE[/span]

Advertisement

SPONSORED VIDEO

When Sales Beat Projections, You Know Wilkerson Did Its Job

There are no crystal balls when it comes to sales projections. But when Thomasville, Georgia jeweler Fran Lewis chose Wilkerson to run the retirement/going-out-of-business sale for Lewis Jewelers and More, she was pleasantly surprised to learn that even Wilkerson could one-up its own sales numbers. “Not only did we meet our goal, but we exceeded the goal that Wilkerson had given us by about 134%,” she says. After more than 40 years in the business, Lewis says she decided a few years ago to “move towards retirement.” And she was impressed by Wilkerson’s tenure in the industry. Overall, she’d recommend the company to anyone else who may be thinking it’s time to hang up their loupe. “As a full package, they’ve done a very good job and I’d definitely recommend Wilkerson.”

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