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THINGS HAVE been looking pretty good in the jewelry business, says marketing expert Jim Ackerman.

But this is no time to get complacent.

In the video below, he explains how you can prepare for the economic downturn that will, without a doubt, come along eventually.

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Jim Ackerman, “Marketing Coach to the Jewelry Industry,” is president of Ascend Marketing. Reach him at jimack@ascendmarketing.com.

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Video: How to Generate More Referrals for Your Jewelry Business

Do you have a formal system in place?

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EVERY JEWELER LOVES referrals, but many do nothing to make them happen.

In today’s video, marketing expert Jim Ackerman explains how to apply a systematic approach to generating referrals.

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Video: This Jeweler’s Direct Mail Package Was Expensive, But It Worked ⁠— Here’s Why

Cheaper is not always better.

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IN THIS EPISODE of Marketing Gems, Jim Ackerman shows us a jewelry marketing effort that worked.

It included a high-end direct-mail piece, complete with two-page sales letter on card stock. The envelope also had five cards with photos and descriptions of jewelry.

Ackerman explains that it costs more to market this way, but the extra cost can be well worth it.

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Video: Here’s a Powerful Way to Make Your Jewelry-Store Advertising More Effective

Sometimes it pays to branch out.

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FOCUS IS USUALLY a good thing, but when it comes to advertising, there’s such a thing as being too focused.

Jewelers often run a given campaign in only one medium, be it radio, direct mail, email or another channel, says Jim Ackerman.

In this episode of Marketing Gems, he explains that combining several channels can be substantially more effective.

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