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THIS YEAR IS DIFFERENT. There, the obvious has been stated. So now independent jewelers have an opportunity to capitalize on a major development over the past year: RELATIONSHIPS. People are buying more real Christmas trees than ever before to compensate for Covid blues. They haven’t taken their $10,000 vacations. They’ve been forced to work on relationships more now than ever. So we should be growing our relationships with them as well. Definitely keep doing your advertising, but add one very important element: five contacts per day.

This morning I received a text from a jeweler. “Hi Jimmy. This is Kenzie with Feldstein’s. Christmas is coming up. If you want to get something for Sharon, I’m here to help! Maybe a matching bracelet or necklace to the earrings you gave her last year.”

WOW! Now do you think that was a neat little text? A typical guy like me would view this as an opportunity to get something checked off my list and by a professional with a fashion sense that knows exactly what Sharon is wearing. I have to believe a very high percentage of these texts are going to end in sales for Feldstein’s.

All you need to do is get your team to commit to five contacts per day. These can be emails, texts, good old fashioned hand written notes or direct messages. Yes we will be busy with who is coming through the door today.  But if we eak out 5 contacts per day per person, we could really make an impact on December sales beginning immediately.

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This Third-Generation Jeweler Was Ready for Retirement. He Called Wilkerson

Retirement is never easy, especially when it means the end to a business that was founded in 1884. But for Laura and Sam Sipe, it was time to put their own needs first. They decided to close J.C. Sipe Jewelers, one of Indianapolis’ most trusted names in fine jewelry, and call Wilkerson. “Laura and I decided the conditions were right,” says Sam. Wilkerson handled every detail in their going-out-of-business sale, from marketing to manning the sales floor. “The main goal was to sell our existing inventory that’s all paid for and turn that into cash for our retirement,” says Sam. “It’s been very, very productive.” Would they recommend Wilkerson to other jewelers who want to enjoy their golden years? Absolutely! “Call Wilkerson,” says Laura. “They can help you achieve your goals so you’ll be able to move into retirement comfortably.”

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