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What You Need to Be Doing in Your Business This June

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Lara Bergseth of Idar Jewellers

Week 1 June 5-10

STAFF If you’re at the Vegas shows, phone your local pizzeria and order a couple of deluxe 14-inchers for your staff back in the store. They think you’re living it up, which may be far from the truth, but let them know you’re thinking about them.

Customer service “I always treat everyone like they have a million dollars to spend,” says Lara Bergseth of Idar Jewellers in Victoria, British Columbia (PICTURED). People really appreciate not being judged. I once had a lady send me a note that said, ‘I only spent $1,500, but you made me feel like I spent $15,000. Thank you!’”

MARKETING Father’s Day (June 18) is two weeks away. Begin posting your specials on your website today, then wait a day and send your Dad’s Day promotional e-mail.

SALES FLOOR You should start to see wives and daughters coming in this week (and maybe those slacker sons next week). Don’t forget to ask the girls if they’d like to see a little something special for themselves as well.

Week 2 June 12-17

MANAGEMENT There’s a good chance you were exposed to some great ideas at a trade event in the past few months. Draw up a plan to implement the best of those suggestions before another year passes and you’re again sitting in a trade session thinking, “I should do that.”

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MARKETING On your return from the Vegas shows, mail or email a trends report to customers based on your show buying. Headline it: “Hottest Trends Straight From the Las Vegas Jewelry and Watch Shows.”

MARKETING Start thinking about a summer event. Tie in the food and wine with the source of the gemstones. Become known in the community for bringing in artists or craftspeople or speakers for public events.

Week 3 June 19-24

TECHNOLOGY Take advantage of the coming slow season to familiarize yourself with any new equipment or software you may have purchased. Become a master, not a slave of your technology.

TRAINING Write down one important skill that you can teach each member of your staff. By the end of next week, make sure that you’ve spent at least some time working with each staffer on that skill.

MARKETING Do a mail-out to remind customers about your backroom services in summer. Check that you have the supplies you need to support such a service, including specialty tissue to protect sterling from tarnishing and gold/platinum from scratching; plastic bags to retard tarnishing from air contact; flannels for outer protection; adhesive-style plastic for immobilization for shipping, and white gloves for staff when they take in items.

Week 4 June 26-July 1

INVENTORY Don’t leave your new goods from Vegas sitting in the vault. Get everything priced  and in your cases within a day of its arrival.

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TELEMARKETING It’s been six months since Christmas. Ask holiday-season customers to bring in their jewelry for a free checkup.

MANAGEMENT Invite 10 customers to form an advisory panel for your store, recommends trainer Kate Peterson. Schedule three meetings a year and ask them to discuss what they like and how they would advise you to improve and grow. “Pay” them with lunch and gift cards — and most important, use what they tell you!


This article originally appeared in the June 2017 edition of INSTORE.

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A Trick to Selling More Platinum, And Other Manager’s To-Do Items for September

And here are some great tips for infographics in your store.

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Sep. 1-7

INVENTORY The economy may be slowing a tad, but the wealthy keep getting richer. That is allowing more people to trade up from the standard 1-carat diamond engagement ring. But to sell 2-, 3-, or 4-carat pieces, you need to have a few on hand, says David Brown of the Edge Retail Academy. Start experimenting with more expensive bridal sets.

MARKETING Conduct an advertising review. If it’s bridal sales you desire, put that shotgun away. Pick one or two advertising media, based on their reach and return on investment, and concentrate on them. That requires courage and perseverance, but it’s the surest way to break through the chatter and win that key top-of-mind presence in your local market that will deliver engagement ring sales.

Sep. 8-14

STAFF Few things are more important to staff than having the sense that their work matters. As bridal season approaches, make it a constant refrain in your strategy meetings: you’re helping people with one of the most important decisions of their life.

SHOWROOM “It’s remarkable,” says merchandising expert Sally Furrer, “how often diamond areas are underlit in stores.” Crank up the lights.

Sep. 15-21

TRAINING The rise of the bead phenomenon in the last decade caused many jewelers to cut back on diamond sales training. If that happened in your store, look to bring in a trainer who specializes in bridal goods. It’s a whole different skill set.

MARKETING Twitter’s search function, along with free applications like TweetDeck, can be great tools for market research and lead generation. Start monitoring your competitors’ brand names and hashtags to see what people are saying about them and you. Set keywords related to bridal sales in your market and don’t be afraid to follow up (unsolicited messages from strangers is a fact of life in the Twitter-sphere).

Sep. 22-28

SOCIAL Want to take your social media efforts to the next level while educating your clientele about bridal in a way they’ll remember? Think infographics. Whether charting the evolution of diamond cuts or providing tips on ring cleaning, infographics are a great shareable way to communicate your message. Try these free infographic websites: Piktochart.com, Venngage.com, Easel.ly.

SALES Want to sell more platinum? Highlight its staying power. Keep an old white-gold ring and an old platinum one behind the counter to show customers what happens to the two metals after a few years. One of platinum’s strengths is the durability of its white color, which won’t fade or change (like an enduring love, hint, hint) and will continue to complement a diamond, as opposed to white gold, which fades to yellow.

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Yarr! It’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day and More Important Dates for September

“I’ll be paying top dollar for whatever golden loot ye’ve got stashed in your little treasure chest.”

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19 Many jewelers seem to have forgotten what a lucrative earner gold buying can be. Luckily, International Talk Like A Pirate Day is here to remind you. Yarr, have some fun with your advertising. “Yes, me hearties, Cap’n Jack Black Diamond has gone straight. I’ll be paying top dollar for your doubloons, old lockets or whatever golden loot ye’ve got stashed in your little treasure chests. Come see the Cap’n before the sharks get ye.”

01 On NATIONAL NO RHYME (NOR REASON) DAY, challenge your customers on social media to come up with words that can’t be rhymed. Three you can probably put to good use in your posts that day are “spirit,” “silver” and “woman.”

06 Today is FIGHT PROCRASTINATION DAY, and if you’re one of the many afflicted, try this trick: when jotting down a to-do item, keep rephrasing it until it involves the use of your limbs: “Pick up phone and call …”, “Open laptop and search for …”

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Remembering Woodstock, The Little One’s First Day in Kindergarten, and More Useful August Dates

You’re always busy, but this month, get things done.

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19 Mark the 30th anniversary of the launch of Stephen Covey’s THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE by doing something in its spirit: keep a journal of everything you do, broken down into 30-minute increments. At the end of each workday, assign a value — 1, 2 or 3 (the lowest) — to your time, and at the end of the week, evaluate the results. They may well surprise you. Obviously you want to be spending at least half your time on No. 1s.

1 August is GET READY FOR KINDERGARTEN MONTH. On the first day of school, invite all new kindergarten moms to come in for mimosas and snacks. They can reward themselves for surviving this milestone.

4 The FIRST ELECTRIC LIGHTBULB sparked to life 140 years ago today. Mark the occasion with a brainstorming session with staff for fourth-quarter promotions.

15 Fifty years ago today, the promise of free music, a good time, and … umm … a pretty good shot at “getting lucky” drew 400,000 young people to WOODSTOCK, NY. To many folks, that’s much the same promise that jewelry makes (minus the music). Roll back the years with a store party.

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