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Yes, the Holidays Are Stressful … but This Will Help

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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: making work fun. Also check out yesterday’s excerpt on creating useful displays.)


Yes, the Holidays Are Stressful … but This Will Help

One key to a successful holiday season for jewelers is making work fun.

Consultant Andrea Hill says it’s natural to feel stressed during a season that for many in the jewelry business is crucial. But when owners and staff are stressed, customers can feel it, too. “If your store is a calm oasis of happy campers tending to the needs of customers, you’ll have much greater success.”

One way to inject a little mirth into your operations this quarter is to offer staff incentives for the highest average retail sale or the most add-ons, says Darci Aslage, business mentor for the Edge Retail Academy.

“We created a bingo game, and if they complete the bingo squares, they win a prize,” she says.

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Or put gift cards or cash in a lot of different envelopes, and when you catch an employee doing something right, let them pick an envelope out of a Santa bag and win a prize — a $10 gift card to a local business or $50 in cash.

Britten Wolf, owner of BVW Jewelers in Reno, NV, says he takes in so many unusual repair items during the holidays — everything from candle holders and ornaments to shoes — that he offers the staff member who predicts the year’s oddest repair item a gift from Santa.

Also remember to be clear about what you’re trying to achieve as a team. Offer praise every time you see praiseworthy behaviors, be available to step in and help and be a calming, emotionally mature presence in the store. And if this isn’t you, then find a manager who is these things and step out of the way.

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Stick to the Program — And Watch Your Sales Grow

When Zadok Master Jewelers in Houston, Texas, decided to move to a new location (they’d been in the same one for the 45 years they’d been in business), they called Wilkerson to run a moving sale. The results, says seventh-generation jeweler Jonathan Zadok, were “off the charts” in terms of traffic and sales. Why? They took Wilkerson’s advice and stuck to the company’s marketing program, which included sign twirlers — something Jonathan Zadok had never used before. He says a number of very wealthy customers came in because of them. “They said, ‘I loved your sign twirlers and here’s my credit card for $20,000.’ There’s no way we could have done that on our own,” says Zadok. “Without Wilkerson, the sale never, ever would have come close to what it did.”

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Yes, the Holidays Are Stressful … but This Will Help

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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: making work fun. Also check out yesterday’s excerpt on creating useful displays.)


Yes, the Holidays Are Stressful … but This Will Help

One key to a successful holiday season for jewelers is making work fun.

Consultant Andrea Hill says it’s natural to feel stressed during a season that for many in the jewelry business is crucial. But when owners and staff are stressed, customers can feel it, too. “If your store is a calm oasis of happy campers tending to the needs of customers, you’ll have much greater success.”

One way to inject a little mirth into your operations this quarter is to offer staff incentives for the highest average retail sale or the most add-ons, says Darci Aslage, business mentor for the Edge Retail Academy.

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“We created a bingo game, and if they complete the bingo squares, they win a prize,” she says.

Or put gift cards or cash in a lot of different envelopes, and when you catch an employee doing something right, let them pick an envelope out of a Santa bag and win a prize — a $10 gift card to a local business or $50 in cash.

Britten Wolf, owner of BVW Jewelers in Reno, NV, says he takes in so many unusual repair items during the holidays — everything from candle holders and ornaments to shoes — that he offers the staff member who predicts the year’s oddest repair item a gift from Santa.

Also remember to be clear about what you’re trying to achieve as a team. Offer praise every time you see praiseworthy behaviors, be available to step in and help and be a calming, emotionally mature presence in the store. And if this isn’t you, then find a manager who is these things and step out of the way.

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SPONSORED VIDEO

Wilkerson Testimonials | Zadok Master Jewelers

Stick to the Program — And Watch Your Sales Grow

When Zadok Master Jewelers in Houston, Texas, decided to move to a new location (they’d been in the same one for the 45 years they’d been in business), they called Wilkerson to run a moving sale. The results, says seventh-generation jeweler Jonathan Zadok, were “off the charts” in terms of traffic and sales. Why? They took Wilkerson’s advice and stuck to the company’s marketing program, which included sign twirlers — something Jonathan Zadok had never used before. He says a number of very wealthy customers came in because of them. “They said, ‘I loved your sign twirlers and here’s my credit card for $20,000.’ There’s no way we could have done that on our own,” says Zadok. “Without Wilkerson, the sale never, ever would have come close to what it did.”

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