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Ellis Jewelers Tim Hiatt credits retail success to his genes

Ellis Jewelers Tim Hiatt credits retail success to his genes

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Masters of Marketing - A century of sparkling insight (Part 1)

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Georgia Jewelers Association announces scholarship winners

Georgia Jewelers Association announces scholarship winners

For the sixth year, Georgia Jewelers Association (...

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De Beers sends mining ship to explore Namibian coast

De Beers sends mining ship to explore Namibian coast

The $157 million vessel can accommodate a crew of 80 and has a helicopter deck suitable for Sikorsky S61s.

De Beers, the world's No.1 diamond miner by value, unveiled last Thursday the world's largest diamond exploration vessel, which will search for ...

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Charles Stanley and Yancy Weinrich honored at Jewelers for Children Facets of Hope

Charles Stanley and Yancy Weinrich honored at Jewelers for Children Facets of Hope

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers for Children (JFC) held the 19th edition of the Facets of Hope event on June 7, in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The charity announced that $2.2 million had been raised to support their charity partners in the ...

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JA announces 2018 GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement recipient

JA announces 2018 GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement recipient

Sally Morrison of Gemfields to receive the prestigious award

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA) and the GEM Awards Committee have announced that Sally Morrison, Director of Sales and Marketing, Americas, of Gemfields, will receive the GEM Award for ...

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Rembrandt Charms introduces Bridal Party Program

Rembrandt Charms introduces Bridal Party Program

(WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y.) - Rembrandt Charms Bridal Party Expansion Program creates an omni-channel experience for the bridal shopper, and cultivates new and repeat business for the retail jeweler. The Program is a low-cost investment of $170 and can gene...

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With more growth in the works, LaserStar celebrates 60 years of an evolving, dynamic business

With more growth in the works, LaserStar celebrates 60 years of an evolving, dynamic business

LaserStar Technologies is celebrating 60 years in business the perfect way: The leading manufacturer of jewelry laser systems is doubling the size of its facility in Orlando, FL, putting its Southern operations on par with its flagship facility in Pr...

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De Beers sends mining ship to explore Namibian coast

3 DAYS AGO
De Beers sends mining ship to explore Namibian coast

The $157 million vessel can accommodate a crew of 80 and has a helicopter deck suitable for Sikorsky S61s.

De Beers, the world's No.1 diamond miner by value, unveiled last Thursday the world's largest diamond exploration vessel, which will search for the coveted stones on the seabed off the coast of ...

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Are American malls dead?

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Are American malls dead?

With All the Bankruptcies and Closings, How Will the Mall Survive?

My first retail job in 1983 was at a RadioShack store in a small Indiana town. We had no POS system or any other technology to help us outside of the calculator we used to add up the numbers on the invoices. Our best-selling item was ...

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Charles Stanley and Yancy Weinrich honored at Jewelers for Children Facets of Hope

3 DAYS AGO
Charles Stanley and Yancy Weinrich honored at Jewelers for Children Facets of Hope

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers for Children (JFC) held the 19th edition of the Facets of Hope event on June 7, in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The charity announced that $2.2 million had been raised to support their charity partners in the year ahead bringing the cumulative total since 199...

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Registration open for GIA’s New York Jewelry Career Fair

3 DAYS AGO
Registration open for GIA’s New York Jewelry Career Fair

Industry’s largest recruiting event returns to the Javits Center July 24

(NEW YORK) - Recruiters and aspiring job seekers can now register online for GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair to be held in New York on Monday, July 24. The leading gem and jewelry industry recruiting event will feature one-on-one caree...

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JA announces 2018 GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement recipient

9 DAYS AGO
JA announces 2018 GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement recipient

Sally Morrison of Gemfields to receive the prestigious award

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA) and the GEM Awards Committee have announced that Sally Morrison, Director of Sales and Marketing, Americas, of Gemfields, will receive the GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 16th annual GEM Awards...

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Georgia Jewelers Association announces scholarship winners

25 DAYS AGO
Georgia Jewelers Association announces scholarship winners

For the sixth year, Georgia Jewelers Association (GJA) has awarded scholarships to member stores and their employees. Scholarship chair, Jan Fergerson of Ford, Gittings and Kane in Rome, Georgia, announced the winners at the annual GJA Convention held at the Marriott Grand National Resort in Opelika...

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Rembrandt Charms introduces Bridal Party Program

9 DAYS AGO
Rembrandt Charms introduces Bridal Party Program

(WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y.) - Rembrandt Charms Bridal Party Expansion Program creates an omni-channel experience for the bridal shopper, and cultivates new and repeat business for the retail jeweler. The Program is a low-cost investment of $170 and can generate over $1,500 in sales from one wedding party. ...

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Jayden Star celebrates 10-year anniversary with new product roll-out

23 DAYS AGO
Jayden Star celebrates 10-year anniversary with new product roll-out

(NEW YORK) - Celebrating with style, Jayden Star marks it’s 10-year anniversary with the biggest new product roll-out in company history during the JCK Las Vegas 2017 show. “With wholesale price points from $3 to $300, it’s hard to go wrong,” says Patrick Retzer, VP of Sales for Jayden Star. “All our...

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Furry Friends: Buffy the Shitzu

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Furry Friends: Buffy the Shitzu

Buffy the shitzu recently celebrated her 10-year anniversary at Carl’s Fine Jewelry in Covington, LA. She’s quite stylish and the customers just love her.

Do you have a furry friend that helps out in your store? Tell us about it and send a picture to bill@southernjewelrynews.com.

 

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Internet Marketing Strategies: The power of Viral Video

In an earlier column, I wrote about using online video as an effective yet inexpensive method to market your store. This past Christmas Season we saw one jewelry company who put this advertising media to great use.

I'm sure by now most of you have seen the video "Beware of the Doghouse" produced by JC Penny. If you haven't go to www.BewareOfTheDogHouse.com and watch it. This hilarious video tells the story of guys getting in trouble with their wife or girlfriend because they bought thoughtless gifts.

A website was created with the same domain name as the video. Then a YouTube account was created with the same name and the video up-loaded to it. This was very powerful! If you search on the Internet for ‘Beware Doghouse', the first two listings are the website and the YouTube video. There was also an account created on Meta Café with the same name.

I have no idea how many people went to their website, but over 800,000 viewed the video on the YouTube account and over 400,000 viewed it on Meta Café. But that isn't the end of it. This video went Viral! Other YouTube users pick up the video and played it on their account. Others posted it on various video hosting websites around the Internet.

All totaled this video received well over 2 million views just from the free hosting websites, and that doesn't include how many watched it from their own website. Plus J C Penny added a nice feature where you could warn your special someone that they could end up in the doghouse. Guess what? J C Penny made a fun way to get the e-mail address of men all across the US who have a wife or girlfriend who wants jewelry for Christmas. They even have a place on their website to send him to the doghouse if he did not respond properly (by buying jewelry).

J C Penny made buying jewelry fun with a viral video and an interactive website, all the while compiling the Jeweler's Dream E-Mail List.

Tips For Making A Video Go Viral
  • First and foremost you need to come up with an idea for your video that is either funny or has an un-expected twist at the end. These are the 2 types of videos that have the best chance of going viral. This is the hardest part of the whole campaign. Get this down and the rest is a breeze.
  • Tell your story in a way that doesn't look like an advertisement. The "Beware of the Doghouse" video was excellent at these first two points (which is why over 2 million viewers saw it). It was a humorous story and you did not know it was an advertisement until the last few seconds.
  • A little controversy never hurts. Videos that tend to be controversial have a better chance of going viral. But be careful with this! A few anti postings help create a buzz about your video and cause more people to want to watch it. However, you don't want more posts about your video that are negative than positive. Controversy can help but it is better to avoid it, than to go too far.
  • Create a short video. Videos under 2 minutes have the best chance of going viral and 30 seconds to 1 minute is the best. A longer version is fine for your own website, but you need short clips to post on the video hosting websites so they are quick to view and easy to share.
  • Create a series of videos instead of just one video. Releasing a new episode each week, or a couple of episodes a month, gives your viewers a reason to come back and watch your ad again. Instead of having just one video sent around the Internet, you could have 5 or 6 of them. Plus viewers on YouTube and other video hosts can subscribe to your videos and receive an e-mail from them each time you post a new video.
  • Create a website with the same domain name as your video series. Then you can collect e-mail addresses and send out auto-responders. Today websites are cheap! Domain names are $10 a year and hosting accounts are $8 a month or less. A simple interactive website that shows all the videos or a full-version video, collects e-mail addresses, and sends out auto-responders is easy to create and not very expensive. Don't shortchange your video campaign. Have a website related to the video to send your viewers to after they watch the video.
  • Submit your videos to ALL of the free video hosting websites. Sure YouTube is by far the biggest one out there and Meta Café is in the top 5, but there are over 50 video hosting websites that will accept your videos and play them for no cost to you. I don't understand why anyone would go to all the trouble and expense to create a video and then not submit it to at least the top 25 or 30 websites that people go to see videos. Sure, someone may eventually post it on several other websites, but why wait. Post it on all of them to be sure you receive the broadest audience.
  • You don't have to spend a lot of money on video production. The Internet is different than television and the movie screen. Viewers on the Internet tend to be leery of big budget, slick 5th Avenue advertising. A video that isn't so polished and has more of a homemade feel to it has a better chance of going viral.
  • Add geographic qualifiers such as your zip code, city and state to your website and in the information posted with the video on the free hosting websites. Your video can still be seen by the whole wide world, but by doing so you will target your geographical area in all local searches.
  • Once you have your video posted, share it on Facebook and other social media websites, blog about it, and send an e-mail with a link to the video to your entire mail list. Once you get the ball rolling, others will follow and soon you will see your video going viral.
As you can see using the Internet and creating Viral Videos is easy and inexpensive yet an highly effective means to market your store. Plus creating a humorous video for your store will be the most fun you ever had creating advertising.




Brad & Debbie Simon are owners of Internet 4 Jewelers, www.Internet4Jewelers.com, where they teach retail jewelers how to use the Internet as a marketing tool to drive more traffic into their stores and to stay in touch with their existing customers. They also provide affordable Marketing Services, including video creation and submissions, to those who are too busy running their store to do it themselves. For more information please visit www.Internet4Jewelers.com.

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