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Not a girl’s only best friend

Not a girl’s only best friend

One of my favorite shows on TV is ESPN’s series 30 for 30. They are mini documentaries about important historical moments in sports, with the tagline “What if I told you…” The directors proceed to present a story the audience believes they know, only...

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Top 5 Reasons to attend JCK Las Vegas

Top 5 Reasons to attend JCK Las Vegas

(NORWALK, Conn.) - The countdown to Las Vegas Jewelry Week has begun. With 2 weeks left until show time, JCK Las Vegas has announced some attributes, features, and amenities that indicate both their readiness and allure. Here are the Top 5 Reasons not...

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PhotoScribe jewelry inscription service now operating exclusively from IGI

(NEW YORK) - The International Gemological Institute (IGI) – creators of diamond laser inscription, Laserscribe - has announced that jewelry inscription service, PhotoScribe, will operate solely from the Institute’s New York laboratory.

PhotoScribe las...

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Michou Jewelry announces marriage of two popular collections

Michou Jewelry announces marriage of two popular collections

When Michou Jewelry founder Michele Sonner thinks back, the seeds of a relationship began over a decade ago, when Michou unveiled the first pieces in its One-of-a-Kind collection.

Michou Jewelry has always been a gem-focused line, thanks to Sonner’s e...

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Retailer Roundtable: What was your best store promotion?

Retailer Roundtable: What was your best store promotion?

Q: What was your best store promotion?

“For a number of years we’ve held a VIP event and an 11-Hour Sale usually scheduled after Thanksgiving Day and before early December. The VIP event is like a customer appreciation event in that we cater to our to...

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Not a girl’s only best friend

17 MINS AGO
Not a girl’s only best friend

One of my favorite shows on TV is ESPN’s series 30 for 30. They are mini documentaries about important historical moments in sports, with the tagline “What if I told you…” The directors proceed to present a story the audience believes they know, only to reveal there is more than meets the eye. I’ve ...

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The SJG Smart Business Report

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Sponsored content from the Southern Jewelers Guild

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There are certain times of the year when topics for our SJG Smart Business Report just scream, “write about me!” and this month is one of those. There are actually several...

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Top 5 Reasons to attend JCK Las Vegas

12 DAYS AGO
Top 5 Reasons to attend JCK Las Vegas

(NORWALK, Conn.) - The countdown to Las Vegas Jewelry Week has begun. With 2 weeks left until show time, JCK Las Vegas has announced some attributes, features, and amenities that indicate both their readiness and allure. Here are the Top 5 Reasons not to miss JCK Las Vegas 2016 (Friday, June 3 - Mond...

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GIA announces dates for New York Jewelry Career Fair

19 DAYS AGO
GIA announces dates for New York Jewelry Career Fair

GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair will return to New York City on Monday, July 25, 2016. Dozens of gem and jewelry companies will be looking to hire skilled and motivated professionals at every career stage. The free event is expected to draw crowds similar to last year’s event in New York, which attracted ...

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PhotoScribe jewelry inscription service now operating exclusively from IGI

5 DAYS AGO

(NEW YORK) - The International Gemological Institute (IGI) – creators of diamond laser inscription, Laserscribe - has announced that jewelry inscription service, PhotoScribe, will operate solely from the Institute’s New York laboratory.

PhotoScribe laser inscription service specializes in laser engrav...

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Rio Grande announces winners of 16th annual Saul Bell Design Award

5 DAYS AGO
Rio Grande announces winners of 16th annual Saul Bell Design Award

At a celebration dinner held May 15 during the Santa Fe Symposium® in Albuquerque, NM, Rio Grande announced the winners of the 16th annual Saul Bell Design Award competition. Through rigorous judging, a panel of judges chose first- and second-place winners in each of six competitive categories, as w...

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Michou Jewelry announces marriage of two popular collections

5 DAYS AGO
Michou Jewelry announces marriage of two popular collections

When Michou Jewelry founder Michele Sonner thinks back, the seeds of a relationship began over a decade ago, when Michou unveiled the first pieces in its One-of-a-Kind collection.

Michou Jewelry has always been a gem-focused line, thanks to Sonner’s early training as a gemologist, which instilled a d...

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Dazzling Paws Jewelry debuts new Spring Collection

5 DAYS AGO
Dazzling Paws Jewelry debuts new Spring Collection

(PLOVER, Wis.) - Dazzling Paws Jewelry has announced a large expansion of their original dog themed sterling silver jewelry collection. The new product line debuts a grand assortment of styles ready for spring.

Myra Westphal, company President, created these pieces with the sunny seasons in mind. “Our...

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It’s a Brand New Ball Game!

Our current market situation has created a whole new ball game for those of us in the jewelry industry. The game has changed and for us to remain players we must change our approach to business and sales.

Are you willing to change?

Are you willing to try new sales techniques to create a winning team for 2009? Then let's get started!
History always repeats itself and the smart business owner looks into the past during tough times to know which direction to head today. It's the same as a sports team changing their playbook for the current season and you can do the same.

Looking back, when Henry Ford first started producing the Model-T automobile the horseshoe industry was in a panic - but some forward thinking horseshoe business owners looked at their current situation and knew they had to change their playbook to accommodate their current market - and they thrived brilliantly. Others tried to ride out the storm by not changing and lost everything.

You have a wonderful opportunity at this moment to change your approach to business and sales. And in this article I'll show you three techniques to modify your playbook and take advantage of the current market in 2009.

In my 26 years experience of training owners and salespeople, I can tell you first hand that the relationship between the customer and sales associate is the most important one in your business. Used the right way it can create the best year you have ever had!

Here's how we ensure you are benefiting from this relationship:

First: Be a hero - listen to your client's fears, hopes, and dreams! While most salespeople immediately jump into a sales pitch as soon as a customer walks through the door, be sure to train your salespeople to start asking questions about the customer's lives, their families, and their dreams. Create a safe environment for the client to feel free to talk and you have a client for life. This technique sounds so simple, but I have seen it work all across the country - start using it today!

Second: Ask your customer about their past jewelry purchases - whether they bought it from you or not and how much enjoyment they are getting from those past purchases. Notice how they begin to smile. Ask if they are wearing their new purchase every day or only for special occasions. Remember, they came into your jewelry store and they know you want to sell product. Asking questions lets the customers talk about themselves and creates a perfect sales environment.

Third: Train your sales associates over and over to allow the customer to talk and the sales associate to listen. A few months ago I wrote an article on the ‘Art of Listening to Your Clients' that received a lot of positive feedback. Remember that the biggest part of sales is listening - not the sales pitch - I call this "Listen to Buy." Listening is the foundation for a lifetime of business and referrals. Ask the customer questions and then have follow-up questions for the responses they give. By using this technique you will create trust and a huge client base at the same time.

The market has changed. And we must change also. Change your playbook to allow the customer to talk and the sales associate to listen. By taking an active approach to listening, you are ahead of the game.
Changing a few plays in your playbook can have a positive effect on your overall business. And listening to clients in today's market will create a winning season in 2009.

 


Ivan Levi is celebrating his 26th year in the jewelry industry. He is president of Ivan Alan jewels® and Ivan Alan SolutionsTM. His sales training seminars are heard throughout the country at trade shows and at in-store meetings. To contact Ivan for seminar information, call 800-235-1918.


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