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Georgia Jewelers Association announces scholarship winners

Georgia Jewelers Association announces scholarship winners

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

Retailer Roundtable: What jewelry trends are you seeing leading up to Vegas?

Retailer Roundtable: What jewelry trends are you seeing leading up to Vegas?

Q: What jewelry trends are you seeing leading up to...

Ellis Jewelers Tim Hiatt credits retail success to his genes

Ellis Jewelers Tim Hiatt credits retail success to his genes

They say you can escape your past but not your gen...

Masters of Marketing - A century of sparkling insight - Part 2

Masters of Marketing - A century of sparkling insight - Part 2

Part II – Siegel Jewelers, Grand Rapids, MI

The tra...

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Diamond Producers Association Announces 2017 Marketing Budget of $57M

Diamond Producers Association Announces 2017 Marketing Budget of $57M

(IDEX Online) – The Diamond Producers Association (DPA) announced at the JCK show in Las Vegas that its 2017 full-year marketing investment of $57 million has been approved by its board of directors. The figure more than quadruples last year's budget...

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ASA to offer Gem Identification, Testing and Insurance Report Writing courses at JTV

ASA to offer Gem Identification, Testing and Insurance Report Writing courses at JTV

(RESTON, Vir.) - The American Society of Appraisers (ASA) has announced the offering of a Gemological Boot Camp July 31 - August 3, 2017 and Appraising Gems and Jewelry for Insurance Coverage course August 4-7, 2017 at Jewelry Television in Knoxville,...

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Voyager Brands hires Bill Peak as VP of Sales

Voyager Brands hires Bill Peak as VP of Sales

‘Shining star’ joins young, dynamic jewelry wholesaler

(AUSTIN, Tex.) - Voyager Brands is pleased to announce its hire of Bill Peak as Vice President of Sales.

Peak, who brings decades of experience in the industry, served as National Sales Manager at L...

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

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

Schnack’s Fine Jewelry, Alexandria, LA     

There is rarely a day that goes by when I am not reminded of the famous quote by Milan Kundera, “Business has only two functions - marketing and innovation.” For someone like me, whose life revolves around mar...

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Diamond Producers Association Announces 2017 Marketing Budget of $57M

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Diamond Producers Association Announces 2017 Marketing Budget of $57M

(IDEX Online) – The Diamond Producers Association (DPA) announced at the JCK show in Las Vegas that its 2017 full-year marketing investment of $57 million has been approved by its board of directors. The figure more than quadruples last year's budget.

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Forbes opinion piece suggests ‘Fight For $15’ having negative impact

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Forbes opinion piece suggests ‘Fight For $15’ having negative impact

What a difference a week makes.

Last week, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray trumpeted a new report on his city’s minimum wage experiment, from a team of researchers sympathetic to the cause. The Mayor’s request of this report was unusual, given that the city had already funded a separate University of Washing...

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ASA to offer Gem Identification, Testing and Insurance Report Writing courses at JTV

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ASA to offer Gem Identification, Testing and Insurance Report Writing courses at JTV

(RESTON, Vir.) - The American Society of Appraisers (ASA) has announced the offering of a Gemological Boot Camp July 31 - August 3, 2017 and Appraising Gems and Jewelry for Insurance Coverage course August 4-7, 2017 at Jewelry Television in Knoxville, TN.

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

8 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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Voyager Brands hires Bill Peak as VP of Sales

1 DAY AGO
Voyager Brands hires Bill Peak as VP of Sales

‘Shining star’ joins young, dynamic jewelry wholesaler

(AUSTIN, Tex.) - Voyager Brands is pleased to announce its hire of Bill Peak as Vice President of Sales.

Peak, who brings decades of experience in the industry, served as National Sales Manager at Lakewood, N.J.-based Belair Time Corp. for the past...

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JA announces 2018 GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement recipient

15 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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Rembrandt Charms introduces Bridal Party Program

15 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

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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: Chase the cavachon

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Furry Friends: Chase the cavachon

Chase the cavachon goes to work every day at MLG Jewelry in Ohio - even when there’s an Ohio State game on TV.

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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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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Getting the ball rolling on Twitter

*This is the third in a series of six articles about Twitter Social Networking and its use in the Jewelry Industry

Last month we covered marketing your business on Twitter. Now let's get your Twitter Account up and running, learn the language, structure and hopefully focus on enough Twitter positives to keep you from becoming a "Twitter Quitter."

The beauty of Twitter lies in its simplicity and ability to allow you to connect and interact with a large audience, sharing ideas, product information and expertise in a manner that can help solidify your brand within your target market. Figuring out the logistics of getting a Twitter account up and running, however, can be challenging for those who don't have a lot of experience on the Internet.

We've developed a "Twitter Social Networking User Guide" for our clients which explains all of the functions of Twitter, including everything from how to log in to Twitter to how to navigate through the links. If you're ready to give Twitter a try, but worried you won't be able to find your way around once you log in, feel free to download or print this handy "cheat sheet" and use it to help you navigate through the "Twitterverse." Just head on over to http://GJBPartners.com and look for the link that says "Twitter Social Networking User Guide".

This guide is intended for elementary instructional purposes and doesn't contain all the information relevant to navigating the entire scope of programs and/or services designed and currently available for Twitter.com users, but hopefully it will give you a good start.

Learning Basic Twitter Language
Understanding basic Twitter terms and how to use them is the key to managing Tweets effectively. I'll share two common Twitter terms, Re-Tweeting and hashtags, and their uses in this article, but you'll find a complete listing of all the Twitter Terms listed in The Twitter Dictionary, also known as Twittonary, along with explanations of Twitter-related words. You'll find this helpful tool at http://Twittonary.com.

RT: The letters RT are shorthand for the term Re-Tweet. A Re-Tweet is something that is shared, usually a link, quote or request, from one Twitter account to another. Twitter users place the letters "RT" in front of whatever information they are sharing (Re-Tweeting), to give credit to the original poster and let other Twitter users know the source of the original information.

How are Re-Tweets structured? Here's an example from one of our clients, Milkins Jewelers (Twitter user name @MilkinsJewelers) in Wyandotte, Michigan. The first post listed below is the original "Tweet" from Milkins, which contains a link to a news article, and reads:

Egypt Signs $34.5 Million Energy, Gold Agreements: Egypt signed 4 energy & gold exploration agreements valued at $34.5 @ http://tr.im/wNmo

A little later that day, another Twitter user, @Egytweets (which Tweets and Re-Tweets information about all things related to and relevant about Egypt) picked up the Milkins tweet and put it out to their follower list. Their Tweet reads:

EgyTweets RT @milkinsjewelers: Egypt Signs $34.5 Million Energy, Gold Agreements: Egypt signed 4 energy & gold exploration agreements valued a ...
So, EgyTweets passed along relevant, timely information to their followers while giving credit to the original source, which was Milkins Jewelers.

What about structuring a Re-Tweet for interesting information? Here's an example of a perfect one, from Twitter user Kathy Beall (Twitter user name @k_beall), K. Beall Associates & Executive Director of the Alabama Jewelers Association.

The first post listed below is an original "Tweet" from Southern Jewelry News (Twitter user name @sjmajewelrynews) and links back to their Southern Jewelry News website. It reads:

Rash of shipping losses calls for attention to proper packaging: Outbreaks of shipping losses affecting several Jewelers @ http://tr.im/xOT8

Kathy felt this information would be both timely and interesting for members of the Alabama Jewelers Association, especially with the holiday season fast approaching. After she read the Southern Jewelry News "Tweet" she passed it along on her Twitter account, and her followers saw it as:

RT @sjmajewelrynews Rash of shipping losses calls for attention to proper packaging: Outbreaks of shipping losses calls @ http://tr.im/xOT8

By structuring her "Tweet" to give credit to the original source (Southern Jewelry News) and including the link, Kathy's followers are now able to access information from Southern Jewelry News that they may have otherwise missed.

Hashtags: One of the most perplexing things to new Twitter users is the hashtag symbol. If I had a dollar for every time someone asks me about the "pound-sign thing" - well let's just say I'd be buying a lot of shoes, or Debbie Brooks handbags for every outfit! Hashtags are used to help track, organize, filter and facilitate searching by word, subject, trending topics or categories.

A common use for hashtags within the Twitter space is "Follow Friday." Follow Friday is a great concept and used to recommend Twitter users to each other. Think of it as a personal recommendation or introduction, but on a much larger scale.

A recent Follow Friday "Tweet" from our @gjbpartners account looked like this:
sending #FollowFriday hugs out to @mama_red, @schnacksjewelry, @gtbundy, @sjmajewelrynews, @nickeyh, @centurionshow, @joyero

You can use a hashtag to flag any topic. Back during the Stanley Cup playoffs, we tweeted about Lord Stanley's Cup and it's origins. Because there were a lot of people on Twitter looking for information about the playoffs, we always included a hashtag in those playoff tweets so users searching for information on the Stanley Cup playoffs would be able to see our tweets. We picked up a lot of additional followers during that time because of our strategic use of hashtags.

Tweeting and Re-Tweeting and Hashtags - oh my! If you're reading this information and starting to get discouraged, don't worry, you aren't alone. Like anything new, it takes a little while to wrap your arms around the concept of Social Networking. There's a term for people who start Tweeting and then become overwhelmed - it's called a "Twitter Quitter". A Nielsen report back in April of 2009 states that about 60% of new users quit the service (hence the term "Twitter Quitter") within a month of joining. The challenge with Twitter is not the technology itself, it's the lack of understanding how to harness that technology to make it work for you and your business.

Use the K-I-S-S rule with Twitter. Start Tweeting what you know about and grow from there. If you're ready to get serious about adding Social Networking to your business mix, but don't have the time, interest or ability to do it yourself, pick up the phone and call us, or any other company that has social networking experience. Our job is to make it work for you, not to make you work for it!

On that note, I'd like to announce that GJB Partners, LLC will be sponsoring a free, Industry-wide Twitter conference call on Wednesday, October 14 at 2:00 pm Central Time. We invite everyone interested in learning more about Twitter to join us. You'll be able to ask questions, discuss information you've read in these articles and find out how Twitter social media can fit into your marketing mix. Remember, it's free to participate (long distance charges may apply, depending on your phone service) so we'd love to hear from you. E-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll get you registered and send you the call in details.

Next month - An overview about Push on vs. Pass on marketing, and we'll take a look at how Southern Jewelry News is making Twitter work for them.



Ann Glynn is a managing partner of GJB Partners, LLC, a company that provides technology, experience and information to assist members of the jewelry industry. GJB Partners works with its clients to improve their business and profitability through a combination of Internet-based opportunities, including the Twitter Social Networking Service. If you'd like more information on using Twitter to enhance your business, contact Ann at 504-615-1191 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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