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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...

Georgia Jewelers Association announces scholarship winners

Georgia Jewelers Association announces scholarship winners

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

GIA’s M2M app helps retailers tell a diamond’s story

GIA’s M2M app helps retailers tell a diamond’s story

As the creator of the 4Cs, GIA (Gemological Instit...

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

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

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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

7 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?

7 DAYS AGO
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

7 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

7 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

13 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

29 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

13 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

27 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

7 DAYS AGO
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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Marketing with Twitter - Push On vs. Pass On

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

Last month we discussed getting your Twitter Account up and running, learned a little about the language, the structure and hopefully, I was able to give you enough positives to keep you from becoming a “Twitter Quitter.”  This month I’d like to give you an overview of “Push On vs. Pass On” marketing and we’ll take a look at how Southern Jewelry News is making their Twitter account work for them.

There’s a term I’ve developed for marketing with social media.  The method is different than traditional marketing but the results, if applied correctly, will be greater than the returns derived from traditional marketing sources.  You can learn to use social media to establish yourself as a credible source of information and expertise in the industry and watch your sales numbers grow.  The difference is, your customers will feel as if you are sharing secrets with them and bringing them into an inner sanctum, behind the counter, rather than leaving them on the other side of the sales floor.

This term, “Push On vs. Pass On,” on the surface is pretty self explanatory.  “Push On” means just that.  You or your salesperson “Push” information on your customer based on what they come into the store requesting.  We have all been there.  A man walks into the store and says, “My wife wants a chain.”  And then he stares at us.

So, you go into sales mode.  “What type of chain?”  “What length?” “Is she going to wear a charm on it?”  “Would you like to buy her a diamond pendant today to add as a sparkling surprise?”  And so on and so on.

All the while, you are “pushing” information on your customer, most of which he will not retain after he has walked out of the store (hopefully!) with his purchase.

Let me make the distinction for you this way.  “Pushing on” information about a product happens when someone is up against a deadline, or they have to make a decision or a purchase right away.  “Passing on” information about a product happens when someone has time to absorb information over time.

“Pass On,” is where social media shines and what social media networks like Twitter excel at.  This is where retailers, and especially jewelry retailers, can take 24/7 continuous advantage of “passing on” information to Mr. “My wife wants a chain.”

Here’s how a series of “Pass On,” tweets would look.  They aren’t designed as “sales pitches” just designed to give information:

14k solid gold rope chains are great pendant chains.  18”,  20”, & 24”, are popular lengths. Make sure to bring your charm along 4 us 2 fit

This tweet is a good one to use if you buy from a company like Leslie’s, because they have the chocolate gold: Do you believe there’s no such thing as “Zero Calorie Chocolate?”   Come on in & see it for yourself today.  Chocolate Gold, it’s Amazing!

Here’s a tweet that works well if you have customers that like things which are a little more unique in style.  And it also has the added benefit of giving your store a chance to showcase it’s wide selection of chain styles:  Pendant chains come in many styles including rope, rollo, cyclone, tinsel, figaro, sparkle, bead & curb.  We can help find the right 1 for U

To structure your social media campaigns properly, you need to figure out what and how you are going to “Pass On” at any given time.  If you use a venue like Twitter, pick your messages.  You have the ability to have an unlimited number of messages and we are blessed to be in a business that gives us a virtually unlimited number of topics from which to choose.  We touched on just one topic above, pendant chains.  From there, we could spring board on to clasps, O-rings, etc.

And let me stop for a moment, because I know some of you are reading this and shaking your head thinking, “this is too boring and my customers are never going to want to hear all of this.  They don’t care about the nuts and bolts of my business.”  And you are probably right, most of them don’t.

But I guarantee you, they want to know that YOU know.  This is why I am telling you, done correctly, Twitter (or other social media/networking sources) can establish you as the credible source in your industry.  Because when your client follows you on Twitter and one day you decide to “Tweet” about O-rings and the tweet looks like this:  Did you know?  O-rings are the piece that connect the clasp of a chain to the chain itself & can most often be replaced if the chain breaks?

Then your client is going to continue to build confidence in your knowledge of the industry.  They don’t have to come and ask you what you know, because Twitter allows you to tell them on a consistent basis.  That’s the beauty of this type of interaction.

If you have any other questions about the “Push On vs. Pass On” marketing concept, please feel free to e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call me directly at 504-615-1191.

I’d like to take a moment and mention Southern Jewelry News is now on Twitter.Com @sjmajewelrynews. If you haven’t already followed Southern Jewelry News on Twitter, I encourage you to do so.  Through their Twitter updates, you’ll have the chance to read SJN articles you may have missed, view all the latest Show Schedules, see the latest Industry News, Breaking News and much, much more.

Now that Southern Jewelry News is on Twitter, you can also connect with them directly by either sending them a DM (direct message) or using the @ sign to reply to something they have posted on their account.

Next month - What is Social Capital and how can you develop and enhance it for your business?

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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