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Russell Mefford - Jeweler by day, Southern Rocker by night

Russell Mefford - Jeweler by day, Southern Rocker by night

If you’re a Southern rock fan you know the differe...

TW Steel’s new Maverick Collection adds attitude to the sport heritage world

TW Steel’s new Maverick Collection adds attitude to the sport heritage world

TW Steel is shaking up Father Time in 2016, launch...

JA New York Spring Show reports increased attendance

JA New York Spring Show reports increased attendance

Co-Location with MJSA and Lueur, new dates contrib...

ELLE Time & Jewelry to exhibit in prestigious Plumb Club at JCK

ELLE Time & Jewelry to exhibit in prestigious Plumb Club at JCK

(DALLAS) - PAJ (Prime Art & Jewel), who holds t...

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Morganite: The modern face of jewelry

Morganite: The modern face of jewelry

Trends come and go as quickly as the seasons. Much like American culture, tastes in music, fashion and color are constantly evolving. And when they evolve, it pays to be on the current trend.

In the case of the jewelry industry, we are right in the mi...

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Historic 8.52-carat “Esperanza Diamond” featured at The Smart Jewelry Show

Historic 8.52-carat “Esperanza Diamond” featured at The Smart Jewelry Show

Displayed with R. Harder Gallery Collection from Jewelers Mutual

(NEENAH, Wisc.) - The Smart Jewelry Show, April 17-19 in Chicago, will be hosting the historic Esperanza Diamond. The one-of-a-kind diamond will be on display with other pieces which are ...

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Cecilia Gardner’s role at JVC to change in 2017

(NEW YORK) - The Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) has announced that Cecilia Gardner, CEO/President and General Counsel, has decided to step down from her role as CEO/President at the beginning of 2017, after the planned celebration of JVC’s 100th y...

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JVC releases “Getting It Right JVC’s Guide to Quality Programs for Jewelers”

(NEW YORK) - JVC has announced the publication of its latest guide - “Getting It Right – JVC’s Guide to Quality Programs for Jewelers” - published with a generous grant from International Gemological Institute (IGI).

The latest publication from the JVC...

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Industry writer goes from writing retail to working it

Industry writer goes from writing retail to working it

Paul Holewa, a freelance writer for Southern and Mid-America Jewelry News , has worked as a trade journalist since 1995. For most of that time, he has learned about best retailer practices by networking with and interviewing top jewelry store owners and...

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Morganite: The modern face of jewelry

4 HOURS AGO
Morganite: The modern face of jewelry

Trends come and go as quickly as the seasons. Much like American culture, tastes in music, fashion and color are constantly evolving. And when they evolve, it pays to be on the current trend.

In the case of the jewelry industry, we are right in the middle of a morganite sensation. A stone mostly disr...

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One fifth of the world's gold is buried in London - and here's where it's hidden

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One fifth of the world's gold is buried in London - and here's where it's hidden

SECRET vaults in London house one fifth of all the gold on the planet, with a staggering £172 billion worth of bullion tucked away under the capital’s streets.

Vaults under the Bank of England on Threadneedle Street are said to hold 5,134 tonnes of gold, making up the majority of the 6,256 tonne tota...

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JA New York Spring Show reports increased attendance

3 HOURS AGO
JA New York Spring Show reports increased attendance

Co-Location with MJSA and Lueur, new dates contributing factors to success

(NEW YORK) - After an “extremely strong” opening day on Sunday, the JA New York Spring show proudly reported high-attendance momentum throughout the three day show. The co-location with MJSA and Lueur, a successful hosted buyer...

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Historic 8.52-carat “Esperanza Diamond” featured at The Smart Jewelry Show

17 DAYS AGO
Historic 8.52-carat “Esperanza Diamond” featured at The Smart Jewelry Show

Displayed with R. Harder Gallery Collection from Jewelers Mutual

(NEENAH, Wisc.) - The Smart Jewelry Show, April 17-19 in Chicago, will be hosting the historic Esperanza Diamond. The one-of-a-kind diamond will be on display with other pieces which are part of R. Harder Gallery of Gems and Minerals fro...

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Cecilia Gardner’s role at JVC to change in 2017

3 HOURS AGO

(NEW YORK) - The Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) has announced that Cecilia Gardner, CEO/President and General Counsel, has decided to step down from her role as CEO/President at the beginning of 2017, after the planned celebration of JVC’s 100th year.

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ELLE Time & Jewelry to exhibit in prestigious Plumb Club at JCK

3 HOURS AGO
ELLE Time & Jewelry to exhibit in prestigious Plumb Club at JCK

(DALLAS) - PAJ (Prime Art & Jewel), who holds the exclusive license for ELLE Time & Jewelry in agreement with ELLE Magazine , is pleased to announce that they will be exhibiting in the Plumb Club at JCK Las Vegas in June, 2016.

ELLE is a powerhouse brand most noted for its personal beauty mark, ...

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JVC releases “Getting It Right JVC’s Guide to Quality Programs for Jewelers”

2 HOURS AGO

(NEW YORK) - JVC has announced the publication of its latest guide - “Getting It Right – JVC’s Guide to Quality Programs for Jewelers” - published with a generous grant from International Gemological Institute (IGI).

The latest publication from the JVC provides simple and useable tools for all jeweler...

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TW Steel’s new Maverick Collection adds attitude to the sport heritage world

2 HOURS AGO
TW Steel’s new Maverick Collection adds attitude to the sport heritage world

TW Steel is shaking up Father Time in 2016, launching the adventurous Maverick Collection. Inspired by the ground-breaking Son of Time masterpiece, the Maverick Collection takes TW Steel’s bold attitude, blends in cool vintage styling and twists it all together to deliver a totally fresh take on tim...

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More of the Low Hanging Fruit – Adding-On

The past couple of months we have been discussing the process of selling additional items. As we approach the all important holiday season the importance of learning to suggest, show and sell additional items is paramount to your individual success and the overall success of your company. Again, selling additional items are one of the keys to maximizing both sales and profits in a retail jewelry store.

Customers want and need to buy additional items. In many cases the additional items are not on the top of the customers mind or aren’t a priority purchase at the moment that he/she is in your store. However, that is not to say that the customer won’t buy the additional items if introduced or given the suggestion of appropriate items that they need to purchase in the future.

To review a few of the key points about adding-on from previous articles:

1) Selling Add-on items is profit – the majority of the costs of running a business are amortized out of the main item purchase.

2) Selling Add-on items is a customer service – customers want and need to buy additional items. In some cases the customer simply hasn’t given any thought to the additional items or isn’t aware of the various different items that you sell in your store.

3) The Add-on doesn’t necessarily have to cost less than the main item. People have budgets for different things. If a customer is buying a graduation gift for a son’s girlfriend, that doesn’t mean he/she doesn’t have an even larger budget for the special event that they have coming in a couple of weeks.

4) What to Add-on – the key to success in selling additional items comes in the salesperson’s ability to ask add-on questions in order to determine what are the most appropriate additional items to sell.

5) An Add-on item is anything that you sell in addition to what the customer came in to purchase.

6) A professional salesperson MUST attempt to sell additional items. One of a salesperson’s main responsibilities is to sell additional items. I am not saying a salesperson must sell an add-on item to every customer, but a salesperson must attempt to sell an add-on item to every customer. Again, the only way to maximize a selling opportunity is through presenting additional goods.

7) Add-ons can significantly increase a salesperson’s income. When a salesperson is paid on commission a salesperson who shows, suggests and sells additional items can increase his/her commissions tremendously.

8) The Assumptive Add-on Close. The assumptive add-on close, as detailed last month, is one of the most effective add-on techniques available when the close is based on information that you learned throughout the earlier portion of the selling process.

The Don’t Let Me Forget/Remind Me To Show You Add-On Technique

This technique will actually cause customers to add-on to themselves. You will even find that in many cases the customer is actually reminding you to sell them additional merchandise. The technique is a method in which you stimulate the thought process and the desire in the customer.

For example; A woman comes in and is shopping for a watch for her husband, the salesperson could say for example: “Let’s take a look at some watches and, Oh, by the way, your earrings are gorgeous, don’t let me forget later to show you a pendant we have that will match perfectly.”

Another option would be to say: “Remind me later, I would love to get your opinion on some new items that we think are going to be very popular this holiday season, I’d love to see what you think.”

Again, if you don’t ask you won’t get. With these techniques you will find customers reminding you that you wanted their opinion on something or saying; “Why don’t you let me see the pendant that you mentioned?” Adding-on is the secret to building your sales and profits with your existing customers. In retail jewelry there are only three ways to increase sales. Those are to sell more of the people that you talk to, to sell more to the people you are already selling and to get more people in the store that you can sell. Selling additional items is an extremely important aspect of the job of a true professional salesperson. Further, your customers will appreciate the professionalism and the time that you have saved them in not having to shop at other stores to complete his or her buying needs.

Next month we will close out the articles on selling add-on items by detailing a few more add-on techniques.

Author, trainer, consultant and speaker Brad Huisken is President of IAS Training. Mr. Huisken authored the book “I’m a Salesman! Not a PhD.” and developed the PMSA Relationship Selling Program, the PSMC Professional Sales Management Course, The Mystery Shoppers Kit, The Weekly Jewelry Sales Training Meeting Series (exclusively for jewelry) along with Aptitude Tests and Proficiency Exams for new hires, current sales staff and sales managers and his new Train The Sales Trainer Course. In addition he publishes a free weekly newsletter called “Sales Insight.” For a free subscription or more information contact IAS Training at 800-248-7703, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.iastraining.com.


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