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Is this the first coin ever minted by the U.S. government?

Is this the first coin ever minted by the U.S. government?

Historic coin experts say they have found the first silver piece minted by the US and believe it was likely held by Founding Father — and founder of The Post — Alexander Hamilton.

David McCarthy, a senior researcher for the coin and collectibles firm ...

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Rio Grande issues Saul Bell Design Award 2018 Call for Entries

Rio Grande issues Saul Bell Design Award 2018 Call for Entries

Rio Grande is pleased to announce its call for entries for the 2018 Saul Bell Design Award. Now in its 18th year, the international competition challenges designers to pick up their tools and make their mark on the jewelry industry.

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John Ford continues award-winning streak with 2017 AGTA Spectrum Award

John Ford continues award-winning streak with 2017 AGTA Spectrum Award

(GALVESTON, Tex.) - John Ford triumphed again in two categories in the American Gem Trade Association’s 2017 Spectrum Awards. Ford won Platinum Honors in both the Evening Wear Division and the Business/Day Wear Division. The Spectrum Awards is said to...

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R Findings launches their latest “That Was Easy” website

R Findings launches their latest “That Was Easy” website

(ROCHESTER, N.Y.) - For 65 years R Findings has strived to provide the jewelry industry with products that save time and money, and to provide solutions. Their latest effort toward this goal is their new “That Was Easy” website.

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Retailer Roundtable:  What are your biggest hiring challenges?

Retailer Roundtable: What are your biggest hiring challenges?

Q:    What are your biggest hiring challenges?

“I’ve been in business for 30 years and hiring challenges have remained pretty consistent throughout that time - finding a sales associate that has an understanding and love of jewelry. One of the most comm...

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Is this the first coin ever minted by the U.S. government?

5 DAYS AGO
Is this the first coin ever minted by the U.S. government?

Historic coin experts say they have found the first silver piece minted by the US and believe it was likely held by Founding Father — and founder of The Post — Alexander Hamilton.

David McCarthy, a senior researcher for the coin and collectibles firm Kagin’s, figured the 1783 silver coin had to be on...

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Greene Family Jewelers featured on DIY Network’s “Treehouse Guys”

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Greene Family Jewelers featured on DIY Network’s “Treehouse Guys”

(ASHEVILLE, N.C.) - It’s ok if you call Michael Greene a tree-hugger. While you might not find him with his arms wrapped around a maple, the vacation home he built in Weaverville, NC, is nestled in a tree (actually, three trees) and its massive deck was built around the trees’ branches and trunks.

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Rio Grande issues Saul Bell Design Award 2018 Call for Entries

5 DAYS AGO
Rio Grande issues Saul Bell Design Award 2018 Call for Entries

Rio Grande is pleased to announce its call for entries for the 2018 Saul Bell Design Award. Now in its 18th year, the international competition challenges designers to pick up their tools and make their mark on the jewelry industry.

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Dunkin’s Diamonds wins ASHI’s I DO Bridal Sweepstakes

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Dunkin’s Diamonds wins ASHI’s I DO Bridal Sweepstakes

Announces launch of Lovebright Sweepstakes  

(NEW YORK) - ASHI announced the winner of their most recent I DO Bridal Sweepstakes. Among all participating retailers, Dunkin’s Diamonds in Ohio had the highest number of participant entries and the winner was randomly selected from their customer participa...

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John Ford continues award-winning streak with 2017 AGTA Spectrum Award

5 DAYS AGO
John Ford continues award-winning streak with 2017 AGTA Spectrum Award

(GALVESTON, Tex.) - John Ford triumphed again in two categories in the American Gem Trade Association’s 2017 Spectrum Awards. Ford won Platinum Honors in both the Evening Wear Division and the Business/Day Wear Division. The Spectrum Awards is said to be the Oscars of the jewelry industry - the most ...

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Darling Imports celebrates milestone anniversary

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Darling Imports celebrates milestone anniversary

“Thanks for the last 25 years!”

For over the last two decades, Darling Imports has proudly supplied the gemstone community with gorgeous color. From humble beginnings of a basement in Hampton, Georgia ,“Mr. D,” Harold Darling, and Konrad Darling started this company focusing on top service and a pass...

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R Findings launches their latest “That Was Easy” website

12 DAYS AGO
R Findings launches their latest “That Was Easy” website

(ROCHESTER, N.Y.) - For 65 years R Findings has strived to provide the jewelry industry with products that save time and money, and to provide solutions. Their latest effort toward this goal is their new “That Was Easy” website.

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Roseco offering moissanite with graded certificate

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Roseco offering moissanite with graded certificate

Roseco Inc. has announced they are now offering Charles and Colvard® Forever One™ moissanite that is certified D, E or F and graded by Precision Gem Grading Laboratory, an independent third-party lab. This certificate, packaged with each stone, allows the retail jeweler to make the same professional...

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Furry friends on the job: Kozzi of Norridge Jewelers

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Furry friends on the job: Kozzi of Norridge Jewelers

Meet the hostess of Norridge Jewelers in Norridge, Illinois.  Kozzi has been greeting customers for seven years. She has made such an impression on her customers that they return bearing gifts - dog treats! She loves her job and puts a smile on the face of everyone she meets - whether in person or o...

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Furry friends on the job: Snorkel Sam Botnick - Worthmore Jewelers

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Furry friends on the job: Snorkel Sam Botnick - Worthmore Jewelers

Introducing Snorkel Sam Botnick. The fur baby of Harris and Geri Botnick, owners of Worthmore Jewelers in Atlanta. Snorkle Sam is the official greeter and general manager of human resources. Conquering the jewelry industry on four paws and with no thumbs, he assists with the all around well being of...

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Online Video Marketing

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth a million!

It's probably no surprise to you that the Internet is one of the best places to promote your jewelry store. However, what may be surprising is the best place to do that online promotion is YouTube!

That's right. YouTube, that website with all the crazy videos posted by teenagers and humorous home movies of the grandchildren, and other video hosting websites like Yahoo Video and Veoh are some of the BEST places to advertise your store and the brands you carry.

Online Video, also known as IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) is exploding. Over 52% of all new material added to the Internet this year has been video content. This is one bandwagon that you need to jump on and do so quickly. You may never see an opportunity to advertise your business with such a quick return as online video is receiving right now. The online video explosion shows no signs of slowing. More than 10 billion videos are viewed online per month in the U.S. alone, and consumers are using online video ads to help make purchasing decisions.

Online Video Facts:

  • 80% of web users have seen an online video ad
  • 52% took action after viewing the ad
  • 31% visited the advertisers' websites
  • 22% searched for info about the product
  • 15% visited the store to check out the product
  • 12% made a purchase
PLUS!
  • 16% talked to friends/family about the product
  • 9% forwarded the video ad to friends/family

 

YouTube is the fourth most popular web site in the world, following Yahoo, Google and MSN. Online videos are already extremely popular and they will only grow in the years to come. Video IS the future of the Internet. Why? Because video sells! The Infomercial industry has sold over 100 BILLION dollars worth of products on TV, and the reach of Internet video is already more than 1 billion users worldwide!

You don't have to pay a cent to put your video online! You don't need a web site or any special skills to make one! Viewers act faster and buy more after watching a video. With video, you develop an instant rapport with your audience and demonstrate any product, or service.

YouTube, MySpace and Google Video are in the top ten most frequently visited sites in the world, more popular than CNN.com, The New York Times, and Oprah! Over 100 billion videos are watched on YouTube alone every month!

Little Competition - Yet Popular

Online videos provide web site owners an entirely new marketing option. It is still relatively new and few companies use it to market their stores. You can still get in on the ground floor. Now is the time to learn how to take advantage of this new online marketing opportunity before your competition catches on.

The good news is that businesses do NOT have to spend a lot of money or time to put professional quality videos online. There are no costs to upload your videos online. There are also no costs for your videos to be viewed. The only real cost is video production, which can be done relatively inexpensively.

Plus, the BEST online videos have a ‘homemade feel' to them. You don't want a polished ‘featured film' look to them. Videos that look like Hollywood productions or slick Madison Avenue hype are not as effective online. The homemade look to the videos presents a ‘you can trust me' image.

YouTube is by far the biggest video hosting website out there, but it's not the ONLY place you want to post your videos. Currently there are over 60 different video websites where you can post your videos for free, and there are new ones starting all the time. The search engine results vary among the different video hosting sites. A video on one site will get higher results from one video host and yet another video may get the best results from a different video website.

There doesn't seem to be much rhyme or reason as to which one will get the best results and surprisingly Google doesn't always rank the YouTube video higher. So you need to post your videos on as many of them as you possibly can.

Creating a short video promoting your store is by far the best form of advertising that you can do today and one that will give you the greatest ROI. Professional looking videos can be easily made using inexpensive software like VlogIt from Adobe. In a few minutes you can take a group of pictures, create a slide show with background music, and begin to upload it to a video web host.

Since search engines are increasingly looking favorably on video, and since there is so little online video out there, it has created a great opportunity for local retail stores willing to do a little work to get a huge jump on their competition. Most local online video is buried within the listings of Internet yellow page sites that don't optimize the content effectively. Videos hosted on YouTube and other video hosting websites are easily outperforming any other type of online advertising.

Do You Want a Great Online Presence Advertising Your Store including Online Video Marketing, but are Too Busy Running Your Store to Take the Time To Do It Right? Internet 4 Jewelers now offer affordable Internet Marketing packages. Go to www.Internet4Jewelers.com for all the details.


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