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24K Club SEUS accepting applications for 2017 scholarships

24K Club SEUS accepting applications for 2017 scholarships

The 24 Karat Club Southeastern United States (SEUS) is pleased to announce that applications are currently being accepted for multiple scholarships. Individuals employed in the jewelry industry for a minimum of 2 years, currently working in the indus...

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Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair coming in February

Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair coming in February

The Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), the Ministry of Commerce of the Royal Thai government has extended an invitation for U.S. jewelers to visit the upcoming 59th Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair 2017. The Fair will be held February...

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Stuller commits to promoting health and wellness in Louisiana

Stuller commits to promoting health and wellness in Louisiana

Company designated as a top-level WellSpot

(LAFAYETTE, La.) - Stuller is proud to announce that they have been named a level one WellSpot by Well-Ahead Louisiana, an initiative started by the Louisiana Department of Health.

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MJSA launches Council of Custom Jewelers as part of new Custom Design program

MJSA launches Council of Custom Jewelers as part of new Custom Design program

MJSA, a trade association dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design, has introduced the MJSA Council of Custom Jewelers as part of a wide-ranging program to advance the art and consumer appreciation of custom jewelry design.

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Female wounded warrior finds passion, career and calling in jewelry

Female wounded warrior finds passion, career and calling in jewelry

There are many paths to finding the right career. Most are predictable, but sometimes the path becomes clear only through adversity. Richard Branson, whose net worth of $4.9 billion makes him nearly 10 times wealthier than Queen Elizabeth II, dropped...

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24K Club SEUS accepting applications for 2017 scholarships

5 DAYS AGO
24K Club SEUS accepting applications for 2017 scholarships

The 24 Karat Club Southeastern United States (SEUS) is pleased to announce that applications are currently being accepted for multiple scholarships. Individuals employed in the jewelry industry for a minimum of 2 years, currently working in the industry and holding residence in the following states ...

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Police searching for suspects in $6M New Years Eve jewelry heist

13 DAYS AGO
Police searching for suspects in $6M New Years Eve jewelry heist

Three jewel thieves ended 2016 with a $6 million score, raiding safes at a Midtown jewelry wholesaler just after the ball dropped on New Year’s Eve.

Authorities believe the heist was an inside job, police sources said, since the thieves didn’t even have to crack the safes when they got inside.

“The sa...

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Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair coming in February

13 DAYS AGO
Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair coming in February

The Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), the Ministry of Commerce of the Royal Thai government has extended an invitation for U.S. jewelers to visit the upcoming 59th Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair 2017. The Fair will be held February 22-26, 2017 at the IMPACT Exhibition & Conven...

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GIA’s annual Board and Research meetings bring together international experts

14 DAYS AGO
GIA’s annual Board and Research meetings bring together international experts

Board welcomes Barbara Dutrow and Stephen Kahler; honors Aron Suna and Hank Siegel for their 16 years of combined service

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - GIA’s Board of Governors inducted Dr. Barbara Dutrow, Adolphe G. Gueymard Professor of Geology at Louisiana State University; and Stephen Kahler, senior vice p...

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Stuller commits to promoting health and wellness in Louisiana

5 DAYS AGO
Stuller commits to promoting health and wellness in Louisiana

Company designated as a top-level WellSpot

(LAFAYETTE, La.) - Stuller is proud to announce that they have been named a level one WellSpot by Well-Ahead Louisiana, an initiative started by the Louisiana Department of Health.

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U.S. Kimberley Process Authority appoints IGI’s Jerry Ehrenwald to Board

19 DAYS AGO
U.S. Kimberley Process Authority appoints IGI’s Jerry Ehrenwald to Board

(NEW YORK) - The United States Kimberley Process Authority (USKPA), the not-for-profit organization that administers the use of Kimberley Process certificates for exports of rough diamonds from the U.S., announced that Jerry Ehrenwald, G.G., A.S.A, president and CEO of the International Gemological I...

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MJSA launches Council of Custom Jewelers as part of new Custom Design program

5 DAYS AGO
MJSA launches Council of Custom Jewelers as part of new Custom Design program

MJSA, a trade association dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design, has introduced the MJSA Council of Custom Jewelers as part of a wide-ranging program to advance the art and consumer appreciation of custom jewelry design.

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LaserStar introduces the FiberCube Compact

5 DAYS AGO
LaserStar introduces the FiberCube Compact

LaserStar Technologies, U.S. manufacturer of laser systems and solutions for laser engraving, laser welding and laser cutting specifically designed for jewelry production and repair, is pleased to introduce the 3802 Series FiberStar Compact Laser Engraving System.

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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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