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Well this was embarrassing – but I am…

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Well this was embarrassing – but I am…

Hello there! I pretty much screwed up – but I am proud. Why? Because I did it.   I am in a Mastermind group and in our Monday 10 am accountability group…Frankly, everyone should be – but more about that later. In that group, I stated that I had been scared to death to do a FB Live video. I don’t know why. I love doing videos – but something about FB Live freaked me out.   But I swallowed hard and promised to do one. That day.  Monday.   I kept putting it off…. and off….and things came up…. And then it got dark and the lighting...

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What’s Your Return Policy?

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What’s Your Return Policy?

Retail is about creating relationships. GOOD retail is about creating GOOD relationships. BAD retail is about creating BAD relationships. Now before you dismiss this as being obvious, please stop.  Take a breath – in and out.  Think about what kind of relationships the policies of your store creates.  Many policies – if not most – are put in place to protect the retailer or make procedures easier for the retailer.  How do you think they impact the customer?  Do your policies create good relationships or bad relationships?...

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5 Ways Every Retailer Can Increase Holiday Season Sales

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5 Ways Every Retailer Can Increase Holiday Season Sales

The Holiday Season is every retailer’s dream and nightmare. When I owned my boutique, I used to joke that I wished Jesus had a brother so we could do it all two times a year instead of one. At the same time, the holiday season caused a lot of stress for my team and me, I REALLY wanted to make it a great season so I worried about every detail and worked my butt off – and I’m sure you do the same. In this article, I’m sharing some simple yet powerful tips to make the most of the season and boost your sales. 5 Ways Every Retailer Can Increase...

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Our Manifesto. Do you have one?

Posted on 8:00 pm | in Business Goals, Customer Service, Retail Profits | 0 comments

Our Manifesto.  Do you have one?

More powerful than a mission statement. This is what we believe. This is who we are. This is what we do. What do you believe? Who are you? What do you really do? You are part of a revolution. You know who you are impacting. Write it down. Share it! Here is Our Manifesto. Do you have...

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10 Top Tactics to Manage Your Cash Flow Better

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10 Top Tactics to Manage Your Cash Flow Better

After having been in retail for over 30 years, there are proven tactics that work well in keeping your finances and operations going smoothly. Each one is tried and true. Most come from mistakes that I have made that I don’t want you to make. There is such value in getting an outside perspective on your own business. It’s why I will never go it alone. You can’t if you truly want to succeed. A consultant sees things you can’t see in your own business. This is an unabashed plug for what we do! We identify strengths and show you how to maximize...

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Now is a terrible time to be in retail

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Now is a terrible time to be in retail

Now is a terrible time to be in retail. More than 2,800 retail stores have closed this year through mid-April.  That is more closings than during the entire year of 2016.  At this year’s rate, more stores could close in 2017 than during the recession of 2008. And the future doesn’t look much brighter. The Bubble Has Burst “Our industry, not unlike the housing industry, saw too much square footage capacity added in the ’90s and early 2000s. Thousands of new doors opened, and rents soared. This created a bubble. And like...

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Keep Customers Loyal… & Make More Money

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Keep Customers Loyal… & Make More Money

By Nicole Rehyle Cathy here, I really like Nicole’s point in #3.  What do you think?  Let us know on Facebook!!! So often, retailers are worried about getting new customers that they forget to care about their existing customers. This type of mentality can lead to a lack of customer retention – and possibly even worse, a bad reputation. The question of “why” this happens is still a mystery, though. If someone has shown you interest in your store, made a purchase or even multiple purchases and possibly even signed up for your email list /...

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A Great Excuse For a Party! It’s a Fifth Saturday.

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A Great Excuse For a Party!  It’s a Fifth Saturday.

A Great Excuse For a Party! It’s a Fifth Saturday. And the RETAILMavens 3 Email Guaranteed Traffic Strategy! At this time of year, there are pretty much 2 kinds of stores. 1. Stores with lots of new inventory coming in 2. Stores with lots of old inventory on sale You have a unique opportunity to take advantage of with a fifth Saturday coming up. It is fun to use it as a handle to advertise around. Fifth Saturdays don’t happen often – and you can do something that you don’t do often! I have a different strategy for you depending on which...

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I don’t want to be known as an “always on sale’s store!”

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I don’t want to be known as an “always on sale’s store!”

I don’t want to be known as an “always on sale” store!   This is an actual story about the most recent client to ask this question…..names have been changed to protect the innocent! “I had a great bag made with my logo on it.  My idea is to give it away as a gift with purchase on Earth Day to promote recycling bags.  I’m also thinking of offering it for free for 5th Saturday promotions.  I don’t want to do to sales and discounts. I feel very strongly about the impression that creates about my store. I don’t want to...

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Are You A Frog? Warts and all?

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Are You A Frog? Warts and all?

Are You a Frog? Warts and all?   Let me guess.  Your immediate response is… “NO! And I don’t have any warts!” Are you sure? The story goes that if you put a frog in a pot of boiling water it will jump out immediately. The frog recognizes that a pot full of boiling water isn’t conducive to a long, happy and peaceful life. However, if you put that same smart frog into a pot of cold water sitting on the stove, turn the flame on low and slowly bring it to a boil, then you get a different outcome. The frog will sit in that cold water and not...

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