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 … Read More

Do It the Peppermill Way – 5 Ways to Connect With Your Raving Fans

The images of Las Vegas linger in my mind. Boy do they know how to do marketing there. Even in breakfast diners! Paul and I had spent the evening at the Venetian.  We asked a bartender where to go for breakfast and her immediate response was “The Peppermill.”  Then our cabbie on the ride home gave us the same advice. … Read More

Feeling Unmotivated or Just Not in the Mood??

Ever felt unmotivated and simply not in the mood to do anything? Yeah, it happens to me too. I had this amazing eight weeks of rocking and rolling after the holidays with all sorts of fabulous ideas and new marvelous clients – it was great!  I am always motivated and ready to take action on goals, but sometimes I hit … Read More

Omnichannel Marketing – The Best Service You Can Offer Your Customers

We take a big deep breath… and another… and maybe a 100 more – then commit to opening our very own store. All the work is done to design it, do the build out, get fixtures, create logos and a brand, travel to trade shows, curate product, train staff, advertise and marketing….and then the doors are open. HOORAY. It is … Read More

Calling is NOT a 4 letter word. Really. Count it.

This is an actual conversation that I had with a retailer… “Cathy, my business stinks. What can I do?” “I would love to help you. Send me some information so that I can see what strategy you should take to explode your profits. In the meantime, can I give you one REVENUE-BUILDING-GUARANTEED tip?” “Please anything…I will do anything…the store is … Read More

2 Timely Terrific Marketing Ideas

How about some new marketing ideas? I knew you would love that! 😉 Coming up this weekend is the 51st Superbowl and that means 3 things. 1. Good food, football and friends 2. Great commercials. 3. Excellent time to do a blow out sale for your clearance items!! I always recommend taking a % off all your clearance items that … Read More

What Is The First Thing You Should Pay in 2017?

The start of a new year is filled with hope and promise, right? Like you, I am very visual. The new year reminds me of a bright shiny new penny or a beautiful pristine landscape covered in snow. There is one thing that you have to pay to keep your hope alive for increased profits for 2017. You have to … Read More

The 3 Reasons You Have “Can’t Clear it Out” Chaos

1. You are not the Humane Society. Anything in your store that you are sick of looking at? Why the heck hasn’t anyone bought it? It’s wonderful! The item (and others) have just been here too long. But why mark it down? The problem isn’t the item. The problem is that the right person hasn’t walked through the door. What … Read More

The Single Biggest Mistake You Can Make!

What is the single biggest mistake you can make? I used to go to seminars about retail advertising and when they would start talking about target markets my eyes would glaze over.  “I sell kid’s clothes and gifts.  Everyone knows a kid.  Therefore, everyone is my customer,” I would think.In one way that is true.  But obviously at some level, … Read More

Post Election Retail

Post election retail therapy could be unprecedented By Debra D. Bass St. Louis Post-Dispatch Glad the election is behind us? Wait, don’t answer that, just don’t let that lead you too far down the path of retail therapy in a quest for solace, consolation and distraction. Seem unrelated? It’s not. The National Retail Federation decided to conduct an unprecedented flash … Read More