Small Town Retail: You CAN Thrive

Lori holding her award and the words 'Thriving in small town retail'

Cathy:I can’t wait to introduce you to Lori Holt, tell us a bit about your store!  Lori:My shop is called Quilter’s Corner and we’re in a little tiny town in central South Dakota – Population 700! Our closest stoplight is 60 miles away. 60 miles to a Walmart, to fast food. So that tells you, we are in the boonies! … Read More

Why You Shouldn’t Do a Storewide Sale!

storewide sale

When cash is tight it’s easy to fall into the trap of running a storewide or sitewide sale. After all, what would attract customers more than “Everything is 20% off!”, right? I’m here to tell you… DON’T DO IT!!! This plan will backfire on you! When you run a storewide sale, you actually give your control away to your customers. … Read More

State of Retail 2022 – The 5 E’s of Retail Success

State of Retail 2022

There has been a lot of uncertainty and confusion about what retailers can do right now to deal with everything going on in politics, with the economy and the world in general. Consumer habits have changed for sure. Recently I delivered my annual State of Retail in 2022 at our RETAILMavens Mastermind Retreat, sharing what you need to know about … Read More

My Top Tip to Increase Sales

Top Tip to Improve Sales

When I shared my number 1 tip for increasing traffic and sales immediately with a client, she acted as if I had told her a 4 letter word 😳. I assure you I didn’t. But her reaction is not uncommon! I’m sharing our conversation so that you can see why it’s a flawed perspective.I’m sharing it because it wasn’t the … Read More

How Do I Get New Customers?

Get New Customers

How do I get new customers? This is probably the question I get asked the MOST. Of course, the purpose of your marketing strategy and all the time, sweat and money you put into it – is ultimately to get new customers so you can increase sales. Getting new customers is actually the last step in our Sales Breakthrough System, … Read More

Retail Tip: Go Big or Go Home!

Title is go big or go home. Retail expert Cathy Donovan Wagner points into the camera with a smile on her face. Challenging you to use this retail strategy

GO BIG or GO HOME! It’s my retail mantra! Actually it’s my life mantra too. Usually associated with NCAA basketball time and March Madness, it also accurately describes entrepreneurial life… All these teams get ONE shot. If they lose – they go home. If they go big, they advance. For you, to advance means to increase your profits, right? So … Read More

Cyndi Made $45,000 in 3 Days

Retailer Cyndi smiles into the camera. The title reads Cyndi made $45,000 in 3 days

Cathy:Hi Cyndi! So we’re going to talk about how you did, $45,000 in three days – It’s mind blowing you guys! Please tell us the story about your store, Cyndi, where it’s located and all the fun stuff!  Cyndi:I’m located in Massachusetts, in Franklin, it’s a suburb of Boston. I have been doing this for 17 years now. Prior to … Read More

3 Steps to Boost Your Motivation

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 usually motivated and ready to take action on goals, but sometimes… I hit … Read More

Retail Marketing Tip: How Sunni Made $4,800 in 7 Days

retail marketing tip

Learn the retail marketing tip Sunni used to make $4,800 in just 7 days, in this success story! Sunni is a member of our RETAILMavens Coaching program where strategies like this helps you grow sales in a consistent way. Click to learn more about the Sales Breakthrough System we use inside the program for real retail success! Cathy:Welcome Sunni! I’m … Read More