Preparing For Small Business Saturday Success

  You’ve heard of Small Business Saturday, but you’ve never joined in because you’re not an American Express merchant. Or perhaps you’re a late bloomer and missed the deadline for signing up with American Express. Not a problem! You don’t need to accept American Express or use their merchant materials to participate in this movement, Read More …

7 Tips To Attract More Customers To Your Store

In a sea of smartphones, tablets, and laptops it can be difficult for a brick-and-mortar retailer to lure people away from their screens and into a physical store. Many independent stores feel that they can no longer compete with online giants such as Amazon. However, a recent study by Google found that 93% of commerce Read More …

Sidewalk Sales 101

When the weather turns warm and people begin to roll down their windows, hop on their bikes, or take a leisurely stroll past your shop, it’s time to start thinking about holding a sidewalk sale. By placing some of your wares in front of your establishment, you can grab attention and entice shoppers inside. This Read More …

How Can You Use Famous Sales to Your Advantage?

Plenty of businesses come up with gimmicks to get consumers in the door, offering a variety of sales tactics designed to appeal to both long-time patrons and new customers alike. Some of these sales do so well that they become famously associated with a particular brand, such as the Payless BOGO sales, Macy’s Clinique Days, Read More …

Checking out your Competition

In this day and age, competition in retail comes from every direction. From big box stores carrying a vast amount of merchandise to the internet providing anything imaginable at the touch of a button, getting ahead can be a challenge. Knowing exactly what you are up against will shed light on ways you can improve Read More …

The Draw of Chalkboard Signs

So often retailers hear the importance of being “on brand.” With large online retailers gobbling up sales it can be difficult to get new customer in your store and provide them with a unique experience. Now, more than ever, it is important to match the feel of your bricks and mortar store with that of Read More …

Signing Your Way to Success

What is one of the fastest, most effective way to attract shoppers to your business? The answer may surprise you: Quality signage. While many retailers think of signs as a tactical necessity—and an often expensive one at that–what is missed is the overall strategic value that effective signs offer a small business. Elevating these critical Read More …

Triggering the Buying Impulse

The overwhelming majority of consumers have at one time or another made an impulse purchase. Even the most self-disciplined shoppers can find themselves surrendering to the urge to save money or not miss a valuable opportunity. Making a purchase on the spur of the moment is an impulse buy. There are many reasons why people Read More …

Keeping It Fresh with New Inventory

One of the keys to success in the retail world is stocking your shelves with products your customers want to buy, rather than products you want to sell. This might seem like a semantic distinction, but it is of crucial importance. Many retailers hold on to old inventory far too long, hoping to sell it Read More …

Creating Trust and Differentiation with Branding Consistency

Your brand is your reputation. The visual elements are those aspects that communicate your values. Logos, fonts and colors are the fundamental building blocks of creating a reliable DNA for your brand, but they are only the beginning. It bears repeating: shoppers choose brands they trust. Maintaining consistency is paramount to this effort. For instance, Read More …