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 …

Bringing It to the Table

Tables are made to put stuff on, and this utility has made display tables a staple of the retail space. Whereas peddlers of yore chose tables for durability, portability, supplies and other purely functional purposes, there are no such restrictions today. You have nearly unlimited options when it comes to how you display your wares Read More …

How Tagging Guns Work

When you fail to properly mark your merchandise with pricing, all you’re doing is making shopping inconvenient for your customers. Shoppers enter your store to browse and make purchases. To decide if they want to buy items, however, they need to know the price. If it isn’t readily apparent, they might walk out of the Read More …

Adding Social Value to Your Retail Location

These days, it seems like it’s not enough to set up a retail location that fulfills only the single goal of selling products. Some retailers are finding ways to re-brand the customer experience by adding social value to the retail location. Just look at some retailers that sell high-end yoga and athletic gear. Many retail 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 …

How to Spread the Word about Your Grand Opening

A grand opening is an opportunity for your retail store to make a splash, grab attention, and wow customers. You want to make a big impression on the community, so you can bring in customers and encourage ongoing patronage and trusted referrals. To get the most out of your grand opening, it’s important to prepare Read More …

Time for Reflection: Planning for the Next Holiday Season

The holidays are over. You can now take a collective breath of relief now that the chaos has passed. Don’t get too comfortable, now is the perfect time to think about next year’s holiday strategy. Taking an honest look at what worked and what missed the mark this holiday season puts you ahead for next Read More …

Scoring with the Right Shopping Baskets

Retail is ultimately all about developing the right strategies and implementing them with the right tactics. Knowing your shoppers is part of the equation. The customer usually arrives at the store expecting to buy a few items, suddenly they realize they have only two arms and are in urgent need of a shopping basket, cart Read More …

The Consumer-Centric Experience: It’s Still About Exceptional Customer Service

Creating a distinguished retail operation can seem daunting to smaller merchants. Whether it’s economic uncertainty or what seems like an entirely new language emerging from the marketing technology du jour, the alphabet soup of all-things-retail is constantly swirling. Except for one thing: customer service. As the old song reminds, everything old is new again. Actually, 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 …