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Interview your business neighbors to puiblicize your neighborhood!This is an idea for those of you with business neighbors. Have some you like? Have some whose clientele profile closely resembles yours? Have some with fascinating stories (believe me, once you start asking? Everyone has a fascinating story)?

Why not present them to your followers?

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Jackie Hersey of Beverly Bootstraps in MA, asked this question online:

Dress a mannequin contest ideas from TGtbT.com

Photo from mannequinmadness.com

We are thinking about doing a “Dress a Mannequin” contest. It would model after Guy’s Grocery Games (Food Network). Each contestant would have 15-20 minutes to “shop” & dress a mannequin. They would each have one life-line opportunity to ask the opinion of Candy, our staff person who does most of our merchandising. The ensemble would have to include accessories. A panel of judges (folks from the community) would determine the winner. This is a very early stage idea so I am asking if anyone else has done something like this before and if there are any suggestions. Input appreciated…


Kate’s suggestions:


How about making it into a multi-day social media event, like this blog post talks about?
 
Asking social media followers to vote is perfect for racking up those comments which will help you get more visibility on Facebook! Mentioning that a random voter will receive a shop GC will REALLY motivate comments.
 
You could also offer them a chance to “stuff the ballot box”… an INSTORE vote counts as 5 votes for their choice… AND earns a GC of double the online amount. [Bonus for you: an instore ballot will collect their email for your email list.]
 
You could even CHARGE for an instore ballot: $1, which you will deposit in a BIG glass jar collecting funds to spend in store by a local charity of some sort. (You get the goodwill and PR photo op of collecting for the charity… the charity helps promote the contest b/c the more who vote, the more $$ they will have donated to them. You also get the charity to bring their client in to shop your merchandise, so you get the sale AND the opportunity to introduce the charity to how much your resale shop can make their funds go further…) Note: Beverly Bootstraps IS a charity doing just that, so I added these thoughts for our for-profit readers LOL
 

And the winning display earns a GC as well. And if the winner decides to donate her prize to the charity? Bingo: ANOTHER photo opp for the community to see!

Like how Kate thinks? You’ll love this Product for the Professional Resaler!

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Our Kudos today go to Panache Home, one of 3 local businesses in Rochester NY owned by Joan Lincoln (read more.)

It’s so easy to snap a quick shot for your social media of a piece on your sales floor. Like

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Now, in the first flush of summer, is the time to make your shopfront truly memorable.

When people SEE your location: do they REMEMBER it?

And, even better, tell their friends about it? Stop in just to say “How nice you’re making the neighborhood”? (I had folks stopping in to ask what those pretty flowers were.)*

Some memorable storefronts I’ve seen, to get your imagination soaring:

 

This shop didn’t have the space to do anything outside, so we used

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Is mum the only word for your social media pix? TGtbT.blog recommends you get chatty!

Is mum the only word for your social media pix?

Are your pictures silent?

That is, do you take shots of your merchandise and that’s it, you just post them on all those social media channels you have so carefully constructed… without a WORD as to what we’re looking at, why we might possibly want it, indeed, what YOU were thinking to bother showing it to us?

Never post “silent” pictures. They are ineffective and worse, they’re annoying to your fans and followers. You’re interrupting them to get their attention, then giving them nothing for their time.

Worried that you’ll have nothing to say? (This is the weirdest thing about my resale friends… they always fret that there’s nothing to say when I ask them to caption a photo, write a blog post, be social in social media, but DANG! You can’t shut ’em up when they get together in person!)

Well, write this sentence out and tape it to your office wall, your laptop, heck, your forehead:

What’s so FAB (Features, Advantages, Benefits)?

What do I mean? You can use Features, Advantages, and/or Benefits to make your pictures sing! Like:

Features: “The industrial zipper on this lace blouse takes it from ho-hum “sweet” to SWEEET!”

Advantage: “Outfit your new office with this swivel chair and desk for $150 and save your new business startup budget hundreds of dollars on Day One!”

Benefit: Keep the kiddos warm this winter: Our selection of snowsuits and snow boots will have them playing outdoors for hours (ah, blessed silence…)”

See? When your thinking gets FAB, your social media gets results!

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Does Facebook video tempt you, but you’ve never done it, you’re “not a public speaker”, or you’re

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Here’s an email subject line that caught my eye today:

“Gorgeous Gifts and Goodies Under $350!”

Now, wouldn’t that be a great opportunity for YOU to get your email list folks thinking about shopping in your shop for the holidays? You could link to a gallery of product photos... a collage… a Facebook album or Instagram or Pinterest or blog entry.

Or for the time-pressed, just put the pix in your email… then (of course) link the email to your social media.

Choose a price point that would be reasonable for your clientele… not too high, not too low. You want to show value, not how cheap they could be, ’cause holiday gift-giving is all about the delight, not the savings.

Then, closer to December 25? Do a repeat with “stocking stuffers” for a lower price point. If your clientele is anything like me, around that time I’m always worried that I don’t “have enough”!

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