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Email or Call? That's the Question.
July 26, 2018
Email or Call? That's the Question.

When you want to establish a relationship with a prospective client, be it a builder, realtor, multifamily developer or single-family homeowner, what’s better for an initial contact, email or phone call? After all, you only have one opportunity to make a first impression. You want to make sure that it is a positive one. Robert Graham, author of Cold Calling Early Customers, recommends sending an email because it does not require the recipient to respond immediately. Plus, he adds that you can use an email as a reason to make a follow up phone call.

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Using Leverage to Your Advantage in a Negotiation
July 19, 2018
Using Leverage to Your Advantage in a Negotiation

BKBG Conference workshop leader Derek Gaunt (Black Swan Group) had a great blog post this week about using leverage to gain advantages in negotiations. Derek defines leverage as a perceived advantage that gives you a leg up to achieve the outcome you want.

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Competing Against Amazon
July 12, 2018
Competing Against Amazon

The Retail Profit Doug Stephens has astutely observed that purchasing products from Amazon is the quickest route from wanting to receiving. There is nothing special or emotionally engaging with acquiring goods with a few clicks of a mouse. Yet, Amazon is expected to be responsible for 80 percent of online purchasing growth in 2018 and commands 49 percent of all Internet searches.

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Mastering the Basics of Blocking and Tackling
July 5, 2018
Mastering the Basics of Blocking and Tackling

What behaviors and characteristics prevent consumers from returning to a brick and mortar retailer? Podium recently surveyed 2,000 US consumers aged 18 - 64 to answer that question. The survey found that if a retailer demonstrated any of the attitudes and behaviors that caused consumers pain, they would never return to that business.

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Mastering the Art of Negotiation
June 28, 2018
Mastering the Art of Negotiation

Derek Gaunt will be sharing the negotiation secrets of the Black Swan Group at the 2018 BKBG Annual Conference, September 25. Black Swan advises its clients to avoid the typical negotiating scenario where one-party states what their issues are and what they want and the other party does the same hoping to reach a compromise in the middle.

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The Politics of Shopping
June 21, 2018
The Politics of Shopping

A fascinating study of 1,600 American consumers in February 2018 found that 65 percent of consumers’ shopping behavior has been affected by the current administration in the White House. This is a whopping 25 percent increase from a similar study produced in February 2017.

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What Drives Showroom Growth?
June 14, 2018
What Drives Showroom Growth?

We all know the impact ecommerce has had and will continue to have on brick and mortar retailing. The consensus of both ecommerce leaders such as Amazon and brick and mortar stalwarts such as Nordstrom and Best Buy is that retail is not an either-or proposition. Why else would Amazon purchase Wholefoods and open brick and mortar grocery stores and book stores?

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Become the Influencers of Choice
June 7, 2018
Become the Influencers of Choice

A number of brands seek to place their products and services in front of recognized influencers with lots of followers. Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna and Kanye West come to mind. Influencer marketing is a huge business with more than 73 percent of luxury fashion and beauty brands actively participating, according to a report from Fashion and Beauty Monitor entitled, The New Face of Luxury.

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Making Offers More Appealing
May 31, 2018
Making Offers More Appealing

At some point when engaging with a client or customer, you need to ask for the sale. And when you do, look through the lens of your customer. What can you say or do that makes your offer a no-brainer? Here are four ideas to help close more sales.

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Unique Insight into the Challenges of Brick and Mortar Retail
May 24, 2018
Unique Insight into the Challenges of Brick and Mortar Retail

“In the U.S., they’re cutting corners and cheating, and driving everything to the lowest common denominator – in the brands themselves and in the channels of distribution: department stores, shopping centers. And it’s reaching the point of no return, which means that retail in the U.S. will have to reinvent itself,” claims Value Retail’s CEO Scott Malkin in a recent Glossy interview. Value Retail owns and operates 11 luxury outlet centers in Europe and China

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