7 Powerful Retail Display Ideas on a Budget

October 27, 2014

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One of the best ways you can promote sales of specific products in your retail store is to set up showcases to command customer attention. Prominently displaying your products doesn’t require much money, though a healthy does of creativity can certainly come in handy. The following lists seven powerful – yet cheap – retail product display ideas.

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Holiday Packaging Ideas for Your Business

October 17, 2014

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As the temperature continues to drop and the leaves begin to fall, the holiday season is on our minds. Time with family, classic holiday movies, Christmas cookies, hot chocolate; these are just a few of the many reasons the holidays hold such a lovely place in our hearts. If you’re a retailer, there’s another reason to get excited about the holiday season this year: the National Retail Federation expects November and December sales to increase by 4.1% to $616.9 billion. In 2013, there was only a 3.1% increase during that same time frame. Get ready for a great holiday season of sales with our festive new holiday packaging. Below are a few of our favorites that will surely get you and your customers in the holiday shopping spirit!

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13 Pumpkin Decorating Ideas For Your Small Business

October 13, 2014

pumpkin-blog3Carving faces into turnips, potatoes, and more recently, pumpkins, has been done for centuries. Decorating pumpkins is a great way to transition your small business from general fall decor, as featured in “Jumpstart Fall Shopping With These 5 Tips” and “10 Fall Crafts to Decorate Your Shop” to Halloween decor. In honor of Halloween, this article features 13 pumpkin decorating ideas for your business. The most common ways are carving with a serrated knife and painting; let’s look at 13 ideas that are a bit more out-of-the-box.

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How to Give Good Customer Service

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Even though this week is Customer Service Week, customer service should be celebrated all year long! Good customer service is one of the most important factors of any business. It shows you truly value your customers, making them more likely to buy and refer you to others. To celebrate this week at Bags & Bows, we interviewed some of our customer service reps. We asked them how they carry out good customer service with their customers, what they think is the most important aspect of customer service, and what motivates them to give the best customer service. Hopefully their answers will inspire you to provide even better customer service and thank others you know who work in customer service every day.

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Creative Ways to Boost Holiday Sales

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If you own a retail gift shop, chances are, the holidays represent some of your most profitable seasons; still, heavy competition for customer dollars means you have to be on your “A” game to generate the greatest profits for Christmas, Easter, New Year’s Eve, Independence Day, and so many other holidays throughout the year. One excellent way to boost holiday sales is to sell on consignment. The following offers an overview of consignment selling and details how you can leverage selling on consignment to boost holiday profits.

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Fall Packaging is Here!

September 22, 2014

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Autumn signifies new beginnings. The air is crisp, kids go back to school, and it’s the perfect time to begin new projects. Not to mention the hayrides, apple cider, sweaters and scarves. The warm color hues of fall elicit feelings of nostalgia and coziness. As a business, you can celebrate the first day of fall with autumn-inspired packaging that will get your customers in the fall shopping mood. To get you started, here are a few of our favorite fall packaging items at Bags & Bows.

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10 Fall Crafts to Decorate Your Shop

September 15, 2014

Fall CraftsWhen most people think of fall they think of the leaves changing color, pumpkins, and gourds of all shapes and sizes. After you have set the ambiance of your store, using tactics we suggested in Jumpstart Fall Shopping with These 5 Tips, consider creating some of the following crafts to bring your store decor to the next level this autumn.

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9 Outdoor Marketing Strategies to Attract New Customers

store window displayThere are myriad marketing opportunities to promote your shop, but many small retailers often overlook outdoor marketing strategies to attract new customers. Several outdoor marketing tools are cheap to produce and distribute, and they can get your shop in front of hundreds or even thousands of potential new customers with minimal effort. If you want to boost business at your shop, consider the following ten outdoor marketing strategies to attract new customers.

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Magnolia House: Business with a Purpose

September 2, 2014

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When Nancy Veldman moved to Florida, she had the idea of opening a gift shop. Her vision was to create a community, not just a store, where individuals could come to relax and feel at peace. In 1992, with no previous retail experience, Nancy opened Magnolia House. Nancy’s shop offers a unique mix of products including CDs, books, note cards, and watercolor paintings, all of which she has created herself. She plays the music, writes the books, and paints the paintings. She also has a charity she runs through her gift shop. The overarching theme of Magnolia House is to meet the needs of others and take care of those around us. Let’s take a look at how Nancy does that on a daily basis.

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3 Ways Your Business Can Celebrate Grandparents Day

 

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Most grandparents believe it is their job to spoil their grandchildren. But, one day a year, it is the grandchildren’s and the parents’ job to spoil them back. National Grandparents Day is the first Sunday after Labor Day. This year, on September 7th, will be the 35th anniversary of National Grandparents Day. Since Grandparents Day isn’t as widely celebrated as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, business owners have a unique opportunity to make an impact.

Here are 3 ways your business can celebrate Grandparents day:

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