5 Holiday Craft Ideas for Your Store

November 24, 2014

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The holidays are one of the biggest times for many small businesses, especially retail stores. The busiest times of the year are the most important times to catch the attention of customers. One way to do this is by creating unique holiday crafts to draw the eye, start conversation, create a welcoming atmosphere, and result in increased sales. This article shares 5 holiday craft ideas for your store to start your crafting this holiday season.

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7 Customer Appreciation Ideas for the Holidays

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One of the best practices you can adopt as a small business owner is to routinely express appreciation for customer loyalty, and there’s no better time to show customer appreciation than during the holidays. I’ve found the most meaningful expressions of gratitude share three common traits:

  • Personalized to each individual customer
  • Unique and therefore, memorable
  • Not sales pitches

The following lists seven ideas for thanking loyal customers during the holidays and demonstrates how each satisfies the aforementioned requirements.

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Minnesota Resort Gives Back to Veterans

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Every year on November 11th, we honor our country’s veterans for their patriotism, sacrifice, and willingness to serve our country and its citizens. Veterans play such an important role in our country, and they deserve honor and respect every day of the year, not just one day of the year. Veterans on the Lake Resort in Ely, MN is a business that shows veterans honor and respect on a daily basis. They are a non-profit organization, providing veterans and their guests a beautiful place to relax and vacation.

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A Local Pharmacy with a Big Heart

Behind the Scenes at Tarrytown Pharmacy

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Every business has a unique story. Tarrytown Pharmacy of Austin, TX is no exception. More than just a pharmacy, Tarrytown plays a huge role in the Austin community. I had the opportunity of interviewing Mark Newberry, the current owner. His passion for Tarrytown, its customers, and community were inspiring. Tarrytown has always been a part of Mark’s life, and it’s evident how much he loves it. Hopefully his story inspires and encourages you in your own business ventures.

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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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