LisBiz Strategies

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  • Lisbiz strategies: Make your store rock over the holidays

    November 27-December 11, 2018: Volume 32, Issue 13 By Lisbeth Calandrino   November and December are often the slowest months for flooring dealers. If you’re a salesperson, they can also be the most depressing. While everyone else is partying and rushing around, you’re waiting for customers to come in and buy flooring. Here’s a list of things you can do to draw customers and bring cheer to your store. Have

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    Lizbiz Strategies: Don’t let red-hot sales leads get too cold

    November 20/27, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 12 By Lisbeth Calandrino   The good thing about hot sales leads is they tend to fall right in your lap. The bad news is you can’t sit on them for too long before they get stale. Managing and following up on leads can be tricky. I get it. You meant to call them, but you were too busy. Now you’re afraid to follow

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    Lisbiz strategies: Explore the customer experience at TISE

    November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11 By Lisbeth Calandrino   Retailers have confused the customer experience with customer service, but they are not the same thing. Providing exceptional service and improving your competitive edge through customer experience will keep your customers and business operational. Customer service is considered a single transaction that takes care of the customer’s immediate needs. This includes booking a customer’s install, product selections or an

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    Lisbiz Strategies: Fashion’s influence on flooring design

    October 23/30, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 10 By Lisbeth Calandrino   Recently I visited Oxford, Miss., to meet with Lisa Stout, owner of Stout’s Flooring, to present a seminar for local female business owners. Oxford is an interesting college town, the home of “Ole Miss” with about 50,000 residents, 25,000 of which are college students. They have wonderful shirts that read, ‘Oxford, Miss., population—full!’ I was here 22 years ago

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    Lisbiz Strategies: Add email marketing to your digital strategy

    October 9/16, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 9 By Lisbeth Calandrino   Digital marketing uses online channels and methods that allow you to analyze what is and isn’t working. Because we’re talking about electronic media, this analysis can be done immediately. You can make changes on the spot if something isn’t working, which is not always possible with every marketing channel. When I was in the retail business, I used weekly

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    Lisbiz Strategies: The holiday season is a great time for promos

    September 11/18, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 7 By Lisbeth Calandrino   Has the summer been slow? Are you and your employees enjoying a lazy time? Would you rather not think about the upcoming winter season? If so, you’re not the only one. Retailers seem to wake up at the end of November when their opportunities are gone or slim. If you haven’t noticed, the box stores are already showing Christmas

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    Lisbiz Strategies: Put Surfaces on your must-attend list

    August 28/September 4: Volume 32, Issue 6 By Lisbeth Calandrino   This year I was invited to be part of the educational committee to determine the seminars to be offered at TISE 2018. I have always wondered how the seminars were decided. This year I would not only participate in the process but would learn more about the industry. Weeks before our arrival, Carol Wilkins, educational director of TISE, sent

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    Lisbiz Strategies: Your brand reflects you and your values

    August 14/21: Volume 32, Issue 5 By Lisbeth Calandrino Brands have been around forever, but the theory of branding has changed. It used to be that bigger was better and the louder you shouted the more attention you got. Remember when Coca Cola owned the soft drink market? Sure, they still have a huge market share but have big and new competitors. They’ve been sharing the market for a while

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    Lisbiz strategies: Lessons learned from my focus group

    July 31/Aug. 7: Volume 31, Issue 4 By Lisbeth Calandrino   When it comes to selling flooring we keep hearing the big box is clobbering the independent retailer. I find this hard to believe, so I decided to hold my own mini-focus group to get a clearer understanding of the issues. I recently convened a panel of 21 women—ages 25 to 65—at a small restaurant near my house. I asked

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    Lisbiz strategies: Drive more traffic by creating a destination

    May 22/29, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 25 By Lisbeth Calandrino   Recently, my friend Barb introduced me to her new friend, Alexa. Alexa is the kind of friend we’d all like to have. She knows your favorite music, can tell time and predict the weather, and she can even automatically turn the lights in your house on and off. She’s like Siri, only smarter and comes with better connections. Once

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    Floor Covering News

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    Armstrong unveils enhancements to flagship residential website

    Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong Flooring has launched key enhancements to its website with new and improved features to help guide homeowners through all stages of the buying journey—getting started, inspiration and ideas, product information,

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    Cali Bamboo names Jackson president

    San Diego—Cali Bamboo has named Doug Jackson president of the company. Jackson, an industry veteran, draws from over 20 years in the flooring business, most recently as the vice president of

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    Domotex asia/Chinafloor brings back popular features

    Shanghai, China—To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Domotex asia/Chinafloor, show organizers will reintroduce the widely popular InnovAction Flooring Campaign, Materia and cadex educational conferences. “InnovAction is a snapshot of the

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