Reader's Favorite Nuggets
Recent Hits All Time Matt's Favorites

Our Nugget List
Filter Gold Nuggets By Tag: " Social Media"
Friday, September 08, 2017

Using Instagram and Snapchat Stories For Marketing

by
Using Instagram and Snapchat Stories For Marketing daily-golden-nugget-1573-91
Earlier this year, I explained why Instagram should be your primary marketing channel and how to use photography and hashtags to build a following. If you're struggling with Facebook marketing for your business, then you should really go back and look at that previous post of mine.

Although I explained Instagram photography, I did intentionally exclude details about Instagram Storie...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 09/08/2017 09:33:27 AM   0 COMMENTS
Friday, August 25, 2017

Facebook Algorithm Cleans Up The News Feed Spam

by
Facebook Algorithm Cleans Up The News Feed Spam daily-golden-nugget-1571-12
Way back on April 10, 2017, Facebook announced that they'd be cleaning up the News Feed to deliver the right content to the right people at the right time.

Their goal was to cut back on the amount of spammy content that is published by Pages that deliberately try to game the Facebook algorithm. Their algorithm measures the popularity of a post by the number of likes, comments, and shares it gets an...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 08/25/2017 09:42:13 AM   0 COMMENTS
Friday, August 18, 2017

How To Handle and Learn From Your Customer Reviews

by
How To Handle and Learn From Your Customer Reviews daily-golden-nugget-1570-14

Have you Googled yourself lately?

Your online reputation is now part of your marketing. The results that people see in search help formulate the first impression that someone has of your business and whether or not they will purchase from you.

Managing your online reputation through reviews that appear on Facebook, Google Reviews, and Yelp is vital for your future business health. Savvy consumers are referring to what other people say in these online reviews and other consumer generated co...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 08/18/2017 09:49:30 AM   0 COMMENTS
Friday, July 28, 2017

7 Points on Social Media Etiquette

by
7 Points on Social Media Etiquette daily-golden-nugget-1567-14
At the JA NY show on Monday July 24, 2017, it was my honor to sit on the panel discussion about social media etiquette. The panel was moderated by Ashley Davis, Associate Editor, National Jeweler. The other three panelists I sat with, were Levi Higgs, Archives and Social Media Manager with David Webb, Joy Butler, Transactional busine...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 07/28/2017 11:15:20 AM   0 COMMENTS
Friday, July 21, 2017

How to Promote Your Online Store In A Cost-Effective Manner

by
How to Promote Your Online Store In A Cost-Effective Manner daily-golden-nugget-1566-12
I recently came across a seminar titled "How to Promote Your Online Store In A Cost-Effective Manner" and thought it was an extremely misleading headline. Whenever business owners ask me about cost effective online advertising, they usually mean "least expensive" rather than asking me how to achieve the best ROI with their online ads.

I've also found that many business owners believe that online marketing is simple, and that anyone can do it. Preying upon this belief, there are ad a...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 07/21/2017 07:07:25 AM   0 COMMENTS
Friday, July 07, 2017

How Scammers Are Using Social Engineering To Target The Jewelry Industry

by
How Scammers Are Using Social Engineering To Target The Jewelry Industry daily-golden-nugget-1564-71
On June 23, 2017, the Jewelers' Security Alliance issued a special alert outlining a widespread scam that's been recently targeted at the jewelry industry. In the security alert, which you can read here, the JSA explains that scammers are profiling retailers and manufacturers in order to pull off the reported telephone scams.

According to the JSA...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 07/07/2017 07:49:36 AM   0 COMMENTS
Friday, May 26, 2017

Time To Admit When You Need Help

by
Time To Admit When You Need Help daily-golden-nugget-1558-90
I have met and helped many different entrepreneurs during my time as a volunteer business coach for my local chapter of SCORE, a division of the U.S. Gov. S.B.A. While I've helped them make their businesses better, I've also learned that most entrepreneurs of all ages share several similar personality characteristics and daily practices.

Life of an entrepreneur


Most entrepreneurs start out small and quickly learn all the jobs needed to make their business run. If you're a small business owner, then you are probably the best s...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 05/26/2017 11:15:42 AM   0 COMMENTS
Friday, May 12, 2017

The Ever Changing Reality Of Facebook

by
The Ever Changing Reality Of Facebook daily-golden-nugget-1556-43For several years and through a lot of tough competition, Facebook has managed to maintain its status as the most popular social media network, although there seems to be an evolutionary shift of people away from Facebook and on to other networks like Instagram and Snapchat. Some organizations, groups, and communities are using Facebook's Group feature to create a community messaging board, while other organizations have migrated to networks like Telegram. For the moment, Facebook is still the network to use, but Instagram is growing quick...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 05/12/2017 09:21:58 AM   0 COMMENTS
Friday, May 05, 2017

The Marriage of Websites and Social Media

by
The Marriage of Websites and Social Media daily-golden-nugget-1555-43
Your website is the cornerstone of all your online marketing; it's what people find when they search for a local business type or a specific product by name or by model number. People go to Google with an instigated need for an immediate purchase, when they need a specific service, or when they need to start research on a longer term decision making process. Those with immediate needs will take action based on what they see on your website or your social accounts. Those looking for an immediate purchase will look for an onlin...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 05/05/2017 11:12:51 AM   0 COMMENTS
Friday, April 07, 2017

Instagram As Your Primary Marketing Channel

by
Instagram As Your Primary Marketing Channel daily-golden-nugget-1551-32

Back When I Could Express Myself


MySpace used to be a fun social network. You had complete freedom to change your profile any way you wanted by adding music, changing colors, and customizing your background. Anyone with a working knowledge of HTML could customize the look of their page and turn it into their online bastion of delight. I remember when being on social media was nothing more than a fun competition of making your profile page look better than your friend's profile, then tease each other about it. ...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 04/07/2017 11:12:02 AM   0 COMMENTS
Friday, February 10, 2017

A Review Of Online Reviews

by
A Review Of Online Reviews daily-golden-nugget-1543-16
Online referrals are starting to make an impact on local businesses, but not in the way we all expected them to. A few years ago, the buzz within the online marketing community was that social networks would become a referral engine for people to ask advice through. Facebook even attempted to create a new type of social search engine to capture that referral service. Google also struggled with the idea that the internet would become a big referral engine, and they tried to capture a piece of it through Google+.

While Facebook and Google were comp...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 02/10/2017 12:26:28 PM   0 COMMENTS
Friday, February 03, 2017

McGuire's Jewelers Website Review

by
McGuires Jewelers Website Review daily-golden-nugget-1542-1
In honor of the jewelry shows in Tucson, Arizona this week, I decided to search for a website review candidate in that area. I began my search with the phrase "jewelry stores tucson az" and saw these results on Google:

McGuires Jewelers Website Review 1542-jewelry-stores-tucson-az-19

The goal of these weekly reviews is to poi...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 02/03/2017 12:17:51 PM   0 COMMENTS
Friday, January 27, 2017

Mike's Custom Jewelry #FridayFlopFix Website Review

by
Mikes Custom Jewelry FridayFlopFix Website Review daily-golden-nugget-1541-10
This is the #FridayFlopFix website review. The goal of this review is to learn from someone else's mistake by randomly choosing and dissecting a website that has problems, and explain potential fixes. Hopefully there is something we can all learn from.

Websites with mistakes usually don't rank very high in Google, so when I search for review candidates I usually look lower in the SERPs, and even deep within the forbidden-nowhere-zone on Google... Page 2.

This week, I started my search with the phr...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 01/27/2017 02:06:12 PM   0 COMMENTS
Friday, January 20, 2017

Cass Jewelers #FridayFlopFix Website Review

by
Cass Jewelers FridayFlopFix Website Review daily-golden-nugget-1540-40
For this week's website review, I began my search for a "jewelry store High Point, NC" and got these results from Google:

Cass Jewelers FridayFlopFix Website Review 1540-jewelry-store-High-Point-NC-serp-51

I've circled the map in the above screen shot to point out that there wer...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 01/20/2017 01:24:05 PM   0 COMMENTS
Friday, January 13, 2017

Bruce G. Weber #FridayFlopFix Website Review

by
Bruce G. Weber FridayFlopFix Website Review daily-golden-nugget-1539-61
One of the marketing testing methods I use is to put myself out in the real world, away from my desk, to observe what an ad will look like when encountered out in the wild. Although I do test my digital marketing ads on different devices and browsers when sitting at my desk, it's difficult to get into the same headspace that a consumer would be in then viewing an ad or a website. This is my own interpretation of the proverbial "walk a mile in their shoes."

This is why I like writing my website reviews when I'm trave...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 01/13/2017 07:52:48 AM   0 COMMENTS
Friday, November 11, 2016

Avalon Park Jewelers Website Re-Review

by
Avalon Park Jewelers Website Re-Review daily-golden-nugget-1530-39
For this week's website review, I'm revisiting a jeweler in Orlando that I reviewed in July 2014. Back then, I was searching for jewelers near the town of Christmas, in Orange County, Florida. According to my previous review here I had to use Google Maps to locate a nearby jeweler when searching for the phrase "jewelers in Christmas, Orange, Florida." Google certainly has made some advancement in their Google Local systems since then, ...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 11/11/2016 10:59:27 AM   0 COMMENTS
Friday, November 04, 2016

Tharoo and Co Website Re-Review

by
Tharoo and Co Website Re-Review daily-golden-nugget-1529-14
Since April 2013, I've reviewed 190 different websites and made a countless number of suggestions for updating each one. Today, and for the next few weeks, I'm going to revisit a few of those old websites to see what's new and if they've made progress.

If they have made progress, it's not because I told them what to do. The disclaimer at the bottom of all my reviews says that I don't write these to solicit business, and the only way they will find out about the review is if they search for their name online. Fewer than 5 in 190 have ever ...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 11/04/2016 11:38:16 AM   0 COMMENTS
Friday, October 28, 2016

Weiss Jewelers Website Review

by
Weiss Jewelers Website Review daily-golden-nugget-1528-57
In this edition of the Golden Nugget, I've written a quick review of a retail jeweler's website to show you how a website might backfire on you without regular updates or simply looking at it.

I found Weiss Jewelers when searching Google for "jewelers Greeley, CO." Their website is:
http://www.weissjewelers.com/

First Impressions


This is what the home page looked like when I visited:

VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 10/28/2016 06:13:08 AM   0 COMMENTS
Friday, October 21, 2016

Matthew's Jewelers #FridayFlopFix Website Review

by
Matthews Jewelers FridayFlopFix Website Review daily-golden-nugget-1527-78
Welcome to this week's edition of the #FridayFlopFix website review. This week's destination is Plantation, FL, which is right next to the Everglades wildlife area in Florida. Here are the Google results when I searched for "jewelers in plantation florida:"

Matthews Jewelers FridayFlopFix Website Review 1527-jewelers-in-plantation-florida-serp-71VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 10/21/2016 01:20:11 PM   0 COMMENTS
Friday, July 08, 2016

Happy Jewelers #FridayFlopFix Website Review

by
Happy Jewelers FridayFlopFix Website Review daily-golden-nugget-1512-39
Welcome to my weekly website review. Every Friday, I randomly look for a jewelry store website that has a few problems, that I call flops, and then I suggest ways to fix them. These short website reviews are not meant for the store itself but rather you, the reader. My hope is that you will discover something here that you also need to fix on your own site.

This week I used the phrase "jewelers Newport, RI" to search for my review candidate. Instead of choosing a jewelry store from the first page of the Google res...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 07/08/2016 11:03:44 AM   0 COMMENTS
Friday, June 10, 2016

Murphy's Mountain Jewelers #FridayFlopFix Website Review

by
Murphys Mountain Jewelers FridayFlopFix Website Review daily-golden-nugget-1508-9
In this week's website review, I'm heading over to Laramie, WY in search of a good jewelry store. My hope, like most savvy internet users today, is that I'll find a good jeweler based on the information they have on their website. If the website I find happens to be a total flop, well, then I'll give some suggestions to fix it.

I write these website reviews every Friday to demonstrate how to apply new SEO techniques, online usability, and content building to pre-existing websites that need help. ...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 06/10/2016 11:15:22 AM   0 COMMENTS
Friday, May 13, 2016

Walter's Jewelry #FridayFlopFix Website Review

by
Walters Jewelry FridayFlopFix Website Review daily-golden-nugget-1504-61
This is my weekly website review where I search for a retail jeweler at random through Google and pick apart what they are doing online. I try to uncover the flops that are being made so I can suggest the fixes needed to improve what they are doing.

This week, I started my Google search with the phrase "jewelers Brookline, MA" and quickly found myself heading down a rabbit hole after viewing these results:

Walters Jewelry FridayFl...<br />
							<span class=VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 05/13/2016 12:30:51 PM   0 COMMENTS
Monday, April 25, 2016

Time To Change The Channels

by
Time To Change The Channels daily-golden-nugget-1501-55
Over the last 6 months I've been writing a lot about the importance of associating all of your marketing channels together. Your website is the cornerstone of your marketing because that's where you can fully control the user experience, but social networks, offline ads, and online ads should now tie together to create a road of intriguing discovery for your customers.

While I've been following the ins and outs of exactly how to build that path of discovery, and explained it to you, I've not been following that path myself. Since July 27, 2010 I'v...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 04/25/2016 12:40:28 PM   0 COMMENTS
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Hellberg's Jewelers Website Review

by
Hellbergs Jewelers Website Review daily-golden-nugget-1498-2
Every week, usually on Friday, I write a website review. This week, I'm publishing my review a couple days early because I have something special planned for Friday. The goal of my website reviews is to dissect the online efforts for a random local retail jeweler. I don't bother reviewing the websites for chain stores because I want to illustrate how a local jeweler can improve a similar site like their own.

I find my website candidates by searching Google using the Chrome browser set to incognito mode. Incognito mode is good to use whe...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 04/20/2016 12:16:41 PM   0 COMMENTS
Monday, April 18, 2016

Should Social Links Be In A Website Header Or Footer?

by
Should Social Links In A Website Header Or Footer? daily-golden-nugget-1496-69
I have a love/hate relationship with the placement of social network icons on a website. Some websites have them in their header and some put them in the footer. In this Golden Nugget, I'll give you my point of view of where and why you should place your social icons.

Are They Important Enough?


Back when MySpace and Friendster were the latest craze, it seemed like everyone was adding large icons for those networks to their website header. Websites without those icons were made to feel like...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 04/18/2016 12:44:44 PM   0 COMMENTS
Friday, April 08, 2016

The Gold Market Jewelers #FridayFlopFix Review

by
The Gold Market Jewelers FridayFlopFix Review daily-golden-nugget-1490-11
This is the #FridayFlopFix website review where I take a critical look at a jeweler's website to find important mistakes and suggests ways to fix them. To kick off this week, I'm searching the "jewelry stores Longmont, CO" in Google. Here's a snapshot of the returned Google local listings:

The Gold Market Jewelers FridayFlopFix Review 1490-jewelry-stores-longmont-co-serp-75VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 04/08/2016 12:40:54 PM   0 COMMENTS
Wednesday, April 06, 2016

How To Get Customer Consent For Marketing and Social Media Photos

by
How To Get Customer Consent For Marketing and Social Media Photos daily-golden-nugget-1488-71
When it comes to social media photographs, it's easy to forget that every person has a legal right to prevent you from posting a photo of their face online. Paid photographers and media companies are very aware of your legal rights, and they require people to sign a model release form.

Those release forms grant ownership and permission to use the photos for any purpose, even to sell the photos or use in promotions to sell a product. A quick Google search for "sample mode...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 04/06/2016 11:57:55 AM   0 COMMENTS
Tuesday, April 05, 2016

You Must Figure Out The Best Time Of Day To Post To Social Media

by
You Must Figure Out The Best Time Of Day To Post To Social Media daily-golden-nugget-1487-43
How can you accurately decide when to post to social media when there are many reports, infographics, and varying online advice on what time of day and how often to post to social networks? So many contradictory reports make it difficult to know what advice is the best advice.

There are plenty of infographics that show the alleged best times to post on social media and the VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 04/05/2016 12:14:44 PM   0 COMMENTS
Friday, April 01, 2016

Stonecraft Jewelers #FridayFlopFix Review

by
Stonecraft Jewelers FridayFlopFix Review daily-golden-nugget-1485-19
This is the #FridayFlopFix edition of the Daily Golden Nugget. Each week, I find a random retail jewelry stores and review their website in hopes that we'll be able to learn something from the process. I call this a "Flop Fix" because I specifically look for websites that are making mistakes, i.e. flops, so I can suggest fixes.

Here's the search results I saw this week when I searched Google for "jewelry stores Elko, NV":

VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 04/01/2016 12:38:36 PM   0 COMMENTS
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Using LinkedIn to Establish Your Credibility as an Expert

by
Using LinkedIn to Establish Your Credibility as an Expert daily-golden-nugget-1483-64
I don't often write about LinkedIn because it's considered a business-to-business social network and my educational focus is helping entrepreneurs connect directly with consumers. That said, today I'm going to share how you could use this network to your advantage.

What is LinkedIn?


LinkedIn is a professional social network. The goal of this network is to allow you to maintain your curriculum vitae and connect with those you've worked with throughout your career. You can conn...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 03/30/2016 12:35:41 PM   0 COMMENTS
Monday, March 28, 2016

Using Your Smartphone To Improve How You Engage With Customers Socially

by
Using Your Smartphone To Improve How You Engage With Customers Socially daily-golden-nugget-1481-17
Your success on social media is related to the amount of time you spend engaging with your customers. I like to think of social media as the online version of a business networking event. Plenty of people attend business networking events with grand notions of meeting new business partners only to get there and stand on the sidelines, or quietly sit at a table without working the room.

At some local networking events, you might have the opportunity to hand out ...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 03/28/2016 07:32:49 AM   0 COMMENTS
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Tricky Steps From Social To Sales

by
The Tricky Steps From Social To Sales daily-golden-nugget-1478-52
Social media marketing is quite frustrating. The rules seem to change every time you think you understand the right methods of how and when to share to social media. Most internet marketers will lead you to believe that business success will come if you can get 10,000 or more fans following you on every network, when in reality it takes a bit more than just growing your social fan base.

Somehow those social media fans have to be converted into sales as shown in this diagram:

VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 03/23/2016 08:53:39 AM   0 COMMENTS
Monday, March 21, 2016

Social Media is The Glue Holding The Customer Life Cycle Together

by
Social Media is The Glue Holding The Customer Life Cycle Together daily-golden-nugget-1476-81
Social media is required for business--all businesses. It ties all your other advertising together: every ad you place in your local community, whether it's on TV, radio, on billboards, in all of your direct mail, for newspaper ads, or everything else you do on other social networks. Social media ties all your marketing together in such a way to support your customer life cycle.

Customer Life Cycle


There are specific steps that every customer must travel throug...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 03/21/2016 06:46:04 AM   0 COMMENTS
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Social Media As The Minimum Marketing Effort to Maintain Customer Awareness of You

by
Social Media As The Minimum Marketing Effort to Maintain Customer Awareness of You daily-golden-nugget-1473-47
The last seven days have been quite interesting, and fulfilling for me. In addition to the photography demo booth at MJSA Expo in New York City, I also presented three seminars/training classes, one of which was at MJSA this past Monday.

An interesting topic about marketing budgets and social media organically emerged during my training sessions last week, which I then added to my MJSA seminar at the last minute, and I want to share with y...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 03/16/2016 11:31:19 AM   0 COMMENTS
Monday, March 14, 2016

4 Ways To Prep Your Website For Eventual Ecommerce

by
4 Ways To Prep Your Website For Eventual Ecommerce daily-golden-nugget-1471-33It seems like only yesterday when it was thought that email addresses would become more important than telephone numbers, and now a website address is more important than both a telephone number and a physical address. A website is the most important representation of your business, yet most jewelers don't treat it that way, and many still view it as an online brochure that needs to be made once, and then forgotten about.

The local retail jeweler is losing a lot of business to the internet. The younger gen...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 03/14/2016 01:21:56 PM   0 COMMENTS
Monday, February 22, 2016

Top 10 Misfit Children Nuggets from 2015

by
Top 10 Misfit Children Nuggets from 2015 daily-golden-nugget-1456-24
Bloggers have an unyielding passion to write and share their expertise with the world. Unlike a freelance writer for hire that is paid to create an editorial, most passionate bloggers write because they care greatly about the topic, and many do it for free. Those of us who write for free are often disappointed by posts that don't get the attention we wish they did; after all our blog posts are our children and we want our children to grow up and be successful and not unacknowledged misfits.

Much to my chagrin, not every b...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 02/22/2016 07:36:26 AM   0 COMMENTS
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Get Customers to Check-in to your Facebook Page #TBT

by
Get Customers to Check-in to your Facebook Page TBT daily-golden-nugget-1439-92
Welcome to the #ThrowbackThursday edition of the Daily Golden Nugget. Today, I'm jumping back to one of my early posts about location based services and checking-in on Facebook.

It was all the rage during the summer of 2010 to have a check-in app on your smartphone check-in everywhere. Gowalla, Foursquare, Whrrl, and Loopt were competing heavily when Facebook tried getting into the game. Facebook's initial eff...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 01/28/2016 12:05:14 PM   0 COMMENTS
Monday, January 11, 2016

jWAG Celebrates Its 6th Year Helping You To Better Understand The Internet

by
jWAG Celebrates Its 6th Year Helping You To Better Understand The Internet daily-golden-nugget-1426-45
It all started six years ago; that's right, we're celebrating the jWAG's 6th anniversary today with the ambitious and philanthropic mission to surface our research about the internet and how the jewelry industry could best use technology to improve their business.

When my business partner and I launched the Jeweler Website Advisory Group (jWAG), we never expected it to blossom into the resource that is now referenced by so many people, even outside the jewe...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 01/11/2016 01:02:33 PM   0 COMMENTS
Thursday, December 31, 2015

ThrowbackThursday to 2015 Predictions

by
ThrowbackThursday to 2015 Predictions daily-golden-nugget-1419-42
Coincidently, this is the final Daily Golden Nugget for 2015 and it falls on a #ThrowbackThursday, giving me the perfect opportunity to check back in on my 2015 predictions from last year this time. Was I right, or very wrong? Let's find out...


Content Marketing Will Become More Important


My specific prediction was that the word "blogging" would be replaced with the phrase "content marketing" by the end of 2016...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 12/31/2015 10:47:43 AM   0 COMMENTS
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Insights for 2016

by
Insights for 2016 daily-golden-nugget-1418-76
The year 2015 is about to come to a close, but before it does, I'm venturing out on a limb to give you my forecast insights for 2016. This year, I'm referring to these as "insights" and not necessarily as "predictions" because these things are what I already see happening in a small way, and steadily growing. They are in no particular order...

Social Media Change with the Young Generation


The current teenage generation is struggling to hide from their parents online. Many of them want nothing to do with Facebook because the grown-...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 12/30/2015 08:23:36 AM   0 COMMENTS
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Majority of Couples Get Engaged on Christmas Eve

by
The Majority of Couples Get Engaged on Christmas Eve daily-golden-nugget-1417-36
Social media is bringing to light something that retail jewelers have known since they started selling jewelry: Christmas is when "everyone" gets engaged. According to the Chillisauce Marriage Proposal Survey, the most popular day to pop the question is Christmas Eve. Here's the bar graph with their findings:

VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 12/29/2015 10:53:15 AM   0 COMMENTS
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Customer Selfies and Testimonials that Follow FTC Guidelines

by
Customer Selfies and Testimonials that Follow FTC Guidelines daily-golden-nugget-1393-39
Today is the eve of the official start of the "holiday season" in the U.S. Retail businesses have been preparing their inventory, ads, and employees for the last few months in hopes to really boost sales this year.

In a perfect world, most holiday season ads are already finalized and scheduled, but there's always the opportunity for retailers to gain a little extra publicity every day through different types of engagements with their customers.

Typ...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET



AT: 11/25/2015 12:09:07 PM   0 COMMENTS
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Don't Buy Your Fans #TBT

by
Dont Buy Your Fans TBT daily-golden-nugget-1384-61
For today's #ThrowbackThursday, I'm jumping to the topic of buying your friends, or more specifically, not buying them.

Buying Website Links


There are plenty of online services offering to increase the traffic to your website, increase the number of links pointing to you website, increasing the number of Twitter followers you have, and increasing the number of people who like your Facebook page. More often than not, these services ...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 11/12/2015 07:35:43 AM   0 COMMENTS
Wednesday, October 28, 2015

No Thank You - Don't Use Automated Social Media Replies

by
No Thank You - Dont Use Automated Social Media Replies daily-golden-nugget-1373-57
Here's a question that came in recently that I'll answer in this edition of the Daily Golden Nugget:
When I get a new follower on social media, should I thank them for the follow, or the Like - and if so, how do I do that without looking desperate, and move them closer to an in-store conversion or visit.
Should I be sending them to my website? It feels like that is sending them away, not towards us.
Thanks!

-- Twisted on Twitter

VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 10/28/2015 12:12:06 PM   0 COMMENTS
Monday, October 26, 2015

2015 Holiday Run-Up Summations

by
2015 Holiday Run-Up Summations daily-golden-nugget-1371-26
One month ago today, I introduced the 2015 Holiday Run-Up with the premise that this year you could create several specialized marketing campaigns, or micro-campaigns, focused on singles products or groupings of products. Implementing the micro campaigns would require lots of product photography, correctly targeting your customers, writing lots of product content, sharing that product content to social media, coordinating...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 10/26/2015 08:40:32 AM   0 COMMENTS
Monday, October 19, 2015

Discover Your Own Social Media Timing and Scheduling: 2015 Holiday Run-Up

by
Discover Your Own Social Media Timing and Scheduling: 2015 Holiday Run-Up daily-golden-nugget-1366-51
The time needed to manage social media can easily eat up most of your day. Over the last few weeks, I've detailed a lot of social media tactics in this 2015 Holiday Run-Up series. If you've missed out on the discussion so far, then go back to the beginning here and catch up.

As I've detailed steps for VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 10/19/2015 09:41:14 AM   0 COMMENTS
Thursday, October 15, 2015

Why To Post To Google+ #TBT: 2015 Holiday Run-Up

by
Why To Post To Google+ TBT: 2015 Holiday Run-Up daily-golden-nugget-1364-67
In today's #ThrowbackThursday, I'm jumping back to January 2014 to my directions on how to post to Google+. This is also a continuation of my special 2015 Holiday Run-Up series giving you the tactics you need to help boost your sales this upcoming season.

I've already given you steps and tactics for VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 10/15/2015 11:15:17 AM   0 COMMENTS
Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Simple Explanation and Twitter Usage Suggestions: 2015 Holiday Run-Up

by
Simple Explanation and Twitter Usage Suggestions: 2015 Holiday Run-Up daily-golden-nugget-1363-53
I've covered topics of Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram so far in this Run-Up to the 2015 Holiday season. This is my 14th installment in this special Daily Golden Nugget series to help you boost your 2015 holiday sales.

If you're just joining in for the first time, then you should review the outline of this series I explained here. I'...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 10/14/2015 12:34:12 PM   0 COMMENTS
Monday, October 12, 2015

Pinterest Pinning and Marketing Campaigns: Holiday 2015 Run-up

by
Pinterest Pinning and Marketing Campaigns: Holiday 2015 Run-up daily-golden-nugget-1361-33
This is Part 11 of my annual special Daily Golden Nugget "Holiday Run-Up" series packed with tactics to help you during November and December this year. I started this series 3 weeks ago with directions for all the initial steps needed to prepare for the information you'll find in these last few run-up days. The initial marketing strategies overview is here....
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 10/12/2015 10:44:34 AM   0 COMMENTS
Friday, October 02, 2015

S.E. Needham Jewelers Website Review

by
S.E. Needham Jewelers Website Review daily-golden-nugget-1355-60
This is the Friday website review edition of the Daily Golden Nugget. The purpose of this website review is to look over a random retail jeweler's website to evaluate if they are correctly applying what we know about the internet, online marketing, and business. We'll see if improvements can be made, or if we can learn something from them.

Each week I start by searching Google in a random town for a typical phrase that a consumer would search for. This week the search phrase is "jewelers logan ut," and he...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 10/02/2015 08:54:06 AM   0 COMMENTS
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Directions for First Time Users of Facebook Audience Insights: Holiday 2015 Run-up

by
Directions for First Time Users of Facebook Audience Insights: Holiday 2015 Run-up daily-golden-nugget-1353-73
This is Part 5 of a multi-day Daily Golden Nugget series packed with tactics to help you in your 2015 holiday marketing. The series started with the overview of 2015 holiday marketing strategies.

In this edition, I'll show you how to use the Facebook Audience Insights tool to build and save a target audience fo...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 09/30/2015 07:01:37 AM   0 COMMENTS
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Shifting Away From Traditional Media to Smarter Digital Ad Spending

by
Shifting Away From Traditional Media to Smarter Digital Ad Spending daily-golden-nugget-1342-58
The holiday season is quickly approaching and you need to consider how you will be spending your advertising dollars. Will you hold an event promoted with post cards and phone calls? Will you have a Black Friday sale promoted in the local newspaper? What medium will you use for your weekly ads for the holiday season?

There are a lot more choices now than just newspapers, post cards, billboards, TV, and radio. VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 09/15/2015 09:43:22 AM   0 COMMENTS
Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Review Your Marketing Results From Last Year Before Planning This Year

by
Review Your Marketing Results From Last Year Before Planning This Year daily-golden-nugget-1332-94
September has a strange place on my yearly calendar. I view it as a month that tries to maintain a death grip on the hot days of summer while also revealing the temperatures and colors of the fall. I remember how it was to dread the beginning of the school year, and now, even though I'm not a parent myself, I can appreciate how parents feel now to have their children occupied all day again.

As a consultant serving the jewelry industry, I n...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 09/01/2015 09:17:58 AM   0 COMMENTS
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Time Management For The Retail Jeweler: Part 3

by
Time Management For The Retail Jeweler: Part 3 daily-golden-nugget-1328-72
This is final part of my 3-part series on Time Management. I realize it's a bit ironic that I've written Daily Golden Nuggets on Time Management and it's taking forever to read through them.

In the first two installments, I explained my methods of how I prioritize time, how I figured out the best time of day for me to work, how I deal with time consuming tasks, the time suck of social media, and how delegating tasks saves me time.

This 3-part series builds upon itself, so please g...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 08/26/2015 07:16:50 AM   0 COMMENTS
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Time Management For The Retail Jeweler: Part 2

by
Time Management For The Retail Jeweler: Part 2 daily-golden-nugget-1327-64
This is part 2 of a 3-part series on Time Management. I have to thank Rod Worley with Four Grainer: Inside the Jewelry Trade Radio Show for motivating me to write this series. While I was on his podcast show, he asked me the following question: "Where are they supposed to find the time?"

Instead of writing simple direction to explain how to get things done, I decided to dive deep...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 08/25/2015 07:17:08 AM   0 COMMENTS
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Plan Your Facebook Posts to Help Build Your Business

by
Plan Your Facebook Posts to Help Build Your Business daily-golden-nugget-1323-19
I recently had someone tell me that they felt it was better to post anything to their business Facebook account than nothing at all. This particular jeweler didn't have anyone in the store willing to manage their Facebook account, yet they felt it was important to be active.

Their solution was to hire a social media management company that didn't know anything about jewelry, and was posting non sequitur information to their account. Although their fan base was slowly increas...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 08/19/2015 07:42:59 AM   0 COMMENTS
Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Don't Sell Over Social; Just Build Connections

by
Dont Sell Over Social; Just Build Connections daily-golden-nugget-1312-49
I'm sitting on a regional jet right now as I write this. I'm heading back to New Jersey after three days with the RJO in St. Louis, Missouri. For me, it was a weekend of discussions about e-commerce, online local marketing, and social networking.

I was very impressed with all the jewelers I spoke to this weekend and I'm starting to think that the need for social media is starting to be understood as a necessity for marketing, even though the results can't be tracked. Many jewelers told me...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 08/04/2015 08:37:15 AM   0 COMMENTS
Monday, July 27, 2015

Managing Social Media: Business Strategy Made Easy

by
Managing Social Media: Business Strategy Made Easy daily-golden-nugget-1306-37
When you consider the time it takes to be involved with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+ and so many social networks, it's no wonder so many people live their lives carrying their smartphone in their hand all day. So many people have traded everyday verbal conversations for terse text conversations and deluges of selfies.

Those who have chosen a smartphone-tethered life, now find it second nature to use social network as a way to keep their friends and family in...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 07/27/2015 07:03:31 AM   0 COMMENTS
Friday, July 24, 2015

Skeie's Jewelers Website Review

by
Skeies Jewelers Website Review daily-golden-nugget-1305-25
This is the weekly website review edition of the Daily Golden Nugget. Each week, I work through these website reviews to give you real examples to learn from. It doesn't matter if the website is good or bad, there's always something to learn from.

I'm changing it up a little this week. Normally I search for the phrase "jewelry store" and a random town name, but not this week. In honor of this weekend's official kickoff of the Jewelers Equality Alliance<...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 07/24/2015 06:40:56 AM   0 COMMENTS
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

How To Accomplish Real Time Reporting At Live Events

by
How To Accomplish Real Time Reporting At Live Events daily-golden-nugget-1283-11
It doesn't matter how many blueprints, multi-part marketing plan ideas, strategies, and VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 06/24/2015 11:25:54 AM   0 COMMENTS
Monday, June 15, 2015

JCK Talks 2015: The Power of Blogging

by
JCK Talks 2015: The Power of Blogging daily-golden-nugget-1276-4
This Daily Golden Nugget is my 1,276th in a row. When I started this blogging journey nearly 5 years ago, I never expected where it would take me. Truthfully, every blogger begins their writing journey for personal reasons and we never know where we will end up.

Blogging is huge. The word blog has become the general term to represent all types of content creation that involves written words. When I started writing these Nuggets, I envisioned them only as email newsletters that would be archived online. I...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 06/15/2015 06:36:28 AM   0 COMMENTS
Thursday, June 11, 2015

What Is A Money Site?

by
What Is A Money Site? daily-golden-nugget-1274-3
This is the Throwback Thursday edition of the Daily Golden Nugget. Today I'm jumping back to Nugget number 55 and the topic of money sites.

The topic of marketing funnels came up during the 2015 JCK Talk on multi-channel marketing. The original idea of a marketing funnel was that you would reach a lot of people with a broad scope...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 06/11/2015 08:44:10 AM   0 COMMENTS
Tuesday, June 09, 2015

JCK Talks 2015: Introduction to Multichannel Marketing for Retail

by
JCK Talks 2015: Introduction to Multichannel Marketing for Retail daily-golden-nugget-1272-43
Jennifer Shaheen, President of Technology Therapy Group was among those speakers chosen to present at the 2015 JCK Las Vegas show. Jennifer and I are industry colleagues and we share 99% of the same point of view about the internet and how retail jewelers should be using it for their marketing.

I've seen Jennifer present at ...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 06/09/2015 09:44:38 AM   0 COMMENTS
Monday, June 01, 2015

Create Marketing Campaigns That Allow For Natural Discovery of the Full Message

by
Create Marketing Campaigns That Allow For Natural Discovery of the Full Message daily-golden-nugget-1266-23
I was at a social media marketing meeting in New York City last month when someone asked if they should be posting the same photos and status update to every social network.

That was a good question, and there's no real straightforward answer. In reality, it depends if you have the same audience following you on all the social networks. If the same audience follows you on all networks, then they will get very bored very ...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 06/01/2015 06:48:06 AM   0 COMMENTS
Thursday, May 28, 2015

Foursquare Is Quite Useful While Other LBS' have Checked-Out #TBT

by
Foursquare Is Quite Useful While Other LBS have Checked-Out TBT daily-golden-nugget-1264-58
In today's Throwback Thursday, I'm bringing back a group of old Nuggets that are near and dear to my hart: Location Based Services.

One of our more ambitious events here at jWAG was back in August 2010 when we held live video broadcasts several days in a row, we called it "jWAG Live 2". Every day we covered different topics, one of which was ...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 05/28/2015 08:32:09 AM   0 COMMENTS
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Misunderstood Cost of the Marketing Funnel

by
The Misunderstood Cost of the Marketing Funnel daily-golden-nugget-1257-3
The truth of the matter is that your business will never survive without some type of marketing. Word of mouth marketing is not enough anymore to support your business. Simple posts to social media and meager ads in community newspapers won't support your overhead, or even put food on your table.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, you should VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 05/19/2015 11:16:30 AM   0 COMMENTS
Friday, May 15, 2015

John Tolle Jewelry Website Review

by
John Tolle Jewelry Website Review  daily-golden-nugget-1255-82
This is the Friday website review where I search for a jeweler in a random town around the United States then review their website. By reviewing a live site, I'm usually able to highlight good and bad points that we can all learn from.

For this week, I wanted to find a retail jewelry store in Laguna Beach, California. Here's the SERP when I googled "jewelers in Laguna Beach, California":

John Tolle Jewelry ...<br />
							<span class=VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 05/15/2015 11:24:59 AM   0 COMMENTS
Monday, April 27, 2015

Future Progress and Profit is Unattainable Without Proper Planning

by
Future Progress and Profit is Unattainable Without Proper Planning daily-golden-nugget-1241-76
I've been online since 1988 and I began programming websites professionally in 1994. With 29 years experience online, you certainly can say I'm one of the internet "old timers." In the mid 1990s, we had no idea how the internet would transform the world. Indeed, just watch any sci-fi movie from the early 90s and you'll see how their portrayals of the future completely lack the everyday technology we take for granted today.

The Early Internet<...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET



AT: 04/27/2015 12:24:32 PM   0 COMMENTS
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Can One Blog Be Used to Promote Two Websites?

by
Can One Blog Be Used to Promote Two Websites? daily-golden-nugget-1222-74
I received an interesting question the other day from Suzie, a jewelry designer. Well, her name wasn't actually Suzie, but let's just say that it was so it makes this story easier to tell.

For several years, Suzie had an Etsy account where she sold a line of baby toe ring jewelry. This was her fist line of jewelry before she started making gemstone jewelry necklaces. Realizing how different these two lines of jewelry are, instead of using Etsy to sell the necklaces, she opened an e-com...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 03/31/2015 07:24:30 AM   0 COMMENTS
Monday, March 16, 2015

10 Ground Rules For Employees When Using Social Media

by
10 Ground Rules For Employees When Using Social Media daily-golden-nugget-1211-39
Many retail jewelers still struggle managing the time it takes to promote themselves on social media. Unfortunately, even though you can hire an agency to manage your social accounts, the best way to engage your customers is to establish your brand's own online identity.

It's difficult to allocate the time needed to engage on social media amidst the daily routine needed to run a jewelry store. Instead of doing it all yourself, you could allow your employees to engage soc...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 03/16/2015 07:10:04 AM   0 COMMENTS
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Modern Customers Want to See Product Photos and Product Information on Your Website

by
Modern Customers Want to See Product Photos and Product Information on Your Website daily-golden-nugget-1192-17
The internet has become a very visual place, especially on social media. While blog content may thrive with well written information, as of today, on Facebook and Google+ you won't get noticed without some type of visual. This is especially a complete change for Facebook because in 2013, they lowered the visibility of status updates with images because they were combating meme over usage.

Product photography posts...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 02/17/2015 08:30:19 AM   0 COMMENTS
Friday, February 13, 2015

Paula's Fine Jewelry Website Review

by
Paulas Fine Jewelry Website Review daily-golden-nugget-1190-22
If you believe the (mostly North American) superstitions, Friday the 13th (today) is supposed to be an unlucky day. Perhaps it will be unlucky for some couples that breakup before tomorrow, Valentine's Day, arrives. I prefer the optimistic point of view and would rather believe that love is in the air today.

This is the Friday website review edition of the Daily Golden Nugget, and to honor Valentine's Day I decided to search for a jewelry store in or near a town with "love" in the name. This was not as easy a...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 02/13/2015 12:32:35 PM   0 COMMENTS
Monday, February 09, 2015

The Value of Content Creation and Content Curation, Part 3

by
The Value of Content Creation and Content Curation, Part 3 daily-golden-nugget-1186-34
What's your favorite type of content? Given that content includes written articles, videos, podcasts, photography, and every other type of creative digital experience. There's a labor cost associated with creating a digital experience for your customers, a cost that's not easily understood by small business owners.

There's also a competing value of the content that swings between the long term value to attract quality customers and the short term value of getting a lot of attention. S...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 02/09/2015 02:11:44 PM   0 COMMENTS
Wednesday, February 04, 2015

The Value of Content Creation and Content Curation, Part 1

by
The Value of Content Creation and Content Curation, Part 1 daily-golden-nugget-1183-78
Over the last two days, I've provided you with some content creation cost guidelines and how to use content curation as an alternative to creating your own. In this Daily Golden Nugget, I'm explaining how y...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 02/04/2015 11:18:26 AM   0 COMMENTS
Friday, January 30, 2015

Watkins Jewelers Website Review

by
Watkins Jewelers Website Review daily-golden-nugget-1180-97
This is the Friday website review edition of the Daily Golden Nugget. Today, I'm going to perform an incognito Google search for a random jewelry store candidate in Blackstone, Virginia, then review their website.

The goal of this weekly website review is to learn something new, or at least to see an implementation of something good or bad that you never knew.

When I used the search query "jewelry stores in blackstone va" I was given these results:

VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 01/30/2015 08:58:12 AM   0 COMMENTS
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

jWAG Celebrates 5 Years of Freely Writing Stuff That Really Matters

by
jWAG Celebrates 5 Years of Freely Writing Stuff That Really Matters daily-golden-nugget-1167-70
January 10, 2015 marked the 5th anniversary of the Jeweler Website Advisory Group, lovingly known as jWAG.

On January 10, 2010 at 1:10pm, this philanthropic endeavor was launched with a very long live web show event where we presented a lot of research based information about jewelry websites.


Typical jWAG Approach


As the founder of jWAG, I've made sure that all the information presented in seminars, webinars, blog posts, and Daily Golden Nuggets c...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 01/13/2015 08:23:10 AM   0 COMMENTS
Friday, December 19, 2014

Sam's Fine Jewelry Website Review

by
Sams Fine Jewelry Website Review daily-golden-nugget-1150-52Today is the Friday Daily Golden Nugget website review. Normally I search a random town name in the United States in search of a website review candidate. But for today, I decided to add a little holiday cheer and look for a town with a holiday related name.

I started with this list of holiday towns, but it turns out that most of those are "populated places" or ghost towns. It seems like many forefathers were willing to name towns after Christmas, but over the dec...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 12/19/2014 10:18:12 AM   0 COMMENTS
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Prenuptial Agreements With Your Online Agency - Part 2

by
Prenuptial Agreements With Your Online Agency - Part 2 daily-golden-nugget-1147-82
Managing the online identity for your business is time consuming. Although you might have found the best agency to build your website and help your marketing online, the relationship you have with them probably won't last forever.

Eventually, you will have to divorce your marketing agency.

This is the conclusion of the Daily Golden Nugget I began yesterday detailing how your agency should be setting up your business accounts and what you need to do to guarantee you always have login acce...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 12/16/2014 08:12:22 AM   0 COMMENTS
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Internet Marketing Agencies - Changing With Technology

by
Internet Marketing Agencies - Changing With Technology daily-golden-nugget-1143-44
The internet has seen many changes over the last 4 years since I started writing these Daily Golden Nuggets. Undoubtedly, a lot of that change was informed by Google, but really there are a lot of other factors involved.

Through the Great Recession, a lot of easier and less expensive technology emerged that now allows us to access information from anywhere at any time. You could argue that the technology companies forced fancy new mobile devices on us; or you could say that the technology devel...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 12/10/2014 08:20:17 AM   0 COMMENTS
Thursday, November 06, 2014

Dealing with Instagram Spam Accounts

by
Dealing with Instagram Spam Accounts daily-golden-nugget-1119-67
Spam is everywhere!

Originally just known as unsolicited and unwanted email junk, now spam exists in new multiple forms. Sometimes it's in the guise of blog posts that are unreadable, or useless blog comments, full websites loaded with junk content and video memes out to lure you into some scam service or pop-up nightmare.

In recent years, the idea of spam has included attempts at social engagements that I've directly experienced on Twitter, Facebook, Meetup, and Instagram. I'm sure every social network has spam and fake ...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 11/06/2014 12:11:23 PM   0 COMMENTS
Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Social Signal Ranking Factors

by
Social Signal Ranking Factors daily-golden-nugget-1118-29
If you ever get into a conversation with a search engine optimization professional (aka SEO), they usually bring up the topic of how Google ranks your website and that there are "more than 200 different signals" that Google uses for their ranking algorithm. It's Google's standard message that they are using more than 200 signals, but they've been saying the same thing for more than 10 years now.

Surly they must be using more than 200 signals now, but they'll never admit it.

From time to time, I'm able to measure the effects of certain t...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 11/05/2014 12:22:33 PM   0 COMMENTS
Friday, October 03, 2014

Champaign Jewelers Website Review

by
Champaign Jewelers Website Review daily-golden-nugget-1095-10
One of the common errors in the English language is the confusion between the words Champagne and Champaign.

Champagne is a region in France where the sparkling wine, champagne, comes from. Those French "regions" are similar to states in the US. Although there are vineyards all over the world that produce sparkling wine, it's not "champagne" unless the grapes were grown, and the wine was produced in that region of France. The capital city of Champagne is Epernay, which I visited a few years ago. I've include...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 10/03/2014 06:20:27 AM   0 COMMENTS
Monday, September 29, 2014

Planning the Online Tracking Needed to Help Sell Your Products

by
Planning the Online Tracking Needed to Help Sell Your Products daily-golden-nugget-1091-23
Throughout all of last week, I've been laying the groundwork for a complete holiday 2014 marketing plan that you can use to promote a chosen suite of items.

Here a recap:

1. You need to select some items that you'll use in your holiday promotions. Read this to find out how to select the best items.

2. You then need to plan your o...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 09/29/2014 08:52:49 AM   0 COMMENTS
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Online Marketing Campaigns To Sell Your Products

by
Online Marketing Campaigns To Sell Your Products daily-golden-nugget-1088-60
This is the third part of my Daily Golden Nugget series outlining a potential marketing plan for the upcoming holiday season. The first part explained how to select the items to promote during the holidays. The second part detailed how to set up your newspa...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 09/24/2014 06:18:19 AM   0 COMMENTS
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Share the Content Creation Burden and Then Share Socially

by
Share the Content Creation Burden and Then Share Socially daily-golden-nugget-1078-56
Content creation is a continual task for every website owner. It can also be a very challenging task to come up with new content all the time without suffering from mental burnout or writer's block. That burnout will have a bad effect on your long term SEO, so it needs to be prevented.

One way to prevent content creation burnout is to spread the task around between several employees on your sales staff. Remember that website content isn't just blog posts. Content...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 09/10/2014 07:44:50 AM   0 COMMENTS
Tuesday, September 09, 2014

These Old Daily Nuggets Are Now Rubbish

by
These Old Daily Nuggets Are Now Rubbish daily-golden-nugget-1077-98
Seventy-seven week days ago, when I reached the 1000th Nugget milestone, I got the idea that I should write a recap of all the technology that I wrote about that came and went since 2010 when I started this daily newsletter.

Although I really want to be nostalgic, I don't even have the time to look through 1000 posts to create a full list. But I'm going to give it a try and see where this goes, so let's have a little fun... Instead of learning something new today, I'll look at some old topics that I'v...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 09/09/2014 09:03:03 AM   0 COMMENTS
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Off-Site SEO for Retail Jewelers

by
Off-Site SEO for Retail Jewelers 2145-daily-golden-nugget-1069
This week I've been explaining the differences between Technical SEO,On-Site SEO, and Off-Site SEO.

While the technical aspects of search engine optimization include a lot of analysis and analytical thinking, the on-site optimization requires a creative flair for writing, photography, and customer satisfaction that...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 08/28/2014 09:24:10 AM   0 COMMENTS
Monday, August 18, 2014

Don't Hire a Social Media Management Agency While Blindfolded

by
Dont Hire a Social Media Management Agency While Blindfolded 773-daily-golden-nugget-1061
Although I'd like nothing more than for every jeweler to manage their own social media accounts, the truth is that many business owners don't, or can't do it. I'm told many reasons why they can't, like not having enough time, or not knowing where to start, or how to do it, or even which social network they should be using.

And which social network should you be using VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 08/18/2014 10:48:40 AM   0 COMMENTS
Friday, July 18, 2014

Avalon Park Jewelers Website Review

by
Avalon Park Jewelers Website Review 2960-daily-golden-nugget-1040
Five months from today, you will be launching your last minute Christmas advertising campaigns and counting down the last 7 days before the big holiday. Have you started to prepare your website and holiday ads yet?

The other day, I was walking through one of those stores that sells Christmas items all year long and I couldn't help but remember that now is the time for those "Christmas in July" sales events. However, considering that today is Friday, I immediately started to wonder how many towns were n...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 07/18/2014 12:31:34 PM   0 COMMENTS
Thursday, October 31, 2013

How to Avoid Business Disasters on Your Busiest Retail Day of the Year

by
 2716-daily-golden-nugget-854Happy Halloween!

Today I'd like to tell an interesting story about websites and customers service that you might be able to learn a thing or two from. It's not about jewelry, but about websites and business in general.

And honestly, it's a business disaster.

There's a costume and magic shop not too far from my home in New Jersey. It's been there for at least 35 years. My mom took me there as a young boy and bought me lots of fun magic tricks, professional quality, like bags that make things disappear and scarves that change color, oh and card tricks that would ch...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 10/31/2013 05:23:06 PM   0 COMMENTS
Monday, March 18, 2013

Explanation of a Social Media Time Saving Process

by
Explanation of a Social Media Time Saving Process 2997-daily-golden-nugget-691It's an early Sunday morning as I sit down to write this Daily Golden Nugget. After 690 days you would think that I would run out of topics, but that never seems to happen. I have a list of 16 topics that I've seen in tech news recently, and other questions that customers have asked. There is plenty of source material that I can grab, review, compare data to, and then write something that my readers will appreciate.

But then there are other topics that are simply good to share directly to one of m...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 03/18/2013 02:20:51 PM   0 COMMENTS
Monday, July 11, 2011

Introduction to Google+ for Jewelers

by
Hello, I'm interrupting this regularly scheduled Daily Gold Nugget to bring you some direct reporting from the construction site.

Normally our Daily Nuggets are written from a compilation of data we've either measured or had direct experience with. Personally, I don't like to feed into the noise of so many SEO professionals that say one thing or another about SEO and you never know who's right. Thankfully, my team specializes in jewelry SEO and all our research data is specific to that sector.

Today, and maybe for a few days this week, I'd like to talk to you directly about Google+. First, let's get you up to speed on the nomenclature since I might refer to it as "Google Plus," "G+" and even "GP."

I finally got an invite to Google+ on Friday, July 8, 2011 and dove right in. I sent out emails to all of my customers...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 07/11/2011 11:08:20 AM   0 COMMENTS
Thursday, June 16, 2011

Not All Sharing is Created Equally

by
We've recently written a few Daily Golden Nuggets about social sharing, "Like" buttons and generally how to increase the traffic to your website through social sharing. But now we realize that some of the directions we gave you might be misunderstood, so let's clear them up.

Sharing a link to your website on Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Reddit, LinkedIn or any other social network will increase the number of visitors on your site. Not because the search engines found the shared link and use it for ranking, but simply because other random people saw and clicked on the link.

That's easy. Share a link = increase traffic from people clicking that shared link.

On the other hand, if you only want to spend time sharing links that help your search engine ranking then you have to be very specific with your sharing.

Any ...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 06/16/2011 11:51:55 AM   0 COMMENTS
Friday, December 03, 2010

Does Your Sales Funnel Have Holes in It?

by
If you've attended enough seminars, read enough business books, received business coaching or attended a business college you certainly will be familiar with the concept of a Sales Funnel.

We did a quick Google search to try and lock down the exact definition of it, but between Wikipedia and thousands of other authors, reporters, and bloggers it seems there isn't a single easy-to-understand definition that explains it.

In essence, the large opening of the funnel represents your broad marketing strategy. This is your newspapers, billboards, radio, TV, Twitter and Facebook. This is where you get your message out there so the world has the chance to hear you, i.e. you are making them aware of you.

With traditional marketing, you have to rely on the consistency of delivering your message before you pour the prospect fu...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 12/03/2010 01:11:07 PM   0 COMMENTS
Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Building Your Social Media Personality

by
We're continuing on the subject of building a social media persona to interact with your customers on a personal level. Your Facebook Business Page is where you build business relationships, introduce offers and engage customers. The one flaw with a business page is you have to continually interact with your fans to keep them interested in your business.

We know it's difficult to find the perfect balance between interaction and offers in all social media. We also know that many of you have personal accounts that you use for business. The strategy we started explaining yesterday will help build a level of trust with your customers. This type of trust will endure even if your customer doesn't hear from you for a while.

Let's continue explaining how to build that trust during the holiday season.

Since it's still ear...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 11/09/2010 12:13:23 PM   0 COMMENTS
Monday, November 08, 2010

Holiday Season Story Time

by
The Holiday Season 2010 seems to have already started - last week in fact. TV commercials are already talking about pre-Black Friday sales, and "don't wait until Black Friday" specials.

You are about to enter your busiest 7 weeks of the year, and today is the Monday when you should start seeing a surge of traffic on your website. Every Monday from now through January should show a surge of traffic.

Other than holiday selling, something else happens during this time of year. People are much more open to personal bonding. It's part of the gift-giving season; it's why greeting cards are sent simply to say hello and it's why people want to get together in person. People are all inspired to open their hearts during this time of year.

We don't want to sounds like a Scrooge, but this is also when you can forge unbreakab...
VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET


AT: 11/08/2010 11:21:27 AM   0 COMMENTS
Find out how we can help you make your own website better. Click here. Do you find these
Daily Golden Nuggets helpful?


Wish you had the time to evaluate how to apply all this stuff to your own website?

CLICK HERE to find out how to get a website evaluation directly from the team that writes these Nuggets.

We'll sort through all the fine details and explain how they apply to your own site.

CLICK HERE or call 888-872-0274.
Sign Up For Emailed Daily Gold Nuggets

"...articles are easy to follow and seem to have information one can use right away."
-Ann, Gallery 4, Hamden CT


"...serious kudos to you. We love your straight talk, pertinent information and plain language. I don't know how many industries have something of jWAG's caliber available, but I learn from the emails every day. Really, really nice work, and very appreciated."
-Cheryl Herrick, Global Pathways Jewelry