I'm extending this contest another week, so anyone that would like to post a comment and needs a little more time can do so. I know there are many of you out there with great ideas, Let's hear them!
It is true what they say, if you post it on the internet, it's out there forever. Well, I don't know about forever, but a couple years ago we asked store retailers to comment on our blog. We asked them to share some of their best business tips on AccuCut dies and products. I wanted to share a few of them, and ask for more. We all know that a lot has changed in the last two years, so what are you doing differently, and what is working for you? Just like last time, anyone that comments will be put into a drawing for a free die. Vintage V1004LC.
1. I make up projects with the different dies showing how each can be used in a variety of ways and give classes on them. I also offer free die-cuts with the purchase of paper or cardstock from my store. I don't upcharge to get the paper or cardstock cut. I also offer one piece pricing. Sometimes they want just one, just to try first and then they come back for more. It's one way to see them again, because I know once they try it...they will like it! Accu-cut offers such a diversity of die-cuts that you just can't go wrong!
Guess that was more than one!
2. Along with the standard dies, I have custom ones made - things customers have requested. I also have samples made using the dies in non-traditional ways.
3.Cutting shapes from acrylic or chipboard and selling them individually. Also we cut tags from any scraps of papers left and just put them in a bowl and sell them for .25.
4. We package chipboard dies and sell them as "Naked" Snowmen..."Naked" Flowers, etc! The dies are not available for customer use in our classroom until they have paid for themselves via packaged diecuts in the store to assure that we have covered our investment costs.
5. I give samples to my clients. for example, at a wedding show I'll use the purse favour boxes and to the brides, with my card and a treat inside. When I follow up after a show, they always remember who I am.
6. I cut shapes out of old, vintage fabrics, quilts,lace, etc. These make wonderful Christmas ornaments, quilt embellishments, etc. My top seller is the angel. I also hold contests with "naked" chipboard. For instance, I had no idea what to do with the victorian glove die that I had. I ended up with about 100 GREAT ideas from customers who bought the glove --- just so they could win a card kit. Contests, freebies, samples --- all great to boost sales!
7. We try to see other shapes that can be in a die besides their intended use. For example in a recent Mother's Day card design we turned the snowman die #1 into a vase by only using the bottom half and an unusual paper.
8. If I have a paper that isn't selling well I use the giant dies to cut the paper in giant circles, hearts, scallops etc. (I love the giant dies!!). That paper that was no longer popular starts flying out the door!!
Posted by: Mary Ann
9. Demo Classes! Customers need to see the machine in use so they aren't intimidated by the size of it. They need to see the dies that are available - not just the ones the store carries - therefore creating extra $ for special orders and in turn a store can offer more benefits to it's customers by offering specials/events. Both are winners!!!
10. A store could set up a small display showing all the wedding/shower decorations, favors, invitations, etc., made with Accucut dies. A Saturday demo would be a great hands on and also give customers a chance to cut their own on the spot!
I can't wait to hear some new and unique ideas! I'm going to draw and contact the winner of the Vintage die on November 12th. I'll also be posting these great ideas with a link to the commenter on our facebook page.