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Entries Tagged as 'Greeting Cards'

Are Christmas card sales slow at Typo or was 5 for $10 always part of the plan?

November 25th, 2014 · 1 Comment

I was browsing the Christmas card spinner at Typo in Brisbane late yesterday when a staff member said hey, right now our Christmas cards are five for $10, it’s a great deal. Her delivery was exceptional, if felt like a personal recommendation. It was perfect. Christmas cards five for $10. These are hip cards too. […]

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Tags: Competition · Greeting Cards · Newsagency challenges

Disney products popular as Christmas gifts

November 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

We’re having terrific success with Disney products from a range of categories including these books. This stand in the photo is one of several pitching Disney products including Frozen licenced products. Frozen is an excellent way we can connect magazine, gift, toy and card sales and thereby maximise the basket opportunity. While some everyday suppliers to newsagents […]

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Tags: Gifts · Greeting Cards

Learning from looking at newsagencies and retail in the UK

October 29th, 2014 · No Comments

Here’s a video shot this week where I explore some of the insights I picked up on my trip to the UK earlier this month – looking at retail and at the newsagency conference I attended. The trip was instructive beyond what I cover in the brief video and some of the insights will play […]

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Tags: Greeting Cards · Newsagency management · newsagency marketing · newsagency of the future · Newsagency opportunities · Optimism

Tapping into Rolling Stones interest

October 27th, 2014 · No Comments

We have this miniature licenced Rolling Stones merchandise as a feature among our male gifts. It’s part of a broader rand of licenced products from several suppliers that we have sourced for music fans and for collectors of specific licenced merchandise. We sell cards for guys so why not gifts?! Too often I hear newsagents […]

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Tags: Gifts · Greeting Cards

Our card vandal is back

October 20th, 2014 · 7 Comments

We found these cards torn in our Spirit Humour stand on Saturday. Our prude shopper who judges what we sell by damaging our stock is back. What an arrogant yet weak act. Arrogant in that they clearly want a world reflecting only what they approve. Weak in that they don’t have the guts to speak […]

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Tags: confectionary · Ethics · Greeting Cards · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · Social responsibility · theft · Ugh!

Cool card company ad cuts through

September 27th, 2014 · No Comments

It is a challenge for card companies advertising their cards in industry journals. Cut through is difficult promoting products that often need to be see in person to be appreciated. Card company is Spirit cleverly using their irreverent cards in an ad in the latest Greetings and Gifts magazine with excellent effect. Their ad gives us […]

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For Arts Sake cards at 50% off at Australia Post

September 25th, 2014 · 7 Comments

Australia Post has For Arts Sake cards at 50% off up until October. The offer excludes Christmas cards and Father’s Day cards when they had them out. I am not sure who is funding this discount. regardless, it is disappointing that government owned and protected retail businesses are so aggressively taking sales from small business […]

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Tags: Australia Post · Greeting Cards · Newsagency challenges

Promoting cards with magazines

September 15th, 2014 · No Comments

We love opportunities to integrate products from one category with another. Who this week gave us an opportunity to promote a card from the Spirit humour range. The card placement pitches this card as well the rest of the range placed nearby. 2 likes

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Tags: Greeting Cards · magazines

Touching story from the shop floor: I can’t sing, I need a card to sing to my wife

September 9th, 2014 · 1 Comment

On Saturday a guy asked for my help in choosing a card. He said – I can’t sing, I seed a card to sing to my wife. They’re in the middle of a tough situation and wanted a singing card because his wife loved music.  He was thrilled that we had a card that played Stand By Me. […]

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Ready for big Father’s Day sales

September 6th, 2014 · No Comments

We’re all set for a huge day today serving last minute Father’s Day shoppers. Our card have been refreshed as have our Father’s Day gifts. While we’re out of plenty of items we have depth within the gift department to have enough products on show to make a broad-based pitch for the season. We’re not forgetting […]

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Strong Peppa Pig Hallmark card stand interest

September 1st, 2014 · No Comments

We’ve had the Hallmark Peppa Pig stand for under a week in our Peppa Pig corner and it’s working a treat. The branding is excellent – the way it owns the whole stand. This is what attracts the target audience and they bring parents and grandparents who buy. It’s a retailers joy to watch. The […]

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Tags: Brand retailing · Gifts · Greeting Cards

Men’s Health ideal for Father’s Day

August 25th, 2014 · No Comments

We have Men’s Health magazine being pitched with Father’s Day cards by placing the Win a $5000 Shopping Spree stand next to our Father’s day card display at the front of the newsagency. the placement is worth more than this as magazine shoppers notice the Father’s Day cards as much as card shoppers notice the […]

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Tags: Gifts · Greeting Cards

Early start to Father’s Day

August 11th, 2014 · No Comments

Father’s Day cards have started selling and we are still a month away from the day. While not massive sales, early sales are enough to warrant our initial placement at the front of the newsagency. The photo shows not even a third of what we will have out by the time we are in full […]

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Tags: Greeting Cards · newsagency marketing

Very cool date-based card range

August 6th, 2014 · No Comments

I love these year-themed birthday cards from Artico that have at the Melbourne Gift Fair this week. They tap into the strong interest in nostalgia. They make for a wonderful gift. Each CD has 20 hits fro the selected year. While spinners can be challenging, this one has a small footprint and is easy to locate […]

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Tags: Greeting Cards

Interesting 4-day sale

July 28th, 2014 · 3 Comments

I am in Auckland looking at retail and noticed a massive 4-day sale at Whitcoulls – just about the closest they have here to an Australian newsagency. There were all sorts of deals. With cards it was buy 1 and get one at half price. What was odd was how they promoted it – with […]

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Tags: Greeting Cards · Newsagency management · newsagency marketing

Using AFL licenced product to get guys buying greeting cards

July 12th, 2014 · No Comments

As part of the school holidays floorspace shuffle we placed the floor display unit with Hallmark AFL licenced cards,wrap and gifts in our guay magazine nook at the end of our main magazine aisle. The change in location delivered a sales kick as people who were browsing magazines discovered the AFL brand. This approach works […]

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Newsagency card pockets overloaded

June 19th, 2014 · 6 Comments

I counted more than thirty card pockets in a newsagency with ten cards or more in each. Some pockets were so full that the product looked stuffed in rather than well-presented. Newsagents need to actively engage with their card suppliers to ensure commercially appropriate supply. Pockets like the one shown in the photo do the business […]

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Fun approach to censoring a greeting card

June 18th, 2014 · 1 Comment

I like the approach by fashion stationery retailer Typo to censoring greeting cards with words that may offend. The sticker not only censors the worrying word, it draws attention to the card on the card rack, thereby driving shopper interest. It also shows those customers who might be offended that the company respects their views. […]

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Making the most of male card customers

June 17th, 2014 · No Comments

Newsagencies are visited by males more for cards than other retail outlets – several studies over the years have shown this. Male card customers tend to appreciate an offer of help to choose a card and or a gift more than female customers. Are your staff trained to make the most of male card customers? […]

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Tags: Greeting Cards · Newsagency management · Newsagency opportunities

Day one of five simple moves for increasing sales in your newsagency: leveraging high traffic locations

June 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

This week I am running a series of simple moves you can make in your newsagency to increase sales. None requires you to spend any money, only time. Here is simple move to make more money from magazine customers. Walk down your main magazine aisle and then walk from there to your counter – what do […]

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Tags: Greeting Cards · Newsagency opportunities · Optimism · retail · Tactical display

Promoting cards for International Father’s Day

May 27th, 2014 · No Comments

We’re card specialists in newsagencies so it’s natural that we have a range of cards available for International Father’s Day. It is small seasons like this that define us – they show us off as the destination retail businesses for all greeting card occasions. 1 likes

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Tags: Greeting Cards

How a hair straightener stand can help you drive add-on purchases with greeting cards

May 26th, 2014 · No Comments

This photo shows how we are using a $4.00 hair straightener stand to place Hallmark Itty Bittys with cards in our card department. We first started using a hair straightener stand to promote plush with cards six weeks ago. It’s won incremental business for us.  When we got the new Itty Bitty line we put a […]

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Tags: Greeting Cards · Management tip · marketing tip · Newsagency management · newsagency marketing · Newsagency opportunities · Plush

This card is not pornographic

May 13th, 2014 · 5 Comments

When a customer placed another card from front of this one in the photo on Saturday I thought it was in error so I put the other card into its pocket. The same customer a couple of minutes later randomly picked a card and put it in front of this one. I asked why and they […]

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Tags: Ethics · Fun · Greeting Cards

Using the Hallmark AFL card range to highlight rivalries

May 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

The Hallmark licenced AFL card range is selling very well for us. We are pushing it with placement of a stand at the front of the store and placing cards for rival teams next to each other – like the Carlton and Collingwood cards. What is interesting about these Hallmark AFL cards is that they […]

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Day two of a five-day back to basics newsagency management challenge: cards

April 29th, 2014 · 12 Comments

This week I am shining a light on five back to basics areas of our newsagency businesses over which we can make a difference for the good of our business and the benefit of our customers. By back to basics I mean parts of our business that define us and can separate us from others. Today, I want […]

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Tags: Greeting Cards · Management tip · Newsagency management · newsagency of the future