Category: The Cutting Edge

Freshley Digital Launches Our New Website

 

After several months of hard work and dedication, we are thrilled to officially announce the launch of our new website, www.freshleydigital.com.

We have built our new website with YOU in mind. The streamlined user interface provides a more interactive experience, allowing visitors to easily find the information they are looking for. You are able to browse the website and learn more about our services, explore our project portfolio, and read about the latest news and updates from the Freshley Digital offices. Some of our current clients even have a special appearance (are you one of them?).

Have questions while you are there? Just click on the chat box and a real, live Freshley Digital staff member will be there to help you in any way we can.

While we typically spend our days designing and building websites for our clients, we are thrilled to be able to show off our own website to YOU, our clients and industry fiends across the country.

We hope that you enjoy the fresh look and feel of our updated website and find that this portal serves as a valuable resource for you.

Love what you see? Give us a call, send an email or submit an inquiry through our website to find out how we can help you create a fresh, digital look for the New Year!

Dominate Digital in 2018!

Former British prime minister Winston Churchill (1874–1965) once said, “Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential.”

I like to apply this advice to selling and advertising best practices. The job of making your strategic marketing plans becomes more straight-forward and manageable (not to mention, far less daunting) when you plan ahead.

Why online marketing is so important

It’s critical to keep up with the times and be flexible in an ever-changing business environment. Do your current marketing strategies line-up with how people are buying today? What are you planning for 2018 to do a better job finding your qualified customer where they are? (Hint: They are online. A lot.)

In today’s digital age, it’s a challenge to advance your business without a robust online presence. Digital marketing is no longer optional for any company serious about making gains. 96% of Americans shop online, and most spend over five hours daily using their smartphones and tablets.

Use your strategic marketing efforts to reach them where they’re spending the most time. Your target customers are asking questions online every day. Does your website answer them? Are you sure?

Think about the last time you searched for an answer to a problem online. Did you use Google to search for a solution by name or did you ask Alexa or Siri for the answer to a question? Don’t miss this opportunity. With upfront strategic planning and by following digital marketing best practices, you can make the most of every click.

It’s time to plan for success

The end of a calendar year is a great period to look back.  You’ll find that outlining goals and documenting priorities will not only help with budget planning but it will also keep everyone focused. Win-win!

Don’t get left behind. Your competition’s marketing team is developing a strategic plan to target the same customers as you. Now is the time to start thinking about the best goals for your company, and how you’ll get there.

The Freshley Digital team has the expertise to help you with campaigns both big and small and figure out how it all fits together. Contact us today to help you get started.

Santa Comes Early To Denver

Williams Jewelers Grand Opening Celebration

Bruce Freshley with Steve Williams and daughter Shaina Williams

This past weekend Bruce and Martha Freshley traveled to Denver, Colorado to celebrate the Grand Opening of Williams Jewelers new Englewood store. As you may know from an earlier post, after 40 years across the street, Steve Williams acquired and old bank building site on the corner of Broadway and Belleview just south of downtown Denver. The Grand Opening was a lavish affair with catering by Elway’s Steak House, champagne flowing and several hundred of Williams Jewelers best clients and friends. A long time client of Freshley Media, the two Williams Jewelers stores, Bruce Williams in Cherry Creek and Steve Williams in Englewood, have have truly become Denver’s First Family of Fine Jewelry and a major force in Colorado. The New store is over 13,000 square feet and features an almost 30ft vaulted ceiling, a new Rolex Watch Salon, a huge bridal department featuring brands like Tacori, Verragio and Hearts On Fire…and a cozy den with a fireplace and bar. What has been the response so far? ”It’s been incredible!”, reports Steve Williams” It really is amazing…dozens of new customers every day. The numbers are crazy, we’re breaking record after record! I’m so proud of Shaina, my wife Diane and our whole team! “

Congratulations to Williams Jewelers from the Team at Freshley Media, Inc./Freshley Digital.

 

Williams Jewelers new Rolex Watch Suite

 

A Toast to the Entire Williams Team!

 

The Grand Opening Crowd…

 

The Ribbon Cutting with Diane Williams (Left) Steve Williams and Shaina Williams (Right)

 

Steve Williams shows Martha Freshley the relaxing customer lounge area with fireplace just off the Sales Floor

This Is The Week!

The Most Important Week of the Year
This is the most important week of the year. Why? Because this is the week that will set the bar for the Holiday selling season. How well you do between now and Sunday will have a huge impact on your final totals. Here is why: This is the week when you and your sales team’s actions have a real impact on sales, because this is the week you can act instead of just react. This is the week to be proactive, to prospect, to reach out to all of your best customers. This is the week you should be delivering holiday greetings and invitations to come to your store. This is the week you call old friends and old customers you haven’t seen in a while. This is the week you go though your customer list and reconnect. This is the week to take action, early- before your customers have decided what to buy the ones they love for Christmas.
One Hour A Day
For the next 10 days, from now until Friday December 8th, make a plan for each day to spend at least one hour every day prospecting on the phone and through email. Here is my promise. For every 5 people you actually talk to, you will make at least one sale. The best of you will sell 2 or 3 people for every 5 you call. You have no idea the power of your relationship with your clients. They love your store and like doing business with you. Most importantly, they love jewelry and giving it as a gift. If they know you, have something already picked out just for them, they would be crazy not to come in and at least see it. I am always flattered when a salesperson I like, from a store I like, gives me a call. It makes me feel special and important. It puts me in the holiday spirit and makes my shopping easy!
Time is precious during the Holidays

Don’t waste your customers’ time. As you go through your prospect list, pick out specific pieces in the store that fit each client perfectly, items you know they will love. Be their secret shopper, Santa’s little helper. That is your job, right? Then pick up the phone and start calling. Again, the more thought you give, the better the return. Your client’s time is precious. Remember, for many of your customers, money is not the issue… it’s more about how meaningful, how precious the gift will be. It’s your job to make this Christmas morning unforgettable.

The last two weeks you will be too busy to be proactive. Start now. Start Today! Make this the best Christmas Selling Season of your jewelry career!

Merry Christmas!
-Bruce Freshley

An Early Holiday Gift From Freshley Digital

‘Tis The Season To Get Engaged!

Because we know that 43% of engagements happen between the month’s of November and February, we’re offering a special holiday marketing bundle, at a special price, to help you stay top of mind during this time of year! This is an amazing opportunity to capitalize on the upcoming Engagement Season and get your feet wet with some digital advertising, if you haven’t already.

Already a Freshley Digital client? See how this package can help enhance your existing campaign.

What’s Included:

I. Social Media Advertising
Facebook and Instagram ads will help propel your message to consumers that aren’t actively following your content today. On average, a non-advertised post will reach less than 10% of your current followers. Advertising helps you reach the other 90%.

II. Premium Site Retargeting
Only 2% of your web traffic will convert the first time they visit your website. Premium site retargeting allows you to serve ads to anyone who visits your site. Retargeting is your best option to reach the other 98% of your site visitors!

III. Custom Digital Design
Throughout the campaign, you will have direct access to our team of Digital Designers. Each month, Freshley Digital will create a custom marketing tool for your store. Options will include: a custom e-mail campaign, Facebook cover design or custom counter-card design.

Pricing: $1,595/month with a 3 month commitment*

Romm Diamonds proves Sports Radio keeps you in the game

A Winning Team
Bruce Freshley with Romm Diamonds CEO, Alex Rysman

Alex Rysman’s voice is immediately recognizable by tens of thousands of Bostonians. That’s because for almost two decades, Alex and Romm Diamonds have been on Boston radio. For the last 5 years, they have only been on ONE station, WBZ 98.5 The Sports Hub. As you can imagine, radio in the Boston market, the 8th largest media market in the country, is incredibly expensive. Buying radio is beyond the reach of most independent jewelers, but can create a great opportunity if you’re smart. Being a sports crazy town…maybe the most sporting town on the planet, Sports Talk is the perfect fit for Romm Diamonds because it allows Alex to communicate directly with his most important market…guys between 25 and 35, with very little waste. This critical market segment drives the diamond engagement ring business. “Almost every day someone mentions our radio ads at the diamond counter” explained Dean Learned, Romm Diamonds’ long time manager, “ It’s Boston. Boston loves sports…. The Patriots, Bruins, Celtics and Sox. Can you think of a bigger sports town?” No Dean, we can’t.Even though Romm Diamonds is only one store, way out in the southern suburbs of Boston, they are a player. They have game. The lesson is this: In a crowded market you have to find a way to stand out. You need a silver bullet. You need to dominate a space…even if that is only one station. But with the right station, in the right market with the right message…you can compete and win.

David Fairclough’s New Rolex Watch Corner 

A Crown For A King
David Fairclough opened his brand new Rolex Watch Corner last month after 2 years of planning and 2 months of construction. The new Rolex watch corner really completes the store which includes a huge round center island surrounded by a Bridal Area and David Yurman Boutique. Bruce Freshley visited the store in mid October just in time for this photo. “Isn’t it just gorgeous…such an elegant space” David declared “Everything Rolex does is simply first class…and there’s no question the new Corner is driving more sales. We are so fortunate to have such a great partner”.
With David ( center) is Store Manager Ali Cheaib (L)and Marketing Director Krysta Fairclough (R)

It’s Not Too Late!!

Holiday Social Media Planning That Delivers!
Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas, Chanukah, New Years! The holidays are right around the corner. If you haven’t started your holiday marketing campaign yet, it’s not too late! Here
are five things you can do today to launch your holiday, social media marketing campaign.1. Social Media Cover Images
Update your social media cover images to reflect the holiday season or your holiday marketing campaign. Holiday cover image themes include:
  • Photos depicting the holidays or the season
  • Your holiday promotion or sale information
  • Team members enjoying the holidays
  • Holiday greetings or messages to your followers

2. Schedule Your Holiday Social Media Posts
Not every store has holiday promotions or events, but most will want to send holidays wishes to their followers (i.e. customers/potential customers). Use a social media scheduling tool to pre-schedule your holiday social media posts so they aren’t overlooked or forgotten.
3.  Write Your Holiday Social Media Calendar
Grab a cup of coffee, a quiet corner and a calendar and write down your holiday social media plan on the calendar.

Your holiday social media calendar will be your go-to resource for the next 2 months.

Bonus tip: Save this year’s holiday social media calendar as your template for next year’s holiday social media marketing!
4.  Curate A #HolidayHashtag
Curating content is all about finding someone else’s content that fits your store’s image, and reusing that content (properly credited, of course) on your own social media channels.

Of course, you can create your own holiday hashtag, but if you really haven’t started your holiday marketing campaign yet it might be more productive to curate a holiday hashtag, and create your own unique holiday hashtag next year! You can spend some time surfing your social media channels for hashtags that complement your messaging.
5.  Be Helpful or Entertain
Help your followers by sharing holiday tips and messages, or relieve their holiday stress with a bit of laughter! Many of us share the same seasonal stress and deadlines, and you can speak to your audience by sharing your favorite:

  • Holiday jewelry trend reports
  • Gift or wrapping ideas
  • Decorating and entertaining tips

The holidays are here… but its not too late to plan and execute a successful holiday, social media  campaign. You may start small this year, and start planning for a bigger seasonal marketing strategy next year!

Don’t have time to do it yourself?  Give Freshley Digital a call and let us put together a strategic, budget-friendly, social media strategy for The Holiday Season.

Is it Time For A New Look?

Let’s be honest.  When is the last time you took a GOOD look at your website?  Is it current?  Are the products up to date?  Is it user friendly and “shop-able”?

Your website says a lot about your business.  In many cases, it is a consumers first impression of your business.  Having a beautiful AND optimized website can be a daunting task and many folks are too overwhelmed and understaffed to take on such a major project.

The architecture and aesthetics of the ideal website change at a rapid pace, making it easy to find your site antiquated and in dire need of an upgrade or just not beneficial to your business. Users are now browsing the web from different devices, and the best practices of effectively reaching consumers are evolving at an equal pace.

 

Here are three signs it’s time to invest in a website redesign.

1. Your Site Has an Outdated Look
Aside from the load speed, the aesthetics of your website play a huge roll in a user’s initial impressions. If your website has an outdated look, it’s likely diminishing your authority and causing users to abandon the page.2. Your Site Has a High Bounce Rate
If you’re paying attention to the analytics of your website (which you should be), then you’ll be able to see stats on things like the click through rate and bounce rate of your site.  Bounce rate indicates the pace at which users are leaving your website, and be very telling of issues that need to be addressed. A number of things can affect the bounce rate of your website, including things like broken links, poor load speed, or a poor design.

3. The Website Isn’t Mobile Friendly
As has been repeatedly reported, more searches are being conducted from mobile devices than desktops, and a huge number of those searches result in a purchase or share. Bearing that knowledge in mind, you can’t expect your website to have that kind of success among consumers if it isn’t responsive to different devices.

How Can Freshley Digital Help?
Here at Freshley Digital, we have years of experience designing and building websites for Independent Jewelry stores across the country. This is the ONLY category we serve.

All of our websites are custom designed and Search Engine Optimized at launch. We charge a FLAT monthly management fee, never by the hour and NO hidden charges.

Send us an email today to see how we can help.