Irreverent Retail Relevance in a Digital Era, Part 2

by Tim Cose, Hal Leonard Corporation Monkey See, Monkey Don’t Returning home disheartened and skeptical after my unfruitful trip to the local Big Box, I punched ‘turntable’ into Google and was immediately funneled onto Amazon (see Irreverant Retail Reverence, Part 1) where I fully expected to have the choice of either a pink plastic suitcase …

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Irreverent Retail Relevance in a Digital Era – Part 1

by Tim Cose, Hal Leonard Corporation The days of an enclosed system in which you, your supplier, and your customer were the only moving parts are over. The ever-present competition and outside marketing influences that arrived with the Digital Era have wreaked havoc on the comfortable little market you signed up for. But there is …

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Moral of Morale – Part Two: Appreciating Your Employees – Christie Smith, Long & McQuade

Making sure your staff feels appreciated is one of the most important ways to retain and inspire them, but equally important is making sure they are regularly challenged and empowered. Every employee wants to know that they are contributing something important to their company, that they are a genuine part of its success and that there …

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Stocking Your Store for Success – Heather Hamilton & James Harding – Gist Piano Center

Probably the most difficult decision for me as a print music manager is deciding which titles to stock. The temptation to order every new and “popular” piece is pretty strong. Unfortunately, I can’t afford to carry everything, so I have to make tough decisions every day. I have to stock titles that will turn quickly …

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The Moral of Morale: Part One – by Christie Smith, Long & McQuade

People are powerful. There are no limits to what a motivated and inspired and appreciated person can accomplish. Their work ethic, product knowledge, and great relationships with customers are a tremendous asset to your company. So, how do we find and keep the perfect super-worker? Maybe we don’t find them at all. MAYBE they are …

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How to Implement Your Social Media Strategy – Danny Rocks

Once you have identified your core customers and determined which Social Media sites they use most frequently, it is time to create and implement your Social Media Strategy. Let’s say that your core customers use Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter most frequently. Take advantage the key features of each and integrate all three sites into a …

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INVENTORY MANAGEMENT “RULE OF THUMB” – By Alan M. Friedman

Since the invention of the cash register, music product retailers have been searching for predominantly two things: (1) a ’59 Sunburst Gibson Les Paul in mint condition, and (2) a “rule of thumb” for buying inventory that really does work.  Since I don’t know anyone selling a ’59 Paul for less than the $600,000 it’s …

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Which Social Media Sites Must My Store Be On? – by Danny Rocks

RPMDA welcomes guest blogger Danny Rocks and his thoughts on developing social media strategies for your business. New Social Media sites crop up on almost a monthly basis. Pinterest, Instagram, Google +, Oh my! How can a music dealer keep up with all of these new sites? Short answer: You can’t. Better answer: You shouldn’t try …

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Richard Rejino joins Madeleine Crouch & Co. Team

Madeleine Crouch is proud to announce that Richard Rejino has joined Madeleine Crouch & Co., Inc. as an account executive. His previous experience includes 30 years in the print music retail industry. From 1989 until 2006, he was Vice President of Brook Mays Print Music and managed 18 print locations. Most recently, he was manager …

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