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Kristin Sprague

What to Expect When Marketing to Those Who Have Been Expecting

Mothers are a very in-demand marketing audience, and the good news is they are not hard to reach. They are easily accessible, and they are always buying. And it is probably not a surprise to know that moms as a group are driving social media trend... More

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Kristin Sprague is the Digital Publisher at Progressive Business Media. Her role is to be forward thinking in the digital progression of their clients as well as their publications (Furniture Today, Casual Living, Gifts and Decorative Accessories, Kids Today, Home Accents Today, Home & Textiles Today). An early adaptor to digital marketing, Sprague is committed to educate and inspire by sharing simplified and successful practices on current and emerging trends across the entire digital marketing landscape through this blog. Kristin encourages you to reach out with any digital curiosities or topics you would like to hear about.
Chris Nicely

Offbeat: Film Crews Unearth Lost Atari Games

As I mentioned in an Offbeat story a few weeks ago, the small town of Alamogordo, New Mexico is the home of a landfill rumored to contain truckloads of jettisoned Atari games and equipment that the company dumped after punishing sales in 1983. Now... More

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Forever in pursuit of levity, contributor Chris Nicely serves up a dish of offbeat, odd, and viral stories from around the web.
Pamela Brill

Building Bonanza: Jenga Giant

I consider myself to be a person who’s big on words. I can appreciate the choices different writers make in their work, and can sympathize with their struggles to perfect their craft into something that is both informative and engaging. Oh, ... More

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This Mommy blog puts a practical perspective on all types of products -- not just toys and gifts -- for moms and their kids. It will help retailers understand what is important to mothers when it comes to buying for their kids.
Warren Shoulberg

Never on Sunday

As we finish up another round of gift shows around the country, all of us are looking forward to perhaps actually getting a weekend off before the summer is over. It doesn’t need to be this way. Way back in the bad old days, the logic for ... More

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What gifts, et al, have to do with the shoppers, retailing and the rest of the known world...at least according to editorial director Warren Shoulberg.
Carol L Schroeder

Meet Your Maker

The Grommet had a large exhibit in the lobby of the recent NY NOW gift show -- and as the company literature promised, this meant that you could “purchase and manage orders from multiple Makers in one place.” So what is a Maker? This ... More

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Veteran retailer Carol Schroeder shares her experience and perspective on the ups and downs of being a gift retailer.
Caroline Kennedy

One Day Sale Redefined?

I know that this has really been going on for some time, but recently a Macy’s ad caught my eye. The headline ran big and bold: ONE DAY SALE The next line gave the date and time. That was followed by a line in parentheses: (IT’S A ... More

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With her veteran's-eye view, editor-in-chief Caroline Kennedy comments on the highlights and sidelights of our gift industry and the everyday world around us.

 

 

Question for February:Fashion accessories and apparel were the hot items for gift stores for the past few seasons. what do you predict will be the next beig thing and why?

In the February issue, Julie Horowitz Jackson said:Nail lacquer. In her store, it is drawing attention and has enhanced sales of cocktail rings, purses and other accessoriesAudrey Herring predicts "handmade items will be the next big category... More

About This Blog

Every month in the magazine Gifts & Decorative Accessories asks three of our retailer advisors a topical question regarding store operations, customer service, employee management, rep relations, merchandise management or some other such matter of relevance to the success of their — and your — business. It’s our way of helping retailers help other retailers. By posting the monthly “We Ask” question online you too can participate and contribute answers that might be of help to other retailers.