A toy store in December. Time to harvest the crops. Time to gather the rewards from a long year of planning and preparing for this moment.
Yet here we are still planting seeds.
Check out this FB post from a customer...
We're always impressed with customer service at the Toy House, but yesterday was over the top. Our family was there because our son was picking out a gift for our daughter's birthday. He asked me about a ride-along horse which I told him was fine, and he raced off, I assumed, to tell my husband. The next thing I knew a Toy House employee was asking me if I was XXXX's mom. I said, yes, and she said that my son was asking if they could wrap the toy for his sister's birthday. She wanted to know if it was okay, and they would go ahead, remove the tag, and wrap it for him, and we could pay when we were ready to go. I appreciated them taking the time to interact with my son (and tracking me down) instead of just brushing off his desires to get something for his sister. Thanks again, Toy House, for the continued hard work and great customer service!"
Planting the seeds for the next generation of Toy House shoppers.
If you are in a retail business like mine, where your primary target outgrows you, you have to always be farming, always be planting seeds for the next harvest.
I have to grow a new crop pretty much every year, so I am always in planting mode. You should be, too. Here are some ways to plant seeds.
Treat everyone in your store the same wonderful way, regardless of how much money they spend. Today's small spender might be on a tight budget, but might know some friends and relatives who are not. She might also find her luck has changed next year.
Treat everyone in your store the same wonderful way, regardless of how they behave. You don't know the journey they are on or the troubles they are facing. Have compassion and kindness. Understand that this is just today. Tomorrow will come and tomorrow will be different. It always is.
Pay attention to the memories and feelings you are creating. We are emotional beings. We remember feelings long after we forget the facts. Design your policies, choose your staff, and build your store around the feelings you want people to associate with your business.
Call me Farmer Phil. I'm off to go plant some more seeds.
PS Here is a seed worth watering... If you are a retailer in the Jackson area and you want to take your business to the next level, check out www.JacksonRetailSuccessAcademy.com. A new class is starting in January.