Winter days tend to be shorter and grayer than other times of the year. They're also colder and a little bit of a letdown after the holidays. It's no wonder that so many people are struggling to find reasons to be cheerful. This post will provide some tips on how you can be the bright spot in someone's day. It will also have suggestions for using Stockpile easy inventory system to help. Keep reading to learn more.
Bring on the Sun
Spring may not be in the air, but that doesn't mean it can't be on your mind. Why not go ahead and start a promotion to get your customers ready for spring? Planning ahead is always a good idea and they'll probably appreciate the chance to focus on warmer weather and sunnier days. Offering discounts on items they'll need in a few months can help bolster flagging winter sales and make your business stand out from the crowd.
It's easy to get down this time of year. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a real thing. Many people find themselves mildly depressed thanks to the lack of sunlight. Posting positive affirmations (even if it's just behind the scenes) in your business can really help you and your employees remain upbeat. When you greet customers with a positive attitude you are more likely to get a like response from them. A smile and a kind word can turn someone's whole day around.
Warm Them Up
We've said it before, and we'll say it again, providing a warm environment and offering warm snacks and beverages can really impress your customers. Plus, it will encourage them to linger which can increase your sales. If you continue the practice for a few months you may find customers stopping in more frequently than they normally would just so they can warm up a bit as they run their other errands. Anything that brings them up and keeps them coming back is bound to have a positive impact on your business.
Listen and Learn
While your customers are hanging out soaking up the atmosphere you'll have an opportunity to learn from them. Encourage employees to illicit feedback from your customers. You can ask general questions such as what they like best about your business or what made them choose your establishment. If you know what product or service they have purchased in the past you can delve a bit deeper and find out what they liked or didn't like. Any feedback, positive or negative, is a chance for your business to grow and improve. Keeping the interaction conversational and casual makes it seem more like a chat among friends and less like an interrogation. If you have really specific information that you'd like to ask about you may want to create a questionnaire and reward customers for their feedback with a discount or other incentive.
Eliminate Inventory Issues
Now is a great time to get a handle on your inventory. If business is a little slower this time of year you'll easily be able to implement Stockpile. Adding item records is so quick and easy. Because Stockpile easy inventory system is fully customizable you choose which fields to include in item records. That means you can design a system that is going to meet your unique needs. Once you have your records created tracking items is simple. Thanks to areas and locations you can be very specific about where items are located. That makes it easy to find what you need when you need it. Do you frequently run low on popular items or find yourself overstocked on merchandise that just isn't moving? Keeping tabs on how items are selling is no problem with Stockpile. Our powerful reporting functionality is intuitive so it's easy to access the data that you need. Plus, Stockpile is mobile compatible so you don't even have to be in the office to keep an eye on things. All you need is a mobile device and an internet connection. Ready to get started? Try Stockpile today!