I was content to sit on the sidelines and watch. My impression after 100 posts is that Joey Lowe is selling from an empty wagon.
There are so many seriously experienced business types on this forum that I can't figure out how someone without massive experience can add to what already exists here. If you add up every mistake we've made, and throw in every best practise that's ever been discussed, then combine the knowledge gained by people we know and work with, then how can he give us something we're missing?
We have IT guys, business experts, lots of weight from other business sectors, and hundreds of years' experience in the framing business reading and contributing to the Grumble every day. Does anyone think we're missing something?
We're all receptive to new ideas and theories, but none were presented.
I'd like to throw one out: Ramsay's Framing Nightmares!
Let's get Fox to pay Rob or Bob to turn around failing frame shops. What a concept! Why should restaurants get all the attention?
Whew! I realize this is an old thread but can't help myself--he spelled grammar wrong at least twice. That really bugs me, especially in the context it was used.
Anyway, I'm just trying to find out what others have done to try and increase sales. We are considering selling such things as columns/pedestals that can be used as sculpture stands or table bases and possibly even fountains. We recently moved to a bigger store in a better location and have more room for such items. While I don't really expect to make very much $$$ from such items I am hoping it may draw more people into the store, and, as we all know, everyone has *something* they need framed. Before your chin hits the floor I should add that while we may actually be expanding it is because we lost our lease and are getting a *deal* on a bigger store that has sat vacant for over four years. We are also adding more ready-made frames (from leftovers) and letting local artists use some wall space. We are not buying the art but will make a few bucks from a sale. Plus we might get a framing order as a result of the sale. We are also starting to sell custom bulletin boards, which I noticed others have done. Anything else we might try? If toilet seat frames are selling please let me know--I'm willing to try just about anything (realistic). We are also going to be adding more seating for all the various sales reps who hang out in our store because they have no place else left to go.