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Check in on those goals

Goals

Before we jump into today’s blog, we wanted to let you know about an event were throwing next Thursday, February 4th at noon CST.

The first AQR Academy will be a Zoom workshop dedicated to making social media work for you, including Creating Content to Sell and How to Get Your Social Media Moving.

Still not convinced to join? We forgot to mention the workshop will feature internationally sought out content strategist Kristy Honsvick and social media strategist, consultant, and trainer Hollie Clere.

Feel like you’re missing out? You can still purchase the recordings and digital recap from 2020 Academy events.

Now, on to those goals.

Goals, goals, goals

We’re already one month into 2021, which means it’s the perfect time to check in on how your goals are doing.

What was your focus for this year? Reducing expenses? Increasing efficiencies? Improving customer experiences? Whatever it is, know that if you don’t have a metric to measure progress, you’re going to want to find a way how.

As we know, data can be extremely helpful, but don’t get bogged down in having too much of it. Similarly, some employees can be extremely motivated by data. Find a way to publicly post metrics. Of course, you don’t want to make anyone feel bad about their performance, so encourage each employee to hit the same goal each week. If you have a weekly training, schedule time for questions so they can talk to each other about what works (or doesn’t).

Then, check in on the status. If you’re not on track to reach your goal, consider changing your performance (or even altering the goal itself).

Good luck from us friends at AQR! We know you can do it.


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AQR Academy Continued: Social Selling

Social Selling

Miss your chance to attend AQR Academy? We have good news—we’re continuing the series!

Join American Quilt Retailer on November 12 at noon for a Zoom workshop on Social Selling. We’ll cover the ins and outs of selling through social media during a 90 minute class.

Social Selling Workshop

Editor Heidi Kaisand will join a panel of experts for an interactive workshop full of learning and conversation. We’ll help you elevate your online skills to increase sales.

In addition this session will equip you with the resources, solutions, and strategies to optimize social media sales in preparation for the year ahead.

Topics include: What is Social Selling, Benefits of Social Selling, Social Selling Strategy, Social Selling Best Practices and Techniques, and Tricks and Tools.

Help us spread the word; don’t attend alone, and tell your friends! Registration is already open and the event is $25 for subscribers and $45 for non-subscribers.

We also forgot to mention the event will be sponsored by QT Fabrics. Also acting as a contributing sponsor is C&T Publishing. Don’t miss your chance to network with industry experts; invest in your business by attending this workshop today.

AQR Academy

Speaking of AQR Academy, if you missed the original event on October 27 have no fear. You can still get all of the information presented by purchasing the recordings and digital recap of the event.

The fast pace classes include topics covering: Employee Relations, Propelling Your Business Forward in the Digital World, Increasing Profits and Revenue, Inspiration for the Stuff We Sell, and Strategies for Public Relations.


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Register for AQR Academy

AQR Academy

Have you heard the news!? American Quilt Retailer is hosting AQR Academy; a one day virtual event for quilt retailers. Regardless if you have a brick-and-mortar store or are solely online, this event is for you.

Join Editor Heidi Kaisand on Tuesday, October 27 for a day full of fast-paced classes focused on topics needed to be a successful retail owner. Subjects include: employee relations, propelling your business forward in the digital world, increasing profits and revenue, inspiration for the stuff we sell, and strategies for public relations.

In addition, the event will also include opportunities for virtual networking with industry professionals. We all know this year has been unpredictable; tune in for tips and strategies as we enter 2021.

Academy Pricing

Registration for AQR Academy opened yesterday. Early bird registration prices (if you register before October 6) come in at $75 for subscribers and $155 for non-subscribers. After that, prices rise to $95 for subscribers and $195 for non-subscribers. (In other words, become a subscriber today to take advantage of the lower rates!)

And we forgot to mention; AQR will mail a swag back to the first 200 participants! Next week we’ll highlight some of the goodies that may be included during our Virtual Blue Bag series. What are you waiting for, sign up for AQR Academy today.


If you’re looking for more information to guide you in owning a retail business, subscribe to American Quilt Retailer today. Already a subscriber? No worries—join our Facebook group for insights and dialogue from industry specialists like you.