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Morgan M. Harris
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Good shows getting stale?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard L. Sherer Jun 22. 15 Replies

Hi everyone.  I am a crystalline glaze potter in North Carolina and am in my 6th year of doing shows...so still a newby. My question/inquiry deals seeks to get advice on what to do about shows that…Continue

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Richard L. Sherer replied to Morgan M. Harris's discussion Good shows getting stale?
"Find a replacement show. Always try a few new ones so you have someplace to go when others go downhill due to management changes or ??????????"
Jun 22
Don M Meinders replied to Morgan M. Harris's discussion Good shows getting stale?
"As far as being a "salesman", I strongly recommend the two books by Jack White. He was an artist and a salesman extraordinaire!. Can find them downloadable on Amazon for about six bucks each."
Jun 21
Morgan M. Harris replied to Morgan M. Harris's discussion Good shows getting stale?
"You guys are the bomb.  Love this place, and art show people in general... no shortage of people willing to lend a hand are give awesome advice.  Thank you all. I do try to introduce new ideas and product several times a year, along with…"
Jun 21
Richard L. Sherer replied to Morgan M. Harris's discussion Good shows getting stale?
"People get fat and people get skinny. As long as Walmart keeps selling laminated belts that crack on the adjustment holes after a couple months, I will sell belts. I raised prices of $40-$50 belts by 20%-25% last year or year before and there has…"
Jun 21
Don M Meinders replied to Morgan M. Harris's discussion Good shows getting stale?
"Math nerd here.....if your price went up $8-9 per $100 that's a 8-9 percent (%) increase- not 1/4 % ...and I do not think that such a small increase would decrease your sales. After doing a dozen shows this year (both big and small) I have…"
Jun 21
Morgan M. Harris replied to TC Crumpton's discussion Including tax in price?
"Following...  I'm wondering the same for the same reasons."
May 29
Larry Sohn replied to Morgan M. Harris's discussion Good shows getting stale?
"When I taught sales there was a different approach. Three things a a salesperson needs to be able to make that sale. 1) A belief in your product. 2) Knowledge of your product. 3) Reasonable way of presenting it. It does not have to be the right…"
May 23
Hal Moran replied to Morgan M. Harris's discussion Good shows getting stale?
"Having done consulting for a long time keep in mind the five factors in selling (anything). 1 - the right product 2 - in the right place 3 - at the right time 4 - at the right price 5 - communicated effectively (and probably the most important)"
May 23
Larry Sohn replied to Morgan M. Harris's discussion Good shows getting stale?
""Every invitation whether online or on paper keeps your products in front of them." I might tend to be cautious with this approach. Morgan, you have already stated concerns about being stale and possibility of needing change. When people…"
May 22
Barbara Pitorak Bloom replied to Morgan M. Harris's discussion Good shows getting stale?
"Are there newsworthy economic factors in play- like large layoff announcement of a leading employer in the area? The news media can whip up a sense of financial insecurity that will kill any show. On a different thought, how about your marketing-…"
May 22
Morgan M. Harris replied to Morgan M. Harris's discussion Good shows getting stale?
"Thank you, Kathleen.  I typically give a show 2 years unless it is obviously a complete dud.  Those shows I talked about I have done for 4 years and both had gotten better every year.  One of them was the best show I've ever done…"
May 21
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Morgan M. Harris's discussion Good shows getting stale?
"I think that it's very hard to tell by just 1 year's experience.  I usually try for 2 years to see if this year is just a fluke."
May 21
Morgan M. Harris replied to Morgan M. Harris's discussion Good shows getting stale?
"I hear ya, Barry.  For us... it's just a crapshoot.  Research as best you can, sign up, go, keep your fingers crossed."
May 21
Morgan M. Harris replied to Morgan M. Harris's discussion Good shows getting stale?
"Beth, thank you for the response.  As for the price increase...  For most of my pieces I use a formula of diameter x height x (a factor).  My price last year used a factor of 2.25.  The price increase went to a factor of…"
May 21
Barry Shandler replied to Morgan M. Harris's discussion Good shows getting stale?
"No suggestions. There are marketing people in big corporations being paid a $500,000 a year to try to figure out why and how people buy. I never could. Shows seem to go hot or cold as the years go by for no apparent reason"
May 21
Morgan M. Harris posted a discussion

Good shows getting stale?

Hi everyone.  I am a crystalline glaze potter in North Carolina and am in my 6th year of doing shows...so still a newby. My question/inquiry deals seeks to get advice on what to do about shows that have been good up until this year and so far sales are down sharply.  Three larger shows that I've done for several years and sales have been increasing every year, this year are about half of last year.  I did raise my prices very slightly this year (1/4%), but I wouldn't think that would account…See More
May 20

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At 9:42pm on April 11, 2013, Connie Mettler said…

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