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What’s Trending?

What’s Trending?

| August 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

At the beginning of June, Kleiner-Perkins partner Mary Meeker released the 2016 version of her now-essential Internet Trends Report. The venture capitalist tech guru tracks the ebb and flow of Internet, phone and media use, and she uses the stats to point out emerging trends that influence everything from the tech sector to the way […]

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Help Your Teachers Be More Effective

Help Your Teachers Be More Effective

| August 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Music teachers are a key ingredient in the process of nurturing more music makers. It’s critical to their success, whether they are independent contractors or employees, that you provide the best possible teaching environment. Industry-wide, there are numerous resources available to help retailers start, maintain and improve their lessons program. Although many topics are centered […]

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Life Support: Staying On Top Of Tasks For Your Team

Life Support: Staying On Top Of Tasks For Your Team

| August 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Several people have written to say that they appreciate how I use my own mistakes and shortcomings as examples when discussing how to do things better. To be honest, I don’t know any other way to do it. My only experiences are my own, and I figure that, if I can be honest about my […]

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A Bushel And A PLEK

A Bushel And A PLEK

| August 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Crossroads Guitar Shop 6672 Arlington Blvd. Falls Church VA 22042 703.931.2139 Tues-Fri: 10am-6pm Sat: 10am-4pm Vince Nettuno, Owner Vince Nettuno had a longstanding love and appreciation of guitars, having been a player since he was 17 years old. However, the idea of owning his own music store didn’t come to him until 2006, when he […]

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Confessions Of A Retailer: Growing Pains

Confessions Of A Retailer: Growing Pains

| August 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this article originally appeared on NAMM U Online at namm.org/nammu. It’s frequently said that multiple locations mean more work for less money. It’s said so often that, hell, it might even be true! So, in real “confessions” style, I’ll share with you some of the things I’ve learned and […]

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Problems Inherent In The Dealer/Supplier Marriage

Problems Inherent In The Dealer/Supplier Marriage

| July 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

I’ve written an opinion column in our industry for almost 20 years—very close to a quarter-million words on events in our industry—and I often check my archives on certain topics so that I can attempt to contribute new (or, at least, updated) insights on the subjects I’ve written about. Yet, there are threads that have […]

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Content Is King: Part 2

Content Is King: Part 2

| July 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Last month, I began to discuss the rise of New Media and its impact on MI retail. I started by talking a little about the importance of generating original content, which can then be delivered via multiple channels, such as your Web site, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. In this month’s column, I want to […]

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Spinning A Web Of Instrument Sales

Spinning A Web Of Instrument Sales

| July 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

The shopping experience over the last decade has made a huge shift from Main St. to the computer screen, and even the smartphone app. So, it was only a matter of time before someone would merge the worlds of music making and online shopping in a way that was palatable to new and old players […]

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Janet Deering, CEO, Deering Banjo Company

Janet Deering, CEO, Deering Banjo Company

| July 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Editor’s Note: “Front And Center” is brought to you by the Women’s International Music Network (The WiMN). The interviews showcase accomplished women who work in the music and audio industries, spotlighting successful female performers, manufacturers, retailers, educators, managers, publicists and others. Visit thewimn.com to view the weekly interviews and to learn more about how to […]

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Reviving The Old Spark

Reviving The Old Spark

| July 20, 2016 | 1 Comment

Being in the music industry tends to be a feel-good life. We get up each day, visit with musicians and talk to great people, and we are usually tagged, at one time or another, as a “cool dude” simply by virtue of our jobs. As great as all that is, store owners also recognize the […]

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