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You’re Only As Good As The People You Depend On

You’re Only As Good As The People You Depend On

| September 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

I feel like, lately, I’ve been focused a lot on technology. So, this month, I’m opting to focus a little more on human capital. When we think about our stores, we tend to focus on day-to-day operations: the cost of goods, profit margins, advertising, overhead and many other things. The people around us are easy […]

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Front And Center With Roland’s Marketing Communications Manager

Front And Center With Roland’s Marketing Communications Manager

| September 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Rebecca Eaddy knows the musical instrument industry like Shakira knows dance moves. With more than 10 years’ experience in marketing, publicity, artist relations, licensing and more, Eaddy has been pivotal to developing impressive campaigns for companies like PRS Guitars, as well as her current employer, Roland Corp. U.S. During her years with PRS, Eaddy helped […]

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Racking Up Better Profits: A Point Here, A Point There…

Racking Up Better Profits: A Point Here, A Point There…

| September 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Sen. Everett Dirksen is credited with describing uncontrolled government spending by saying, “A billion here, a billion there and, pretty soon, you’re talking real money.” The esteemed gentleman from Illinois was making the point that a little money, over and over, adds up quickly. The MI corollary to Sen. Dirksen’s observation, I believe, would be […]

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Tracking Incomplete Industry Data

Tracking Incomplete Industry Data

| September 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

I like to follow our industry statistics: number of storefronts, violin imports, sales totals and similar data. I find it problematic because, often, it reads like a chamber of commerce blurb used to attract businesses to a city. We, as an industry, attempt to spin the best view of our growth and health, even in […]

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‘Heid’ and Seek

‘Heid’ and Seek

| September 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Heid Music has been an integral part of Wisconsin’s music community for three generations, having been owned and operated by the Heid family since 1948. The store that Peter Heid first opened back then—it focused on pianos, as well as band and orchestra school rentals—has grown into a full-service music store with five locations: Green […]

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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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