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Home Sweet Home Study Marketing Materials

In the July issue of Hardware Retailing magazine, we took an in-depth look at the Home Sweet Home Study, brought to you by North American Retail Hardware Association and Independent We Stand. The study revealed significant data that impact our industry and …

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Ace Store Offers Hardware Science

Most hardware stores deal with home improvement, but visitors to Bellingham Ace Hardware can learn a little about science as well. The store sells Hardware Science kits, which come with a book of science experiments put together by an Ace …

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Busy Beaver Educates Customers During Grand Opening

Many retailers offer seminars for their customers, teaching them how to do basic DIY work around the house and answering questions about common projects. But the team at Busy Beaver went above and beyond, hosting a dozen seminars in one afternoon …

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Not Just Discounts: How Loyalty Programs Succeed

Whether you’re a Starbuck’s Coffee fan or not, you’ve likely heard of the company’s My Starbuck’s Rewards™ program. Everyday, customers line up for their java fix with their smartphones and loyalty cards brandished, eager to earn another star to add …

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Are Coupons Really Worth It?

Are consumers using coupons? Yes. Thirty-one percent of respondents to a RetailMeNot study indicate they have redeemed a coupon or promotional code online and 28 percent have done so in stores. This data shows that coupons aren’t outdated, but can …

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Shed Transformations a Rising Trend

Many homeowners use their backyard sheds as extensions of their garage, where they stash all the lawn and garden items they can’t fit anywhere else. While some use every square inch of this space, owners leave many sheds all but abandoned and in disarray. Thanks …

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Ugly Door Contest Drives Traffic to Facebook Page

Want to find a way to promote your store, its products and your social media presence? Tom Siwek, co-owner of Siwek Lumber & Millwork in Minneapolis, and his staff have learned contests on the store’s social media pages are a …

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McGuckin Hardware Promotes Spray Paint and Art

McGuckin Hardware tried a unique way to promote product: find a graffiti artist, give him paint and plywood and invite the community to watch what happens. The Boulder, Colorado, store started carrying Ironlak spray paint within the past year. Having an artist demonstrate how to …

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