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Try Bright Shoes for Your Crew

These shoes were made for talking.

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A lot of people don’t like the thought of wearing a uniform, even if it’s just a polo shirt. But how else to send a “team” message? A colleague who attended Superzoo (VEW for the pet industry basically) believes he came across the answer: bright orange Nikes, as worn by the crew at Instinct Pet Food. “You’d see the first pair and think ‘Hmm. Bright shoes! Someone’s luggage was lost,’” he said. “See a second pair and you think, ‘Wait … what’s up with that?’ See the third pair and you want to know the story.” So, become the practice whose staff wears orange, or purple, or pink shoes. People will remember you for it.

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Have You Heard of the Diderot Effect?

It’s a psychological phenomenon that could help you close more sales.

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The Diderot Effect refers to the way a newly purchased product fails to deliver on the happiness it promised, and instead causes our other possessions to suddenly look timeworn and in need of replacement. It takes its inspiration from an essay by the enlightenment philosopher Denis Diderot in which he laments how a new dressing gown has made his other clothes look like rags and he suddenly feels “discordant.” How to put this psychological weakness into play? In much the same way Ikea or any home goods retailer does: Through suggested add-ons. (“Now that you’re ordering that new dining table, shouldn’t you consider those plates, too?) Is it manipulative? We’d argue not. It’s not your fault a stylish new pair of sunglasses is suddenly making his readers look beaten up and, let’s be honest, when you take a close look, a little shabby. “I was the master of my old dressing gown,” Diderot laments in the end. “But I have become a slave to my new one.”

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Alliterate or Die!

Same sound success for staying top of mind.

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“Alliterate or die!” That was a poster a former colleague saw pasted to a newsroom wall while doing a shift at the infamous British tabloid The Sun. Alliteration’s power to make words stick owes itself to the repetition of sounds. It’s something a lot of retailers know, hence “Taco Tuesdays,” “Wine Down Wednesdays,” or “Saturday Style.” Indeed, once you get started, it’s pretty hard to stop: Fried Food Fridays, Mending Mondays … Okay, that last one’s not great, but there must be something to get people thinking about your store for all their eyecare needs … Frame Fix Fridays? … every frame repair brought in comes with a discount that can be applied toward a new pair?

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Why Zappo’s Tony Hsieh Encourages Collisions in the Workplace

Sometimes you just need to make serendipity happen.

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TONY HSIEH, the entrepreneur who found fame and (additional) fortune with his shoe company Zappos, is a big believer in “collisions,” serendipitous encounters where workers randomly run into each other and share ideas. He recently told Entrepreneur magazine he’d even shut down a bridge linking his office’s parking garage to force workers to walk through a common area before they could get to their offices. Your staff may not be so large, but could you shake things up to spark similar innovation? Occasionally get an optician out on the sales floor, insist sales staff take turns having lunch with employees they don’t normally spend much time with, ask a new employee to review your procedures after their first two weeks, force yourself to strike up a conversation with that interesting looking stranger in the VEE lounge?

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