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Special offer for MSA members: Discounted ABA membership
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From now until the end of June 2012, MSA members in good standing may join the American Booksellers Association as regular bookstore members, with all benefits, for only $100. The benefits of joining ABA as a regular member include access to ABA educational programming, IndieCommerce and Google eBooks, IndieBound DIY files and in-store POS, the Book Buyer's Handbook, business management products and services, and more. MSA members that are currently members of ABA in good standing will receive a $50 credit against their 2012 ABA dues. More

MSA announces new blog for the cultural commerce industry
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MSA is pleased to introduce its new blog, "On Display: The Nonprofit Retailing Blog." MSA is the only association that supports nonprofit retail professionals and we are excited to provide useful information, thought-provoking questions and observations about the cultural commerce industry through this blog, written by MSA staff, association members and related industry experts. We encourage you to subscribe so you won't miss a thing and we welcome your comments on our posts! We'll start off our first blog post with some thoughts from MSA Executive Director, Beverly Barsook. More

Pop-Out Jewelry is a Do-It-Yourself Jewelry Kit

It’s fun, contemporary, wearable art that makes the perfect gift! Each shape comes with silver chain or ear hooks. Email us today at or call us at 512-912-2323 for a
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Call for editorial submissions for The Cultural Traveler 2012 issue
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MSA members: If you want to build attendance and increase retail sales, take advantage of this exclusive, free opportunity to be featured in the editorial of The Cultural Traveler. Tell us what's new and exciting in your institution and/or museum store — special events, new exhibits, new merchandise, new artists, etc. To take advantage of this opportunity to showcase your institution and/or museum store, please send a 100-word description and up to two high-resolution photos to by Oct. 14, 2011.

Creative holiday displays that inspire sales
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A.Dodson's of Suffolk, Va., pride themselves on not just being a store, but being a destination. Owner Alison Dodson Anderson and her staff are serious about style and work hard at creating a holiday shop that is unpredictable, quirky and alluring. Here they share their inspiring holiday merchandising displays and vignettes with you. More

Most online holiday shoppers will buy more on the Web than in stores
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More than half of online consumers say they will buy most of their holiday gifts via the Web this year, and many will use mobile phones and tablet computers to shop for bargains, according to an annual holiday survey. More

Attract High-Spending Cultural Travelers!
The Cultural Traveler 2012 guide provides cost-efficient marketing for cultural institutions and their stores. Print and online versions reach consumers, tour operators and travel media at the top U.S. and international travel tradeshows. Advertorial opportunities include free production. Ad space deadline is Oct. 14, 2011: Contact Sheila Armstrong, U.S. Cultural & Heritage Tourism Marketing Council, at (843) 341-6392 or

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2011 Edition of The Cultural Traveler

Will Christmas 'sticker shock' doom sales?
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Shoppers are expecting discounts this holiday, but a weak dollar and leaner inventories will pressure retailers to keep prices high. Deep discounts and doorbuster sales helped save last year's holiday season, and sales rose 5.2 percent from the year before. It's going to be much harder for stores to pull off a repeat performance this year. More

What role will mobile play this holiday season?
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For the past few years, retailers have been fine-tuning their mobile offerings in advance of the holiday season. Due to increasing numbers of smartphone users — eMarketer forecasts a 50 percent increase in penetration for 2011 — this could be the year that mobile makes a dent in holiday sales. More

Your one-stop shop for growing your holiday sales
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Want more customers this holiday season? Want to do more digitally, but are unsure of where or how to start? American Express has teamed with Facebook, Google, Twitter and other innovators to create a toolkit to help small businesses make the most of Small Business Saturday. More

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George Fischoff Presents :
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Create card-free rewards programs with apps
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Cardboard punch cards and laminated key-ring tags are so yesteryear. This batch of apps allows customers to ditch the cards and keep track of their loyalty and purchase-based rewards programs on their smartphones. If your business has such programs in place, take a look at how these apps can help you manage them. More

Layaway makes a comeback, with fees and benefits
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Layaway is becoming increasingly popular with stores and consumers, despite fees and often-confusing rules. Layaway lets shoppers put an item on long-term hold and pay in installments. Stores that offer layaway typically allow merchandise to be held up to three months. Minimum purchase amounts vary. More

No flash in the pan
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Imagine a large group of screaming teenagers swamping a store, grabbing anything they can and then running out with thousands of dollars of merchandise. It's called a "flash rob," and some in the retail industry say it's on the verge of becoming a troublesome trend. More

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Consumers warm to location-based coupons
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If you can help someone save money, they may not mind being pushed a contextually relevant coupon on their smartphone. In fact, many seem ready to share their location with a retailer in order to get the savings. More

After-Thanksgiving event to kick off the before-holiday rush
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You have heard the saying "The early bird gets the worm." For Basket Case Boutique of Belleville, Ill., the early bird customers get the best deals in town along with a few other perks. Owner Judy Carriel talks about the importance of having an after-Thanksgiving promotion that sets her apart from the big box retailers. Learn how she builds excitement and spreads holiday cheer so early in the morning. More

5 steps to prevent small-business fraud
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According to a 2010 report from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, incidents of occupational fraud are 31 percent more likely to occur at small businesses as opposed to larger companies. To add insult to injury, as many as 40 percent of small-businesses owners are embezzlement victims and a staggering one-third of all bankruptcies are the direct result of internal theft. The best defense is a good offense. Here are five proactive steps you can take immediately to help prevent fraud. More

15 questions for social media marketing and measurement success
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In order for companies to realize the maximum benefit from social media marketing, there needs to be a reasonable effort to set goals, forecast resources, and manage expectations. In order to better connect with customers and attract new business through corporate social media participation, here are a few key measurement and organizational questions worth considering. More

3 time-saving tips to market your store this holiday season
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You know the old cliche: The holidays are the most wonderful (and lucrative) time of the year! Unfortunately, if you’re a retailer, they can also be the most hectic and time-consuming time of year. Here are some helpful tips to manage your time and promote your store this holiday season. More

Merchant debit card swipe fees rise for small dollar purchases    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Mom-and-pop store owners and merchants that make a lot of $5 and $10 debit card sales aren't cheering about the new federal debit card swipe fee rules. Although the majority of retailers will likely see a reduction in their debit card processing costs, merchants whose business rely on small-dollar purchases are getting an increase in debit card swipe fees. Instead of paying 6 cents or 7 cents for purchases under $15, merchants must pay the maximum allowable under the federal law: 21 cents to 24 cents. More

FedEx gives consumers $1 million to support the small business economy    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In order to stimulate the local economy of small businesses across the nation, FedEx is giving away $1 million in gift cards to consumers in efforts of supporting the second annual Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26. More

Retail Design Institute announces 2011 International Store Design Competition
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The Retail Design Institute invites contract design firms and retail in-house design teams to submit projects for the 40th annual International Store Design Competition. Eligible projects are those completed between Nov. 2, 2010 and Nov. 1, 2011. More

Local artists featured at Corning Museum of Glass
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Some local glass artists in Corning have gotten their chance to put their work on display and make it available to buyers. The Corning Museum of Glass recently opened the "Made in Corning, New York" store in the museum, featuring the work of 22 local artists. More

Historical museum seeking Dearborn story submissions for book
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Every Dearborn, Mich., resident has a story about their city. Their first Homecoming festival, a wedding, a favorite park they take their kids to — and the Dearborn Historical Museum is looking to collect and publish those stories. The museum hopes to collect 300 stories this month, publishing the results in a book to be released just in time for Christmas. More

Museum announces re-opening of gift shop
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The Medallion Gift Shop inside the Rome Area History Museum has a new manager and a new look. "The RAHM is pleased and honored to have Elizabeth Wooten as the new head of our gift shop," RAHM Executive Director Leigh Barba said. "She brings talent and dedication and has filled our store with wonderful gifts and local interest items that will appeal to everyone. We encourage the public to come see the wonderful difference that Elizabeth Wooten has made to our museum store." More

Buffalo Museum of Science selects Service Systems Associates as retail and service partner
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The Buffalo Museum of Science selected Service Systems Associates as its exclusive retail partner, as well as to manage its guest admissions. More

The articles that appear in the MSA Culture & Commerce News Brief are chosen from a variety of sources to reflect important news relevant to the cultural commerce industry. An article's inclusion in the Culture & Commerce News Brief does not imply that MSA endorses, supports or verifies its contents or expressed opinions. Factual errors are the responsibility of the listed publication.


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