The 2015 NAMM Show delivers a forward-thinking NAMM U lineup, with more than 45 sessions on everything from technology solutions to music lessons to boosting profitability. Start with Retail Boot Camp on Wednesday, then come to the Breakfast Sessions and the NAMM Idea Center each day of the show. Get proven ideas, straight from your music retail peers. Bring the whole staff! See the complete schedule, and start planning your show now.
Make your trip to The NAMM Show smooth, economical and safe for your instrument! Rebecca Apodaca, accredited senior appraiser of musical instruments and president of A & D Music, checked in with veteran industry travelers to get a few hot travel ideas. (Note: These are not official travel guidelines.)
Now's the time to assess your store’s readiness to compete for customers. From product knowledge to organization, here are some proven, easy-to-implement ideas that Gabriel O'Brien of Larry's Music has put into place. These will immediately improve the customer experience in your store. "It’s easy to walk past problem areas without noticing them," O'Brien says. "Your staff should spend time each day making sure products are well organized, clean, positioned correctly and shuffled regularly."
Do you find yourself saying, "I have too many things to do"? The good news is managing your time is easier than you think. Donovan Bankhead of Springfield Music reveals how a few simple online tools, such as Gmail, Google Calendar and other apps, can help you stay more productive—and impact your bottom line.
At 2014 Summer NAMM, Gayle Beacock, co-owner of Beacock Music and NAMM’s 2013 Dealer of the Year, paid special homage to instructors in her lesson program. This high-energy session features tips and guidelines for building a successful lesson program—one that attracts and keeps great teachers. "We're nothing without our teachers," Beacock says.
At 2014 Summer NAMM, music lessons guru Pete Gamber distilled 35 years of retail and music lessons experience into a candid, tell-all session. It revealed his unique approach to building a successful lessons program—one with a staggering 2,000-plus students per week. Find out how he did it, and apply his best practices to your lesson program.