Month: September 2015

Encouraging your customers to be healthier





If you run a shop, or you have a lot of say as to how it’s run, you have the chance to encourage your customers to be healthier. This is because you may be able to decide what you sell and where you sell it.


Many shops sell candy bars, chocolate bars, and chips right next to the checkout. This means that people are likely to impulse buy these nice tasting items. The trouble with this type of product is that they can be high in sugar, salt and fat, and we all know that foods like this can be bad for you.



How you display & what you display


The fact is that you really can encourage your customers to be healthier, and it’s all down to how you display your products, and what products you display. I’m now seeing more and more shops selling healthier products near or next to the checkouts. Low fat, tasty foods such as dried fruit, nuts and other similar foods are now considered to be the ‘Impulse buy’ products.


This means that your customers are more likely to choose something less fattening to eat, and that can only be a good thing. You cannot ultimately control exactly what your customers decide to buy and eat, but you can influence them.


Influencing your customers


As well as encouraging your customers to be healthy, you can also encourage them to buy specific types of food and drink too. Foods that come with kosher certification, or those that are slaughtered using Halal methods are becoming increasingly popular, and it’s all down to are more health-conscious ethic-oriented society.


Having more Kosher and Halal foods for sale, and clearly on display, means that more people are likely to buy them, and that can only be a good thing.



Using music to promote sales


Did you know that music can influence the sale of specific goods? For example, if you find that you have a lot of Italian wine in stock and you want to sell it as quickly as possible, all you need to do is play Italian music in the wine section. It’s quite an amazing technique to use, but trust me it works.

I guess you could use this technique for any product or department if you wish, and boost sales of a specific product.


As you can see, there are a lot of different ways that you can influence your customers, so why not try them out and see how they work for you?


Good looking, low maintenance gardens



Many people have a garden attached to their property, but not everyone wants to make full use of it. Some people love nothing more than to create a garden that’s bursting with flowers, shrubs and fruits and vegetables. They would spend a lot of time in their garden if they could, and they simply love it when the garden is in full bloom.


Low maintenance gardens

But what if you’re not a gardener? Does this mean that you will have to put up with a bare-looking somewhat dilapidated garden? No, it doesn’t mean this at all. Just because you don’t want to spend hours with your fingers in the soil, it doesn’t mean that you cannot have a garden that you love. There are some very simple solutions around that will help you have a lovely garden that is very low maintenance.

My friends’ partner has a lovely garden, but there’s nothing natural in it at all. He’s decided to lay some artificial grass, and place some expensive-looking garden furniture on it. It’s not my idea of a garden, but he’s more than happy to have it that way. He’s not a natural gardener and simply doesn’t get any joy out of tending to his garden, so why should he?


Good looking, low maintenance gardens

Some people will go so far as laying paving slabs down, adding some pebbles or small stones to their borders and buying good quality Artificial Topiary that comes in all shapes and sizes. I have to say that you can create a good looking garden if you know what you’re doing.

You don’t have to dig up large patches of earth and create a vegetable plot if you don’t want to. You can always leave the grass as it is, and add some garden statues, a bit of topiary here and there, and you can even buy some beautiful archways that could potentially become a wonderful centerpiece.


Low maintenance garden with flowers

If you want to enjoy having a low maintenance garden, but you would also like to have some flowers, then you may want to think about using pots. Pots of all shapes and sizes are available, and stood on a hard flat surface, they could make your garden look good. You will of course have to prune them as and when you need to, but you won’t have to do it every day.

As long as you know what kind of garden you want, you can ensure it’s low maintenance, while also looking good.

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