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Marketing Meetup - Organizing and Marketing Multi-Store Events (Bookstore Crawls/Passports) - Part 1

Marketing Meetup - Organizing and Marketing Multi-Store Events (Bookstore Crawls/Passports) - Part 1 (July 25, 2019)
Content related to the education session, Marketing Meetup - Organizing and Marketing Multi-Store Events (Bookstore Crawls/Passports) - Part 1 at ABA Meetups.
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In the first of two meetups on how multi-store events are organized and marketed, bookseller speakers will focus on Independent Bookstore Day and how regional businesses put together bookstore crawls and passports. Guest speakers will be Clarissa Murphy of Silver Unicorn Bookstore; Katie Eelman of Papercuts J.P.; Eric Lorberer of the literary organization Rain Taxi; Tom Nissley of Phinney Books; and Jessica Stockton Bagnulo of Greenlight Bookstore.

Buying & Selling: Selling Direct to Schools

Buying & Selling: Selling Direct to Schools (June 28, 2019)
Content related to the education session, Buying & Selling: Selling Direct to Schools at Children's Institute 2019.
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Bookstores that sell direct to schools are an invaluable resource to the local community and have made use of a successful strategy for increasing cash flow and profits. Bookseller panelists who have worked closely with their school districts will share with attendees how they, too, can foster a relationship with school districts and add to their store’s bottom line. In this session, booksellers will learn:

  • Creating teacher wish lists and classroom requests
  • Tips on book fair distribution
  • How to manage in-school author visit orders
  • Best practices for orders
  • How to establish and manage subscription services with schools
  • Best Practices for working with educational publishers
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Buying & Selling: Subscription Boxes

Buying & Selling: Subscription Boxes (June 28, 2019)
Content related to the education session, Buying & Selling: Subscription Boxes at Children's Institute 2019.
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With hundreds of subscription boxes to choose from, how will a customer know that yours is the right one for them? Attendees will learn the following from bookstores that have successful subscription box programs:

  • Best practices for marketing
  • Inventory control
  • Options for special services
  • How to select categories
  • Fulfillment management
  • Order tracking
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Buying & Selling: Books in Translation

Buying & Selling: Books in Translation (June 28, 2019)
Content related to the education session, Buying & Selling: Books in Translation at Children's Institute 2019.
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Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales, The Little Prince, Pippi Longstocking, Asterix — what do they all have in common? They are all beloved classics that have been translated from the authors’ original languages and have enriched the U.S. children’s book landscape as well as readers of all ages. In this informational session, publishing personnel will share with attendees:

  • An overview of the translation and rights process
  • Why translated books are important
  • How to promote and sell these books to U.S. audiences
  • How books can be used in outreach to schools and community groups
  • How translated books can foster diversity, cultural awareness, and cross-cultural understanding
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Buying & Selling: Buying Non-book for the Holidays

Buying & Selling: Buying Non-book for the Holidays (June 27, 2019)
Content related to the education session, Buying & Selling: Buying Non-book for the Holidays at Children's Institute 2019.
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Holiday gift buying is not a last-minute task, but how does a gift buyer not only source but anticipate what will be a popular gift six months down the road? In this session, bookstores that have a unique collection of non-book items will teach buyers:

  • The role seasonal non-book items play in holiday sales
  • Best practices for discovering the next “it” holiday gift
  • Efficiencies and systems for ordering and reordering, shipment scheduling, and storing holiday gift items
  • How to move, move, move items that may not be selling
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ABACUS and Pre-Orders

ABACUS and Pre-Orders (
March 19, 2019 to April 25, 2019
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Content related to the education session, ABACUS and Pre-Orders at Spring Forums 2019.
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At each of the 2019 forums, ABA presented “ABACUS and Pre-Orders: Two Programs You Can’t Do Without,” an update on two initiatives critical to the success of any independent bookstore: an active pre-orders campaign and participation in the annual ABACUS financial survey. This educational session will focused on best practices for increasing pre-orders — including the latest on accurately reporting and tracking — based on in-store experiences and feedback from the Pre-Order Booksellers Task Force. 

IndieCommerce Can Probably Do That For Your Website!

IndieCommerce Can Probably Do That For Your Website! (January 25, 2019)
Content related to the education session, IndieCommerce Can Probably Do That For Your Website! at Winter Institute 2019.
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IndieCommerce™ is the ABA’s e-commerce platform for independent bookstores. The system provides the tools for indie bookstores to create unique, content-rich, and easy-to-operate, fully transactional, e-commerce enabled websites. Over the past few years, the IndieCommerce team has been working closely with booksellers to to help them achieve their online marketing and sales goals. This session will highlight some of the most impactful changes that individual stores have made to their websites over the past year, including before and after examples.

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Independent Bookstore Day

Independent Bookstore Day (January 25, 2019)
Content related to the education session, Independent Bookstore Day at Winter Institute 2019.
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On April 28, indie booksellers will celebrate the fifth annual Independent Bookstore Day (IBD). In this panel, new concepts and a new ordering system will be revealed. Attendees will hear from booksellers who have figured out how to make the most of IBD and increase their sales dramatically. It takes a little effort and imagination, but having a highly successful Independent Bookstore Day doesn’t have to tax your staff or break the bank. Booksellers will learn:

  • How to order and make the most of the IBD exclusive merchandise
  • How to throw a party that will get people into your store
  • How to publicize your store’s party
  • How to take advantage of social media

 

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ABC Presents: Experiential Reading — Graphic Novels Shape the Way Young People Read

ABC Presents: Experiential Reading — Graphic Novels Shape the Way Young People Read (January 25, 2019)
Content related to the education session, ABC Presents: Experiential Reading — Graphic Novels Shape the Way Young People Read at Winter Institute 2019.
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Graphic novels can be a useful springboard into reading for reluctant readers, but they can also serve as a vehicle to launch readers into the symbiotic relationship between text and visuals. In this session, attendees will learn from booksellers and experts:

  • How the role of graphic novels has evolved in the bookstore and literacy
  • How to have a productive conversation with staff and customers about graphic novels
  • Types of programming that highlight and elevate the genre
  • The importance and impact of the representation of diverse characters in graphic novels
  • What the current educational terrain looks like and how bookstores can work with school libraries to incorporate graphic novels into the curriculum
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Edelweiss Presents: The New Shelf Report

Edelweiss Presents: The New Shelf Report (January 25, 2019)
Content related to the education session, Edelweiss Presents: The New Shelf Report at Winter Institute 2019.
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Edelweiss+Analytics is excited to present the new Shelf Report, created to help bookstores succeed against competitive pressures by providing unique decision intelligence. This new tool provides benchmarks for your store’s inventory, using the aggregate performance of hundreds of other independent bookstores on four key measures of sales and inventory health – across genres. Join us to learn more about how this tool can help you view your store from the outside-in and point to where you can focus your attention to make sure your inventory is working its hardest for you.

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