CONNECTION ISSUE 01
Welcome to the ﬁrst issue of The Color
Connection, a new quarterly newsletter
focusing exclusively on topics to help you
drive paint sales in your store. Each issue
will also be available on the Paint
Department webpage of mydoitbest.com.
You’ll want to share this information with
everyone on your paint team.
MIXING IT UP
INTRODUCING BEST LOOK PAINT APPLICATORS AND TOOLS
At our spring market we will be expanding the Best Get ahead of the competition and be ready to sell high
Look brand with the introduction of quality Best Look quality Best Look paint applicators to your customers.
paint tools! Don’t miss out on your ﬁrst opportunity to Check out this video featuring Merchandise Manager
look at these products on the market ﬂoor and place Ryan Stopher to learn more.
Best Look paint applicators have features and quality
Have you updated your paint applicator assortment to improvements that will make them a hot seller in your
the Best Look product line? If not, what are you waiting store. Learn more here.
for? This exclusive Do it Best member brand does
much more than replace previous private labeled To help you proﬁtably transition to the Best Look paint
paint products. In addition to a new premium applicators, we’re oﬀering generous markdown incen-
co-branded line with Wooster, this comprehensive tives that include over 120 updated SKUs. Choose the
update includes brushes, rollers, tray kits, roller planogram option that’s right for you.
frames, and other paint accessories your customers
will be looking for this spring selling season. Once you’ve placed your planogram order, learn more
about the shipping schedule and markdown
PRIMED FOR SUCCESS
QUESTIONS THAT DRIVE CUSTOMER SALES
Almost all of us have been in a retail store when an It’s likely that someone coming into your store for their
employee approaches us and asks, “Is there some- next home improvement project is going to require
thing I can help you with?” Our default response is more than just a bucket of paint. By talking through the
usually to say something like “Just looking” even if we project with them, you will quickly learn what else they
are really in need of assistance. I’m willing to bet that will need – including products they haven’t thought of
the same thing frequently happens in your store’s yet. Check out these eight time-tested questions you
paint department. You may see someone browsing should be using in your paint department, plus four
the chip rack and the next thing you know they’re ways to oﬀer recommendations that move more prod-
gone after a similar exchange. But by asking the right ucts oﬀ your shelves.
questions, you are more likely to capture a sale, ﬁll
your customer’s cart with all the necessary items for
the project – and increase your margins.
QUESTIONS TO ASK EVERY DIY PAINT CUSTOMER
1 What are you painting today?
This is a good opener to engage with your customers.
2 Why are you painting today?
Knowing their reason for starting a project today will help you recommend the correct
products for their project.
3 Will you be applying the paint yourself or have you hired someone?
DIY and professional customers have diﬀerent needs. This question allows you to share
additional suggestions and information or to recommend one of your professional customers
to a DIYer.
4 Do you have a speciﬁc color in mind or are there colors you prefer to stay away from?
The customer usually has a general idea about what color they want but will often look for
your advice. Computer matching a color is helpful, too. Consider these follow-ups:
What color is your ﬂoor?
The color of the ﬂoor will reﬂect on the walls.
Will you be painting the ceiling white or some other color?
This allows for additional color discussion.
What color is your roof?
If painting outdoors, the color of the roof will inﬂuence the siding color.
5 What is the condition of the surface?
Surface condition will inﬂuence sheen and the need for primer or surface prep products. A
good paint job is completely dependent on proper surface prep, which customers usually
6 How are you planning to apply the paint?
This question gives you the opportunity to recommend brushes, frames, roller covers, and
more while discussing application techniques. Also, suggest other sundry items like masking
tape, drop clothes, and caulk which could save a trip back to the store and will help make
every project easier.
7 How large is the surface to be painted?
Help the customer determine how much paint they will need to complete the project. No one
wants to run out in the middle of painting a room.
8 When are you planning to paint?
Knowing the timing of the project will allow you to discuss how air temperature and humidity
RECOMMENDATION OF PRODUCT
1 Always start with the best product for the
job. You can always go down in price but it is
much more diﬃcult to go up.
2 Educate the customer. Explain the features and
beneﬁts of the product you are recommending
and why it’s the best one for the job.
3 Close the sale by notating the following:
Color, latex or oil, quantity, product, and sheen.
4 Conﬁrm all information with the customer.
Double checking everything helps you avoid
mis-tints and frustrated buyers!
LUGBILL SUPPLY CENTER GROWS THEIR PAINT SALES
David Nafziger, owner of Lugbill Supply Center, along
with his son Steve, and Store Manager Dan Beck knew
their paint department needed help, so they sat down
with consultants from Do it Best Corp. to develop a
strategy to grow their paint business.
After analyzing their market, merchandising, product
mix, and associates, it became apparent that a good
ﬁrst step would be relocating their paint department
from the rear of the store to the front right corner by
the entrance to immediately increase visibility. They
also chose to expand their oﬀerings by adding the Do it
Best Quality Paints and Pratt & Lambert brands to
complement the established Valspar products they
already carried. To make their paint really stand out,
they upgraded their ﬁxtures and installed new ﬂooring.
They even created a customized paint counter to
showcase their paint lines and promotional items. As a
way to take their paint department from simply
operational to excitedly inspirational, Lugbill went all-in
with The Color Bar to create a store within a store With a great experience in place, they knew they
shopping experience for everyone who comes through needed to enhance their marketing eﬀorts to get the
the door. word out. They began proudly and regularly promot-
ing paint and sold nearly 250 gallons during their
“The decision to overhaul our paint department has ﬁrst ever BOGO event. In the year following their
been extremely impactful for our business. We have paint department transformation, they’ve seen a
greatly improved our image in the community and 19% increase in Rust-Oleum products, a 30%
we’re now being seen as a retail paint destination,” increase in Wooster brushes, a 54% increase in
Steve remarked. Cabot stain, and an 84% increase in Minwax ﬁnishes,
all of which they previously carried.
“Before we remodeled our paint department, The team at Lugbill saw an opportunity to increase
customers had asked if we were going out of business. traﬃc and sales in a department that was
Our store is now full and appealing to our customers,” underperforming. By partnering with Do it Best Corp.,
said Dan. we helped them identify a better location for maxi-
mum impact while expanding their product assort-
With the new merchandising and product mix ment, improving their customers’ shopping experienc-
complete, Lugbill also started to note a marked es, and enhancing their marketing to new customers.
increase in female shoppers. This uptick led to their The results of this successful collaboration serve as a
decision to add major appliances and custom kitchens great example of the growth opportunities you could
to their store’s oﬀerings. They remerchandised the discover in your store. Talk to your paint development
entire front of the store which now houses over 50 manager today!
appliance displays and a design center.
PAINT SELLER’S CLINIC
Be sure to attend one of the Paint Seller’s Clinics in your area. These clinics are
jam-packed with useful information, tips, and custom content based on your location.
Register now for 4½ hours of specialized training and lunch – all for free. You can
expect to gain sales-building skills that you will use forever. Find locations near you and
DO IT BEST 2018 SPRING MARKET
The Do it Best Spring Market is May 18-21 in Indianapolis. Don’t miss the opportunity to
meet our paint vendors, fellow members and Do it Best staﬀ to gain product and
program knowledge while saving big with exclusive market specials.