Athens, Texas (KETK) —
Guitars Etc. in Athens received a designation as one of the Top 100 music instrument and product retailers in the world by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). The award will be presented to the designated Top 100 dealers at NAMM’s annual summer music event, Summer NAMM, held in Nashville, TN. Guitars Etc. is also in the running to receive NAMM’s Dealer of the Year award at the July 12, 2013 celebration ceremony.
“We love helping the families in Athens and the surrounding community live happier lives through music by offering quality instruments, a great team that makes learning music fun and easy, as well as supporting and hosting community concerts so that music becomes a part of bettering their life, “said Will Burgin, owner at Guitars Etc.
Music product retailers were judged using a numeric rating by a panel of impartial expert judges selected by, but not otherwise affiliated with NAMM.
Guitars Etc. received this recognition because they:
Understand that great customer service is the key to success of a retail store
Are a proven community advocate for music education and music-making
Provide a retail experience worth returning for and recommending to others
Design a floor plan, merchandising and marketing that encourages repeat sales
Prepare for future success with sound planning, marketing and training initiatives
Use the web and social media in engaging, effective ways
In addition to Dealer of the Year, Guitars Etc. is also up for Best Exterior Presentation and/or Merchandising Display; Best Marketing and Sales Promotion; Best Online Presentation; SupportMusic Advocacy; Music Makes a Difference; Best Emerging Dealer “Rookie of the Year;” and Best Special Event.
“The NAMM retailers that made the Top 100 this year are creating the future of the music business,” said Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. “These retailers enthusiastically bring the tools of music making into their communities in innovative ways. They grow with their customers. They enrich their neighborhoods. They are the ambassadors who encourage people of all ages to get out there and just play.”