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High Level Thinking

High Level Thinking

By Andre' Savoie
Most of the time, the answers we seek are right in front of us. That is, if we step back from the challenge and think about it at a high level.

Marketing upscale products, like Jewelry, requires a different mindset and high level thinking. You can’t rely on sales and gimmicks.

Listen in as we discuss what works and what doesn’t when it comes to marketing an upscale business.
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What’s working in jewelry marketing BESIDES digital?
These days, it’s easy to get caught up in thinking that the only thing that’s working in marketing is digital. Here at High Level Thinkers, it would be nice if this were true since we’re a digital agency. But the truth is, the top independent local jewelers are using a smart mix of digital marketing AND traditional, old-school marketing to produce the best results. And that’s where today’s guest comes in. James Porte has helped more jewelers create winning marketing campaigns than maybe any other person on earth.  James is the best kind of industry veteran… He started Porte Marketing in 1989 & has served on every board, presented at every conference and contributed to every publication in the jewelry business. And, his campaigns are still putting significant cash in jewelers' pockets even today. So we’re super excited to have him as a guest on the show. James Porte is the founder of Porte Marketing, a full-service marketing agency serving local jewelry retailers. Based out of Florida, James has a wealth of knowledge and experience about all facets of jewelry marketing, especially in the area of traditional, offline campaigns which are crucial to success. Setting the Stage What prompted this idea for an episode was getting yet another call from a local jeweler who told me they had pretty much given up on traditional marketing and thought digital was the only way to go. And of course, digital does work, as that’s what we do. BUT I’ve found over the years that our clients getting the BEST results had a really nice mix of traditional, offline marketing in addition to their digital marketing. In fact, I’d go as far as to say the “digital-only” approach really only works for online retailers. And even in those cases, they do a lot of offline marketing. This episode of our podcast covers important questions like: How does traditional marketing fit with digital marketing and what makes a good balance? What are the foundational marketing programs that make a difference (flyers, phone scripts, mailers, private events) What are some of your best campaign ideas that are still working really well today? (6-hour event, Valentine's Day Event, Inventory Reduction) How do you create synergy between what you’re doing in your traditional marketing & digital marketing? How important is it for people to get the same message across all their marketing channels? What’s one piece of advice you could give local jewelers about their marketing? This episode is loaded with helpful tips you can start using right now in your business. If you’d like to get in touch with James Porte, you can reach him: Phone: 954-817-3911 Email: You can also get in touch with Andre’ Savoie: Phone: 504-669-3207 Email:
February 1, 2021
How To Run a Successful Generational Business
This week on the High Level Thinkers podcast, Andre sits down with Dan --- to discuss how businesses can successfully be passed from generation to generation.
February 6, 2020
How Chatbots Help Jewelers Grow Their Business - Quickly!
This week Andre sits down with an expert on Chatbots to discuss what they can do for your business!
January 27, 2020
Getting Started With Marketing Automation
This week Andre' speaks to Skip Shean, an expert in Marketing Automation. Skip shares how to get started with Marketing Automation in your business and how jewelers can use it to their benefit!
December 10, 2019
Multi-Channel Marketing - What Is It?
This week Andre' invited Multi-Channel Marketing Expert, Greg Swanson, on the podcast to explain what multi-channel marketing is, why it is effective, and how it is changing with new technology!
November 22, 2019
Deep Dive Into Facebook Marketing
This week on the High Level Thinking podcast, Andre' sits down with one of the leading Facebook marketers in the world, Derek Stroh to take an in-depth look at the current state of Facebook marketing. 
November 12, 2019
What Jewelers Should Know About Influencer Marketing
This week Andre' sits down with Katherine Pereda, founder & CEO of The Influencer Grapevine - a matchmaking service for influencers and brands. She tells us everything we've been wondering about influencer marketing and more!
October 30, 2019
What is the Best Traffic Source for Local Jewelers?
With so many platforms to choose from, clients often ask, where should we focus our efforts? Facebook? Instagram? Radio? TV? Well, the answer depends on you and your business. Listen in to episode #2 for advice on how to decide which platforms are for you!
October 23, 2019
3 Steps to High Level Thinking
Welcome to the High Level Thinking podcast, where we teach you the ins and outs of marketing your Jewelry and upscale businesses! In this episode, I will introduce you to myself and this podcast. We will also discuss 3 ways to start implementing "High Level Thinking" into your business and life! 
October 15, 2019