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Insightful conversations with leaders in the Arts & Crafts Retail industry

Dec 7, 2021

Creative Industry legend Jim Scatena on the importance of being engaged in your community, the power of content creators, and stories of industry connections.


  • Take care and look out for your community
  • Mentors are a necessity for success
  • Wilton launched in JCPenny, not in the Craft channel
  • Wilton success was largely attributed to having a direct connection to the consumer
  • Organic consumer recommendations for a product are more powerful than an ad run by a company
  • Craft companies must take advantage of social media trends and do everything they can to connect with consumers tied into those trends


  • Focus on others, not just yourself.
  • Get involved in mentoring β€” find one and be one
  • Develop your social media strategy, and use it to connect with consumers organically


Jim Scatena

π—π—œπ—  π—¦π—–π—”π—§π—˜π—‘π—” I’ve spent my entire career (since 1976) in the creative industries!  

You can reach Jim at or on LinkedIn.

Clint O'Rear

π—–π—Ÿπ—œπ—‘π—§ 𝗒’π—₯π—˜π—”π—₯,  president and owner of Creative Sales Consulting, has worked in the Retail industry since 2000. Clint and his team connect suppliers & retailers in the creative arts industries for stronger relationships and strategic sales growth, in order to bring joy to consumers through artistic creative and decorative products. 

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