The retail landscape has become increasingly competitive as e-commerce grows, and brands are looking for ways to stay ahead. One proven strategy is for consumer brand suppliers to partner with retailers to boost sell-through and velocity. This blog post will explore the importance of such partnerships and how they can lead to mutually beneficial outcomes for both parties involved.
Building Strong Relationships
A strong relationship between consumer brand suppliers and retailers is vital for mutual success. Working together, they can identify growth opportunities, streamline processes, and enhance performance. In addition, this collaboration can lead to increased sales, improved product placement, and better inventory management.
When consumer brand suppliers and retailers collaborate, they can develop strategies that benefit both parties. These can include:
Promotional Planning: By working together, suppliers and retailers can identify the most effective promotional activities to drive sales. This may include in-store promotions, online marketing campaigns, or joint events. Combining their efforts and resources can create powerful promotional strategies that drive customer interest and sales.
Inventory Management: Efficient inventory management is crucial for maintaining optimal stock levels and minimizing waste. Collaboration lets suppliers and retailers share data and insights on customer preferences, seasonal trends, and inventory levels. This enables better forecasting and decision-making, ensuring the right products are in stock at the right time.
Product Innovation: Retailers can provide valuable insights into customer preferences and market trends, which can help suppliers develop new products that cater to the evolving demands of consumers. Suppliers and retailers can better meet customer expectations and drive sales by aligning product offerings.
Data Sharing: Data-driven decision-making is essential for business success. By sharing sales data, customer feedback, and other relevant information, suppliers, and retailers can make informed decisions that will drive sales and improve customer satisfaction.
Benefits of Increased Sell-Through and Velocity
Partnering with retailers offers a range of benefits for consumer brand suppliers. These include:
Improved Sales Performance: Collaborative efforts can lead to increased sell-through rates, as well-orchestrated promotions, effective product placement, and better inventory management help ensure products are visible and available to customers.
Enhanced Brand Visibility: Working together with retailers can help suppliers increase brand awareness and visibility in the marketplace. This can result in increased customer loyalty and repeat purchases.
Increased Market Share: Suppliers can effectively increase their market share by collaborating with retailers and implementing strategies that cater to the market’s needs.
Reduced Costs: Streamlined processes, efficient inventory management, and optimized marketing efforts can save suppliers, and retailers cost.
In an increasingly competitive retail landscape, the collaboration between consumer brand suppliers and retailers is essential for boosting sell-through and velocity. By building strong partnerships and working together to develop win-win strategies, both parties can enjoy increased sales, improved customer satisfaction, and overall business growth.
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As the name suggests, online to offline (O2O) marketing is the process of running online marketing campaigns designed to drive in-store foot traffic and offline sales.
The outcome is more targeted marketing and greater brand affinity by humanizing the sale at the point of purchase.
How does O2O marketing work?
There are four stages of the O2O process:
Online discovery: 81% of shoppers do their product research and discovery online, so O2O marketing focuses on gaining exposure across top-searched channels to gather user data. These channels include:
SEO and content creation – driving SEO for keywords with high search volume within the target audience by creating high-quality content.
Email marketing – Inviting potential customers to subscribe for new products or sales alerts.
Location and preferred store data – As part of the email opt-in process, collect consumer zip codes, which can be correlated with their nearest store to be segmented and targeted accurately.
Offline purchase: You can start driving them in-store for product launches, trials, or special promotions now that you’ve got an audience.
Post-purchase feedback: Collecting customer feedback after they’ve made a purchase will help strengthen relationships, grow product launch sales and gather better insights about customer preferences. This feedback can be from product reviews or purchase drivers/intent. Feedback can be collected via an email campaign to consumers within a specific timeframe from the sale event, QR codes on packaging, or purchase receipts sent via email.
Amplification and advocacy: This stage is about building community and encouraging word-of-mouth. This can be achieved through marketing activities like brand ambassador programs or influencer campaigns, and social media campaigns asking people to tag friends that might be interested in the product. However, the most crucial factor for generating word-of-mouth and customer advocacy is building a product that your audience loves.
Why should CPG brands take O2O marketing seriously?
It’s hard to deny that O2O marketing provides an edge to CPG brands over eCommerce-only competitors. It offers the consumer the benefit of enabling their usual online research and discovery habits without disruption but adds “service with a smile” and injects a human element into the otherwise sterile eCommerce experience.
Research has shown that delivering an in-store experience helps to address customers’ emotional needs and reinforces brand affinity.
While measuring the post-COVID retail environment, there’s a noticeable shift from “O2O” to an “O+O” philosophy. CPG brands that integrate this school of thought into their marketing efforts will reap the rewards. Online marketing and eCommerce have been ingrained into every shopper journey, which means there’s renewed focus on delivering a better in-store experience.”
A brand’s online and offline marketing activities must work perfectly to deliver a seamless, consistent customer experience to make the in-store visit positive.
If you’re ready to explore innovative ways of delivering a seamless purchase experience to your customers, contact Brand to Basket today.
As we covered in “Shopper Marketing Part 1:”, Shopper Marketing is the process of ensuring consumers are correctly engaged at every stage throughout the path to purchase, from awareness to consideration to conversion.
This article will explore what you can do to set up a shopper marketing strategy and what you can expect to achieve.
How to create a Shopper Marketing strategy:
Brands that implement a shopper marketing strategy correctly possess a competitive edge because compiling a plan requires a deeper understanding of the consumer path-to-purchase from a holistic perspective rather than individual components.
As a starting point for formulating your shopper marketing strategy, ask yourself these four essential questions:
What does your brand represent, and does that resonate with your target audience?
What is necessary for your target audience?
What are your goals beyond making sales?
What is your budget?
The answers to these questions should represent the heart and soul of your strategy, which can then wrap around each stage of your buyer’s journey:
Awareness Stage – Focus on brand recognition and storytelling to ensure you resonate with your target audience.
Consideration Stage – Deliver value and properly incentivize consumers to encourage them to purchase your products ahead of competitors’.
Conversion Stage – Delight with a positive customer experience and focus on building long-term relationships with your customers.
Retention Stage – Provide an easy way to connect and keep your customers coming back.
Now that you’ve formulated your objectives for each stage of the buyer’s journey, it’s time to think about how you should execute it. For example, what marketing activities will you implement to ensure brand recognition? How do you want to incentivize customers? What channels will you use to communicate this to your target audience?
You can use the traditional marketing principle of the “4 P’s” to map out your plan for executing the shopper marketing strategy:
Price: discounts, bundled offers, price communication, and coupon
Place: eCommerce stores, bricks and mortar stores, visual merchandising, store layout
Product: Featured products, packaging, catalogs
Promotion: promotion communications, advertising channels, communicating brand and products to consumers
What can be achieved with a Shopper Marketing Strategy?
By using a shopper marketing strategy as the lens for looking at the entire buyer journey as one, businesses can expect to:
Increase brand affinity by delivering more consistent marketing messages
Drive sales by looking at the entire path to purchase instead of individual stages
Improves long-term relationships with customers
Focuses on long-term gains rather than short-term objectives, which creates more consistency
Creates opportunity for data-driven decision-making by looking at the entire lifecycle and proper data attribution
A deeper understanding of customer segments and preferences by looking at their behaviors across a broader range of activities rather than in isolation
Provide more personalized customer experiences by tracking progress through the path to purchase.
Want to implement a shopper marketing strategy for your business? Please speak to us about how Brand to Basket delivers value at every customer journey stage.
‘Shopper marketing’ can be thought of as the intersection between consumer psychology, customer experience, and experiential marketing. These three elements combine to convert shoppers into buyers and build the brand’s equity within the retail environment while fostering long-term relationships with consumers.
Their customer’s path-to-purchase will establish each retailer’s shopper marketing strategy. For example, whether the purchase is being made for themself or someone else, the purchase research process, and which channels the customer prefers to make the purchase, such as in-store or online.
Shopper marketing builds its strategy on top of the unique path-to-purchase to create synergies and consistency in the messages presented to consumers throughout their journey to purchase.
A good case study for this is how many retailers have adopted emailing receipts instead of printing them. By doing so, it opts the customer into their email funnel.
Think about this – if a customer goes into the electronics department of a store and purchases a student edition of Microsoft Office and then provides their email address for the receipt to be sent to them, the store can now attribute that email address to someone who is likely a student. Then when it comes time for the “back to school” campaigns to roll out, that person will likely receive an email with various deals and promotions for other tools or products they might need and can drive them in-store (since it knows where they’ve made previous purchases from) or online with coupon codes.
What’s new about Shopper Marketing?
Shopper marketing tactics have been popular since the 80s, but forty years ago, they only took place in brick-and-mortar stores. With eCommerce and social media, shopper marketing has evolved to include these new sales channels.
The growth of the online space has paved the way for communicating and incentivizing customers, which plays a role in shopper marketing. For example, the ability to run loyalty programs or coupon promotions at the click of a button while seamlessly measuring conversions.
On being highly measurable, data analytics and business intelligence have come a long way. Having access to these insights has given retailers greater clarity around their customer’s purchase trends and habits, which can make informed business decisions to provide the best possible shopping experience.
What does the future hold for Shopper Marketing?
One pitfall of shopper marketing that many retailers fall for is the lack of personalization in their marketing communications. This is often because they’re often purchasing data from third-party vendors and applying it to their business, which is like trying to jam a square peg into a triangular hole – it just won’t fit. The future of shopper marketing is utilizing technology to customize the shopping experience better to suit personal preferences. In a hyper-competitive retail world, the winners will be the early adopters of technologies designed to influence purchase decisions.
If you want to stay ahead of the technological curve, speak to us today about how Brand to Basket drives revenue growth through personalized customer experiences.