Retail Marketing

Retail Marketing refers to the strategies and processes retailers use to gain customers and sales.

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Why It is essential to market your retail business online

When it comes to running a successful retail business, it is essential to think critically about how you market your products and services. A key strategy for maximizing ROI and reaching a wider audience is to take your marketing efforts online. By leveraging digital platforms you can not only expose more potential customers to your offerings, but also capture crucial data that can inform your overall business strategy. Additionally, online shopping has become increasingly popular in recent years due to the high value that consumers place on convenience and choice. In fact, an estimated 90% of people aged 18-44 now shop online at least once a month. As such, it is more important than ever to make sure that your retail business has a strong online presence. By embracing digital marketing strategies that speak directly to today's connected consumers, you can ensure that your business thrives in the ever-changing marketplace. After all, savvy retailers know that staying ahead of the curve means leveraging technological tools to stand out from the crowd and maximize market penetration. In short, when it comes to taking your retail business to new heights, marketing online is crucial for success!

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What is Retail Marketing?

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This refers to the whole process, from the businesses who create and sell the product to a store or online company, who then depend on customers to buy from them. This means the retailer, the intermediary between manufacturer and consumer, works with both sides to get the products to the customers. The key points of Retail Marketing are generally known as the four ‘P’s’, Product, Price, Place, and Promotion. Below we will go through these four key components in more detail, describing how Retail Marketing works and some strategies to ensure success.

Below we will go through these four key components in more detail, describing how Retail Marketing works and some strategies to ensure success.
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Product

Product seems pretty self-explanatory. You need a product at the start of the process that you want to sell, be it physical or an idea. Once you have your product it is important to consider aspects such as type, variety and packaging. Customers look for specificity in their products, so having a variety of colours, sizes and versions is a good idea where possible.

Price

Price again seems simple but there is a lot to consider. You can take the traditional route of the costings calculator – work out how much the product cost to make, including of course all overheads etc., and then add on how much profit you want to make.

However, this doesn’t take into account competition and assumed value. You don’t want to price your product dramatically over, or worse, under what similar products are being sold for. You are giving away profit and may appear to be too cheap and therefore perceived as of low quality. Similarly, if customers assume that your product is worth a certain value, you don’t want to charge much below that. A superfood smoothie might cost you a similar amount to produce as plain banana, but that is not how customers perceive it and they are willing to pay more for the former. Find a balance between total cost, competition and value and you will do well.
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Place

You obviously need a place where people can purchase your products. This can be a physical store or it can be online; it is essential to know your target market and where that person is most likely to shop.

Like in many industries and professions, location is key. You need to decide which approach is right for you, and ensure your goods end up where you want. Having a reasonable price, good product and attractive packaging will all help with this. You also need to convey to your customers where they can buy your product, which leads nicely on to the next and final ‘P’.
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Promotion

It is crucial to communicate to your target audience information about your product, where they can buy it and why it is the right product for them. To do this you must first know who it is you are aiming to sell to. Once you have your ideal target market down, there are many different ways of advertising to them.

You want to let them know about any deals or changes, attract their attention and be memorable to increase sales. You can advertise in your physical store or online, utilise social media and ensure that your customers are well-informed and inspired to buy your product. In this way it is important to consider physical and digital marketing.
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Physical vs Digital Retail Marketing

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While there are still many benefits to Physical Retail Marketing, it must be said that digital is continuously growing and a huge source of custom. Physical Retail Marketing involves everything in your physical store from your displays to your staff. Staff are a key source of information, put people at ease and up-sell to increase the amount a person spends when they come into the store.

Attractive window displays, making the most of the ‘Lake Front Property’ space instore, the best area to put high value products and impulse purchases are all physical and aid your sales. Physical stores do still have benefits in today’s market – customers can actually look at and touch products, they are more likely to bulk buy so as to avoid constant trips out and you can answer questions straight away.
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Digital Marketing is a better way to reach new customers, utilising social media, paid ads and email campaigns are all great strategies to promote your business or product. Google Shopping Ads show images of your products and give a detailed description which again allow people to feel more like they have an exact idea of what your product is and if it’s what they are looking for.

Having an online presence for your product is a benefit as people can look at and purchase products from the comfort of their own home, receive these products in the same manner and have a (usually) quick and easy purchasing process. These approaches are not mutually exclusive, and the best strategies incorporate both!
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