Retail activations present a great opportunity for brands to create interactive experiences for their audience and complement broader marketing strategies. From point-of-sale kiosks and pop-up displays through to store-in-store fit outs and showrooms, there are many options to choose from that can bring your story to life in a retail environment. Our expert team explain why you should be considering retail activations as part of your marketing strategy.
1. Drive Immediate Sales and Conversions
One of the most significant advantages of retail activations is their ability to drive immediate sales and conversions. When shoppers can see, touch, and interact with your product, they are more likely to make a purchase.
Tap into the impulsive nature of shoppers by creating unique and interactive experiences that they can engage with. Examples could include creating a hero photo moment to grab shopper attention or incorporating personalisation or monogramming to increase dwell time. Considering tech? You could try out augmented reality or a gamification experience.
No matter the venue or retail environment, our team can help guide you to think outside the box and create a sense of excitement! Want more tips on how to maximise retail revenue? Check out our latest insight article on 6 Creative Ways to Boost Sales in your Retail Pop Up.
2. Forge Lasting Connections with Your Audience
Retail activations offer a unique opportunity to connect with your target audience in a meaningful and personal way. Unlike traditional advertising channels, retail activations bring your brand to life and take your customers on a journey. Through immersive experiences, interactive displays, and hands-on demonstrations, you can create authentic connections. In fact, 98% of consumers are more likely to purchase products after a brand experience (Wertz, 2021), so as well as successfully selling your products, you are creating lasting memories and encouraging further engagement with your products long after they leave.
3. Stand Out from the Crowd
Retail activations provide an excellent platform to showcase your brand’s personality, values, and products in a way that captivates your audience’s attention. Use eye-catching visuals or moving images to draw customers in, or consider the application of unique finishes, vibrant colours or specialised lighting to create a space that stands out in a cluttered retail environment. It’s important that your display is a true reflection of your brand, whilst also setting you apart from other retailers nearby.
4. Collect Valuable Data and Insights
Retail activations are not only about displays and engaging experiences. By incorporating technologies such as interactive kiosks, QR codes, or mobile apps, you can gather valuable data and insights about your customers. These technologies will enable you to gain a more in-depth understanding of your audience, what their preferences are, what their buyer behaviours are and what pain points they encounter. As you gain a deeper understanding of your audience, you can fine tune your marketing strategy and plan for more personalised and relevant campaigns in the future.
Technologies that incorporate location-based data collection and spatial analytics are a great tool to consider. Companies such as Meshh and Stova provide location-based intelligence and interaction solutions for your entire event or retail environment. These platforms enable marketers, organisers and brands alike to measure engagement and interaction in their physical space and convert this data into actionable insights.
Retail activations have the power to transform casual shoppers into loyal brand advocates as an integral touchpoint of your marketing strategy. It doesn’t matter whether you’re selling a service or a product, it’s about creating emotional connections and memorable moments that build brand loyalty. Now all you need is a partner! Get in touch with our award-winning team to build your strategy and create retail experiences that leave lasting impressions on your customers.