Fashion : éviter la « Gueule de bois » post soldes cette année

Nous y voila, la bringue annuelle de la mode, les soldes d’été. Vous allez vendre plus, à plus de consommateurs, plus rapidement que jamais. C’est parti !

Bien sûr dans la bataille il y aura du discount. Un moment souvent désagréable à passer. Certains consommateurs se révèleront de vrais « chasseurs de bons plans », et ne reviendront pas spécialement acheter chez vous en dehors de cette période. Peu importe ! Allons les chercher dans ce cas lorsque l’effervescence des soldes d’été est retombée et qu’il n’y a plus un chat dans les rayons où sont présentées les nouvelles collections.

Alors comment peut on éviter cette fameuse post-soldes « gueule de bois » ? Vous avez déjà établi votre stratégie face aux autres distributeurs. Vous préparez des semaines spéciales ventes privées pour vos meilleurs clients et ajouter du sens à cette occasion annuelle; vous réduisez fermement les prix pendant cette période des soldes pour maximiser vos marges et gérer les stocks; vous réinjectez des nouveaux articles à la vente pour maintenir la lancée et s’assurer la continuité des achats. Vous vendez mieux que personne. Mais à la fin de la journée ? Vous avez mal à la tête et votre coeur

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80% of January Sales are over by January!

80% Of January Sales Are Over By January!

Five social strategies for maximising your January Sale

With January sales starting earlier and earlier, most have run out of steam by the time January even begins.

‘New Products Added!’ claims don’t work and the high street is already awash with ‘70% off messages’, so how are you going to ensure your campaign gets long-lasting cut through?

Here are our tips for using Social-Ccommerce to launch and maximise the potential of your January Sale:

1. Get your social audience involved early. As we approach the tail end of December use Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to ask your audience what they want to see in your sales. Make them feel like they’re curating the campaign.

2. Sometimes less is more. It’s tempting to launch all your offers on day one, but hold some back. Treat them as mini-marketing hand grenades and launch them regularly throughout the duration of the campaign.

3. Make some of your offers exclusive to your social audience. Low-volume, so it feels exclusive, and high-discount will create buzz and excitement. Launch them mid-way through the January Sales and you’ll get people talking about your campaign again.

4. Get shoppers in the first 2-weeks of

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Five ways gamification can ignite your retail sales

Five ways gamification can transform retail

I have no idea how fruit machines work. Sure, I get the 'line up three bunches of cherries to win' classic, but the all-singing-all-blinking monstrosity that mocked me in the pub yesterday? Absolutely clueless. And yet, somehow, its combination of twinkly lights, bashy buttons and blippy noises had me chucking coins into it like owning money was going out of fashion.

That's because, as a species, we're far more likely to engage with something if there's an element of gaming involved. I'm sure there's an evolutionary imperative behind all this: if you took a chance on the lady monkey with the weirdy, opposable thumbs, there was a better chance your offspring would survive the great banana famine of 7,000,000 years BC. That kind of thing. Don't ask me, ask Richard Dawkins.

Anyway, we love gaming (and its sidekick, competition), and the introduction of these elements - conceptually known as 'gamification' - into any environment works wonders. The LinkedIn profile completeness bar is a famous example, and rightly so: users fill in more and more info to achieve a 100% complete 'score' and, in so doing, provide mountains more data back to LI, its users and, of course, its

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If your job is selling subscriptions, it just got a lot easier

How to sell magazine subscriptions

Selling newspaper and magazine subscriptions is the holy grail for publishers. For the price of an acceptable discount, it guarantees a long-term commitment to buy (something any retailer would kill for in this climate), bolsters circulation figures, cements cash flow and delivers a loyal and passionate readership for the title. So, if your job is selling subs, everyone else at the publication should be bringing you cups of tea and giving you foot massages around the clock - you're the (wo)man.

But it's a hard sell, even with that discount. How do you persuade people to stump up a year's worth of money in advance when they can spread the cost of reading your title over 52 easy weekly payments*? Well... you do it by bringing disparate buyers - who, ordinarily, wouldn't feel any sense of urgency - together into a single, crystalised, limited-time transaction.

That's exactly what the UK's leading consumer magazine and digital publisher IPC have been doing for their world-famous titles, Horse & Hound (a weekly magazine) and Horse (a monthly). They've staged Price Drop Co-buys, where their readers can secure an enticing discount on subscriptions - but these discounts have had to be earned by

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The one about anatomically correct dolls (and volume sales)

Volume sales the RIGHT way

Well done, you sold 50,000 Baby Wee Wee dolls (hey, we're just picking a product at random here). Now what? You've acquired 50,000 Baby Wee Wee fans, not 50,000 customers. They only bought from you because they're big fans of (all too) anatomically correct dolls and you happened to be around to feed their need.

Wouldn't it have been better if you'd sold a handful of Baby Wee Wees, plus maybe some Breast Milk Baby dolls, some Pole Dancing dolls and... um, maybe some products that weren't massively inappropriate? Remember: volume sales needn't only mean selling large quantities of one single product SKU - in fact, you're never going to grow your brand or acquire loyal new customers if that's all your marketing sets about to do.

That's one of the reasons daily deal promotions don't work: you blow your entire quarterly budget on promoting one product and, at best, acquiring a very limited type of customer. Far better to spend a much smaller amount of money over a longer time, and acquire a wide range of customers who actually care about your brand and your products.

That's why we tend not to charge per Co-buy. Instead,

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