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Galeries Lafayette adds retro touch to spring shopping

Luxury Daily – French department store chain Galeries Lafayette is ushering in spring with a dose of bright color at a fashionable playground.

Through May 26, “Funorama” is popping up at the brand’s Paris Haussmann flagship store with vintage arcade games and colorful fashions. High-end retailers continue to look for interesting and interactive ways to lure shoppers away from their screens and inside stores.

“The whole idea of a ‘playground’ is fun and plays into the ‘retail is theatre’ idea of entertaining customers as part of the shopping experience,” said Kathleen Fischer, director of marketing at Boston Retail Partners, retail consulting firm. “Funorama offers customers a reason to visit by transforming the store into an exciting destination complete with Legos, creative workshops and even arcade games to appeal to their customers’ nostalgic childhood memories.” Ms. Fischer is not affiliated with Galeries Lafayette, but agreed to comment as an industry expert.

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How Much Damage Can 1 Bad Experience Cause a Brand?

The Motley Fool – Customers’ expectations are only getting higher, and retailers may not get a second chance to meet them.

Consumers have more choices about nearly every purchase than they’ve ever had before. It’s no longer necessary to visit a physical store to buy most things, and for the vast majority of products, shoppers can pick from multiple retailers on their phone or computer.

In some measure, the so-called retail apocalypse can be traced back to this explosion of options. Shoppers no longer have any need to put up with poor selection, a lack of in-store personnel, or poor omnichannel support at one retailer when so many other chains are doing those things right.

That creates a market where people don’t have to be all that forgiving of a bad customer experience, and it makes every interaction important — especially with new customers or those who have had limited experience with a company.

Indeed, 63% of consumers said “it only takes one unsatisfactory shopping experience” to make them stop shopping your brand, according to BRP’s Keeping Loyal Customers Happy report.

Customer loyalty is hard to win and easy to lose. One method of delivering a positive experience is by offering a personalized touch — that’s something 44% of survey respondents said would lead to them making repeat visits. And nearly twice that number (79%) indicated that personalized service from in-store personnel would influence their store choice going forward.

“Engaging the customer through personalized and relevant experiences is the key to attracting and keeping your customers happy and continuing to shop your brand,” said BRP, retail consulting firm, Senior Vice President Perry Kramer in a press release. ”

“Retailers that identify customers when they enter the store and equip their associates with the proper mobile tools can personalize the shopping experience based on customer preferences, purchase history, what’s in their closet, online browsing history, time of day, weather and their physical location — all based on real-time information and personalized to create a bond with these valuable customers,” Kramer said.

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Study Finds Disconnect Between Consumers And Retailers

MediaPost – Retailers persist in thinking that the chance of more personalized service will persuade shoppers to share information (such as email address). But it’s not quite so, according to Keeping Loyal Customers Happy, a study by BRP, retail consulting firm.

While 37% offer better service as a perk, only 22% of consumers are convinced by it. What they want is specialized offers —3 4% say so, although only 27% of retailers are providing them. Overall, 68% of consumers are more likely to shop at a store that offers personalized rewards based on loyalty.

In addition, 26% of shoppers want credit toward future purchases, a benefit being offered by only 13% of retailers.

And the option to have the customer receipt emailed is a non-starter on both sides — 17% of retailers offer it, and 13% want it. Product incentives are more popular with retailers than they are with consumers.

For this analysis, BRP compared the results of its 2018 Customer Experience/Unified Commerce benchmark study with its 2017 consumer study.

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The 80/20 Rule for Keeping Customers Happy

According to the Pareto Principle, 80% of your business will come from 20% of your customers, so it makes sense to focus on those 20% who are loyal, repeat customers as they are the most valuable to your business. Your customers expect engaging and relevant interactions and conversations across any and all channels, however, they don’t have the tolerance for complicated processes. They want and expect personalization and if they are treated well, they will reward you through additional purchases.

In fact, according to the 2017 State of Personalization Report of more than 1,000 U.S. consumers, 44% of consumers say that they will likely become repeat buyers after a personalized shopping experience with a particular company[1]. A happy customer is likely to be one that is loyal, valuable and – perhaps most importantly – a customer who will be an advocate for your brand.

So, how do you keep these loyal customers happy?

Engaging your customers through personalization and relevance is the key to attracting and keeping your customers happy so they continue to shop your brand. If you can identify your customer when she enters the store and equip your associates with the proper mobile tools, they can personalize the shopping experience based on customer context. This enables your associates to offer recommendations and promotions to your customer based on her preferences, purchase history, closet, most recent online browsing history, time of day, weather and even her physical location – all based on real-time information and personalized to create a bond with this valuable customer.

Why is this important?

Keeping loyal customers happy is critical as it only takes one unsatisfactory shopping experience for 63% of consumers to stop shopping your brand[2]. Your most valuable customers have already established their loyalty to your brand, but to keep them coming back and to encourage their advocacy of the brand, it is important to ensure each and every shopping experience in every channel, is seamless, personal and positive.

I encourage you to read the BRP SPECIAL REPORT: Keeping Loyal Customers Happy for more insights.

As always, I appreciate your thoughts and opinions on this topic.  Please share your feedback below.

Perry

[1]“The 2017 State of Personalization Report,” 2017. http://grow.segment.com/Segment-2017-Personalization-Report.pdf

[2]2019 BRP Consumer Study

Study: Consumers will trade privacy for this perk

Chain Store Age – Consumers will identify themselves when they walk into a store, for a price. According to a new study from Boston Retail Partners (BRP), “Keeping Loyal Customers Happy,” 37% of retailers offer brick-and-mortar shoppers more personalized service as an incentive to identify themselves. However, only 22% of consumers prefer personalized service in exchange for surrendering their in-store privacy.

Instead, BRP analysis shows customers are more likely to prefer monetary incentives for identifying themselves in-store. These include specialized offers (34%), product incentives (27%), and credit toward future purchases (26%).

“Engaging the customer through personalized and relevant experiences is the key to attracting and keeping your customers happy and continuing to shop your brand,” said Perry Kramer, senior VP and practice lead, BRP, retail consulting firm. “Retailers that identify customers when they enter the store and equip their associates with the proper mobile tools can personalize the shopping experience based on customer preferences, purchase history, what’s in their closet, online browsing history, time of day, weather and their physical location – all based on real-time information and personalized to create a bond with these valuable customers.”

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How To Keep Customers Happy

Convenience Store Decisions – BRP Consulting finds 63% of consumers are likely to stop shopping a brand if they have a bad experience. In an ever-evolving retail environment, keeping customers happy is more complicated and more important than ever. Today’s consumers connect with brands across multiple channels, which complicates the process of recognizing, servicing, and rewarding loyal customers.

According to BRP’s SPECIAL REPORT: Keeping Loyal Customers Happy, customers expect engaging and relevant interactions and conversations across all channels and they don’t have any tolerance for unsatisfactory shopping experiences. Customers want a personalized experience and if they are treated well, they will reward the retailer through additional purchases and brand loyalty.

“Engaging the customer through personalized and relevant experiences is the key to attracting and keeping your customers happy and continuing to shop your brand,” said Perry Kramer, senior vice president and practice lead, BRP. “Retailers that identify customers when they enter the store and equip their associates with the proper mobile tools can personalize the shopping experience based on customer preferences, purchase history, what’s in their closet, online browsing history, time of day, weather and their physical location—all based on real-time information and personalized to create a bond with these valuable customers.”

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63% of Consumers are Likely to Stop Shopping a Brand if they have an Unsatisfactory Experience, According to New BRP Report

Enhancing customer loyalty is critical to ensure success in today’s competitive environment

Boston, MA – February 19, 2019 – Today’s consumers connect with brands across multiple channels, which complicates the process of recognizing, servicing, and rewarding loyal customers. According to BRP’s SPECIAL REPORT: Keeping Loyal Customers Happy, customers expect engaging and relevant interactions and conversations across all channels and they don’t have any tolerance for unsatisfactory shopping experiences. Customers want a personalized experience and if they are treated well, they will reward the retailer through additional purchases and brand loyalty.

“Engaging the customer through personalized and relevant experiences is the key to attracting and keeping your customers happy and continuing to shop your brand,” said Perry Kramer, SVP and practice lead, BRP. “Retailers that identify customers when they enter the store and equip their associates with the proper mobile tools can personalize the shopping experience based on customer preferences, purchase history, what’s in their closet, online browsing history, time of day, weather and their physical location – all based on real-time information and personalized to create a bond with these valuable customers.”

Keeping loyal customers happy is critical as it only takes one unsatisfactory shopping experience for 63% of consumers to stop shopping your brand. The most valuable customers have already established their loyalty to your brand but to keep them coming back and to encourage their advocacy of the brand, it is important to ensure each and every shopping experience, in every channel, is seamless, personal and positive.

BRP’s SPECIAL REPORT: Keeping Loyal Customers Happy is based on findings from the BRP Consumer Study and the 2018 Customer Experience/Unified Commerce Survey and offers insights into how to enhance customer loyalty.

The SPECIAL REPORT: Keeping Loyal Customers Happy highlights:

CUSTOMER IDENTIFICATION

  • Customer expectations: 64% are comfortable with retailers identifying them via their mobile phone when they enter a store, as long as it means they are offered a personalized experience
  • Retailer capabilities: 63% are unable to identify their customers prior to checkout and 20% can’t identify them until after checkout or not at all

CUSTOMER IDENTIFICATION INCENTIVES

  • Customer expectations: 26% want credit or discounts towards future purchases as an incentive to allow retailers to identify them when they walk in the store
  • Retailer capabilities: 13% offer credit or discounts towards future purchases as an incentive to customers

To download BRP’s SPECIAL REPORT: Keeping Loyal Customers Happy, visit:

https://brpconsulting.com/download/2019-special-report-customer-loyalty

The SPECIAL REPORT: Keeping Loyal Customers Happy is based on findings from BRP’s 2018 Customer Experience/Unified Commerce Survey platinum sponsors are Aptos and Manhattan Associates, gold sponsors are TSYS, ECRS, enVista and PCMS, and the silver sponsor is STORIS.

About BRP

BRP is an innovative retail consulting firm dedicated to providing superior service and enduring value to our clients. BRP combines its consultants’ deep retail business knowledge and cross-functional capabilities to deliver superior design and implementation of strategy, technology, and process solutions. The firm’s unique combination of industry focus, knowledge-based approach, and rapid, end-to-end solution deployment helps clients to achieve their business potential. BRP’s consulting services include:

Strategy | Business Intelligence | Business Process Optimization | Point of Sale (POS)
Mobile POS | Payment Security | E-Commerce | Store Systems and Operations | CRM
Unified Commerce | Customer Experience | Order Management | Networks
Merchandise Management | Supply Chain | Private Equity

For more information on BRP, visit http://www.brpconsulting.com.

The Post-Purchase Experience Is Essential to Retaining Customers

CRM Magazine – It’s a well-established fact that repeat customers are more valuable to businesses than new ones, but e-commerce retailers remain focused on acquiring the latter, according to a recent report from BRP, retail consulting firm.

Online businesses also miss another crucial opportunity, the report finds. Specifically, after customers make online purchases, they enter a period of uncertainty, unsure of whether their products will arrive on time and in one piece. By providing regular updates on the status of the order, retailers can transform this period of doubt into a trust-affirming one. Removing that risk makes customers more likely to make repeat purchases.

For setting expectations before the customer clicks the buy button, Jeffrey Neville, senior vice president and practice lead at BRP, says retailers need to ensure that shipping and return information is “clear, concise, and conveniently displayed.”

Then companies need to provide notifications at the five major stages in the delivery process—order confirmation, item dispatched, in transit, out for delivery, and delivery, the report maintains. Doing so will keep customers engaged and informed.

As for simplifying the return process, Neville states that doing so “increases customer satisfaction and loyalty.” In the report, he points out that including an adhesive, preprinted, prepaid shipping label with every package is essential, though it can also be helpful to let customers generate their own shipping labels through other channels if needed.

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Brand collaborations lead to double exposure for retailers

Luxury Daily – To capture consumer attention, a growing number of retailers and department stores have partnered with luxury brands to create more engaging campaigns. From ecommerce fashion retailer MyTheresa to department store chain Barneys New York, collaborating with high-end labels allows these retailers to leverage brand enthusiasm into larger audiences. However, such campaigns can also dilute retailers’ own carefully-crafted brands.

“While sharing the limelight with another brand does take away some of the focus on a department stores brand; if done well, it can enhance the store’s brand reputation by being associated with a luxury brand that consumers love,” said David Naumann, vice president of marketing at Boston Retail Partners, retail consulting firm.

Italian fashion label Versace is introducing its sunglasses collection to Barneys, and a new short gave shoppers a glimpse at the eyewear. Clad in Versace prints, a model posed with different pairs of Versace sunglasses outside of New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, bringing the house’s Italian sensibility to the streets of New York.

“Partnering with brands on marketing and advertising campaigns has two key benefits for departments stores – leveraging brand passion and reduced costs,” Mr. Naumann said.

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Why catalogs still have a hold on holiday marketing

Retail Dive – Many retailers have turned into fourth-quarter catalogers to cash in on the season’s sentimentality, while shoppers are crossing “irrelevant email marketing” off their lists this year.

Catalogs might be aimed at inspiration, but the hope is that the visual inspiration leads to a purchase, whether it be through the catalog, online or through a visit to the store. In that way, catalogs aren’t too different from the showroom format that retailers like Bonobos rely on, according to Ken Morris, a principal at Boston Retail Partners. It’s a trend he calls “catalog rooming” — where a customer uses a retailer’s holiday catalog to discover products and then heads into the store to see it in person and try it on, either finishing the purchase there or coming home to buy it online. 

It’s also a way to bring customers who might not have shopped in a while back into the fold, as retailers generally send out their holiday catalogs to a broader array of shoppers than they do the rest of the year. As long as they’re making $0.20 on every dollar they spend on a customer, the catalog will keep coming, Morris says — and the holidays provide more potential than the rest of the year for a big profit.

“Some of them, they’re in the red for nine months of the year and then the final three months of the year they go into the black and start to make a profit and hopefully that covers the loss,” Morris said, noting that depending on how sophisticated the retailer is, catalogs might also be tailored, placing a customer in one of a certain number of categories with different material in each. “It’s to the demographic that I fit into because they know what I buy — they know what’s in my closet, they know what’s in your closet.”

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