In an age when consumers research their purchases thoroughly online, talk to their friends for recommendations, and test out their potential purchases in store, exactly what role do store staff have to play beyond facilitating the experience? Recent research by GfK shows that the suitable mix of in-store recommendations and demonstrations, achieved by store staff training, can be highly effective at increasing sales.
A new GfK research programme has provided some unique insights into the ROI of store initiatives by combining mystery shopping results with individual store-level sales data. The programme reveals how the in-store experience translates into sales and shows the average uplift in sales resulting from different types of in-store activity. This is highly useful for brands that want to understand how to prioritise in-store marketing budgets, benchmark against competitors, negotiate better rates for display space, and calculate the ROI on in-store marketing spend.
So what are some of the key findings of this programme that are useful for marketers?