The customers are rolling in. One by one they walk through the store and…leave without buying anything. Or leave angry because they had to wait too long. Or they leave without signing up for the big event next month. What’s going on? Once a customer walks through the door into the store the job is done, right? The work is over and now store owners can sit back and watch the sales roll in.
While some businesses may think that way, it’s definitely not an effective way to make a sale and ensure a loyal customer. Getting customers into the store is only part of the battle. It is up to business owners to not only get them there, but ensure they are leaving a happy and satisfied buyer.
In-store announcements can be a great way to get all manner of information across to customers while they are present. Take advantage of the fact that they are in the store and, in some ways, a captive audience. These announcements can be a great way to move the bottom line and keep customers in the know.
What are some in-store announcements that (most) businesses should be using but may not be? What ways can businesses use customized, in-store audio to get ahead of the competition? Read on to find out.
1. General Information
Customers may not know as much about the store as owners think they do. Are store hours changing? Will there be changes to product because of seasons? Is the store moving to a bigger and better location? Keeping customers informed on what is going on in the store can keep them from getting frustrated or feeling like the business they are loyal to doesn’t care about them. For example, when launching a new product or service offering, use in-store announcements to educate shoppers in a series of short vignettes. Think about things from the customer’s point of view. Will this information be valuable to the shopper? If yes, make sure they know.
2. Upcoming Events
The nightmare of having a party and no one coming is doubly terrifying when it impacts a business. If a customer is already in the building, they have already quite arguably taken the first step. A special event may be the thing that creates a return, loyal customer. Make sure these customers who are already perusing the aisles or using the service know about any upcoming events with in-store announcements. That way, owners don’t have to worry about having a party of one.
3. Wait Times
One of the most frustrating things about having to wait is the uncertainty of how LONG the wait will be. Keeping customers informed about how long their wait will be or what the current wait time is can help customers maintain proper expectations. If a customer knows, for example, the wait time for an oil change is going to be 2 hours or the service desk is only servicing ticket 12 and they are ticket 30, that customer can decide whether to come back or stick it out. Either way, they know what to expect.
4. Offers, In Store Contests, and Specials
Imagine how disappointed a customer would be making a large purchase only to find out that the product could have been 25% off if they had just waited until next week’s special. Or, how disappointing the store’s profits would be if a customer didn’t know a product or service was on sale so they didn’t even consider making the purchase or buying the membership? Keeping customers—particularly while they are in the store—updated on special offers or in-store discounts can ensure they’ll take a second look.
5. Taking offline to online
While covered here on the blog before, it is worth revisiting how in-store announcements can be a great way to tie together the on and offline shopping experience. Today’s customer has likely been to the business’ website or follows one of their social media channels. Take advantage of having the customer in the store and encourage them to “like” or use a special hashtag for an in-store offer. The digital channels will see benefit, as will the brick and mortar.
In-store announcements can be the key to closing the gap between a customer who leaves without a purchase or just leaves with a less than ideal experience. Using customized, in-store announcements in creative or unexpected ways can truly make all the difference. Remember, the ultimate goal is to make all of the in-store messages interesting to the customer and show a full range of what the business can do for them.
Interested in learning more? Request a demo of Vibenomics today and learn how you can start creating on-brand music and messaging for your in-store customers.