Retail Activation is that domain of marketing that uses experiences to engage shoppers, stimulate purchase, create hype around retail store openings.
Retail activations can be done for multiple reasons – new store launch, new product / variant launch, sampling, inducing trial, test market, run promo offers etc., to name a few.
Retail Activation also goes by other names like in store promotions, instore engagements, store events, shopper marketing, which all work to deliver the same result but the different terminologies are used by different Retail Management Consultants.
Retail is a platform, where a lot of consumers and prospects come together for various reasons, some come with an intention to shop, some with an intention to check what’s new and to just have a look. Many of these people can also be impulsive shoppers and many a times even serious shoppers have changed their brand loyalty at the store level, because they were influenced by some Retail Activation at the store level.
Retail activation is all about communicating the brand promise and experience to the consumer at a place where they have the right TG, at the right time, and in the right frame of mind, most of the times.
Retail activation can happen inside the store, in a mall, on the store sidewalk, interactive store window performances, nearby metros or subway stations etc.
Retail as a category & science is a very vast and has many formats and managing each of these formats require different approaches practiced by Retail Management Consultants. While Retail Management has more to do with the business side of it, it is dependent on the role of activation to help Retail Management achieve its targets across all parameters.
Retail is mostly present in High Streets or inside Malls, where every brand is clambering to gain the attention of the visitor and pull them into their store. And many a times, the actual purchase decision of a pre decided shopper get changed at the last minute, for multiple number of reasons and Retail Management and Brand professionals are still not able to pinpoint one single attribute which made the prospect change her mind at the last minute.
Having said this, and with the ever changing tastes of the consumer it becomes all the more important for brand to have a great retail activation strategy to stand out from the crowd and attract the prospect.
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