Top Visual Merchandising Trends of 2018

source: https://www.repsly.com/blog/consumer-goods/visual-merchandising-trends-2018


Brick-and-Mortar storefronts don’t fear a challenge as they take on the age of digitalization. Seeking a hands on experience, consumers look for ways to combine in-store shopping with the convenience of online shopping.

Take a look at how Kate Spade revolutionized window shopping. In their Kate Spade Saturday campaign, they employed digital window shops where customers could shop without ever stepping foot in a store. Talk about fashionable. Follow in the footsteps of brands like Kate Spade with our top five visual merchandising trends of 2018.

1. Dynamic Lighting

Turn on the lights! Lighting has a powerful impact with one fourth of consumers making an unplanned purchase because of it.  Dynamic lighting involves the color of the light, the intensity, direction, and even movement that turns shoppers into customers.

To feature a product, place a brighter light on it. Using an incandescent lamp – which is sharper and brighter –  can highlight its details and importance. Keep surrounding areas dim to focus attention. Bright lights in general tend to exude a positive vibe that can increase purchases. When using colored lights, match the colors of your packaging or product to a light in the same color family such as a hunter green package with a light green light or a deep red with a pink light. This will avoid unpleasant color clashing. Color also influences our mood. Remember that colors in the blue family will have more of a calming effect where reds tend to excite and stimulate.

2.  Interactive Merchandising

On average, people spend 5-8 minutes in the fitting room. But what if you never have to step foot in a dressing room again? The use of virtual reality, coding technology, and motion sensors make shopping more interactive and digital.

Mac Cosmetics recently launched their “Virtual Try-on Mirror” that lets customers try different makeup styles without ever putting a drop of makeup on their skin. Meanwhile, UGG Australia’s touch screen displays allows customers to customize, order, and research products within the store. The lesson here? Get customers involved. Whether it be incorporating tablets for use on displays, in store demos, or digital kiosks, boost your strategy by offering opportunities for shoppers to engage.

🇺🇸 | Learn about the mirror launched by MAC Cosmetics in the US this week that allows customers to preview how certain MAC shades and looks will appear when applied to their own faces. https://hubs.ly/H09cDFz0 

3. Neuromarketing

 Neuromarketing addresses the psychology behind buying habits and preferences.The field of is still young, but initial research can reveal how cues, like color, visuals, audio frequency, light, and smell influence the buying experience on a neurological level.

Although it may hard to get your hands on some of this groundbreaking research, it can be helpful to analyze the psychology of buying until further developments are made. Getting to know the overall ambience of your store from the type of music to the warmth of lighting can cue shoppers to make a purchase. There are also options such as tracking consumer’s eye movements and psychological tricks like removing the dollar sign from price tags that might be more accessible than the more advanced EEG and fMRI s

4. Augmented Reality

Virtual reality helps consumers conceptualize a product in a way that was impossible before modern tech. Now, they can see products in action before ever making a purchase.

TopShop currently gives virtual reality glasses to shoppers so that they can feel like they are front seat by the runway, seeing the clothes be worn and real time and helping them visualize how they could incorporate the clothes into their own wardrobe. These augmented reality applications provide customers the chance to “try on clothes” or other products in a totally new way! You can get virtual reality glasses that put your shoppers into the right mindset or environment with videos and images that communicate your story and mission. 

5. Minimalism

Keep it simple. Distractions are at an all time high, so it can be a refreshing change to clear the sensory clutter fogging our focus. Flashy decorations and displays are good attention grabbers, but they can ultimately distract from the true vision of a product.

Some retailers have manufactured entire spaces to reflect clean lines, sharp edges, and bright spaces. These kinds of setups allow you to showcase your product instead of hiding it. Use clearly defined lines which can be crafted from metal space that refines otherwise soft spaces. Neutral colors also contribute to the minimalist aesthetic and allow your product to pop. While you may not have control of your entire retail space, you can reflect the minimalist spirit in your displays using open space, whites and beiges, and avoiding overcrowding.

SaveDesign MilkThe Miami-based brand, Miansai, designed a SoCal space in Venice that reflects its accessories line: minimalist, laid-back, refined.16Andras KokaiRetail Interiors

All five trends display a certain level of consumer centrism. The tools work to provide shoppers with an environment focused on them. The styles, technology, and techniques prime the shopper while also ramping up energy and excitement with cool features.

 

 

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Linked: Product Diversification – Shochu and coke

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For the first time in its 125-year history, drinks giant Coca Cola is introducing an alcopop-style product.

Described as a ‘modest experiment for a specific slice of our market’, Coca Cola is trialling its first ever alcoholic drink in Japan only, inspired by the country’s growing demand for Chu-Hi, sparkling canned drinks mixed with local spirit shochu.

Typically between 3-8%, the drink is already being produced by beverage giants Kirin, Suntory and Asahi in a range of flavours, with grapefruit and lemon among the most popular.

Jorge Garduno, Coca-Cola’s Japan president, explained: ‘We haven’t experimented in the low alcohol category before, but it’s an example of how we continue to explore opportunities outside our core areas.’

Although the drink is unlikely to reach Western markets, it shows a continuing diversification of Coca Cola’s offering, as younger consumers have become more health conscious, the brand has been buying water and tea brands.

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5 P Approach to Content Marketing

Every time I think I am getting closer to knowing what the whole content game is, more amazing stuff comes around. It may sound frustrating but really it amazes me as to how much each word, order of words, color palette and even your choice of bullets can actually make or break the deal. And that to me is sheer power! power of compelling action using just the right content…wow.

If you think the intro is too over the top (like that thought never crossed my mind) then this will help your belief system – “Copywriting isn’t that mysterious. We’ve got over 100 years of data on tested and true tactics that always work when you want more people to buy or take some form of action.”

In this post I’d like to share a study material (along with the above mentioned quote) from one of my ongoing courses on Coursera – The Strategy of Content Marketing by Sonia Simone, Chief Content Officer, Rainmaker Digital, LLC. The material is light and easy to digest, especially for beginners, and it leaves you with some very basic pointers that will come in handy when trying to create effective content (print, audio or video).

Here is a link to the booklet: www.flipsnack.com/5Papproachtocontent/the-5-p-approach-to-copy-that-crushes-it.html

Here are my key takeaways from it:

  • Winning Premise – this is the foundation to what your content will be for your customers. will it be just another ad in the noisy prime time section or will it something your consumers will relate to. Establishing a groundbreaking premise determines the reaction/action of your target audience. The premise holds in it the core emotion or message that the customer will live with for days to come. Remember how Coca Cola has been selling happiness.
  • Premise is not always the USP – i will go back to Coca Cola for this one. take a moment to realize that the product is a fizzy drink that might go very well with a pizza but there are no earth shattering aspects to a carbonated drink. And then there is competition which is selling more or less the same stuff. So the premise of your content should not rely on USP that might not always be unique or the selling proposition that your customers are looking for.
  • Research and more research – so now that we know that obvious is not obvious when it comes to content marketing, go out there and find answers. Content is the king because customers make it the king. A thorough understanding of your target audience, their requirements, expectations and emotions is probably the step before step 1 of content marketing.
  • Broader picture – Do Not Forget the Broader Picture! All the words, sounds and visuals are there for a reason which is to make the customer act. Having a clear selling proposition and call to action allows the customer to react to your content. It happens more often than you think,  you start with a winning concept, jazz it up with the keywords but lose track of what the customer is supposed to do when they come across this content.
  • Keep it simpler than simple – and i couldn’t agree more with the example given in this course material. Nike has given you the success mantra of life in just 3 simple words – Just Do it. As a marketer I cannot even begin to express how overwhelming all the product or company information could be to begin with, because let’s face it every company thinks they are the best and their product unbeatable. The process of boiling all that information down to a phrase that has literally shaped many a lives is beyond genius. And it is part of content marketing to simplify things and present to the customers the most refined version of your thoughts.

I know what you are thinking…what are the 5 Ps to Content Marketing? well that you will find in the link mentioned above and honestly it is what you NOW already know. My attempt was to build a **drumrolls** PREMISE and that starts with a P 😀

Thanks for stopping by and let me know your thoughts…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#5 Viral Marketing Techniques you need to know today

If you are in India or an Indian in any part of the world, then I believe you have already been swept by the videos and pictures of this kohl eyed girl who until yesterday we had no idea about. Yes, I am talking about Priya Varrier who has now become the “most searched celebrity in India in a span of 2 day”! Now there couldn’t have been a stronger nudge than this for me to write about this subject, so here it goes…

Literally, all it took was a barrage of facial expressions and a wink that appears for a few seconds and the whole country was head over heels in love and awe for this teenage girl from Kerala.

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The result?… everyone was occupied on social media talking about this video, sharing it, liking it, making memes about it and most importantly relating to it. If at this point you are asking yourself this question “how can I make it viral?” then here are some quick tips to win the viral game.

#1 CONTENT IS (& WILL ALWAYS BE) KING 

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I know I am not the first one to say this so ignore the mic drop. But seriously,  it is the content to start with that will potentially make it viral in the end. Content marketing was widely spoken about in 2017 and its ripple effect will continue even this year, only the focus will be on Video Content in 2018. With the proliferation of features on social media platforms that has made video an easy to access, view and share form of communication, people now like what they watch (not just see).

Also, you’d agree that videos are a more spontaneous and interactive form of “talking” to your audience. So for starters keep up and adapt to new forms of content to make it viral.

 

#2 RELEVANCE, DON’T LOSE IT

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This brings me back to the viral video that urged me to include this point in the list of techniques. Well not everyday you see viral videos making headlines but whenever you do, it is mostly about a subject/topic/event/phenomenon that was already being talked about. In the case of  this video clip trailer for a song in Priya Varrier’s debut Malayalam film, Oru Adaar Love, which was launched during the valentine’s week when the youth of this nation was already fishing for something playful and romantic to kick start their valentine’s participation on social media. And they found it in the twenty-seconds iconic wink 😉

 

Thus it is really important for your content to be relevant to the times which will make it easier for people to relate to it. Now that does not mean you cannot change the subject and that is where the next technique comes into picture.

 

#3 HIT THE EMOTION

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Again emphasizing on the content, the core of your message should cater to the emotions of your audience. Be it happy, sad, shock or annoying…if it’s different it will work. Remember the Turkish chef aka “Salt Bae” who sprinkled some salt with loads of attitude and rocked the internet last year? Also, the dancing hot dog which until today I have not been able to make much sense of, and now very famous Prof Kelly and his adorable kids who walked into his study while he was live on BBC. Some of these never seen before stuff on internet were bound to go viral because everyone’s looking forward to some thunderbolt event to start their day.

 

#4 BE SELECTIVE 

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Now here I want to talk about a misconception about Viral Marketing. As the name and subject suggests, we are talking about volume, number, quantity and the bigger the better type. So going by this understanding, the universe is your audience to achieve the scale of being viral. But NO! the concept of targeting still applies. You need to be selective and know your target audience for your content. This will further help you in selecting the right communication channel, reach to people which related interests and pick influencers who are important for these target audience.

 

#5 MAKE IT EASY TO SPREAD

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It has to be contagious like viral. If your content is easy to share, download and embed then it will be spread as fast as virus does. So, allow people to share your content or message easily, embed it on their own sites and download it for use later.  While doing all this, make sure your simplify your message for people to understand and share.

There you go! now you know it all. I hope these techniques will help you make your content go big. And for me…this gif is making me hungry 😐