Shopper Marketing Starts at Home

Shopping behaviors and priorities may be far more complex than once thought, developing and evolving over time and inspired by any number of needs and wants

Shopper marketing was once thought of as a purely in-store experience, with specific outreach to consumers as they browsed aisles in an effort to close the deal.  But marketers today are recognizing that shoppers arriving in the store are not completely blank slates waiting for the right marketing message to move their purchasing decisions.  Much of their motivation to purchase starts at home and for any number of reasons – from needing to feed a picky child, planning a party, redecorating a home, or simply restocking a thinning pantry with familiar items.

Cause and effect is at the core of shopper marketing, and this includes both in-store and out-of-store motivations.  The right channels and messages are essential, and turn shopper marketing into a science for delivering value to the right customer at the right time. This in turn has renewed a focus on the path to purchase, a circuitous route to shopping decisions. Many more opportunities exist than meeting a shopper in a grocery or retail store aisle.

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For example, children may open their favorite toy at home to find a promotional pamphlet introducing a new character… ‘We know you love Thomas the Tank, so meet Emily the Engine.’  Since they watch Thomas on satellite television or Netflix, they may start to seek out Emily or even ask for her as the next toy resident in their version of Thomas’ fictional Island of Sodor. Mom or Dad puts this on their list and it becomes a priority shopping trip, largely based on events that took place in the comfort of their own home. Add to that a front-door delivered coupon from a major toy retailer or mass merchandiser with savings off of any Thomas the Train toy, and Mom or Dad is effectively incentivized to visit that retailer.

Front door media is uniquely suited to influence shoppers at this early stage on their path to purchase, supporting shopping decisions and lists made in the home with high-value offers delivered to the front door. Are you reaching your best customers at home, layering front door tactics onto your overall shopper marketing strategies?  And if not, what are you doing to reach your target audience as they are forming lifetime associations with products and behaviors?

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