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SPRING VISUAL MERCHANDISING
“Spring is nature’s way of saying, Let’s Party” – Robin Williams
Spring is just around the corner! When the weather warms up it’s a wonderful time to head to the markets for some Saturday morning sunshine and coffee. With a constant swell of small businesses joining the marketers on the weekend, the styling of your stall is something that can bring in crowds and repeat buyers or deter them to the next seller. No matter what your product is, there are always ways to best present your items. You want your produce such as lemons or flowers to look full, but some product it is best if you limit the amount on show. Vintage or handmade items such as earrings or bespoke clothing, appear more limited and unique if only a few are on show as people are more prone to be drawn to one off items. Use props such as bunting, market carts, flowers, vases and linen as a chic foundation to support your product. With an aesthetic backdrop, your product can pop and sell itself easier.
Our ‘go to’ prop: Market carts – available in various colours
As the days start to become longer, its the perfect time of year to refresh your styling. Without the inspiration of full peony blooms and bright seasonal flowers yet in season, this source of inspiration draws from the end of winter foliage of branches and grasses. Use feature vases and baskets to present your items in simplistic styling. Layer with heights such as books and depth with prints and different sized vessels. The trick with styling in the beginning of Spring is to think minimalism and not too cluttered. Tones of olive and sage green mixed with powder blue create an organic aesthetic. Add pops of latte and rust hues to your styling for subtle contrasts as the weather begins to warm. Olive trees and pallet furniture are simple ways to start a Spring styling backdrop.
Our ‘go to’ prop: Olive tree and pallet furniture
Dinner Party Delights
Open the doors, let the warm breeze float in and style a dinner party for your friends and family. Here at The Prop House, we take pride and joy in creating magical experiences from intimate cocktail parties to extravagant galas. We’re loving this muted palette of dusty rose pinks, fossil grey and natural birch. This styling technique is all about keeping it simple with your feature elements creating the main attraction through texture. Think chiffon fabrics with a ‘thrown around’ vibe, jute and woven surfaces, delicate foliage and intricate settings. With your stunning Spring styling, a mix of gourmet cheeses and a hint of rose, what’s not to love about the changing seasons!
Our ‘go to’ prop: Rattan lanterns, various glassware, lanterns and birdcages
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The world of retail is big and crowded. How does one stand out from the rest, develop lasting relationships with customers, sell their product and create a beautiful space all at the same time? From a creative perspective, we’ve put together our five top tips for retail success.
1. Create an experience in your shopping centre through memorable activations.
Allow visitors to play with and experience a product. From pop-up activations and champagne bars, to school holiday workshops and personal styling sessions, there are many ways to interact with your customers to create an engaging space with a point of difference.
Energize your precinct
Engage and evoke emotions and creating relationships. School holiday activations and workshops invite families to extend their stay in the centre as well as create repeat trips to your shopping precinct. Design a late night shopping experience with a glamorous pop-up bar for friends to catch up at, or lay down some vibrant green artificial turf for a secret garden themed space with pallet furniture and tepee tents. With zones brought to life, customers will be inclined to increase their dwell time. Unexpected areas such as workshop pop-ups with greenery and colour strike interest and evoke emotion of wanting to be included in the activation.
Disrupt, adapt, react and innovate. (WGSN)
Activate stagnant zones by encouraging involvement and inviting interaction with customers. Encourage retailers to become involved in activating a space by instructing a demo therefore leading to sales. Inspire people to photograph and share your space onto social media for advertising and publicity. Add some signage with a hashtag and watch it spread throughout social media.
2. Imaginative windows and themed displays
Innovative window displays are more memorable and the customer is more likely to return to the store due to unforgettable visuals. Create a dynamic display by adding backdrops and layering merchandise. Remember the space doesn’t need to be lived in, so if you are using a table, layer up items and angle them in ways that aren’t meant to be used (such as glasses stacked and tipped over). Drawers of dressers can be opened with items spilling out and cushions stacked for a layered effect. The balance of the display can be achieved through symmetry (or asymmetry) and colour. For example, light colors appear lighter in weight than dark colors or bright colors visually weigh more than neutral colors in the same areas. Balance is not achieved through an actual physical weighing process, but through visual judgment on the part of the observer.
Theme or Story
Draw customers into your store through vivid window displays that relate to your product through a unique theme or balanced display. Use props to intensify and boost your selling item, design and tell a story in the window to connect to customers. A starting point could be a season such as Autumn or Christmas. A theme will carry your ideas, either subtly with snowflakes, or create an Autumn-scape with leaves and crates. Tuck your product among your seasonally inspired props and wait for the customers to be drawn into your display.
Utilize lighting and keep it clean and fresh with no clutter but focus on the main elements you want to sell. Spotlighting can be very effective for one off pieces of merchandise at a higher price point. Ensure your window is well lit to show off detail in your items.
Keep your signage to a minimum with one key message, so people passing at speed can read your message in one glance without needing to stop and read. Too many signs can confuse a customer. You want to have one clear message indicating new stock, a sale or seasonal trends for example. Your signage might lead back into the theme or story you are telling the consumer.
3. Sell your brand – not your product
No matter how amazing your product is that you are selling, it is your brand that establishes a memory and creates a returning customer. With personalization, your company will sell the product through company values and morals. Meet your customer’s needs more effectively and efficiently. Make interactions faster and easier and increase customer satisfaction and the likelihood of repeat visits. Stores that require details on a purchase can custom create a profile for their customers to tailor purchases to their interests and guide shoppers to the best future purchases
Advertise through your store through events, window displays and through social media. Create intensives and loyalty programs. Maintain a theme and colour – design is your first immediate form of communication. Create a maintainable look for your store, whether it’s colour or minimalism , your store should be recognizable as your individual brand when a customer walks in.
4. Change with the seasons
Trends and fashion change every few weeks, and new jumpers and coats come arrive in store long before we feel the temperature change. It is important for your store to reflect the change of seasons through displays and visual merchandising.
Trends come and go, but your brand identity must remain. How do you stay true to your brand and current trends? Ensure your product is moving with the seasons, even before it is cold out, start people thinking about the cooler weather with window displays filled with coats and boots. People love changing their wardrobe and get in early with displays of the next season. Cosmetic brand? Think about how the weather impacts skin and market your hydrating products. Outdoor supplier? Instead of marketing swimwear and surfboards, focus your market onto land sports such as cycling and rock climbing.
Tweak daily, weekly and do a complete overhaul each month as stock starts to change. By changing your merchandising everyday and every week, people who walk past your store often will notice your attention to detail, the value you hold on making sure your products aren’t stagnant but you are aware of evolving to capture new eyes with various products.
5. Customers, Customers, Customers
Memorable customer service (the good kind).
With each visit to your retailer, you want your customers to leave feeling rejuvenated and valued. Take on board feedback and be willing to insert it into your company. Without change and growth is how companies become sterile. You need to work with your market, not against them. Think about up marketing to your customers in a caring way, to ensure you have their best interests at heart and you want them to leave the store knowing you have explored all options for them, even if they did not purchase, they will be more willing to try again next time.
Be aware of your market and who exactly you’re aiming to target. Is it teenagers, young professionals or families your product is for? Identify clearly who you are marketing to and tailor your marketing to them specifically. If your message is clear, your brand will have credibility by not hiding behind something it’s not.
Balance frequency and reach. Tap into your audience with a curated social media feed that reflects your product. This might also include inspirational images; with Instagram you have the freedom to include unrelated images as along as they match your colour scheme, message, brand identity and target audience. Don’t overwhelm your audience with constant feed, focus into your insights that are available and read when your audience is on your platform. Schedule your posts to match these times, be original and be creative. “If your brand is confident in who they are and what they stand for, your followers will have that same confidence and commitment to you.”
Planograms are “A schematic drawing or plan for displaying merchandise in a store so as to maximize sales.” Impact purchase behavior layout planning and product placement to increase sales, spontaneous purchases and focus on high traffic areas. As soon as your customer walks into your store, dictate their movements through a well planned store layout. If you want your customers to make it to the register, manipulate the store layout and the product to get them there.
Talk to us today to find out how we can integrate these ideas into your shopping precinct with our expertise!
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“Sometimes the most inspiring person you’ve ever known is the first person you’ve ever met”
Spoil mum this month in your shopping centre with a Personal Shopping Experience, Pop-up Champagne Bar or a deluxe Gift Wrapping Station. We also have endless ideas on how to dress your windows for Mother’s Day and celebrate in style.
Champagne for Mum
Create a late night shopping experience for the mothers out there with a glamorous pop-up champagne bar. Make it glow with hanging disco balls over head as they reflect the petals of a cherry blossom tree. Add some extra luxury with velvet furniture for mum to relax on as the family spends time hunting for the perfect gift. Keep it classy with marquee letters to catch the attention of passersby, LOVE or MUM are the perfect words to express admiration.
Decorate and design your windows for Mother’s Day with pretty pink flowers and love hearts. By choosing a colour, there are many ways to show love for all of the mums around us. Fill your windows with strawberry tones and use repetition to encourage present purchases. By filling your store windows with pink motifs, it is a reminder to shoppers that the occasion is coming up, your store front will stay in their mind and remind them to come back or go straight in as they know they will find a gift in-store.
A personal shopping experience or styling lounge is the perfect way to treat mum to a little luxury experience. If you don’t want to commit to a complete styling experience, create ‘luxury pods’ throughout your shopping centre. These pods might include some glamorous furniture, velvet finishes and enchanting lighting. Not only for mum, these lounging options provide some enticing seating throughout your centre which will be much loved by dads who might not love the shopping experience as much. A comfy seat will extend the time that customers stay in store and create happy shoppers everywhere.
So the kids and dad have picked the perfect present… What’s next? Help take the next pressure off by providing the perfect gift wrapping station. Not only will this act as a marketing strategy in your centre, it provides an extra customer service experience. Gift wrapping stations, although practical, are a way to encourage shoppers to return to your centre as you’re seen to provide ‘above and beyond’ services. Our custom made pallet bar provides a no-fuss set up with hidden storage. Take it to the next level with custom signage, olive trees or fiddle leaf figs either side. Place a stunning rug or artificial turf underfoot to create an identifiable ‘zone’ for customers.
To view more of our Mother’s Day visual merchandising, view our online gallery.
Contact us today to create Mother’s Day activations in your shopping centre, business or store front.
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