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Using Experiential Retail to Boost Customer Engagement, Sales and Foot Traffic

Generally, the term ‘experiential retail’ refers to a store in which ‘stuff’ happens in addition to selling, and shoppers do things besides just buying.   In a previous post, I explained it as, “an experience given freely by a retailer to create some type of value for their customer. It may be educational, technological, emotional,…

Retail Experiments

How to Create Magic Moments In-Store

Customer experience and journey mapping are all the rage at the moment. But how do we go about creating magic moments for customers in-store?   In my experience, the real force multiplier for brick and mortar stores comes from tapping into our own emotional and human needs – or what I like to refer to as…

5 Steps to create more in-store experience, experiential retailing, customer experience

5 Steps to Create More In-Store Experience

In-store Experience is BIG news these days When I started researching in-store experience many years ago, I set up a Google Alert for ‘experiential retailing‘ and ‘in-store experience’, those alerts have remained mostly silent until, well…this year really.   Now, it ‘sounds-off’ like my Facebook notifications, ALL-DAY-LONG.     Direction to Create More In-Store Experience But, while…

experiential retailing beats old metrics

How Retail Experience Eats Old Metrics for Breakfast

Another retail CEO pressured into a popularity contest of who’s more important, his shareholders or his customers?   In my opinion, retail experience eats old sales per square metre for breakfast and I’ll tell you why.   As a retailer and lover of the in-store experience, I know what it’s like to deal with ‘head…

Russel Howcroft

Inside Retail’s Festival of Ideas….reflections after day two

Well, tomorrow is the final day of Inside Retail – Festival of Ideas, and I must say it’s been two exciting days of learning, innovation and really inspiring speakers. As the founding director of Retail Rockstars, I have the privilege of working with some of the best thought leaders and entrepreneurs in Australia…which I must say…

5 Reasons Why Bricks-and-Mortar Can Win

As stories about the world’s first KitchenAid UK Experience store hits our feeds this week, I can’t help getting excited…but it also makes me chuckle a little. The retailer side of me would secretly love some state-of-the-art FBI surveillance software to monitor KitchenAid’s retail meetings. While I love their products, a small part of me would like…