Have you ever walked into a store with so much merchandise displayed that you didn’t know where to look? Or the seasonal decorations were so overwhelming, that you had no idea if they had the product you were hoping to buy?
Recently I stopped in at a local novelty, home decorating type of store. This is the type of store that you expect to have lots of ‘stuff’, but I literally could not get a cart down most aisles. Maneuvering around the merchandise and holiday displays was similar to getting oneself through an obstacle course, and not something I had planned on that day. I abandoned my cart, picked up what I had come in for, and headed to the checkout. A few other things caught my eye, and had the conditions been more welcoming, that final tally at the checkout likely would have been a bit higher.
Mystery shoppers can not only shine the light on your customer service issues, many companies also use it to understand what works or doesn’t work about their store environment, including parking, odors, and more. What appears to be pretty or easy to an architect or planner, is not always the same to a customer.
Holiday decorations make everyone smile – to a point. Remember, the purposes of your displays are to get customers to purchase and to create interest in your service or product. If the amount of merchandise or information is too overwhelming, you may be losing valuable sales. So shine the lights on those items that are of most interest to your customer, but don’t make them trip over it!
Our thanks this month to guest blogger, Diane Sweeney. Diane has been with Market Viewpoint for 10 years and is currently VP of Operations with our firm. Diane has worked in marketing and human resources for all of her career. She also runs a nutrition consulting firm, Healthy Solutions. Her life-long love of writing now has a venue as she blogs for Market Viewpoint, her own website, and those of friends. The service industries and the health of the human spirit are topics close to her heart.