These are just some areas to look at to ensure customers shop your store (or space!) for longer periods of time. And, it's important to keep them around for awhile. Studies show that it takes seven minutes for a buying decision to be made.
Your display is your first impression. The space a vendor has, IS their store for the duration of the show. The above questions and answers are not limited to an actual storefront!
There IS limited space. With that in mind, it MUST be used wisely and to its best advantage. The 3 and 5 foot rules really can't apply here, but there still needs to be a flow, a focal point, a display of usage and a friendly knowledgeable staff.
We all hope that our product can stand on its own, but our backdrops, shelving and displays help to "sell" our product.
Do you need to get out some paint and freshen things up? Moving those walls and fixtures from show to show does "tire out" your display pieces! It's unavoidable!
I never miss the Canadian Gift and Tableware Show! Held in Toronto twice a year (and only open to retailers...sorry, not the general public), I go to see the displays, the colours, talk to people OUT of my insulated world. Its good to get out and see what's going on!! Sometimes, I take someone with me, but usually I go alone, notebook in hand. I am always excited to see I am using the "new" colours already!!
Their displays are often (but not always) professionally put together, and in a space similar to ours in the shows we do. They too are competing for my eye to "be caught", and draw me in. The ones that do, require me to stand back and figure out why.
Often times, it is with encouragement that I am able to make a few sketches and notes. Who wouldn't love to hear how much you like their display?! Be sure to tell someone what you are doing and that you are not a competing giftware wholesaler! Honesty strikes up the BEST conversations! As well as a possible lead for YOUR product!
I have been shown how to assemble an interesting and original display! Just by striking up a conversation, you would be amazed at what you can learn!!
PS. Retail News is a free publication, that I will get you more information on. I loaned out my latest issue and can't seem to put my hands on an old one!