Sales are the lifeblood of a business, without sales there would be no business in the first place; therefore it is very important that if a business wants to succeed, it should have a sales promotion strategy in mind. The primary objective of a sales promotion is to improve a company's sales by predicting and modifying your target customer's purchasing behavior and patterns. Sales promotion is very important as it not only helps to boost sales but it also helps a business to draw new customers while at the same time retaining older ones. There are a variety of sales promotional strategies that a business can use to increase their sales, however it is important that we first understand what a sales promotion strategy actually is and why it is so important. A sales promotion strategy is an activity that is designed to help boost the sales of a product or service. This can be done through an advertising campaign, public relation activities, a free sampling campaign, a free gift campaign, a trading stamps campaign, through demonstrations and exhibitions, through prize giving competitions, through temporary price cuts, and through door-to-door sales, telemarketing, personal sales letters, and emails. The importance of a sales promotion strategy cannot be underestimated. This is because a sales promotion strategy is important to a business boosting its sales.
When developing a sales promotion strategy for your business, it is important that you keep the following points in mind. * Consumer attitudes and buying patterns
* Your brand strategy
* Your competitive strategy
* Your advertising strategy
* And other external factors that can influence your products availability and pricing.
Sales Promotion Strategies
There are three types of sales promotion strategies:
* A push strategy
* A pull strategy or
* A combination of the two
A 'push' sales promotion strategy involves 'pushing' distributors and retailers to sell your products and services to the consumer by offering various kinds of promotions and personal selling efforts. What happens here is that a company promotes their product/services to a reseller who in turn promotes it to another reseller or to the consumer. The basic objective of this strategy is to persuade retailers, wholesalers and distributors to carry your brand, give it shelf space, promote it by advertising, and ultimately 'push' it forward to the consumer. Typical push sales promotion strategies include; buy-back guarantees, free trials, contests, discounts, and specialty advertising items.
A 'pull' sales promotion strategy focuses more on the consumer instead of the reseller or distributor. This strategy involves getting the consumer to 'pull' or purchase the product/services directly from the company itself. This strategy targets its marketing efforts directly on the consumers with the hope that it will stimulate interest and demand for the product. This pull strategy is often used when distributors are reluctant to carry or distribute a product. Typical pull sales promotion strategies include; samples, coupons, cash refunds or rebates, loyalty programs and rewards, contests, sweepstakes, games, and point-of-purchase displays.
A 'combination' sales promotion strategy is just that; it is a combination of a push and a pull strategy. It focuses both on the distributor as well as the consumers, targeting both parties directly. It offers consumer incentives side by side with dealer discounts.
Methods of sales promotion
Some of the most common methods used in sales promotion strategies include: * Coupons
* Price discounting
* Gift with purchase offers
* Mail in offers and rebates
* Refund and premium offers
* Group promotions
* Frequent user/loyalty incentives
* Point-of-sale displays
More often than not sales promotions agencies are small and more expertise and are somewhat...