McCurry Marketing Idea Exchange Archives
Volume 101 -
March 3, 2005
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Idea #1- Underlying currents from PMA -
Attendance - Some observers remarked that the attendance was "down" - but a
closer look at the facts disclosed that Orlando as a location does not pull as
well as Las Vegas - it appears this show will beat the prior attendance from
Quality of Attendance - Most exhibitors felt they had a great show - most said
the number of people who came in their booth seemed down but the volume of
business written was up - the quality of the attendees was better than it had
New Products - While Canon showed a couple dozen new items there was really
nothing earth shattering from any of the manufacturers. That isn't to say you
didn't need to spend hours combing the trade show floor to stay current . . .
it's that the changes are incremental, not monumental. The most exciting news on
the camera front wasn't new cameras - although there were a few - but lower
prices. Digital SLRs with a retail around $800. Nobody was surprised
Building Revenues In The Shifting Digital World - While great debates are still
raging over the correct number of kiosks, the Australian contingent turned the
heads of the Yankee retailers. It is not uncommon for an Australian lab to have
6-12 kiosks . . . Their attitude is that the kiosk is much cheaper than hiring
more help, customers don't want to wait in a queue (line), and it allows
customers to spend more time (read spend more money). Kiosk convenience is still
being debated in the US . . . Mike Worswick (Wolfe's Camera, Topeka, KS) has 8
kiosks with chairs and some without chairs . . . He says those machines with
chairs get 50% higher order value than the stand up machines.
More Revenue Building: Great ideas were shared for new services and products to
drive sales - calendars, portraits, specialty gifts, custom framing, are being
added by many. On the more sophisticated side higher end labs are going to
Digital Asset Management (DAM) where they are the depository for customers'
images and can print/deliver on the spot.
What Goes Around, Comes Around: It's amusing to see smaller camera stores and
one hour labs are back doing wholesale work. The delivery and other costs have
run the larger wholesale labs out of business and the local retailer is now
offering services to those retailers cut off from the closed megalabs. To make
the delivery costs reasonable some labs are partnering with florists, druggists,
dry cleaners, anyone with route service to share the overhead. In most cases the
wholesale business is being done for a retailer that will also send customers
with more complex needs direct to the lab . . . so retailers are seeing
incremental revenue for the wholesale work plus a few additional customers at
retail due to referrals.
Dealer Attitudes: Generally most people were upbeat, recognizing that digital is
here to stay and there are opportunities . . . they aren't as visible, easy or
as turnkey as the one hour lab business was 25 years ago . . . . Opportunities
Idea #2 - That 5-second first impression really matters
Frank Ponder - Ponder Levy Properties - Los Angeles, CA
Here's a thought...
How many owners, managers, etc., walk through the front door of their stores and
look at them as a customer would? It's an interesting exercise that should be
practiced at least once a month if not more often. You should note the
Exterior appearance: How many signs are fighting for the customer's attention?
What is the main message you want to convey? Is that message out there, or is it
lost in the shuffle? You have about 5 seconds to get your message to the
consumer driving by or a few more for those walking by your store. Keep it
simple and succinct.
Cleanliness: First look when you enter the store. Is it clean? Are the displays
neat and clean? How much dust can you pick up on your fingers when you touch the
merchandise? Would you like to buy something that is full of dust? Why should I
have to wash my hands after I visit a store???????????
Personnel: Are your salespeople ready to help the customer when they enter the
store? There is a delicate balance between hovering over a customer and making
them feel comfortable. Which is yours? Is the customer bothering the store
personnel or do they genuinely welcome the customer?
These are just a few quick thoughts, but as you shop around at other stores
(preferably not in the camera business) make notes of what you find and what you
see. There are the good and the bad. Make notes of both, and try to incorporate
them into your procedure.
Idea #3 - Make full use of your digital processor's printing capabilities
Gary Grinaker - The Photo Express, Inc - Bismarck, ND - http://www.cleverlyhidden.com
Our digital lab is also a full-color printing machine. Using photographic paper
we create high-quality full-color handouts for less than the cost of toner on
our color copier. And a 4x8 is the perfect size for a letter insert.
And why would we ever outsource postcards or newspaper inserts when our digital
printer can make them for less.
We use Mitsubishi paper without watermark and turn off the backprint. Using
either a wax-thermal or fuser-toner printer we can add additional information to
the back. For mailings, we use mail-merge to add a message and address to the
back of our full-color postcards.
Using a Photoshop action, we create individual thank-you cards for our studio's
customers with their image on the front. That's a keepsake card the customer
cannot throw away
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