Customer Retention Strategies For Lighting Retailers

Dienstag, 19. Dezember 2023
Successful lighting retailers understand the importance of customer retention and know that their relationship with their customers doesn’t begin or end with a sale. Customer retention should be at the forefront of all that you do as a retailer, from the displays in your windows to the atmosphere you create in your store and your digital marketing strategy.
We’re taking a look at some customer retention strategies for lighting retailers and why customer retention is key.

Why Is Customer Retention Important?

emailCustomer retention is crucial because it directly correlates to customer satisfaction. Satisfied customers are infinitely more likely to return to you for future purchases. For lighting retailers, this is vital, as once a customer has purchased lighting for their home, they may not plan to make another purchase for several months or even years. When they do, you want your company to be at the forefront of their mind.

Customer retention also significantly reduces the amount of effort needed to continually reach new customers, which can make your business more efficient and reduce advertising costs. Acquiring new customers is widely recognised to be both more expensive and time-consuming than retaining an existing customer.

A well-thought-out retention strategy will ensure that your customers are aware of your brand and products and that they are satisfied not only with their purchase but also with their overall customer experience. This will encourage them to return to you for additional products or updates and to recommend you to family and friends.

Strategies for Customer Retention

Here are just some of the customer retention strategies that lighting retailers should utilise.

Understanding Your Customers

As a lighting retailer, you need to have an excellent understanding of your customers, including who they are and what they’re looking for. A good grasp of your customers’ demographics will help you tailor your customer experience to their expectations.

It’s no secret that most customers research retailers and products before making a purchase, so it’s important to understand what it is that your customers want to know before they make a purchase, so you can have that information readily available. Whether that’s customer reviews, opening hours, upcoming trends or buyer guides.

Visual Merchandising in Store

Visual merchandising is more important than ever in the digital era. Your lighting showroom needs to offer your customers a unique shopping experience that couldn’t be replicated online, to give them a reason to visit - and to stay long enough to make a purchase. This is where understanding your customers and having a grasp of their demographics can help, as it will allow you to tailor your lighting displays to their lifestyles.

Remember that visual merchandising is most impactful when it engages multiple senses and provokes emotion. Therefore your store shouldn’t only be visually pleasing with eye-catching displays, it also needs to involve other senses, such as touch and smell.

Displays work best when they feel personally relevant to a customer, for example, if bedroom lighting is showcased alongside furniture or décor that puts it in context. Don’t forget to switch up displays regularly, such as when a sale or season ends.

The Online Shopping Experience

Providing a smooth and intuitive experience for potential customers on your website is essential. This is true whether you’re an online-only lighting retailer or have a physical premises.

Many potential customers will make your website their first port of call before deciding whether to visit your store or make a purchase, so it needs to be designed with their needs in mind.

You don’t want to give your potential customers any excuse to click away from your website, so ensure that product pages and images load quickly and that all your links work as they should. Customers should be able to easily see which items are in stock, make an order or find answers to frequently asked questions about your opening hours or delivery times, for example.

Loyalty Schemes or Referral Rewards

Loyalty schemes or referral rewards are tried and tested strategies for retaining customers. You could offer customers additional benefits, freebies or discounts when they make a future purchase or when they refer a friend who goes on to make a purchase.

email marketing graphicEmail Marketing

Email marketing is an indispensable part of any customer retention strategy. However, for maximum benefit, this needs to be accurately tailored to the customer journey. For example, a customer who has just purchased a chandelier or floor lamp is unlikely to be in the market for another one immediately after. Therefore follow-up emails after their purchase should reflect this. Instead, you could offer advice on how to get the best out of their product, tips for styling their interior lighting or relevant information about lightbulbs, for example.

As part of your email marketing strategy, you should make previous customers aware of any sales, special offers or new products, but consider the frequency of these emails carefully to avoid customers feeling hounded and unsubscribing.

Replacement Bulb Subscription Service

After making a new lighting purchase, your customers will need replacement bulbs, and you could be the one to supply them. Why not consider sending out reminders to existing customers via email or offering a replacement bulb subscription service?

How Can Searchlight Help?

The first step to success as a retailer is ensuring that you stock only the highest-quality products that will appeal to your customers.

Searchlight Electric is a wholesale supplier of quality decorative lighting with a strong commitment to customer service and we’ve been supplying retailers since 1945. You can find our latest catalogues on our site, including our 2023-2024 catalogue.

Contact Searchlight Electric today for more information on our products or if you’re interested in us becoming your wholesale lighting supplier! You can also get in touch by calling 0161 203 3300. We look forward to hearing from you.