From AiThority: New Blis & WBR research reveals retailers are shifting marketing budgets back in-store

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Blis, the pioneer of privacy-first location-powered advertising, in collaboration with research company WBR, launches its latest CPG retailer research, revealing key trends in consumer shopping behaviors, as well as strategies retailers are adopting for a successful omnichannel future. The research took place in May 2021 and surveyed 100 North American retail leaders in the CPG sector across big box, retail pharmacies and grocery as part of Blis and WBR’s report, ‘Emerging omnichannel marketing strategies in the CPG industry’.

In positive news for brick and mortar retailers, when identifying any shifts in their marketing budget in the next 12 months, 36% of respondents said they’ll be looking to move budgets to in-store activity, followed by ecommerce (31%) and brand awareness (25%).

But when analyzing shopper behavior, 57% of the respondents cited that unsurprisingly during COVID-19, consumers were more focused on prices. Further, 59% of respondents saw a significant drop in brand loyalty among their customers. A separate analysis by Blis also found that while brand loyalty had decreased due to price, store loyalty had increased during the same period.

In the coming months, over half of those surveyed (52%) believe their customers will keep their shopping focused on value rather than specific brands. Meanwhile, 44% believe there will be more demand for the Buy-Online-Pick Up-In-Store (BOPIS) shopping model and 43% say there will be more demand for omnichannel or ‘channel agnostic’ customer experiences.

When looking at specific retail tactics that respondents have already adopted to boost consumer engagement, ‘click to cart’ shopping features (60%), contactless payment technology (58%) and location-based advertising for relevant offers (56%), were cited as the most popular.

Moving forward, when revealing what strategies retailers will be undertaking to bridge the online and in-store shopping experiences in the next 12 months, creating dedicated spaces for pickup and home delivery (54%), leveraging stores as edge warehouses for home delivery (48%) and location-based mobile promotions, discounts and advertising (41%), came out on top.

Gil Larsen, Managing Director of Blis US, commented: “It’s promising to see that as we emerge from the pandemic, retailers are pumping budgets back in-store. Ultimately, the next generation of retail shoppers are demanding an omnichannel experience that provides the same value and convenience regardless of which channels they use. And they expect retailers to accommodate their needs regardless of how they engage.

“Retailers who intend to capitalize on these omnichannel shopping habits must align their marketing strategies to build better experiences for these types of customers. With a heightened focus on cost, value and convenience, it’s never been more important to reach customers with value-add services, competitive prices, promotions and discounts.

“We already know from working with leading CPG brands and retailers that location-powered advertising can help brands capitalize on returning consumer mobility and help drive them back in-store.”

Blis and WBR’s report, ‘Emerging omnichannel marketing strategies in the CPG industry’ explores how consumer packaged goods retailers can adapt their marketing and operational strategies to meet the demands of tomorrow’s retail customers. The report provides industry benchmarking information, analyses of key trends in consumer shopping behaviors and suggestions on how to leverage omnichannel and digital channels to develop next-generation shopper experiences.

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