In-Store promotion, In-Store Purchase decision and In-Store Innovation
Innovation in In-Store Promotions: Effects on ConsumerPurchase Decision
With retail competition at an all-time high, todaya��s retailers must find new ways to attract consumers and inspirehigh levels of customer loyalty. Due to the scarcity of time and advancement in technological and strategicalinnovations, it becomes inevitable for the retailer to come up with various new ways of promoting the brands andtheir products in-store at the time of decision making. Innovative retail set up can create a truly differentiated in-store experience with fun, interactive tools that put a wealth of information at customersa�� fingertips during theright time of purchase decision. Retailers open in-store media (ISM) and allow manufacturers to advertise toshoppers. With an informative and easy-to-use retail experience, shoppers are empowered to access a widevariety of real-time product informationa�� including pricing, location, availability, helpful advice, targeted promotions and more a�� right in the aisle, without waiting for a store associate. This enhanced self-service givescustomers the best of both worlds a�� the instant information access in an internet-based online store and theirreplaceable tactile experience of shopping in the brick and mortar store. This research paper discusses onvarious in-store promotional strategies, new shopping solutions and how this in turn helps the customer to make purchase decision right in the retail store.
Differentiation in the retail store has never been more important than it is today. It is of great interest tounderstand in detail, what makes a customer purchase a particular product (product purchase decision) in retailstores. There are multiple factors which influence a customera��s decision besides the usual 4Ps (Product, Price,Place, and Promotion) e.g., brand appeal, store ambience, display etc particularly when the purchase isunplanned. For decades now, companies have been spending millions of dollars on advertisement and also tryingto understand the factors which drive customer to purchase a product. Among the 4Ps, the latest trend has beenin-store promotion.Retail industry has been booming every year in the past decade and has penetrated the third world countries in a big way. India’s retail market is to touch $820 billion by 2020 according to A C Nielson survey (2008). However the potential is enormous and it is also a booster for national economy. The profile of the retail sector is changingfrom the corner mom and pop stores to organized sector. This change is sure to make an impact on the buying behavior of the consumers. The growth in retails sector is sure to bring forth some opportunities for the manufacturers and retail chain owners. a�?Manufacturers need information on the effectiveness of in-store stimuliand the extent to which they influence consumer purchasing behavior for their brands. Retailers also need thisinformation to determine the effectiveness of these resources designed to stimulate additional sales and perhapsdifferentiating themselves from the competitorsa�? (Abratt and Goodey, 2010)In-store promotions greatly influence a storea��s operations and performance. The fewer in-store promotions are planned in any given year, the less accustomed the staff is to such events, which is a negative stressor that alsohas an impact on customer relations. Everyone is anxious about the success of the promotion. In addition, oftenthese special promotions are unbudgeted which adds additional pressure for staff to deliver the desired salesresults. In other words, the pressure for more sales is on, and as a result, less time can be spent with individualcustomers. On the other hand, in-store promotions are a great chance to turn a rather boring store into anentertaining event store, which will help to surprise customers and create curiosity in interesting and innovativenew products. In-store promotions are professionally executed marketing and branding events, which is whythey should be stress-free, great experiences for staffers and buyers alike. This research paper discusses onvarious in-store promotional strategies, new shopping solutions and how this in turn helps the customer to make purchase decision right in the retail store.Consumers have more shopping options than ever before a�� from mass merchandisers offering one-stop discountshopping to large and respected department stores, and the convenience of the 24*7 global online market place.The increase in shopping choices results in an increase in customer demands and expectations, potentiallyeroding customer loyalty instead, consumers are defining their own shopping path on a daily basis, based onindividual experience, product availability, customer service, convenience, value and price.
2. Review of Literature
Traditionally, customers were exposed to advertisement or promotions in a mass media and purchases were made based on it. Today most of the shopping decisions are made in-stores as the shop floor itself lure their customerson real time to take decisions on purchases. Popoi/Du Pont study came out with finding that 65% of all super market purchase decisions were made in-store with 50% of them being unplanned. From simple signage of retailers hoping to promote specials, in-store media has evolved into various incarnations including ads onshopping carts, cart straps, aisles and talking shelves, end-aisle displays, floor signage, kiosks, interactive flat panels, in-store audio and video transmissions (Kotler and Keller, 2009).In the competitive world we live in, it is important to stand out from the crowd and turn your retail location intodestination for consumers. Due to the upcoming trend in advertising and promotion industry there are variousoptions for alternative media now to innovate your promotional strategies in-store. Marketers have discovered adazzling array of a�?alternative mediaa�? as promotional tool (Kotler, Armstrong et al, 2011). Lempert (2005)asserted that in-store media can be easily tailored to current merchandising and promotional executions, whichcan be targeted to specific consumer groups through use of technologies, which identify them once in the store.a�?The ultimate agenda of in-store marketing strategies is to regulate the consumera��s state of mind, the manner inwhich consumer learn to experience, move around, use their eyes and perceive the nature of choicea�? (Dulsrudand Jacobsen, 2010). The previous literature has examined the impact of the use of in-store displays on consumer reactions to price and promotion (Bemmaor and Mouchoux 1991) as well as the effect of in-store displays andfeatures on consumer purchase behavior and brand choice (Papatla and Krishnamurthi 1996). These empiricali�?ndings indicate that in-store displays and features tend to increase product sales and impact the purchasingdecision of the customers.It has been observed in some studies that consumers who intend to do shopping in short notice, generally leantowards impulsive or compulsive buying behavior driven by arousal effect in the retail stores. Gender, age,leaning towards unplanned purchases, and tendency to buy products not on shopping list serve to predictcompulsive tendencies (Shoham and Brencic, 2003). However there are some common strategies adopted byretailers to overcome the problems of fickle consumers, price slashing competitors and mood swings in theeconomy. Such wishful thinking holds that sales promoters can thrive only if they communicate better withconsumers during pre-purchase situations and assist in product demonstrations involving consumers to help intheir purchase decisions (Berry, 2001). This is clear evidence of a need for good design and plan for in-store promotions.The influence over purchasing decisions previously exerted by sales clerks is absent in todaya��s shop floors wheredisplays, offers, promotions aid purchase decision on real time. The in-store environmental variables drivingimpulsive buying behavior include display of point of sale posters, exhibiting promoting discounts and cheaper prices while atmosphere engagement referring to enjoyment, elegance and attractiveness in conveyed by in-store point of sales posters. Such behavioral drivers may also be referred as in-store promotional effect andatmospheric effect (Zhou and Wong, 2004). However, some researchers to an extent have identified that in-storeadvertisement can do the magic, a�?It is evident that in-store advertising plays a crucial role in reinforcing a brandmessagea�? (Szczech, 2011).a�?Revolution is nothing without marketing strategy and marketing is nothing without advertising. For generationsnow companies have been spending anywhere big buck on super bowl ads and at least 11% budget towardsadvertisinga�? (Pierre, 2011) , but is it worth? Are they able to get the ROI (return on investment)? On one side if we are talking about importance on advertising on other side, Ward Hanson has this to say a�?Really high spendingon advertising sales is an admission of failure. Ia��d much prefer to see investments in loyalty leading to better repeat purchases than millions spent for a Super Bowl ada�? (Hanson, 2000). As, the type of relationship thatcustomers possess with the point of sales promotions offered by retail stores in largely based on loyalty levels(Rajagopal, 2008) . A recent global study, a�?Shopper Decisions Made In-Storea�?, by the Ogilvy Group was basedon more than 14,000 shopper interviews conducted in 700 retail outlets across 24 markets worldwide spanningfive retail channels across six product categories. The study found that nearly three of ten shoppers around theworld wait until they are inside the store to decide which brand they will buy (Cooke, 2008).a�?In the latest effort of retailers, many of the in-store target advertising efforts are still in the early stages of developmenta�? (Steel, 2008). This is supportive statement for the proposed research that there is lot of advancement in terms of in-store advertisement which has to be explored.a�?In-store, retailers rely on personal selling techniques to make money. The salesperson has direct contact with acustomer and can gauge a reaction, tailor a pitch or strike up a dialog to better understand the customer’s needsa�?(Waters, 2011). Today marketers are in different era talking about the need of advance technologies like Radio-frequency Identification (RFID) which can still create a better customer interaction and make In-store a better place to advertise. Proponents say in-store marketing creates a lively atmosphere and enriches the shopping experience.
a�?In-store or point of purchase (POP), advertising helps trigger memory recall, effectively introduces new products, promotes sale items and educates consumersa�? (Szczech, 2011). What is more important is to check, isthe effectiveness of advertising, otherwise which, there will be no control on their expenditures and return of investment. Currently, talking about the same, retail industry in developing world has caught the worlda��simagination in the last few years. With Asia topping the list of most attractive retail destination for three years ina row, it had retail giants like Wal-Mart, Carrefour and Tesco sizing up potential partners and waiting to enter thefray (A T Kearney’s Global Retail Development Index (GRDI), 2008). This clearly says that there is need for a proper advertising channel and thorough study in this regard is necessary. Several customers usually enter storewith a plan to purchase a particular brand, but in-store advertisement might also help such people to becomea�?inclined usera�� from a a�?committed usera��. The study is significant because being aware of the effectiveness of in-store media could lead to more acceptance and applications by retailers. Moreover, being aware of in-store medialimitations could bring about more realistic expectations about its capabilities. Consequently, manufacturing andretail managers should realize the need to achieve synergy and integration of traditional media and in-store media in their organizations.
3. Modern In-Store Advertising Methods
There are different types of advertising techniques that are available for promoting products and services in-store. However, here are some of the latest trends in advertising that are gaining popularity. Zhou and Wong(2004) categorised the in-store shopping environment into two separate effects of in-store point-of-purchase(POP) posters on shoppersa�� impulse behaviour in a supermarket setting. The first is the
promotional effect ,which includes such stimuli as promotional discounts (coupons, multiple-item discounts and gifts) and cheaper prices. The second was termed the
atmospheric engagement effect (enjoyment and attractiveness) conveyed bythe POP posters.
3.1 Using In-Store Advertising and Brand Reinforcement through promotional effect
People are now looking for new types of advertising appeals that they can target. Many of the new-ageadvertising methods are a result of the advent of the internet, while some of the trends are just novel ideas thathave transformed mundane advertising media into brilliant and witty advertising methods! Internet advertising isa vast concept and it entails several sub-types, many of which have been only recently introduced.Let’s take a look at some of the modern advertising methods.In-store video advertising offers new opportunities for retailers to promote products and generate new revenue treams from consumer-goods supplier partners. Independent studies show that 75% of all brand decisions are agencies and producers; suppliers of POP (point of purchase) advertising displays retail marketing has come to play a crucial role in the overall Marketing mix (Retail marketing-Who makes in happen?, 2006). This strategicmedium builds brands and stimulates impulse purchases, as well as the point of purchase signage and in-storemedia educated and draws attention to consumers about a producta��s features (The Retail Marketing Industry,2006). In-store impact can according to Kessler (2004) be used to maximise the effectiveness of thecommunicated message through the implementation of display and merchandising in the marketing mix. Thefigure 1 displays four types of POPs based on the inclusion of mystery in the message.
3.1.1 Centrally Managing Digital Signage for Significant Savings
Retailers spend millions of dollars annually on designing, printing, distributing, and monitoring in-store signage.Unfortunately, this major expenditure does not guarantee that signage will be consistent, up-to date, and properlydisplayed across all store sites. With digital signage solutions, the expense of sign production, store audits,maintenance, and lost sales revenues is eliminated. Signage can be centrally managed, with sign texts sentdirectly from headquarters to a variety of electronic devices at each site. Controlled signage provides customerswith completely consistent product data, pricing, discounts, and other promotions in real time to maximize salesat a lower cost across the enterprise. Digital Signage influences cognition, which then influences emotions. It hasa significant, positive, total effect on approach behaviours, mediated by positive effect on the perception of mallenvironment (Dennis et al, 2010).
3.1.2 Increasing Sales with Consumer-Relevant Information
Retailers can reach out to customers and build awareness by providing more personalized, media-richinformation throughout the buying process. Characterising information sharing requires consideration of thelocations of information and decision rights (Jensen and Meckling, 1992). Information sharing brings therelevant information system from the location of information to the decision makers. A decision right shows theauthority for making particular decisions. Todaya��s stores are showing broadcasts that help consumers learn abouthow a product is made, or how to install a stereo system, operate a digital camera, or build a deck. This alsoincreases conversion rates on cross and up-sell opportunities. Broadcasts can be centrally changed according tothe time of day, the season, sales periods, and other factors. Drawn into these dynamic displays, customers learnmore about products quickly, allowing stores to use their network to increase sales and support brand messaging.
3.1.3 Interactive Customer Communication Channels
This new technology has now for some time found a warm welcome in modern approaches to customer relationship management. Free trial periods and small gifts from the merchant to a consumer might encouragecustomer interaction and these interactions might increase consumer trust. These various methods are referred totogether as customer facing technologies (Jarvenpa, et al, 2006). Media technology is able not only to supportmarketing efforts at the POS (point of sale), but also to open up new business areas for retailers and thereby leadthem to new customer groups. Customers want a store to retain and use relevant information so that they do notneed to start again with each transaction/ purchase.
3.1.4 Maximizing Information Kiosks for Internal and External Use
Gagnon (2006) says that customers are often frustrated with disconnected or interrupted shopping experienceswhere information is not readily available to enable them to easily complete their transactions, where Kiosk canhelp. An increasing number of retailers are differentiating themselves by offering internet-based interactivekiosks in stores to help customers make better buying decisions and to provide access to e-commerce sites. Self-service implementations in a retail environment have primarily consisted of informational wall-mounted kiosksor kiosk stations, as well as self-service checkout stands. With informational kiosks distributed throughout thesales floor, shoppers can get on-the-spot answers to questions as well as other helpful information. For example,a scan of an item can return the price, while guided menus can help locate a particular product a�� all without theassistance of a store associate.
3.1.5 Product and Price comparing tools
Every customer is eager to know if the product they are intending to buy is the best in terms of quality, which isin fact better than competitors and also in terms of price. Armstrong and Chen (2009) analyse price and qualitycompetition in oligopoly. In their model, like in the current one, a high-quality is associated with high prices anda low-quality with lower prices. Due is severe competition and EOS (economies of scale), retailers are able to provide high quality products at a reasonable and affordable price. This on the spot price and product comparingtool will help retailers prove themselves as the best choice for the customer, proving them real-time.
3.1.6 POP Display
Retail Marketing is a rich industry now, and its importance is steadily growing since new demands on storelayout and design in rising (The Retail Marketing Industry, 2006), and for retailers, brand marketers, their ad agencies and producers; suppliers of POP (point of purchase) advertising displays retail marketing has come to play a crucial role in the overall Marketing mix (Retail marketing-Who makes in happen?, 2006). This strategicmedium builds brands and stimulates impulse purchases, as well as the point of purchase signage and in-storemedia educated and draws attention to consumers about a producta��s features (The Retail Marketing Industry,2006). In-store impact can according to Kessler (2004) be used to maximise the effectiveness of thecommunicated message through the implementation of display and merchandising in the marketing mix. Thefigure 1 displays four types of POPs based on the inclusion of mystery in the message.
3.1.7 Store planning and Layout
Store layout and visual merchandising are factors that contribute to the uniqueness of a store. The exterior andinterior of a store convey several messages about the store to the consumers. Managing space is the first andforemost concern of almost every retailer, when it comes to designing the store’s interior. Space is always anexpensive and scarce resource. Retailers always try to maximize the return on sales per square foot. Planning alayout for the store’s interior is the first step in designing the store’s interior.The store should be designed in such a way that the customer can take view of all section once he starts the journey into the store. These are the various basic store layouts and circulation plans that all provide a differentexperience as proposed by Barr and Broudy (1990).a. Straight plan: this plan divides transitional areas from one part of the store to the other by using walls todisplay merchandise. It also leads the consumer to the back of the store. This design can be used for a variety of stores ranging from pharmacies to apparel. b. Pathway Plan: is most suitable for large stores that are single level. In this plan there is a path that isunobstructed by shop fixtures, this smoothly guides the consumer through to the back of the store. This is wellsuited for apparel department stores, as the clothes will be easily accessible.c. Diagonal Plan: uses perimeter design which cause angular traffic flow. The cashier is in a centrallocation and easily accessible. This plan is most suited for self-service retail.d. Curved Plan: aims to create an intimate environment that is inviting. In this plan there is an emphasis onthe structure of the space including the walls, corners and ceiling this is achieved by making the structure curvedand is enhance by circular floor fixtures. Although this is a more expensive layout it is more suited to smaller spaces like salons and boutiques.e. Varied Plan: in this plan attention is drawn to special focus areas, as well as having storage areas thatline the wall. This is best suited footwear and jewellery retail stores.f. Geometric Plan: uses the racks and the retail floor fixtures to create a geometric floor plan andcirculation movement. By lowering parts of the ceiling certain areas can create defined retail spaces. This is wellsuited for appeal stores.
3.1.8 Audio, Video broadcasts
Retail marketers’ understanding of radio and television advertising campaigns’ impact on retail store visits would be a major breakthrough in evaluating return on media investment (Fitzgerald, 2004). The need to reduce displayclutter has opened possibilities to other in-store media options such as audio and video transmissions. The audiovideo effect was studied and proved by Arbitron retail media study on the consumera��s purchase decisions as cited by Williams (2005). It also compared audio and video effect which revealed that video displays video displaysgenerated higher awareness rate than audio (33% vs. 18%) and slightly higher effectiveness in making anunplanned purchase (9.6% vs. 6.5%). This shows that shoppers tend to be more engaged to the visual rather thanthe audio medium. Further technological inventions like usage of Plasma TV, LCD are less space consuming andmore informative in nature.
3.1.9 In-store coupons and sampling
The in-store factors of an economic nature such as price and coupons were more likely to influence impulsive buying than those with an atmospheric engagement effect like background music and scent (Tendai and Crispen,2009).In-store coupons can be referred to as a�?surprisea�� coupons and described them as unanticipated couponsencountered while in the shop and that are intended to be used for that particular shopping trip. Windfall or unanticipated gains are spent more readily than gains that were anticipated according to Heilman et al. (2002).This tends to violate the fundamental economic assumption which posits that funds are fungible – that the sourceof money should make no difference in its consumption. Who would not love a free sample of any product in a
retail store? Catching the attention of the customer in-store through sampling is a real time proved technique.Lawson et.al (1990) says the benefit of in-store sampling increases product awareness. This is achieved bymaking the product more visible and appealing to shoppers, whether they actually try the product or not.
3.1.10 Packaging in itself
As important is decorating the store to attract the customer, more important is to decorate the product, which is possible through soulful colours and eye-catchy packaging. The in-store designing and packaging goes hand-in-hand. In retail store design, as in package design, colour is used to attract or draw the customer and customera��sattention. Advertisers have long been concerned with designing eye-catchy packages (Margulies, 1970).Shoppers aged 35-44 are influenced by many in-store media options including product packaging, check-out lineadvertising, and outside store ads. Finally, shoppers 25-44 are most driven to spontaneous, unplanned sales byshelf signs (Lempert, 2005). Hence to arrive at an idea about having beautified packaging in-store attractsattention and helps in purchase decision.
3.2 Factors with an atmospheric, entertaining and experiential effect Background music
Music is capable of evoking complex affective and behavioral responses in consumers, according to North andHargreaves (1998), as cited by Mattila and Wirtz (2001). Music may impact on both how long consumers spendin a shop and also on how much they buy. In a study shoppers in the first study spent more time and money in aslow music tempo retail environment and in the second study, customers in a slow music condition took moretime to eat their meals compared to those in the fast-music condition (Mattila and Wirtz, 2001).
3.2.1 Background music
Music is capable of evoking complex affective and behavioral responses in consumers, according to North andHargreaves (1998), as cited by Mattila and Wirtz (2001). Music may impact on both how long consumers spendin a shop and also on how much they buy. In a study shoppers in the first study spent more time and money in aslow music tempo retail environment and in the second study, customers in a slow music condition took moretime to eat their meals compared to those in the fast-music condition (Mattila and Wirtz, 2001)
3.2.2 In-store displays
The most important aspect of successful in-store displays is for retailers to understand their customers and their habits according to Terrazas (2006). Strategic displays can then be devised that help to increase sales especiallythrough unplanned purchases by consumers. One strategy may be to identify the commonality of goods bought by list-buyers and then attractively display complementary products next to these common products. Displayingthe most popular products purchased by your clients in the back of the store could be another strategy – thisforces the client to walk past and be confronted by as many other items first. It is also common practice toseparate popular items (strategic display). Bread and milk, for instance, will most likely be displayed at the 2most opposite ends of the store which will force the consumer past a host of products encouraging impulsive buying en route to the other essential product (Terrazas, 2006). Shopping trolleys designed to accommodate kidsrequire strategic trolley height displays that will catch the childrena��s attention because children play a big role inshopping trends (Terrazas, 2006).
3.2.3 Sales people
Consumers tend to enjoy a shopping experience with supportive and friendly shop assistants. Salespeople canreally make the shopping experience fun and enjoyable by providing extraordinary service. Consumers enjoyshopping more without the presence of an overbearing salesperson although they do, however, appreciate when asalesperson is nearby and helpful (Jones, 1999).
3.2.4 Shop congestion/crowding/shop density
Crowding is generally perceived as an unpleasant experience in shopping situations (Bateson and Hui, 1987) ascited by Michon et al. (2005). Consumers adjust to higher retail densities by reducing shopping time, deviatingfrom their shopping plans, buying less to enter express checkout lanes, postponing purchases, relying more onshopping lists, reducing interpersonal communications and refraining from exploratory behaviours (Michon etal., 2005). All these behaviours make the consumer towards impulsive buying and create a soothing purchasingenvironment.
4. Effective Advertising Techniques used in In store Advertisements
Advertising techniques can be of many kinds. All creative advertisers use some of the following effectiveadvertising technique and tricks to grab the potential consumera��s attention and turn it to sales. It is verychallenging when it comes to in-store advertisements.
4.1 Arouse Curiosity
Nothing works better than this technique. Human, by nature are always drawn towards the unknown or in thiscase something new and advanced. Research in advertising and atmospherics has suggested that advertisingvariables arouse emotional responses that may be leading to a purchase (Sheth, 1991). Arousing curiosity withwords, prints, images or visuals will definitely make an impact. On an average, an individual spends less than seconds to go through an entire ad. If your subject does not arouse curiosity immediately, it is a lost opportunity.A well-crafted in store advertisement should be eye-catching, and difficult to ignore.
4.2 Promise a benefit
Most brands are associated with some pre-defined character, and they need to be reemphasized with every newservice advertised in store. The headline must promise a benefit for the consumer, because in most instances it isthe headline that sells the product more than the copy, images or the celebrity. In store advertisements shouldalso carry general information about the service center address, phone numbers, credit cards that the businessaccepts, and the name of a person to ask for when calling for more information.
4.3 Emotional Appeal
Many advertisers attract attention by pulling at the heart strings and triggering emotions. An emotional responseis by far the most powerful reason for making decisions. Emotional and rational thoughts are interdependent, asthe ability to decide rationally is determined by issues that drive the emotions. We get more attracted to productsand services that make us feel good and safe. The concepts of emotional appeal are the best seen in-store madeworld over, and also companies that associate their sales with social up-liftment causes.
In most houses, children have a say in every big or small purchase made. Most parents just give in to thetantrums, a fact well-known to the advertisers. Most of the advertisements in-store has children featured in themwho are generally a little more perfect than the target audience. These perfect children then go on to becomerole-models that have to emulated by other children, which helps the retailers indirectly to increase the visibilitythrough word of mouth and help in sales.
4.5 Celebrity Endorsement
A celebrity’s larger-than-life image, whether downright weird or righteous, strikes a chord with people of allages. In store advertisers understand this appeal and use celebrity status and image to convince consumers thattheir products are worth purchasing. Besides celebrities that have international and national fame andrecognition, many local advertisements use local, but popular celebrities in their ads. While choosing a celebrityto endorse your in-store products and services, it is imperative to ensure that their image and character matchesthe brand advertised. In India advertisers pour millions of rupees every year into celebrity advertising, Khatri,(2006). Celebrity endorsers can create more positive responses towards advertising and great purchase intentionsthan non-celebrity endorser (Byrne et al, 2003).
4.6 Consumer Intelligence
As a rule, never underestimate or insult the consumer’s intelligence. Most ads exaggerate, however, the benefitsand basic information of the product and service should be well presented. A consumer who is interested willalways check the market before making a decision. Irrelevant and over-the-top exaggerated information willdefinitely turn off the potential consumer. No one really believes in words like the greatest, unbelievable or once-in-a lifetime-fantastic offer specially offered in in-store ads. Another thing to bear in mind is that, while certain products cater to general masses, some are only meant for limited market. Therefore, it’s important to appeal to basic sense and culture of different markets while creating ads.
Advertising is all about the way information about products and services is presented. An in-store sales promotion is another vital way to advertise. Sales promotions are double purposed because they are used togather information about what type of customers you draw in and where they are, and to jumpstart sales. In-storesales promotions include things like contests and games, sweepstakes, product giveaways, samples coupons,loyalty programs, and discounts have proved to enhance the purchase decisions. The ultimate goal of sales promotions is to stimulate potential customers to actual sales. As we can see, the field of advertising has evolvedand reached the masses in ways that were perceived to be unimaginable a decade ago. Thanks to developmentsand innovations in the field of technology, advertising is now present almost in every form we can imagine and in-store advertisements have made an unmatched difference to the Retail industry and has helped boost sales tohit huge profits with less expenditure.
Source: European Journal of Business and Management 2012