multi-channel retail

7 Ways Retailers Can Support A Physical Store With An Online Presence [Slideshare]

Retailers whose business and products are more visible online attract more customers into their store. It’s not just about online sales.

88% of consumers who search for a type of local business on a mobile device call or go to that business within 24 hours.

How can retailers be visible online in ways that support physical retail? (more…)

Hamilton City retail

Why Hamilton Wants To Get More Local Products In Front Of More Digitally Connected Consumers

Storbie is passionate about people finding and buying local products and services. In our Shop Local article series, we talk to retailers, town centre managers and passionate people about what makes their local area unique and how they’re spreading the word within and beyond their community.

Taking Advantage of Purchasing Behaviour Trends To Encourage Shopping Locally

Consumers want to purchase locally-made goods and support local businesses, and they are doing more and more product research online and on-the-go before stepping in store to purchase. These are two trends that business associations can take advantage of in their marketing, says Sandy Turner, General Manager of the Hamilton Central Business Association (HCBA). Turner says digital channels are a vital way to get these products in front of consumers and influence buyer behaviour. She explains how HCBA’s marketing efforts combine digital and traditional methods and why the new Hamilton Central online marketplace website is a key part of the Hamilton digital strategy.

A common perception is that online is just a sales channel that detracts from brick-and-mortar sales, however research shows that digital interactions in fact have a huge influence on in store sales (called web-influenced sales) and buying behaviour. (more…)

The Future of Retail and How To Prepare: Business Collectives Are Trending

Business collectives (i.e. when competing or complementary businesses band together) are trending. A recent notable example is New Zealand craft breweries with Wellington brewers Yeastie Boys and Tuatara Breweries, Renaissance Brewing from Blenheim, 8 Wired Brewing Co from Warkworth and Three Boys Brewery from Christchurch recently forming the New Zealand Craft Beer Collective to help market their brands to Asia.

So what can retailers do to ensure they are ready to take advantage of this trend? (more…)

Storbie Featured In The NZ Herald: Online Shopping Transforming Commercial Property

Credit: Colin Taylor, NZ Herald

Storbie has been featured in an article which looks at how online shopping is changing the retail landscape, as retailers must evolve in order to service the ‘omni-shopper’. Storbie’s development of the Hamilton Central marketplace is a leading example in the evolution of retail which sees a merge between the physical and online worlds. (more…)

Storbie featured on Retail News: Online Presence Essential

Credit: Retail News

Retail News has shared Shane’s insights into why retailers need to build an online presence in order to support their physical stores. Shane explains that with easy-to-use online tools, retailers can focus efforts on increasing visibility and using smart marketing tactics to increase sales, online and offline. (more…)