Category: "window dressing"

Pre Christmas Fragrance promotion

Recently we have run a pre Christmas fragrance promotion:

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For further tips and advice on any Christmas promotions or window dressing, please contact VM Design.

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Picking the Visual Merchandising consultants

As the visual merchandising consultants, our main aim is to convert people interested in window-shopping into actual paying customers who are willing to spend their money at your store. Needless to say, this drives the sales growth, and the increased sales growth translates into improved revenues and profits for the business.

However, finding the right visual merchandiser for your shop is vital. Understanding your business, your requirements, your budget and constraints is as important as the general visual merchandising knowledge and experience. This is why finding the best visual merchandising consultant is not easy because you need to know what to look for and you need to be willing to carry out a thorough research. A lot of shop owners and managers wonder what they should be looking for when they are hiring a visual merchandising consultant.

At VM Design, we have years of experience in the visual merchandising and window dressing area. We have also been working with a wide range of projects; all the way from chain stores to small boutique shops. You can review some of our previous projects here at our visual merchandising portfolio page. We can also provide details of other projects in our vast portfolio if you so wish.

If you would like to speak to our other customers, we can also put you in touch with other retails owners who we have worked with so that you can get their objective feedback on our services.

We can provide an honest appraisal of your store in its current state and discuss how we can help you improve it.

We have worked across the country have even been providing tailor made visual merchandising training.

Remember finding the right visual merchandising company is important and they need to be right for you. At VM Design, we are confident that we can work with you in transforming your shop.

So, if you are looking for a long-term partner who understands your business and your requirements, please contact us at VM Design.

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Increasing budgets for Window Dressing

Nobody in the retail trade doubts that the visual merchandising tool can make a great impression. However, how much money to spend on the visual merchandising is a frequently asked question.

There are a lot of lessons to learn from the bigger players in the game as these companies have much bigger data to call upon and they have been experimenting with it for decades. One of these key leanings has to be about the visual merchandising and window dressing budgets.

From small boutique shops to nationwide chain stores, the budgets for visual merchandising and window dressing are “one of the best-kept secrets”. However, recent studies amongst the big retailers indicate a clear trend of increasing visual merchandising and window dressing budgets despite the recent financial pressures on the retail trade.

The window dressing budget accounts for approximately 2% of the overall marketing costs for the business that took part in the surveys. At the top end, the department stores, expectedly, spend significantly more than 2% of their marketing budget on window dressing.

Interestingly, though, the chain stores apportion slightly less than 2% of their marketing budget in the window dressing. The data suggest that this is because they spend more on their in-store presentations.

On the other end of the scale, the smaller retailers do not seem to have a fixed budget for window dressing.

Using just a fraction of the total marketing budget, the smaller retailers can have a powerful effect at a relatively low cost.

To discuss your visual merchandising and window dressing strategy, please contact VM design. We are a visual merchandising company that takes pride in providing the best service to our long-term clients.

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Visual Merchandising Tips

If carried out properly, visual merchandising can really do more to sell your products compared to pages of written ads. And, it can be done in a relatively low-cost way as well.

Basics

Visual merchandising encompasses everything that your potential customers see at your shop, both outside and inside; including everything to do with your landscaping, signs, displays as well as the decor.

Visual merchandising starts outside your shop; before your customers even walk into it. Think about what impression the store gives to the passers-by. The outside of your shop needs to communicate an idea of the types of merchandise you sell, and you want to this image to make the shoppers to stop and take notice. It is always a good idea to use colours outside the store that complement the colours you use inside. Your exterior signs and landscaping should all express the image you would like to get across to customers.

Impulse Buy

Visual merchandising can be a great tool to increase your customers’ impulse purchases as well. An attractive retail window display can tempt the passers-by into the shop. Grouping like items together, such as Valentines cards and chocolates, can encourage customers to buy both items. Displaying small, inexpensive items near the cash register will encourage customers to browse while they are waiting to pay, and they might decide to add a last-minute purchase.

Reinforce Other Marketing and Advertising

Your visual merchandising should support your other advertising activities. If you advertise a special discount, post signs on the door and just inside to remind customers of the sale and direct them to the sales rack or a special display of sale items.

If you require further professional advice on visual merchandising and shop window dressing, please get in touch with us. Please also review our visual merchandising portfolio as well.

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Window Dressing Ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day has always been a lucrative time for shop owners. With millions of mothers around the country everyone wants to buy gifts for his/her mother. It is therefore an opportunity for retailers to make the most of this period. However, it can also be a challenge to beat the competition as well. The good news is that you can stand out from the crowd by dressing your window display. In so doing you will be able to get the most out of this special day. Here are a few ideas for window dressing for Mother’s Day.

Dressing based on your product selection 

You plan to sell more items with your display, so determine what your target customers are and what you are selling. Display products from your store and set the right price. Make sure the product will appeal to your target audience. It is not always a good idea to display many products.

Add some humour 

People often like visual pranks or clever jokes, so be sure to add a little humour to your window dressing. This is usually used during special events like Christmas Day to lure children and parents. However one can also use this trick during Mother’s Day.

Attention grabbing 

The purpose of window dressing is to attract consumer’s attention. Any passer-by will be able to see the types of items you sell at your shop. So it makes sense to showcase what captures their attention. If you can do this effectively, then the chances of making lots of sales are much greater.  Highlight discounts and offers that are available as this will also play a role in attracting the general public to your store.

Colours and Lighting 

The display should be vibrant and bright as possible and for this reason the correct use of lighting and also bright colours is key. This can really make a difference to the sales that you will make. No one wants to pass by a shop only to meet with dark lighting and very boring colours. Make sure therefore your window dressing grabs attention with beautiful colour appeal.

Above all make sure your window dressing design is unique and original. Never use ideas you’ve seen  in competitors windows without modifying them. In the end, your window display should be eye-catching, creative, unique and vibrant.

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8 Visual Merchandising Tips

Are you running a small retail business? Do you find yourself wondering how to attract more customers through the door but don’t know how to? Are you getting stressed that you have heard of the visual merchandising concept but don’t know how to implement it effectively?

Then stress no more! The article below will provide you with some tips from VM Design visual merchandising experts.

Even at the best of times, it is very easy to use “discounting” to attract more shoppers instead of improving the customers shopping experience. Small retail outlets often neglect visual merchandising especially when the shop owner has to look after every aspect of the business every day from purchasing to account-keeping from recruitment to training and cleaning. The lack of visual merchandising knowledge then truly ensures that it is always at the bottom of the to-do list.

Here are 8 tips to help you guide through the basics of visual merchandising:

  1. Have a plan
  2. Think like a designer
  3. Tell a compelling story in your window. Choose your story, colours and layout carefully.
  4. De-clutter your shop
  5. Keep your shop neat and tidy
  6. Enhance the ambiance through scents, music and lighting
  7. Keep an eye on what the competition is doing
  8. Don’t be afraid of trying new ideas

If you would like some help and advice to get you started on your journey we are happy to provide a tailor-made visual merchandising training session for you and for your staff.

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Window Dressing for Retail Stores

Nowadays retailers are under a lot of pressure to grab shoppers attention as well as encouraging them to buy their products and services. In addition shop owners also aim to promote their brand and the season’s trends too.

As a result shop windows are like billboards for their products and services. It is a well known fact that retail window displays can be very influential in enticing a potential customer to enter a shop or to walk on by. Yet very frequently owners and managers of small shops create windows that can be perceived as cluttered, boring, or poorly lit.

If you are looking for a creative method to transform your shops image with an immediate impact on the consumer, then it is important to create unusual and attention grabbing window displays that will increase consumer interest and result in sales.

The challenge that stores have is to present their merchandise every season in an imaginative way whilst keeping the production costs to a minimum.

There are so many ways you can decorate your shop front from window stickers and props to large format graphics and lighting. Sounds expensive? Transforming your window display doesn’t need expensive materials. Here are some ideas to keep in mind while you are planning your next window display:

  1. Tell a story
  2. Think in visual planes
  3. Surprise customers
  4. Use bold shapes and colours
  5. Keep it clean
  6. Update your displays
  7. Use lighting to stand out

If however you need some expert help with the design and implementation of the project or indeed require some training from the experts, please contact VM Design. We can help you find the most innovative solution for your window displays at reasonable prices. We have years of experience to guide you through the design and implementation of the whole project.

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Showcase displays

showcase displayWe installed some showcase displays today using an assortment of iPods, portable speakers, headphones, binoculars, Kindles, cameras and relevant accessories.

The showcases in question are particularly difficult to dress as they can be viewed from the front and back and therefore the merchandise groups have to be double sided.

We built up the merchandise into triangular groups fixing where needed with BluTac to prevent any of the merchandise falling over. Three showcases were completed using this merchandise selection. No props were added as they would have cluttered the display and confused the customers eye.

retail showcase display

We built up the merchandise into triangular groups fixing where needed with BluTac to prevent any of the merchandise falling over. Three showcases were completed using this merchandise selection. No props were added as they would have cluttered the display and confused the customers eye.

A similar group of displays were also installed using fragrance gift sets.

Versace, Givenchy and Molton Brown sets were selected by the client to be featured.

 

display for showcaseWhen displaying fragrance gift sets such as these don’t be afraid to remove the contents and display them in a tight group in front of the gift set box.

Most gift sets are shown with the lid removed. The closed box can be a very attractive background to the merchandise especially at Christmas time when brands redesign their packaging to attract customers. Again – no props were required.

For further advice on showcase displays and other visual merchandising services, please contact VM Design.

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Retail Display Consultancy

The customer’s shopping experience is impacted by many factors. Shop’s windows, layout, visuals, product and service all influence why we buy.

At VM Design, we work with you to determine what approach will have the greatest impact for your business. We provide different types of visual merchandising services to help your business meet and surpass your customers’ expectations. We will also inspire your teams to deliver consistently attractive looking shopping experience.

Psychology plays a big part in window merchandising so, before we start a design, we plan working out a profile of the target customers.  Needless t say, the target customer profile does vary a lot for different types of shop. We always aim to get five seconds of your potential consumer’s time, so your design and the brand identity has to be spot-on.

At VM Design, our visual merchandising skills will help create

  • outstanding store layouts,
  • the most eye catching shop windows,
  • visual theatre that enhances your potential customers’ buying impulses from the minute they walk past.

This includes designing and creating the best interior layouts and window displays and ensuring the visual style maximises sales.

We also provide training courses to give you the knowledge and skills to carry out the necessary visual merchandising tasks yourself within the retail sector.

Our training can be tailored to cover any specific activity you may wish to cover – from installing a window display and taking it down, to making props from different materials, such as foam and polystyrene. It is fascinating experimenting with different materials to see what works and what does not. It can also be enlightening to step into a visual merchandiser’s shoes and to look at some of the tasks view a different set of spectacles.

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Preloved ladies wear shop

Mediterranean shop window

 

 

Pre-loved or pre-owned fashion shops are springing up all over the place at the moment. We recycle our rubbish so why not recycle our clothes.

We were given a brief to install a window   with a Mediterranean theme.

Mediterranean blue shutters were installed in the window together with a wooden slatted table and 2 chairs. To bring some further colour to the window we arranged some coloured glassware on the table, wine bottles together with some lovely green apples and vibrant lemons.

shop window dressingThe client wanted to be able to change the outfits in the window easily and with little disruption to the display. White wooden coat hangers were fixed in three different positions suspended from the ceiling with galvanised wire. The wire enabled the coat hanger to remain in position and not to swing round and this helped the client to change the outfits in the window easily.

Chairs are a great prop to use as it’s fairly easy to fold and drape items on them. We added an accessory group on the table and with the addition of a hat the look was completed.

 

store window dressingFor advice on a similar shop window dressing or other visual merchandising services, please contact VM Design.

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