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Valentine’s Window Dressing Tips for 2017

It seems as though we’ve only just celebrated New Year and it’s almost Valentine’s Day already – what is happening? Although we must admit that Valentine’s Day is a favourite here at VM Designs, so we’re not complaining! Not so much because of the romance and boxes of heart shaped chocolates – although those are good too – but because of the window dressing opportunities it brings. You can tell we’re visual merchandising consultants, can’t you?

If you’re feeling a little uninspired this Valentine’s Day, then no need to fear! We’ve put together some of our best tips to creating a jaw-dropping display that’ll be turning heads left, right and centre.

Avoid the Obvious

This is a good tip to keep in mind throughout the year, but especially for Valentine’s window displays where clichés seem to run rampant. If you want to stand out and engage your audience, don’t just go for hearts, teddies and a whole load of frilly red objects. Be different! Maybe take one aspect, such as the hearts, but put a fun new twist on it. For example, use interesting materials to recreate the traditional shape or go with an interesting colour scheme. In a sea of red windows, a vibrant rainbow display is sure to stand out!

Anti-Valentines

If you want to really stand out (and maybe be a little bit controversial) the anti-valentines can be both a funny and empowering twist. Focus your display on the single women and men, advertising objects perfect for defeating Valentine’s day blues and empowering the lonely hearts out there.

Fairy-tale Love

As a complete opposite to the Valentine’s day cynic display, go all out there with a window inspired by the greatest love stories of all times – the fairy-tale romance. Pick a fantasy romance that you can really let your imagination run wild with. The great thing about basing your window on a fairy-tale is the endless opportunity for creativity and all things ‘bizarre’. Fantasy displays are a great all-rounder for window displays, but is there a better time to let the Princes and Princesses’ shine than on the day devoted to love stories?

Encourage Gift Buying

As the January lull comes to an end and people start once again digging into their pockets, encourage luxury buys. Pick your most luxurious products for the centre stage – the ones that he/she will notice and beg their partner for. Valentine’s Day is a time of year when couples will be more inclined to splash the cash on one another, so definitely take advantage of this! Make sure your most coveted products are at eye-view and don’t hide them behind an over the top display.

Visual Merchandising Consultant

If you’re a little stuck with window display ideas and find yourself scouring our blog for inspiration, it may be time to hire yourself a visual merchandising consultant to take the worry from your hands.

If you’d like to hear more about bespoke visual merchandising training or shop window dressing services, please contact us!

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How Visual Merchandising Can Help you Compete with Online Shops

As we become more immersed in the digital age, the appeal of ecommerce and online shopping is seemingly on a never-ending increase. Shoppers are trading in Saturday trips to the high-street in favour of browsing the web for all they need – from clothes to food to digital downloads of music and books, everything can be done online. This has been quite a hit to high street shops. Not only are you now competing with the stores around you, but also the endless brands online! To ensure you don’t lose your customers to the convenience of online shopping, you need to remind them of the appeal of actually stepping out to the shops and bring back the value of the experience. A great way to do this is through visual merchandising.

Shop Windows

A shop window is something that online shops don’t have the access to, so use this to your advantage. Make the most of your space, creating eye-catching and engaging displays that will entice your customers in store; customers should be looking forward to seeing your displays, and you should make it part of the appeal of the high-street shopping experience. Advertise products in creative ways and incorporate seasonal or topical designs.

Bring in the Digital

The appeal of digital in regards to shopping is something that can’t be argued and can’t be ignored. A great way to incorporate this modern way of shopping into your store is by using digital signage and displays which will attract the digital junkies. Install screens that show moving advertisements or even a behind the scenes look at your brand – how the products are made, catwalks and anything else that will interest customers.

Connect with Customers

You can also use digital visual merchandising to connect with customers by creating interactive displays. Allow customers to scan QR codes that will link to extra information about a display or your brand, or allow them to take pictures of themselves with your products that can be displayed on screens in your shop window. You can also connect with customers by using friendly, targeted visual merchandising services that will appeal to your target demographic. Creating a connection with customers is essential – it emphasises that high-street shopping is personal and social, unlike online shopping.

Show your Shop’s Personality

Branding has never been more important. A good brand image that differentiates yourself from competition both on the high street and online will help to attract customers to your store. In particular, use visual merchandising to express your values and ideals, for example you might be a family run business or support eco-friendly and ethical causes. Online brands put less focus on what their brand stands for and more on price and product, so this is an opportunity to show customers what you have that your online alternatives don’t.

Use Professional Visual Merchandising Services

Bringing in the help of expert visual merchandising services can give stores a huge boost in terms of enticing customers in store and making more sales. Their experience can help you create displays that will directly draw in your target customers and push aspects of your brand that online stores miss, and visual merchandising training will teach your team how to effectively display products and design displays that will maximise sales.

If your business needs help with standing out from online competition and wants to learn more about how visual merchandising can work for you, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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Bespoke visual merchandising training

Visual merchandising (VM) can develop all areas of store presentation to promote the brand and product range more effectively.

Some experts even describe visual merchandising as helping customers to find products more easily. It can provide inspiration and solutions, advising on product information to customers without the help of a sales person.

It must be noted that successful visual merchandising calls for the right set of skills, insight and a well-informed commercial eye. If you get it right you will see your profits maximise; if you get it wrong it can prove to be costly for your business.

You can certainly unlock the potential of your store and your staff through one of our tailor-made visual merchandising training sessions. Visual merchandising workshops could be a really good way of motivating and up-skilling store owners and staff alike. We can develop a presentation for whatever your requirements are whether it is key VM principles or focusing on a specific area such as window displays. Workshops can be presentation based, hands-on or a combination of both. We can also run training sessions in your shop to allow the staff to learn in their own environment.

Our sessions go far beyond the scope of conventional task-based training; we equip your people with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to seize and maintain the leading creative and technical edge in a highly competitive retail marketplace.

We have wide ranging knowledge and experience in retail VM training from small boutique shops all the way to department stores. We can provide a wide range of VM training and development, from store presentation, visual merchandising and creative display, through to all aspects of brand development, retail brand delivery and brand management.

Please contact us to discuss your bespoke visual merchandising training. Please also check out our visual merchandising portfolio as well.

 

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Importance of visual merchandisers

Nowadays retailers’ need to attract highly talented visual merchandisers is increasing every day in order to stay ahead of the market. Visual merchandisers play a very significant role in the sales and profitability of the retail stores. They provide the creativity and innovation to entice your customer to make purchase your goods and services.

Every progressing technology had considerably changed our shopping habits and behaviours; from the way we interact with our favourite brands to the way we research what to buy. With the internet at their finger tips, today’s shoppers are very savvy about your products, the prices and your competitors. If you don’t give your potential customers the opportunity to get what they want, then they can easily go to one of your local or international competitors.

First impressions are very important on the high street, and you get one chance to make a good first impression on your shoppers. You need to decorate your shop front to attract and lure customers into your store, and your high-street shop needs reflect your brand’s culture. It needs to provide the customer with a unique shopping experience.

Don’t forget there are probably thousands of ecommerce sites and online store ready to steal your business. Make sure that you give your customers something that they can only get in your store. Do remember to personalise their experience. Every customer wants to feel valued, unique and cared for when they enter your high street shop. So give recommendations based on their previous visits where possible. In doing so, not only will you expand your visual merchandising site to a personal shopping experience, but also you will position your brand as a trusted provider. Consumers turn to brands they trust first, those they have had a positive experience with, and over time this becomes a habit. Optimising your visual merchandising will have a positive impact to your brand as well.

If you would like further advice on visual merchandising, or if you would like a bespoke visual merchandising training session, please contact us. Please also check out our visual merchandising portfolio.

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Visual merchandising tips

Visual merchandising is an artistic marketing technique that speeds up the movement of products off the shelves. It is an ideal way to capture the senses of consumers and lure them to buy the merchandise. Different visual merchandising techniques have been heavily used by the national chains, supermarkets, department stores and shopping malls for several decades now. Unfortunately, most retail businesses are yet to maximize this effective marketing technique.

It is important to understand that creating a visual merchandising portfolio involves a good deal of unique retail design topics and it encompasses almost everything, such as creating a window display, which is the first thing potential customers see when they visit your store.

In this post, we will briefly discuss the top 5 items to consider while creating your own merchandising displays in your retail store:

  • Start with your target market in mind: get a deep understanding of your target market and potential customers.
  • Find Inspirations: Most store owners struggle with the visual merchandising ideas to implement. When you are planning to create a unique merchandising display, there are a host of valuable resources available online in the form of articles, videos, blogs, eBooks, etc. Do not be afraid of using the online material for inspiration.
  • Don’t forget that humans have five senses: Try and connect with as many of your shoppers’ senses as possible.
  • Don’t just tell, show it: Before potential customers purchase a product they normally want to know about how it looks and feels like. To fulfill this need, you must learn the art of setting up merchandise displays that allows people feel it and envision on themselves or in their own homes.
  • Finally, remember to change it up: You will need to make the most of a scientific approach of developing an idea, implementing it and finally testing for results. This will also help you stick to what really works.

With these great tips in mind, it is time now to go out and give them a try.  You will be able to see for yourself whether or not it really works.

For any advice on any of these techniques or visual merchandising training, please contact us.

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Making the Most of Visual Merchandising

Visual merchandising is not a relatively new concept in the field of marketing and retailers are employing different visual merchandising techniques more and more every day.

When some small shop owners and managers hear the word “visual”, their self-confidence drops they don’t think that they are creative, stylish or artistic enough to spruce up their retail space in order to attract clients and persuade them to purchase their merchandise.

However, if used carefully, visual merchandising can be a very efficient and productive sales assistant and employing the art and science of visual merchandising is the ideal way to optimise your sales space for maximum profit.

The world of visual merchandising involves a good deal of unique retail design topics and encompasses a wide range of activities, such as creating a window display to the design of the retail space. Some of the objectives visual merchandising focuses on are:

  • Defining the store’s “brand”
  • Differentiating its identity
  • Encouraging shoppers to come in
  • Maximizing product exposure and appearance
  • Stimulating product interest
  • Generating impulse sales

At VM Design, we can assist you with a wide range of visual merchandising components:

  • Placement of your merchandise
  • Choosing the right type of fixtures and fittings
  • Store design and layout
  • Colour palettes (whether they are for the merchandise or store wall colours)
  • Store lighting
  • Window dressing

If you don’t have the time to worry about all these activites, we can take the hassle away and implement different ideas for you. Alternatively, if you would have the time and the interest in unleashing your creative side, we can certainly provide visual merchandising training as well.

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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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Liskeard Visual Merchandising October 2013

It’s now just over a year since we completed our week advising 20 shops and cafes on improving their displays and general presentation in the town of Liskeard in Cornwall. This was part of the Government directive set up to help towns rejuvenate their high streets and improve awareness of their town.

We won the contract over two other companies as the Liskeard Town Team thought that VM Design understood the needs of the retailers in question.

The VM Design team tackled a range of shops specialising in a wide spectrum of merchandise: hardware, newsagent, books, ball gowns, prom dresses, cycles, men’s and ladies wear, shoes, jewellery, gifts, Christmas decorations, cards and stationery, toys and craft items. We also advised two cafes!

Many of the shops had more than one window and so we redressed one of their windows using the same merchandise but showing the retailer how to group tightly, achieve height, group to colour, un clutter and clean the window space. We then asked the retailer to replicate what we had created in their other window.

Two evening workshops were held with twenty of the retailers attending each workshop. During the 2 hour workshop we covered all aspects of display and then asked the retailers to pair up with someone else and we then conducted a hands on participation session in which the individual teams created a display using props, merchandise and something to display the merchandise on from a range that VM Design had supplied. The workshops were well received and everyone took some tips away with them which were implemented in their windows when they took on the task the next day.

We also produced a 20 page manual that could be referred to after we had left and we set up a ‘helpline’ should any of the retailers needed help.

Most of the retailers managed to improve their visual merchandising skills and generally their windows took on a more professional look making it easier for their customers to  view the merchandise in the windows.

Our presence in the town generated some excitement and we were interviewed on BBC Radio Cornwall live a couple of times and were filmed for the BBC’s ‘Inside Out’ programme.

A photographer followed us one day for a photographic diary. All in all it was a very productive week and the individual retailers took the skills they required from our coaching to improve their presentation.

We have been back to the town a couple of times and the skills learned are still being used in the creation of some good local displays.

If you are looking for advice from professional visual merchandising consultants or visual merchandising training from the experts, then please get in touch with VM Design.

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