Eyecare Business November

NOV 2017

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ABOUT LORI MONACO: President, Fashion Footwear, Accessories & Luxury, at market research firm The NPD Group, Monaco is a business leader who has successfully partnered with brands and retailers for more than 25 years. She has vast experience in strategy, consumer insights, business development, and research. Anticipate Consumers' Needs Before They Do Staying connected with your customer after they walk out the door with their pur- chase builds an ongoing relationship that can develop in the future. MAKE THE CONNECTION: Over the years, I have purchased many pairs of glasses, and the relationship feels transaction- al. The salesperson is engaged throughout the trying on, contacting of insurance, prescrip- tion updates, and fittings. That is all great, but then there is radio silence. There is no outreach after, no sending a new lens cloth every few months with an updated pattern, just to let me know they are thinking of me. Wouldn't it be nice if, after six months or a year, my eyeglass store contacted me in a very personal way and said, "Hey, if you had any scratches or need your frames tightened, come on in as we would be happy to help!" without asking for the sale? Those little touch- es would go a long way to creating a more meaningful connection, and I would tend to become just a bit more loyal if they did. TIP #2 Get an App Developing a simple app is a great way to support your in- store clients. MAKE THE CONNECTION: Apps are a terrific way to help your customer or patient get organized and maintain all the information needed, [while keep- ing] you engaged without the challenges of cutting through with social media. Clients could keep their prescriptions, fit needs, and insur- ance information all in one place. You can notify clients when their perfect frame shape arrives and, if you have the resources, offer virtual try-on options. This is also a great way to encourage refer- rals and award loyalty points for your most prized customers. TIP #3 JANE KELLY / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM ANDREI SHUMSKIY / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM 42 E y e c a r e B u s i n e s s . c o m November 2017 T H E C O N S U M E R C O N N E C T I O N Be a Do-Gooder in Your Local Community Being good citizens is elemental to millen- nial and Gen Z consumers, and they expect their brands and retailers to do the same. MAKE THE CONNECTION: The majority of these consumers would recommend and be loyal to those who also believe in the importance of good citizenship. Retailers have the unique benefit of being lo- cal and therefore able to support local causes. This is a key benefit to brick-and-mortar retailers and not something that online sellers can replicate. What does your community need and how does your brand align with those needs? If you are an eyeglass store, can your clients turn in their old pairs for you to refurbish and provide to people in need? Can you help to organize grassroots events in your community? Can you support local artists or businesses that need successful role models? There is no end to the ways to impact your local community and have your clients lend a helping hand in the process. We have heard many times that brands need to tell a story, but even more powerful are those brands that can create a story. TIP #4 SOONTHRONPHOTO / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

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