I was asked to address this question not long ago: A large part of our business is in consumer packaged goods sold through mass-channel outlets such as Wal-Mart. We’d like some insights into how we can use analytics to help us understand the marketing-driven revenue on the retail end. Is there a way we can link POS revenue back to our digital marketing efforts?
Response: Expert Exchange with Greg Bonsib
THE BIG IDEAS
- Capitalize on in-store promotional events
- What drives digital sales likely drives retails sales too
- Hire a lead agency that is strong strategically and analytically
CAPITALIZE ON IN-STORE PROMOTIONAL EVENTS
Coordinate the digital marketing with in-store promotional events. Provide end caps or other kinds of displays with a certain product, which will have its unique SKU. You can use the SKU to isolate the point of sale and the sales for the product.
- You need to establish the base line for sales when there are no special promotions or marketing in the mix.
- Discount for sales lift due to approaching holidays, when sales would increase anyhow.
- You can assume that anything you see in sales above the base line is because of marketing.
WHAT DRIVES DIGITAL SALES LIKELY DRIVES RETAIL SALES TOO
You can use analytics on the online sales to help you understand which of your marketing tactics are working better than others. That is, which are driving sales at particular online retailers, such as walmart.com. Most likely, the tactics that work best for online sales will also work best for the retail outlets too.
- You can look at the halo effect that occurred with the rest of the product line that wasn’t being promoted. Did sales increase for the other products? The more halo effect, the better.
- Planograms are useful tools when you have a history of sales over many different sales channels for similar products. You can compare and contrast the sales at the different retailers. Planograms can help you analyze whether a promotional event in one sales channel increased sales in others, or whether an impact at one retailer echoes an impact at a competitive retailer.
- Use heat mapping to understand the impact of regionality and other variables.
HIRE A LEAD AGENCY THAT IS STRONG STRATEGICALLY AND ANALYTICALLY
Most big companies use many agencies, each with a specific focus, which means that you receive masses of data that is in different forms that is difficult to use.
- Use a lead agency into which every other agency feeds its tracking, analytics, and other data. Icreon Tech is highly recommended.
- This agency aggregates the data. It manages the data wrangling, normalization, and warehousing.
- As a central repository you can dictate how the data is organized. For example, we’ve created three buckets: commerce (revenue), behavior (what people do on the sites), and engagement (click-through rates, and so on).
How can you build on these ideas? Let me know!