INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- New research by Aprimo®, a Teradata company (NYSE: TDC), in collaboration with Forrester Research analyst Sucharita Mulpuru, found that one in five consumers is now "showrooming" – the practice of visiting retail stores to try products, but then checking a mobile device for the best price online. Of those consumers already showrooming, 33 percent say they ultimately used the information to buy elsewhere. The trend is only expected to continue growing, too, as 96 percent say they plan to use their smart phone to research prices the same way or more in the future.
"This research confirms what many in the retail industry have suspected: Showrooming is here to stay," said Sucharita Mulpuru, vice president and principal analyst for Forrester Research, who helped develop the survey questions and analyze results. "Retailers must seriously consider ways to avoid losing sales this way by using strategies such as price matching, personalized in-store service and loyalty programs."
In Aprimo's analysis, this means that in order to preserve sales and sustain pricing levels, today's physical-store retailers need to become more customer-centric, be less product/feature or price-point focused, and start leveraging technology solutions to engage the buyer through a more personalized in-store experience while empowering customer-driven choice.
Aprimo's survey also found:
- The showrooming trend is just getting started, and it's ready to explode – one third of those who have not used their smartphones for in-store research haven't done so simply because the idea hadn't yet occurred to them.
- Showrooming isn't just for big ticket items – while consumer electronics are the most popular items price-checked in store (39 percent), groceries (37 percent) are the second-most researched and apparel/footwear (33 percent) came in third.
- Showrooming behavior pays off for retailers with lower prices – more than half of consumers report discovering lower prices online than in the store. Only eight percent recall seeing higher prices.
"Retailers are eager to see data like this because it helps them shape strategies to compete as mobile devices continue to disrupt the status quo," said Marc Schroeder, vice president, Industry Solutions at Aprimo, who helped develop the survey. "The opportunity here is to leverage technology and common sense and shift to a customer-centric value proposition through better service, smarter timing and relevant offers. Retailers need new ways to build loyalty and brand value; physical-store retailers will not win in the long run by focusing only on price matching."
To obtain a free Executive Summary of the findings, please visit Aprimo's Retail website.
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Aprimo's research into "showrooming" suggests retailers should focus on the customer experience
NOTE: This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Aprimo from October 16 – 18, 2012 among 2,025 adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.
Aprimo is a leading provider of software and services that advance the productivity and performance of marketing organizations. We enable marketers to engage, lead and perform by empowering conversations on new engagement channels, enhancing internal collaboration, and improving marketing performance and accountability. Aprimo's modular and on demand Integrated Marketing Management (IMM) solutions provide a global, integrated marketing platform that can be broadly adopted across an organization, letting companies balance creativity with a data-driven approach and simplify the complexity of a rapidly changing marketing environment. Hundreds of thousands of marketers trust Aprimo to revolutionize their marketing, including over one third of Fortune 100 companies and nearly one quarter of Global 100 companies. Aprimo, a Teradata company, is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, with offices worldwide. For more information, call 1.317.814.6465 or visit www.aprimo.com.
Teradata Corporation (NYSE: TDC), Aprimo's parent company, is the world's leading analytic data solutions company, focused on integrated data warehousing, big data analytics, and business applications. Teradata's innovative products and services deliver data integration and business insight to empower organizations to make the best decisions possible and achieve competitive advantage. Teradata acquired Aprimo in January 2011. For more information, visit www.Teradata.com.