Increased Sales by 30% within 6 Months

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Situation:

High-end retail women’s boutique dress shop was established in 1988 in upper-middle class neighborhood. The store sells designer gowns, dresses, cocktail dresses, mother-of bride or groom dresses, sportswear, Prom dresses, Homecoming dresses and accessories. The store became known as the place to shop for designer gowns and dresses especially for mother-of-bride or groom.

Challenge:

Increase sales of Prom dresses by 10%, without online purchased. Customer must come into the store.

Problem:

Store was known for mother-of-bride store with a target audience of over 40 years old.
New target audience: 16 – 18 year-old high school girls.

Solution: 

  • Design Website for Prom
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Send out oversized postcard to target audience
  • eMail marketing
  • YouTube Videos
  • Website Videos
  • Social media: Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter
  • Fashion Blog
  • Coupons
  • Gift Certificates
  • Contest

Results:

First year: Sold over 300 dresses, an increased of sales by over 30%. Best Prom season since the store opened in 1988.
Second year goal: Sell 400 dresses. Actual: Sold over 1,400 dress
Currently selling over 2,000 dresses.


Project Included:

  • Marketing Research & Analysis
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Website Design and Development
  • Social Media Development
  • Social Media maintenance and updates
  • BLOG
  • eMail newsletter and announcements
  • Contest with online registration
    • Direct mail postcard
    • Drip marketing
    • In-store photography
    • Promotions
    • Auto-responder
    • Landing page optimization
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Website Conversion Optimization
    • Video

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Bruce and Nancy were founders and owners of a local women’s dress shop since 1988. For over twenty years they have developed a successful business focusing on formal and designer clothing for women. They became known as the place to go for formal dresses. They also carried a stylish line of women’s sportswear. In addition, they offered customized fashion consulting including direct buying through New York fashion trips, closet assessment for up-to-date styles, alterations, and buying records to avoid fashion event duplications.

Meet Bruce Lehtman,
Owner of Distinctions in Fashion

Their customers mainly came from word-of-mouth and newspaper print ads in a local newspaper. After the year 2000 Bruce knew that his marketing and advertising methods needed to add online efforts. Through a loyal customer, they contacted ePlus Marketing to help the company increase sales and profits.

Our first steps included an owner survey and interview to determine their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to their company. Our assessment and research helped produce a branding strategy, marketing strategy and marketing tactics.

Through the years, Bruce and Nancy have relied on our company to lead all marketing efforts including multiple websites, social media, direct mail, promotions, contests, email marketing, video marketing, events and more.

Results: The company soon saw a 30% increase in sales. The most dramatic turn-around was with their high-school prom dress line. They went from selling on average 200 dresses to over 3,000 dresses from in-store purchases only. The average price of the dresses was $500.00. This success enabled Bruce and Nancy to retire early and enjoy their grandchildren.

“They've over delivered with everything and every idea they bring us has increased our business tremendously. Our overall sales increased each year.” -  Bruce Lehtman

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