Getting products listed at retailers can be a challenge, and that is only the beginning. Keeping them on-shelf and getting them into shopping carts requires ongoing advertising and promotions that may include ad placement in store flyers.
With the emergence of digital flyers, it’s not unreasonable to expect print flyers to become extinct. However, a study of over 1,800 Ontario consumers by BrandSpark International (commissioned by Metroland Media) tells a different story.
Print flyers are very much alive, as demonstrated by these survey results:
Flyers enable shoppers to make decisions, use their time more efficiently and manage their budgets. They help evaluate the best options by revealing what brands and products are available, the features, benefits and prices, and where they can be purchased. Digital formats provide printable shopping lists, exclusive coupons, promotions and links to product information.
For brand owners, flyers can raise brand and product awareness and drive trial by influencing purchase decisions. In fact, 85% of shoppers buy the same product they planned to buy before entering the store.
To reach target customers, distribution of print flyers and product samples can be targeted by store locations, demographics and government statistical data.
For new product launches, flyers provide visibility to get products noticed. 73% of shoppers use flyers to learn about new products and 69% of women discovered a product of which they were not aware.
Spending on print and digital flyers can be an effective tactic, as part of an integrated marketing plan that may include instore sampling and point-of-sale materials, coupons, social media, web and print and broadcast media, depending on the budget.
But there are a lot of moving parts. Provided that the product, price, distribution zone and timing are right, and product is available in store, flyers can generate incremental sales and profit.
Perhaps print flyers will become extinct when Generation Z eclipses the Millennials. In the meantime, they remain popular with consumers, manufacturers and retailers alike.
Birgit Blain is a packaged foods consultant specializing in strategy, brand and packaging development, to position brands for growth. Her experience includes 17 years in the grocery trade with Loblaw Companies and President’s Choice®. Learn more at www.BBandAssoc.com
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