The retail industry involves a tremendous amount of trade-offs, with companies balancing marketing choices that may entice some customers while turning off others. A constant struggle for large companies is the need to appear to have a local presence; retailers that appear to be only a huge, obtuse megacorporation will have a difficult time competing with small businesses that are headquartered right around the corner from the customer.
This concern is especially important for companies marketing products that customers feel a personal connection to: clothing, toys, and decorations. The average consumer wants to feel a sense of satisfaction from the items that express their creativity and personality, and it’s difficult to feel a connection to an item that was made 10,000 kilometers away and marketed to over a billion people.
So what’s the key to overcoming this marketing challenge? Medium- to large-sized businesses must make the extra effort to differentiate their marketing campaigns and appear local to multiple parts of their consumer base. The customer does not necessarily need to be convinced that the company is based near them; rather, it’s a matter of convincing the customer that the company has a stake in their country or region.
Good news for larger retailers: Exit Intent technology gives you the opportunity to appear local by taking advantage of visitor segmenting.
Visitor segmenting is a tool that many Exit Intent companies offer which allows you to display different messages to different customers. You can segment based on a variety of metrics: how the visitor arrived at your site, how long they’ve been there, or where they are in the world.
With the custom capabilities of Exit Intent pop-ups and the ability to keep track of your conversion statistics, visitor segmenting is an invaluable tool for designing, studying, and fine-tuning various marketing campaigns.
Imagine a bargain fashion retailer based in Southeast Asia. Despite the fact that their headquarters are in Thailand, their sales numbers depend on success in a number of different countries: Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and more.
Undoubtedly, there are large differences in the customer habits and pop culture norms of these various countries. In an effort to “go local,” the retailer can take advantage of these differences in Exit Intent overlays that have been designed specifically for each country. The visitor segmenting tool then allows each ad to be implemented only in the country for which it was designed: no Laotian ads being shown in Thailand, no Cambodian ads in Vietnam.
Beyond the obvious differences in language, your targeted ads can use inside jokes, local news, or special deals that you can offer only in the targeted country. Perhaps you can offer free shipping in Laos but not in other countries in the region; this is the perfect opportunity to employ an Exit Intent overlay that advertises free shipping for one small visitor segment.
At the very least, geographic visitor segmenting shows the customer that you’ve made an effort to understand them, their home, and their culture. This type of relationship-building goes a long way toward convincing the customer to eventually purchase a product or service.