Posted 10/10/2017 in Retail by DemoDays

Want To Increase Foot Traffic at Your Bike Shop?

Want To Increase Foot Traffic at Your Bike Shop?

If you own a retail bike shop or outdoor store, offering bike demos is a great way to bring new customers through the doors while educating them on your company and product offerings.  Offering bike demos not only shows your customers you're willing to stand behind the products you sell but also tells them you want to make sure they buy the right product the first time, and that can help build customer trust and loyalty.  Whether you've been offering demos for years or are considering offering them soon...check out our checklist of proven steps and tips that will make the most of your efforts.

DemoDays.com Bike Demo Tips for Shop Owners

Here are some tips to help maximize your bike shop demo event success. Demo events are one of the most effective ways to generate sales and create loyal customers. Here are a few ideas to make your efforts more profitable.

BE PROACTIVE

  • Contact your reps early to request demo dates

    • Communicate your date preferences and explain why your date may be ideal. IE -- university back to school week, spring when people start getting their income tax returns

    • Let the rep know your marketing plans

    • Once dates are finalized, invite your favorite hydration/nutrition rep too.

  • VIP Invites

    • Invite your top-dollar VIP customers to reserve bikes in advance

    • Review your database for cyclists who love a certain brand and may be due for an upgrade

    • Make sure to contact these folks with a personal call, text message, email. Invite these prospects before the general public.

    • Plan to open the VIP demo an hour early and have coffee, water, light snacks

  • Bike Reservations

    • Consider an RSVP process to allow people to reserve bikes in advance.

    • Use free Google Forms to collect info (bike size, saddle height, suspension, AM vs PM demo preferences, etc)

    • You’ll be able to use this RSVP info email a reminder 24 or 48 hours before the event

  • Route

    • Plan a safe route suggestion and provide paper maps

    • Have a few of your club members attend the demo to host a 1-hour group ride open to any demo participants

  • Encourage Participation

    • Work with your rep(s) to put together a prize package. Everyone who demos a bike will be entered for a chance to win


MARKETING AND INVITES

  • Collect Assets from rep including photos, logos, text, links, demo gear specifics (sizes, models) to use in your announcements

  • Add demo details to your website

  • Add details to your FREE DemoDays.com account

  • Create event posters with demo details.

    • Make a template that you can update for future events.

    • Post flyers around the shop, restroom, changing rooms

    • Share flyers with local businesses

  • Social Media

    • Plan out social media posts

    • Create a few images, text, links to share

    • Post news as soon as dates are confirmed

    • Share reminders at 1 month, 2 weeks, 1 week and 24 hours before event

    • Plug these updates into your Social Media automation system so you don’t forget. We like RecurPost or Buffer

    • Pin info to the top of your Facebook and Twitter profiles

    • Consider putting a small budget towards paid social media posts promoting your event

    • Ask for help spreading the word! Share content with your employees, club, sales rep and neighboring businesses

  • Share with local cycling groups, teams, clubs, newspaper or media

  • Add info in your upcoming email newsletter(s)

  • Choose an employee to capture some photos for your post-event blog post, newsletter, and social media


POST EVENT

  • Have some drinks and snacks available (or invite a hydration/nutrition rep to join you for the day).

  • Listen to comments on the new bikes

  • Request feedback to hear what people loved about the event and areas for improvement. This could be a quick paper document or online survey emailed ASAP after the event.

  • Create a post-event recap to share on your website, email newsletter, and social media. This will help raise awareness for your NEXT demo event -- especially if it sounds fun and has great photos!

  • Post photo gallery on social media and tag friends

  • Thank you rep(s) for attending so you build goodwill and can get onto their schedule for your next event.

  • Repeat the process and see your next demo events improving each time!


    Have some ideas that work for your shop? We’d love to hear them! Please share your best ideas here: https://www.demodays.com/contact


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