Consumer shopping trends continue to spark an evolution in the retail industry. For advertisers, it’s crucial to understand how consumer needs are changing.
In the era of COVID-19, consumers are looking for flexibility in shopping options. For instance, some customer cohorts have shifted to an online or delivery-only purchase preference while others prefer collecting online orders in store or via curbside pickup.
With the rise in hybrid shopping options and abundance of media channels, retailers should empower consumers to shop how they want. The goal is no longer driving shoppers into one channel through one ad campaign. Instead, retailers must pivot their strategies and messaging to reach shoppers with relevance and personalization.
Smartly.io conducted a consumer survey to understand the attitudes, behaviors, and preferences toward social ads showcasing different shopping options. Here’s what we found:
Many marketing touchpoints happen on social platforms. We at Smartly.io wanted to build a solution that helps retail advertisers address their full funnel of consumer messaging—from exploration to discovery and purchase.
Retail Ads are creative templates for image and video made for social ad campaigns. They’ve been created specifically for retailers and provide flexibility for diverse shopping-behavior based campaigns. Retail Ads allow businesses to easily test and identify which creatives and messages are making the biggest impact.
Available in the Smartly.io platform for out-of-the-box or customizable use, Retail Ads have three distinct use cases:
By using Smartly.io’s Creative Editor, retail advertisers can toggle between these fully flexible and customizable creative presets. They can customize templates with logos, colors, brand guidelines, and products—then easily plug them into campaigns on social.
Retail Ads empower retailers to:
With our Local Inventory and Availability Retail Ads, businesses can generate ads for in-stock products available locally. Additional options can be applied to showcase discounts, best sellers, and top-rated items. When consumers know that products are sold nearby, they feel confident in their purchase decision.
Leveraging our BOPIS & Curbside Pickup Retail Ads, advertisers can display order fulfillment options at the product level with applicable callouts such as badges, banners, borders, and text. While this strategy can be executed at the product level, it can also be effective in adding relevance to upper-funnel brand creative assets. By enhancing creative with these badges and icons, consumers know their orders can be fulfilled at a physical storefront.
Our co-marketing Retail Ads are built around Buy Now, Pay Later. Advertisers can apply rules and logic to accurately calculate payment installments for companies such as Afterpay, Klarna, and Affirm. These templates provide a streamlined process of combining multiple logos into a singular creative concept—all with the benefit of beautifying product imagery.