Industry Eye: Case Study - Weaver's Flooring America
Problem: Weaver's Flooring America, a franchise location of retailer Flooring America, sought a more detailed and optimized marketing mix to reconnect with its local customer base.Solution: Outsourced its store and direct marketing planning to a local marketing automation technology and services provider.
Results: Gained boost in sales and cost savings from lowered marketing complexity.
As a family-run business situated in a Shenandoah Valley community in western Virginia for the past 34 years, Weaver's Flooring America became comfortable with its customers, and vice versa. One of the 500-plus franchises of national retail chain Flooring America since 1999, Weaver's followed the same marketing plan year after year. But its approach grew stale, and the local customer base Weaver's counted on no longer came around as frequently.
Lost Personal Touch
"After becoming a franchisee of Flooring America, we lost a bit of our personal touch," says Chad Nussbaum, sales manager at Weaver's. "A lot of why we sell jobs is because of the owner's reputation and how well he's known in the community."
Recognizing that it needed to refocus its approach to determine the optimum marketing mix and media placement plan to recapture local customers, Weaver's turned to Balihoo last November, a local marketing automation technology and services provider specifically targeted to franchises and national brands with local marketing needs. Weaver's implemented Balihoo's AdPro platform.
Weaver's marketing team had difficulty executing its retail, online and catalog promotions effectively without proper planning. The vendor's platform gives Weaver's an in-depth, 12-month media plan, which includes budget allocation recommendations for the various channels in which Weaver's advertises (local TV and radio, direct mail, and newspapers), detailed industry trends and top media tactics.
"We struggled with the time that was devoted in the advertising spectrum," Nussbaum recalls. "We could plan a month or two in advance, but we couldn't lay it out, or we didn't take the time to lay it out. Right now I have a comprehensive plan for the entire year with a budget; now all we have to do is carry it out. If you don't plan ahead, things don't get executed."