Marketing for Hi-Fi Stores
Creating High Sales Volume for Hi-Fi Businesses
Hi! I’m Casey Jones. I’m in the business of growing small businesses. If you’re a Hi-Fi store looking to boost sales (who isn’t?), rocket revenue (ditto), and push up profit (always!) – then, keep reading because we should talk!
But first, what do I even know about HiFi and Audio?
Quite a bit as it turns out!
This was me a lifetime ago, when I was rocking an Orange Tube Amplifier and much more hair.
As a muso (that’s musician in Australian!) and a qualified audio engineer, sound, speakers, and song was my bread and butter.
While I only play to scare my cats and annoy my wife these days, I still have a deep love for audio. Working with small, solo, or family-run Hi Fi businesses are one of the things I do best!
Whether your talent is repairs, designing custom audio systems, or installing home theatre set-ups…
Whether you sell directly to consumers, supply tradies and retailers, or distribute your own brand…
Whether you’re heavily into the custom scene, you are the cheapest in town, or you have stellar customer and after sales service…
My value is zoning in on your angle and helping your customers find you – because that point of difference is what they’re specifically looking for.
But, how do you do that Casey?
I’m glad you asked!
First and foremost, my service is comprehensive.
This means I look at all your gaps, pain points, and problems you didn’t know you had – then make a customised plan to plug up all the leaks – so your potential earnings stop going down the drain!
Here are some examples of how I transform your Hi Fi business, so it starts generating leads, sales, and income for you:
If your website is looking less than its best, or (gasp) you don’t have one yet; creating a good online presence that your customers actually want to spend time checking out – surfing brands and comparing products – will be the first order of business.
Maybe you already have an e-store, but did you know that most HiFi businesses don’t know how to truly leverage the power of platforms like Shopify? There ARE ways to optimize your gear for search engines, google rankings, and to bring that organic traffic in so they can really boost sales.
I use a combination of experience and expertise to make these platforms perform better by taking advantage of inbuilt seller platform tools and tricks.
Perhaps at one time, you might have had a website designer or ecommerce store builder step in to help get your online shop started, but that ended there.
Since then, you might have been struggling to keep products up to date, grappling with constant price changes, new brands, new models, while creating unnecessary customer queries for yourself (“Why does it say this is $50 cheaper on your website? Because that hasn’t been updated in 2 years, argh!).
This is where the magic of SEO, good copywriting, and targetted paid advertising does its thing to get you seen.
I know because I work with HiFi stores every single day!
And it can really be a juggling act to manage the physical store, try to keep the Online Store up-to-date, while wishing you could figure out how to increase revenue.
But don’t take my word for it. Let’s hear from some of my clients, Rob and Lisa; and Geoff, Rach, and Mike. They were all in your shoes not too long ago, and are in a great position to explain what I do and how it can revolutionize the way you do business.
ROB AND LISA’S STORY
Rob and his wife Lisa have been running their Hi-Fi store for over 30 years. Although well established, they’ve been feeling the brunt of increased competition especially in the last 10 years. Most acutely, says Lisa, after the smartphone explosion in the late 2000s.
While they initially resisted setting up an online shop or signing up for social media accounts because, “We wouldn’t have a clue on how to run these doo-dads”, they realized it was a necessity when customers kept asking for their website, Facebook page, and then Instagram handle.
While they’ve hired a website designer and online store builder in the past, they’re left scratching their heads wondering why it’s been slowing down like crazy in recent years and perturbed as to why nobody buys anything from it.
When I first chat to Rob and Lisa, their main concerns were not their website however, but the inability to make the same amount of profit as they used to, due to the increasingly competitive AV prices seen around the country and overseas.
The constantly slimming margins means that selling HiFi gear today, returns much less profit than equivalent products would have years ago.
Always the creative souls with an eye for design and heart for customer service however, Rob and Lisa have received rave reviews on their custom home system installation work and get most of their customers for these projects through word of mouth referrals.
Short of printing out flyers for a letterbox drop, they’re not too sure how they can advertise their most sought after and highly rated service, especially with a website that barely moves.
Upon looking at their website, it was clear to me that it had been installed as a template and neither the template nor its plugins had ever been \updated over the years.
On top of that, the design was no longer current, but clunky and sorely lacking in any kind of aesthetic. It was no wonder that the peak of traffic they ever had in one month was 23 visitors!
Knowing we would have to start from scratch, all I wanted to know before getting to work on fixing their poor online presence, were their goals for their business.
Both were adamant that they loved the customer service side of their custom projects best, and greatly enjoyed the rapport they had with long-term clients – people who came back to them every time something needed a repair, upgrade, or overhaul; and were always receptive to their recommendations.
Besides, with the way prices were plummeting, they were certainly ready to head away from the lower end of the market. Their longer term goals were to get into high end gear while adding value for their more discerning customers through design and installation work, as that’s where they made their best profits.
Rob and Lisa would have to sell a lot of Debut Carbons to make the same amount of profit as one small home theatre job after all! However, in order to stock higher end wares, they’d need to make sure they can shift that gear first!
For Rob and Lisa, the goal is expression!
They wanted everyone to know what they do – and that they do it ridiculously well!
After scrapping their old website, I paid them a visit one early, sunny, spring morning to catch the best light, and got to work photographing their showroom. As well, I got shots of some of Rob’s best home theatre installations and videod Rob and Lisa at work – greeting their customers and answering calls – while trying to catch that comfortable, familiar, playful vibe they had developed working with each other over the years.
Media done, I set about redesigning their website. It needed to be very visual, fast, and easy to navigate. After years of battling with their old clunky website, they wanted quick relief for themselves (and online customers!). Together, we decided on a minimalist design to match their warm, laid-back, no-frills, salt-of-the-earth personalities.
Once the website was loaded up with pictures and products, I could get down and dirty with reeling in Rob and Lisa’s first boatload of leads and sales.
The copywriting was key in making this happen. You see, copy isn’t solely designed to support photography and video, or describe products and services.
Because customer service is so important to Rob and Lisa, my copy for them was targeted for two things – search engine optimisation, so the business can show up on the first page of Google for their kind of services and locality; and customer engagement – so people KNOW that when you call on Rob and Lisa to get one of their custom home HiFi systems set up, you’re getting a job well done. There’s no “love ‘em and leave ‘em” attitude with these two!
Within a month, Lisa was on the lookout for more part-time staff to take care of repairs back at the shop so Rob could do the fun home installations.
Within six months, they had a waiting list 3 weeks long and had to rope in their son and son-in-law to help out over the weekends.
Within 12 months, Rob and Lisa’s website traffic had gone from a measly 23 views a month to 2000 hits per month!
That was back in 2019. Today, Rob and Lisa have more demand than they have the staff or energy for, yet somehow they’ve never been happier!
When I asked them if they’d like me to run some advertising campaigns to bump up the sales volume for AV gear or custom installations this year, I was met with two resounding “NOs” – in stereo!
As long as they’re happy, I’m happy!
GEOFF, RACH, AND MIKE’S STORY
Meet Geoff, Rach, and Mike.
These three friends are Audiovisual specialists and enthusiasts that set up shop 5 years ago.
When getting together to start this business, they had one thing on their minds – a common goal they all shared and wanted to achieve one day:
Own and run a thriving business that paid all the bills!
As a result, they started out small – each putting in whatever they could afford, and working long days, into the night, and over the weekends.
They knew that to keep the business profitable, they had to keep the shop open as much as they could, email and call customers constantly to try and get them back in, and use as many avenues as possible to get seen by potential customers.
It became apparent early on, that focusing on the lower end of the market meant that they would have to partake in price wars around the country to get any sales.
Exhausted with slaving over peanuts from tiny margins, they decided to diversify by selling a larger range of brands from various distributors, selling direct to businesses as well as end-users, and even creating and importing their own HiFi brand for distribution to other retailers.
This obviously resulted in an insane amount of products to keep up with in terms of description and price. As well, the pressure was now on to shift products as fast as possible to avoid having anything sit in their warehouse for too long.
These 3 owners came to me a couple of years ago with one request:
Sell more… so we can sell more!
The race was on!
I had a look at their website first, which, while wasn’t bad at first glance, wasn’t anything to write home about either.
They had a lot of text descriptions for their products which had been copied from their distributors’ websites in painfully eye-watering format.
While they utilised social media, their posts were few and far between and not optimised for reach, engagement, or conversion.
Their website structure lacked organization and intuitiveness, thereby leaving visitors with an uninspired and strikingly forgettable user experience.
While they were branching out from the business-to-consumer arena into the business-to-business side of things – there was little, if any mention of how they intended to take care of their business clients, leaving potential B2B customers wondering if there was any benefit to working with our trio.
It’s no wonder that over the last 5 years, they had never managed to break 1200 views per month!
My mission was clear – transform the website from blah – to inviting, smooth, and user friendly. Then, use all the tricks in my bag to snag those sales!
Since a major part of their copy relied on distributors’ descriptions, I coded an automation process to format every single one of their product descriptions, so they looked appetizing to the eye and could be consumed by potential customers in bite-sized, easily digestible chunks.
From there, all I needed was one proper photo shoot and a touch of professional copywriting to change Geoff, Rach, and Mike from nameless, faceless, random AV salespeople – to a true, blue, Australian company that not only has the goods; but the gumption, expertise, and Ozzie can-do attitude to get both their B2B and B2C customers whatever they want, when they need it.
With branding done, and website copy optimized for engagement and conversion, my next step was to ensure their lower end products, which they held the most stock of, were moving along.
That was easy – knowing that the lowest price would win, I coded a price tracking strategy into their website so we could scan the local scene for the going gear rates of the day – or every 4 hours to be exact.
Once determined, their prices would be dynamically and automatically changed to reflect a price lower than all their competitors – while still retaining a minimum gross margin, and certainly never below their cost price!
Now they could woo customers on the lower end of the scale without even spending any time or brain space on it!
Finally, I couldn’t wait to see what a good email campaign, social media strategy, and paid advertising plan could do for these guys.
It took me a good 30 days to roll everything out and collect enough data to analyze, but the results were worth the wait!
Within one month, they were ranking on the first page of Google and their online store was selling 264% more than the month before.
Within one year, their website which previously couldn’t break 1200 views, now had 6000 views – a 500% traffic increase!
The year after that, traffic rose to 10,000 visitors per month, and just in October 2020, broke the 20,000 visitor mark – a total increase from day 1, of over 1667%!
To top it off, now that I’ve built a sizable email list over the last 3 years we’ve been working together, I also run email campaigns for these guys twice a month and for all big holiday events.
Each carefully crafted and perfectly timed email is a revenue boost on its own as they consistently boast open rates of up to 40%, and rake in revenue to the tune of $15,000 to $42,000 per email.
I believe the pinnacle of Geoff, Rach, and Mike’s success – which really brought home how much positive change they’ve experienced since our journey together – was the year they won the coveted Sound + Image Awards, after we released a strategic marketing campaign specifically for this competition.
Like I said before, happy clients means a happy me.
The one thing that’s even more rewarding, is when I’m surprised out of the blue.
Last week, I was having a chat with a new prospective client, and he gave me a link to Geoff, Rach, and Mike’s page saying, “Casey, look at this amazing looking Hi Fi store – I want to be just like them”.
Something tells me I might know just how to do that!