Class Meets Mass
High-class products may seem out of place in the high-volume world
of the Web. They aren't
Can exclusive products maintain their cachet when marketed through the
democratic equal-access world of the World Wide Web? They can if marketers
develop the right on-line strategies.
Prestige companies would be stupid to try to use the Web as a substitute
for visiting a store, the way other on-line retailers do, says an article
in Luxemagazine. Consumers want the "hands-on social experience
of shopping for jewelry at Cartier or shoes at Ferragamo's," the author
says. So high-end marketers should use the Web to complement the experience
of shopping, to create a kind of aura around the product that supports its
underlying message and drives consumers into the store.
Along with the Web, other types of interactive marketing will also become
useful tools in enhancing the exclusivity and desirability of prestige products,
the author predicts. For example, high-end retailers might provide customized
pagers to their best customers or program these customers' cell phones to
a toll-free number so they'll know as soon as an interesting product arrives
in the store. Perhaps, with the touch of a telephone button or key on a
computer keyboard, customers of the future will get instant access to their
designated sales associate, assigned to anticipate their every whim.
"Tomorrow's luxury consumers will live in a world of special phone
numbers, e-mail addresses, Web-site URLs and passwords they - and only they
- will have access to," says Luxe.
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