The Property Republic team recently read and unpacked the 2022 Trend Hunter Report to see how property brands can stay ahead of the curve and respond to changing expectations and behaviours. Here are the report’s top 3 customer experience trends, insights and key takeaways your property business needs to be aware of:
1. Shoppable experience
Brands create in-person or virtual experiences that consumers can shop in.
Trend: Shoppable experiences are the newest way that companies are curating unique branded experiences for customers. These experiences include everything from shoppable hotel rooms to cooking shows.
Insight: Consumers increasingly expect that brands match their lifestyles and social media consumption habits when trying to relate to them. These more authentic interactions breed brand loyalty among consumers.
Takeaway: How is your brand creating innovative shopping experiences for customers?
2. Shoppable Room
Brands are utilising virtual home experiences as medium for retail.
Trend: Companies are launching virtual home shopping experiences to market products during the COVID-19 era. These gamified platforms are engaging with playful interactivity and comfort aesthetics that entertain consumers and also allow for the visualisation of a product in one’s space.
Insight: As government-imposed COVID-19 measures are highly restrictive to brick-and-mortar retail, individuals have turned to online shopping for their daily needs—whether that is because they want to play it safe or save themselves the hassle. Aware of the potentials of technology in virtual environments, many are looking for digital experiences that are immersive and this demand arises from a consumer need for entertaining distractions during a difficult time.
Takeaway: Conceptualise an immersive retail experience for online environments.
3. One-to-One Retail
Stores serve one customer at a time to give safe, ultra-custom experience.
Trend: The retail industry has seen a lot of transformation in light of the pandemic. One recent development is the growth of storefronts or services dedicated to limiting the shopping experience to two people: the retail worker and the customer. This is being executed virtually as well as in person and has the benefits of both safety and full personalisation.
Insight: The idea of personalised, consultant-based services in the retail industry is not necessarily new; however, because it is more specialised and doesn’t maximise employee time, it has historically been a service reserved for luxury big-ticket purchases. This model’s safety benefits make it an attractive option to make accessible for all in the new normal. In addition to reducing face time, one-to-one experiences also grant consumers a relationship-fuelled experience.