Category: Retailer Blog

Why You Need Your Products Online Before The Holidays

During the festive season, customers will be using search engines like Google to find everything from Christmas lights and cranberry sauce to the season’s most sought after toys and gadgets. Most of what they’re searching for can be found in local shops. However, the problem is that when customers are searching online for products, they’re ...

7 Tips for Getting Customers to Linger

Does it feel like customers are just in and out of your store in a matter of seconds? Here are 7 tips that can help keep customers in your store longer and buy more. The longer customers stay in your store the greater the chance you have to expose them to all your merchandise, develop ...

Using Stock Estimation To Drive In-Store Sales

Your opening hours are up to date, a link to your website, your store address and phone number are listed. What else can you, as a retailer do to drive footfall into your store? What else are shoppers demanding? With huge growth in smartphone usage, more and more customers are beginning their product search journey ...

4 Time-Saving Social Media Tools

Owning your own store can be a demanding and hectic job. You have so many things to juggle on a daily basis from paying bills and scheduling staff, to dealing with customers and ordering new stock. Between all of these different tasks it can be difficult to find the time to focus on marketing your ...

3 Tips To Improve Your Web Performance

4 in 5 consumers are now using search engines to find local information such as opening hours, directions to the store and product availability. Many brick & mortar retailers are leveraging this influx of local search queries to their advantage by creating a website for their store. Setting up a store website is an excellent ...

Are You Making These 7 Retail Marketing Mistakes?

By Guest Contributor, Bob Negen, Retail Expert, and Co-founder of WhizBang! Retail Training.  As an independent retail store owner you have to wear LOTS of hats – including Chief Marketing Officer. Check to see if you might be making one of these common Retail Marketing Mistakes… 1. Your Marketing is “All About Me” If I had ...

A Little Box that’s Transforming Local Retail

My name is Mark Cummins, I’m co-founder of Pointy. Two and a half years ago I left Google and set out to make local retail work better with the internet. A lot of local stores were losing out to e-commerce, and I thought it didn’t have to be that way. So I started Pointy. I’m ...

Pointy Retailer Spotlight: Shawn Fine Wine & Spirits

Located in the neighbourhood of Park Slope in Brooklyn, Shawn Fine Wine & Spirits was founded in 1970 by Patrick and John Fitzgerald, two immigrant brothers from Tralee in Co. Kerry, Ireland. From its humble beginnings on 7th Avenue “as a local liquor store or more accurately, a convenient front for IRA shenanigans”, Shawn’s has ...

Changes In Google Search Behaviour & How It Affects Your Store

Google search volume for stores has been declining rapidly over the past few years. For example, here’s a graph of searches for “Toy Store” over the past 10 years from Google Trends: Does this mean that parents have stopped buying toys for their kids? Not at all. In fact, the opposite is true: toy sales ...

IOT Technology For Local Retailers

My name is Charles Bibby (co-founder of Pointy) and I am going to explain how we are using the Internet Of Things (IOT) to drive store visits for local retailers.  For me this all started back in back in June 2014 when my friend Mark Cummins (co-founder of Pointy) gave me a call (we got ...