Main Takeaways:

  • Brian and Phillip are joined in this episode of Step by Step by Alida Sholl, the Director of Operations at Rep Fitness.
  • Rep has tackled the unique challenges of setting up a warehouse for larger than average products and has perfected processes to handle these items.
  • What are some tools that your brand can leverage to better your customers' post-purchase experience?
  • Arming your customers with knowledge and guiding them through the purchase process not only builds their trust of your brand but encourages them to be repeat customers.

A Little Bit About Rep Fitness: And A Little Bit About Alida:

  • Rep Fitness is a complete fitness supplier that sells anything from pull-up bands to high-end power racks and all the weights that come along with that.
  • Alida started with Rep Fitness about two and a half years ago when she found out about the local equipment company when she moved to Denver; she reached out to see if they needed any help, and Rep Fitness just happened to have a position that was a fit.
  • Without a background in eCommerce, Alida started her career in manufacturing with a focus on process engineering.
  • Rep Fitness was preparing to move into a new warehouse, a task for which Alida was uniquely qualified.

Larger Than the Average Product: Warehouse Setup Challenges:

  • With products that are larger than average, what are some of the specific challenges when it comes to setting up a warehouse?
  • With items that require a lot of space, Rep Fitness relies on palette racking and a large floor stack area to meet its warehouse space requirements.
  • Rep Fitness sorts and labels everything in the dock area, so they also need a dock area that is larger than average to accommodate those needs.
  • When boxes can weigh up to 100 pounds, it is best to avoid any extra touches and make the shipping process as simple as possible.

Diving Deeper: Who Is the Rep Fitness Customer?:

  • The idea of a home gym does not have to be a big garage, so ideally, anyone can be a rep fitness customer.
  • The majority of Rep's customers are somewhere between the ages of 25 and 44, typically married, own a home, and a lot of them are parents.
  • Giving people the option to regain their freedom and live active and healthy lives without being tied to an external gym is one of Rep's goals.
  • It is becoming much more common to be fit and lead a healthy life, which Rep is allowing parents to demonstrate for their children and lead by example.

Putting the Gears in Motion: What Happens Post-Purchase?

  • Rep has a fantastic customer service and sales team that all personally know the equipment to give customers the best experience possible when purchasing.
  • Having a real human touch and a sales and service team that go above and beyond to make genuine connections with customers makes those customers feel welcomed to the Rep family.
  • Rep Fitness will soon be launching chat on its website that will enable customers to get their questions answered on the spot and eliminate the need to leave the site.
  • Already using Help Scout for all of their email requirements, it was a natural choice for Rep Fitness to choose to implement Help Scout's chat capabilities.

Bringing Them Back: Capturing Trends:

  • Most home gym owners will say that their home gym is never done, so they are always looking for new equipment to add.
  • Consistently creating new products that are items that everyone needs to have is a great way to ensure repeat business.
  • Customers like trendy things even in a space where there are tried and true methods along with more traditional clear paths to success.
  • When you are in a community-centric space, if members are using a particular product, then others in the community are more willing to want that product.

How To Earn Return Customers: Trials and Challenges:

  • Digitally marketing can play a significant role in capturing repeat business.
  • Remarketing email campaigns can be sent to customers that have not engaged with your content or made a purchase for a while.
  • There is a vast online community in the home gym space, and amongst that community are bloggers that are regularly reviewing products and boosting product awareness.
  • Rep keeps their product line broad so that customers can return and complete their home gym and supplement their fitness journeys with other Rep products.

Leveraging Social Proof: Harnessing Customer Created Content:

  • Rep has used Yotpo for all of the reviews on its site for a long time and has just recently started using Yotpo's digital marketing suite.
  • Yotpo's digital marketing suite allows Rep to pull in content from social media and display it on the homepage and product pages.
  • Customers want to see not only the studio images of products but also what that product looks likes in the homes of consumers like themselves.
  • Rep likes highlighting their customers, and the best influencers are customers that posting things about your brand, unprompted, that others can believe and trust.

Designing the Customer Journey: Deciding Where Your Customers Go:

  • Rep's site does not follow a cookie-cutter eCommerce model and takes its customers on a tailored purchase journey when buying products.
  • How do you decide what the best path to purchase will be for your customers?
  • There are two very different types of shoppers that Rep caters to along the path to purchase: those who like premade packages of products, and those who want to customize what they are buying.
  • Guided selling that empowers customers to find the options that they need gives them precisely what they want and makes your customers happy.
  • Post-purchase is often determined by upfront education and guidance.

What's Next for Rep Fitness: A Look at the Roadmap:

  • Rep is starting to dig into data and to find ways to track and leverage the data they collect in more effective ways.
  • Using Brightpearl, along with other analytics tools, will inform rep and guide them to make better decisions when it comes to reaching their customers.
  • Rep is retroactively going through all of their processes to make sure they are capturing actionable data.
  • Another goal is to get a full handle on return rates by finding better ways to track return information and finding ways to minimize returns.
  • Rep will also be migrating their website to a new platform, which will allow them to dig into how the site functions.

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