- What does my storefront display tell me about my bakery?
- Is the entrance open and inviting?
- Are my windows clean?
- Do my signs tell me exactly what I am going to find inside?
- Are the promotions up to date?
- Does the space outside my bakery smell good?
- Do I want to come in and stay?
- Is my place child-friendly?
You should always bring your fresh products right up front, near the cash. Make sure these treats are
eye-catching, symmetrical and smell enticing, and delivered with excellent customer service.
Here are a few quick and easy tips you can use, and watch your sales multiply immediately!
1. Entice customers near the door
First, an affordable way to entice local foot traffic through your bakery doors is to place a colorful chalkboard panel in front of your door or on your patio. A great window display will be the first impression your customer has of your bakery; consider it a “teaser trailer” for your bakery. It’s a great place to show customers your new products, your best sellers, and what’s on sale. Third, use scents to get your customers in the door. Did you know that Cinnabon strategically places ovens near the front of its stores so the smell of baking cinnamon rolls wafts outside?
2. Use proper signage
All your signage should be consistent in size, layout and typeface, and should complement your bakery’s image and brand. Use signs to give your customers the information they need, but might be too shy or busy to ask. Mention the unique way in which it was made, and try to also offer nutritional information. Always make sure every item is priced appropriately to avoid surprises at the cash register.
3. Offer in-store sampling
People love free samples! I cannot stress how beneficial sampling can be for your bakery. Giving customers a chance to taste your products and opportunities to ask questions is the best way to make a sale. Sampling also gives your staff an opportunity to educate customers. It is probably the best marketing tool a bakery could use.
4. Merchandise and cross-merchandise to boost sales
Your goal is to sell fresh bakery and other food products and the food should always stand out in order to generate impulse sales. Always envision your displays full of products. Colourful displays are not only very attractive to the eye but colours play a major role in luring a would-be customer into your bakery.
Creating displays with different heights and depths is a key merchandising point. For baked goods, this can be achieved by using a variety of different platters, two- and three-tier display units, and cake stands with pedestals. Avoid using large, commercial-looking plates. Your dishes should be small enough to look full when you place your pastries on them, but big enough so that they don’t seem crowded. Place your most eye-catching cakes on pedestal cake stands, so that they attract attention from far away. Cross-merchandising baked goods is also an excellent opportunity to upsell by pairing the right items together. Tiered shelving and glass shelves greatly enhance baked goods, and is a great place to suggest pastry pairings. Avoid routines: Try to mix things up on a regular basis.
5. Pay attention to packaging
Presentation is essential to your bakery; your packaging will boost your brand, and will make your products stand out from the crowd. It should be part of your merchandising. Your products should display yourbakery’s logo, slogan, and website. as they say when it comes to bakery products, we eat with our eyes first! / BJ