Showroom, the content destination found in Envoy B2B, gives your retailers a compelling B2C experience inside your B2B platform. It defines your brand and delivers your messaging, educates your buyers, and provides the materials reps need to connect with buyers and build successful orders.
But a tool is only as good as its content. Producing great content means using space effectively, creating compelling artwork, and understanding segmentation. Considering these factors when building your Showroom can transform it from good to spectacular.
And right now, having a spectacular Showroom is critical as we head into trade show season. Making effective use of your Showroom before, during, and after a trade show keeps retailers engaged with your brand by providing relevant, compelling content outside of the confines of the show floor.
So how do you make the best use of Envoy B2B’s amazing Showroom feature? We’ve been building Showrooms for different brands for years, and we lay out some of the best tactics here.
Use the space effectively
Showroom is made up of two parts: the featured view, and the dashboard view.
This is the visual frontend to Showroom. It’s the main area used to drive reps and retailers to your featured content. Think of it as a customized microsite built with a very targeted audience in mind.
- Showroom top space: Create arresting, compelling content right out of the gate to get your buyers’ attention.
- Key products presentation: Showcase hero products, highlight featured technologies, display add-ons, upsells, and promotions that are relevant to your buyers.
- Brand guide: Educate your buyers about who you are and why they should be carrying your products.
- Quick links to catalogs: Funnel users to the the most relevant catalogs with minimal friction.
- Video: Engage your buyers with compelling video content.
- Products: Incorporate direct links to the highlighted products found in the key products presentation.
Distribute files to your team on dashboards you define. This enable users to quickly access catalogs, presentations, products, and files.
- Organize files by season: his makes it easy for buyers to quickly see all the products from the upcoming Spring collection, and is critical when you're selling that season at a tradeshow.
- Set up categories within each dashboard: Buyers can easily sort depending on what they want to see (catalogs, videos, presentations, spreadsheets, etc.).
- Use expiration dates on dashboards: This is a great way to keep your dashboard clean, because it automatically hides content when it’s no longer relevant.
Create compelling artwork
Good design enhances interaction and helps draw the user in to engage with the content. It’s important to step back and look at your seasonal branding and make sure your Showroom maintains a similar look and feel. Cohesive design elements strengthen your overall brand message.
- Work with your marketing/design department to get correctly sized art. This is key, because you don’t want oddly sized/stretched images within the layouts.
- Optimize! While our system does some optimization when your image is uploaded, it’s best to upload web-optimized images. This speeds up download time, creating a better user experience.
- Multiple languages? Yes! Showroom artwork can be uploaded to be language-specific. Now, text and art can be in sync.
All of the planning and beautiful artwork in the world won’t mean anything if you can’t get the right products and information in front of the right people. Showroom allows you to have multiple featured views, each of which can be assigned to any user or group of users.
- Use a different header image, maybe a customized one for each different buyer.
- Add links to presentations that only apply to a certain group of users.
- Create product groupings for different countries.
If your product isn’t on the shelf, a customer can’t buy it. Showroom surfaces more of your products, and highlights your hero products and technologies, in a way that engages retailers and makes them want to return. And best of all, the entire Showroom is shoppable, so reps and buyers can easily add to assortments or orders at any point. Showroom is a powerful tool that will enhance your trade show experience, provide a year-round shoppable content and commerce destination for your users, and encourages retailers to fall in love with your brand.
Our team is highly skilled in setting up, designing, and implementing both the featured and dashboard views of Showroom.
We can work side-by-side with your design team or work with you directly to create a powerful Showroom that will help accelerate the selling process and keep your products top-of-mind for your reps and buyers.
Get your season started off right, deliver an expanded trade show experience, and keep your buyers engaged year-round. Plan, design, distribute.
Showroom: Exclusively on the Envoy platform.