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Customers Tell Us How To Build The Business. Presented by Ellen Montgomery. May 2005. The Timeline. Winter ’03 Murals Your Way is founded Spring ’04 Immersion Summer ’04 Survey planned, mailed, returned Fall ’04 Initial results shared/web changes begin

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Customers Tell Us How To Build The Business

Presented by Ellen Montgomery

May 2005


The Timeline The Business

  • Winter ’03 Murals Your Way is founded

  • Spring ’04 Immersion

  • Summer ’04 Survey planned, mailed, returned

  • Fall ’04 Initial results shared/web changes begin

  • Spring ’05 Research results/ recommendations presented


What The BusinessMurals Your Way Wanted To Know

Are customers satisfied with the web shopping experience?

How can we improve our web site?


What The BusinessMurals Your Way Needed To know

  • What drove them here?

  • Satisfied?

  • How do they shop, when, where, with whom?

  • Web savvy?

  • How can we reach others like them, drive traffic?


The Guiding Research Question The Business

Will a better understanding of the Murals Your Way customer provide guidance as to how the company could improve its web site?


Methodology The Business

  • 20-question survey to 250 recent customers

  • Sent from Murals Your Way, cover note from company president

  • 20% response rate


The Customer The Business

  • Female (76%)

  • Married (67%)

  • Put mural in bedroom (39%)

  • Attend Home & Garden shows (47%)

  • Not big magazine readers (39%)

  • Watch home improvement TV (69%)


They Found It, They Like It The Business

  • 92% never heard of MYW

  • 73% found MYW via a key word search

  • 61% found site “very easy” to navigate (20% “avg.-difficult”)

  • 96% would recommend MYW to a friend (high post- purchase satisfaction)

  • Only 45% had recommended “by name or web address”


How Customers Approached The Shopping Experience The Business

  • 82% approached the site with an idea clearly in mind

    -- 27% knew exact scene, sought only that scene

    -- 55% knew theme, browsed for that theme

  • 12% not decided on type of mural, enjoyed browsing


Visibility Matters The Business

  • 36% had seen a mural someplace, remembered it

  • 69% watch home décor TV show

  • 47% attend Home & Garden shows


Big Decision. How Is It Made? The Business

  • 59% needed 2-3 return visits to complete purchase 31% needed 4 or more visits

  • 51% spread those visits from several days to 2 weeks 31% needed several weeks (2% needed 2 months+)

  • 75% sought the input of others during this time


The Role of Commercial The Business

  • Homeowners, 80% of customers

  • Commercial buyers, 20% of customers

    - ASID (4,000)

    - Patient care providers (50K Peds., 150K DDS)

    - Multi-mural purchases will come from the commercial side


How The BusinessMurals Your Way Has Put Findings To Use

  • Continue search engine prominence

  • Help customers navigate more efficiently

  • Foster visibility of the product

  • Help shoppers take the time they need to decide


Now On Staff - Sales Rep For Commercial Accounts The Business

  • Targeting 4,000 ASID members (June conf.)

  • Medical

  • Hotels

  • Restaurants (Big Boy signed)

  • Others in negotiations (Kumon Learning)


More Recommendations Based On Findings The Business

  • ‘Bookmark Now’ prompt – because they will leave

  • ‘Tell A Friend’ program – otherwise only ½ will

  • Sign up for “Before & After” emails – entice them back


Answer To Research Question Is… The Business

YES, a better understanding of the Murals Your Way customer has provided guidance as to how the company could improve its web site.


Todd Imholte, President The BusinessMurals Your Way

“Suggestions for expanding markets have been right on. The feedback has already made a significant difference in how we approach our site and our marketing.

Sales will reach a new high water mark this month.

Information from this research has helped grow the business by more than 300%.”

April 2005


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