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25 Oct 2021

New Consumer Research - Mind The Knowledge Gap

At Gekko, we are always trying to increase our knowledge of the retail sector. In October 2021, we appointed OnePoll to survey 2000 UK consumers to investigate the power of positive engagement.

One of the key findings that were identified from this research was that retailers miss out on £15bn per year due to poor advice in-store. This research also identified a plethora of useful insights for retailers to take advantage of.

1 in 10 shoppers have cancelled a planned considered purchase due to poor instore advice - Gen Z most likely to seek out experts - Gekko urging retailers and brands to implement new ‘experience-centric playbook’

Brands across some of the top retail categories potentially missed out on close to £15bn in instore revenue in the past year, due to poor in-person advice. The finding comes from new research by field marketing and retail experience agency, Gekko. The study of 2,000 consumers, conducted by OnePoll, looked at what influences shoppers in making a ‘considered purchase’ - purchases that are made with significant financial or emotional thought.

The research revealed 1 in 10 shoppers said they had walked out of a shop during the pandemic, due to poor advice relating to a considered purchase they were definitely going to make. This equates to some £15bn in revenue overall over the past year when looking at the overall in-store spend.*

The experiences vary across categories and age groups. Gekko surveyed experiences across Overall 59.8% said they had received ‘excellent or good advice in store’, highlighting the benefit of human interaction and face-to-face sales. However, £15bn could be a drop in the ocean of additional revenues that could be accrued with better advice. 37% of shoppers in the consumer electronics category revealed they would be prepared to spend more if they received excellent and knowledgeable in-store advice, indicating a golden opportunity for retailers. This compared with 30% of shoppers in the home improvement category and 27% in homeware/ home furnishings and 21% in clothing and apparel.

To read more about our survey results please visit our Research page.

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