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Direct Selling: 5 Impressive Brand Insights Based on Competitive Intelligence

July 2018

Category Analysis  Direct Selling

Regions – India

Industry reports say that direct selling market to GDP ratio is 0.2 to 1.2 per cent in countries where there is a high presence of direct selling. India currently sees a direct selling of about 0.08 per cent of the GDP, and hence has huge potential to grow. In India, the direct selling industry engages around 5.8 million people. According to KPMG report, direct sellers can grow to 18 million by 2025.

Methodology

The analysis is based on customer reviews and conversations online in the segment. The analysis results presented are completely unbiased and not based on any subjective judgement. The source data used for the analysis are user conversations available publicly online like public forums and social media.

8,651

Total number of customer conversations analyzed

Direct Selling Market Overview

  • Beauty, personal care and consumer health are the most popular products sold via direct selling.
  • Indian direct selling industry grew around 13% in 2019.
  • Total number of direct sellers in India stood at around 5.7 million.
  • 50% of sales came from wellness products such as weight management supplements, energy bars and drinks.

Direct Selling Market Growth Drivers

The Direct Selling industry is growing steadily supported by various government initiatives such as the Skill India initiatives, that aim to impart soft skills and leadership skills to the  aspirants. 

Make in India, Digital India, Startup India and Women empowerment is also contributing to the growth of the market.

The personal bonding that comes with direct selling is yet another factor for the growth in this market. The quality of the products and best promotions available in direct selling  is fueling the growth of direct selling in India. 

5 Impressive Brand Insights Based on Competitive Intelligence

Arie de Geus, head of Shell Oil Company’s Strategic Planning Group, rightly says that the only way to stay ahead of competitors is to learn faster than competitors. So how do companies “learn faster”? The magical answer is in conducting competitor analysis using competitive intelligence!! 

What is Competitive Intelligence?

Competitive intelligence is the systematic process of observing, collecting and analyzing relevant information about the external business environment and distributing the resulting insights within an organization in order to make informed decisions. It can focus on competitors, customers and other stakeholders, but also on products and markets as well as on economic, technological or legal factors.

Regardless of the scope, its main purpose is to understand the external environment so that appropriate actions can be taken by businesses to stay competitive. Many a times we’re forced to take a step back and see the world in perspective as we analyze and re-analyze the reasons to track competition. Sometimes that self-reflection comes in the form of competitive intelligence.

Through a detailed analysis of 8,651 online consumer conversations spread across 5 different brands, Clootrack has listed down the top 5 drivers that buyers consider while buying products from direct selling:

1. Product Quality

The first step towards establishing direct selling is to ensure that the product is of good quality and is superior to the locally available products. Consumers are very clear on certain features such as quality and the performance of the products. From 8,651 customer online conversations that Clootrack has analyzed, it is very evident that the top priority for the consumers is the quality of the products. Manufacturers of direct selling products can establish growth by maintaining high quality products that will push customers to choose their brand over other products. 

2. Product Effectiveness

Product effectiveness relates to the extent to which a product achieves its objectives and the extent to which targeted problems are solved. When consumers buy a product, they expect it to adequately accomplish the purpose of buying the product and achieving the intended results. Manufacturers of direct selling products should mature to the point where they are effective and are successfully producing the desired results as expected by the consumers. Manufacturers of direct selling products should understand and promote the effectiveness of their products by demonstration or by offering free samples. Manufacturers should make their products work as intended to make a mark on the consumers.

3. Easy Returns Policies

Direct selling is all about nurturing long-term relationships with customers. Building easy return and refund policies can improve customer retention and customer satisfaction. Direct selling manufacturers should learn that their return policies should not negatively impact their sales. Consumers prefer to have a policy that should be clear and easy to understand. Customers appreciate flexibility and convenience of returns and refunds, and will be far more likely to shop with such a direct seller in future. 

4. Product Availability

Imagine a consumer’s ecstasy when they receive their products ultrafast? Consumers prefer to receive deliveries sometimes even in under an hour’s time. Manufacturers need to think about how to get it out to the consumers really fast. If your process is long and painful, then you should consider rebuilding the process from scratch and building up something that is simple, quick, and efficient. 

5. Good FAQ

A consumer who wants to learn more about the products will surely visit the FAQ section on your website. Consumers have reached FAQ page since they are doing important evaluative research on your product. Direct selling manufacturers should talk to customers and figure out the questions to include in the FAQ section. Using the help of trained sellers can help your business to appropriately respond to the needs of your audience.

Brand Equity

Consumer perception, which is a combination of knowledge and experience, towards a brand and its products, builds brand equity. The perception that a consumer segment holds towards a brand directly results in either positive or negative effects.

Brand equity is an indicator of the company’s strength and performance, specifically in the public markets. Brand equity is an important component of your business and holds great value for your business. The tangible value of your brand includes higher pricing and higher revenues, whereas the intangible value of your brand includes brand awareness and goodwill. Brand equity is important to increase the valuation of a brand. The value of a strong brand translates into numerous business benefits. 

Download the detailed report for free to get to know the brand names in the below chart. The detailed brand equity research report also covers list of features that delight users and several other interesting insights. 

In this report we have presented the relationship between different brand perception drivers in the form of a graph that can be used to sense the degree of importance that consumers attach to various factors. Enter your email at the end of this report and we’ll send it to you for FREE.

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Brand Equity

Consumer perception, which is a combination of knowledge and experience, towards a brand and its products, builds brand equity. The perception that a consumer segment holds towards a brand directly results in either positive or negative effects.

Brand equity is an indicator of the company’s strength and performance, specifically in the public markets. Brand equity is an important component of your business and holds great value for your business. The tangible value of your brand includes higher pricing and higher revenues, whereas the intangible value of your brand includes brand awareness and goodwill. Brand equity is important to increase the valuation of a brand. The value of a strong brand translates into numerous business benefits. 

Download the detailed report for free to get to know the brand names in the below chart. The detailed brand equity research report also covers list of features that delight users and several other interesting insights. 

In this report we have presented the relationship between different brand perception drivers in the form of a graph that can be used to sense the degree of importance that consumers attach to various factors. Enter your email at the end of this report and we’ll send it to you for FREE.

Top 4 Emerging Trends

Globalization and migration has brought a new dimension for the direct selling companies. Over the last few years direct selling is witnessing few trends based on a model where consumers are participating and becoming co-creators of the direct selling processes by taking an active role in the buying experience. Keeping an eye on these emerging trends can make a huge difference for direct selling business. Here are 4 emerging trends for the coming years:

1. Trendy/Reusable Packaging

Packing is the first impression that consumers get about a product and represents the entire brand. A unique packing design or reusable packing material can prompt purchase of a product and is emerging as one of the most important trend in direct selling. More and more of direct selling companies are paying close attention to product image and packaging.

Most of the direct selling companies should consider attractive and fancy packaging to drive up sales. Combine your packaging with the product to make a unique statement.

2. Longer Trial Periods

A trial period is the duration in which the product audition happens and time when people transit from being audience to actual buyers. The trial period opens the door for consumers to try out the products even before paying for it.

In direct selling, the emerging trend is consumers asking for a longer trial period. When customers are busy professions, it is important to allow longer trial periods. As manufacturers of direct selling products you should take the pressure off them by allowing a longer trail period. 

3. No Questions Refunds

Consumers these days want to be completely satisfied before they accept any products. Hence more and more consumers are asking companies to offer refunds without asking for any reasons.

Manufacturers of direct selling should keep the refund policy flexible and easy for consumers in case they prefer to return the products.

Manufacturers of direct selling products need to understand that their refund policies will make all the difference between retaining a satisfied customer and losing that customer forever. 

4. Unbiased User Review Apps

Product reviews form a powerful form of social proof that can influence the users and their purchase decisions. When consumers see reviews of people appreciating the direct selling products, this can cause a positive feeling about the product. At the same time negative reviews can destroy the product image to a great extent.

With a high amount of importance on the customer reviews, procuring unbiased reviews has emerged as an important trend in today’s age. It has become critical for consumers to have access to reviews that are not manipulated. Marketers and firms of direct selling products should introduce mechanisms to improve the authenticity of customers’ review data.

Detailed Report

India is a thriving market for direct selling. Consumers of direct selling products are discussing about various factors that they wish to witness in direct selling industry. Do want to know what other important factors that customers are looking for while buying products from direct selling? You can download the pdf version of the complete report for free. Enter your email at the end of this report and we’ll send it to you for FREE.

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