This is sponsored news by MRA Marketing:
MRA Marketing has produced a new, easy to operate digital solution to pull sales through from homeowners to installers, and on through to stockists. Merchant buying group FORTIS is using a version that allows members to sell the group’s Infinita bathroom range to homeowners through their own websites whatever their sites’ eCommerce capability.
The Infinita Online Showroom Shop, a product developed by MRA Marketing, allows Fortis’ exclusive Infinita bathroom range to be sold online via its 42 member merchants’ websites.
The Infinita range, with products from 21 different suppliers, was originally sold only through physical catalogues and branches.
Seeing an opportunity to provide a digital solution that worked in a complex purchasing environment, and having seen some of their digital solutions, Fortis turned to MRA Marketing.
Developed from their own ‘plug-in’ shop, MRA created a closed-loop website that embeds or plugs in, easily into members’ websites enabling them to make transactions regardless of their existing eCommerce functionality.
The Infinita Online Showroom Shop is hosted on a centralised domain and visitors to a member’s site are presented with a merchant-specific Infinita platform. Purchases are made through the member site or integrated with the merchant’s own eCommerce infrastructure, so purchases are made directly through the merchant. Each member also has their own administrative access, allowing them to manage their stock levels.
Mike Rigby, CEO of MRA Marketing, says: “The Fortis Infinita Online Showroom Shop was developed from MRA’s proprietary Plug-In Shop. The Plug-In is a unique multi-level digital solution that’s scalable and designed to help anyone in home improvements sell more
effectively by pulling sales through the homeowner, installer, and merchant interface. For us, that’s a bit like the home improvement Holy Grail, where we’ve always been looking for ways to help suppliers control the volume of their sales from the end customer through to the merchant and to the brand itself.
“Most brands provide marketing and sales support to help their direct customer, the stockist sell. But pulling sales through from the customers’ customer, the installer, is harder, and engaging directly with the installer’s customers to pull through sales from the homeowner through installers to the merchant and therefore to the brand itself has always been the greatest challenge. Most brands have little or no control over that, and only the biggest brands have the budgets and expertise to do it at all. That’s why we call it marketing’s Holy Grail, and that’s why we’re so pleased to have created a cost-effective solution, with a smooth and easy activation experience, whatever the company’s knowledge or experience of eCommerce.”
Call Phil Boyland on 01453 521621 or visit www.mra-marketing.com to learn more about MRA Marketing’s Online Shop and MRA’s pull-through digital selling solutions. For more information about Infinita, visit www.infinitabathrooms.co.uk.
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