Summer and Fall are peak seasons for selling paint. Now is the time to think about ways you can make the department more profitable by increasing the average transaction size. Start with expanding your paint line to include better quality paints and sundries such as tape, rollers, paint trays, drop cloths, and brushes. Selling more paint and add-ons requires employing paint professionals who are proactive about explaining the benefits of the products to customers. Helping shoppers select the right paint and accessories to get the job done to their satisfaction will make your store the go-to place for advice about future projects.
Offer DIY Customers Information and Advice
Buying paint is an emotional purchase. Many people shop at the neighborhood hardware store because they need advice and are familiar with the people who work there. When shoppers come in, please don’t assume they know which paint to buy. Start by asking questions about the areas of the home they plan to paint. You can then discuss different brands and finishes. These are things people may forget to consider since they are more concerned with color selection. Price and value may also be top of mind for the shopper. Be prepared to offer a range of product options.
In many homes, women decide what paint to buy for the project. They tend to take their time and mull things over before making a final decision. The paint staff should be helpful, but give shoppers enough space to gather ideas and inspiration for their projects.
Building Relationships with Pro Customers
Independent retailers often sell high-quality paint brands not available in big box stores. This advantage can be leveraged to attract and retain pro customers who value quality and performance, rather than price. Contractors tend to be loyal to specific paint brands, and want high-quality brushes and rollers to perform tasks efficiently and effectively. While independents may not be able to compete with big boxes on price, they can differentiate themselves with exceptional service and product selection. A few suggestions for maintaining relationships include offering:
Learn New Technologies and Product Information
One of the best ways to learn about new color trends and product innovations in the paint industry is by talking to paint reps. Paint manufacturers and industry experts often conduct on-site training and present seminars on specific topics related to buying and selling paint. If the paint staff is unable to attend, there are many options online that will keep them up to date. Several wholesalers and vendors offer online training year-round to accommodate paint teams who want to stay current.