An exercise I recommend for a lot of brands is looking closely at specialty retail and doing a comparison with what you’re making and what’s popular out there. This is a quick and easy exercise that’s also a fun way to figure out how to find market trends in specialty retail.
Let’s break it down…
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5 Best Ways to Find Market Trends
As someone who has browsed market trends for over a decade now, I can tell you that there are many ways to find market trends, but only five that will bring long-term success for your business.
These are the 5 best ways to do that:
- Follow what industry influencers and publications are doing and reporting on.
- Soak up all the industry research and trends reports you can find.
- Use digital tools and analytics to assess the data for industry behaviors.
- Listen to your customers. This one should be a total no-brainer!
- And observe what your competitors are doing in the market.
Today, we’re focusing on specialty retail and what the competition is doing out there, the trends they’re conforming to, and what others are looking at when making market-based decisions.
Alright, so what do I mean by specialty retail?
What is Specialty Retail?
This goes across niches. These are stores that showcase new and up-and-coming brands. Here are some examples that have really stood out for me…
I point to Erewhon for clothes…
But also for organic restaurant-level food stuffs…
or Foxtrot Market for food and beverages…
While H Lorenzo is a great example in menswear…
and ladies fashion.
What I encourage you to do is look at the actual products and lines they carry…
Does your editorial and lookbooks and kind of style and photo stand up to what you see from the brands that are featured on these specialty retailers?
Is the actual quality of the look and feel of materials of what you sell up to par to compare to what those brands are doing?
How to Find Market Trends in Specialty Retail
I would dive in and look at the individual brands. Here’s the things you need to be paying attention to:
- If you’re in fashion or any apparel brand, really, look at the material quality, the cuts and lines of the garments
- If you’re in food and beverages, look at the ingredients, the packaging and sizes of the product, etc.
And then go look at their platforms:
- their websites
- their social media accounts and posts
- their email and newsletter lists
to find the numbers you need to reach the same quality of what they’re doing.
If you feel your brand can sit in with this, then you’re ready to have those conversations but what you’ll likely find is… there’s a lot of learning still to do.
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