Customers placing orders in on the website of each festival in advance had access to exclusive discounts and the opportunity to purchase limited items and merchandise. The service gave its supporters an opportunity to pre-purchase FRANK Water bottles for the event, with free refills, as well as other FRANK Water merchandise. Once at the festival, customers needed only go to the FRANK Water stand with their order confirmation to collect their purchase.
For FRANK Water, the process was straightforward. There was a cut-off period for orders ahead of the festival so the staff were able to simply print out the orders and cross out the orders redeemed. This was particularly easy for the staff to manage. Alongside the consumer benefits, FRANK Water enjoyed better on-site stock control and planning as well as improved opportunities to up-sell and cross-sell products.
The service was a resounding success for FRANK Water:
– Half of the available branded Green Man bottles sold at via the digital service in advance. The remainder was sold out within the first day of the festival
– At the End of the Road festival the charity sold out all its bottles before the festival began.
– 100% of prepaid orders were collected.
The core benefit the charity saw was easier stock control, as it had previously found that it would often overstock bottles that couldn’t be returned, because they wouldn’t know how many would be purchased on site. The customer data was also a distinct benefit, enabling FRANK Water to get to know its supporters better.
This year FRANK Water is planning to refine its menu to only offer festival-specific branded bottles and only allow these to be purchased online. With the refined menu and now the charity will be able to start advertise much earlier in order to increase sales of bottles well as reduce wastage to nothing.
In their own words
Katie Alcott, CEO and Founder of FRANK Water: “Our mission is to help those in need access safe, clean drinking water, whilst supporting the British public to drink water more sustainably. Working with UK festivals is essential for helping us meet those goals. By introducing the opportunity to pre-order, we wanted to make it easier for our customers to plan ahead and to purchase the products they want and to support the charity whilst reducing their single use plastic consumption on site. Not only that, the data we gather helps us enhance our personalised marketing efforts, building stronger customer relationships in the long term.”
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