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June 30, 2021

Great product content will help you stand out from other suppliers

Great product content will help you stand out from other suppliers. 

2020 was, among other things, “the year of DIY”. Our homes became offices, schools, restaurants, and playgrounds. And people adapted. Spending on home improvement projects surged. With supply chain issues and increased demand, the price of building materials rose. 

In the midst of all this change, stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s were uniquely prepared to respond and adapt. For years, both stores have invested in omnichannel experiences like pickup lockers and geo-fencing (their app senses when people walk into a store and helps consumers locate products autonomously). 

This forward-thinking approach helped both Home Depot and Lowe’s deal with the deluge of home improvement and new construction orders:

As a supplier, how can you best collaborate with stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s to better position and sell your products amidst this boom in demand? 

Both Lowe’s and Home Depot work to make the online buying process feel like the in-store experience by increasing the number and quality of product images, validating that product descriptions are precise and consistent across every marketplace, offering 3D images and VR (virtual reality) technology so consumers can visualize what the product might look like in their own home.

for suppliers and distributors, product content is a critical differentiator

You are responsible for any product you sell at these stores, both online and in-person. Product descriptions, photos, PDFs, how-to-videos: both retailers are stringent about offering the correct assets. 

6 guiding questions about your product content:

  1. Does your product description clearly describe the problems the product solves? Does it stand out from other products in the same category? 
  2. Is your company’s web presence up to snuff? Home Depot and Lowe’s merchants will check your website when determining if they will carry your product. Any information you are offering to retailers needs to be up-to-date on your site. 
  3. Are you going beyond the basics with how-to videos and PDF guides?
  4. Speaking of videos, are you using them to educate store associates? Product videos are shown in break rooms and during team meetings. This educational material can help increase your visibility with in-store associates, thereby increasing sales. 
  5. Do you have 360° images to facilitate VR experiences (if relevant for your products)?
  6. Consumer reviews: with such a broad product base, reviews are crucial. Are you monitoring and responding to reviews? No reviews yet? The Home Depot Seeds Program can help. 

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From omnichannel innovation to a dedication to customer service, Lowe’s and Home Depot put a big emphasis on the user experience. Continued investment in your product content will help highlight your dedication to the relationship. 

Absolunet and inriver help building materials suppliers and distributors bridge the product content gap. Read more great content from the team here. 

Absolunet is an inriver Platinum Partner and five-time North American Partner of the Year. Read all about them here.

authors

Kerri Angel

Senior Marketing Manager, North America

Kerri Angel is the senior marketing manager for North America at inriver. She leads the field marketing efforts to generate revenue and build brand awareness for North America, working closely alongside the sales, partner & alliances and customer success teams.

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Mikhala Lantz-Simmons

Mikhala Lantz-Simmons

Director of Marketing at Absolunet

Mikhala Lantz-Simmons, director of marketing at Absolunet, is the heart of Absolunet’s content production and marketing initiatives, where she gets to combine her tech curiosity with her background in conflict transformation and organizational development.

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