Most CPG companies are operating with dated route to market (RTM) strategies or have implemented RTM technologies in a piecemeal way without looking holistically at the picture. Accenture’s research and experience confirm that CPG companies with top quartile sales and profit growth are pursuing a Liquid Outlet Engagement Strategy—an integrated, customer-centric RTM model where customers enjoy a personalized, seamless experience across Face (salesperson), Voice (customer service), and Digital (B2B technology platform).
What does success look like?
Companies need new ways to build and own relationships with customers. This requires identifying the critical points along the purchase journey, understanding the customers’ pain points and identifying solutions to maximise customer satisfaction and service. Digitalization needs to be an enabler of that strategy, as well as data-driven processes.
Ultimately, the outlet engagement approach should include an integrated face, voice and digital engagement strategy that embeds the voice of customers as a standard way of working, is interlinked with technology platforms and data science, and engages all elements of the organization.
Build customer relationships based on insights
High performers are 2 times more likely to have implemented a granular, targeted approach to servicing outlets.
Commit to action now
This approach is not simple. Yet, companies need to act now because multiple players are already pushing into this space. Customers will likely have limited tolerance for numerous different digital tools across different platforms, with multiple chat bots or retailer apps. However, by strategically and holistically approaching RTM, companies can help drive revenues, improve productivity and generate greater customer satisfaction.