La-Z-Boy Southeast's Journey
In the not-so-distant past, if you were shopping for new furniture to decorate your home and wanted to know about your best options, you most likely took a trip to your local furniture dealer and spoke directly with a sales representative, face-to-face, on the showroom floor.
Whether cost, comfort, or style was influencing your decision, you really couldn’t get around having those in-person conversations to determine what would be best for you, your family, and your home.
As we know, however, the way buyers make purchasing decisions has fundamentally changed with the rise of the internet. (We now live in an age where you can buy a car without ever going to a dealership.) So, companies that want to be competitive today need to create digital sales and marketing content online that answers the most pressing questions of their buyers — and the home furniture industry is no exception.
An ever-increasing number of people want to research their furniture needs at home before they head down to the retail stores to make a purchase. As we all know, purchasing a piece of furniture — whether that be a new dining room set, a couch for the family den, and so on — is a decision you’ll have to live with for many years to come.
So, it only makes sense that you’d want to safeguard yourself from having buyer’s remorse through diligent research. Still, as much as buyers are changing the way they shop, the vast majority of companies in the furniture industry are slow to cater to consumers’ new shopping preferences.
Of course, this leaves room for enterprising, forward-thinking companies to dominate the industry in this new digital era.
One such company is Tipperary Sales — better known as La-Z-Boy Southeast.
La-Z-Boy Southeast Embraces the New Digital Buyer
La-Z-Boy Southeast is a regional distributor of La-Z-Boy Furniture with eight stores across North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.
“We’ve been in business for over 43 years, and over that time there’s been a lot of changes in marketing,” explains CEO Martha Brown. “We’ve been marketing the same way for decades and it’s always worked. And all of a sudden, it wasn’t working anymore.”
But instead of hoping a continued commitment to the old sales and marketing playbooks of yesteryear would start working again and eventually pay off, the La-Z-Boy Southeast team realized there was no turning back the clock. Times had changed, and they needed to do something completely different and new to bring in buyers and, ultimately, revenue.
La-Z-Boy Southeast came to us after they heard IMPACT partner Marcus Sheridan speak at an event for like-minded business leaders about his revolutionary digital marketing philosophy called They Ask, You Answer.
Soon after, La-Z-Boy Southeast formed its own content marketing team — including a content manager and a videographer — and began working with IMPACT to become the most trusted source of information for people looking for answers to their furniture shopping needs. In doing so, the La-Z-Boy Southeast team made a commitment to creating written and video content multiple times per week that answered all of the questions their buyers had.