Meeting Consumer Demand by Selling Direct without Upsetting Your Current Distribution

Meeting Consumer Demand by Selling Direct without Upsetting Your Current Distribution

How you can actually strengthen current distribution partnerships - and increase sales - by selling direct to the end-user.


Tri-Flow Lubricants is a manufacturer of lubricants serving both the industrial and bicycle market segments. Within the bicycle segment, Tri-Flow had developed a passionate following among street and off-road bike enthusiasts but had very limited retail distribution. With the relatively "nichy" nature of this particular consumer base and Tri-Flow's relatively high price point, it was very difficult to get national retail placement. So the challenge became gving this portion of Tri-Flow's target consumer base access to their products by selling direct through their website without upsetting existing distribution.


ATA created the Tri-Flow "Gets it Movin'" integrated campaign to connect the brand's promise to the target enthusiast audience. A critical component of the program was the concept of distributor-driven e-commerce through our partnership with Shopatron. This e-commerce model would drive orders generated through the brand's website to existing distribution partners - giving them the opportunity to fulfill the orders anywhere in the country based on proximity to the consumer. But it also gave Tri-Flow the opportunity to fulfill the order if no retailer claimed it. The concept and methodology was a win-win - Tri-Flow helped their existing retail partners increase their sales by driving new business their way and they were still able to satisfy end-user demand in geographies where they did not have a retail presence.


The Tri-Flow "Gets it Movin'" campaign - complete with video, digital, web and social components - has kept the brand relevant among its target audience of bike enthusiasts. And the move to distributor-driven e-commerce has helped the brand not only consistently gain sales, but also gain new distribution partners who have seen the benefits of partnering with a brand that is willing to drive e-commerce opportunities their way.

In addition to the Gets It Goin' Campaign, ATA also developed a series of videos to help Tri-Flow set itself apart from the competition - click the links below to see the Tri-Flow® Torture Tests Video Series:


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