“Little Things” Marketers Can Learn From 1D World: The One Direction Pop-Up Store

One Direction 2Want to reach tween and teen girls? Seeking to enhance your retail environment to better engage Millennial shoppers? Take a cue from 1D World, the One Direction pop-up shop that opened in New York City several weeks ago. Fans across the country have been buzzing about the store and the chance to be immersed in the world of 1D — literally! The store succeeds not only because it sells all things any Directioner would dream of, but because it creates an experience for consumers. Youth seek this when shopping because they want to socialize and be entertained in a store. If a store achieves this — which 1D World certainly does — Millennials will regard it as a cool place to hang out and they’ll encourage their friends to as well.

From the moment one enters 1D World, appropriately placed next to Madison Square Garden, it’s clear that it’s a party! Music is blasting, as expected given the purpose of the store, and shoppers feel like they’re part of a special space where all Directioners can share their love of the band. The name of the store even draws them in further; it’s not called 1D Holiday Shop or 1D Pop-Up Store. Instead, it evokes how the culture of being a Directioner is its own special world or club.

While this particular store is unique, it provides an example of how retailers can reach Millennials. Music is essential to young adults (67% say they'd feel lost without it according to our Entertainment Lifeline Report), so by setting up the right atmosphere or letting fans choose the sounds, stores can immediately capture their attention and keep them inside longer. Moreover, the name of a section can impact how a store is perceived. A junior’s department may not be a cool place to hang out or shop, but an area called a lounge may have more appeal.One Direction

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