Petit Bateau is a world-renowned French children’s clothing brand that distributes its iconic products in its numerous physical stores and on its e-commerce site. It has a strong digital footprint thanks to its continuous improvement approach. As a committed brand always at the forefront of retail innovation, Petit Bateau is rising to the challenge of the circular economy by launching a new offer in 2022 called “Changer demain” (a play on words that means both “change tomorrow” and “change hands”).
The initiative aims to give a second life to Petit Bateau products – sturdy garments usually worn for only a few months, as children grow so quickly. The brand invites customers to return clothes that their children have outgrown to the store, where they will receive purchase vouchers in exchange.
An ad campaign powered by Meta ‘s drive-to-store capabilities
To expand the program and engage customers in this circular initiative, Petit Bateau called on Artefact. The data-driven digital services consulting agency met both objectives by proposing a system that leverages Meta’s drive-to-store strategies, as well as the density of the client’s network of stores in France.
“For Petit Bateau, this second-hand program is an opportunity to reinforce our sustainable approach and raise our customers’ awareness of environmental issues, but also to strengthen the link between the brand and its consumers. We have chosen to restrict the return of clothes to members of “La Grande Tribu”, our loyalty program, while the purchase of second-hand clothes is open to everyone. This strategy aims to maximize the engagement of our customers and reinforce the proximity between our brand and its community.”Hélène Trussart, European Acquisition Manager, Petit Bateau
Combined targeting via geolocation and customer database
To test the program before deploying it nationwide, Petit Bateau started with a preliminary selection of stores. Working with the brand, Artefact developed the test project in 3 stages:
“Artefact’s approach consists of assembling a multidisciplinary team to set up the technical prerequisites for the solution on Meta and working closely with Petit Bateau’s business teams to select test stores and measure results for this first campaign. We also have the technical capabilities and resources to scale up use cases. That’s the key to this long-term partnership.”Vincent Laquerrière, Account Director, Digital Marketing – Artefact France
Great test results: 100% of the target group reached
The operation was visible to all the members of La Grande Tribu addressed by the campaign. The number of clicks from the carousel to the route map leading to the nearest store also demonstrated the relevance and appeal of this operation for the target audiences.
This positive test allowed the brand to begin deployment of the program throughout France in the last quarter of 2022. To gather even more information on the omnichannel sales path of Petit Bateau customers, a feasibility study is underway to implement a real-time measurement, in full compliance with GDPR.
“The results from the test areas are excellent KPIs for building a global strategy and preparing for industrialization throughout France. We are also seeking to implement a measurement solution that will allow us to track the entire customer journey, from advertising printing to garment collection, in order to guarantee a complete and continuous offer. In the mid-term, our ambition is to deploy second-hand sales in all countries where Petit Bateau is present.”Hélène Trussart, Head of Acquisition Europe, Petit Bateau