atheadphones.com to promote and retail full range of consumer and professional headphones in EU countries.
Audio-Technica, a world leader in the design and manufacture of consumer and professional monitor headphones, has launched a dedicated website – atheadphones.com to promote its full range of professional and consumer headphones directly to the customer, throughout the European Union. The website has been developed with two main objectives to provide a brochure ware site, with information on the full range of Audio-Technica headphones, and an e-commerce facility, enabling customers to purchase headphones directly by credit card, in either GBPs or Euros.
Audio-Technica’s headphone range is hugely popular worldwide, especially in Japan, where it is ranked number two, behind Sony, in terms of sales. Success in the European market, however, has been constrained by limited retail distribution. The atheadphones.com website is designed to promote the full range of headphones throughout Europe, directly increasing sales online, and driving consumer demand to bring about an expansion of sales in the retail channel; both Consumer Electronics and MI retail.
A parallel marketing campaign, to stimulate both online and offline sales, will include promotion of Audio-Technica headphones via the three major internet search engines, and advertising in the press and on the London Underground. Commenting on the launch of the website, Harvey Roberts Senior UK Marketing Manager Audio-Technica Ltd., stated, “It is important to our growth strategy that we increase our share of the professional and consumer headphone markets in Europe, in line with our position in the rest of the world. atheadphones.com has been conceived as a primary driver in achieving that goal. We understand that our current retail accounts may have concerns about our selling direct online, but the research shows indisputably that an increase in our online presence will result in increased sales on the high street. atheadphones.com is going to improve sales of Audio-Technica headphones across the board and will directly benefit our retail accounts.”
atheadphones.com went live on 8 March, and received its first order within hours of being operational. A new retail and trade pricing structure is being introduced to coincide with the launch of the website. This will provide for parity between online and retailer sales throughout EU countries.
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