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3C Store Fixtures Excels with a Marketing Systems Revamp through the NC State University Industry Expansion Solutions Marketing Launchpad Program


3C Store Fixtures of Wilson, North Carolina, once known as Carolina Cabinet Company, is renowned for providing high-quality store fixtures and display solutions. With a commitment to enhancing the shopping experience, 3C Store Fixtures offers a comprehensive range of products designed to meet the diverse needs of retailers like Massage Envy, Orange Theory, UPS, Walgreens, and more. Their fixtures, including shelving units, display racks, and signage solutions, are crafted with precision and attention to detail.

The Challenge

When NC State University Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) regional manager, Anna Mangum, approached the company in 2020 with the opportunity to participate in the marketing support program with the assistance of the Emergency Assistance Program (EAP) grant, President Michael Jones reluctantly accepted, saying, “I was willing to check the program out with the help of a grant but was wholly opposed to spending our money on it. I didn’t think marketing was necessary and you’re going to have a hard time convincing any company meeting their goals with no marketing why they need it. Now, you’ll have a hard time convincing me to stop.”
It’s hard to imagine where we are today versus where we came from; it's an entirely different company. My advice to other companies with the opportunity to participate in the Industry Expansion Solutions Marketing Launchpad program is to listen. You don’t know what you don’t know. I advocate for this marketing program because I’ve seen our success from it.
— Michael Jones, President

MEP's Role

With help from NC State University IES, part of the MEP National Network™, 3C Store Fixtures created an extensive marketing strategy through the Industry Expansion Solutions Marketing Launchpad program. This initiative provides a proven process for North Carolina businesses to continually improve their marketing programs, including advertising, promotions, social media and reputation building. 3C repurposed their website and redesigned collateral materials to reposition the brand. 3C now launches regular social media ad campaigns, creating marketing pushes that bolster customer relations and build brand awareness; the team has a new plan for tradeshows. Return on investment (ROI) engagement data is collected on each campaign to validate the time and expense.

Jones says his perspective on marketing did a complete 180° with the Marketing Launchpad program. The strategic optimization of algorithms and targeted advertising campaigns amplified their exposure and generated direct feedback. Jones remarked, “Marketing matters because people see it. The exposure we’ve achieved has increased exponentially. We have fine-tuned the algorithm and the ads are hitting the exact people we want to be our customers. I get phone calls saying they saw an ad or a video. If we stopped marketing today, we would lose all the momentum we’d built.”

Created February 22, 2024