Royal Enfield sees surge in digital bookings due to COVID-19

    Published On Jun 02, 2021 07:00:00 AM

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    The customisation options offered by the ‘Make-it-Yours’ programme are also a contributing factor

    Royal Enfield has seen a significant surge in digital bookings for its motorcycles, due to the ongoing wave of COVID-19 and its associated lockdowns across the nation.

    • Buyers can personalise their motorcycle on the app and then make a booking online

    • In addition to this, one can also customise and purchase riding gear and apparel

    • The app is available on Android and iOS platforms

    Surge in bookings

    “Today, 50 percent of our enquiries are routed through digital platforms, up from around 20 percent earlier, and the conversion from digital enquiries has also doubled,” Shubhranshu Singh, Royal Enfield’s global head of marketing, told our sister publication, Autocar Professional. 

    “The response from customers to our digital offerings has been overwhelming,” he added. While the RE App is intended to facilitate easy product discovery, purchase, ownership and aftersales-related attributes of the Royal Enfield portfolio, the ‘Make-it-Yours’ motorcycle personalisation platform has been “an even bigger enabler”. 

    Make-it-Yours customisation

    This has been especially evident in the Meteor 350 where over 90 percent of bookings, “which are all digital”, have come in through the MiY platform. The mobile app and website-based 3D configurator allows customers to access scores of personalisation options, including the choice of colourways, trims and graphics.

    It also offers a selection of a wide variety of apparels and accessories, right from the time of booking their new motorcycle. Buyers get visibility of the delivery timeline of their motorcycle after placing their orders. 

    Introduced last October, MiY is rolled into the RE App, the company’s website and is also available at over 320 showrooms. Going forward, there are plans for a phased introduction at more than 2,000 outlets across India. According to Singh, the company has been quick to respond to the shift in consumer behaviour during the pandemic.

    The impact of COVID-19

    While the “opportunities for digital existed in theory”, COVID-19 has hastened this transition on a “never-seen-before” scale. “Last year, our focus was to bring more value and engagement to our customers across all levels of brand interaction,” he said.

    The idea was to create an involved purchase and ownership experience that was seamless and hassle-free. “We introduced several digital initiatives that have only further fuelled customer interest in the brand and our products,” added Singh. Royal Enfield’s dealers are being constantly “sanitised” about the importance of a digital presence, platform usage and response management. 

    As he explained, the company has “elevated the entire mid/lower-funnel consumer journey” to make it a seamless and convenient process. Special focus has been accorded to customer convenience, with transactions now being completed from the comfort of homes rather than in showrooms.

    The future

    “We are not being complacent and will continue to invest heavily in digital across our product and service offerings as well as customer engagement,” reiterated Singh. The goal is to “continuously evolve” the present digital infrastructure to ensure that the experience is “in harmony with evolving customer needs.” 

    With the second COVID-19 wave distinctly weakening, going by the reduced number of infections, Royal Enfield will be hoping that customer sentiment is back soon. Like other automakers, it could be looking at a more buoyant second quarter, with the momentum firmly in place by Diwali.

    Also see:

    Royal Enfield Meteor, Bullet and Classic 350 recalled

    Royal Enfield readies Honda CB350RS rival

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