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Digital snippets: Nike, Bloomingdale’s, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Armani, Sephora

15 Apr meality_banner

A round-up of stories from around the web surrounding all things fashion and digital over the past week:

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  • Holographic ad gives live demo of Nike shoes on the street [PSFK]
  • Bloomingdale’s installs body scanners to help you find jeans that fit (as pictured) [Mashable]
  • Michael Kors releases limited edition sneakers to celebrate reaching 500 million fans on Facebook [Web & Luxe]
  • Marc Jacobs to dress famous Japanese holograph, Hatsune Miku [Fashionista]
  • Armani touts brand personality in latest Frames of Life eyewear campaign [Luxury Daily]
  • How Sephora differentiates in digital [Digiday]
  • The Business of Fashion is nominated for a Webby Award [BoF]
  • This Bond No. 9 ‘digital fragrance’ is only sold via QR code [Styleite]
  • Tavi Gevinson creator of The Style Rookie is the next big media mogul [AdWeek]
  • Menswear e-tailer FreshCotton creates drug cookbook to promote Stüssy’s spring line [Campaign]
  • Fashion e-commerce flowers in the Middle East [BoF]
  • Japanese luxury market evolves to keep up with digital generation [Japan Daily Press]

British Vogue hits one million followers on Twitter

22 Jan BritishVogue_Twitter

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The @BritishVogue Twitter handle has just reached one million followers after a period of significant growth off the back of its Vogue.co.uk site relaunch in September 2012.

The magazine added 250,000 followers in the past four months to hit the milestone, a fact it attributes to the “enhanced level of engagement that [its] users now have across platforms”.

“Social media is becoming ever more important and apparent in our users’ lives.  Our aim is to ensure that our Twitter feed remains relevant and entertaining, providing our core followers with up to the minute fashion news and authoritative fashion insight,” said Jamie Jouning, digital director of Condé Nast.

In comparison, @VogueMagazine (US Vogue) has 2.1m followers, @VogueParis has a similar following of just over 1m, @Vogue_Italia has nearly 275,000, and @styledotcom has just shy of 500,000. Alexandra Shulman herself has 11,000.

British Vogue has also just achieved 250,000 followers on Facebook and 10,000 followers on both Pinterest and Instagram.

Facebook Graph Search will prove key for local retailers

16 Jan Facebook

Facebook Graph Search in action, as seen on Mashable

The web is abuzz today with discussion around Facebook’s Graph Search, its new in-built social search system based on the data it’s been able to gather from all us users over the past eight years.

Safe to say, it marks an interesting move for the platform, and one that’s likely to impact significantly on all businesses alike, but particularly such consumer-facing ones as fashion brands and retailers.

If you’re a local boutique for instance, there’s no time like the present to make sure all your info is up-to-date, you’re doing everything you can to increase your following, and you’re thinking more than ever about how to stand out from the competition. It seems those who interact and engage with their fans the most, will be the ones that appear at the top of search results.

Here’s a good synopsis of what it’s about from Mashable: Facebook Graph Search could be its greatest innovation

And some nice comments from various industry experts over at Econsultancy: Facebook’s Graph Search: what does it mean for marketers?

eBay UK throws festive pop-up party for one of its one million Facebook fans

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Before the spring/summer 2013 campaigns sweep us away, and the forthcoming autumn/winter 2013/14 shows creep up on us, there’s one last holiday initiative I wanted to share.

eBay recently celebrated the fact it reached one million fans on its UK Facebook page by running a competition that offered one fan the chance to win a winter wonderland-themed party.

The “1 in a Million” contest saw 1,300 entries over three days, with a mother of two called Helen (an eBay buyer and seller of course) selected as the winner. She received a pop-up celebration in her local village just before Christmas that included a horse-drawn carriage, dancers, elves and circus performers.

The video above captures the scene. As Helen said: “The whole experience was really fun and totally unexpected… When a giant elf knocked on my front door it was all a little bit surreal. We all had a great time and we’ll not forget this day.”

A great example of personal, real-world social marketing.

Burberry holiday film gives Regent Street store an animated festive spin

13 Dec Burberry_festivenight

 

Burberry is wishing its fans a”magical festive season” with the release of a short animated film set atop London’s snowy rooftops.

“A festive night at Burberry 121 Regent Street”, as it’s called, sees a silhouetted couple travel by umbrella to the doorstep of the new flagship store where a party awaits.

Accompanied by the soundtrack “Goodbye England (Covered In Snow)” by Laura Marling, it sees them dancing on the second floor while a fox and an owl, both central to Burberry’s autumn/winter 2012/13 collection, dart across the screen. Even the Burberry festive van pulls up, before the couple depart, catching a giftbag floating down on a balloon as they do that opens up to a coat for the woman to wear home.

Housed on holiday.burberry.com, the film ends with the closing of the greetings card, social icons to encourage fans to share and the festive message that it’s celebrating the season by donating to the Burberry Foundation, which helps young people realise their full potential through the power of their creativity.

Topshop teases holiday film with social game of celebrity guess who – #whosthatgirl

3 Dec Topshop6

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Given the fact online films now pop-up left, right and centre from fashion brands and retailers, it’s always fun to see those who go the extra mile to make sure their fans are fully engaged ahead of launch, almost securing the spot’s virality before it does so.

Kudos then to Topshop, who has made its first holiday campaign an altogether more significant affair by using social media to tease who its star is.

“Winter Wonderland” will premier tomorrow on YouTube, fronted by a Hollywood A-lister. Accordingly, Topshop has been using Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google+, Tumblr, Pinterest and Instagram to build anticipation as to who she is.

 

Five teaser trailers reveal shots of her from the neck down, pictures on Instagram capture her in London over the weekend from behind, and comments on Twitter provide clues into where she’s from and what she likes doing. A board on Pinterest houses everything together in one space.

All of it is accompanied with the hashtag #whosthatgirl encouraging consumers to guess for the chance to win a £500/$1000 shopping spree at the store.

Justin Cooke, CMO at Topshop, said: “We are very excited about the launch of our first Christmas movie, its a true 360 degree campaign with some surprise elements that you will see tomorrow! We wanted to create real anticipation before it premiered and it looks likes its working with over 100,000 people watching 10 second teasers and an incredible number of posts and tweets across all platforms.”

Some of the clues have included:

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This one is particularly fabulous:

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And the guesses have been flying in. “From Elizabeth Olsen & Georgia May Jagger to Whitney Port & Diane Kruger…” tweeted Topshop on Saturday, December 1. So too have there been suggestions such as Cara Delevingne, Kate Bosworth, Chloë Grace Moretz, Emma Stone and more.

Fans themselves have been saying things like: “@Topshop’s #whosthatgirl competition is so addictive, keep trying to guess who it is, I really haven’t got a clue!”

And: “@Topshop #whosthatgirl can’t wait til Tuesday to find out if I’m correct, most fun game I’ve played in a long time, feel like a detective!”

And: “Tortured by @Topshop’s #whosthatgirl campaign. Talk about brilliant social media marketing. Can’t wait to find out who she is tomorrow!”

As for the film itself, Topshop says its inspired by The Fabulous Baker Boys – the film that made Michelle Pfeiffer famous. Until tomorrow then… (and some more pics below in the meantime).

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Digital snippets: Louis Vuitton, Project Runway, Westfield, Nike, Macy’s, Ikea

23 Jul

Some more great stories from around the web surrounding all things fashion and digital over the past week:

 

  • Louis Vuitton’s Yayoi Kusama app turns pics into polka dot art prints (as above) [PSFK]
  • Virtual Heidi Klum rates outfits of visitors to New York’s High Line via interactive Project Runway billboard [AdWeek]
  • Westfield pits East against West in social media Olympics campaign [Campaign]
  • Nike to run real-time Olympics Twitter ads [The Drum]
  • Macy’s rolls out Shopkick mobile rewards app nationwide [AllThingsD]
  • Retail brands can benefit from greater reach on Facebook by targeting their fans’ friends [Media Week]
  • B2B fashion sites on the rise [WWD]
  • Spoonflower lets users design and sell own custom fabric [TechCrunch]

Elle UK live tweets Beckham cover shoot

11 Apr

UK Elle magazine provided its Twitter and Facebook fans with exclusive behind-the-scenes access to its July 2012 cover shoot with David Beckham in Los Angeles yesterday.

The initiative followed the success of a similar one with Twilight actress Kristen Stewart last month (she will cover the June issue). This however marks the first time the mag has had a solo male appear, which provided the editorial team with a wealth of opportunity to build hype around the event before Beckham’s name was revealed. A poll was cast on the website, alongside a series of teaser stories.

The live tweets began last night following the official announcement yesterday morning. Although full shots of Beckham weren’t ever shown, the editors set the scene with descriptions and snaps of everything from their lunch to the clothes rail being selected from. There was even a close-up on the football player’s tattoos – proof if it was ever needed. Followers were also invited to send in their own questions to @ELLEuk and through its #BeckhamElle hashtag.

The move is an interesting one for a magazine; tapping into the all-important notion of ‘real-time’ in today’s social media world by opening up the one part of its publication that tends to remain under wraps until it hits the shelves. On each occasion Elle has done it just enough to grab attention amid the “noise”, and yet not so much so as to damage levels of interest when the issue is actually printed. It’ll be interesting to see newsstand sales and subscription growth in relation for both.

The choice of Beckham is said to be a nod to the 2012 Olympic Games this summer. Elle’s editor-in-chief Lorraine Candy, said: “David Beckham is a national hero, so we saw an opportunity to shoot a celebratory cover to support an historical and patriotic year. He is an icon and Elle is known for featuring icons on its cover.”

The issue will be available from May 30. View more of the behind-the-scenes pics, here.

Harrods invites Facebook fans to decide Burberry collection buy

15 Feb

Luxury department store Harrods has decided to listen to the voice of its consumer for the autumn/winter 2012/13 season, by handing the buying decision of the forthcoming Burberry collection over to its Facebook fans.

The day after the designer’s show at London Fashion Week on Monday, Harrods will post images of every look on its Facebook page. Those that receive the most likes, will be incorporated into the store’s buy for the season.

It’s an interesting move for a store renowned for its somewhat elitist approach to retail. But crowdsourcing for inspiration (as well as confirmation) is becoming an evermore appealing route for those in tune with successful social strategies.

The argument in this case is almost certainly that it’s common sense those outfits proving the most popular at this stage will end up being the ones that sell once they hit the floor later in the year (though the profile of the Harrods Facebook fan versus the actual Harrods shopper could be questioned).

It’ll be interesting to see how this develops and ultimately, whether it works.

Look out for my forthcoming opinion piece on how this season’s fashion week shows have been about offering full consumer access versus providing press and buyers with new digital exclusives…

MAC puts fans in front of camera for autumn collection campaign

12 Aug

MAC Cosmetics is paying its fans “the ultimate compliment” by making six of them the face of its new three-part autumn colour collection.

The result of its MAC Me Over! online casting call launched in November 2010, the five females and one male were chosen by the brand’s senior vice president and creative director, James Gager, because they “best expressed the MAC Me Over! motto – style, heart and soul”.

To win they had to send in either a photo or a video of themselves as well as complete the sentence “MAC Me Over! because…”

Gager said: “We have a huge fan base that we respect and cherish, so we are always thinking about the ways we can keep engaging them in fresh and interesting new ways, and of course more than ever that pertains to the digital space. We think of our fans first and foremost. I think especially for this collection, this was a way to say, ‘We admire you so much that we want you to be the new face of MAC’. That’s kind of the ultimate compliment, right?”

The collection launches in September 2011. Check out the exclusive video from behind-the-scenes of the shoot, below:

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