Categories
data digital snippets e-commerce film social media technology

Digital snippets: Bloomingdale’s, Banana Republic, Liberty London, Chanel, Brandy Melville

A round-up of the latest stories to know about surrounding all things fashion and tech…

instagram

  • Bloomingdale’s launches interactive, shoppable Instagram gift guides [Luxury Daily]
  • Shyp partners with Banana Republic to help procrastinating shoppers [TechCrunch]
  • Liberty London turns Instagram likes into loyalty perks [PSFK]
  • Watch Cara Delevingne and Pharrell sing in Chanel’s latest short film [Fashionista]
  • Brandy Melville: Instagram’s first retail success [Business Week]
  • Very.co.uk leverages real-time OOH for Christmas advent calendar campaign [The Drum]
  • Luxottica and Intel take the fashion/tech hookup to a whole new level [NY Times]
  • Lady Gaga is a 1940s diva in showstopper for H&M [Creativity Online]
  • Van Cleef & Arpels creates interactive microsite for winter [Luxury Daily]
  • J.Crew goes back to Instagram for design inspiration – meet Mayhem, age 4 [BrandChannel]
  • Inspiration meets social media [NY Times]
  • How fashion retailers are using data to deliver personalised customer experiences [BoF]
  • Google want to launch a ‘Buy’ button to hurt Amazon [Business Insider]
  • How a fashion e-retailer uses Apple’s iBeacon technology to reach shoppers in Brazil [Internet Retailer]
  • ‘Bionic Bra’ could revolutionise the brassiere as we know it [Mashable]
  • Infographic: Here’s how sizing varies at different retailers [Business Insider]
  • Selfies are huge in Asia, and brands are having fun with them [AdAge]
  • WeChat reigns as top social influencer for China’s luxury shoppers [Jing Daily]
  • What is holding back fashion on YouTube? [L2 The Daily]
Categories
e-commerce social media Uncategorized

Social media isn’t a 9-to-5 job in retail, especially at Christmas

JohnLewis_advent

That title should be quite an obvious statement to most, but a number of stores seem to need reminding of it in the busy run up to the holidays this year.

At a time when capturing consumer attention is fraught with more noise than ever, any sort of social activity that has the ability to cut through should not be restricted to the standard Monday to Friday routine. Yet many of them are…

Not to pick on John Lewis, but in this instance it’s the most obvious example. The UK department store has been running an advent calendar competition via Twitter with the hashtag #JLChristmas.

A nice incentive-based initiative (and no doubt a traffic driver), it invites @johnlewisretail followers to guess what festive treat is behind the door of its advent house to be in with a chance of winning it.

Every day between 10am and 3pm, it tweets out clues. At 4pm it then reveals the answer as well as a winner. Every day except Saturday and Sunday that is.

As the press release reads: “We won’t be running our competition on Saturdays or Sundays, but that means we’ll be giving away three lovely prizes instead of just one each Monday so there are even more chances for you to win.”

You could argue it’s because Mondays are the strongest selling days for e-commerce over the holidays, which would be fair. But in this case, that’s thoroughly illogical. If the aim was to increase traffic on a Monday you could still up the content on those days while maintaining the usual over the weekend too. For the record, eBay UK expected Sunday, December 2 to be its busiest online shopping day of the year.

So the simple answer, of course, is resources. Retail marketing is not a 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday job. It hasn’t been for a very long time. It certainly isn’t now, yet with social it’s frequently still seen like it is.

Customer service departments are a lot better at working around the clock (M&S has doubled the number of those in its e-commerce call centre), but enormous marketing opportunities are being lost by brands who only focus on pushing out messages at the times they’re also sat in the office. How many of the individuals on such teams then go home and browse through Facebook, or better yet do a spot of online shopping themselves I wonder?

And that’s exactly the point.

As Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, famously said: “If you don’t come to work on Saturdays, don’t bother to come in on Sunday.” Not a bad takeaway for Christmas traders…

Categories
film Uncategorized

Whistles model throws a tantrum in comedy advent calendar video

We’ve already had digital advent calendars from Jean Paul Gaultier and Love magazine this holiday season. Now, Whistles is getting in on the act, releasing a calendar that’s stacked full of prizes for its fans every single day in the run up to Christmas.

Liberty London Girl announced the exclusive yesterday, and she’ll be tweeting on the mornings with the two biggest prizes too. They include “a trip to Paris for two, including two nights in a 5* Tablet hotel and a gift voucher to spend in the new Whistles concession in Printemps department store. Or a trolley dash in your nearest Whistles store, so you can race around the store and grab all the things you’ve been lusting after in one fell swoop?”

What I love however, is the genius behind-the-scenes video that goes along with it. That’s one miffed model…

 

Categories
film Uncategorized

Love magazine’s saucy video advent calendar: back by popular demand

Love_advent_calendar_CARA_ABBEY

Love magazine has filmed another bevy of models each sending the camera a saucy Christmas wish in its second-annual digital advent calendar.

Launching today with a Calvin Klein-clad Cara Delevingne (as pictured) as its December 1 star, the concept follows on from last year’s viral success.

Over the next 24 days, the likes of Abbey Clancy (also pictured), Daisy Lowe, Dree Hemingway, Edie Campbell, Eliza Cummings, Jessica Hart, Jessica Stam, Karlie Kloss, Liberty Ross, Lily Donaldson, Pixie Geldof, and Tallulah Harlech, will all make an appearance, with a new film every day until Christmas. Kelly Brook will feature again too, as will her boyfriend Thom Evans.

Katie Grand, editor-in-chief of Love, says: “It’s been super fun working on the Love advent calendar again. We had such amazing figures last year with some girls getting up to a million hits for their festive frolicking. I mean, who doesn’t want to see Cara on roller skates?”

Behind the scenes are the same team as last year: photographers Daniel Jackson and Angelo Pennetta, and stylists Sally Lyndley and Victoria Young.

Cara_Love_Advent1

Categories
Uncategorized

Jean Paul Gaultier celebrates grown-up ‘enfants terribles’ with digital advent calendar

Jean Paul Gaultier has launched an online campaign for the festive period centred on a digital advent calendar.

Created with digital agency Isobar, and housed on jeanpaulgaultier.com, the calendar’s 24 dates appear as the inside pockets of Father Christmas’ coat (in this case with Jean Paul Gaultier playing the role).

Each one reveals a variety of games, entertainment and prizes to be won. Designed for “grown-up enfants terribles“ (Gaultier’s own long-standing nickname), and celebrating “the Christmas of naughty children”, it features animations including sexy reindeers and naughty elves, and names such as “Shake your snowball” and “Eat the log”.

“Once upon a time, it was a Christmas unlike any other. An alternative Christmas, an upside down Christmas, a new slant on Christmas, as only Jean Paul Gaultier could imagine it, “ reads the write-up.

Users will be able to open three pockets at random each day, followed by a further three when they share the experience with their Facebook or Twitter friends. Prizes include bottles and boxsets of fragrance, Jean Paul Gaultier stuffed animals and a special gift due to be revealed on Christmas Eve.

Check out the intro video below:

Categories
Uncategorized

Love magazine unveils “saucy” online advent calendar

Love magazine has launched an online advent calendar comprised of 24 short films each featuring a different “favourite festive friend” sharing their wishes for the holiday season.

“Christmas is coming and LOVE has chosen to celebrate XXXmas with a very saucy advent calendar featuring our favourite ‘ladies’ and a couple of ‘friends’… I hope you enjoy our 25 days of foxy fun,” said the title’s editor-in-chief, Katie Grand.

The first sees Lindsey Wixson in Calvin Klein Jeans singing Jingle Bells to the camera. She will be followed by the likes of Alessandra Ambrosio, Amber Le Bon, Daisy Lowe, Kelly Brook, Candice Swanepoel and Dree Hemmingway.

The spots were shot by Daniel Jackson in New York and Angelo Pennetta in London. They were styled by Love staff, including Grand, Sally Lyndley and Victoria Young.

The initiative will culminate with an exclusive film on the magazine’s iPad app on Christmas Day.

UPDATE: See Kelly Brook’s video from December 13, below: