Friday, August 19, 2011

Weekly round up: August 19, 2011

Make your Tweets stand out; digital marketing tips for luxury firms; a Google+ primer, and tips on writing press releases. Here’s our summary of this week’s top news in the world of PR and social media.

Sweet Tweets

The biggest complaint I hear about Twitter is the deafening “noise” of tweets that people don’t care about. But are your own tweets contributing to that meaningless chatter, or rising above it? The key to Twitter (as with all social media) is to engage. This is the best summary I’ve seen on how to sweeten your tweeting.

The luxury market’s digital lag

Too many luxury firms are still too focused on digital bells and whistles, rather than engaging content. Here are some of the struggles, and some of the success stories.

Google+ for beginners (and intermediates)

I’m the first to confess: I’ve dabbled on Google+, but haven’t found the time yet to immerse myself and really figure it out. If you’re like me, or if you’re a few steps ahead, here are a couple instructional videos to help you master this booming new social media tool.

PR 101: press releases

Whether you’re trying to write your own press releases, or providing a quote to your agency for a release, this is a must read. Love this quote: A common problem with press release quotes is that they’re full of lazy corporate verbs such as synergize, utilize, leverage, or facilitate. 'We are leveraging cutting-edge technology to meet our customer’s needs.' What does that even mean?”

Oxford’s new dictionary additions

The Concise Oxford English Dictionary added 400 new words this year. If you aren’t retweeting or sexting or cyberbullying, check out this article. Woot! Woot!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Weekly round-up: August 12, 2011

What happened this week? (I’m sort of wondering more: What happened to this week?!) Here’s my summary of the must-know news of the week for luxury, fashion and jewelry brands…

Social media’s influence on Americans

No analysis needed; the stats speak for themselves:

“The purchasing decisions of 38 million 13-80 year olds in the U.S. are now influenced in various ways by social media—up 14% in just six months.”

“Of the more than 149 million Americans actively using Facebook, 70% of these log on to the social network daily.”

Facebook ads now can target by zip code

I’m frequently asked about Facebook ads. Never been a big cheerleader, but this might be a game changer for regional brands…

Conde(Nast)Elevator Tweeter gets cold feet

The 8th grader lurking inside me was secretly bummed to see this Tweeter vanish and stop churning out gossip from Conde Nast. The grown up in me, however, knows there’s enough ugly gossipers out there to (sadly) fill the void.

Gold expected to hit $2,000

Hard to believe gold may hit this high. Expect to see even more fine jewelry designers/brands experimenting with new metals and materials. On the bright side, necessity is the mother of invention, so I’m looking forward to seeing the creativity this will spur!

Vera Wang endangering her brand with Zales collaboration?

Vera Wang and Zales are interesting bedfellows, indeed. While mass/luxury brand collaborations are certainly nothing new, Zales doesn’t quite have the “masstique” allure of brands like H&M and Target... Yet. Something to watch.

David Yurman cozies up to Foursquare

We constantly push brands to embrace social media for marketing purposes, so kudos to David Yurman for embracing Foursquare! Agree, however, that their Foursquare content is far too self-promotional/product oriented.

“In order to encourage actual luxury customers, not just aspiring, to participate, it’s important to offer real-world incentives, an area where luxury brands have a difficult time,” Tamar Koifman, a senior social media strategist at Digital Luxury Group in Geneva, Switzerland and contributor to Fashion’s Collective.

Baby steps…

The "Greening" of America’s affluent

This report is a personal favorite of mine… more than three quarters of affluent consumers are eco-friendly.

“76 percent of ecofriendly consumers have an annual household income of more than $150,000”

Proud to be representing a leader in socially conscious fine jewelry design: AnaKatarina Eco Gioielli!

How to come back from a social media gaffe

While we hope we never need to worry about it, here are some interesting case studies on the are of social media comeback

Miamore's News this Week:
  • Have had a wonderful time working with the Rhode Island International Film Festival (there's one more day, in case you've missed it so far!). Thanks to the Rhode Show, Newport Mercury, Boston Globe and Projo (among others) for the coverage!
  • Still drooling over the fall collection from Thistle & Bee... and over the stunning Lookbook we created for them!
  • AnaKatarina Eco Gioielli isn't just a client; nor just a socially conscious luxury company; nor just another "designer" name. AnaKatarina Eco Gioielli is the baby of Ana-Katarina Vinkler-Petrovic--one of the most talented and intuitive designers I've yet to meet. Bonus: she's also, put simply: a beautiful soul. Love her blog, where we highlight her custom jewelry creations.

Friday, August 5, 2011

The Advantages of Having An Interactive Brand Representative

From the public relations advice guru DKNY-girl to the behind the scenes fashion insider OscarPRGirl, online brand representatives are not only driving company attention but also increasing sales. By looking at two huge digital presences, the women behind social media for fashion labels DKNY (Donna Karen New York) and Oscar de la Renta, it will become evident why every company needs an individual leading the company in the interactive world.

We have discussed the benefits of social media in previous posts: Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Blogger, Pinterest, LinkedIn, etc. Your company may even have one of several of these accounts. However, the questions that must be asked is, are you properly utilizing each medium? Are they consistent? Additionally, who is handling these accounts? If the tone or voice on several of your mediums is different, then your message will be viewed differently on each forum. Think deep down into the core of your business, what are you trying to provide your consumer? What good or service sets you apart from the competition in your given industry? Once you decide what message you are trying to promote to your target market, one individual needs to spearhead the movement into the interactive world. What keeps a customer coming back to a particular brand? Dependability.

In terms of how you can have a strong social presence like DKNY and Oscar PR Girl. Cross promotion is the first step. The two individuals behind these two accounts are using various mediums to promote the same message. No matter where you turn, whether clicking on Facebook, Tumblr, or Twitter, each forum displays the same voice and the same words (perhaps in a different format). Fans of these brands can turn to their web-savvy girl for help and advice, especially because these sites allow for fan/account holder interaction. What drives the success of these brands is not only the stable message they provide but also the fact that they stand in as 24-7 customer service representatives. Knowing that one can contact a dependable and stable member of the company is not only empowering to the consumer, but it makes the brand seem more relatable and personable.

What can you do? Be sure that your social media, PR and marketing messages are consistent in both content and tone. If you don't have an in-house PR/marketing team that can take on this task, find an agency that understands both PR and is social media savvy, in order to portray your one message across all channels and manage how the online world perceives your brand. “Social media is an invaluable tool for fashion brands and retailers,” says Rachel Strugatz, the online editor for Women’s Wear Daily. “Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, blogs or branded editorial content, maintaining a dialogue with fans and consumers through authentic and engaging content is paramount in achieving success within the digital realm.” Over 1 billion of the world’s population is online, digital presence is serious so make your presence known!