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The House of Content: 5 Questions With Coty Global Digital VP Kristen D'Arcy

Posted by Brittany Waterson on December 17, 2014 01:17 PM

Global beauty products manufacturer Coty boasts a large portfolio of brands and is responsible for some of the world’s strongest consumer franchises including OPI, Marc Jacobs, Philosophy and Rimmel. With over a century in the business, Coty has become a top name in beauty, housing over 47 brands across 40 countries. 

Earlier this month, Coty relaunched its public website and corporate intranet—now called ”The House”—with a fresh look highlighting the company’s creativity showcasing innovation, leadership and collaboration.

The new Coty.com reflects a heavy emphasis on editorial and imagery and aims to show visitors new and relevant content that better reflects the company culture and user interests.  

brandchannel contributor Brittany Waterson spoke with Kristen D’Arcy, Vice President of Global Digital for Coty (and one of Ad Age's top digital marketers of 2014), on the beauty conglomerate’s digital strategy, the internal and external web moves, and creating a seamless omnichannel brand experience.Continue reading...

personal brands

The Age of You: Superstar Vlogger Zoe Sugg Beats the Odds—and Naysayers

Posted by Sheila Shayon on December 15, 2014 12:09 PM

It's a tradition that ranges from V.C. Andrews and Andrew Neiderman to Carolyn Keene and Nancy Drew, from Ian Fleming's James Bond to Kingsley Amis. Yes, 24-year-old British YouTube phenomenon Zoe Sugg’s first novel, Girl Online, was (gasp!) ghostwritten.

That news wasn't a huge surprise to her legions of fans, but the fact that Penguin Books hid the fact that her YA romance was written by another author was a dark day for the Penguin brand.

Still, her legions of fans don't particularly seem to care. After all, they helped the novel sell more than 78,000 copies in the first week, beating first week sales figures of any author on record, including J. K. Rowling and E. L. James. They're standing by her, even after the truth of authorship was revealed—and controversy ensued.

Still others may be asking: Zoe Who?Continue reading...

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It's Not Over: 5 Questions with MAC AIDS Fund on World AIDS Day

Posted by Sheila Shayon on December 1, 2014 11:29 AM

Today is World AIDS Day 2014, and the hashtag #WAD2014 is leading the social conversation as brands, foundations, corporations and non-profits partner to address the HIV/AIDS issue on a global level. 

MAC Cosmetics is once again out in front, supporting the cause with their new efforts to raise HIV awareness among youth. To date, the brand has raised more than $340 million for AIDS awareness, much of it through the sale of its VIVA Glam lipstick and lipglass.

This year, the beauty brand hopes to particularly connect with the 12-24 demographic—the only age group worldwide where HIV rates are still rising—with the launch of the Andrew Jenks-directed documentary, It's Not Over, which launches today on Netflix in support of World AIDS Day.

brandchannel chatted with Nancy Mahon, Global Executive Director of the MAC AIDS Fund, about the iconic brand that was founded in Canada 30 years ago by Frank Toskan and Frank Angelo. Continue reading...

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Fur Real: 5 Questions with Brandi Halls, LUSH Cosmetics, on #MakeFurHistory

Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 6, 2014 10:32 AM

Cruelty-free cosmetics brand LUSH is reaching beyond the make-up counter to its very brand ethos with its latest anti-cruelty campaign, which targets the harsh realities of the fur industry. 

Nearly 500 international fashion designers—including Mulberry, Gucci and Fendi—showcase fur in their collections, and many use fur from the 100 million animals who are mistreated and then killed for their pelts annually, worldwide.

Mimi Bekhechi, PETA UK’s associate director, said of the fur industry, “With all the chic, cruelty-free options available on every high street, including ones which are warmer to boot, it is not only cruel but also utterly pointless to steal animals’ skins. Those who cater to every fashion whim with no sense of ethics are a dying breed.”

To bring awareness to the consumers that are most unaware of these facts, LUSH's campaign is cleverly centered around an online shopping hack.Continue reading...

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Burt's Bees at 30: Keep Balm and Carry One (or Three)

Posted by Dale Buss on September 29, 2014 03:17 PM

Burt's Bees nowadays is far from the company founded 30 years ago by a former hippie but the first national TV advertising campaign for the personal-care megabrand now owned by Clorox Co. does try to invoke some of the charm of the simpler times when Burt Shavitz came up with his original lip balm.

Besides being able to harness the resources of a CPG giant, and diversifying into a wide variety of personal-care products, the biggest change for Burt's Bees under Clorox has been the proliferation of lip-balm flavors in recent years. And in a culture where flavor proliferation has become a huge and growing trend in categories ranging from soft drinks to Greek-style yogurts, and where the lip balm category has been revitalized by the eos (Evolution of Smooth) brand and its Millennial-favored pod-like line of lip balm flavors, the move makes sense.

So its new Uncap Flavor campaign, coming on the heels of the brand's 30th "Beeday" (celebrated everywhere but France, we're guessing) depicts two bees flying while holding either end of the Burt's Bees signature yellow cylindrical container. It's the original, peppermint-flavored balm that was introduced in 1984. And as it falls, its cap pops off and a parachute of mint opens.Continue reading...

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Benefit Plumps Up Content Push to Connect With Wing Women Everywhere

Posted by Tori Miner on September 3, 2014 12:24 PM

Benefit Cosmetics certainly lives by the culminating line of its "Benefesto"—Laughter is the best cosmetic. From product naming (personal favorites include “Dr. Feelgood” complexion balm and “Stay don’t stray” eyeshadow primer) to pop-up experiences (such as Gabbi’s Head, a London pub just for women wanting to watch the World Cup), the full brand experience is fun, flirty and reflects a tongue-in-cheek tone crafted to keep you laughing as you’re looking good.

And when it comes to branded content, Benefit stays true to its core message while finding creative ways to connect with fans. Most recently, it released a music video parody of Montell Jordan’s ‘90s hit “This Is How We Do It” starring comedienne Anjelah Johnson in her MADtv-spawned character, Bon Qui Qui. Set in Las Vegas, the video oozes '90s nostalgia as it celebrates wing women getting glammed up for the ultimate ladies night.Continue reading...

tech in the spotlight

Can Facial-Mapping Take the Beauty Industry to a New Level?

Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 20, 2014 10:40 AM

The days of excruciating hours spent in a makeup chair to transform into a character like Mrs. Doubtfire or the Joker are waning, thanks to Nobumichi Asai’s Omote.

A mash-up of real-time facetracking and projection mapping, artists can layer malleable makeup on subjects that are moving. Asai has previously used projection mapping to apply CGI to cars and to buildings before taking on the human face.

Asai's iteration still has some kinks to work out, but the face-mapping technology behind the project is actually at work in several other branded products in the beauty industry that are currently on the market.Continue reading...

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From Kim K to Karl Lagerfeld, Celebrities are Cashing In on Branded Products

Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 24, 2014 03:55 PM

It’s not enough to just be a superstar these days, with millions of adoring fans and multitudes of followers on social media. Instead, celebrities from all walks of life are turning their personal brands into actual businesses with products and services that you never knew you needed.  

Case in point: Kim Kardashian's blockbuster mobile game “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.” The Sims-like game is sitting at No. 1 on the iTunes free app chart and reportedly brought in $200 million in the few months that it's been live. Kardashian, according to Forbes, will take home around $85 million of that thanks to her near 50 percent stake in the game. While the game "is ridiculous. It’s laughable. It grates on your nerves after awhile," the Washington Post reports, "it’s nearly impossible to look away.” 

Reflecting the Kardashian brand, now a multimillion-dollar empire, the app lets users achieve various levels of gameplay on their way to becoming an “A-list” celebrity with Kim as a guide. In-app purchases of Kim Coins drive revenue through the roof for the fairly simple app, which has a 5-star rating.Continue reading...

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