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The new website by Six Senses Hotels

Luxury brands move to merge corporate content and eCommerce platforms, as Ferrari integrates the Apple iPad mini and Siri technology into its FF hatchback

Will digital marketing bring new consumers to luxury brands? According to a new survey from Luxury Interactive and ShopIgniter the answer is a resounding yes. The study found that the leading business driver among luxury brand marketers, for investments in digital and social media, is in fact new customer acquisition.

63% of the luxury marketers surveyed predict that by 2015, digital marketing will be the most important form of marketing for their brands — more important than traditional print, TV or loyalty programs. This very year 85% will increase their digital spend and 72% will increase spending on social media marketing.

Social media creates opportunities to drive product discovery, generate new customer insight & move prospects closer to a purchase decision

“While acquiring new customers in social media is logical given the demographics it draws, luxury brands need to develop strategies built on extending their brand promise, inviting fans in and providing the exclusivity they expect,” explained Marko Muellner, VP marketing at ShopIgniter, in a statement.

“Our experience shows that roughly half of a brand’s social fans are not in the house file, which means there is ample opportunity to not only introduce the brand to a new customer, but also find opportunities to drive product discovery, generate new customer insight and move prospects closer to a purchase decision.”

Baselworld, App

The Baselworld 2013 App is now available for Android, Blackberry and iOS, offering help for those negotiating the new hall layouts. The free appincludes interactive 3D hall plans, detailed information about exhibitors and an overview of events and press conferences. Users can add their own notes and photos to an exhibitors entry.

Download: Apple
Source: Retail Jeweller

Christian Louboutin, Chinese Social Media

Christian Louboutin has launched on Sina Weibo, Youku and Tudou, as the brand looks to extend its digital influence in Asia. A new ecommerce site to service countries within the APAC region will be launching in the coming months, alongside a simplified Chinese corporate website and a dedicated ‘Stop Fake’ site.

Websites: Weibo, Tudou, Youku
Source: Christian Louboutin

Condé Nast, Web TV

Condé Nast has announced its latest digital push: an online video network, featuring Glamour and GQ-branded original video series sponsored by Procter & Gamble, Microsoft and Mondelēz International. More “branded programming” featuring other Condé brands will follow, more than a year after Condé announced the launch of a new entertainment division.

Source: Fashionista

Escada, eCommerce

Premium womenswear label Escada has launched its first e-commerce website in its home country of Germany. The site marks the brand’s first transactional website, offering apparel and accessories from both the mainline Escada collection as well as the sub-brand Escada Sport.

Source: Fashion United

Ferrari, Apple Integration

Following the appointment of Eddie Cue – Apple’s software and services guru – to Ferrari’s board, the luxury automaker has announced that Siri integration and a pair of iPad Minis are now standard on the Ferrari FF. The FF, its all-wheel drive, four-seat hatchback, will have iPad Minis installed in the headrests as part of a new rear-seat entertainment package.

Source: Wired

Jaquet Droz, Website

Celebrating its 275th anniversary, Jaquet Droz has unveiled its new HTML 5 website, infused with the brand’s DNA and the latest on-line technological innovations. All content can be shared on numerous social networks like Facebook or Twitter, and is available in 8 languages (French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Russia, Simplified Chinese, Japanese).

Website & Source: Jaquet Droz

Lanvin, mCommerce

Lanvin has launched its e-store on its mobile-optimszed site. The brand announced the new shopping channel to consumers with a direct email and Twitter campaign. When mobile users access Lanvin’s site on their mobile device, they are brought to a homepage where they can scroll right and left through branded content such as exclusive items available on the e-store, fashion show videos, collections and window displays.

Source: Luxury Daily

LuxDeco, App

LuxDeco, an online destination for luxury home products, will launch its first shoppable magazine app for the iPad on April 24th. The latest trends and interior styles are brought to life in video features, captivating photo shoots and exclusive interviews with renowned tastemakers, stylists and connoisseurs of design.

“With over 25% of our audience coming from the iPad, a luxury shoppable magazine was the obvious next step”, Says founder and CEO Jonathan Holmes.

Source: LuxDeco

Proenza Schouler, Website

Proenza Schouler has reinvigorated its website, the final phase of its rebranding, undertaken in collaboration with art director Peter Miles. Stocking a range of small leather goods, accessories and select items from the Spring 2013 runway collection, the revamped site will significantly expand Proenza Schouler’s presence in e-commerce.

Source: Business of Fashion

Six Senses, Website

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has launched its new web site, in keeping with the brands new visual identity and repositioning. The Web site makes full use of the group’s vast library of extraordinary images, highlighting the aesthetics, experiences, and natural beauty of the locations that Six Senses call home.


Zegna, Website

As part of its comprehensive digital strategy, Ermenegildo Zegna, has consolidated its online platforms, and the Zegna Online Store Powered by Yoox Group, under a single interactive structure that delivers full coverage of hot new style trends, fashion news and exclusive content together with a fashion-forward online shopping experience.

Website & Source: Zegna

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The Latest Digital: Gucci, Porsche & Raymond Weil
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