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For Julia Goldin, global chief marketing officer at Revlon Inc., authenticity is the foundation for any marketing initiative — whether in-store or online.
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“At the end of the day, it’s the benchmark against which all brands are now judged,” she said, quoting John Grant from “The New Marketing Manifesto.”
Goldin cited a digital program that focused on Revlon India — where the brand isn’t as accessible as it is in the U.S. — as serving a 2-in-1 purpose. A dual product was targeted toward women online who live “dual roles” — what Goldin described as the juxtaposition between traditional Indian values (90 percent of marriages in the country are still arranged) and modern life, hobbies and professions.
“We created a connection with the Indian woman,” she said. The project became Revlon’s most successful lip launch to date in India — in just over three months, it garnered 90 million impressions with an 80 percent engagement rate.
A virtual catwalk on Pinterest during New York Fashion Week also saw strong engagement, as did the brand’s sponsorship of the U.K.’s Brit Awards — where five nail looks based on music nominated for the show appeared online. Revlon Australia also partnered with Oracle Fox’s Amanda Shadforth, following the blogger for a day and producing a video that ran on the blog and YouTube.
Goldin suggested companies do fewer things in the digital realm, but in a “bigger way,” and warned organizations not to spread themselves too thin in the space.