Rebecca Minkoff cofounder and chief executive officer Uri Minkoff made a sweeping statement: He believes that Instagram was largely responsible for the brand’s 100 percent year-over-year footwear sales increase at retail, from spring 2011 to spring 2012.
A brand crediting Instagram as instrumental in company growth when it’s been up for debate whether social media delivers a return on investment is sure to raise some eyebrows. But Minkoff sees the social platform as useful from a business perspective for fashion and luxury brands, with very low overhead.
The brand’s Instagram account, a combined effort between Rebecca Minkoff herself and a social-media team, has 100,000 followers, a number that grows by 500 to 2,000 fans a day (the platform overall has more than 100 million users, 70 percent of which are female). RELATED STORY: Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2013 >>
“Instagram is revolutionizing the luxury community. It’s become the social-media platform for luxury goods,” Uri Minkoff said, citing the fact that the medium hits a number of “core human values” as the reason it’s seen such success.
It’s also a powerful way to engage with consumers, if a brand has a specific viewpoint.
When Rebecca Minkoff started to use Instagram a year ago, the team made it a case to focus activity around its footwear offerings. Minkoff calls this year’s Jan. 7 launch of “Shoetography” — a daily update featuring the shoes Rebecca was wearing that day — a “game changer.” Each post started to get thousands of “hearts,” and he realized that something as simple as posting a pair of shoes was a successful way to garner engagement in a short amount of time.
This led to a partnership with Bloomingdale’s that used Instagram posts to leverage more footwear sales — with likes and comments from followers heavily considered by the sales, design and merchandising teams. Minkoff said the company saw good sell-through rates, and the department store had to reorder the fall 2012 styles that Instagram focused on.
The brand launched its first ad campaign for the spring 2012 season in February with Instagram images, and the winner of an Instagram contest was flown out to attend the Rebecca Minkoff runway show earlier this month. Minkoff contends that the latter helped grow followers on the platform by almost 14,000 fans in one week — because it “allowed them to become part of New York Fashion Week.”
But Minkoff wants to take it a step further. He revealed that the brand launched a subscription-based weekly promotion several weeks ago, where a surprise offer is revealed on Instagram on a weekly basis. To access the offer, consumers must subscribe or log in, which also increases the e-mail subscriber base, in addition to sales and consumer engagement.
“The future of Instagram is [figuring out] how to align it more toward sales,” Minkoff said.
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye