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China Digital Roundup I P1, Line, Condé Nast, McLaren

A roundup on how digital is transforming our life and business – both in China and the rest of the world through December 13th.

Using Big Data to Track Chinese Fashion Trends, by Technode

P1 Big Data Exhibition

With a database of over 6 million street style photos taken across China’s biggest cities and through big data analysis, Chinese lifestyle focused social network P1 is now able to track and predict fashion trends as the develop across China.

Starting this Saturday, P1 will host its Great Style Leap exhibition in Beijing’s Taikooli shopping district. The Style Leap exhibition tells the story of China’s rapidly evolving fashion scene driven by urban trendsetters.

 

Line ventures deeper into m-commerce with make-up flash sale, by Tech In Asia

Line & Maybelline

Today, messaging app Line announced a partnership with all-in-one e-commerce logistics firm aCommerce and L’Oreal’s Maybelline New York to bring the cosmetic brand’s newest product to Thailand.

With this partnership, Line users will get access to an exclusive flash sale on the platform which will last from Monday, December 16, to Friday, December 20. Users who buy this not-yet-disclosed product within the promotional period will be the first to own it before its official release next year.

 

Condé Nast Venturing Into Global E-commerce, by WWD

Conde Nast eCommerce Galeries Lafayette

Condé Nast operations on both sides of the Atlantic have joined forces to break into the global e-commerce game, with the first shoots of new business set to appear before the end of next year.

Condé Nast in the U.S. and Condé Nast International have launched a new division devoted to e-commerce, naming Franck Zayan, who is currently responsible for the e-commerce activities of Galeries Lafayette, as president. Zayan will be based in London, and begin work on Jan. 6.

 

McLaren looks to broaden presence in China throughout 2014, by Luxury Daily

McLaren Shanghai

British sportscar manufacturer McLaren Automotive is set to double its Chinese dealers in 2014 from four to eight as it continues to gain traction in the market.

The brand unveiled its Chinese language Web site and its first four dealers in September as it tried to hit the ground running. Although it may seem that the brand has some catching up to do compared with other luxury automotive brands that have flourished in China, it was able to draw upon its racing reputation for an early boost, having won the Chinese Grand Prix in 2008, 2010 and 2011.

 

Are You Ready For the Store of the Future? by Profit Guide

Store of the Future

This vignette is a hypothetical composite—but not for long: Technology is transforming the in-store experience. Inexpensive analytics software and slick hardware already allow retailers of all sizes to make shopping easier for consumers who demand convenience. “Online shopping has conditioned consumers to expect more from retailers in-store,” says Kevin Falk, CTO at Montreal point-of-sale system developer LightSpeed.

 

Marketing to China – 5 Questions with Patrice Nordey, Founder of VELVET Group

Velvet Introduction

1 What is Velvet’s story and what are the services it offers to its clients?

VELVET is a digital consulting agency based in Shanghai specializing in the deployment of communication strategies and online marketing, as well as e-commerce activities and structure for the Chinese market. We cater to international luxury, fashion and cosmetic brands. VELVET’s clients include Boucheron, the famous jeweler in Place Vendome, Galeries Lafayette department stores, brands from L’Oréal or Kering (ex-PPR) one of the largest luxury groups (Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, etc..) and lifestyle brands (Puma, Volcom, Electric, Cobra).

Our main playground is the Chinese market, though our customers are international. This has led us to realize missions in Paris, New York, Melbourne, Hong Kong and Florence during the past year. I [Patrice Nordey] launched VELVET after six years of experience in China. It is the result of my first digital adventure started in 1998 with the founding of French online magazine Neteconomie.fr, which was later sold to a sizable media company.

 

2 What is the real reason that inspired you to start your company in Shanghai?

Creating VELVET is the willingness to reconcile two distant worlds, luxury and digital (internet and mobile). The Chinese market has become since this year, the largest market in the world of e-commerce (ahead of the United States) and the most important consumer market for luxury goods and services. We are betting that a position in strategic consulting in this segment will bring tremendous value to the market. Of course, this is in addition to advertising agencies like Publicis-Omnicom, WPP, Dentsu, Aegis Group and more specialized agencies which have greatly strengthened their presence in the last 5 years.

 

3 What is your vision of the luxury market in China in 2013?

China’s market represents 25 % of this year’s global luxury market and remains very strong, despite a slowdown since 2010. This makes it the most attractive market for luxury brands. Moreover, it remains highly fragmented and rapidly changing. The share of purchases of luxury goods by Chinese traveling abroad, including France, for example, is the most dynamic component. Consumers are slightly tired of traditional luxury brands and are more in favor of “affordable luxury” and dynamic premium brands. Sophisticated clientele take a closer look at more specialized brands such as Christian Louboutin or Maje that arrived in China this year. Chinese consumers browse on their smartphones and iPads to discover luxury brands and products, not only at home but also when shopping in store. There is a unique opportunity here to capture and engage customers via social media and other mobile-specific applications.

 

4 What is the most important online social platform for a luxury brand in China today?

No platform is perfect within itself. We recommend Sina Weibo to reach a wide audience, WeChat for more interactive communication and the point of sale, and vertical platforms such as P1 to reach urban and more advanced communities in fashion. This year we worked with BoBo, a mobile social networking app catering to Chinese hairdressers and stylists who want to share new hair styles and styling techniques, with a community of 200,000 professionals. The collaboration between a well-known cosmetic company and BoBo was an effort to target high-end salons and famous hairdressers through an online social network. This collaboration was very effective!

 

5 Why luxury brands are afraid to sell on the Internet today? Are they wrong?

This fear is based on realistic problems: counterfeit goods, parallel distribution, sales of luxury goods at rock-bottom price, and other issues that are prevalent online. Naturally, it would not be a confident environment for luxury brands to launch their products online. However, market conditions are gradually improving, along with an emerging class of consumers who want to live a true online “luxury experience” with their favorite brands. I think the real question for these brands is their degree of integration with the stores, the “OmniChannel” approach, as well as the development of real differentiating services based on a structured approach to CRM. Be able to book a shopping appointment online on the brand site, pick up your purchase in the nearest shop, and have access to services such as VIP concierge through the mobile platform. These are the avenues to explore and to differentiate in order to offer a true digital experience within the luxury industry.

VELVET partners with P1 on “The Great Style Leap” Streetstyle Photo Exhibition

The unique lifestyle focused social network P1 is showcasing a collection of photos at “The Great Style Leap”  exhibition that will occupy 800 square meter of space in the heart of Beijing’s trendiest shopping area, Taikoo Li Sanlitun.

The Great Style Leap photo

China has during the last 6 years undergone a paradigm shift when it comes to what people wear and how they chose to express their personality through their clothes. What was earlier a 2 dimensional status ladder where the size and price of your brand handbag was the definition of attractiveness has now been replaced by a complex of individual styles without one single common measuring tape.

The photos are selected from an incredible database of more than 6 million P1 streetstyle photos taken over the years of 2007-2013 in metropolitan China, showcasing the rapid proliferation of individual expression through what people wear. This unique database is a historical record of the progress that has taken place and the rapid proliferation of individual expression through what people wear.

The photo curation has been realized by one of the most influential women in China, Fashion Entrepreneur Hung Huang, with more than 8 million fans on Weibo.

Join us in celebrating the individual expression and originality of Chinese style today at “The Great Style Leap” in the fashion center of Beijing. So, you want to know more about the sponsorship opportunities, please contact us.

P1.com

About the organizer:

P1 is a lifestyle focused social network founded in 2007. It has since then attracted more than 3 Million members and is today a fully mobile social network where people share their lifestyles and find inspiration.

Location: Taikoo Li Sanlitun, Beijing
Date: Indoor [Dec 13 – 19, 2013] – Outdoor [Dec 5 – Jan 5, 2014]