May 20, 2024

Strategy Before Scale: Why Your Beauty Brand’s Message Matters First

Can you imagine stepping on the accelerator to scale your ad spend to amplify a brand message that was "not quite there yet" in the first place?

As outsiders looking in through our work as a beauty brand marketing consultancy, we've observed that most beauty brands with a messaging problem don't realize it until well past the point when they should have done something about it. We define a messaging problem as when a brand's overarching message and 'reason for being', wasn't crafted using best-practice industry frameworks – or was never defined at all. Without the right strategic approach to a brand's message, it's like constructing a house without the proper foundations, cracks eventually begin to appear.

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May 4, 2024

5 Key Observations: How to Build a Beauty Founder’s Personal Brand

Not everyone enjoys the spotlight, and the idea of personal branding might spark different levels of enthusiasm among beauty brand founders. For some, it’s an exciting opportunity they're eager to embrace, while for others, it brings a bit of apprehension.

Calling it a "personal brand" might sound overly formal and a tad contrived. However, if you think about it, it's really about just being yourself, contributing to conversations, and adding value in your own unique way. Perhaps the concept of a personal brand deserves a rebrand. Here are the ways that we've seen founder's personal branding shine, on platforms like LinkedIn.

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April 25, 2024

Kissing Cash Goodbye: How to Move Beyond Hit or Miss Beauty Creator Content

Every other week, beauty brands are in dire need of more creative assets for social media. Traditional photoshoots and hiring models can get extremely expensive for indie beauty brands, so user-generated content has been a lifesaver. However, working with some creators can also be hit or miss. There’s nothing worse than when assets come back, and half of them are unusable.

The barrier to becoming a creator has lowered significantly, leading to diverse content quality. Anyone with a smartphone can create content, but that doesn't mean it's all good. The sheer volume of UGC Creators can make it challenging to identify and collaborate with creators who genuinely understand and resonate with your brand. Here are some considerations to help make the process a little less painful.

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March 23, 2024

How to Craft a Distinct Beauty Brand Tone of Voice

A brand's tone of voice is an aspect sometimes overlooked by emerging brands. To define its voice, a brand can start by characterizing its personality, its core values, and the emotions it wishes to evoke in its audience through its copy. Brand tone of voice is the personality and 'vibe' conveyed through your company's communications. It transcends visuals. It's about how you speak to your customers, the words you choose, and the feelings you evoke. A unique brand tone of voice can enhance customer engagement by making each brand encounter feel unmistakably familiar.

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March 6, 2024

3 Beauty Brand Lessons: How The New Guard of Prestige Brands Build Their Legacy

As a brand founder, every choice you make contributes to building your brand's legacy over the long run. From the seemingly small to the obviously grand, every nuanced brand touch point ladders up toward cementing your brand's identity, experience and legacy. From the tactile nature of packaging to the visual and auditory experience of a brand's digital presence, these nuances make every interaction with a brands deeply engaging and unforgettable.

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February 10, 2024

Beyond Aesthetics: How to Master your Beauty Brand Refresh

For many beauty brand founders, their brand is more than just a business – it’s an extension of themselves. So the process of a brand refresh can be more of a personal journey. As they've evolved as founders, it's natural that where they want to take their brand evolves too.

What Inspires a Beauty Brand's Refresh
From experience working with indie beauty brands, there are two common themes that spur a brand founder to kick off a refresh. Firstly, the branding that cut it at Day 1, may no longer be doing them justice. And with aspirations to scale into new retail channels and attract investment partners, a captivating visual identity achieved through a brand refresh can serve as a critical differentiator, providing the necessary cut-through to set their brand apart.

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January 26, 2024

Beauty Branding Basics: 5 Essential Components of a Beauty Brand Identity (An Expert Agency’s Guide)

Every beauty brand identity has critical components that build it's foundations. As an expert beauty branding agency, here are the must-know elements that form a well-rounded beauty brand identity.

1. Beauty Brand Positioning Strategy & Values
Brand positioning refers to the intention behind what you stand for as a brand. It encapsulates, the core values that your brand holds and represents and the promise your brand makes to your customers. Taking control of and being intentional about your brand positioning allows you to set your brand apart and helps you to attract customers that resonate with your values. After a meticulous process of market research, and understanding the brand leader's vision, the positioning strategy and values can be defined. It's important to strike a balance between a a positioning that resonates with your target consumer, can own a unique territory in the market and reflects the vision and values of the founder or founding team.

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December 11, 2023

From Chance to Strategy: 21 Must-Ask Questions for Beauty Brand Founders

The day-to-day of growing an indie beauty brand will keep you on your toes. With a never-ending avalanche of tasks crying out your name, it’s often hard to make the time and headspace to strategize and think ahead. In the fast-moving world of the beauty business, taking time to strategize can help give you the upper hand.

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November 21, 2023

The Beauty Business: How to Launch Your Beauty Brand Internationally

Introducing your beauty brand to international markets is an exciting prospect. However, it requires careful consideration of regulatory compliance, understanding local consumer preferences, putting the right partnerships in place to ensure your beauty business is well-prepared for a new market launch. In this article, we cover how to launch your beauty brand internationally, from laying the groundwork to how to connect with your international audiences.

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November 4, 2023

7 Beauty Marketing Strategies: How to Build a Deeper Connection With Your Beauty Brand Audience

It might sound surprising, but some of the secrets to creating a meaningful connection with your brand's audience draw from the playbook of a therapist's relationship advice. There are 7 key strategies that beauty brand founders can lean on to foster authentic relationships, enhance brand loyalty, and ensure their brand resonates more deeply with their audience.

1. Master the science of storytelling
When you make people feel something, they’ll remember you. A 2017 report from the Harvard Business Review revealed that cortisol facilitates the formation of memories, and that cortisol, dopamine, and oxytocin are released in the brain when we’re engaged with a story. While cortisol underpins memories, dopamine is the ‘feel-good’ hormone and oxytocin is associated with empathy. With this science in play, it’s evident how well-executed brand storytelling can deepen the bond between you and your audience—making them remember you, feel good about you, and better relate to you.

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