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Reinventing the Beauty Industry in the Digital Age

Reinventing the Beauty Industry in the Digital Age

In today’s digital era, the journey to purchasing beauty products has taken on a whole new dimension, thanks largely to the pervasive influence of social media trends. Consumers can no longer rely solely on traditional ads or in-store experiences to find good beauty products. Now, platforms like Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube serve as virtual beauty hubs, where influencers and regular users alike share their favorite products, techniques, and trends. This direct to consumer shift has not only changed how people connect with beauty brands but has also forced companies to rethink their marketing strategies to ensure a solid return on investment (ROI).

Social media’s impact on the beauty scene is undeniable, with trends spreading like wildfire and driving consumer interest faster than ever before. Whether it’s a skincare routine that goes viral or a makeup challenge capturing everyone’s attention, these trends present both challenges and opportunities for beauty brands looking to stand out. By tapping into the power of social platforms through partnerships with influencers, user-generated content campaigns, and contemporary direct to consumer  marketing videos, brands can not only boost their visibility and engagement but also drive real sales and ROI. Brands like Rhode Skin by Hailey Bieber do a great job at capitalizing on the virility of beauty products on social media apps, specifically TikTok. This is in part because the creator, Bieber, gained a lot of her popularity through growing up online and knows how vital it is to build community and dialogue. The brand Glossier has also been able to master engaging the younger generations on social media through digital aesthetics and encouraging “a natural look”, even if the natural look still requires purchasing a lot of products. Essentially, the path to purchasing beauty products has become inseparable from the quick cycle of social media trends, shaping not only what consumers buy but also how they discover, evaluate, and ultimately decide to make a purchase in the beauty industry.  It is important that direct to consumer beauty brands test a variety of tactics on these platforms to ensure success.

DTC and Social Media: Snap back or flame out?

DTC and Social Media: Snap back or flame out?

Direct-to-consumer (DTC) and performance marketers have been steadily shifting budgets away from Direct Response Television (DRTV) to social media such as Facebook, Tiktok, and Snapchat to create awareness and grow their customer base. These platforms have been effective for DTC brands because of their consumer scale and focused reach via targeting and measurement.  However, just like the DRTV landscape shifts, so does the social media landscape causing DTC companies to diversify among them. 

Social media giants Facebook and Tiktok continue to lead the digital advertising world while others like Instagram and Snapchat have fallen behind.  

Facebook (Meta) the largest platform has proven successful through several rebranding efforts, including the recent “Meta” shift, however, they have faced backlash from DTC companies on the rising cost of their ad prices.  The rising cost of Facebook advertising has opened the door for TikTok.  The platform has paved the way for many DTC brands with its massive reach and engagement. They continue to stay on top of innovation and attract advertising dollars. In fact, TikTok is on track to surpass the advertising revenue of  Twitter and Snapchat combined this year.  Move over…. Facebook!

Snapchat, despite its initial success, has similar audiences, and better retargeting abilities than Tiktok has fallen behind. This year, Snapchat’s CEO warned employees that the company would underperform in targets for revenue and adjusted earnings in this current quarter. So why is Snapchat failing while other companies succeed?

Aside from recent macroeconomic issues plaguing the industry, Snapchat’s primary focus through the years has been on changes to the interface and making the app more user-friendly. These changes reverberated negatively and prompted outrage at the app’s creators as well. Snapchat has also failed to attract older users. 

Video content has maintained its position as the top-performing ad content of late, and yet Snapchat continues to be unappealing to advertisers.  We will see what the future has in store for Snapchat and other social media platforms, but it’s easy to see how fast-paced and ever-changing the digital advertising landscape can be.

DTC and performance marketers need to be ahead of the curve on these trends to reach out to consumers at the right time on the right platform with the right offer and the right content.

DTC Marketers: Don’t Ignore TikTok ROI

DTC Marketers: Don’t Ignore TikTok ROI

Hand holding iphone with TikTok opened

Tiktok has been named the fastest-growing social media platform of all time, by Forbes. And no, it’s not just for teens. The app has over 1 billion users of all ages across the globe, making it the most explosive social media app to use and advertise on. 

In fact, according to Backlinko, 31.3 % of TikTok users are over 40.

(Source: Backlinko.com)

Tiktok works using a personalized algorithm, which updates as you view, like, and save content. The app learns your preferences and feeds them directly into your “For You” or home page.

Like Instagram and Facebook, paid content is placed within your feed based on its relevance to you and how the advertisers refine their audience.

TikTok trends can be followed, allowing the potential for advertisers to connect with this massive potential audience in a way that feels authentic to users. Smart use of creative as well as hashtags allow for targeting both behavioral and geographic.

The difference between paid and organic content can be difficult to determine, which is especially great for advertisers. And with less competition than Facebook, clicks can cost up to a third of what they are on other platforms.

This makes TikTok an excellent vehicle for DTC advertisers. Because of Tiktok’s massive reach, ads utilizing lead generation for high ticket items or services allows clients marketing those products or services huge ROI. 

Avalanche CEO Ava Seavey says, “The huge return on TikTok advertising for our clients (one is seeing a 30 to 1 return) are stats I have not seen since 1980’s infomercials. It is the most exciting platform for DTC ROI I’ve seen.”

Here are some helpful tips to consider before utilizing TikTok to advertise:

Don’t only make ads. Make TikToks – This is crucial. If you’re going to make the leap into TikTok, you must be ready to produce content that feels native to the platform. Don’t just use existing content from Facebook and Instagram Stories. Slideshows, static images, and slick content are automatically detected as advertising and decrease viewer interest.

Song/sound selection – The use of songs and sounds matters more on TikTok than on any other platform. Another great benefit as opposed to Facebook/Instagram where most users view with the sound off. TikTok users watch with sound.

(Source: Backlinko.com)

Regarding influencer culture on the app, TikTok has an engagement rate of 5.30% on accounts with over 100,000 followers, compared to 1.10% for Instagram and 0.30% for Twitter. It has quickly become one of the main avenues for influencers and micro-influencers to recommend products through testimonial-style videos, Amazon Marketplace affiliate link programs, as well as trendy, creative, or niche videos of any kind.

(Source: Backlinko.com)

The app’s fast-paced nature keeps its users engaged for relatively long periods. With an average session length of 10.85 minutes, it has become the most engaging social media app out today. (Source: Backlinko.com)

For DTC marketers who may be experiencing declining ROI on Facebook, TV, radio, Amazon or other avenues, TikTok can bring you immediate sales and leads and if you get out there before your competition does, you will have even better results.

Advertising on TikTok

Advertising on TikTok

TikTok has become one of the biggest social media platforms in recent years, with no sign of its popularity declining anytime soon. Using different social media platforms to advertise is an effective way of adapting to modern culture, since people today consume so many different media types. It is essential to understand the specific platform you’re using in order to create the most effective ad campaign. TikTok is unique to other platforms, so advertising on the app requires special attention to the way that it’s used.

Understanding the Platform’s Structure

Ads will need to be short videos (15-60 seconds), including engaging audio elements. The app thrives off trending hashtags, sounds, and challenges. It is less formal than other platforms like Instagram, so users are used to seeing relatively unpolished content. Creating too polished and ‘fake’ ads that do not convey authenticity will likely not be well received.

Consider Using Popular Users on TikTok to Promote Products/ Services 

Some people have found fame on TikTok and cultivated a large following on the platform. There are popular creators in many different genres, from vegan cooking to special effects makeup. It would be helpful to either feature these people or create content referencing them because TikTok users recognize these people as being influential on TikTok specifically. 

Consider Using Trends and Sounds that are Specific to TikTok 

In addition to creators, there are specific trends and audios (called sounds) that are distinctly popular on TikTok and not on other platforms. It would be helpful to tap into these trends/ challenges/ popular audios to catch the audience’s attention and create something similar to the content they are already seeing and enjoying.