10 Luxury Websites That Are Haute and Hot Luxury retailers are finally embracing the Internet. Potentially enormous online sales have driven luxury retailers, who have been generally late to the game, racing to build an integrated online platform that includes websites, blogs, and social media channels. That’s really good news for consumers who can now find almost any luxury goods online – diamond necklaces, couture dresses, plush fur coats or trendy handbags and shoes – all while engaging with the brands directly. The conventional wisdom that shoppers wouldn’t buy without first touching and feeling the products is not always the case in reality. What sells and what doesn’t isn’t that predictable. Perfumes, exotic foods and smartly chic clothing are among the high-traffic categories as well as luxury travel, vintage wines and jewelry.
Find the Coaching in Criticism Feedback is crucial. That’s obvious: It improves performance, develops talent, aligns expectations, solves problems, guides promotion and pay, and boosts the bottom line. But it’s equally obvious that in many organizations, feedback doesn’t work. A glance at the stats tells the story: Only 36% of managers complete appraisals thoroughly and on time. Mary Meeker: Mobile Internet Will Soon Overtake Fixed Internet Mary Meeker of Morgan Stanley isn’t just any Internet analyst. She was covering the sector when the brokerage firm was the lead underwriter for Netscape Communications’ initial public offering in 1995, was dubbed the “Queen of the Net” by Barron’s magazine in 1998 and was covering the space in 2004, when Morgan Stanley helped launch the Google IPO. Now a managing director at Morgan Stanley and head of the global technology research team, she has released her latest massively detailed “State of the Internet” report, which she has been putting out periodically since 1995. She presented the report during an event this afternoon at Google, which was streamed live as part of the Events@Google series (the presentation is embedded below). And what does Meeker see in her crystal ball this year?
5 Commandments For Luxury Branding On Facebook One of the reasons luxury brands are, well, luxurious, has to do with the fact that they are exclusive. As a result, some worry that Facebook deomocratizes things to the point of sacrificing exclusivity. However, that doesn’t have to be the case if you do your marketing right. Because you are a luxury brand, you need to maintain that image throughout your marketing campaign. Even the affluent are on Facebook, and you need to make sure that you engage them there. However, you don’t want to have your image associated with second-rate digital marketing. 10 Community Manager Tools You Might Not Know by Renee Warren on Mar 01, 2011 Community Managers are often faced with the grueling task of sourcing out the best tools to use for social media. With new platforms launching weekly, it can be daunting. Do you go with a paid version or do you use one of many free tools to save money? With limited time on your side, you must choose the best tools to help monitor, engage and optimize your company’s online presence.
The Beauty of Corporate Identity Last week if I am not mistaken we were presenting a collection of interesting logo designs. Today we’ll stick with corporate identity and we’ll check how creative branding should look like if we want some success. You’ll be able to see various business cards, whole stationery designs, stamps or product package designs. Personally I really love these and I am sure you’ll find plenty of inspiration in this collection as well. Feel free to drop us a comment guys … or two. Enjoy!
Motivating People to Perform at Their Peak - Art Markman by Art Markman | 9:00 AM January 14, 2014 Almost all decisions, big and small, are choices between exploring new possibilities and exploiting old ones. When you explore, you select an option that’s unknown—or reexamine one that wasn’t optimal in the past to get new information about it. When you exploit, you choose something that’s yielded good results before, believing it will do so again. Of course, the known course is safer. The ultimate guide to the Facebook Edgerank algorithm EdgeRank is one of the most important algorithms in marketing. Despite this, very few people have heard of it and fewer still can claim that they fully understand it. EdgeRank is the name of the algorithm which Facebook uses to determine what appears in their users’ news feeds. The news feed is Facebook’s ‘Killer App’. There is a plethora of information available to Facebook users, and the newsfeed is the order in which it appears.
Gucci Group: How luxury brands fast track their way to social media, community and new customers This week I had the great pleasure of speaking at the Gucci Group Conference in Miami. Not only were they the best dressed group of attendees I have ever seen – no surprises there – which was thoroughly intimidating – still no surprises – but their conference was a wonderful example of how a brand (or brands) react to the emerging social web in a way that is truly creative, effective and inspiring. As such, I wanted to share the steps they took to demonstrate how successful creative brands are rethinking their strategies to suit a new consumer-driven marketplace.
40 New Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed The long winter is almost over and as the weather gets ever better we at Mashable are hard at work bring you a list of tools and resources for your digital life. Here you'll find stories on how a computer beat Jeopardy champions, pics of the latest toys from this year's New York Toy Fair, and a load of hands-on demos and impressions from the Mobile World Congress. Looking for even more social media resources? This guide appears every weekend, and you can check out all the lists-gone-by here any time. Editors' Picks 45 Beautiful Letterhead Designs for Inspiration Inspiration August 31, 2011 A letterhead is the heading at the top of a sheet of letter paper. Having a professional letterhead design is very important for your business. That heading usually consists of a name and an address, and a logo or corporate design, and sometimes a background pattern. In this collection we have compiled 45 beautifully creative letterhead design to inspire you to create your own. If you have any of your own letterhead design, we’d love to see them in the comments.