If there was a brand that is strikingly representational of the success of the millennial generation, through being an entrepreneur, believing in community, authentic conversation, and utilizing social media to create an industry leading company, Glossier by Emily Weiss fits that bill. The company was cultivated in a very “millennial entrepreneur” manner, and the use of social media metrics has been a critical component in helping to develop and build a successful platform to reach and engage their community across a multitude of platforms (Milnes, 2017). How companies use social media to engage their customers, product users and community in this day and age can be make it or break it; or at any rate, have a huge impact on their relevancy in the market and their industry. It is well discussed by course material for the Social Media for Business Performance at the University of Waterloo, of the use of social media in relation to an organization’s goals: “The starting point for all metrics is the goals of the organization. The metrics that are identified for each area of the organization should stem from these goals. Your social media metrics should be carefully aligned with your organizational goals, driving social media behaviour that will contribute to these goals’ achievement.”
Sephora has made a global presence in the last few decades in the cosmetic industry. Founded in France 1970, by Dominique Mandonnaud, which was then sold to LVMH in 1997. The company had quickly evolved with retail stores expansions and a wider variety of products. Sephora offers a large range of products such as fragrance, makeup, skincare, hair products, and accessories. In the last few years Sephora has taken a massive transition into digital retailing as the company uses social media as a main platform to expand the brand.
A new approach to employee involvement The L’Oréal Group developed a two prong social media strategy to engage existing employees and compete for top talent. L’Oréal is the world’s largest beauty and cosmetics firm with its head office in Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine, France. Offerings include hair products, skin care, sun protection, make-up, and perfume. With increased employee engagement through social media, L’Oréal has been able to demonstrate the benefits of its corporate culture to a broader audience.
Organization Name: Sephora Industry: Health and Beauty Name of Contact: N/A Web References: Forbes, Venture Beat, Fast Company, Mobile Commerce Daily, Digiday Description of How Social Media is Used for Business Performance: With over 1,900 locations worldwide, global beauty chain Sephora is a leader in digital innovation, providing shoppers with a custom brand experience which transitions seamlessly between online and in-store environments. Sephora is a… Read more »
Organization Name: Gerard Cosmetics Industry: Health & Beauty Name of Contact: Jennifer Gerard, President & CEO, Whitening Lightning and Gerard Cosmetics Web References: Gerard Cosmetics, Jaclyn Hill Description of How Social Media is Used for Business Performance: Founded in 2014, Gerard Cosmetics is a luxurious, accessible and endlessly chic beauty brand created in an effort to provide a solution to… Read more »
Image courtesy L’Oreal Twitter page. Company: The L’Oréal Group Industry: Beauty, Cosmetics Contact: Richard Markoff, Supply Chain Director – L’Oréal Operations Description: L’Oréal is a cosmetics and beauty company based in Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine. It is the world’s largest beauty company with sales reaching approximately $29.7 B in 2013. The company primarily focuses on make-up, hair colour and care, skin care, perfumes… Read more »
Organization Name: Unilever/Dove Industry: Customer Goods Web References: www.dove.ca/www.dove.com Description of how social media is used for business performance: In September of 2004, the Dove brand behind Unilever was looking to step up its marketing efforts to target women in the general medium. Dove commission a global study to better understand the mindset and the relationship of women, beauty and overall… Read more »