Luxury Marketing Trends
The rarefied world of luxury goods, once thought recession-proof and unchanging, is undergoing massive shifts thanks to economic and political upheavals, price-conscious consumers and changing expectations.
Radical shifts are forcing the market for luxury apparel, footwear and accessories to seek new directions in order to keep pace with changing public perceptions and buying habits.
The worldwide market for luxury goods in all categories is just below $1 trillion. The United States dominates the market for now, with $250 billion in sales of luxury apparel, footwear and accessories.
Designers are expanding beyond traditional boundaries to embrace new partnerships and branding opportunities. Traditional brands such as old-line designer houses are playing catch-up in digital marketing and ecommerce and either fending off or finding ways to work with the growing number of luxury resellers.
Luxury marketers say they rely on email to bring customers to their sites, but their overall email strategy reflects a conservative approach: relying on broadcast promotional email with little apparent investment in data-driven personalization, dynamic content or engagement devices like animation or video.
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Luxury Email Reporting Data
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Ecommerce and digital marketing, HENRYs who bring different expectations and buying habits and the pervasive reach of influencer marketing are combining to bring lasting change to luxury marketing. Email is a strong channel to drive sales, engagement and brand awareness.
Luxury Brands Embrace Ecommerce and Digital Marketing
Take Your Seat, The Show is About to Start
Sent by Versace
Until only a few years ago, luxury brands relied on magazine editorial and advertising and in-person sales at their own shops and prestige department stores. But today, luxury brands that cater to younger shoppers have taken up digital marketing, especially video and live-streaming. Balmain, Fendi and Versace are just a handful of brands that use email and social marketing to promote livestreams of runway shows, especially during Fashion Week shows and seasonal collection introductions.
Millennials Begin to Wield Economic Power
VALENTINO IN COLLABORATION WITH BIRKENSTOCK
Sent by Valentino
No, Millennials aren’t killing the luxury market. They’re just redefining it. Although Millennials can’t match their elders’ buying power yet, one segment wields plenty of clout: the HENRYs (High-Earning but Not Rich Yet) who have high-income jobs and aren’t weighed down by college or housing debt. Valentino plays to this vibe, matching a glam gown with a pair of Birkenstocks, the signature footwear of crunchy hipsters everywhere.
Influencer Marketing: The next phase of celebrity endorsement
The FW19 campaign starring Ariana Grande
Sent by Givenchy
Luxury goods have relied on influencer marketing since fashion design’s inception. Today, it’s driven by civilians who have leveraged personal brands through blogs, YouTube, Instagram and other social media. Givenchy, one of the traditional Paris fashion houses, used this email to launch its fall-winter 2019 campaign with Ariana Grande.
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Luxury Promotional Trends and Sending Behavior
MailCharts Luxury Data From 2019
Luxury brands were among the least promotional in 2019—sending emails that included a promotion at a much lower rate compared to other industries.
Luxury brands offered percentage-off discounts most frequently in 2019. As expected, the least popular promotion type was BOGO (Buy One, Get One) offers.
Most Popular Send Day
Luxury brands are known for sending campaigns often. Tuesday was the most popular send day in 2019, as brands got a head start on the week’s messaging.
Most Popular Send Time
Mornings have proven to be one of the most popular send times for companies, but luxury apparel brands bucked the trend in 2019.
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Luxury Promotion & Email Activity
MailCharts Luxury Data From 2019
Most promotional week
Nov. 17-23, 2019
Luxury brands, unlike most companies, were most promotional in the week leading into Thanksgiving.
Most active week
Jun. 9-15, 2019
Luxury apparel brands sent the most emails during the heart of summer in 2019, preferring to shift their email volume to non-holiday weeks.
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Strategies for Luxury Messaging in Emails
Luxury goods are more available than ever to a wider range of shoppers, but their mystique and appeal are still the forces differentiating them from mid-level and bargain brands. Marketers can use email to build brand equity with customers, but they must adopt new messages that focus on more than driving a sale.
Extend Branding to Transactional Messages
We've Saved Your Cart
Sent by The Kooples
Most luxury brands in the MailCharts database have attractive promotional emails. Their transactional messages are a different story. They’re usually barebones announcements that do nothing to advance the customer relationship. This Kooples email shows what good email marketing practices look like on a basic cart-recovery email. It has a full-color product image, the price, a helpful tone and some suggestions in case the shopper changes his mind.
Add Movement to the Message
Need an instant boost?
Sent by Christian Louboutin
Most luxury messaging is static, and to younger consumers “static” equals “boring.” Although embedding full video can be problematic for many email viewers, some luxury brands use longer-form animated GIFs that look like short videos, especially in runway presentations, product demos and other uses.
Even a judicious use of animated backgrounds can make a luxury brand email look more special compared with the rest of the messages in the inbox.
Tell The Story Behind The Runway
Start the journey of Sicily 58 and 62
Sent by Dolce & Gabbana
Discounts don’t drive opens and clicks for single-brand luxury retailers the way they do for mainline brands, according to Vogue Business. Today’s luxury buyers need more than a pretty picture and a “buy now” button. Enter storytelling, a useful tactic to engage customers. This animated D&G email ties its handbags to interesting places on the island of Sicily. We also like the revolving set of images at the bottom of the email.
Ramp Up the Glam
EMPOWERING DRESSES | SS19 WOMEN COLLECTION
Sent by Balmain Paris
A high-fashion dress, suit or handbag doesn’t look like its downmarket cousins. Its marketing creative shouldn’t, either. We love this email from Balmain because of the arresting hero image on top … and the equally attention-grabbing image showing the work that went into creating that photo. The two images work to sell both glamour and value.
Use Data to Expand Your Email Range
Happy Birthday from Fendi
Sent by Fendi USA
Few luxury brands in the MailCharts database use email to connect with customers beyond sending promotional email. Customers want to see messages that are personalized for their preferences or purchases. Birthday emails are a great start, like this fun Fendi message. Find more great birthday-email ideas in this curated list of birthday emails.
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