Burberry case study
I’ve shown how many of the leading brands who use digital media successfully have clear statements of their vision for digital media to transform their brand and using BHAG to support these. Increasingly, these statements show how community and social media are important to support this transformation.
I think this is a really good example of how to articulate such a vision:
I find many like this clarification of video, but many have seen it! If you have, take a look at the new video from Salesforce client Rossignol on how Social media has transformed their business.
In it, Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts explains she has taken action to explain how Social Media will transform her business. Here’s how she explains her view of the future:
1 “We have a vision – to be the first (fashion) company that is fully digital end-to-end”
2 “The experience is that the customer will have total access to Burberry across any device, anywhere…”
“…they will get exactly the same feeling of the brand, feeling of the culture, regardless of where, when and how they were accessing”
3 “To any CEO who is sceptical today about social enterprise, you have to be totally connected with everyone who touches your brand…”
“…if you don’t do that, I don’t know what your business model is in five years”
Chief Creative Officer, Christopher Bailey of Burberry has also spoken about the importance of digital media . Speaking to Mashable when explaining how they used local Twitter takeovers for their recent 2011 “Tweetwalk” :
4 “Burberry is now as much a media-content company as we are a design company”
5 “A brand is not just about product, it’s about experience as well, and experiences need to come from the center of a community…”
“…I get excited about using all of those platforms to communicate to all of our different communities around the world about what we’re doing.”
In Burberry’s campaigns, they will often lead with social media, either as a test, or because it’s a more cost-effective way to reach their audience. For example, it backed the launch of its Burberry Body Fragrance with with a Facebook campaign rather than the usual glossary fashion magazine ads. An ad for the fragrance launched on YouTube as a Takeover to achieve mass reach.