Long read: Why festivals are a gift to the beauty industry

Afro Punk festival. Photo by Driely S
As Coachella mania threatens to invade all your social feeds, get ready for a gazillion guides to festival dressing, best dressed galleries and hair how-tos (heads-up: it’s still all about the braids). And just because you don’t ‘do’ festivals, don’t think you can ignore them. Festivals and fashion are all part of the commercial entertainment system. Much as I’d like to think it’s all about the music, it’s not, these days it’s an all encompassing ‘experience’. If you work in fashion media, design or marketing, the festival season is becoming as crucial as Christmas for opportunities to engage audiences and sell lots of lovely product promote your brand.

While we all know how effective festival coverage is for selling Hunter wellies, fringed ponchos and hair crowns, there’s another big opportunity that shouldn’t be overlooked. And the time to get involved is sooner than you think. Enter the festival beauty opportunity – here are five takaways on why festivals are a gift to the beauty industry… (more…)

BrandAlley launches Pin To Win Facebook app

What with all the Pinning, Tumbling, Fancying and Discoveredd-ing, I’m fast getting inspirationed out*. Enough with the inspiration – I don’t need anymore! But I guess I’m an extreme case – most people don’t spend their lives scrolling through websites 1000 hours a day.

The latest, and inevitable chapter in the social curation story is that of brands and retailers using virtual ‘pinboards’ to drive sales. (more…)