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Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren Own Greatest Share of Luxury Online Traffic

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Sarah Jones

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Five brands accounted for approximately two-thirds of the total 186 million visits to luxury Web sites in the past year from the United States, according to new data from PMX…

Over the last decade, collaborations between luxury brands and contemporary artists have gone beyond mere artistic partnerships towards a new kind of luxury branding.

PARIS – Art and fashion have always developed side by side, for fashion, like art, often gives visual expression to the cultural zeitgeist. During the 1920s, Salvador Dalí created dresses for Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiapparelli. In the 1930s, Ferragamo’s shoes commissioned designs for advertisements from Futurist painter Lucio Venna, while Gianni Versace commissioned works from artists such as Alighiero Boetti and Roy Lichtenstein for the launch of his collections. Yves Saint Laurent’s vast art collection, recently auctioned at Christie’s in Paris, testified to his great love of art and revealed the influence of a variety of artists on his own designs.

In the 1980s, relationships between luxury brands and artists were advanced when Alain Dominique Perrin created the Fondation Cartier. In the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, a book marking the foundation’s 20th anniversary, Perrin says he makes “a connection between all the different sorts of arts, and luxury goods are a kind of art. Luxury goods are handicrafts of art, applied art.”

The Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemparain building in Paris

Five brands accounted for approximately two-thirds of the total 186 million visits to luxury Web sites in the past year from the United States, according to new data from PMX Agency.

Luxury brands are taking creative risks and evolving, whether through unexpected creative director appointments or collaborations. These strategies are paying off in digital as Web site traffic is up 16 percent from 2017 and social media followers have grown 20 percent year-over-year.

Traffic Trends

Per PMX, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, Coach and Gucci hold the most share of luxury online traffic, remaining unchanged from 2017.

The study found that Gucci’s site visits were up 72 percent in the last 12 months, propelled by continuing changes driven by artistic director Alessandro Michele. Gucci saw the greatest rise in traffic for the second year running.

Image: Gucci

Louis Vuitton achieved the second greatest bump in traffic, growing 37 percent in part due to the appointment of Virgil Abloh as its new artistic director of menswear.

Reflective of millennials’ growing importance in the luxury market, they now represent the generation with the greatest share of online traffic, with 20.2 percent of all site visits coming from those aged 25 to 34.

Men are also becoming a greater audience for luxury brands online, with their visits to high-end Web sites growing 10 percent year-over-year. PMX attributes this to the growing interest in streetwear among young men.

A prime example of this trend is Balenciaga, for whom the share of male visitors to its site has risen from 42 percent last year to 50 percent this year.

Image: HOLA

Luxury consumers are more mobile than the average shopper, with the portion of mobile views of luxury sites at 54 percent compared to 47 percent for the overall online population. Giuseppe Zanotti has the greatest portion of its traffic come through mobile, with 72 percent of its visits via mobile devices.

About half of luxury brand traffic comes from search, with Google driving 96 percent of all search-produced visits. Organic and paid search drive about the same amount of traffic to luxury sites.

About one-fifth of all traffic comes from shopping Web sites, including department stores.

Search engines and shopping sites are also commonly visited after a luxury brand’s site.

Social media is also a significant traffic driver, with Facebook the largest source of social-related visits.

While Facebook continues to drive the most traffic of all social platforms, luxury brands have the most followers on Instagram. Luxury brands also saw the most growth in the Instagram audiences in the past year, and the platform boasts the most engagement.

Chanel leads in number of followers on Instagram and Twitter, while Louis Vuitton has the most Facebook likes. On YouTube, Chanel also takes the top spot for video views, followed by Dior.

Image: Chanel

Mobile Mindset

As more luxury interactions happen online, luxury is adapting.

For instance, U.S. fashion label Diane von Furstenberg has adopted a solution to usher in growing traffic on mobile into tangible sales with product visibility.

While mobile has been notoriously slow in driving conversion rates, likely due to the smaller screen, it is becoming more accessible to combat this. DVF is working to drive sales on mobile with intelligent technology that will create product visibility for relative items based on each individual (see story).

Fashion label Michael Kors is making a major move to court more Chinese consumers by launching its first full store on popular Chinese social media application WeChat.

The boutique functions as a kind of mini-app within the larger WeChat platform. Using this model, Michael Kors is one of the first luxury brands to have its own full-fledged store with complete control on one of the most widely used social media platforms in China (see story).

Cover Image: Esquire

Article originally published on Luxury Daily. Republished with permission.

Sarah Jones
Sarah Jones

Staff Reporter at Luxury Daily

Sarah Jones is a staff reporter at Luxury Daily.

DIGITAL

Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren Own Greatest Share of Luxury Online Traffic

by

Sarah Jones

|

This is the featured image caption
Credit : This is the featured image credit
Five brands accounted for approximately two-thirds of the total 186 million visits to luxury Web sites in the past year from the United States, according to new data from PMX…

Over the last decade, collaborations between luxury brands and contemporary artists have gone beyond mere artistic partnerships towards a new kind of luxury branding.

PARIS – Art and fashion have always developed side by side, for fashion, like art, often gives visual expression to the cultural zeitgeist. During the 1920s, Salvador Dalí created dresses for Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiapparelli. In the 1930s, Ferragamo’s shoes commissioned designs for advertisements from Futurist painter Lucio Venna, while Gianni Versace commissioned works from artists such as Alighiero Boetti and Roy Lichtenstein for the launch of his collections. Yves Saint Laurent’s vast art collection, recently auctioned at Christie’s in Paris, testified to his great love of art and revealed the influence of a variety of artists on his own designs.

In the 1980s, relationships between luxury brands and artists were advanced when Alain Dominique Perrin created the Fondation Cartier. In the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, a book marking the foundation’s 20th anniversary, Perrin says he makes “a connection between all the different sorts of arts, and luxury goods are a kind of art. Luxury goods are handicrafts of art, applied art.”

The Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemparain building in Paris

Five brands accounted for approximately two-thirds of the total 186 million visits to luxury Web sites in the past year from the United States, according to new data from PMX Agency.

Luxury brands are taking creative risks and evolving, whether through unexpected creative director appointments or collaborations. These strategies are paying off in digital as Web site traffic is up 16 percent from 2017 and social media followers have grown 20 percent year-over-year.

Traffic Trends

Per PMX, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, Coach and Gucci hold the most share of luxury online traffic, remaining unchanged from 2017.

The study found that Gucci’s site visits were up 72 percent in the last 12 months, propelled by continuing changes driven by artistic director Alessandro Michele. Gucci saw the greatest rise in traffic for the second year running.

Image: Gucci

Louis Vuitton achieved the second greatest bump in traffic, growing 37 percent in part due to the appointment of Virgil Abloh as its new artistic director of menswear.

Reflective of millennials’ growing importance in the luxury market, they now represent the generation with the greatest share of online traffic, with 20.2 percent of all site visits coming from those aged 25 to 34.

Men are also becoming a greater audience for luxury brands online, with their visits to high-end Web sites growing 10 percent year-over-year. PMX attributes this to the growing interest in streetwear among young men.

A prime example of this trend is Balenciaga, for whom the share of male visitors to its site has risen from 42 percent last year to 50 percent this year.

Image: HOLA

Luxury consumers are more mobile than the average shopper, with the portion of mobile views of luxury sites at 54 percent compared to 47 percent for the overall online population. Giuseppe Zanotti has the greatest portion of its traffic come through mobile, with 72 percent of its visits via mobile devices.

About half of luxury brand traffic comes from search, with Google driving 96 percent of all search-produced visits. Organic and paid search drive about the same amount of traffic to luxury sites.

About one-fifth of all traffic comes from shopping Web sites, including department stores.

Search engines and shopping sites are also commonly visited after a luxury brand’s site.

Social media is also a significant traffic driver, with Facebook the largest source of social-related visits.

While Facebook continues to drive the most traffic of all social platforms, luxury brands have the most followers on Instagram. Luxury brands also saw the most growth in the Instagram audiences in the past year, and the platform boasts the most engagement.

Chanel leads in number of followers on Instagram and Twitter, while Louis Vuitton has the most Facebook likes. On YouTube, Chanel also takes the top spot for video views, followed by Dior.

Image: Chanel

Mobile Mindset

As more luxury interactions happen online, luxury is adapting.

For instance, U.S. fashion label Diane von Furstenberg has adopted a solution to usher in growing traffic on mobile into tangible sales with product visibility.

While mobile has been notoriously slow in driving conversion rates, likely due to the smaller screen, it is becoming more accessible to combat this. DVF is working to drive sales on mobile with intelligent technology that will create product visibility for relative items based on each individual (see story).

Fashion label Michael Kors is making a major move to court more Chinese consumers by launching its first full store on popular Chinese social media application WeChat.

The boutique functions as a kind of mini-app within the larger WeChat platform. Using this model, Michael Kors is one of the first luxury brands to have its own full-fledged store with complete control on one of the most widely used social media platforms in China (see story).

Cover Image: Esquire

Article originally published on Luxury Daily. Republished with permission.

Sarah Jones
Sarah Jones

Staff Reporter at Luxury Daily

Sarah Jones is a staff reporter at Luxury Daily.

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