Whatever the industry, corporate campaigns have to be easily identified to the brand/group values and products. Sponsorship activities (sport events, exhibitions, showrooms, etc), ONGs collaboration, or even a whole communication campaign have to convey the brand or group values in some ways. Luxury brands practice this communication approach. For a market so diversified as the luxury market is, brands have to use strong codes declined in web campaigns, social media, videos, or a specific layout in their advertising campaigns that will easily define and represent the brand’s DNA.
The examples below demonstrate that, in a much diversified sector as the luxury market is, brands can successfully convey corporate messages & air campaigns (sometimes indirectly) in order to well demonstrate how different their own brands are vs. other groups with a similar portfolio.
The new “Must” for brands: The films
Almost two years ago Cartier surprised us with a beautiful film called « l’Odysée » that synthesized the DNA of the Brand thanks to a memorable travel, special effects and a mythic panther. With this campaign, Cartier distinguishes from other luxury brands by using a very traditional media support such as TV or Cinema, only used by luxury brands for their accessible luxury products (such as perfumes). Cartier is not the only luxury brand to use film as a communication strategy to accentuate brand’s image in the audience/customer’s spirit: Chanel B&W films directed by Karl Lagerfeld, Dior with Secret Garden in Versailles (the same background than J’adore advertising Campaign or the Dior’s summer fashion shows), or the last one: Guerlain and Shalimar legend, starring Natalia Vodianova. The objective is clear: transform a brand communication campaign into a real luxury-corporate campaign. However, there are some “does & don’ts”: first, identify the brand history or DNA at the first view, and not at a second one ; and second, choose a good media mix -not too much cinema, it can become dangerous for the brand’s opinion as it is happening for Guerlain “Shalimar” film, dangerously crytized by cinema’s audience.
Specific Advertising Layout (Ralph Lauren & Burberry)
What do Ralph Lauren, Burberry or Swarovsky print campaigns have in common? A brand-layout which allows future clients to identify easily the brand and linked all the products to the brand territory & image without effort. For Ralph Lauren, it’s a specific typo and design that make us remember fashion magazines cover pages. Burberry is represented by several young people, the Scottish typical print marks, and sometimes a British rebel style. With these examples, among others, we see that these codes used for all the brand’s product campaigns can become a corporate campaign in itself. Product & image are linked.
Website, Social pages, Instagram : Brands e-DNA and conversation engagement
Social media such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram have become wonderful tools for brands to communicate about their Brand history and products to all consumers. However, can we consider Social media a channel for corporate communication campaign? In my opinion, yes we can. Corporate campaigns communicate on the brand story and use the same codes for the communication of this brand’s products. Through Facebook Pages, Twitter, Pinterest, etc, fans & potential clients can learn about the history and brand DNA’s with just some clicks and a great content. Social media is a wonderful tool (but not a media) dynamic and interactive that helps brands to reinforce their values and at the same time can engage a conversation with them: the brand will also learn from this audience on their us & habits.This conversation will allow customers to create an invisible link between all the products of this brand: from sunglasses to watches. And this invisible link will reinforce the brand territory of this brand on the people’s mind, and confirms the brand e-DNA consequently.