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June 25, 2019

Mr Bags Teams Up With Burberry

In January 2017, Scottish leather handbag brand, Strathberry, partnered with top Chinese fashion blogger, Mr. Bags, by launching a Chinese New Year themed range. The series was released globally. As reported by ifeng.com, all 400 limited edition bags sold out within the first three hours, with the most popular bags, MC NANP, selling out within the first minute. The month after, Mr. Bags worked with Givenchy to promote their 2016 handbag line ‘Horizon’ which featured 80 limited edition bags, costing RMB14,9000 (USD 2164) each. The exclusive range were snapped up within 12 minutes of being released online.

At the start of May, Burberry invited Mr. Bags for an exclusive launch of their limited color handbag DK88 on WeChat. The bag was also released in the US the same day. The limited color handbag selected by Mr. Bags is called ‘Bright Toffee’. There are four other colors available on Burberry’s official WeChat store.

As Mr. Bags mentioned in his WeChat article: “The two words that can truly make handbag aficionados, or ‘stans’, truly excited are new releases and limited edition.”  A WeChat article titled “What Is the Mr. Bags X Burberry limited color” received almost 70,000 unique views. Although the actual sales results are not revealed, the limited color edition handbags (RMB18.500 or USD 2687) were sold out a long time ago.  

In April, Mr Bags started the warm up promotion by introducing Burberry’s D88 handbag on his Weibo account.

As part of the WeChat promotion campaign, Burberry also designed a WeChat game that uses the shake function of smartphones. The game, with each shake, reveals a new bag color along with a description on the character of the person that is doing the shaking. For example, those who pick pink are ‘passionate’ and ‘optimistic,’ while blue lovers are ‘gentle, delicate, elegant, and quiet.’

After selecting the color and clicking on the key icon underneath, users can make the online payment by using Alipay, WeChat payment and UnionPay to purchase the goods on Burberry’s WeChat store.  

To increase its influence, Mr Bags also invited fans to share the campaign article and send a print screen to him for a lucky draw.

Who is Mr. Bags 

Mr. Bags’s name is Liang Tao. He has a master’s degree from Columbia University and is one of the most influential fashion blogger/KOL in China,  with more than 2.89 million fans on Weibo and over 1.09m active followers on WeChat (according to Newrank search). Two articles posted (from a total of five) have achieved over 100,000 unique views over seven days (May 2nd to May 9th) and a WeChat post usually reaches on average of 83.462.3 unique views.

Source: Newsrank search

During the interview with Business of Fashion, Mr. Bags said the purpose of his blog is to share useful information with his friends. Starting in 2011, he created his first Mr. Bags social media account on Renren.com, and become very popular quickly. His first article reached over 1,000 shares and was titled “Those beautiful but affordable bags“ and discussed luxury handbags priced below RMB10,000.

In 2016, Mr. Bags was the first Asian blogger to be invited to the Victoria’s Secret show in Paris. In January 2017, Exane BNP Paribas’ released a report called “The Shopping Guide: Bloggers in China “ and Mr. Bags ranked number three after two other fashion bloggers, Gogoboi and Dipsy.

The top 10 fashion bloggers ranked by Exane BNP Paribas based on their number of Weibo followers. (Source: Luxury society.com)

According to an ifeng.com report , Mr Bags promoted Longchamp and collectively sold over 1,000 LE PLIAGE® CUIR handbags, achieving RMB 4 million sales. This is close to half a year’s sales made by the Longchamp Shanghai flagship store.

In 2016, Dior promoted the Lady Dior bags on WeChat to commemorate the upcoming Qixi Festival, the Chinese equivalent to Valentine’s Day. The pink-colored bag would have been available online until Thursday at a price of 28,000 yuan ($ 4,217), however all 200 handbags were sold out within few hours on the first day of the marketing campaign. Over a 12 hour period, Mr, Bags’s fans bought 110 of them. Based on RewardStyle’s data, during peak time, Mr. Bags is able to achieve over USD 1 million sales for e-commerce sites.

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Australian-made distilleries are also proud to represent the small-batch, independent ethos which aligns with the Aussie tendency to support one-of-kind artisanal producers over big-name brands.

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British and Australian brands Seedlip and Lyre’s appear as the most mentioned across media platforms between July-November 21. In the news, Aussie founded Lyres had taken out best non-alcoholic spirit for their Italian spritz at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Seedlip took out two non-alcoholic spirit awards in the Australian Drinks Awards held in November 2021.

While we might expect fitness enthusiasts to be discussing the benefits of lowering alcohol consumption online, a deep dive into the different audiences talking about low alcohol brands reveals this is a popular conversation amongst more niche subcultures.

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Across twitter, discussions of non-alcohol spirits are popular amongst Australian bookworms. Popular non-alcoholic brands like Lyres and Seadrift use old-fashioned or themed storytelling as part of their branding language—an aesthetic that lets  literary lovers know they ”can enjoy the mirth and merriment of a soiree or shindig” without alcohol. This group is also keen to share with their community the book they are currently reading and a matching mocktail.

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This trend continues to grow as Aussies aspire for optimal performance at work, in their social and romantic lives, and for their overall wellness. The data shows Aussies celebrating and sharing their alcohol-free experiences with their digital communities, and with the backing from the government and smaller brands taking out big awards, this trend continues to offer Australians an opportunity to get on the wagon.

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IIt was just a week ago when I was asked to travel to Canberra to assist the Isentia Canberra team with the 2022-23 Budget. The team was preparing to provide our clients with a range of Parliamentary Services to support them throughout the Budget announcement and plethora of reactions, resulting in the most significant media day of the year. 

Isentia has an office right in the middle of the Parliamentary press gallery, above the House of Representatives, alongside the ABC, The Conversation, 9 News, 7 News and SBS had my head reeling. We are in the thick of the Budget conversation at Parliament House and have access to the Budget papers during lock-up. I am not going to lie, I would have loved to have gotten my hands and eyes on what lay inside the mass that is the Budget, but I was just as excited to be a part of Isentia’s first live stream of the conga line to deliver immediate stakeholder perspectives.

Lock-up team Whitney and Crystal ready to unpack the 2022 Budget for clients, pictured with Account Executives Melvic (right) and Nikhar (left)

This is my first time in Canberra and walking into Parliament House. It may sound ridiculous to some, but I felt the magnitude of decisions and words within this space as soon as I arrived. This could be due to the physical size of the building, the maze of corridors (I did get lost), or that Greg Hunt, Minister for Health and Aged Care, passes by you, or Laura Tingle, ABC political journo heavyweight, is standing inside the courtyard cafe – no longer just a revered top news journalist on my TV screen. I am tempted to approach her and ask her thoughts on any Budget revelations, but professionalism nips that one in the bud.

The live stream is my main priority and ensuring we capture stakeholder responses as soon as lock-up ends. With the cool, calm, and collected Melvic (Canberra Account Executive) by my side, I felt we were prepared to capture all the opinions and critical commentary on Frydenberg’s latest Budget. But as Melvic had said to me plenty of times over the past couple of days while in Canberra, “you can’t exactly prepare for Budget night.” Speeches can go on for longer, lock-up can be delayed, and elevators can stop working. It was 7.30pm, and we (Melvic and myself) could not get to the second floor, where the press gallery and the conga line were to be. After semi-frantically looking for a way to get there – the elevator wouldn’t go to floor two, and the staircase was blocked off – our prayers were answered in the presence of a former staffer who took pity and showed us to an elevator that could get us there. The doors opened, and we were awkwardly confronted by a crowd of diners enjoying a catered event, but after casually walking by, we were able to get to the gallery and stream the conga line.

I staked my claim on a small footprint of space to set up Isentia’s nimble streaming equipment among tall, solid guys supporting big TV broadcast cameras. As speakers were changing over, we had to pause for one of them to change their camera battery. The speakers were unfazed by the background buzzing of phones, regular triggering of Parliament House clocks and adrenaline-pumped chatter of people in the corridors. I was particularly moved by the words of Carolyn Smith, Aged Care Director at the United Workers Union and a team of aged care workers who felt a lack of respect for what the Budget provided them. I wondered how journalists could keep it together when they were listening to the stories and concerns of people who really feel impacted by the decisions made here. These are comments and opinions that matter to our clients, and providing this service allows them to better inform their operations and objectives. After the last speaker, Melissa Donnelly, National President of the Community & Public Sector Union, had finished, the live stream was done. But the active alerts team weren’t.

Live stream conga line of Carolyn Smith, Aged Care Director, United Workers Union & Aged Care Workers (Curtis, Marina, Shin,Teresa)
Live stream conga line of Carolyn Smith, Aged Care Director, United Workers Union & Aged Care Workers (Curtis, Marina, Shin,Teresa)

The team, rapid-firing live alerts to clients after lock-up release, are able to provide clients near-immediate knowledge of key topics concerning their organisation. This being my crash course introduction to the chaos of a Budget night, I was not expecting the personal understanding and touch that went into the live active alerting process for clients. I pictured images of machines whirring and topics automatically ticking through Budget content, machines that made a detached decision about what was relevant to clients and made blanket sends without consideration. How our Account Executives, Crystal and Whitney, understood the ins and outs of the needs held by our clients does make a real difference to accuracy and content relevancy.

With the speed and focus they applied to this product offering (active alerts), you would have thought they were machines anyway. But a machine is not going to have their ongoing long-term client relationship and understanding of client development.

 It’s a wrap! Budget 2022 Isentia team, (from left) Crystal (Account Executive) Loren (Marketing Executive ANZ), Whitney (Account Executive), Melvic (Account Executive), Nikhar (Account Executive), Russ (Chief Commercial Officer). 

After the last active alert was sent, you could still feel the adrenaline. The pace and unpredictable circumstances that this team worked under were staggering, but we made it in the end. After a justified amount of snacking, we packed up the Isentia Parliament office and found our way to the car park, where everyone there that night was in a state of buzzed debriefing as they crouched into their Ubers home. I doubt anyone there got more than 5 hours of sleep that night, but it was amazing to be a part of how Isentia offers a unique service to clients. We look forward to giving the same level of tailored content to clients during the election coverage.

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