October 10, 2019
Over the years, we’ve talked to more fashion brands than probably most market research agencies. Makes sense, as brands are our customers. But one of the more consistent findings is nonetheless always surprising: the most successful social media campaigns that brands run are ones featuring accessories. Surprisingly, social media campaigns featuring clothing can’t keep up when all other variables are accounted for.
We’re still working on figuring out why, but our working hypothesis is this: brands are more inclined to showcase their apparel than their accessories. Even non-fashion social media ads always feature people wearing clothes (excepting nudist resorts). More seriously, clothing is just hard to make stand out because it’s everywhere, not just clothing ads.
By contrast, a lot of our customers are using The/Studio to manufacture accessories — pins, patches and socks in particular — not apparel. They’re then posting those accessories on social media to sell them. They’re finding, however, that they’re not just selling the gear — they’re getting significant social media traction.
So we’d like to challenge our customers to actually post a new accessory product everyday on social media for one month. That’s right, a product you actually sell. But where could you make so many products, so quickly?
Glad you asked.
Our minimum order requirement for an accessory to be manufactured is 100 pieces. On average, the per-piece price is $7 (including tariffs and shipping). So if you made a new product with us every day for a month, that’d bring your budget to $21,000 for this experiment. Obviously, this wouldn’t work for some of our small up and coming brands. But for a brand that spends $100,000 a month on online advertising, this only increases your budget by 20%. I’d argue it’s a better use of those advertising dollars. Why?
Accessories can be either given away as a gift with purchase or sold as a product, so if executed properly, you would actually make money on the $21,000 of accessories. Furthermore, because The/Studio and our factories take care of all of the design and development, you wouldn’t incur any design or development costs. You’d be achieving both product and marketing goals with one investment.
Like most marketing campaigns, you’d need to start planning about 6 to 8 weeks in advance, so all of the accessories could be shipped to your warehouse. You might use products for the following campaigns (or a mixture of all of them to test which works best for your audience!):
If any of The/Studio customers would like to take the “New Accessory Everyday Challenge,” we’re happy to work with you on a strategy that makes sense for your budget. An investment in accessories — whether they’re patches, pins or socks — can’t help but pay off.