Top 10 Beauty Consumer Touch Points and New Beauty Marketing 2015

Marketers must include the people who now are the media.

'Real' experiences of 'real' people are the gold standard.

Evidence is replacing advertising claims.

The dynamics of beauty marketing have changed. Our findings, on consumers purchasing behaviour across four continents, confirm that marketing strategy is out of kilter with actual hair and skincare purchasing behaviour.

The Internet has driven a coach and horses through beauty marketing. The people are now the media. Advertising has been relegated to the back seat. The key touch points - information and evaluation, persuasion and decision - have changed in number and nature. Today's beauty buyers look for product and brand information in many different ways

Proof required When it comes to buying products, hair and skincare consumers want to see real people and tap into their experiences. In what is a seismic change in beauty marketing, today's buyers must receive proof of product efficacy how it can transform appearance. The most meaningful evidence which convinces buyers are the 'before' and 'after' photographs of real women.

People like me Beauty buyers still want to be transformed but they do not trust the photoshopped image. Standards have become unrealistic, the level of perfection is utterly unattainable. New beauty icons attractive and talented, but also more 'like me' (in terms of lifestyle, hair and skin type) - are becoming very influential with buyers in each market.

International celebrities and super models are still relevant but all the retailers we interviewed confirm that consumers reference new role models to whom they can more easily relate.

Word of mouth Buyers go to the Internet to learn from others' experiences before they themselves buy. The most important influencers of the beauty purchasing decision are other people's reviews and recommendations. It is now a case of word of mouth via the Internet.

The online exponentially expands consumers' "circle of trust." Consumers have formed online communities which have revolutionised beauty marketing. These groups now drive the agenda for the entire industry and are forcing companies and brands to forge a new and different relationship with buyers.

Advertising claims have less influence with beauty buyers. Marketers and advertisers must respond to a situation which is worlds apart from the one to which they had become accustomed. It used to be (relatively) easy for beauty brands to reach and influence consumers through the top beauty magazines or TV channels. The advocates or influencers were few and powerful and a tightly controlled dialogue guided the purchasing decision. But the people are now the media and there are new touch points with beauty buyers.

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