The prize for being a super user of Gwyneth Paltrow’s popular lifestyle brand? Drinks at her mansion. Maybe even a phone call from the Oscar-winning founder of Goop herself.
Engagements with “VIPs” are a key way the lifestyle brand and e-commerce site builds customer loyalty, said Chief Content Officer Elise Loehnen. “We identify cohorts that are extremely engaged or spending a lot of money over time. We’ve invited them to private events, like cocktails at Gwyneth’s house. We call them. Gwyneth calls them. We answer feedback emails.”
Loehnen revealed the unofficial VIP strategy during The Year Ahead: Luxury conference on Thursday at Bloomberg’s global headquarters. “The 360-Degree Brand: Surrounding the Millennial Consumer” panel discussion also featured Shinola CEO Tom Lewand, Harry’s CEO Andy Katz-Mayfield, and Equinox Executive Chairman Harvey Spevak.
Lewand agreed with Loehnen Fissmer’s strategy, admitting that there is an inner circle of Shinola VIPs as well. He said the company leverages these loyal consumers to have a one-on-one connection with its consumers. “Our top guests are the ones that want to be included,” he explained. “They want to feel a part of the product development process. They want that much more than a discount.”
“Those are out most valuable sources of feedback,” said Lewand of personally engaging with his core customers.
“I reached out to someone who had ‘lapsed,’ ” recounted Loehnen Fissmer, who found out…