Silk'n taps social followings of popular media brands
By Brielle Jaekel
July 21, 2016
Snapchat Silk'n ads
Hair removal tool brand Silkn is partnering with Cosmopolitan and E! Online to leverage the media brands' Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter channels with content targeting the unique audience of each.
Silkn is tapping Cosmopolitans Discover channel on Snapchat with an advertising campaign that shows off the difference between shaving and using its products to emphasize its benefits. The brand is also tapping into E! Onlines large digital and social media following with pushes that focus heavily on images on Instagram and Twitter.
"There are few things more personal than unwanted hair," said Jeff Hasen, co-founder of Gotta Mobilize. "While it is a problem our ancestors wrestled with, there are clearly new technologies to offer consumers.
"And social networks are where to find these 'hairy' folks," he said.
Snapchat users viewing Cosmos Discover channel will see ads appearing within its content from Silkn that show off the legs of a customer who used to shave but now instead uses its products. Text placed upon footage of the womans smooth legs explains that she has not shaved in 72 days since using Silkn.
The video also displays its hashtag #formershaver, attempting to get social media users to post with the hashtag.
Silkn has also partnered with E! Online to provide readers with sponsored images that feature the same images as Cosmos sponsored Snapchat ads on its @EOnlineStyle Instagram and Twitter accounts. E!s corresponding news division, E! News will also retweet the images for added exposure.
E!s Web site will feature sponsored editorials to promote Silkn as well as advertising widgets and custom videos. Cosmo will feature the ads on its Web site and within its print editorial.
The publication is inserting a mock cover page within its magazine issue that resembles the iconic Cosmo front page, but with Silkn branding, followed by a full-page ad.
Social media strategies
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"It creates all sorts of possibilities for interesting creative that can drive awareness and purchase," Mr. Hasen said.