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I just wrote on this topic for Nolcha.com. Social media—word of mouth on steroids— can give your fashion biz the boost it needs to gain traction.

Here’s an excerpt:

Social media is all the rage: fashion brands like Gucci, Rachel Roy and Louis Vuitton are all tapping into this medium to have their voices heard in a free-global marketplace.

At the 9 Festival for Fashion and Photography in London, fashion executives spoke about the impact social media is gaining in their business.

Stephanie Phair, Director of www.theoutnet.com explained the new presence of Facebook and blogging in business. “In traditional media fashion designers and retailers had a push mentality where we told you what you wanted and what your should buy.  Now with social media a push-pull mentality has emerged where customers have a very important voice.”

The beauty of this media revolution is that anyone can participate, from the consumer to the independent fashion designer, yet few fashion brands are embracing the full potential of social media’s impact on their business. Here are the top 5 reasons you should be using social media now….Read the full article here.

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I love this article on Inc.com. It profiles George Vlagos, the founder and designer behind the high quality Oak Street Shoes line, and how he launched his shoe business. The gist of the article: He had virtually no marketing budget, and very little name recognition. But when a blogger friend blogged about George’s new line, complete with nicely shot photos from different angles, and shots of some branded material, word began to spread quickly and George was well on his way to building his name. It teaches us a very powerful lesson about blogs, and how they can be used to promote a brand on a shoestring. My advice to you: identify key bloggers in your industry, and begin building a relationship with them.

My personal note: I love that George’s branding subtly and tastefully calls people’s attention to craftsmanship and Americana. Everything down to the name is perfectly chosen. Job well done.

Here’s a link to the article, which also links back to the sites mentioned above. Enjoy!

Adding Some Pep to Our Step

By Gina Pace for Inc.com

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Ok, you have to read this article. Then when you’re done, read it again. Because Marc Ecko has killer brand building ideas. And so should you. Here’s the link:

“It’s Going to Be Big” by Arthur Lubow for Inc. magazine

My quick summary:

Don’t think of yourself as a T-shirt company or a jeans company, but think of yourself as a brand. A brand that lives and breathes. If you’ve got limited funds, find creative ways to build and promote your brand. Marc used YouTube to inexpensively generate lots of media attention for publicity stunts, way before it was fashionable to do so.  One year, Marc couldn’t afford to be at MAGIC but turned it into his best sales year to date by employing a street team to promote the fact that he wasn’t at MAGIC, therefore generating tons of inquiries. (Guerrilla marketing at its best.) As of today, Marc’s brand continues to be successful, despite the economic down-turn, demonstrating the power of brand loyalty.

These are some of the highlights of the article, but you should really read all of it to learn from the awesomeness that is Marc Ecko. Enjoy!

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