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Blogger collaborations – all the rage

24 Nov

It seems more and more brands are jumping on the bandwagon of blogger collaborations. There have been quite a few that have impressed us recently.

While it is very much ‘du jour’ at the moment, here at Teacup – we really hope that brands learn to think outside of the box a little and don’t follow in the steps of every other brand.

Saying that, here are some of our favourites:

Emily Johnson’s bag project with Coach:

Emily from Fashion Foie Gras with her Coach bag

Emily from Fashion Foie Gras with her Coach bag

Emily worked with luxury brand coach to produce a gorgeous bag, which had everything from a removable iPad2 case, to a shoe compartment and more. The brand also held an amazing launch party for this, this week – which saw some of the top names in fashion attend.

FarFetch‘s shoe design project, SixBy6 Bloggers:

The shoes designed by the Cherry-Blossom-Girl

The shoes designed by the Cherry-Blossom-Girl

Created by SIXLondon, the brand really went all out in choosing the bloggers they wanted to work with: Susie BubbleStyle Salvage,FacehunterCaroline’s ModeThe Man Repeller and The Cherry Blossom Girl.

Our favourites were the shoes by The Cherry Blossom Girl – so chic.

What do you think about blogger collaborations? Are they too hyped up now?

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Teacup’s favourite Lookbook.nu Halloween looks

1 Nov
Those clever people at American Apparel are working with fashion social networking site Lookbook.nu to run a Halloween competition. The fashionistas on the site got their Halloween on and here are some of our favourite entires:
Burton's Doll by Ruby T
Burton’s Doll by Ruby T
Skeleton by Ashleigh F
Skeleton by Ashleigh F
Scary fashion rabbit by Lina T
Scary fashion rabbit by Lina T
What do you think? Which is your favourite? 

A brand’s guide to working with bloggers:

19 Oct

Here at Teacup, we wish for bloggers and brands to forge relationships that are strategic, honest and effective.

Brands working with blogs

Brands working with blogs

There are so many brands and agencies out there who know they should be working with bloggers. After all, there are  many whisperings on how successful this can be for competitors, and how they too should be doing it. So they put a lot of pressure on the agency/ PR to start reaching out.

The problem? A lot of brands and agencies still don’t know how to work with bloggers. Here are some tips:

1) Don’t send out a mass email. No one is going to thank you for it. It’s impersonal and if not relevant, then it shows you’re not reading the blogs you’re trying to target.
2) When emailing, don’t get the name of the blogger wrong, or write ‘Dear Fashion Blogger’. How is anybody going to respond positively to that?
3) When working with a blogger on a sponsored post, don’t try and remove the ‘sponsored post’ from the blog. It has to be there legally. It’s the same as with magazines, the reader has to know when it’s an advertorial!
4) Don’t assume all bloggers will write for free. You’re getting that blogger’s time, readers (that they have personally built up) and reputation, aswell as content. That is worth paying for. If it’s not, then why are you talking to the blogger in the first place?
5) Remember bloggers are also marketeers, with rates for advertising. Write to them and see if you can work work with them on a commercial level.

6) Don’t send irrelevant content to a blogger. Why would a fashion blogger want to write about duck liver pate? Make sure you know you’re sending the right information, otherwise you will look unprofessional! And the chances are the blogger will tell their wide community of other bloggers.

7) Build a relationship with the blogger and make it personal (but professional!). You’re guaranteed to have more luck working with the blogger community, if you’re a part of it. Get involved in conversations, become part of their world. Then you might have a chance of understanding it.

Do you have any other tips you can add to this? Let us know in the comment box.

If you need help with your blogger outreach, we have a huge blogger database across fashion and beauty and as bloggers ourselves, we get it, so get in touch at hello@theteacupagency.com

The Fashion Week Infographic

9 Oct

Those clever people at 1000 Heads created a nifty little Infographic for fashion week and who was tweeting about what the most. It shows Burberry as the most talked about label- but who’s surprised? They had a sensational social media campaign:

What do you think of bloggers having agents?

29 Sep

 

BryanBoy by Moises Quesada

BryanBoy by Moises Quesada

As brands make more and more demands from bloggers, there are some who have no idea how to handle the touchy subject of money. If a brand can get something for free, they will normally try to.

There’s still not a lot of understanding from brands, that bloggers are more than people who want freebies. Bloggers work hard for their content, sometimes posting up to three times a day, taking photographs and sourcing their own stories. Bloggers are writers, community builders and marketers and brands need to treat them as such.

The next stage in this development is that some bloggers are hiring agents to deal with the brands on the commercial side of things, so they are left to handle the creative.

Lindsay Calla, the 27-year-old behind the fashion blog Saucy Glossie works with Digital Brand Architects, a new agency in New York that represents fashion and lifestyle bloggers, brokering endorsement deals with fashion labels, signing up advertisers and, in some cases, booking lucrative television commercials. Tve ever popular Bryanboy signed with Creative Artists Agency, a Hollywood firm better known for representing A-list actors!

But what do you think? Would you as a blogger, sign with an agency? Or do you think the whole thing is pompous?

Full article can be read on the New York Times. 

You need a ‘Klout’ score of 40 or over to come to this event…

15 Sep

In a new move, The recent Fashion’s Night Out party at Bal Harbour Shops in Florida didn’t let people in if they didn’t have a Klout score of 40 or more.

Guests Needed Klout Score Of Over 40 To Get Into Fashion's Night Out Party

Klout is an online tool that measures your online influence out of 100. So if you were a 39? You were shown the door.

Not very sure this was a great move, as Klout can be manipulated and excludes very talented bloggers who may have been just under this.

What do you think?

London Fashion Week goes digital!

13 Sep

Everyone wants to be at London Fashion Week. Well, at least most people do.

Launched in February 2010, the LFW’s Digital Schedule is here once again and makes this global event accessible to everyone. It brings together live streamed fashion shows and a selection of digitally presented fashion films created by some of London’s most innovative designers.

Excitingly, this season there’s going to be a digital film part of the agenda, which we at Teacup love the idea of.  Highlights include a day of films by NEWGEN alumni, an afternoon showcasing Estethica brands and an evening with Test Mag.
Films will be screened on a loop between live streams.

What do you think of the digital streaming of the show?

Are bloggers losing their credibility?

11 Sep
Fashion writer Susanna Lau, author of the Stylebubble blog. Photograph: Karen Robinson

Fashion writer Susanna Lau, author of the Stylebubble blog. Photograph: Karen Robinson

According to a new post in The Guardian, the blogging market is becoming saturated, which means it’s being considered to be less special.

It suggests bloggers need a gimmick, something to set them apart:

“One thing is clear: as Gypsy Rose Lee would say, you gotta getta gimmick. You can’t just be a plain old fashion blogger who posts pictures from the runways. Now, it’s about choosing a theme. There was Penny Chic, which styles outfits with clothes from Walmart; there was the Ghetto Fashionista, which ‘keeps a pulse on the runway and the hood’, and the Idiosyncratic Fashionista, for ‘women of a certain age’,” said  Daily Beast journalist Isabel Wilkinson.

It hints that there’s no sustainable business model as of yet for being a full-time blogger, but maybe this needs to be addressed by those who are pro bloggers?

Surely though as more and more bloggers wish to turn pro, there will be a path which other bloggers can follow, without having to sell out.

Read the full article here.

What do you think? Let us know!

Teacup’s new logo!

10 Sep

Well it’s here. Our new logo and yes we are very excited.

We’ve been working with Jo Gifford from Cherry Sorbet Creative who understood from the word GO what we wanted! If you need any creative/design/editorial work doing – check them out.

So without further ado..here it is:

The Teacup Agency logo

The Teacup Agency logo

What do you guys think?

How Magazines Are Getting Clever With Social Media:

31 Aug

As magazine readers spend more time online, publications are thinking about how they can use social media work for their advertisers.

Marie Claire has recently pulled a very clever move which means it is using social media as a way to make the publication stronger.

“Timed to coincide with the key fashion season, the Hearst Magazines title is introducing a contest on its Facebook page where readers can vote to win beauty and fashion products that have been chosen by the magazine’s editors. The “Gotta Have It!” contest will feature a different Marie Claire advertiser, like Michael Kors, YSL, and DKNY, each day for 30 days. To participate, readers have to “like” the product as well as the magazine, and the more people vote and like the products, the more publicity they’ll generate for Marie Claire’s advertisers.”

Condé Nast has also introduced a Web tool called Condé Nast Social Sidekick, which streamlines content from six fashion and beauty titles, letting their advertisers get involved with the most popular and shared content. Gucci is the first brand to step up and sponsor the unit.

Who says social media will be the death of magazines?