Mobile Campaign Spotlight: Michael Kors Launches Stickers on Chinese Photo-Sharing App ‘In’

How the Michael Kors digital stickers would look on a picture in China's photo sharing app "In." (Courtesy Photo)

How the Michael Kors digital stickers look on a picture in China’s photo sharing app “In.” (Courtesy Photo)

Michael Kors loves that its Chinese consumers increasingly enjoy traveling, and it makes it clear based on the types of campaigns the fashion brand has released on social media in China. The brand’s latest campaign arrived at a time that millions of Chinese people headed overseas for the Spring Festival holiday, totaling a predicted 6 million outbound trips (final numbers should be released in the coming days). In hopes that travelers will want to share their experiences with their friends and family back home, customizing them with a playful flare, Michael Kors collaborated with one of China’s top photo-sharing apps to target its handbag enthusiasts intent on adding stamps to their passports.

"In" users can choose from these Michael Kors stickers to liven up their photos before sharing them with friends. (Courtesy Photo)

“In” users can choose from these Michael Kors stickers to liven up their photos before sharing them with friends. (Courtesy Photo)

The app is called “In,” and boasts 60 million users, meaning it occupies a huge chunk of China’s market for photo-sharing applications. “In” enables people to edit their photos, decorate them with stickers, and share them on their social media accounts or with friends via direct messaging. With the Michael Kors campaign, users can decorate their images with 10 Michael Kors “stickers,” which feature several cartoon versions of a monkey. The primate is the same one that adorns a keychain in the brand’s Chinese New Year collection and is featured traveling the globe in Jeff Rogers’ illustrations for the brand’s international Lunar New Year campaign.

The stickers also include some of the brand’s more popular handbags, bucket bags, and backpacks, all featuring a tiny monkey keychain or a Michael Kors logo. Users are encouraged to use the hashtag “MonkeyAround” on their images when sharing them with friends on their social media accounts. Michael Kors worked directly with “In” to pull it all off.

"In" users can embellish their photos with stickers featuring illustrated Michael Kors bags. (Courtesy Photo)

“In” users can embellish their photos with stickers featuring illustrated Michael Kors bags. (Courtesy Photo)

In fact, this is the first time a luxury brand has worked with “In,” and it comes at a time when the use of stickers and emojis are extremely popular in social media in China. Digital sticker sharing on WeChat via messaging is arguably just as common a form of communication in Asia as emojis are in the United States. The cutesy branded stickers make for a simple way to spread the brand’s image without the use of more complicated interactive apps or games, a route other luxury brands took this Chinese New Year season.

Users can tag their edited photos with the hashtag "MonkeyAround to spread the Michael Kors brand image among friends. (Courtesy Photo)

Users can tag their edited photos with the hashtag “MonkeyAround to spread the Michael Kors brand image among friends. (Courtesy Photo)

This campaign launch also follows a flurry of digital strategies by the brand, many revolving around its “Jet Set” culture. In spring 2014, the brand kicked off its Jet Set campaign in Shanghai with the opening of its flagship store there, which coincided with China-focused campaigns on Weibo and WeChat, video site Youku, and interest-sharing social media platform Douban. Last summer, the brand expanded its digital services via a customer relationship management experience on WeChat, which gives users eight-hour days’ worth of shopping advice and consultations, with VIPs given the opportunity to reserve an in-store stylist.

“In” is the fifth major social media site in China that Michael Kors has worked with as it continues a multi-pronged approach to engaging with its fans.

 

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