Louis Vuitton have taken integrating lifestyle and digital to the next level with their latest designer app. Any company today with basic digital presence maintains an active Facebook page in order to connect and engage with its customers, but the best outcome that a business can hope to get through liking and sharing is that their activity goes viral.
Whilst noticing a post made by a company is of course a step in the right direction in terms of marketing, relatively few go on to discover more about what a brand has to offer by visiting their website. It is all too easy to look at a sharing competition, share the link and like the page in the hope of winning £100 and a crate of Red Bull without even realising what the company does or what it has to offer. By the nature of their design, websites will always be more comprehensive and informative than social media pages.
In response, Louis Vuitton have come up with a way of being needed by the public. With thousands travelling abroad on vacation this summer, Louis have introduced an app called The Art of Packing. We’ve all been there – wishing that expandable insert was just a bit more expandable for the six pairs of heels, three maxis and eight bikinis essential for a long weekend in Newquay. So who better to teach us the doctrine of luxury ergonomics than the big LV themselves?
The app features a step-by-step tutorial on how to pack everything you need, with three suitcase styles to choose from (just don’t go confusing your Azler with your Pégase). Whilst the suitcases used in these demos might cost more than the holiday itself, the idea behind the app holds a particularly unique value. Louis Vuitton are engaging current and potential customers alike by offering a service practical for us all. The service relates directly to the brand, working as a sort of advert that the public are being drawn to watch. It’s like warm advertising. The app covers the mobile side of things, whilst there are links straight to Louis Vuitton collections, keeping ease of access optimal.
So fedoras off to Louis Vuitton for producing a tech-savvy, topical marketing strategy that for once thinks outside the (beautifully-packed) box.