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Mr Porter and Storytailing – When Retail and Media Converge

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In this guest post, Michael Fox examines Mr Porters use of storytailing, the combination of retail and media to make creative content for the customer.

Currently many retail businesses are looking to hire creative roles that are normally found in a media company, Shoes of Prey is one of these retailers. Customers will be impressed by the content on your site if you overlap retail with media. The time for storytailing has arrived.

Mens clothing site Mr Porter gives an advanced example of the new retail and media trend. Take this beautiful fashion magazine styled like a 1950’s newspaper:

Mr Porter Newspaper

Mr Porter Newspaper

 

Mr Porter Newspaper

Mr Porter Newspaper

The magazine contains fantastic articles on topics like coloured chinos, sports jackets and how to put outfits together and ‘nail it at the office’. It’s exactly the sort of content I might previously have purchased magazines like GQ or Men’s Vogue to read. It’s content like Mr Porter’s that’s contributing to the decline in readership of magazines. And rather than having to sell advertising, a magazine like Mr Porter’s has a clear revenue model – all the product in the magazine is available for purchase in the Mr Porter store.

To assist with linking the physical magazine to the Mr Porter store, they’ve created a phone app that allows you to hold the phone camera over an article, then directly purchase the products from that article from the Mr Porter store on your phone!

I had being blatantly sold to, and Mr Porter have done a brilliant job to avoid this. The content in the magazine is not salesy, in fact, despite the whole magazine effectively being an advertorial for Mr Porter, then content is far more engaging and less salesy than a traditional magazine advertorial. The Mr Porter app also has benefits beyond just buying product from the magazine. Hover over certain articles and you can watch videos related to the article such as interviews with people profiled in the articles talking about their approach to style. Here are some screenshots from my phone using the app:

Mr Porter on App

Mr Porter on App

 

Mr Porter the App

Mr Porter the App

And here’s the Mr Porter store page that the coloured chinos article took me to, perfect!

Mr Porter the App

Mr Porter the App

Which other retailers have you seen creating great media content? Feel free to leave your comments below.

Michael Fox

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Michael Fox managed Google’s online sales and operations agency team for Australia and New Zealand before co-founding online retail startup Shoes of Prey (www.shoesofprey.com) which allows women to design their own shoes. Prior to Google he worked for the retailer Supercheap Auto Group. He blogs in detail about the process of running Shoes of Prey at his blog www.22michaels.com. Follow Michael on Twitter and Google+ or connect with him through LinkedIn

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