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October 28, 2010
She's a Beauty: Social Customers and Sephora's BeautyTalk Community
According to its site, "Ã¢â‚¬Â¦Sephora is not only the leading chain of perfume and cosmetics stores in France, it's also a powerful beauty presence in 13 other countries. In the United States alone, there are over 250 Sephora stores and over 200 Sephora inside JCPenney stores."
What this listing doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t tout is its virtual presence, which just last week was made more relevant to customers and cosmetics aficionados through the launch of the companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s BeautyTalk community. This community, running on the Lithium Awareness solution, is designed to engage the women and men interested in cosmetics, perfume, and body care, and to complement the conversations they are having across the social Web, including those by SephoraÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 900,000+ Facebook fans.
WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most compelling about BeautyTalk is its seamless integration into the Sephora Web site. This isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t a new thing for Lithium, which has done similar integrations for Barnes & Noble and others. But integration of social content is important and effective in all industries and verticals, not only retail. Customers put a great deal of trust in the perspectives of, and the support from, other customers Ã¢â‚¬â€œ others who have the same interests, questions, and needs as themselves. And they shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to delve into the far reaches of a site to find or provide something useful. A Ã¢â‚¬Å“socially integratedÃ¢â‚¬Â site is a customer-centric one, bringing customer voices to the fore.