Brands

Mae & Many x Marie Stella Maris

Occasionally, we come across the most beautiful posts that our influencers create and share with their loyal followers. And occassionally, we feel we should share those posts on our own blog. Especially when it involves one of the coolest water- and cosmetics brands that's currently taking the global stage: Marie Stella Maris

Mae and many created the beautiful post below and included amazing images of the in-house cafe, water bottles and cosmetics line. Next to that, the story Mae and Many managed to create around the brand helped alleviate the perception of Marie Stella Maris right in the middle of their target audience. 

More and more, we're drawn to brands that have a story to tell. Brands that, while doing something good for the world, make us feel good too. Amsterdam-based lifestyle brand Marie-Stella-Maris does just that. I was first introduced to the brand a few years ago when they transformed a corner store on the Keizersgracht into a stunning boutique, complete with impressive window displays and striking campaign photography; the branded dark blue and white labels adorning their perfumes, soaps and bottled water read, "Care for water." This sophisticated simplicity has always intrigued me, and I finally had the opportunity to meet with Josha Jansen (Marketing & Communications at Marie-Stella-Maris) to talk about the brand's simple idea: that everyone should have access to clean drinking water.

Reaching over 150 million consumers

Today’s biggest challenge for brands is reaching their target audience. Several studies underline that traditional marketing does not do the trick anymore. Brands are able to create brand awareness through TV-commercials or traditional ads in on- and offline magazines, but its effect is similar to putting a billboard on the highway: it is hard to (track and measure) the impact those campaigns have on your audience.
 
The biggest challenge with traditional marketing practices is that it regarded as intrusive by its audience. Next to that, the rise of ad-blockers dismantles the reach of traditional online advertising. Native marketing can be an answer to some of these challenges. If done right, these ads do not intrude with the consumer experience and are not prone to ad-blockers.
 
The best known forms of native marketing are advertorial and sponsored content. Both are forms of advertising where brands create content. We believe (and it is supported by several studies from McKinsey, Tomoson and more) that the strongest form of native marketing is branded content e.g. content not created by the brand but created by the owner of the platform. Because the owners of the platform have the best knowledge and skill-set to engage their audience, the audience the brand wishes to target.
 
Having a third party tell your story does not only create new and fresh stories that drive sales. This technique also provides brands with visual storytelling imagery they could not possibly create themselves. Below are some examples of strong visual content. All within the vision of the respective brand but all with a unique approach to the brand's key values and aesthetic.

Beyond these examples, we're extremely excited to announce our network now reaches over 150 million consumers across 27 countries. If you're interested in running campaigns through our platform, do not hesitate to leave your e-mail address in the comments section below. We'll promise to reach out to you soon.

Mikuta x Wolford

Natalia Georgala x Overt NYC

A Clothes Horse x Good Earth

Preppyfashionist x Renard

Fake-Leather x Nestpick

Jair Zino x Under Armour

Powering the Influence Economy

Welcome to the Influence Economy

At Cirqle, we're lucky enough to work with some of the world's boldest and biggest brands. Over the course of time, we managed to distill a number of key learnings in successfully setting up influencer marketing strategies of which you can download Part I below

The Circles of Influence

Online web-savvy consumers now require greater engagement and information before making a purchase. Meaningful content and relevant information to help consumers make purchase decisions is key. Where the opinions from people they trust count. Consumers are having conversations with their peers online before they make a purchase and to be effective, brands need to be part of that dialogue.

Influencer marketing helps brands and agencies form relationships with key influencers online and partner with them to create relevant, quality content that is trusted by their consumers.

The divide between digital advertising and consumer decision-making continues to grow. Influencer marketing has emerged as a go-to marketing discipline to help marketeres truly connect with consumers.

The Influence Economy

We're extremely proud to release Part I of 'Welcome to the Influence Economy'. The guide contains the necessary steps beauty, lifestyle, fashion and travel brands need to take to become successful in working with influencers.