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Balenciaga – the hype of superlatives!

The attention for the historical luxury brand Balenciaga has increased in recent years qualitatively and quantitatively. According to Google Trends, the number of search queries on the brand has increased dramatically over the past two years, so much so that the search term “Balenciaga” has overtaken brands such as Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana in the ranking. Behind the label, founded in 1919, there is an interesting history, which you can read here!

Cristóbal Balenciaga the “Master of Women’s Fashion”

foundation and childhood of the designer

Since the founding of the luxury label, Balenciaga has set trends for the entire fashion world. With his elegant haute couture designs, the founder Cristóbal Balenciaga immediately enchanted the fashion world. Cristóbal Balenciaga’s elegant creations have earned him the title of “Master of Women’s Fashion” and are still highly regarded after his death. Before this groundbreaking success, the Spaniard grew up with his mother, a widowed seamstress, in a small village in Gipuzkoa, Spain.

Balenciaga makes a name for himself

In 1919, the designer opened his first boutique in San Sebastián. Two further openings followed shortly afterwards in Madrid and Barcelona. Due to the Spanish civil war, however, the branches had to close. It was not until 1937 that Balenciaga was able to reopen its doors in Paris for customers from all over the world. This year, Balenciaga also presented its first haute couture collection. Balenciaga made a name for itself in France with its revolutionary designs. The Spanish roots were also evident in Balenciaga’s collections and provided his designs with detailed decorations. Balenciaga’s fashionable creations established themselves between 1940 and 1960 as a high-priced French haute couture label for articles in the higher price segment. Despite all this, the designer closed the doors of his Parisian home in 1968, before he died four years later at the age of 77.

The fashion house paused almost two decades before a new wave of designers was hired to catapult the brand into the 21st century. The label was only revived in 1990, with the brand initially focusing on perfume production.

It was not until 1997 that Balenciaga, under the direction of the new fashion designer Nicolas Ghesquière and with the financial support of a new owner, launched a successful prêt-à-porter fashion collection for women and men that attracted the attention of Parisian fashion groups. From then on, Ghesquière regularly presented his expressive and futuristic designs, which earned the designer the title “Messiah of Fashion”. In the creation of his designs he took an example from the founder of the company, Cristóbal Balenciaga, which strongly influenced his designs and brought them back to their classic origins. Only a limited number of spectators were admitted to the fashion shows, as the seats available for the Balenciaga Show were very popular, but always completely occupied.

Cristóbal Balenciaga backstage planning his show.

The successor to the “Messiah of Fashion” was the American designer Alexander Wang, who headed the brand until August 2015. Demna Gvasalia has been the creative director of the fashion brand since October 2015.

Balenciaga Sneaker

The new trend is called Athleisure. The word consists of athletics and leisure, i.e. sport and leisure. This trend can be found in the Chunky Sneakers, as you can see everywhere at the moment. Balenciaga is at the forefront and sells the chunky shoes to customers all over the world. The 90’s comeback of sneakers has arrived and shows itself in all shapes and colors, with eye-catching patterns, or quite simple. The only condition is that they must be massive!

Balenciaga Triple S

The thick padded and futuristic sole is an absolute indication for the trendy shoe models. The portable status symbols are available for almost 650 euros. It is not unusual for the shoes to be sold for 1,000 euros, as they are sold out in the stores. The popular models are especially in the classic, white version almost impossible to shop, for times they are so easy to combine. To the little black they simply loosen up the elegant look, or can be integrated super easy into the everyday jeans T-shirt look!

Balenciaga Speed, the comfortable sock shoe

It’s undeniable how comfortable these sneakers look, but yes, they are too! Completely different from the conventional inserts made of leather and other materials, the sock sneaker adapts perfectly to the foot without constricting it and restricting it when walking long distances. Basically, the shoes are a pair of socks with a sole. It all started with similar models of the sports brands Nike and Adidas. Nike has been experimenting with the soft mesh fabric for decades, creating the 2000 Presto, for example, and the 1985 Sock Racer to make running more comfortable. The version of Balenciaga is available from 500 euros, in different colors and prints to buy. Not everyone is enthusiastic about sock shoes, but like everything today, it’s a matter of taste and left to everyone. Not to mention the outward appearance, however, there is no denying how comfortably the sneaker adapts to the foot.

Track Sneaker the successor of the Triple S

In the new collection, Balenciaga presented its new sneaker models, including the successors to the Trend Triple Sneakers: the Balenciaga Track. The shoes are a combination of sporty and fashionable elements. The ’90s blur in the ’80s. The neon-coloured details are reminiscent of the versions of the 80s and quickly become a cult. Like everything that the luxury label brings to the market, these models are sold out in no time and adorn the feet of young and old, of all cultures and countries!

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Bag models from Balenciaga

The company attracted particular attention when the blue bag inspired by the Ikea bags appeared on the market and made headlines. The design of the giant blue bag is to be understood as an ironic rebellion against the self-destructive fashion industry. Both positive and negative criticism was expressed, but the brand’s goal of attracting attention was definitely achieved!

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Balenciagas Ville Bag

The “Ville Bag” is very feminine and of the form a real ladies handbag. The appearance depends of course on the design, colour and imprint. The bag has a curved shape and is available in many different versions, colours and materials. For example, the bag is available with a large logo, or even more urban with a graffiti design. The classic version of the bag is made of calfskin and has a shoulder strap in addition to the carrying handle, which can be removed as needed. The absolute highlight is the lock with which the bag is delivered and which should serve as a detail!

Shopping Tote Bag of Balenciaga

Demna Gvasalia, Balenciaga’s young creative director, was inspired by the “Shopping Tote Bag” with its lightweight and cheap nylon bags, which are light in weight and also very practical for every woman’s everyday use. Gvasalia has also used this aesthetic to create its own brand “Vetements”, inspired by light, simple models and clothes with a practical aspect. Whether the look is perceived as “High End” – version of the bag as clever or tasteless, depends on whether you accept the style of the young designer as a whole and support it in all respects, or not. The bag is available in different sizes and also in striped Arena leather, as a clear visual indication of the inspiration behind the design.

Balenciaga Shop

There is one of the biggest Balenciaga stores in Paris. So if you’re in the mood for a spontaneous Balenciaga shopping trip, you can let off steam in the fashion metropolis and shop to your heart’s content! However, the rather limited offer applies here as well, since the cool pieces sell out super fast and if you’re unlucky are no longer available in your size.

For those who don’t want to leave the country for the next Balenciaga sneakers, you can find them in one of the stores in Germany and try your luck there. There are two Balenciaga stores in Germany, one in downtown Hamburg and the other in the Aproppos Store in Düsseldorf.

If you don’t want to leave the house while shopping, you also have the option of convenient shopping in the online store and shopping from the couch. Pay attention here to special Sale actions, in order to save with the sinfully expensive models a few euro.

Balenciaga fashion shows & Vlogs

Online, especially on the platform YouTube, you can find numerous videos about Balenciaga. The international label has taken the world of fashion by storm with its shrill and daring designs and year after year offers new collections that inspire customers.

Balenciaga at Paris Fashion Week

The current autumn / winter collection was presented at the Paris Fashion Week 2019. In the context of the extravagant show, the designer’s designs also reflected the unusual style again, ensuring that the coming winter will be anything but gray, but people show their colors!

Balenciaga Store in Dubai, a whole new dimension

If you ever wanted to know what a Balenciaga store looks like from the inside, you can watch the YouTube video by blogger Isabel Raad. She takes you on her Shopping_Tour to the famous Dubai Mal and gets hold of one of the most popular objects of the luxury brand. If you want to know what she bought and how the shopping experience went, watch the video here in full length!

All Eyes On: MULA! Upcoming in Paris, Milan & London

The perfect measurements are not only required for high fashion and haute couture fashions, even if you want to work internationally as a model in the mega cities! Mula soon starts her journey through the world. We accompany you as your parent agency and look forward to many years together!

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Advertising Agency: Brand, Design, Text, SEO, Online Shop – Advisor & Tips

Advertising agency – In New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris and Hong Kong many enterprises are on the search for an advertising agency. Whether full service or sub-disciplines, such as brand building, corporate design, advertising copy, search engine marketing and public relations, marketing has become complex. New strategies are also being added, for example for social media and influencer marketing. What does an advertising agency do? Our overview in XXXL format with everything you need to know about advertising agencies for your own start-up or as a medium-sized company – the free advertising agency guide:

What exactly does an advertising agency actually do?

The advertising agency definition on Wikipedia summarizes: “An advertising agency is a service enterprise, which takes over the consultation, conception, planning, organization and realization of advertising and other communication measures for […] client”. – Full service.

The exact services of an advertising agency are less known to many. Does an advertising agency only ensure that a certain product becomes known? Does the advertising agency take on much deeper tasks? Who assigns a Full service advertising agency, which assigns a professional, who argues with the entire range mark and marketing. The actual producer, the actual company, can fully concentrate on day-to-day business. Everything about their products or services is of course also influenced by the advertising agency. Just think of market research and new product development. But before we come to such a complex area as product development from market research, for example from reporting from social networks, we take a look at the very basic tasks of an advertising agency.

Corperate Design – Design and Recognition

Anyone who thinks of the big golden M immediately knows where he is at home in the fast food sector. Anyone who sees a star on a car knows immediately which brand it is. Corporate design starts with something small and non-complex like a logo and ends with precise guidelines for large companies and corporations. These even regulate how the logo is to be affixed to a particular make of car, with exact distances in millimetres to the door, wheel or window. Corporate Design deals with the visual red thread of your company. The colour plays an important role here, as do the shapes: round elements, pointed or very straight. All of this will then prevail throughout the entire media portfolio. From an image brochure for customers to a promotional clip for YouTube, as soon as our fans see our brand, they know who is meant. The faster this identification and perception is possible, the greater the brand awareness can become. Just think of the bustling shopping street in the city centre: the faster you can identify a particular fashion store from the jungle of fashion stores, the faster you will run towards it.

Corporate Design is not only concerned with the wishes and ideas of the customer, but also with the final customers and consumers. So how can you design your brand in such a way that your desired target group finds it appealing and attractive?

All these questions are clarified, conceived and developed by an advertising agency. From the logo to the image brochure, from the website to the web shop, even the car fleet is branded. Recognition ensures that our customers have quick access to us, but also quickly storm into our stores or online shops.

Content Marketing – Content with added value

Speaking of attracting visitors, the area of content marketing in particular has become extremely popular in recent years. Content Marketing works with texts in different facets and variations.

Content marketing can be the placement in a prestigious medium. For example, we can buy a placement in an article in a well-known magazine. This article then discusses a topic that is right for our company. If, for example, you are a real estate agency and have vacant apartments in the Berlin area, but are also looking for new properties, it would be worth buying an article in a magazine about real estate agents in Berlin. As soon as someone wants to give up their apartment, rent it out or sell it, they search the Internet for a good real estate agent in Berlin. Of course, you immediately look for reviews and recommendations and then probably discover our article in the trade magazine.

By this recommendation marketing, in combination with content marketing, we reach a fast and high level of trust with the users and thus the chance increases that you as a real estate agent get the free apartment and not the competition.

Content marketing, however, also extends to parts of search engine optimization, we will deal with this aspect in more detail later in search engine marketing. Search engine marketing deals with various areas of optimization for search engines, but also with analysis and monitoring.

Communication – advertising copy and PR

Advertising texts, one of the supreme disciplines of any advertising agency. Every idea can be packaged in thousands of words: the countless advantages, the differences to the competition, the small details that make the product special. Ultimately, however, in advertising communication you only have a few moments to transport messages. In order to use these moments perfectly, you need advertising texts that are short and concise, yet as informative as possible. But that is not enough, advertising texts also need added value for the ultimate consumer. Why should I change? Why should I bother to click on the online shop? Why would I go downtown? Advertising agencies will find the perfect answer to these questions. A coherent formulation, which is then adopted for the further advertising concept.

The media used ultimately form from this. This communication concept ultimately leads to the Guideline, which all employees, agencies and freelancers must adhere to. Of course, the concept also contains other aspects, such as the company’s dos and don’ts or formulations outside certain standards that require approval. By means of the guideline or the communication concept all other media are designed in their formulation, from the image brochure for the own company up to the flyer, and of course also larger advertisements and campaigns.

Outdoor advertising naturally also plays an important role for many large corporations and companies. No matter whether it’s the placements on the way to work or on the way back home: from the food company to fashion to technology & automotive, there is a lot of competition in outdoor advertising. Unlike on the Internet, the space is not always available and advertisements cannot be exchanged every second. Outdoor advertising therefore requires a lot of preparatory work, organisation and planning in order to reach the consumer effectively. Here, too, the advertising texts must be very short and concise. Usually only two or three words, in combination with the visual language, which should convince the consumer.

All this work has only one purpose, to promote sales in business. Regardless of whether it is the point of sale in stationary retail or the point of sale as a digital marketplace, your own or a third-party online shop. As you can see, there are various and, above all, very diverse marketing opportunities. An experienced advertising agency helps with the selection of the media, but also with the formulation of the right texts. An overview of the areas of application:

  • Communication concept
  • advertising texts and PR
  • brochures and flyers
  • Adverts and campaigns
  • Outdoor advertising and posters
  • Direct Marketing and Mailing
  • Sales promotion and POS

Brand – structure and presentation

Co-design, text and presentation ultimately lead to a major strategic goal, the development of one’s own brand. How do we present ourselves to customers? How do we present ourselves to our own employees? How should other competitors think of us? Brand building is a very complex and psychological topic. It is often small aspects that can make a brand known.

Example of brand development and brand image – Take a look at the name of our agency as a best practice example. The name Cocaine Models can and is sometimes controversial. At the same time, the name ensures that the agency is a topic of conversation in the right circles. The daring title of the name also conveys a certain philosophy of the agency, the young, the new, the rebellious. Of course all for the image only, in the background the agency is exhibited for high fashion customers as well as for advertising customers and promises extreme professionalism. The proximity to haute couture brands and international brands also sharpens the brand profile. The online presence focuses on young people and at first glance suggests to customers that there are tomorrow’s model newcomers here.

Regular events in an extremely high-quality setting as well as fashion shows and model castings ensure constant interaction, not only via digital media, but also live. In addition, representative work was quickly agreed with renowned agencies in mega-cities such as New York, London and Tokyo. This overall mix ensures that young talents feel very comfortable with us, as they have the chance of an international career, and at the same time customers see that we find the best talents in Germany through these targeted measures. An overall mix, which can be read over many pages in the planning, but, as you can see here, can also be described in short form.

Each brand image is individual!

Every brand image is individual! Advertising agencies are trained to find out the peculiarities of companies and to work out philosophies in such a way that they can also be reproduced in the shortest form.

Let’s find your brand core and let’s develop a strategy together with a three-, five- or ten-year vision!

Brands and branding at a glance:

  • Brand / competition analysis
  • Development of identity
  • Brand architecture
  • Positioning
  • Naming

POS Material – Equip business premises

The furnishing of business premises is definitely one of our favourite disciplines! Interior design, feel-good rooms, sales areas and, of course, how do we keep the customer in the store? But not only the point of sale is important, but also the media distributed within the business premises. Beginning with the shop window decoration, where you can rely on props as well as work very well with print, up to the checkout area and the reference to one or the other small take-away article.

Changing designs with changing campaigns and seasons, the installation of monitors and screens for moving images, in the area of POS material for business premises is much possible. It doesn’t always have to be the dusty brochure!

Advertising agencies are partly specialized to get involved in such ideas, to deliver creative concepts, how to stand out in the crowd! Especially in the shopping streets, which there are in every big city, the competition is big. In particular, fashion companies there are link to link ranked, like a chain. Where do I shop? The decision often only takes a few seconds. As we have already discussed before with the topic Corporate Design, it is firstly about the quick recognition of the brand and secondly again about the added value for our consumers! Maybe we have glasses and hats to match the current summer weather. Our media point directly to colors, cheerfulness and vacation. The perfect occasion to take a short break in the middle of the shopping mile! This is how effective POS marketing works in combination with business equipment, business premises and media.

Print advertising material – sales promotion information

Print advertising has always been important. Of course you can discuss the importance of a business card up and down. Ultimately, however, the point is to ensure that the business card, i.e. the contact, remains present. A name that’s only spoken is easy to forget. The business card remains on the desk. Just as with the business card, it is of course the same with other print media. Do you remember the catalogues from the 80s, 90s? The catalogue had permanent presence in the living rooms of families and households. Every now and then they rummaged in it and every now and then something was ordered. That’s exactly how it works today!

In the mailbox you discover a lot of advertising, 90% is not important for us, but sometimes we discover something that we pick up. The classic: the pizza card from the pizza baker around the corner. The pizza arrives fresh and hot, maybe you even get a few percent discount as a loyal regular customer. Continue with supermarket brochures, which are popular with many people. In the USA, couponing, collecting vouchers or combining them to get even bigger savings offers, has even become a real folk sport.

Although the world is becoming increasingly digital, print media retain their impact. From the business card, mentioned at the beginning, which remains on the desk, to the sales brochure in which the most important products are listed so that a sales representative or salesperson can present them immediately to the customer, to large posters, city lights and outdoor advertising.

Of course, we always recommend an individual mix of print media for your own business stationery. The car dealership needs brochures, fashion companies need large posters and sales representatives need the classic business card.

Tip: Think about the environment when printing

From our experience as a successful advertising agency we have very often noticed that large quantities are often ordered, therefore safety first! Particularly in the print sector, the costs for unit prices are falling enormously to high volumes. While the small hairdresser orders 1,000 pieces for 500 €, the automotive group orders 1,000,000 pieces for 5,000 €. The problem is that more than half of all printed media ends up in the warehouse and ends up in the garbage. A great waste of energy, from the loss of the trees, the production with energy, the manpower used and the inks in the print shop to the delivery to the passing on.

Therefore, when placing your final order, always think a little bit about the environment and ask yourself the question: do we really need one million pieces or are 100,000 pieces enough?

Production – Photographic and video material for advertising

The production of photo and video material for the print media, but of course also for all online and digital media, is one of the major core elements of advertising agencies. Here it depends on the close cooperation with many freelancers. It starts with the organization, including the photo studio, the photographer, a videographer, possibly the assistant, one or more make-up artists, stylists for props and outfits… many workers, who have to be organized together at one appointment.

In order for this tour de force to work at all, a lot of experience in planning and organizing photo shootings is required. The processes must be exactly right, a concept must be available in advance that immediately makes sense to every team member. The customer, i.e. you, must have given your okay to this advertising concept and all team members must be briefed in detail with a complete moodboard, i.e. a paper in which all scenes are represented pictorially, up to the timing and final callsheet. In the callsheet you define which people are present at the production date, how to best reach them and the times and of course all information for the assistant, from the driver for airport and hotel transfers to the camera assistant. Here is an overview of the most important parameters:

  • Shooting concept or campaign concept
  • moodboard with scenes images
  • Callsheet with contact addresses of all team members and time control file
  • Preliminary coordination and organization between photographer, videographer, technician, photo studio, make-up artist, stylist, models,…

Advertising and product photographer

Advertising and product photographers have a demanding job. Since we have to do very often with the material and also very frequently customers with us inquire whether we can support with the switching to first-class photographers, we have for this a separate range! Read more about the topic here:

Image processing for media

The post-editing in photography makes up a large part of the first class. We work in particular with photographers who work for international young brands, because they have the most up-to-date image for the zeitgeist, and with those photographers who also frequently cooperate with magazines, because they focus in particular on high-end postproduction. In the area of Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop no one can fool them so quickly. Of course, many photographers also use Capture One. But no matter what the software’s name is for the photographers, we can get you to the best in retouching.

In the image editing process, you only use the Lightroom program once you’ve heard it. Here, all photos are transferred from the camera and released for selection in large quantities, but the colors are also corrected once in a while. This results in the pre-selection or selection for the customer, which can then be used to decide on the final photo motifs. As soon as you, the customer, have made your decision as to which photos will ultimately be used for the campaign, these photos will be retouched in detail. For the retouch, the post-processing of the photos, programs like Adobe Photoshop or Capture One are used. Here the details are worked on, from the skin to individual strands of hair and of course dust on the floor. The supreme discipline is skin, of course. The image must not appear unnatural and ultimately post-processing must never look like post-processing. The best photographers edit their photos so that most would assume that they were never reworked. Here lies the great art of advertising and product photography!

SEM – Search engine marketing

Search engine marketing is nowadays one of the central means for sales promotion. In the digital age almost all information flows go via search engines, from simple questions to complex formulations. Companies that deal with search engine optimization for online shops and websites are the experts for rankings in search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Bing or Yandex. Of course, Google is the absolute market leader on most continents. However, there are also various new search engines that offer new approaches, for example through ecological concepts. No matter how, in the field of search engine marketing you need an expert.

Our agency has already successfully brought over 50 clients to page one in over 20 countries around the world. Not only on page one, many of the keywords, which are search terms of the users, have also made it to number one, in the national as well as in the English-speaking area. Search engine marketing is so efficient because nobody goes to the city centres for new products anymore, first of all they search online. No matter whether they are digital marketplaces or the online shop. Not only products, but also services are increasingly called up online these days.

  • Which nearby massage parlours are recommended?
  • Where to find the nearest dealership for luxury brands?
  • What is the best shampoo?
  • Ladies T-Shirt Trends 2020
  • WLAN Berlin

Search queries are very different, but they are interesting and relevant for every industry, because a large part of the competition takes place in the digital market today. This cross-media mix, i.e. the spread across different media, has become extremely important for companies. Search engine optimization also relies on scattering. Let’s take a quick look at the topic of search engine optimization.

SEM / SEO – Search engine optimization

Search engine optimization initially deals fundamentally with the placement of websites and online shops in the popular search engines all around Google, Bing or Yahoo. The higher a website is placed, the more clicks it receives. The goal for any search engine company is to reach number one. But why is place one so important? Let’s take a look at a heatmap from the market research, it shows the search engine Google and the views of the users after a search query. It is clear to see that the largest presence always has its place at the top left. Because here all users get caught with their eyes, the advertisements are also placed in this prominent place. The closer your website or online shop comes to this point, the more clicks you are likely to get and the more sales you can make. Here you can see the views again clearly in the heat map:

How to get to page one on Google?

To reach page one, you first have to look at the competition. Is there a lot of competition or not? If, for example, we want to do search engine optimization in the area of real estate, apartments, insurance or financial services, we need correspondingly high capital for the implementation of the goals. It is already easier when it comes to more specific terms, for example the “lamp shop in Hamburg”. Here are a few examples of relatively difficult projects in search engine optimization and also a few simpler ones.

First a look at rather difficult keywords:

  • Hotel New York
  • short vacation Las Vegas
  • Car dealership Paris
  • Restaurant Berlin

In addition to these hard to come by keywords, there are also simpler ones, for example local topics or niche topics:

  • Lamp specialist shop in Hamburg
  • Short-Holiday Neuschwanstein Castle Bavaria
  • test drive Paris
  • Vegan Restaurant Recommendations Berlin

In this little example you can see that the more exact the terms become, the easier search engine optimization will probably be. Whereby ‘simple’ in the context of search engine optimization does not necessarily mean that it is not complicated. It is only relatively less expensive. Ultimately, however, targeted search engine optimization always remains an ongoing project and not a one-off setup, as long as it is a medium-sized and large company.

So far we were only in the area of content, of course there are even more aspects in search engine optimization, for example the page structure, but it would go too deep into detail. More important is the additional OnPage optimization. OnPage refers to all changes and measures that are made on your own website or in your online shop.

But there is more to search engine optimization than just OnPage optimization.

OnPage and OffPage optimization (backlinks)

As described, the OnPage optimization deals with a call of the own Internet page. The OffPage optimization then revolves around all measures outside the own online project. A large and central part of this is the generation of backlinks. Backlinks are links from other sites to our project.

Backlinks simply described:

  • Best Practice Real Estate – the central topic for our clients: House and apartment to buy or rent
  • We as advertising agency provide for the reader many topic-relevant sides with increase in value, which it does not find somewhere else
  • Example article: Kitchen trends 2020
  • The article will rise over weeks and months always higher in the placement
  • A larger living magazine investigates at some point to the topic kitchen trends of the coming yearly
  • The editor takes over two or three ideas and links our website
  • As an advertising agency we also buy a backlink in an online blog
  • By the cross-reference in the living magazine a further Blog on us became attentive and links for the third time the kitchen trends

The result of our backlink strategy or content and backlink strategy looks like this:

  • Organically, the article reached page one after five weeks and tended to stay there on place eight or nine
  • With the constant cross references our article rose step by step and now occupies place one

How do kitchen trends and houses fit together? In search engine optimization, you don’t just take up your rigid subject area, but also horizontally related topics. For example, when we talk about selling or buying a house, we should also talk about land in this context, i.e. garden, driveway and garage. But we should also report on the inner life of the house, from the kitchen to the living room, bathroom, children’s room, and of course family life, everything about electricity comparison, insurance comparison, but also tips for your own home such as formulating YouTube videos. A thousand ideas! One goal: sales promotion.

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Our internal experts ensure international placements, in several languages and in several countries. No matter whether national project or international, we help you in all areas. With reference projects that speak for our quality.

SEM / SEA – Search engine analysis

After the search engine optimization we want to have a short look at the search engine analysis. The search engine analysis deals with the behaviour of users on our own website. In addition, the search engine analysis also considers the effects of our search engine optimization. Have we risen or fallen in the rankings? How can I improve my ranking on Google? With exact key figures you can draw conclusions from the reporting and monitoring of the search engine.

Social Media – Marketing on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram

Modern, modern, social media marketing! Anyone who is a brand nowadays is of course also active in the social networks. But it is no longer just prestige that attracts companies to social networks, but increasingly also sales strength. Social networks have developed into the central communication channel of our society. No matter how far you are from each other, scattered across continents or even just in two different rooms, WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram dominate our daily lives. Therefore, having a clear presence in social networks is a central means for many companies to win new customers. As an advertising agency, social media marketing therefore plays an increasingly central role in the marketing context. Social networks are particularly popular as a communication channel for companies with young target groups.

Development of networks and advertisements

Social networks are also constantly evolving. Facebook used to be a timeline with a connected messenger service. Meanwhile Facebook is a huge universe of groups, different interests, information pages, companies and of course billions of individuals. Facebook enables companies and firms to place targeted advertisements to selected target groups. Advertisements have extremely low wastage, they hit exactly the people our advertisement is supposed to hit. No matter whether our target group is between 19 and 20 years old or between 35 and 40 years old, male or female, with interests or with fewer hobbies. There are local, regional and also city related advertisements as well as live broadcasts for events. Thanks to the Campaign Manager, you can bring products and services to the right audience in the most extreme way. Instagram has also changed: while in the past it was relatively difficult for advertisers to monitor campaigns, i.e. clearly evaluate the successes, Instagram now also has the option of placing links. For example, you can specifically advertise online shop products that are also specifically linked. Subsequently, the conversion rate of visitors to a website to customers can be read off precisely and the success or failure of the campaign can be assessed.

However, with billions of users, social media has also evolved in other facets, not only in advertising. Individual users have turned out to be so creative that they have gathered more and more fans behind them. Today, their communities are made up of millions of people, and the technical term for these special users is Influencer.

Influencer Marketing

About Influencer Marketing we already wrote a lot in our Social Media Blog! Influencer marketing deals with two central points:

  • Permanent presence and mention in the target group
  • In optimal case, direct sales promotion

Many companies have high expectations of influencer marketing. They understand influencer marketing, i.e. the cooperation with people in public life, as an advertisement: if I invest 500 €, I get 1,000 € out. Wrong thinking. Influencer marketing is more comparable to TV advertising, it ensures a regular presence within the target group and thus anchoring in the minds. If people are then looking for certain products and have received several recommendations from one or more of their favourite people in the social media in advance, you will remember our product and will therefore be more likely to choose the known or recommended product in the shop or online shop. This concept is called recommendation marketing.

Recommendation marketing is the core of influencer marketing. People who talk about us make the brand relevant. The more positive the statements about the brand are, the more likely users are to be willing to access this product. It is important not to place a product once, but over a regular period of time. Because unique advertisement goes up in smoke, no matter whether print, digital advertisement or even a flyer insert in the magazine. It is important that the brand is always present and thus taken into account in every purchase decision. Learn more about the topic here:

Webdesign – Responsive design for website and online shop

In former times internet pages were built statically with HTML. A little later the separation of structure and design came in HTML and CSS. The CSS file is global and contains all commands for the design, for example:

  • Font type and size
  • background colors or images
  • Color of lines and tables
  • Distance to next element

HTML contains all structural commands. The best known are Header and Footer. The header usually contains the menu and the footer the further information.

Webdesign is therefore concerned with the basic structure of Internet sites and online shops as well as their design. However, the design should not only be visually appealing, but also lead to sales. For this there will be special banners or collages and photomontages.

Content Management Systems like WordPress and TYPO3

Today, however, the design of Internet pages comprises even more aspects, while earlier systems were statically structured as described, today’s Internet pages and shops are structured on the basis of a content management system. This content management system, as well as HTML and CSS, separates structure and design, i.e. the code of the website and the content that is displayed. Simply explained, all contents are stored in a large Excel table. Depending on which page a user calls, the contents of a line are retrieved. This row contains several values distributed over the individual columns. This includes for example the author, the publication date, the associated categories, linked images and media, the content of the article and much more. Thus, a website and an online shop today are built according to the following principle:

  • HTML for the structure and placement of the elements
  • CSS for the design and all visual commands
  • SQL as a database for dynamically generated content

This is how modern content management systems such as WordPress and Typo3 are built, they belong to the absolute basis of every good advertising agency.

Responsive Design for iPhone, Samsung and Co

With the increasing diversification of end devices, web designers have to get used to more and more different formats. That’s why web design today is usually much less creative than it was ten years ago. Ten years ago there were relatively uniform image formats, each screen has approximately the same resolution. At some point notebooks, high definition monitors, and later mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets were added. Of course not to be forgotten in any modern household: the internet-capable 4k TV set, on which people also like to surf. All these different formats must be taken into account when designing websites and online shops. One of the most important end devices that is defined nowadays is:

  • Smartphones – Mobile first!
  • Notebooks and Tablets
  • Computers and Monitors
  • 4k TV screens

As you can see from our website, it should be defined for all end devices. However, not only for the respective end devices, but also for the individual manufacturers and model types. Thus the iPhone 7 differs fundamentally from the iPhone 10. At the same time, models continue to differ, although they are coming onto the market at the same time. Ultimately, the right scaling, graphic design and preparation of the content must be found for every screen resolution. This optimization in usability is the daily bread for good advertising agencies.

Webshop / Online Shop – Your digital marketplace

Digital distribution has been gaining in importance for years. An end is not in sight and the annual growth figures prove the trend. More and more retailers are turning to their own online shop, not just the typical fashion companies or DIY stores. Also more and more smaller companies are naturally attracted in the area of online shopping. The antique dealer around the corner or the hairdresser, who will now offer his products under his own brand in the online shop in addition to Amazon.

Due to the previously mentioned innovations in Web 2.0, in particular the dynamic compilation of content by content management systems, online shops can be produced in great variety today. From a minimal design for exclusive and luxurious products to a large online shop with 10,000 products and more. We, too, have gathered some expertise, from online food retailers to sports fashion manufacturers. Online shops are subject to the same principles as websites. Especially the web design and of course the responsive design for all end devices plays an important role, as does search engine marketing. Every single product should be designed according to the criteria of search engine optimization. As can be statistically proven, the trend for online trading is clearly upwards.

Statistics online trading and growth

As you can see, there is still a lot of scope in the area of e-commerce. From the automobile trade to building materials, wholesale markets and food retailers, but also for fashion companies, Internet providers or travel providers, it is worth considering setting up your own e-commerce.

Statistics: E-Commerce turnover in Germany in 2015 and a forecast until 2020 (in billions of US dollars) | Statista
More statistics can be found at Statista.

Today, comparison portals ensure that many people do without their own Internet presence. There are many examples from everyday life, be it food suppliers whose orders are entered via large platforms and who then deliver dinner, no matter whether pizza or Asian directly to the front door, to the provider of holiday apartments on platforms such as Airbnb. It is worthwhile to place your own e-commerce in connection with search engine marketing. This saves you costs for advertising, e.g. on portals or search engines, and you do not have to pay any sales commission or agency fee to the respective portal for successful sales. Therefore, the investment in an e-commerce model is definitely worthwhile in the long run.

Advertising agency and consulting

If you still have questions about one of the above topics and specialist areas in the field of advertising and marketing, please contact us. We look forward to receiving your project enquiry and can provide you with competent answers. For employee training, guidelines or the complete full service of an advertising agency.

All Eyes On: ALICE! Online Shop & Young Fashion

Alice is new and has already proven in the first shootings: She’s got power! Our photographers were thrilled and now it’s off to our model agency. No matter if Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne or Munich, we are looking forward to the first common jobs and castings.

Alice – Now in our model agency

 

Model Booking: How do I book a model for photos and advertising?

Models are booked for different jobs under different conditions and expectations. The respective customer has certain ideas and criteria according to which he selects a model. He informs the model agency concerned of his criteria and usually sends a mood board, which tells the agency more about the context of the assignment. There are basically two options for model bookings: Either a customer has browsed the model file of the model agency concerned and already selected one or more models, which he would like to invite either to the Casting or book directly. However, it is also common to ask the model agency to select models according to the criteria and send the client a selection of models.

Prerequisites for models in commercials and commercials

In order to become a successful model in a serious model agency, a model must have different requirements. For a model agency it counts whether a model is well booked. Oaks of carcasses are regularly sorted out. A model must have a very good figure, means slim, taut, the right measurements. Of course, the optimal sizes differ more closely between male and female models. Male models can do more exercise than female models. Their main aim is to have a firm and fit body, i.e. cardio training and light muscle training are sufficient. Too much muscle and weight training makes the muscles in a female model become too wide and the assumed measurements are no longer optimal.

The optimal measurements for men and women?

Female Models: The Prerequisites

Female models should be at least 174 cm tall. Smaller models can be successful, but the chance is very small. Therefore the size is a decisive criterion for a model agency to include a model. The optimal measurements for female models are 90-60-90.

Male Models: The Prerequisites

A male model must have a slim and defined body. The minimum size is 184 cm. Especially tall men can have problems in the model industry as well as men who are too small, as they do not fit into the designer’s collections. The maximum size of a male model is 194 cm.

Character & Strength are strong attributes for advertising models

Besides the physical requirements, the mental requirements and the character of a model also count. A model has to prove strength, discipline and endurance. Jobs are often strenuous and time-consuming. A good model should not feel tired or stressed. Motivation and ambition distinguish an experienced model, the customer likes to book such models again, this is very important for a model and the model agency. Furthermore, a healthy self-confidence and the changeability of a model are decisive selection criteria. From this total package the charisma of a model is formed. A customer tries to convey his products and services to consumers through a model. This succeeds through an optimal mediation of emotions. Emotions are aroused by the charisma of a model, including facial expressions and gestures. A model must be able to slip into different roles in order to “sell” the product/service to the consumer. Authenticity and naturalness are the magic words to captivate consumers so that the customer’s concept works.

Character? That’s Chand from Stockholm!

Modeling! Job opportunities in the advertising industry: online shop, showroom and TV spots

There are many job opportunities for a model. The body is the tool of a model and therefore the capital. A model advertises a customer’s products and services. This can be done via various carrier media. A model can be booked for poster advertising, magazine editorials or covers, online presence, TV commercials or similar. On the catwalk a model presents fashion collections or beauty and styling products/services. The body is the screen for the catwalk appearance, but in the commercial area (advertising) also counts the facial expressions and gestures of the model, which leads to the sales promotion of the products/services.

Modelagenturen – Agency for photo shooting and construction of models

A serious and good model agency is very important for a model. Although a model can work without an agency, the risk of a model being exploited is enormous, especially abroad. The tasks of a model agency include the placement of good (for serious, well-known customers, a good salary) jobs. The model agency ensures that a model is not underpaid, especially abroad models are often enormously underpaid. In addition, the model agency ensures a good image of the model. A serious model agency takes a model’s uncertainties and supports the model with questions. A model can have several modeling agencies. We recommend a parent agency and a good agency in each major city, such as Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne / Düsseldorf or abroad, e.g. in London, New York, Paris or Milan. Customers all over Germany and all over the world can book a model, for example a model book Hamburg, model book Berlin or model book London.

Model Guru Lutz Marquardt about model agency and mother agency

What is the difference between a model agency and a parent agency? Model agencies are exclusively responsible for the mediation, a parent agency, on the other hand, builds models, arranges photo shoots with good photographers and later places models abroad with large and renowned agencies in Milan, Paris, London or Shanghai and New York.

Book model: prices and agency commission in Germany

The payment of a model is managed by the model agency concerned. The model agency issues an invoice for the client and negotiates the prices with him. New Faces are generally cheaper than experienced models. With the experience and the level of awareness of a model also the price of a model increases.

In Germany, the agency usually charges 20 percent commission for referrals to customers once the model has completed its job. Abroad this agency commission can vary and also amount to up to 50 percent. In addition to paying the model, the agency usually requires a so-called AP from the client.

Find with us your perfect model for the next job

At Cocaine Models you will find experienced models, as well as New Faces for strong photo shoots or advertising campaigns. Through exclusive model-coaching our CM-models are regularly optimally trained for the commercial sector as well as for the catwalk. We support our models for a perfect placement and a satisfactory result from the customer’s point of view. Our wide range of models makes our Cologne model agency interesting and attractive for clients from the advertising and fashion sectors. Models book NRW and all over Germany.

Are you looking for a suitable model for your campaign? Then contact our agency. Cocaine Models is looking forward to your request.

Advertising clip for the new About You App: Online Shop meets Mobile

In Hamburg Anne was now shooting the new About You App video clip. With the slogan “I don’t want to search, but find”, the company founded in Hamburg in 2013 has been on the road to success since then. The fashion online shop represents numerous brands, including Naketano, Khujo, Only, Vero Moda, Tom Tailor, s.Oliver Styles, and many more. About You offers its customers great services, including a free hotline for questions, of course free shipping & return, as well as a full 100 days return policy! About You has a great offer for women, men and kids. Here it goes to About You Onlineshop.

Commercial: Anne in the new video for the About You App

Anne is not only to be seen once for About You. Besides the commercial for the new online shopping app, she also produced this great fashion spot in Hamburg:

Short Clips for Instagram, Facebook & Youtube #2

NEW ARRIVALS. Entdecke jetzt die schönsten Frühlinglooks …► http://ow.ly/10anYS

Posted by ABOUT YOU on Sonntag, 3. April 2016

Modern & Scenes from the new About You App Video

Aboutyou.de – the first online shop that really inspires and surprises you: On your personal feed you can find your new favorite clothes and try them on at home. Free shipping and with 100 days return policy.

<Anne in new About You App / commercial (2016) Anne in the new About You App / commercial clip (2016) Aquarium, Hamburg

Backstage – The obligatory photo of the making of

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Anne’s talent was discovered on one of the CM castings! Anne has only been in the model industry since 2015 and has already experienced a lot. Photo shootings with great photographers, the first showroom and her first Berlin Fashion Week AW 2015/16, Anne presented the new collection of Dorothee Schumacher. In the new About You commercial, she shows her acting talent as an advertising model for the first time. The clip was produced in beautiful Hamburg, among other places in Hamburg’s Tropen Aquarium. A really elaborate production that our Anne as a model has mastered with bravura.

Test Shooting with Anne by Oliver Rudolph & Astrid Jerschitz

For their first test shooting (end of 2015) we brought the best models directly on board! On the one hand our favourite fashion and sedcard photographer Oliver Rudolf. On the other hand make-up artist Astrid Jerschitz, she is usually with show stars like Guido Maria Kretschmer, Lenny Kravitz, Bruce Willis and Najda Auermann.

Abid now at Cocaine Models – The Model Agency for Young Talents

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The Berlin Fashion Week is going into the summer season. Of course our model agency in Berlin is again represented with mega talents from all over Germany! With our models we also want to get the top shows in the SS16. For this season in the CM Squad are Johanna & Anne from Cologne, Chelina from Frankfurt, Veronica from Munich and Anne & Gonzalo from Berlin.