Lunar New Year campaigns are set to evolve to capture and celebrate new and exclusive experiences, especially in the fashion industry, according to a Euromonitor expert.
Lisa Hong, Consultant at Euromonitor International, said this approach is a straightforward and highly effective method of engaging a loyal consumer base in Asia.
While not always directly translating into immediate sales, these strategies will help brands enhance their image and rapport with local consumers.
Hong pointed to Fendi’s 2024 collaboration with POKÉMON incorporating popular dragon characters like ‘Dragonair’, ‘Dratini’ and Dragonite’ as a notable example.
Millennials and Gen Z consumers globally eagerly line up for hours in front of pop-up stores showcasing their favourite characters or artists to enjoy the unique experience. Lunar New Year campaigns will also evolve to capture and celebrate such exclusivity.
Hong said, “It is anticipated that marketing practices like this will move beyond repetitive annual campaigns and embrace a sense of exclusivity through collaborations with popular artists or characters, set to gain significant consumer response, especially among the younger generation.”
The festive mood goes ‘viral’ on social media, accelerating digitalised consumer spending
The use of social media channels is a vital source when reaching and engaging with current and potential consumers, explains one of Euromonitor’s top analysts. This method can be strengthened through initiatives such as Lunar New Year campaigns.
Fflur Roberts, Head of Luxury Goods at Euromonitor International, said, “While the path of economic recovery in China remains highly uncertain, price growth is projected to gather pace in 2024 on the back of accelerating consumer spending and reviving tourism flows. Indeed, the future overall for luxury goods in China nonetheless continues to look bright for those looking to capitalise on high-spending, digitally savvy and social media-friendly Chinese consumers.
“During the festival period over Lunar New Year, luxury brands should leverage their digital platforms and social media to engage with consumers. They should develop creative and interactive campaigns that tell a story around the Lunar New Year that blends the modernity of our digitalised consumer landscape with the strong heritage and history of the Lunar New Year.”
China’s luxury goods growth spending continues to rise
Chinese consumer’s spending on personal luxury goods surpassed pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2022 and has continued to grow year-on-year to reach US$59 billion by 2023, with its personal luxury goods spending forecasted to reach $88 billion by 2028.
Hong Kong, another big market for Lunar New Year cultural events and festivals, saw a rebound of 23.2% in personal luxury spending by the end of 2022 – the biggest rebound in the Asia Pacific. With spending included on luxury cars and luxury alcoholic drinks, Hong Kong is projected to sustain its leading position in per capita expenditure on luxury goods in 2024 right through to 2028.
Luxury brands are also looking to invest more in the Chinese shopper at home, on the mainland and on the tax-free-shopping island of Hainan rather than travelling abroad.
Roberts said, “By embracing the cultural significance of events like Lunar New Year and incorporating these elements into their marketing and product strategies, luxury brands can enhance their appeal and forge stronger connections with consumers, especially Chinese consumers during festive seasons both at home and abroad among the wider consumers in East and Southeast Asia.
“After more than three long years of disruption, luxury goods and travel are finally in a position where every piece of the puzzle is in its place. At the end of 2022 the last of the restrictions were removed in key regions like Asia Pacific, while China reopened to international tourism from January 2023, unleashing an important source of demand for both luxury goods, travel and hospitality.
Now more than ever, global luxury brands must adapt their new playbooks to successfully engage with Chinese customers both at home and abroad.”
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