return Home

Behind the scenes of HarpersBazaar.com’s new Little Black Book celebrity video series

Last month, HarpersBazaar.com launched a mini-season of a new video series, “Little Black Book,” which featured celebrity host Miranda Kerr sharing her tips and secrets of wellbeing. The video series is a first for HarpersBazaar.com, giving the brand’s audience a curated, yet intimate experience with celebrities, and giving celebrities a chance to sit in the director’s chair.

The video series was put together by HarpersBazaar.com Editor Joyann King and Anna Jimenez, director of editorial video content at Hearst Magazines Digital Media, who worked with Miranda Kerr’s personal team, as well as the Bazaar.com video team and senior beauty editor Jenna Rosenstein.

 

 

One new episode was released each week in January on the Harper’s Bazaar YouTube channel and across its properties.

The HarpersBazaar.com audience loves Miranda Kerr – the brand’s previous video with her, on what she eats in a day, performed extremely well, with 6.8 million views on Facebook and 1.75 million views on YouTube. 

That’s where this video series started. 

“We initially worked with Miranda on an episode of another Bazaar.com video franchise, ‘Food Diaries.’ That video was massively successful,” Jimenez explained. “It was obvious that our audience is hungry for content featuring her. So, we approached Miranda and her team to ask if she would be interested in hosting a series centered on wellness.”

 

Troy Young, global president of Hearst Digital Media, will speak at DIS 2018 about the Amazonification of media.

11th Digital Innovators’ Summit, Berlin, 18-20 March

Preliminary agendaBook now

DIS logo ()

 

Kerr has a line of organic skincare products, Kora Organics, and she’s clearly an authority in this space, Jimenez said. She thought the HarpersBazaar.com audience would be interested in getting an intimate look at how Kerr approaches wellness, “whether it’s insider tips from her Kundalini yoga instructor or what she buys at her local grocery store,” Jimenez said.

“Our readers care a lot about her, and we care about her as a personality,” Jimenez said. “She brings value to our readers. So, to have her host a series around some of the tent poles of our brand – beauty, wellness and celebrity – made total sense. Visual storytelling is also a priority for us, and for Miranda to bring us into her home and speak directly to viewers through the lens, it feels intimate and unfiltered, and above and beyond what our audience would get through a flat piece of content.” 

 

 

For the filming of the series, Harper’s Bazaar encouraged Kerr to talk about topics she was passionate about. “We discussed what the voice of the series would be, and what she specifically wanted to bring to our audience,” Jimenez said. “And then we collaborated on the specific shots and creative.” 

The video series allowed Kerr to share her expertise on whatever topics she was passionate about- sharing her tips for wellness for the mind, body and skin. It’s a topic that fits well for the brand, as Editor Joyann King explained. “The Harper’s Bazaar woman is as worried about the shoes she puts on her feet as she is the food she puts in her mouth and the way she spends her mental energy,” King said. “She juggles a lot and desires to live a well-rounded and healthy lifestyle. Working out, eating right and staying mentally strong are as important to her as a curated wardrobe and home. We aim to provide inspiration and service for every aspect of her life.”

A video team was hired in Los Angeles and Jimenez directed the shoot, which took place over three days. The team shot one episode per day, and editing took a week. “Investing in this kind of content is what we do, and a crucial part of our editorial mix. We’re in the business of creating brand-defining video, and we find that this content is valuable to our readers, so of course we’ll invest in producing it,” Jimenez explained.

In the past, Bazaar.com has done one-off videos and celebrity coverage in this manner before, but it was their first celebrity-hosted series, Jimenez said.  And it’s not going to be their last. Harper’s Bazaar is talking to several others about hosting their own series, focused on topics they’re passionate about. 

For publishers looking to create video products like this one, Jimenez suggested for this kind of project, they need to think about their audience first. “At Hearst, we’re extremely sympathetic to the amount of content – video content in particular – that our audience is seeing every day,” she said. “They’re inundated with content, so we want to make sure that we’re bringing them quality stories, reporting and exclusive access that’s authentic to our brands, and that they can’t get anywhere else.”

 

 

You can watch the three videos of the series, here.

More like this

Hearst Autos broadens audience, invests in mobile and editorial for 2017

Eight lessons from Cosmopolitan on publishing to Snapchat Discover

Country Living takes readers on a road trip with pioneering front cover

Elle.com partners with YouTube for video content series

The Mr. Magazine™ Interview: Print is never going to go away, says Hearst’s Joanna Coles

Country Living unwraps another innovative cover campaign

Why Hearst is betting big on voice

  • New mobile story formats: lessons learnt thus far

    It is early days for developing new mobile storytelling formats. Despite some successful prototypes, most of the heavy lifting is still about to happen, says Jacob Gjørtz, VP marketing at CCI Europe. Based on what we have learnt this far, brevity, video and AI will be central to what happens next.

    18th Mar 2019 Features
  • Facebook's director of media partnerships on how publishers can work with the platform

    Last year Facebook hired Jesper Doub, who was then CEO of German media giant Spiegel Online, to lead its new media partnership team. In the past the high profile executive has been both a critic of Facebook and a passionate advocate of its Facebook Journalism Project.

    18th Mar 2019 Features
  • How technology is changing content marketing

    There is a lot of discussion within the content marketing, and indeed the publishing industry in general, as to how recent technological innovations are going to change branded communications. Christine Beardsell, chief content officer and board member of C3, and presenter at DIS 2019, is among the figures leading the conversation. 

    18th Mar 2019 Features
  • Productivity hacks for magazine editors

    After years of shifts, downsizing, and mergers, some magazine media around the world are feeling the pinch. We're all dealing with strained and sometimes non-existent resources, stretched for time, and tasked these days with doing more with less.

    18th Mar 2019 Features
  • ‘Pay gates’ perform better than paywalls, proves Swiss news publisher

    A Swiss digital news publisher has found their conversion rate of registered users to paying subscribers has increased by five times since they have altered their approach from building paywalls to creating "dynamic pay gates".

    14th Mar 2019 Features
  • New mobile story formats: lessons learnt thus far

    It is early days for developing new mobile storytelling formats. Despite some successful prototypes, most of the heavy lifting is still about to happen, says Jacob Gjørtz, VP marketing at CCI Europe. Based on what we have learnt this far, brevity, video and AI will be central to what happens next.

    18th Mar 2019 Features
  • Productivity hacks for magazine editors

    After years of shifts, downsizing, and mergers, some magazine media around the world are feeling the pinch. We're all dealing with strained and sometimes non-existent resources, stretched for time, and tasked these days with doing more with less.

    18th Mar 2019 Features
  • How technology is changing content marketing

    There is a lot of discussion within the content marketing, and indeed the publishing industry in general, as to how recent technological innovations are going to change branded communications. Christine Beardsell, chief content officer and board member of C3, and presenter at DIS 2019, is among the figures leading the conversation. 

    18th Mar 2019 Features
  • How the BBC’s Local Democracy Reporting Service is yielding surprises

    An initiative by the BBC to improve and sponsor local news reporting has led to improved standards of local news journalism. While this was largely to be expected, the byproduct has been even more exciting: giving the organisation the ability to spot national trends.

    11th Mar 2019 Features
Go to Full Site