The latest research from DLG (Digital Luxury Group) explores the success of the industry’s fastest growing and disruptive beauty brands, and what lessons can be learnt and applied to maintain growth in the ever-changing digital landscape.

The global beauty market is undergoing radical changes. Over the past few years, the rise of digital and direct to consumer has transformed the online customer journey, resulting in a marketplace with more engaged consumers than ever before.

These changes are forcing more traditional beauty companies to rethink and adjust their marketing strategies, to ones that are more aligned with digitally native brands like Glossier, whose ethos is centred around building a sense of community around its brand, product and experience. 

The latest research from DLG looks at the lessons that can be learned from the industry’s fastest growing and disruptive beauty brands and how other skincare brands can keep their momentum going amidst the ever-changing digital landscape.

Overall, search interest for skincare brands is growing. Over the past three years, skincare search volumes which demonstrates customer intent (from awareness and research, to e-commerce or physical purchase) have grown by 51 percent over the past three years.

The study, which looked at over 30 beauty brands with skincare as their main product by analysing Google searches in English globally, also found the leading channel in which those searches were performed was mobile, accounting for 77 percent of total beauty searches in 2019, up 26 percent three years ago.

The research also looked at the brands’ search and e-commerce capabilities to give a sense of the trends and best practices in the market.

New skincare brands like Drunk Elephant and Glossier have the fastest growing search demand of the past three years. Drunk Elephant recorded 881 percent growth in search volumes, while Glossier search volumes rose by 465 percent from 2016 to 2019.

However, established brands like SkinCeuticals, La Roche-Posay and La Mer are keeping pace with the younger upstarts in the market. SkinCeuticals search volumes grew by 116 percent, La Roche-Posay climbed by 106 percent and La Mer rose by 89 percent, demonstrating the opportunity for more traditional skincare brands to keep building momentum within the fast-changing beauty market.

Furthermore, brands belonging to conglomerates like Estée Lauder and L’Oreal are still leading the way in terms of search volumes, thanks to their extensive distribution networks and experience in handling multiple categories in e-commerce.

As the market continues to shift, traditional skincare brands need to ensure they adapt their digital marketing strategies to keep up with the disruption in the industry by ensuring their e-commerce capabilities are up-to-date with consumers’ demand for a more detailed and enhanced purchasing experience and by looking closely at consumers’ keyword search interest in order to identify what trends consumers are researching into.

Stay tuned for further insights from the full report, which will be available in the coming weeks.

Cover Image: Drunk Elephant. Photo: Courtesy.


About the author

Limei Hoang

Editor, Luxury Society

Limei Hoang is an editor at Luxury Society, based in Geneva. Limei was formerly an associate editor at the Business of Fashion in London. Previously, she spent six years working at Reuters, and has also worked for BBC, The Independent and New Statesman.