Content Marketing Campaign and Social Media Contest Supporting and E-Commerce Site Launch for Fashion Retail Company, DOTS

Content Marketing Campaign and Social Media Contest Supporting and E-Commerce Site Launch for Fashion Retail Company, DOTS

Client: dots, affordable women’s clothing retailer


  • Develop a content marketing campaign and social media contest to drive traffic and sales for the new dots e-commerce site.
  • Launch the dots e-commerce site with a content marketing campaign promoting holiday shopping to:
  • Drive consumer awareness
  • Increase website traffic
  • Influence consumer sales in a crowded holiday marketplace
  • Engage with consumers and brand fans on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest
    Blogger outreach to build partnerships with well-known, independent fashion bloggers and create an exciting campaign that introduces dots to fashion-savvy audiences.


Strategies and Tactics:

  • SA identified top independent fashion and lifestyle bloggers whose “brand” most closely aligned with dots consumers.
  • SA engaged The Fashion Bomb and J’s Everyday Fashions in paid sponsorships to attract a wide audience of shopping aficionados.
  • SA targeted other fashion bloggers to secure earned placements based on target demographics and UMVs, securing coverage with The Budget Babe, Cheapalicious and The Fashionable Housewife.
  • As part of the content marketing and consumer contest, SA developed a contest with eight Pinboard categories based on holiday and seasonal fashion trends.
  • Participants could group their entry boards, each using a minimum of 10 dots products, as well as looks from other retail sources.
  • SA carefully curated eight sample Pinboards to illustrate each category, showcase the look and versatility of dots merchandise, and further inspire consumers to enter the contest or shop online.
  • SA developed and finalized contest rules and digital assets, including an “instructographic,” and coordinated kickoff messaging with participating bloggers.
  • SA distributed blog posts, Facebook posts and tweets on launch day from dots’ corporate channels and those of partner bloggers to fuel the content marketing campaign.
  • Contest rules were posted in dots’ Facebook cover photo and on partner blogs.
  • Participants were encouraged to submit their boards by posting links as comments on either the dots Facebook cover photo or The Fashion Bomb and J’s Everyday Fashions’ posts.
  • Following the contest’s conclusion, dots named one grand prize winner and nine runners-up based upon creativity, number of pins and “look thoroughness” (apparel, shoes, hair, nails, accessories).
  • SA led the contest’s ongoing community management efforts, continuously promoting via Facebook and Twitter. SA highlighted participant entries on a daily basis and was tasked with responding to customers’ questions and guiding the submission process.
  • “Pin It to Win It” entries were monitored via a listening and monitoring program, where we reviewed submissions and content on social media channels and partner blogs. As a result, the SA and the dots Fashion Committee awarded one $300 grand prize gift card and nine $50 runners-up gift cards.


  • The “Pin It to Win It” contest increased online revenue for dots by 500% over the course of the campaign.
  • The average value of sales driven through Pinterest during the duration of the campaign increased by 679%.
  • Assisted web conversions from social channels increased by 100% during the weeks prior to the campaign, and Facebook had a 140% increase in assisted conversions and a 208% increase in assisted conversion value over previous weeks.
  • During the two-week program, dots gained 4,720 new Facebook fans and campaign-related posts reached 359,846 existing Facebook users who “like” the page.

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