Vogue Paris has introduced an English-language option on its recently relaunched website, featuring a daily selection of exclusive content for its international audience.
The move comes hot on the heels of the site’s reported 130% increase in traffic to 520,000 unique users a month in February 2012; an impressive figure alongside Condé Nast’s English language sites such as Vogue.com, which has 1.2 million uniques, or Style.com’s 2.6 million.
“We know that we have a very international audience, which is why we expect the English edition to drive even more traffic and help us develop the brand,” Sarah Herz, director of Condé Nast Digital in France, told The Business of Fashion. “Our strategy is to embed the style and feel of the magazine across all formats, as it responds to the new way in which we consume information today, and meets readers needs in terms of temporality and mobility.”
The Vogue.fr brand also celebrated reaching 500,000 fans on Facebook recently, and 1 million followers on Twitter (making it the leading French media account on the platform).
Next up will be a new iPhone app next week, as well as a mobile-optimised version of its website. From June, there will be a rich media version of the magazine available on iPad, and an Android app at around the same time.
French Vogue is set to unveil a new website (as pictured) on February 6, which will blend its digital and print editions under the charge of Emmanuelle Alt.
Vogue.fr will cover everything from private meetings with fashion creators to backstage access to shoots with fashion photographers including Mario Sorrenti, Peter Lindbergh, Mario Testino and Inez & Vinoodh, and key insights into the current fashion and editing choices of its team.
“The age of internet has given way to a digital world in which media brands can at last express and use their skills, and that has made the creation of new emotions possible, the aim of the new Vogue.fr,” explains Sarah Herz, director of digital affairs at Condé Nast.
The design of the new site is based on large-format pictures and full-screen slideshows. The navigation of it is inspired by the iPad. It also integrates with social networks – allowing fashion shows and events to be followed live, as well as the magazine’s posts on Twitter and Tumblr.
“With this new website, we wanted to go a step further and create a new and original brand experience. We have overthrown the normal codes of web design. Our aim is to make it the digital reference in the field of fashion and trends,” says Delphine Royant, editor of French Vogue.
In further news, the magazine will also launch an application in partnership with Facebook called the “Vogue Paris Social Reader”. It will enable users to see the content read by their friends, consult the whole article within the Facebook ecosystem and share with others: