The annual curtain raiser for Alibaba's 11.11 Global Shopping Festival has shifted its focus from pure fashion, incorporating consumer goods and gadgets into proceedings for the first time.
The 'Tmall Collection' fashion show, which kicked off Alibaba's Singles' Day calendar on Monday (21October) has showcased only designer fashion brands in previous years. However, for the first time, the e-commerce giant used the event to introduce a host of other products.
Along with Burberry, Polo Ralph Lauren, Levi’s and Lancôme, Scotch whisky maker Johnnie Walker was promoted via a theatrical music-and-dance performance that featured its limited-edition Game of Thrones-themed whiskeys.
Elsewhere, P&G’s feminine-hygiene brand Whisper put on an augmented reality-powered performance by popular virtual singer Luo Tianyi.
During the show, select advertisers also unveiled 11.11 special-edition product packaging, offering consumers a first peek at some of the 241 different custom packages that will be launched for 11.11.
The performances were live-streamed across platforms such as Mobile Taobao, Youku, Weibo, TikTok and Bilibili.
Rather than settle for a passive viewing experience a ’See Now, Buy Now’ format enabled viewers to purchase items in real-time as they appeared on the catwalk via their smartphones.
Last year on 11.11 (which is celebrating its 11th year in November) Alibaba made around $30bn, of sales in just one day.