Playboy - Independent Study
This project was my independent study, a semester long thesis project that requires all students in the Creative Brand Management track at the Brandcenter to secure a client on their own and work with them to solve a problem or explore a new opportunity.
The Short Version
How can Playboy enter the beauty space?
Beauty consumers do not see Playboy as a beauty brand.
Playboy is credible in culture. Specifically, the LGBT+ community, exploration, and sexuality.
Playboy can leverage their core credibilities to enter the sexual wellness category and establish credibility with beauty consumers.
Develop and design Playboy's first owned and operated product in the confident beauty category. Also create a surrounding campaign and social good initiative for its launch.
Playboy Enterprises has a history of being a platform for leading authors, artists, and thinkers. They want to continue to be a voice for causes they believe in: equity, gender and sexuality, and the pursuit of pleasure.
Stakeholder & Beauty Enthusiasts interviews
Beauty and brand perception survey
Co-creation session & focus group
Beauty & wellness industry research
Playboy has historically been one dimensional with its representation of beauty. Today, they have had transgender playmates, non-binary representation, and celebrate all body types. Playboy is leaning into their legacy of advocacy to become a more inclusive and relevant brand.
Beauty consumers do not see Playboy as an inclusive brand that has the authority to advocate for today's standard of beauty.
Culture is inclusive of all people, religions, and sexual orientations. Playboy can penetrated the beauty category through culture.
Playboy has core credibility's in culture that consumers recognize:
Playboy founder and editor and chief, Hugh Hefner was a vocal supporter of gay rights while the Playboy magazine is an advocate for the LGBT+ community.
63% of people said they would be extremely likely to purchase from a company that supports LGBT+ causes
Playboy has always encouraged people to explore and pursue pleasure in whatever way makes them happy. A resource used for pleasure, wellness, and anxiety that is often advocated for by Playboy is cannabis. Playboy has donated to causes such as NORML and the Marijuana Policy Project to advocate for cannabis reform and legalization.
32% of people are extremely likely to purchase from a company that supports cannabis reform and legalization
Playboy is known for normalizing sex in conversations. They have created a space for dialogue about sex and sexual wellness. We also see that sex is being more normalized in the media, healthcare, and in pop culture.
52% of people said sexual wellness is very important to them
Playboy can leverage these equities to establish credibility as an inclusive brand in the sexual wellness category.
Sexual wellness and pleasure can be explored through self-care. This is Playboy's way in with consumers because they believe it is authentic to the Playboy brand.
The pathway to personalized self discovery
AFTERGLOW: A gender neutral, CBD infused product line.
The name After Glow was chosen because it does not give immediate attention to the Playboy brand, but still establishes brand recognition with the Playboy logo on the back of the product. The name also has a subtle nod to sexual wellness and self-care.