UGC in the Beauty Industry

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Beauty brands are leveraging the power of User-Generated Content (UGC) as a strategic marketing tool. Driven by influencer culture and social media, beauty companies have adopted UGC to build a brand image and engage with customers. 

What is User-Generated Content?

UGC consists of any content on a brand or its products generated and shared by end-users. User generated content examples could range from product reviews, social media posts and videos to blog posts. This content is often seen as more credible to audiences than branded content, owing to its unmediated source.


UGC is an effective marketing tool for beauty products due to its subjective nature. It allows customers to gain insight about a product’s performance on real people. Brands can take advantage of this by showcasing UGC on social media channels, engaging with consumers, and building a sense of community.

Brands can foster connections and boost customer relations with user-generated content. Reposting from customers demonstrates brand appreciation, and can help build a sense of community. Meanwhile, this content could increase trust in a brand. Many consumers are more inclined to believe peers’ opinions and experiences over brands’ marketing schemes. Showcasing real people using beauty products, brands may gain credibility for providing beauty advice and recommendations. 


User-generated content can be fruitful for new or smaller beauty brands wanting to build followers and identity. However, it might not suit larger, more established brands that already have strong brand recognition. Companies must take note of risks associated with using UGC. From making sure the content is aligned with the brand’s values to obtaining legal rights and giving credit where it is due, failing could lead to legal/reputational issues. 

Using User-Generated Content

Beauty brands can leverage a user-generated content marketing strategy to enhance sales and brand recognition. Creating branded hashtags and incentivizing UGC can encourage customers to share product experiences on social media. Brands should also track relevant channels for potential content, then get permission to use it.

Companies can tap into the power of user-generated content in email marketing campaigns and on their website. This can help showcase customer diversity and the effectiveness of products. UGC should be used authentically and transparently and must adhere to brand values and messaging. To amplify this, companies may partner with influencers or micro-influencers to create UGC that matches the brand’s characteristics.

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