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BBC.com expands online with launch of new luxury super section BBC Designed

13-October-2017
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BBC.com expands online with launch of new luxury super section BBC Designed

BBC.com announced the launch of BBC Designed - the first luxury “supersection”. As alluded to during BBC.com’s inaugural NewFronts earlier this year, BBC Designed has been created as a response to growing audience and commercial interest around premium content within the luxury sector.

The section features the best of global, game-changing design, focusing on the most pioneering and cutting-edge innovations, as well as exploring the historical and cultural impact that design has on our lives. Smart, stylish, and thought-provoking, the new supersection will focus on four areas of editorial: Dress (fashion and style), Dwell (architecture), Drive (transportation), and Device (technology). The US launch is sponsored by Genesis, a global luxury automotive brand that delivers the highest standards of performance, design, and innovation.

BBC.com also announced that it has developed a new digital product which allows it to create bespoke sponsorable supersections, offering themed editorial packages with their own unique look and feel. The new product ensures that brands can: Take advantage of the latest user experience and view ability techniques, sponsor top quality, brand-safe content.

Simon Frantz, Managing Editor, Features, BBC.com North America, said, “Our audience is always looking for trusted, intelligent, and innovative content, and we are confident that BBC Designed will reveal how much cutting-edge design is shaping our lives. At launch, we will take people on a global tour of design, going from Milan to Tokyo, showing the remarkable story of humankind’s race to create the ideal city, as well as showing the designs that literally save lives.”

Alistair McEwan, SVP Commercial Development, Asia and ANZ, BBC Advertising, said “BBC Designed further builds on the great success of the feature sites which have proven to be high demand environments for our advertisers, providing deeply engaging premium editorial content for clients to showcase their brands in a safe and trusted environment. I’m also delighted that the launch of the new digital supersection product allows us to develop curatable editorial sections to meet the needs of our brand partners around our trusted editorial content. ”

Always maintaining the BBC’s high standards of editorial excellence, BBC Designed ensures visual storytelling and investigative journalism is at its forefront. The supersection features contributions from creators, design experts, and BBC talent, while publishing shareable and mobile-first content on a daily basis.

The carefully curated, mixed-media content of BBC Designed includes originally commissioned written features, stunning image slideshows, video, and animated infographics. Content will be promoted across BBC.com and on BBC Designed-branded social media channels, where BBC Designed visitors will be able to continue their journey and contribute their thoughts and experiences on the subjects via Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

BBC Designed will draw on the diverse content and broad reach of the four BBC.com features sites: BBC Culture, BBC Future, BBC Capital, and BBC Travel, which complement BBC.com’s world-class news content. The features sites, alongside the BBC’s more than 30 in-language sites, reach 150 million unique browsers each month.

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