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Breaking Barriers in the French Cosmetics Market with TikTok

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Profit Whales Team on Jul 08, 2024 in Case Studies

Project Overview

This project is a large-scale initiative offering a diverse range of makeup products. The goal is to expand the market presence and increase sales in the European region, particularly focusing on the French market.



The European markets, particularly the French market, have been challenging in terms of achieving high sales volumes.

  • Lower Sales Volumes: The number of customers in the French market does not reach the traffic levels seen in the US market. Despite achieving high search rankings relatively easily, this has not translated into the desired sales growth.
  • Market Dynamics: While it is easier to secure top positions in search results, this alone does not drive sufficient growth. The market dynamics in Europe require different strategies compared to the US market, where the customer base is larger and more engaged.


Solutions Implemented

To tackle these challenges, the client leveraged external traffic resources, particularly focusing on social media platforms like TikTok.

  • TikTok Campaigns: The client periodically creates and uploads videos on TikTok, targeting specific regions. Recently, a new video was released targeting the French audience, which garnered significant traction and generated substantial traffic.
  • Content Strategy: The video content was designed to be engaging and relevant to the French audience, showcasing the products effectively and appealing to the local market preferences.


Results Achieved

The TikTok campaign yielded impressive results, significantly boosting interest and sales of the makeup products in the French market.

  • Initial Surge: Following the successful TikTok video, the daily sales volume for the products increased dramatically. The average daily sales, which previously stood at 20 units, soared to 12 times that amount on the first day. At its peak, sales volumes increased by 45 times.
  • Sustained Growth: Unlike typical viral trends that see a sharp drop-off after the initial surge, the sales remained at peak levels for three days before gradually declining. However, even after the decline, the sales volumes remained significantly higher than the pre-campaign levels.
  • Long-term Impact: This sustained interest suggests that external traffic campaigns, particularly on social media platforms like TikTok, can have a lasting impact. The initial surge helped establish a higher baseline sales volume, indicating improved market penetration.



This case study highlights the potential of leveraging external traffic sources and social media platforms to drive sales growth in challenging markets. The success of the TikTok campaign in the French market demonstrates that while not every campaign may yield immediate results, persistence and innovation in marketing strategies can eventually lead to significant growth.

  • Key Takeaways:
    • Adapt to Market Dynamics: Understanding and adapting to the unique dynamics of different markets is crucial. What works in one region may not necessarily work in another.
    • Leverage Social Media: Platforms like TikTok can be powerful tools for reaching new audiences and driving sales, especially with engaging and locally relevant content.
    • Persistence Pays Off: Not every campaign will be an instant success. Continual efforts and trying new approaches are essential to finding what resonates with the target audience.

This approach serves as a valuable lesson for other brands looking to expand their market presence in Europe or similarly challenging regions.

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