Posts Tagged ‘HSN’

Our Bad: Pollen Puffed Connie Craig-Carroll’s Eyes

March 22, 2017

We were told we were wrong about HSN host Connie Craig-Carroll. It is allergies that are changing her facial appearance, not a nick and tuck here and there by a plastic surgeon.. :

Or so one of her associates told us in no uncertain terms,

“What you’ve written about Connie is totally absurd and not true!” the woman posted on our blog.

“Connie visited family and friends last week and has severe allergies from pollen. Her eyes have been puffy as a result. It’s really sad that you feel the need to write about things before researching or knowing the facts. I’m a credible source and know the truth. It’s unfortunate that you find pleasure in trying to degrade people. Unbelievable!!!”

What say you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Being Catty: HSN Host Connie Craig-Carroll’s Eyes

March 21, 2017

Sorry to have to say it, but what has happened to HSN host Connie Craig-Carroll?

We haven’t seen her on-air for awhile, but watched her early Tuesday morning and were shocked by her appearance. Craig-Carroll looks like she has had work done around her eyes. A lot of work, and none too subtle.

Her eyelids are so tight and lifted that they almost look slanted, giving her a feline appearance. If fact, Craig-Carroll now reminds us of socialite Jocelyn Wildenstein, who has had so many facelifts and plastic surgery that the New York tabloids refer to her as the cat woman.

We guess this is all a sad commentary on women on TV having to pull all the stops to stay vital on-screen and keep their jobs.

JTV Boasts 2016 Secret Sales Rose ‘Double Digits’

March 17, 2017

Pardon us being late on this, but we were starting a new gig the day Jewelry Television put out this press release.

JTV tooted it own horn to say that it posted “double-digit increases in sales and orders, which continued to outperform the wider retail sector” in 2016.

For the calendar year, the home shopping network reported that last year its sales rose nearly 14 percent. By contrast, the wider retail sector saw single-digit sales growth in 2016.

The National Retail Federation expected annual growth of 3.4 percent in its latest forecast for retail sales, excluding automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants.

What the network didn’t tell us was its precise sales figure for last year. We would bet you they were just a fraction of the revenue of the home shopping giants, QVC and HSN, even if they were up “double digits.”

QVC generated $6.1 billion in revenue in 2016, while HSN had $2.5 billion.

JTV’s “ongoing strategic investment in market-leading engagement helped drive even stronger growth in mobile commerce,” according to the press release. Both mobile visits and mobile sales increased by more than 30 percent year-over-year.

“Our unique omni-digital strategy across broadcast, mobile and online platforms is engaging new and returning customers in a way that drives powerful growth for our top and bottom line,” JTV CEO Tim Matthews said in a canned statement.

“We are committed to elevating the customer experience and continue to develop a dynamic and powerful retail platform.”

In the holiday quarter last year, JTV saw an increase of 7 percent in sales when compared to the same period of 2015.

JTV gave itself another pat on the back to end its press release

“Although best known for its innovative broadcast media platform, JTV also has demonstrated industry leading customer engagement on its web property, jtv.com,” it said.

“In 2016, JTV was identified by analytics company SimilarWeb, as the No. 1 site for customer engagement as defined by average visit duration. Additionally, it was recently selected by Internet Retailer as one of the Top 100 innovative e-retailers due to its mobile execution.”

HSN Picks Jersey Girl As An American Dreams Finalist

March 7, 2017

Now that’s what we’re talking about: HSN has chosen a woman from Saddle Brook, N.J. — our old stomping ground in Bergen County — as one of five finalists in its Project American Dreams initiative. And Hispanic no less!

The finalists will launch their products during a special edition of “The Monday Night Show with Adam Freeman” next week.

HSN worked with entrepreneur and Dreamers Ventures creator Liliana “Lili” Gil Valletta and Bob Circosta, “TV’s Billion Dollar Man,” to search for new and exciting products from Latino/a entrepreneurs to launch on HSN.

The finalists were selected from nearly 100 applicants for the opportunity to launch their products on HSN and reach a national audience, according to a press release Monday.

They include Jersey Girl Hipatia López, who created the patented invention the Empanada/Pastry Fork, making it up to five times faster to shape and seal anything from empanadas to calzones, apple turnovers and more. Loves us some empanadas and calzones.

The other finalists are:

Juan Luis Pedro Sánchez (Madrid, Spain) who created the patented KeepFresh Sheets, offering a natural and chemical-free way to extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables, keeping fruits fresher longer.

Frances Prado (Jamul, California) who created the patented Hanging Secrets, offering women a new solution to hang, organize, protect and find their lingerie at home or on the go.

Victoria Flores (New York City), who co-created the patent-pending Lux Beauty Club’s GLAM-N-GO Hair Bun, “providing natural and inexpensive off-the-shelf hair buns and hair extensions uniquely constructed to fit and match almost any hair color.”

James and Kathryn Smith (Dallas, Texas) co-created the patented Giraffe Razor Extension Handle, “offering a solution to people limited in flexibility and mobility by adding 15 to 20 inches to a razor handle and an easy pivoting head that rotates for personalization and convenience.”

U.S. Bank, the presenting sponsor, has been there alongside the winners, providing mentoring to each finalist. It has a strong commitment to small-businesses as the third-largest lender of Small Business Administration loans in the country, providing $838 million in SBA loans last year.

U.S. Bank will sponsor the winners for a chance to attend the Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program (SLEP), if qualified and take part in an immersive six-week program that provides the education, networks, mentorship and access to capital to grow their business.

If qualified, up to three winners will be selected to participate in the Access Latina women-entrepreneur accelerator program, and one winner will receive a cash prize by U.S. Bank, as part of a social media challenge that rewards the contestant with the most hashtag votes via Twitter and Instagram.

Evine Names New Merchandising, Digital Execs

March 7, 2017

Evine is bolstering its management team, bringing in a consumer-electronics veteran of QVC and HSN and promoting an in-house digital exec.

The No. 3 home shopping network on Monday said it had hired Rob Ellerstein as vice president, general merchandise manager of hard home and consumer electronics. What the heck is “hard home”?

In addition, Evine promoted Lee Goehring to the slot of vice president, web merchandising & business development.

Ellerstein joins Evine from QVC, where he was most recently director of merchandising, electronics. Prior to that, he served as HSN’s vice president of merchandising and operating vice president/director of merchandising.

In addition, Ellerstein spent seven years at Macy’s Inc., where he was a senior buyer of home products, including rugs, housewares, electronics and food products.

“In 2017 we are focused on growing our profitable, balanced merchandising mix with engaging exclusive and proprietary products,” Evine CEO Bob Rosenblatt said in a canned statement.

“To help us do that well, I’m excited to welcome Rob Ellerstein as vice president, general merchandising manager of hard home and consumer electronics. I had the pleasure of working with Rob at HSN and I know he will be a great addition to our team.”

Goehring got a promotion. He began his Evine career in 2012, and most recently had the post of vice president of merchandising for the home and consumer electronics categories.

Prior to Evine, Goehring served for five years as vice president of national accounts at Technology Resource Group International and worked as a senior buyer at Target Corp. and Best Buy Co.

“We continue to drive our digital sales opportunity beyond traditional television as illustrated by our growth in mobile, social, online and emerging platforms like Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Firestick,” Rosenblatt said.

“Lee will be focused on creating a seamless connection from our TV platform to our e-commerce engine and exploring other ways to grow our digital platforms.”

QVC’s 4Q Revenue Drops 7 Percent, To $1.9 Billion

March 1, 2017

The end of last year was tough going for home shopping networks.

On Tuesday QVC’s parent released fourth-quarter earnings, and the channel saw a dip in its sales, just like its rival HSN recently reported.

QVC’s U.S. revenue dropped 7 percent, to $1.9 billion in the fourth quarter and 2 percent, to $6.1 billion, in 2016, according to Liberty Interactive Corp.

“Internationally, QVC continues to perform well, while domestically we are focusing on strengthening a few merchandise categories that have been weak,” Liberty Interactive President and CEO Greg Maffei said in a canned statement.

HSN just had similar bad news to report. Its net sales dipped 1 percent, to $769.3 million, in the fourth quarter versus the prior year. In 2016, HSN’s sales were down 3 percent, to $2.5 billion.

QVC’s top honcho Mike George had a lot of ‘splaining to do. And he did.

“Our international segment generated strong results in the quarter with broad-based sales gains and margin expansion,” George said. “The sales trend in our U.S. business persisted from the third quarter primarily due to continued headwinds in select categories. We have strong action plans in place and are confident in our ability to return the US business to growth.”

“In 2016, we continued to significantly advance our digital platforms. eCommerce and mobile penetration grew approximately 260 and 800 basis points, respectively,” he said. “As we begin 2017, we are serving a large, engaged customer base, and we are creating competitive advantages as we further extend our reach across digital and next generation commerce platforms. We will leverage these strengths to build on our highly differentiated shopping experience.”

In the quarter, QVC’s average selling price per unit (“ASP”) decreased 8 percent to $56.78, units sold increased 1 percent, and returns as a percentage of gross product revenue improved 32 basis points. The U.S. experienced year-over-year declines in all categories except apparel.

For the year, ASP decreased 6 percent to $57, units sold increased 2 percent, and returns as a percentage of gross product revenue improved 104 basis points. Domestic QVC experienced year-over-year declines in jewelry, electronics and beauty, which were partially offset by gains in apparel, home and accessories.

E-commerce revenue decreased 1 percent to $1.1 billion and grew 326 basis points to 56 percent of total U.S. revenue in the quarter. For the year, e-commerce revenue increased 4 percent to $3.2 billion and rose 328 basis points to 52 percent of total U.S. revenue.

In the quarter, operating income decreased 15 percent to $303 million, operating income margin declined 143 basis points, adjusted OIBDA decreased 9 percent to $438 million and adjusted OIBDA margin declined 43 basis points, including the aforementioned cost allocations.

Excluding the cost allocations, adjusted OIBDA decreased 10 percent to $431 million and adjusted OIBDA margin declined about 80 basis points, primarily due to higher freight and warehouse expenses and lack of sales leverage.

For the year, operating income decreased 6 percent to $915 million, operating income margin declined 58 basis points, adjusted OIBDA decreased 2 percent to $1.4 billion and adjusted OIBDA margin was flat, including the aforementioned cost allocations.

Excluding the cost allocations, adjusted OIBDA decreased 4 percent to $1.4 billion and adjusted OIBDA margin decreased roughly 50 basis points, primarily due to lower product margins and higher bad debt, freight and warehouse expenses, which were partially offset by lower personnel expenses and favorable inventory obsolescence.

Beginning in the first quarter of 2016, QVC began allocating certain corporate costs for management reporting purposes differently, Liberty Interactive said in its press release.

Historically, QVC allocated these costs to the market from which the services were provided. As more of QVC’s costs support initiatives in multiple markets, QVC is allocating costs to the markets that will benefit from the expenditures. These management cost allocations are related to certain functions, such as merchandising, commerce platforms, information technology, human resources, legal, finance, brand and communications, corporate development and administration.

The cost allocations (from QVC U.S. to QVC International) totaled about $7 million in the fourth quarter and $31 million for 2016. As a result of the allocations, the U.S. segment’s operating income and adjusted OIBDA margins were each positively impacted approximately 35 basis points in the quarter and 50 basis points for the full year.

Beauty Cult Fav GloPro A Top Seller On HSN

February 24, 2017

We are saving up for our GloPro.

We missed it when HSN offered this hand-held micro-needle device, which is supposed to help eliminate wrinkles and give you younger-looking skin.

The New York Times on Thursday did a story on GloPro, and the lede was about vendor Jamie O’Banion hawking the device on HSN for $199, with much success.

Last March the item sold out on HSN in 12 minutes, according to The Times, with 22,000 “flying out the door,” as the hosts would say. That amounted to 400,000 greenbacks.

Last year sales of GloPro — which is available at not only HSN but snooty Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman — hit $30 million, The Times reported.

HSN wouldn’t release its figured, but did say that GloPro is a top-selling item.

O’Banion is the founder of Dallas-based Beauty Bioscience, which makes the device.

There’s scientific research, cited in the paper, that GloPro works, and it was called “Beauty’s New Cult Device” by Women’s Wear Daily.

HSN Catches Sheryl Crow’s First Fashion Line

February 23, 2017

Singer Sheryl Crow, whose “My Favorite Mistake” is one of our favorite songs, is the latest celeb to be doing a fashion line for HSN.

HSN CEO Mindy Grossman revealed that little tidbit during a fourth-quarter analyst call on Wednesday.

In fact, the No. 2 home shopping channel is going a little bit country. It has lined up a number of country artists to do merchandise for it this year.”

“We will celebrate Music City in Nashville, exposing customers to performers who have developed exclusive collection for HSN,” Grossman said, according to a transcript provided by Seeking Alpha.

“The new brand launches will include Sheryl Crow’s first fashion collection, LaBellum by Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, Patricia Nash Handbags and Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town with Kitchen.”

http://seekingalpha.com/article/4048459-hsn-hsni-q4-2016-results-earnings-call-transcript?part=single

Crow’s line will debut April 13.

http://www.hsn.com/shop/sheryl-crow/16123

Here is what her website says:

Entertainment and lifestyle retailer HSN has partnered with singer, songwriter, and now fashion designer, Sheryl Crow for the upcoming exclusive debut of her first ever lyric inspired fashion line, Sheryl Crow, on April 13th.

The eponymous collection is vintage-inspired and features easy to wear styles for the everyday girl with a rock n’ roll twist. Each piece comes with an empowering and affirmative handwritten personal message or inspiring song lyric from Sheryl.

With prices ranging from $39.90 to $299.90, Sheryl Crow features effortless, ageless apparel and accessories that include novelty tanks and tees, embellished skinny jeans, denim jackets, cow-girl boots and booties, lightweight scarves, and a hobo bag.

http://www.sherylcrow.com/updates/sheryl-debuts-her-new-fashion-line-hsn-29936

Chef Wolfgang ‘F—k’ Lets Loose On HSN

February 14, 2017

Wolfgang Puck has had at least one temper tantrum on HSN that we blogged about. Now the celebrity chef used some really salty language on the home shopping network, according to TMZ.

http://www.tmz.com/2017/02/13/wolfgang-puck-hsn-f-word/

We don’t know how they got the video, or who other than nuts like us were watching HSN late-night, but Puck used a naughty word starting with “F” that rhymes with his last name. He said it very nonchalantly, as if forgetting he was on-the-air live.

We thought there was a time-delay on home shopping channels to avoid just this kind of thing, but the censor did not catch the profanity.

Host Susan Runyan, ever the pro, just glossed over it and pretended like Wolgang hadn’t said anything out of the ordinary.

HSN Has A Beast Of A Promotion Brewing

February 9, 2017

HSN is doing yet another one of its partnerships with a movie studio for a film, this time for “Beauty and the Beast.”

We don’t know if these have been successes or not. We do know that some of the movies that HSN has tied product to have flopped.

Anyway, here’s Thursday’s press release.

HSN Ignites Designers’ Creativity With the Launch of Its Enchanting Disney “Beauty and the Beast” Collection

Ruthie Davis, Marla Wynne, Luke Henderson, Danielle Nicole, Heidi Daus and More Create an Inspired Collection, Spanning Across Home, Apparel and Accessories

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Feb. 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Leading entertainment and lifestyle retailer HSN is launching a marketing collaboration with Disney for the release of its all-new live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic Beauty and the Beast, a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. Beginning at 11 p.m. on March 14th through midnight on March 15th, HSN is inviting customers to ‘Be HSN’s Guest’ as it launches its exclusive HSN collection via an interactive on-air shopping experience inspired by Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is filled with incredible visual themes that inspired our designers to create collections that captured the rich colors and characters in the film,” said Bill Brand, President, HSN. “Beauty and the Beast marks our seventh movie collaboration with Disney, and we are thrilled to excite our customers through this engaging entertainment event across our TV, digital and mobile platforms.”

From the white icy forest to the warm rose motifs, each curated capsule collection captures visual themes from the new Beauty and the Beast, creating a dynamic collection across home, fashion, accessories, garden and beauty. Shoppers will be able to access new designer collections, including:

Intricate, novelty shoes by renowned shoe designer, Ruthie Davis;
Sophisticated apparel pieces by Marla Wynn;
Cosmetic accessory collection by Bravo’s Ladies of London Stylist, Luke Henderson;
Detailed, character-inspired hand bags by accessories designer, Danielle Nicole;
Fantastical statement jewelry by Heidi Daus;
Delicate glass rose by Waterford;
Belle-inspired sandals and footwear by celebrated footwear designer, Vince Camuto;
Hand-carved jewelry pieces by Amedeo;
Table top glassware by Patina Vie;
Home pieces featuring the rose motif by Clever Carriage;
Bone china tea sets and accessories by Royal Albert;
Live roses in yellow, red and a special red-yellow combination by Meadow Valley.

“Building on the success of our previous collaborations, HSN is developing an absolutely stunning themed collection that celebrates the artistry and enchantment of Beauty and the Beast,” said Don Gross, Vice President, Global Marketing Partnership & Promotions. “It’s sure to charm fans and we’re excited to share it with fans very soon.”

Here is the boilerplate on the flick:

The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told.

“Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within.

The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.