What Brands Can Learn from Meghan Markle's Strategic Moves


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Lessons in Launching a Lifestyle Brand

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, is charting a bold new course that mirrors the paths of modern media moguls like Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Martha Stewart. With her recent ventures into TV series, films, podcasts, and books, coupled with a lifestyle brand poised to introduce a line of home goods, Meghan is not just a royal—she’s an emerging titan in media and lifestyle industries. Her latest project, American Riviera Orchard, aims to merge her signature modern elegance with accessible, high-quality lifestyle products, reflecting her deep-seated passion for crafting a relatable and aspirational brand.

This echoes the ethos of her earlier lifestyle blog, The Tig, showcasing her consistent commitment to influencing and reshaping the lifestyle landscape. In this article, Hollywood Branded pulls back the curtain on Meghan Markle's new lifestyle brand, American Riviera Orchard, offering insights into what brands can learn from her strategies, from celebrity seeding to leveraging exclusivity and personalization for product launches.

What Brands Can Learn from Meghan Markles Strategic Moves

But First, What's This Brand About?

American Riviera Orchard will offer a diverse array of products, including tableware, drinkware, kitchen linens, and gourmet edibles like jellies and jams, alongside cookbooks.

This strategy goes beyond mere product sales; it's about crafting an aspirational lifestyle intertwined with Meghan’s personal narrative of sophistication, wellness, and social awareness.  The only product out yet is... strawberry jam, something you may be reading about a lot lately as it's the jam everyone is talking about. Or ...at least the jam 50 celebrities have had the opportunity to be gifted and sampled - before any product was available for sale.

American Riviera OrchardPhoto Credit: BBC

Celebrity Seeding

The secret sauce here is that retailer interest will be high when sales teams actually get around to selling the product in high volume thanks to the media attention already built.   The standout strategy in the rollout of American Riviera Orchard was its exclusive pre-launch of strawberry jam. By distributing only 50 specially numbered jars to carefully selected celebrities and influencers, the brand effectively utilized exclusivity and personalization to generate buzz and emphasize the luxury appeal of the product.

Among the notable recipients were Kris Jenner, Mindy Kaling, and Tracee Ellis Ross, who shared their delight with the jam on social media, helping to generate significant buzz around the product. Fashion designer Tracy Robbins and Argentine influencer Delfina Blaquier were also among those who received the jam, with both showcasing the product on their Instagram accounts. This strategic move not only heightened anticipation for the brand's launch but also leveraged the influencers' substantial followings to gain early traction and visibility.  Who are the other holders of those 50 jars? Time will tell... as the strategic reveals continue.

Exclusivity and Personalization

As seen with Meghan, launching a product with limited editions or special releases can create significant buzz. This strategy leverages the allure of rarity and luxury, drawing attention and desire from potential customers. Personal touches, such as individually numbered items, can heighten this effect, making each product feel unique and personal to the buyer.

American Riviera OrchardPhoto Credit: Harper's Bazaar

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Influencer Partnerships and Social Media

Working with influencers who share the brand’s values can dramatically expand reach and enhance credibility. It's essential that these partnerships are authentic; consumers can typically tell when an endorsement is forced or does not align with the influencer’s usual content, which can diminish trust and effectiveness.

Social media platforms are powerful tools for amplifying a product launch. They enable real-time engagement and can spread word-of-mouth at an exponential rate. Encouraging influencers to share their genuine experiences with the product can engage their followers and enhance the product’s appeal across diverse demographics.


Integrating the product into a broader, aspirational lifestyle narrative can resonate more deeply with the target audience. This approach works particularly well if it aligns with the personal brand of a celebrity or founder, weaving the product into a larger story that reflects shared values and aspirations.

For Meghan Markle, this method has been particularly effective as it ties her personal journey and public persona into the branding of American Riviera Orchard. Her narrative of sophistication, social awareness, and a journey from actress to Duchess, and back to media and lifestyle entrepreneur, adds a layer of relatability and admiration that her target audience find compelling. By positioning her brand around concepts like quality, wellness, and modern elegance, Meghan creates a connection that transcends the products themselves.

Nurturing Customer Relationships

Post-purchase engagement is crucial for transforming a one-time buyer into a lifelong customer. Implementing effective feedback loops, ensuring customer service excellence, and continually improving products based on consumer insights are vital. These strategies reinforce the brand’s commitment to its customers and can lead to meaningful improvements in future offerings.

Analyzing Market Response 

After launching a product, it's vital to closely monitor how the market responds. This includes reviewing sales data, customer feedback, and social media interactions. Insights from this data can inform adjustments to marketing strategies, enhancements to product features, and corrections to any campaign missteps.

By adopting these strategies, brands can not only capture attention during a product launch or repositioning but also foster a lasting relationship with their target audience, turning a simple product release into a lifestyle choice that consumers are eager to adopt. These approaches also ensure that a brand remains relevant and continues to thrive in a competitive market. If it works for celebrities - and it definitely does - it may just work for your brand too.

Strategies to Replicate

As Meghan Markle continues to redefine what it means to be a modern-day royal and media mogul, her journey offers valuable lessons for any brand aiming to carve out a niche in the competitive lifestyle market. Through American Riviera Orchard, Meghan exemplifies how aligning product offerings with personal values and narratives can not only captivate but also deeply connect with an audience, setting a new standard for authenticity and innovation in branding.

Whether you're a budding entrepreneur or an established business, the strategies employed by Meghan underscore the power of personalization, strategic partnerships, and relentless focus on quality.

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