13 - Michael McNeil, Huda Beauty
In Episode 13 of Earned, Conor sits down with Michael McNeil, VP of Integrated Marketing at Huda Beauty. We learn how Michael, who majored in political science and pre-med at LMU, took a hard left turn after college to get his “PhD in beauty” by joining a then-small cosmetics brand known as Anastasia Beverly Hills. Michael, who eventually became Director of Marketing at ABH, shares insight into the early days at the brand, and divulges the key to its explosive growth: building and nurturing a digital community. We dive into how Michael and ABH “invented what beauty marketing looks like today,” and learn Michael’s philosophy behind fostering a community of genuine, long-term brand fans. Michael emphasizes the power of embracing your competitors and communicating to consumers in “the language they already speak.” We also hear about Michael’s experience transitioning to (and powering growth for) Huda Beauty, working with brand founder and mega-influencer Huda Kattan, and creating a global brand—with influencers at the forefront. Finally, Michael lends his advice on how brands can productively address negativity and controversy, and put their communities first.