Day in the life: What InStyle’s editorial director Ariel Foxman does
This is a story from Glossy, Digiday Media’s new publication devoted to how technology is changing the fashion and luxury industries.
If you want to know what a woman wants, ask Ariel Foxman.
InStyle’s editorial director oversees the 22-year-old fashion and beauty magazine as well as its family of websites, the InStyle Collection, featuring StyleWatch, xoJane, xoVain and beauty website Mimi.
But the divide between juggling his print responsibilities and digital duties isn’t complicated, Foxman told Digiday. “Nothing that we’ve approached is specifically for one [platform] any more because with any piece of content we’re creating, the result yields so many elements.”
He said that the biggest misconception about InStyle is that it isn’t as digitally savvy as its competitors. However, he counters that InStyle, where he’s been since 2008, is “more robust in video and digital than we are in print,” adding that the magazine has one integrated staff focusing on both rather than maintaining separate teams.
Foxman said that with 45 percent of InStyle’s traffic coming through social media, with presences on Facebook, Snapchat and Pinterest, the challenge is maintaining a consistent voice across all of them.
Traffic for InStyle has grown more than 150 percent over the past two years, from 2.5 million unique visitors in March 2014 to 5.6 million this past March, according to comScore. Foxman plans to funnel that momentum into new verticals this year, including travel, weddings and food.
In addition to increasing traffic, Foxman plans to juice its heavy September issue even further this year by selling products featured in the magazine on its website for the first time ever as well as expanding its events and awards.
“We’re always looking for the opportunity to grow satellites around the content,” he said.
Here’s what Foxman did last Wednesday, slightly edited for clarity:
6:30 a.m.: I wake up and head to the gym downstairs. I did 40 minutes of cardio on the elliptical while listening to one of my favorite Apple Music R&B stations/hit lists.
8:00 a.m.: I run upstairs and quickly got dressed to head to the Time Inc. NewFronts event at Gotham Hall.
8:45 a.m.: I catch up with a few old InStyle colleagues in line that are now at different Time Inc. titles. I made a Snapchat story (@afoxman) to get pumped up for the event, I was really looking forward since InStyle debuted a new video “New Mom, New Style.”
Kahlana Barfield, InStyle’s fashion and beauty editor-at-large, will host different celebs talking about their experiences as new mommies. After the event was over, I spend 20 minutes talking to our special projects director Faye Pen outside of Gotham Hall. We’re pretty excited about the launch and push of virtual reality. We threw some ideas around to possibly pilot and talked about how to broaden and energize our VR content.
11:00 a.m.: I head home to answer work emails before my business lunch downtown. Our office moved down to Battery Park last fall so I’m not always able to pop downtown in between meetings.
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