In a dynamic move into the burgeoning metaverse landscape, scent brand Gabar is carving its space with a captivating digital beauty store experience. The endeavor, backed by the British Beauty Council, ONEWAYX, and The Red Tree as part of the Get Versed in the Metaverse competition, unfolds as a floating circular chrome steel structure amidst a vibrant desert sunset.
Designing Serenity in the Digital Realm
Gabar, rooted in London with its name derived from the Burmese word for “world,” has crafted a metaverse space that mirrors its minimalist and modern brand design. The serene backdrop, awash in silver, white, and black hues, sets the stage for an immersive encounter with Gabar’s product line: three fragrances available in both traditional and 100% soy wax candle forms, alongside a face and body oil.
The fragrances, inspired by different locales in Myanmar, evoke sensory journeys. Float Eau de Parfum captures the essence of Inle Lake with fresh floral notes, while Ground Eau de Parfum pays homage to Bagan, and Swim Eau de Parfum transports users to the jungles of Hpa-An with an aquatic green mix. The (TOUCH) Face Oil and (TOUCH) Body Oil further enrich the olfactory experience, intertwining hydrating benefits with exquisite scents.
Metaverse as a Catalyst for Change
Beyond the realm of fragrances, Gabar embraces the metaverse as a powerful tool for fostering change. The brand is actively involved in philanthropy, donating 10% of its annual profits to support economic development and education in Myanmar. The partnership with Prospect Burma aims to provide higher education opportunities for the country’s youth, a crucial initiative amid the ongoing civil war displacing millions.
Annie Siara, co-founder and Global Director of OneWayX, emphasizes the significance of innovative brands like Gabar in the metaverse. The metaverse, often perceived as resource-intensive, has left out many innovative brands due to its high entry barriers. OneWayX aims to change this by providing affordable tools for brands like Gabar to create immersive experiences, bridging the gap between innovation and accessibility.
Metaverse as a Marketing Frontier
For Gabar, the metaverse isn’t merely a digital frontier; it’s a marketing opportunity with the potential to resonate more profoundly than traditional channels. Phway Su Aye, co-founder, and Creative Director of Gabar, sees the metaverse as a space where smaller brands can make more impactful noise with fewer resources. The audience Gabar caters to, described as the “next generation of creatives and changemakers,” seeks out-of-the-box experiences and aligns with the brand’s values of mindfulness and conscious living.
Optimizing the User Experience in the Metaverse
To maximize the impact of metaverse spaces, Gabar focuses on optimizing the user experience. Aye underscores the potential to guide customers through the marketing funnel effectively by replicating real-life experiences in the metaverse. Building brand awareness and educating consumers about product ingredients and stories are paramount, shortening the journey from awareness to purchase consideration.
The customization and personalization offered by digital storefronts, accessible worldwide, expand Gabar’s reach far beyond a single physical location. The metaverse, as a marketing opportunity, allows the brand to authentically communicate its mission to a global audience.
Authenticity in the Metaverse
As the metaverse continues to evolve and attract brands, authenticity emerges as a key differentiator. Brands that tap into audience desires and seamlessly integrate metaverse experiences aligned with their DNA create authentic touchpoints. For Gabar, this authenticity extends beyond digital innovation to philanthropy, creating a positive impact on both individual and community levels.
Looking to the Future: A Multilayered Digital World
Gabar’s metaverse journey is seen as just the beginning of creating multilayered digital worlds. Aye envisions pushing boundaries in different ways, nurturing new online and offline realms that align with Gabar’s spirit. The metaverse store, as the initial layer, sets the stage for deeper connections, self-expression, and creativity, exemplifying the brand’s commitment to meeting customers where they are while embracing evolving technologies and growing potential.*
Gabar’s metaverse endeavor serves as a testament to the brand’s commitment to innovation, authenticity, and positive impact, positioning it as a frontrunner in the ever-expanding digital landscape.