Diddy—aka P. Diddy, aka Sean Combs—can add another moniker to his list: direct-to-consumer liquor retailer. Diddy recently released Diddy Direct, a platform that makes it easier for fans of his spirits, which include CÎROC Ultra Premium Vodka and DeLeón Tequila, to get them.
Diddy Direct is a perfect example of how celebrity-backed brands connect people to product. Diddy is literally making it easier for consumers to purchase his brands of liquor, through either a local retailer or delivery. But Diddy Direct also showcases how celebrity entrepreneurs have the power to touch every part of their business, from development to marketing to, yes, even distribution.
Diddy Direct also spotlights the connection between celebrity and brand. With the platform acting as a hub for all of Diddy’s projects, Diddy Direct highlights Diddy’s personal involvement, making the products themselves feel more authentic—something consumers have consistently shown they place value on.
The liquor industry isn’t the only one that could benefit from direct-to-consumer platforms. Diddy Direct is a roadmap for how brands in the beauty space, for example, can utilize customers’ enthusiasm toward brands and the people behind them. And as the mega-success of Fenty shows, the combination of indirect and direct distribution seals customers’ access and (ultimately) brand loyalty.
Celebrities, from Diddy to Rihanna, are the faces of their companies—and much more. As celebrity businesses capitalizing on the D2C model show, authenticity means everything when brands are trying to capture an audience.