9Honey has secured three major celebrity contributors as it looks to drive growth in its digital offering ahead of its second birthday in coming weeks.
Publicity queen Roxy Jacenko, who owns PR company Sweaty Betty, comes on board as a branded content contributor and will help 9Honey with various commercial briefs.
In addition, model Rebecca Judd will front a home renovation series, ex-Mamamia columnist Rosie Waterland will run a weekly advice column and royal commentator Victoria Arbiter will write a weekly column on the royals.
Speaking to AdNews, Nine digital editorial director Kerri Elstub said she is confident 9Honey’s new celebrity contributors will help 9Honey build on the momentum of its first two years and attract new audiences and advertisers.
Waterland, Judd and Jacenko all have huge social media followers which 9Honey hopes to tap into, she explained.
With competition rife in the women’s media category, Elstub said it’s been the ability for 9Honey to tap into Channel Nine’s TV assets that have given the website a unique edge over its competitors.
“We’ve been able to do things that other women’s networks can’t,” she said.
“We produce and develop our own TV shows, such as Talking Married, which has been huge for us, along with podcasts and news.
“We’re really involved in that entire process of storytelling and I think that’s something that other women’s networks can’t do by virtue of the scale that Honey has.”
Judd and Waterland are the latest Mamamia content contributors to join 9Honey. Former Mamamia editor Jamila Rivski also joined Nine's female-focused subscription site, Future Women, as editor-in-chief earlier this year.
Rebecca Judd is documenting her home renovation on 9Honey
Elstub described 9Honey as a “feel good destination for mass-market women” and it's “cheap and cheerful” approach has led to the site garnering a monthly audience of 2.5m, according to figures provided by Nielsen for the month of August.
“We’re on par with toddler year’s right now. We’ve learnt to talk, now we’re learning to walk and I think we’re going to be sprinting soon,” she said.
Moving forward, Nine is exploring commercial models for its growing podcast network and other spin-off video series shaped around its flagship TV programs.
The celebrity contributor strategy is similar to that of Yahoo7 Be, which launched in 2016 as a destination for women with content verticals led by Real Housewife of Melbourne star Gina Liano, radio personality Maz Compton and My Kitchen Rules ex-contestants Ash Pollard and Scotty Gooding.
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