Former BH&G Editor Joins WayfairOctober 13, 2011
Kennedy, who spent 17 years at BH&G. and was the magazine's East Coast editor, brings her design expertise online at Boston-based Wayfair, where she will work to enhance customer experience with inspirational editorial content, including digital features, decorating advice and more.
At Better Homes & Gardens Kennedy spent years looking at, visiting, writing about and directing photography of homes from coast to coast. The results of her work were multi-page magazine stories with beautiful photography and practical advice for readers.
She views leaving traditional media for the emerging world of e-commerce content to be the next step in providing service to people who care about their homes.
"Magazine readers are constantly asking for product information, because they want to create the looks they love in their own homes," said Kennedy. "Wayfair's vast selection helps people actually make that happen."
Kennedy also sees demand for home-related content migrating online. The recession brought on a slew of shelter magazine closures, such as House & Garden, Domino, ReadyMade, and Cottage Living. When the magazines went away, the readers were still left hungry for the types of content that an e-commerce site like Wayfair.com can provide.
"I plan to infuse Wayfair.com with helpful, engaging, and fun features that really capitalize on the interactivity of the Internet," Kennedy said. "The goal is to enrich the site experience for our 11 million visitors each month--giving them a reason to hang out with the Wayfair brand whether they are buying something that day or not."
Kennedy knows what works for real people and what doesn’t, especially amid today’s challenging housing market, said Niraj Shah, Wayfair.com's CEO and co-founder.
"Kris is someone who really understands our core customer, a person who cares about her home but who wants good value and service in making that happen," Shah said. "In her magazine career, Kris provided ideas and guidance to readers with different house styles and a variety of decorating styles, in all regions of the country, which is exactly what we want to do at Wayfair. It's a perfect fit."