With the holiday shopping season already upon us (notice how quickly Halloween decorations magically morph into Christmas décor these days?), we’re all surfing online and/or standing in line. And social media remains a major consumer resource. The good news is that Facebook is more popular than YouTube or Pinterest when it comes to holiday shopping preferences. The bad news that if you’re “old” (think baby boomer), you’re probably not using either, anyway.
With the holiday shopping season rapidly approaching, commerce technology platform MarketLive surveyed 1,000 U.S. consumers and found that 49 percent will make purchases based on social referrals, and 30 percent have made purchases via social networks during the past year, up from just 12 percent in 2013.
For retailers, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are by far the two most important days of the holiday shopping season, and their ad-spending patterns reflect that, but when it comes to advertising on Facebook, that strategy may not be the most effective, according to a new study by Marin Software, a Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer.
It’s never too early for retailers and other brands on Facebook to begin preparing for the holiday shopping season, and digital marketing software provider Offerpop, a Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer, gift-wrapped an infographic with some relevant information to help fuel those preparations.
A recent survey from multichannel loyalty and engagement platform PunchTab revealed that 75 percent of moms do NOT intend to use social media for back-to-school shopping this year. And yes, that includes Facebook. Whaaat?
Is there a change in Facebook users’ habits after they become engaged (as in engaged to each other, not to content on the social network)? Yes, according to Facebook, which said in a post on the Facebook for Business page that engaged men send 1.4 times more messages than average male users between the ages of 20 and 30, and they are also responsible for 1.2 times more wall posts and 1.2 times more check-ins. And engaged women upload 1.3 times more photos than average female users aged 20 through 30, and they also account for 1.4 times more check-ins and 1.3 times more wall posts.
With Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season just around the corner, a snow globe is the perfect centerpiece for a Facebook application, and gluten-free baked-snacks maker Harvest Snaps and its agency, Santy Integrated, made it happen with the Shake the Season app.
Valentine’s Day, coming up Thursday, is a day for love — both in real life and on Facebook. Newly released statistics from the social network show that there are 200 percent more relationships added Feb. 14 compared with any other day of the year.
Global marketing and digital advertising company LifeStreet Media tracked downloads and usage of Facebook applications during the period between Christmas Day and New Year’s, and its findings were not surprising, considering the number of new mobile devices activated during that span.