The first Instagram ad debuted Friday, from fashion brand Michael Kors, CNET reported, and if the comments in the screenshot above are any indication, users of the Facebook-owned photo-sharing network are not happy, despite the fact that Instagram announced the addition of advertising to its feed in early October, and previewed what the ads would look like last week.
Earlier this month, Instagram announced that it would begin introducing advertising into its feed, and Thursday, the Facebook-owned photo-sharing network offered examples of what the ads — which have yet to launch — will look like.
Sometimes, stereotypes hold true. At least on Facebook, anyway. Compass Labs, a Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer, compiled an interesting infographic showing how the pages liked by men and women on Facebook show that guys tend to like cars, while ladies tend to like retail pages.
Facebook launched the second phase of its test of the Collections feature Wednesday, adding some new retail partners to the mix and testing five open graph actions: want, save, add, collect, and wishlist.
Walmart was the most-talked-about brand on Facebook over Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and it appears that the major retailer has carried that momentum through the holiday season. According to an infographic from Compass Labs, Walmart is again one of the most popular Facebook brands, with the iPhone and Xbox 360 among the biggest tech gifts.
As millions of people opened their wallets last weekend for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, brands’ Facebook pages also experienced success. Walmart, which was bombarded on Facebook with criticism for opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, was actually the most successful brand on the social network during the two shopping days, according to Socialbakers. Amazon, Macy’s, and Toys “R” Us also earned kudos for fan growth and engagement.
Facebook had Black Friday fever during the week of Nov. 16 through 23, as the top 25 people talking about this scores went to retailers on Black Friday itself, with gigantic jumps in mentions of Black Friday (1,450 percent), shopping (586 percent), mall (304 percent), and sales (162 percent) during that time period.
With Black Friday just days away, mentions on Facebook containing words related to holiday shopping are up 160 percent compared with one month ago, while mentions of Christmas are up 157 percent, according to the social network.
Retailers’ Facebook page administrators may want to mix in more promotions and prepare to work some off-hours during the upcoming holiday season, according to the results of a study of the digital marketing campaigns of 20 leading brands by Yesmail Interactive.