It’s been a busy first quarter for Facebook. From acquisitions to algorithms, there have been more than 10 new announcements in the first three months of the year, causing many brands to feel cold toward the global social site. With spring knocking on the door, here’s a breakdown of the most important changes Facebook has made to help brands flourish.
Exactly one year ago, Oreo showed its support for gay pride, posting a picture on its Facebook page of an Oreo cookie with the colors of the gay pride flag represented as different layers of filling. In the course of 365 days, the photo drew 296,400 likes and nearly 60,000 comments, positive and negative, and it was shared more than 90,000 times. This year, Grey Poupon is looking to follow suit with a thought-provoking photo of its own.
On the Internet, funny and interesting videos reign supreme as the leading form of entertainment. You’ve most likely been exposed to them at some point: There are videos of pranks being played, and people and animals doing crazy stuff. There are countless videos of parodies, events, and the sometimes-confusing memes. While YouTube holds the title as the most popular video-sharing site, Break.com is one of the forerunning portals for entertaining media, with an audience of 455,000 people on Facebook, and nearly 45,000 people talking about it.
March 14 (or 3/14) is becoming more famous as Pi Day, in honor of the significant mathematical figure. Several people, pages, and brands on Facebook are celebrating this event with posts about the endless number or photos of the delicious pastry that shares the same sound.
The recent real-time marketing coup by Oreo and its agency, 360i, during the Super Bowl blackout has had people talking about the next wave of social media marketing and advertising. And while that singular image of a delicious cookie, accompanied by a hyper-timely message, may serve as inspiration for other companies looking to evolve their own digital marketing initiatives, the reality is that few companies will ever be able to do what Oreo did. They simply lack the creative and human resources to be “always on” — producing real-time, inspired, first-party branded content to delight their fans. Most companies have very small teams responsible for social media marketing, and, in many cases, just one or two people responsible for developing the voices for their brands online.
Prior to Facebook and the rise of social media, it was fairly easy to tell the difference between paid, earned, and owned media and advertising. But now, the lines are becoming a bit blurred, according to David Armano, managing director of Edelman Digital Chicago. Armano spoke with a crowd Thursday at the Tahoe Snowcial conference in Nevada, talking about the importance of content, and he also gave people a look behind the all-hands-on-deck approach that Cars.com took with its social media efforts during the Super Bowl.
In January 2010, Facebook had just 337 million users — a figure that has ballooned to roughly 1 billion this year. While Facebook is still most popular in the U.S., the social network has grown in leaps in bounds in countries such as Brazil and India over the past three years. An infographic from Socialbakers illustrates how the demographics of Facebook have changed since 2010.
Beverage company Dr Pepper became the latest brand on Facebook to discover that when interacting with a social network that boasts more than 955 million average monthly users, many of those users lack a sense of humor.