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.
Users of Facebook and other social networks were thirsty for Coca-Cola in August, as the beverage giant sat atop the growth list for the Optim.al Index for the month, along with pulling in the most likes for the month.
Online-to-offline loyalty program Plink, which rewards its users with Facebook Credits, reached an agreement with digital gift card company Tango Card that will add several new rewards options for Plink users beginning next month.
Might this be Facebook’s first step toward addressing the potential advertising revenue shortfall Facebook mentioned in the run-up to its initial public offering? Several Facebook users have pointed out the presence of a sponsored story from Target at the top of their news feeds.