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Top 20 pet food posts on Instagram for June

Posted by Doug Schumacher on July 9th, 2015 at 9:35 am

Categorically, pet food brands have been a little slow coming onto Instagram, which seems odd given that it’s such a visual medium, and it would be hard to think of a more photogenic subject than pets. But some brands are taking advantage of that situation. For those posting on Instagram, many are posting much more than on their other social networks, which implies that they like what’s happening when they post.
So this post is simply a look at the 20 most engaging posts for June for the brand we analyzed, based on the engagements-to-fans ratio. As you can see below, pets make for some pretty funny photos. And that’s obviously a good match with Instagram.

Why so few World Cup victory posts on Facebook from US Women’s soccer sponsors?

Posted by Doug Schumacher on July 8th, 2015 at 9:19 am

In an analysis of 12 of the 14 official sponsors of US Soccer, I found only 3 posted about the women’s World Cup victory on their Facebook pages (I used the Facebook pages featured on each sponsor’s website listed on the sponsor page).  It struck me as odd that more brands weren’t joining the rest of the country in a little flag-waving over the championship. Really, what are they paying those sponsorship dollars for?
Below, in the Subject Analyzer, is a breakout of all 6 posts from the sponsors for the week of July 1 – 7, the week surrounding the World Cup game. You can see the specific terms searched for in the posts — “soccer”, “cup” and “uswnt”. The Posts chart shows the post are, not surprisingly, all photos. And the Engagements chart shows a good amount of sharing. So the topic seems to be of interest to the fans of those brands.

To further demonstrate how little mentioning there was of the USWNT victory, here are the topics posted on during that week by the sponsors. Yes, it was July 4th, and that’s a big deal for US brands. But Sharkweek over a World Cup championship?

Here are the various brands involved in this analysis. You can see a... Read more

How retail fashion brands run a ‘sale’ on social media

Posted by Doug Schumacher on July 1st, 2015 at 3:00 pm

It can seem like fashion retailers are in constant states of running sales. However, looking at social media analytics, it looks like the brands are a little more selective about when they use that term.
Take a look at the Subject Analyzer chart below, showing the term ‘sale’ used in the first 6 months of this year. In the Posts chart, you can see a total of 81 combined posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Not that much volume given we’re talking about 10 of the largest retail fashion brands (listed at the bottom of the Engagements By Day chart). The Posting By Day chart shows how these posts occurred on a timeline.

The brand with the heaviest posting volume (and engagements generated, visible in the Engagements By Day chart), is Abercrombie & Fitch. They had two primary sales. One just after the start of the year, and their Summer Sale this June.
The next Subject Analyzer report below looks at just A&F posting for their Summer Sale, in June. Note that this sale alone involved 27 posts. A pretty remarkable amount given the entire industry only posted 81 times about a sale so far this year.
Note the Posting By Day and Engagement By Day charts.... Read more

Tostitos’ #anyexcusetoparty campaign analyzed on Facebook

Posted by Doug Schumacher on June 30th, 2015 at 9:05 am

Below is a leaderboard showing post and page activity for a number of the leading brands in the “dips” category. You can see the brands involved in this analysis, their fan base, growth rate, posting volume, etc.

In the chart below, you can see the most impacting topics in this category for the month of May.

Campaigns are often particularly good to examine, and especially highly-engaging ones. So the #anyexcusetoparty hashtag stands out as one to explore. Below is an analysis of that campaign’s activity on Facebook. Not heavy posting volume, but except for the first week, a regular schedule of posting every Thursday. You can also see they were all photo posts.

So what are these highly engaging posts? Below, you can see the style and format. Finding any excuse for chips and dip, with the loose script and casual party scenes adding to the supposed spontaneity.

Twitter and snack foods: An industry overview

Posted by Doug Schumacher on June 29th, 2015 at 2:08 pm

While there are a lot of questions lately about Twitter, it’s business model, and its role for brands in the social media landscape, one thing is certain: Brands are continuing to use it.
Below is an analysis for some of the world’s leading snack food brands. To start, notice their volume of posting on Twitter vs the other networks. Whatever is being debated about the value of Twitter for brands, in this industry, every brand posts on Twitter more than any other network. Usually the difference is by a wide margin.

So how are they posting on Twitter? The Posts chart below is an analysis of the overall posting volume, as well as a Posting Calendar breakout for each brand.
It’s notable that despite Twitter photos having been around since 2011, only half of this industry’s tweets were photos. While photos on Facebook have performed considerably better than text for a while now, and brands have reflected that in their format selection for Facebook posts, brands are still using text posts significantly on Twitter.

Lastly, let’s look at the top posts for this industry. Below are the top 10 posts for these brands for the month of May. Per our commentary about format type, 3 of the top... Read more